Posts Tagged ‘Homes for sale’

TA Liesy Homes NW Talks about a Building Rebound in Happy Valley- Clackamas Review

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Tom Liesy of  TA Liesy Homes NW has plenty to say in his recent interview with the Clackamas Review about the new construction housing market.   Tom is seen in the attached picture just out front of our model at Sunrise Heights in Happy Valley. As you will see from the picture Tom has plenty to point out  in our current market, and he isn’t kidding when he says we can’t build them fast enough. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tom as his Realtor on some  of his bigger projects (such as Sunrise Heights) and the amount of interest we get daily is amazing. We have many people waiting for our grand opening event taking place this weekend, 4/16 & 4/17 where we will be opening the door to one of Tom’s latest home designs, “The Whitman”- a vintage style plan in the heart of Happy Valley! Our prices, product and lots just can’t be beat! -Kristie McD. Your Happy Valley Realtor

Foreclosures for sale in Portland, Oregon; just listed & price reduced today! 71 of them!

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Here is today’s list of foreclosures!  If you are interested in receiving a daily email with the bank owned listings homes just listed for sale click here and sign up!  This list includes everything from Government Camp to Johns Landing to Wilsonville to Hillsboro!  Let me know if there’s something you’d like to tour! -Kristie Your Portland Realtor!

Check out these New Homes for sale in Happy Valley, Oregon … all new construction & custom homes!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I mentioned new homes for sale in Happy Valley in my previous blog and thought I’d pull a listing report so you can look through all the new construction options in the Happy Valley area.  Most builders have several different plans they can work from, what you need to do first is determine your budget, look at lot options (what area you prefer), walk through a new home the builder has already built so you can sample the quality and finishes and then fine tune the details.  There is some poor construction out there so you want to make sure you are working with a reputable builder.  The builder I work with has lots available to build on in several different neighborhoods, because he builds so many he has fantastic resources at great prices and several plans to work from.  New construction homes are a great way to go! By the way, if you love the Ryan Olsen style homes we can build that too!   -Kristie McD.

New Construction & Custom Built Homes in Happy Valley, Oregon is a win-win!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Scott and I have sold alot of homes in Happy Valley, in fact we think it’s a fantastic place to invest right now as you can buy an amazing grand home with a view, level lot, great school and a great neighborhood all within in a few minute drive to the freeway.  We’ve watched Happy Valley’s housing market go through several changes, short sales, bank owned…. but what we are seeing as the current and growing trend is new construction homes for sale and they are selling fast.  New construction homes are not only competitively priced they are amazingly priced. Smart builders are picking up lots at great prices and passing the savings on to the home buyer. Not only does the home buyer get a new home, they get to chose finishes, make changes to the plans or even design their own.  What we are seeing in the way of resale homes is that the good ones are picked over and the ones left are beat up, distressed , on impossible lots, poorly constructed or attracting multiple offers. When going with a new constructed home you can move into the home you envisioned and not spend an abundance of time waiting for the right one to hit the market. Another advantage is that the home is taxed at today’s value, not a tax assessed value from 2005.

Happy Valley is hot right now, new construction is even hotter.  New home sales is our forte, call me for pricing, lots & plans! -Kristie McDonald, Your Happy Valley Realtor!

Homes for sale on Mt. Hood under $200k (Welches, Zig Zag, Government Camp..)

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Okay… winter is coming and if you are interested in purchasing a Mt. Hood Cabin Getaway or vacation rental hurry before it starts snowing! Not that we can’t tour in the snow but MANY of these cabines and homes for sale priced under $200,000  have been vacant a while and that means little to no road markings… in the snow that can mean driving into ditches and ravines that might resemble a road leading to the home you can see only 100 feet away! (link good for 2 weeks, ask me to send you another if link is expired)

Anyhow, there are some great deals on the mountain for vacation homes but some great ones for year round living as well (such as in Timberline Rim).  BTW, rentals in Government camp can be high in demand since Mt. Hood offers year round skiing and is a popular destination for ski camps from all over the world.  Skiing year round, hiking, biking, etc…. the Mountain is busy year round!  Ask Me!  -Kristie McD your Portland Realtor

McDonald Group Real Estate Trends: It’s Still a Buyer’s Market in Portland

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

The latest market report for the Portland Real Estate market shows a steady level of continued price reductions on homes for sale around the Portland Metro area. Back in August we talked here on the McDonald Group Real Estate blog about the Portland Business Journal article stating that thirty-two percent of Portland homes for sale in early summer experienced at least one price reduction, ranking  Portland No. 16 on Trulia’s list of price reductions in America’s 50 largest cities. Those numbers are sticking around.

A buyers market is one in which there are more homes available that there are people ready and willing to purchase them. With so many options to choose from in the Portland Real Estate market, buyers have the opportunity to pick up ridiculous deals on homes for sale in Portland that would otherwise be snapped up for much more. The buyers market means more options, lower prices, and higher competition amongst sellers, which makes homeowners and Portland real estate agents more willing to compromise and negotiate price reductions on all types of homes.

Signs of a buyers market in Portland are everywhere – this is the time to upsize or move into a more desirable area, as there are literally hundreds of gorgeous homes at rock bottom prices, including luxury foreclosures, high-end short-sales, bank-owned homes, and affordable listing prices on homes priced well below their previous market value. A balanced buyer/seller market has around 5 or 6 months of inventory. The Portland Real Estate market is currently just below 11 months. If you’re trying to sell a home in Portland, you’re going to need to price competitively and think about upgrades to make your house more attractive to the increasingly savvy buyers. The average sale price in the Portland Real Estate market is around $297,000 and homes for sale in Portland typically stay on the market for around 121 days. There’s really no good way to tell how long this buyers market will last, so be sure to take advantage of these record low prices, record low interest rates, and the amazing supply of affordable dream homes out there on the Portland Real Estate Market.


Portland Real Estate Trends: Homeowners Slashing Prices

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

In a report published in the Portland Business Journal yesterday, we learned that thirty-two percent of Portland homes for sale, listed since the beginning of this month, experienced at least one price reduction. That ranked Portland No. 16 on the website Trulia’s list of price reductions in America’s 50 largest cities.

The average reduction for Portland homes was 9 percent, just under the national average of a 10 percent reduction on 25 percent of newly listed homes. With historically low interest rates, cutting-edge sustainability renovation rebates and low remodeling costs, and a high supply of beautiful homes for sale with great Walk Scores, this is a perfect time to grab a great deal.

As Scott McDonald of the McDonald Group said back in June, “We all know mortgage rates are low right now, but Freddie Mac really put a light on it by saying they are currently lower than they have been since they began tracking this data in 1971 and states the last time they were this low was in the 1950′s. Yup, the economy stinks right now, but if you’re in a position that’s somewhat insulated from economic trends and are thinking of buying a home, now really is the time.”


Getting to Know Mt. Hood & Government Camp

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

mt-hoodSince we’ve been presented with such a great opportunity to work with the Tyrolean Community Project on Mt. Hood I have decided to really get to know Government Camp.  Scott & I specialize in specific areas of Portland (although we do work all of the Portland Metro area) but Mt. Hood is one I’m REALLY excited to get to know. Not only because I’m now actively selling real estate there (both homes & land) but also because I want to better know Portland’s backyard.

As an agents it’s very important that we are the “know it all” or atleast “know alot of it all” about the Portland & surrounding area so I’m excited to take on new adventures. I’m glad to hear that Mt. Hood has year around sport & activities because I don’t even own a snow suit! (not yet anyway).

If any of you out there have a suggestion on the “to do’s or “to try’s” on Mt. Hood please send me some ideas! I’ll be blogging on my new adventures on Tyrolean’s website BLOG at:


Property Flyers vs 800 Numbers

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Everyone occasionally pulls up to a listed home and grabs the flyer out of the flyer box and more frequently than not they pull up to find the flyer box is empty.  WIth the idea of conserving paper and time delivering flyers on a regular basis I had considered switching to 1-800 numbers instead. EXCEPT… (more…)