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What is the Current Average Home Sale Price in Your Area? Got it Right Here!

Friday, November 7th, 2014

In the last few months I’ve been switching up my real estate market tracking which previously only tracked the Portland metro and surrounding areas as a whole, lumping in Molalla with say N Portland, which shows the overall conditions in the Portland real estate market at large, but doesn’t get granular enough to help folks buying or selling a home in a given area.

That has now changed. I am now tracking, daily, each of the 13 individual RMLS markets in the Portland metro region. This still may not get granular enough for some, however being that these “areas” are defined by RMLS as “markets” it should help quite a bit.

So, home sale prices in a given area? Lets get on with it! These numbers represent all logged sales in the last week (from October 30th – November 6th):

RMLS Area 141 North Portland

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Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview & Wood Village; You’re up to Bat!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Just finished the real estate market tracking report for Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village…This is again, only 10 days worth of data so not super reliable yet (give it a few weeks; trends and real usable data will show itself); with that said Gresham seems to be where only those looking for deals are buying as the average sale price in Gresham (and the mentioned towns in the Gresham area) are below the $200,000 mark:

 

 

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East & South Side Rural Real Estate Market Report

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

I had a bit of difficulty with this one as it began it’s thus far short life as an east side only rural report (sorry west side rural folks, I won’t be doing a report for you) but there just wasn’t enough data, so I changed it up to include all east side AND south side rural. The towns included in this report are:

  • Aurora
  • Beavercreek
  • Boring
  • Canby
  • Colton
  • Damascus
  • Eagle Creek
  • Estacada
  • Hubbard
  • Molalla
  • Mt Angel
  • Mullino
  • Sandy
  • Scott’s Mills
  • Woodburn

Even with all of those towns, we’re still talking a few listings/solds etc per day at best…Of course were still coming out of the slow season, so come spring/summer the numbers here will pick up a bit, but there are enough now for trackable data.

Here’s a snippet of the report (not bad average sale prices for rural areas):

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First New Real Estate Data Tracking Report is LIVE! Beaverton Market

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

I’m going through these new tracking reports in alphabetical order, so the “Aloha, Beaverton & Hillsboro” one was the first completed.

I did attempt to go back to January 1 of this year, however, it would have taken me WEEKS, if not MONTHS to get all the reports updated, so I opted to start March 1 2014 with the reports so there is data in them now, just not a lot.

I’ll be posting each areas report as I complete them, so stay tuned for your areas report; for now, here’s some screen shots of the new Beaverton area one (and it’s also attached below, with some more information on these reports):

 

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Real Estate Tracking Data & Reports: BIG Changes Coming; Area Reports, Pricing & Days on Market in Tow

Friday, March 7th, 2014

I just wanted to get an FYI out to everyone that I am currently working on revamping the tracking report as I get a lot of requests for area specific reports (people asking for my tracking reports for Happy Valley, or Lake Oswego real estate reports etc).

Additionally short sales and foreclosures have been edging ever closer to market pricing these days, often no longer the “steal of a deal” they once were and there are a lot less of them now. So, with that said, I am *considering* ditching that portion of the tracking data in favor of adding new data points like:

  • Median Sale Price Tracking
  • Average Sale Price Tracking
  • Days on Market for Pending Sales
  • Average Price Per Square Foot Tracking
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Portland Real Estate: Portland Chosen #1 Dog-Friendly City in America

Monday, May 9th, 2011

One of our favorite things about Portland is how dog-friendly the whole city seems to be. Portland was recently chosen the most Pet Friendly City in America on Livibility.com, and it’s no surprise to locals. Many parks, hotels, coffee shops, and even some stores are happy to welcome your four-legged friend, and a lot of Portland businesses have canine mascots. One of our local vintage shops, White Rabbit vintage off of SE Belmont on 29th Avenue is home to a very friendly and often sleepy black lab, and one of our local radio stations, KINK.fm, has a studio dog named Scouty that can occasionally be heard barking On Air. Organized events include the cult-classic Doggie Dash, with 2,000 dogs a year participating in this fun run. The Pug Crawl fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society features a costume contest, parade, Pug kissing booth, retailers and, of course, pub fare. Oregon’s passion for dogs also means that it possesses some of the toughest anti-cruelty laws in the nation, and Portland employs two full-time humane investigators with full police authority. Portland even hosts Dog Bakeries – that’s right, restaurants and bakeries cooking up treats for your dog – there are more than 37 Dog Bakeries in the Portland-metro area!

Few major cities can claim over 32 leashless dog parks and hundreds of pet day cares, dog-sitters, veterinarians, trainers, photographers, groomers, boutiques, boarders, pet-friendly restaurants and other common pet services. Impressed? It gets better. Portland’s pet-friendly climate has created a happening pet-business scene. There are nutritionists, holistic medicine practitioners, pooper scoopers, funeral homes, lawyers, massage therapists, acupuncturists and not one, not two, but six listed pet psychics, one of whom is kept on retainer at the Hotel Monaco. The only city with more designated off-leash areas in its metropolitan area is New York (52 to Portland’s 50). That’s not including de facto dog areas on the riverfront or dog-friendly places like The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, a catholic shrine and 62-acre botanical garden. The Grotto, as its commonly known, holds its Blessing of the Animals on the third Sunday of each June.

Many rental homes and apartments in Portland have breed and size restrictions, so buying a house in Portland is often the smartest choice for true dog lovers, especially lovers of bigger breeds. Get in touch with us to find the perfect dog-friendly home in Portland, whether you’re looking for lots of land, a fenced backyard, close proximity to a dog park, or whatever you and your dog desire. We are more than happy to share our tips for living a dog-friendly life in the best city in America. Contact us with any questions today!

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Gladstone Real Estate Insider: Gladstone turns 100 in 2011

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

This week, the Oregon House approved House Resolution 1, honoring the city of Gladstone’s 100th year anniversary this year. Sponsored by state Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) and state Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Oregon City), the resolution passed unanimously. “From this small community of settlers 100 years ago, Gladstone has grown and flourished into a bustling center with a population of approximately 12,000 people and with outstanding schools, infrastructure and a strong local business climate,” said Hunt. “The rich history of this region is reflected in the deep traditions and strong values of this community we are all proud to call home.”

Located at the scenic junction of the Clackamas River and the Willamette River, the historic city of Gladstone, Oregon is a cozy community just a stone’s throw away from Downtown Portland. The community of Gladstone is intimately linked to the rivers that surround it, as the town was layed out with access to the rivers in mind, and fishing and river recreation are still common activities. Gladstone is one of the oldest towns in the Willamette Valley, and neighbors feel a strong connection to their shared history, love of nature, and appreciation of the community around them. Featuring lush parks, historic homes, and cozy coffee shops, this small town features both rustic charm and easy access to the Portland metro area. Take a stroll along the river or through the beautiful Gladstone Gardens, and you’ll feel right at home.

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Don’t Miss Buck’s Blowout Sale! May 6-8 … ANTIQUES! STOVES! THICK with finds & collectables!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Sale INFO CLICK HERE!

Although most of the national media coverage of the Rose City focuses on innovation (like food carts, green energy, and high-tech public transportation) Portland is also full of quirky places with a lot of history. One of our favorite spots is Buck’s Stove Palace at 6803 SE Foster Road in the Foster Powell neighborhood. This neighborhood gem is a veritable museum of classic wood stoves, antique heaters, and cook-stoves, and has been a vital part of the community for decades.

We’re excited to share that Buck of Buck’s Stove Palace – a vital piece of Southeast Portland History – is blowing out his Personal Private Stash of Antique and Collectible wood stoves after 35 years. This is an unbeatable opportunity to to find great pieces you won’t find ANYWHERE else. Buck’s been gathering and restoring the finest classic wood stoves around since 1974, hand-picking unusual items with his extraordinary eye for quality, interest, and value.

Straight from the Buck’s mouth: “I realizes now this is the time to liquidate my collection before I go to stove heaven, as our multiple storage facilities are overflowing.” Experience THE EVENT that will celebrate Buck, Buck’s Stove Palace, and Historical Phoenix Pharmacy, where the sale will be taking place May 6-8, 9am-9pm. Come to big sale, and find once-in-a-lifetime deals from a once-in-a-lifetime character. Buck will be discounting everything, old and new, including stoves, Antiques, and Collectibles, Machinery, and more. You’ll even get 10% Off New Stoves during Buck’s Blowout Sale.

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Downtown Portland Can Creations Help the Hungry

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

This weekend, trek over to Pioneer Place in Downtown Portland to check out Canstruction, the 15th annual benefit art installation for the Oregon Food Bank, sponsored by the Society for Design Administration. Canstruction is a nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct fantastic, giant structures made entirely out of canned food. In each city after the structures are built and the winners are declared, the creations go on view to the general public as giant art exhibits. At the close of the competitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs. How cool is that?

In Portland, seven teams from 18 companies – including R&H Construction, NW Natural Gas and LSR Architects – painstakingly planned the can art designs and spent many days putting together the intricate pieces – like giant Peeps, Timbers’ soccer balls, and screws – all made only from cans! Canstruction raised over 2 million pounds of food in 2010 which was donated to local food banks, enough food to provide 1.5 million meals. Hurry out to the mall, the structures will only be up until Sunday!

Where: Pioneer Place (on the food court floor)
700 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204-2018
(503) 228-5800

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Portland Public Art Map

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Portland is known for its outstanding art galleries, well-respected art museum, and amazing architecture, but our street corners and sidewalks are also filled with stunning works of art owned and maintained by the city for public enjoyment. The Guide to Portland Public Art (PDF) is a comprehensive map of the amazing art in our public spaces, a walking tour that takes you past  a surprising mix of artistic styles, materials and settings within any given 10-block radius. You’ll find public art integrated into architectural façades, along the street, in the parks, inside public buildings and in the sculpture garden outside of the Portland Art Museum.

One of the most art-dense areas of Portland is Downtown’s transit mall. Murals, fountains, abstract and representational works — many created by local artists — grace downtown Portland’s Transit Mall (Southwest Fifth and Sixth avenues). Many pieces from the Portland original art collection, installed in the 1970s, were resited in 2009 along the new MAX light rail and car lanes. At that time, 14 new works were added, creating a veritable outdoor museum of local treasures.

We love how art in Portland does not resist the rain and wind – sculptures are allowed to patina, moss is encouraged to ornament benches, and children are often found climbing in and around public fountains. Portland art is the people’s art – and we live in it every day. Take a moment, whether you’re visiting town or you’ve been a Portlander for years, to check out the best of our city’s artistic legacy without buying a single ticket.

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Check out this Video of 7th Gen Oregonian Hiking Our Beautiful State

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

You’ve got to check out this inspiration and beautiful video from Travel Oregon – Hike and Explore Oregon – about Teddy Keizer, a seventh-generation Oregonian who has hiked almost every mountain, trail, lake, park, and natural area in the state. Teddy’s ancestor Thomas Dove Keizer led the Keizer wagon train over the Oregon Trail in 1843 (It is said that he was the first to bring covered wagons over the entire trail) His homestead was used to name Keizer, Oregon, outside of Salem.

n 2005, Keizer set out from his Portland home to take his 50K hike in Oregon through the city’s Forest Park . He went on to travel around the United States for the next 75 days, completing 50K hikes in every state, from the Na Pali Coast of Hawaii, to the Narrows in Utah, to the forests of Mississippi, recently ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. His record-setting journey was later documented on the Outdoor Life Network on national television in a series of episodes called “Live Your Passion.”

When Keizer returned to Portland again, he was determined to make a positive impact on his state. As he puts it, “Everyone benefits from the promotion of clean, green, walkable, and bikable neighborhoods; clear and natural rivers, forests, and air; vibrant urban cores and productive farm and forest land.”

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Seattle Weekly Lists Top Ten Reasons to Be Jealous of Portland

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Here at the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate Blog, we know Portland is the best city in America, but it’s extra special when people outside of Portland recognize that fact. This week, Seattle Weekly posted a list of the Top Ten Reasons Seattle should be jealous of Portland – and we totally agree. It’s no coincidence that the list is primarily food-related. Portland has the best food scene in the country, and it’s only getting better. You probably know that Portland (and the state of Oregon) have no sales tax, so these great eats are often cheap eats. What more could you want?

Here are the top ten bites in Portland, according to our sister city to the North. Interested in relocating to Portland? Make a weekend of these spots, and you’ll surely decide to buy a home for sale in the Portland real estate market within walking distance to some amazing restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops.

1. Kenny and Zuke’s, home of the best pastrami on the planet.

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Portland Real Estate Guide: Garden Fever neighborhood nursery hosts Spring events

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Every summer, Portland gets hit with berry fever – raspberries, blackberries, marionberries, Hood River strawberries, and delicate blueberries take over our gardens, farmers’ markets, and wild green spaces. You can tame the wild berries in your own garden, and with a little help from your neighborhood nurseries, it couldn’t be easier. This month Garden Fever – located at 3433 NE 24th Ave (just south of Fremont) – is selling premium-quality blueberry shrubs with buds, as well as all the tools, soil, compost, and garden accessories you’ll need to get growing in no time. Blueberry harvesting season starts in June, so start now to ensure a great season of berry madness.

Garden Fever also hosts a lecture series of garden experts. Two exciting lectures are coming on April 16th and 17th, just in time for the Spring planting frenzy. On April 16th at 1pm, Anne Marsh will be speaking on “Trees for the Urban Gardener”: “Urban home lots lend themselves to creating ‘garden rooms.’ Trees can be the walls of the room, the ceiling, or a beautiful sculpture in the corner of your garden. Anne’s lecture will inform and inspire your decisions on the perfect tree for your garden room.” On April 17th at 1 pm, Jolly Butler will give a lecture on “Gardening in Small Spaces for Big Effect.” Jolly is a garden columnist, Portland community college instructor, and call-in radio garden show host on KPAM in Portland. Her experience in small garden design will benefit the novice or experienced gardener. Small gardens can be visually impressive and often are easier to work with than large spaces. Jolly will present her methods for creating a stunning garden environment in a small area.

Reservations are required for the lectures. Call 503-287-3200 for more information and to reserve your spot.

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Portland Real Estate Fun Tips: Find Your Inner Cinephile at the Northwest Film Center

Monday, April 4th, 2011

The city of Portland is a hub of arts and culture, drawing thousands of talented artists, musicians, photographers, and more to the banks of the Willamette River to get a taste of the good life and great community. Portland’s film scene is also thriving, as evidenced by the many successful film festivals happening throughout the year and the large number of independent movies shown at theaters throughout town. One of the central gathering spots for Portland movie lovers is the Northwest Film Center, adjacent to the Portland Art Museum – in Downtown Portland’s Cultural District, home to a fantastic array of urban condos for sale.

The Film Center screens the most current and significant independent cinema around, and you can catch showings of classic films you won’t see on the big screen anywhere else. They provide an active year-round exhibition program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works which showcase a wide array of regional, national, and international cinema and video art. Annual festivals at the Film Center include the Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Film & Video Festival, the Jewish Film Festival, Reel Music, and the Young People’s Film Festival, each catering to the unique viewpoint of the Pacific Northwest. The Film Center also features a school of film, one of the largest community-based film arts programs in the country. This summer, the Film Center is offering the School of Film Summer Camp for Kids and Teens, grades 2 through 12.

If you’re interested in checking out some of Portland’s major attractions like the Northwest Film Center, consider the Portland Attractions Pass which gives you discounted access to top spots like the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Oregon History Museum, the Oregon Zoo, Pittock Mansion, the Portland Art Museum, the Portland Children’s Museum, the Portland Japanese Garden, and the World Forestry Center. It’s a really amazing deal, and you’ll know you’re not missing a thing!

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Estacada Real Estate: Public Workshop and Tour Aim to Help Everyone Raise Happy, Healthy Chickens

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Most homes for sale in Portland’s metro area are approved for raising chickens, which means fresh eggs for your family’s breakfast every day, and a bit of the country in the heart of the city. But even if it’s legal, and you like your omelets fresh, you might not have any idea how to raise your own chickens. This Saturday, grab some friends and get a primer on proper care and equipment during the “Chicken Chat” this Saturday, April 2 from noon to 3. The The event takes place at the Wade Creek House, 664 Wade St., Estacada and is $5 for the class and coop tour. For more information www.thewadecreekhouse.com.

You’ll learn all about raising chickens in an urban environment, and get to head out on a tour of local chicken coops to see how people are managing mini-farms in their own backyards. The tour will also take you to local urban farm supply shops to check out different chicken breeds, equipment, coops, food, and other supplies to keep your hens clucking. Best of all, at every stop you’ll have the chance to win peep-worthy prizes.

If you can’t make it this Saturday, the Urban Farm Store in Southeast Portland is a great resource for anyone interested in raising chickens and other livestock in the Portland metro area! They’ve got classes, helpful staff, and great books and resources for urban farmers.

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Clackamas County New Construction: 172nd to 190th Connection in the Works, Public Input Needed

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Clackamas County and the Cities of Happy Valley, Gresham, and Damascus are deep into plans to plan and design a traffic corridor in the area between SE 172nd and 190th to accommodate the needs of the residents of all of the new construction that is rapidly changing the boundaries of the Portland metro area. Clackamas County is hosting a public workshop tomorrow eventing from 6pm to 9pm at Scouters Mountain Elementary School at 10811 S.E. 172nd Ave. in Happy Valley. Area residents will have the opportunity to chime in on the future of road development in the Happy Valley/Gresham/Damascus Area.

The proposed corridor lies between 172nd Avenue north of Sunnyside and 190th Drive in the Gresham area.We’re no strangers to new construction in Happy Valley, and we’ve seen first hand the need for more north/south transportation options in Clackamas County. As part of Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary development, the proposed corridor is going through many public and governmental review processes in order to ensure the protection of natural land, growing communities, and intelligent design of our cities. Currently, the consulting team and project staff are currently developing the possible roadway designs based on public feedback and evaluating them according to the project goals and objectives – which must take into account the unique geographical layout of Clackamas County and the patterns of residential real estate construction in Happy Valley, Damascus, and Gresham.

The 172nd/190th Corridor Plan Project will be engaging public opinion through approximately November of 2011, and there are plenty of  ways to keep up to date on the project and get involved, including the project website http://www.172nd.com, newsletters, public workshops and open houses, and Public Advisory Committee meetings.

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Portland Events: Trillium Festival and Native Plant Sale at Tryon Creek Park

Monday, March 28th, 2011

It’s time to get those gardens planted, Portland! Celebrate spring and trillium flowers with a garden art show, live music, and children’s activities this Saturday and Sunday at Tryon Creek State Natural Area near the Arnold Creek neighborhood of Southwest Portland. Tryon Creek State Park is a 670-acre forest located on the boundaries of Portland and Lake Oswego, and is the perfect place to herald in spring with the annual Trillium Festival and Native Plant Sale.The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. in Portland.

Trilliums are some of the earliest blooming of our native flowers, a true herald of spring. Mistakenly thought by many to be Oregon’s state flower by virtue of its abundance, the Trillium’s pure, bright white flower held above the triumvirate of bright green leaves is a welcome sight in the woods as well as the woodland garden. The white flower gradually turns to purple as it ages.

Visitors at the Trillium festival can find amazing deals on native plants, and can also take guided hikes, listen to story tellers, check out garden art and other crafts, and fill up on delicious food. The Trillium Festival is a celebration of Oregonian’s love of nature, and a chance to remember the foresight of the state of Oregon to make Tryon Creek  Oregon’s first and only urban state natural area. For more information, visit www.tryonfriends.org.

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Southeast Portland Real Estate: Milwaukie’s First Friday Art Festival Kicks off the 2011 Season

Monday, March 28th, 2011

This Friday, April 1st, is the official 2011 kick-off of Downtown Milwaukie’s Art a la Carte, a monthly First Friday festival of live music, art exhibits, poetry readings, an authors corner, entertainment, kids activities, and special deals offered by local merchants. Though it’ll be April Fool’s day, there’s more fun than fooling in store for the whole family. Take advantage of warmer temperatures and get in the mood for summer as you stroll through downtown Milwaukie’s charming retail district, listen to great local bands, and enjoy an ice cream cone (come on, we can pretend it’s July – and given the sunny weekend we just had, it definitely feels as though summer is on its way).

Live music this Friday includes local talent Alopaki Morales, the Sojourner Marimba Band, Will Scrivens, and John and Marydith Grant. Bank of the West (at 11050 SE Mc Loughlin Blvd.) is hosting an “April Fool’s Day Fun” event, so venture in at your own risk!

Visit www.firstfridaymilwaukie.com for details about the free event, held on the first Friday of each month, and for information about homes for sale in Milwaukie or other Portland Suburbs, contact the McDonald Group Portland real estate experts today, and start looking for your next perfect home.

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Portland Real Estate Insider: February 2011 Portland Market Action Report Highlights

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
The latest RMLS Market Action Report is out for February 2011, and we’re seeing some minor improvement in the overall health of the Portland real estate market, even as prices continue to drop. Portland-area home sales rose in February (closed sales this month were higher than both last February – up 5.8% – and the last monthly report in January 2011 – 3.8% jump), though the average sale price for February dropped 10.5% compared to February 2010 and the median sale price also fell 9.1%. Compared to February 2010, the average sale price dropped from 273,100 to $244,500 – Home prices are now comparable to mid-2004 levels. Inventory dropped  20% from last year (the inventory of unsold homes relative to sales). It’s still very much a buyer’s market, as interest rates are currently extremely low and we have a good inventory of well-priced homes, foreclosures and short sales.

One of the most interesting facts from this month’s market report is which areas in the Portland region have the most active listings. Southeast Portland has more active listings than any Portland suburb – second only to the number of listings in West Portland. Overall, RMLS reported 2,883 new listings, down a whopping 26.1 percent from a year ago.

The Southwest Washington Market Action Report shows an increase in average sale price in Clark County this February compared to last month, January 2011, though in contrast to the Portland metro market, closed sales are down 9.9% compared to last year and 280 to 274 (-2.1%) compared to last month. Compared to February 2010, pending sales in Southwest Washington fell by 24%, and new listings dropped 15.9%.

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Portland Area Real Estate Insider: Free Rose Pruning Demonstrations this Weekend

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Are you interested in the best ways to raise roses in the Rose City? Volunteers from the Portland Rose Society will demonstrate proper pruning techniques and answer questions about spring gardening this Saturday, March 12. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center, 1090 McVey Ave., in Lake Oswego. A similar free event will be taking place in Milwaukie, where Rich Baer from the Portland Rose Garden will present an informative and fun hands-on seminar in the Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden at noon on Saturday, March 12. (Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie; free; www.milwaukiecenter.com or 503-653-8100

If you can’t make it to the event this weekend but are interested in gardening in the Portland area, check out a few of these books from your local library or order them from everyone’s favorite local bookstore, Powell’s:

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Portland Realtor Fun Tips: Portland Farmers’ Market Reopens March 19th!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Saturday, March 19th is the official re-opening of the Portland Farmers’ Market’s 2011 season, so head down to the south Park Blocks in Portland’s Cultural District bright and early for the best celebration of local food, music, and culture in Portland after its long winter break. Grab ingredients for a fantastic spring meal, or just grab a cup of coffee and meet some farmers and Portland food enthusiasts. You never know, you’re likely to meet some of the most popular chefs in Portland shopping for the day’s menu!

The Portland Farmers’ Market is perhaps best known for its Portland State University campus incarnation on Saturdays, and the PSU market IS the longest running market in town, but PFM is actually a non-profit organization that oversees a growing number of markets throughout the city. Last year was the first year of the Pioneer Courthouse Square Farmers’ Market, which filled the popular gathering spot charmingly called “Portland’s Living Room” with fresh fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods. For most of the year, Portlanders can shop for local, fresh, and organic foods five days a week at six different locations throughout the city, from Southeast off of 20th and Hawthorne, to NW 23rd, to NE at King Elementary (for a list of all locations, times, vendors, and more, check out the PFM website). That means that wherever you’re planning on buying a home in Portland, you have easy access to the best food in the Northwest. Every quadrant has an opportunity to experience the “best of the country in the heart of the city.”

Portland’s farmers markets stand for the best of the city’s values, ingenuity, and community. If you’re thinking of relocating to Portland, ask Kristie to take you to one of the amazing farmers markets on your tour of homes for sale in Portland. Grab a cup of coffee as you browse the stalls, listen to local musicians, taste the best of Oregon produce, and support our local community and economy. It’s just one more reason why Portland is the best city in America, and a really good reason to call this city home.

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Portland Historic Real Estate: NE Portland Tudor Revival Mansion Sells for $2 Million

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

One of our favorite historic Portland estates, the Autzen Mansion in NE Portland’s Alameda neighborhood, recently sold for $2 million after sitting on the market for nearly eight years. The historic Tudor Revival home, topping over 10,000 square feet and occupying an entire city block, was built in 1927 by Kirtland K. Cutter for plywood-industry millionaire Thomas J. Autzen and was once home to Portland Trail Blazer Steve Johnson. The Autzen family remains a legacy in the Portland area, and not just in the luxury real estate market – the Portland-based Autzen Foundation supports education and the arts, and the stadium at the University of Oregon bears the Autzen name.

Interested in the real estate details? The home features five bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms, formal gardens, full ballroom, Italian tile murals, and most of the original ironwork and hand-hewn beams. The mansion’s previous owners lovingly spent more than $500,000 restoring the place, including repairs on the chimneys, the oak woodwork in the dining room, and all the leaded-glass windows. The Autzen Mansion is the biggest house in Alameda, a neighborhood in Northeast Portland, but the area has many other amazing historic homes that won’t cost you a fortune but will give the same sense of Portland’s rich early history.

If you’re interested in Tudor homes for sale in Portland and Portland-area suburbs, contact the McDonald Group Portland real estate experts today. Portland Tudor Revival Homes are common in older neighborhoods, including Eastmoreland, Ladd’s Addition, Laurelhurst, Alameda, and Irvington. Many Tudor Revival homes in Portland also incorporate Craftsman- and Colonial-style exterior and interior design features, such as built-in buffets and bookshelves.  While many Tudor Revival homes in Portland were built in the early 20th century, modern architects and neighborhood developers have borrowed elements of the Tudor style and incorporated them into new construction homes with modern amenities and less traditional features.  These “Modern Tudors” are often found in planned developments in Portland Suburbs like West Linn and Lake Oswego, while the traditional Tudor Revival homes are found in close-in, older Portland neighborhoods. We can help you pinpoint the style, size, and location of your dream home in Portland – whether it’s a mansion or a country cottage, you’ll find it in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Portland Realtor Guide: Official Date of Portland Streetcar Eastside Loop Set for September 2012

Monday, March 7th, 2011

In Portland’s earlier years, streetcar lines connected Portland with every neighborhood and suburb in the metro area. In fact, in the early twentieth century, Portland had one of the largest streetcar networks in America. The layout of the city’s downtown streets and neighborhoods on both sides of the river were shaped by the width of streetcar tracks, turns, and stops. The city was literally designed around the trolleys that connected everyone in the area. Portland’s first streetcar line began in 1872, with horse- or mule-drawn cars that ran along First Avenue in downtown. Eventually, the difficulty of caring for the animals helped pave the way for steam-powered engine cars, cable cars and electric-powered cars. With the rise of the family car, streetcars faded from use and most lines and streetcars were relegated to history books and museums. That’s a common enough story throughout the country – but the thing that makes Portland’s different is that our streetcars are coming back, track by track.

When Portland’s modern streetcar system debuted in 2001, it was the first modern streetcar system in America, and it’s continuing to expand, increasing the accessibility of Portland neighborhoods and allowing Portlanders to leave their cars at home or live a car-free lifestyle in the Rose City. For the past several years, construction has been underway for a 3.3-mile extension of the Streetcar loop that will bring the popular westside system over the Willamette River to the heart of East Portland.

The official opening of the Portland Streetcar Eastside Loop is scheduled to open on September 28, 2012 – an occasion that will definitely bring parties and excitement to all corners of the city. Who knows, perhaps in a few years we’ll be back to the system of the early 1900′s – connecting Portland neighborhoods and Portland suburbs with accessible, inexpensive, car-free travel. History streetcars offered service to Goose Hollow, South Portland, Council Crest, Willamette Heights, Albina, Irvington, Mount Tabor, Mount Scott, Sellwood and more areas outside the center of the city – and we’d love to see more areas served by the streetcar in the 21st century!

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Northeast Portland Real Estate Guide: Aviary, a New Restaurant on NE Alberta, Takes Flight

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The three-chef-owned Aviary, an Asian-French restaurant from recent NYC transplants Sarah Pliner, Jasper Shen, and Kat Whitehead, is the newest addition to the exciting Alberta Art’s District dining scene. The chefs’ impressive talents combine to create a tapas-style menu divided up into small, large, and vegetable plates, and some amazing desserts including beer-flavored ice cream! The kitchen at Aviary is churning out some of the most creative food in Portland, including tempura pumpkin with red curry, scallions, and thai basil, ox tail croquettes with tomato jam, roast goose salad with sweet soy and mint, and even crispy pig ear with coconut rice, chinese sausage, and avocado! They’ve also got a great drink menu. We’re sure Aviary will be a big hit in the neighborhood, it’s a perfect place for larger groups or an intimate date.

These last few years the Alberta neighborhood in north east Portland has undergone a creative renaissance, becoming a thriving small business haven and a place where newcomers flock. Alberta has made a name for itself with its distinctive creative and diverse population, socially-conscious inhabitants, unique hangouts and its infamous “Last Thursday” arts and street fair. If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or other real estate in Alberta or other Portland neighborhoods, check out the Alberta Arts District neighborhood profile filled with the best restaurants in Alberta, historical facts, and bike-friendly information.

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW King Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Check out the new King real estate neighborhood guide detailing the neighborhood of King in Northeast Portland, filled with quirky culture, classic Old Portland homes, and some of the best dining and shopping in town. The King neighborhood is classic and proud, and provides easy commuting access to all of Portland. Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, small-neighborhood atmosphere, King Real Estate is quintessential Portland.

If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or other real estate in King or other Portland neighborhoods, check out our King real estate neighborhood guide filled with the best restaurants in King, top restaurants and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in King!

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