A Guide to Lake Oswego Real Estate and Community
Dianne and Linda

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Market Activity ~ Feb 5-11, 2018

Last week 13 New properties enter the market in Lake Oswego, 16 moved to Pending status, and 12 were “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Feb 5-11, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
750 1ST ST E33 $197,000 1 1 986 CONDO
45 EAGLE CREST DR #402 $199,000 1 1 768 CONDO
200 CERVANTES $225,000 3 1.1 1138 CONDO
5056 FOOTHILLS DR C $364,900 2 2 1252 CONDO
17790 OVERLOOK CIR $590,000 3 3 3480 DETACHD
26 GROUSE TER $795,000 4 3 3857 DETACHD
116 MIDDLECREST RD $1,075,000 4 3 2545 DETACHD
3305 CEDAR CT $1,098,000 4 3.1 3986 DETACHD
418 NORTHSHORE RD $1,248,800 4 2 2838 DETACHD
1875 FERNWOOD DR $1,249,900 4 4 3279 DETACHD
16538 MAPLE CIR $1,299,000 4 3.1 2784 DETACHD
1059 BAYBERRY RD $1,548,000 5 3.1 3550 DETACHD
17399 CANAL CIR $2,349,000 4 3.1 4586 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Feb 5-11, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
32 OSWEGO SMT $174,900 1 1 752 CONDO 125
86 KINGSGATE RD C202 $225,000 2 2 924 CONDO 39
5225 JEAN RD #313 $260,000 2 2 1200 CONDO 155
3802 BOTTICELLI ST $275,000 3 2 1224 CONDO 3
5353 LAKEVIEW BLVD $295,000 3 2 2598 DETACHD 13
15494 BRIANNE CT $335,000 2 2.1 1250 ATTACHD 2
4000 CARMAN DR #49 $350,000 2 1.1 1004 CONDO 4
17460 SCHALIT WAY $497,000 4 3 2190 DETACHD 174
17 FALSTAFF ST $579,000 4 3 2450 DETACHD 100
33 HILLSHIRE DR $677,000 4 2.1 2757 DETACHD 45
12788 SIERRA VISTA DR $699,000 4 3.1 2812 DETACHD 221
1418 Maple ST $799,950 3 2.1 2066 DETACHD
740 7TH ST $1,249,000 7 7 5431 DETACHD 268
4660 WILDWOOD ST $1,289,900 4 4 3709 DETACHD 36
2462 SUMMIT DR $1,575,000 3 2.1 3598 DETACHD 270
12384 SW CLARA LN $2,000,000 4 2.1 2007 DETACHD 446

SOLD (Feb 5-11, 2018)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
61 OSWEGO SMT $219,900 $220,000 2 2 1212 CONDO 10
4236 WOODSIDE CIR $395,000 $400,000 3 2 1524 ATTACHD 16
4978 GALEN ST $474,850 $449,000 2 2.1 1552 ATTACHD 78
9 FALSTAFF ST $577,000 $549,000 4 2.1 2436 DETACHD 315
1885 CREST DR $625,000 $565,000 4 2 2120 DETACHD 132
16946 BRYANT RD $999,000 $824,000 2 2 1390 DETACHD 171
160 IRON MOUNTAIN BLVD $825,000 $835,000 4 3 3090 DETACHD 9
1579 BAY VIEW LN $988,000 $965,000 5 3 4730 DETACHD 182
15800 OSWEGO SHORE CT $1,155,000 $1,100,000 4 3.1 4047 DETACHD 269
18246 BELLA TERRA DR $1,269,000 $1,195,000 4 3.1 4200 DETACHD 311
830 CABANA LN $1,324,900 $1,200,000 4 3.1 3029 DETACHD 202
16697 MAPLE CIR $5,250,000 $5,250,000 4 3.2 3311 DETACHD 0

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

The Internet House Hunt

The Internet is the single biggest change that I have seen happen to real estate in my 30 year career. I go back to the days of the massive catalogs that were published every two weeks and distributed to Realtors. Just think if it, every two weeks. By the time I received it, they were already outdated by today’s standards. I then experienced the data base being available in html. No photos, very cryptic, but at least it was current. Then our local multiple listing service made the big jump to a full fledged website, with photos! The RMLS in Oregon was the first full-scale Internet MLS in the country, or at least that is what I recall hearing.

Today we take all of that for granted. If you are looking to buy a house, that is what you do with your free time at work, at home, waiting on an appointment. We do it in the palm of our hand. It truly is remarkable.

It has completely changed the way that I show houses. Now my clients tell me what they want to see. I do still do property searches, daily, for my clients, but I then send them a link so that they can approve or disapprove of what I find. They also send me what they are finding and I put that onto our agenda. I no longer waste their time by trying to figure out what on the market will suit their needs. It did work the old way, but the new way is so much better!

That leads me to today’s topic, on-line websites where we all peruse the inventory.

I don’t have a favorite, but I do compare them. They can have wildly divergent opinions of value. I like to compare zillow, trulia, realtor.com, and redfin. I do this when I am doing a property analysis mostly because I know that the public is doing it and I need to see what they are seeing. I honestly don’t find one sight any better than the other. I do, however, have an opinion about their accuracy.

All of these websites base their valuations on statistical analysis based upon the public record. It is public record what other houses have sold for in the area with information on the year built, the size of the home, the type of roof, etc. However, the public record is often wrong. How this happens is a bit of a mystery. Sometimes it likely goes back to the difference between approval of building permits and changes made during construction. If the data isn’t updated in the tax assessors office, it stays out of the readily available public record. An easy example would be a 1920’s bungalow with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath that then had a second story attic turned into 2 more bedrooms. This is now a 4 bedroom house, but the tax record may still say it is 2 bedrooms. The bottom line is that the public record is not always accurate.

Additionally, the public record has no knowledge of condition of the property. Making it easy, let’s say there is a subdivision of 100 nearly identical houses that were built in 1998. Most are likely in average condition having been maintained with new carpet every 10 years and perhaps some new counter tops. Public record won’t know that a cat lady lived in the house and neglected to vacuum for the last 20 years. It also won’t know that one lucky couple won the lottery and put is subzero refrigerator, custom in-lay wood floors, and hand crafted plaster walls. The tax record does not know one is the epitome of luxury and one is one match away from an insurance claim.

The bottom line is that the tools on-line are remarkable, but you should take the values that are posted on line with a grain of salt. Ultimately you still need to get inside to see the house and the house still needs to be properly priced when listed for sale.

I hope you find this helpful,
Dianne

Market Activity Jan 29-Feb 4, 2018

Pending sales are currently out pacing new listings. Inventory is sorely needed so if you are thinking about selling your Lake Oswego home, the time is ripe! Last we in LO we had 10 houses come onto the market, 15 go into pending status, and 11 properties that closed escrow.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (Jan 29-Feb 4, 2018)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
1776 Bonniebrae Dr Townhouse $331,000 2 2 1525
578 2nd St Condo $499,000 2 2.5 1302
1413 Oak St Detached $600,000 3 3 2424
17720 Overlook Circle Detached $615,000 4 2.5 3400
282 Greenwood Rd Detached $890,000 3 2.5 2530
13978 Westcott Ct Detached $985,000 4 3 3267
504 8th St Detached $1,075,000 4 3 2858
2057 Summit Dr Detached $1,279,000 4 3.5 4694
2735 Glen Eagles Rd Detached $1,379,900 4 3.5 2938
1093 Chandler Rd Detached $2,200,000 5 4.5 5331

Pending Sales (Jan 29-Feb 4, 2018)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
17570 Hill Way Detached $479,000 3 2 1378 5
1232 Cornell St Detached $569,000 3 2 1647 4
1601 Woodland Terrace Detached $599,000 3 3 2594 126
5545 Kilchurn Ave Detached $660,000 3 2 2559 18
13283 Fox Run Detached $724,900 3 2.5 2744 10
802 Clara Ct Detached $769,000 4 3 2857 54
17421 Brookhurst Dr Detached $779,000 4 3.5 3756 10
18840 Hill Top Rd Detached $899,999 3 3.5 4286 499
15620 Village Dr Detached $949,000 4 2.5 3324 28
1555 Country Commons Detached $995,000 4 2.5 4191 273
625 Carrera Ln Detached $998,000 4 33.5 5288 76
4136 Casey Ct Detached $999,000 5 3.5 4070 1
18171 Bryant Rd Detached $1,198,000 3 2.5 2984 201
3920 Upper Dr Detached $1,199,000 4 3.5 3800 127
1923 Mapleleaf Ct Detached $1,395,000 3 2.5 3190 253

Sold/Closed (Jan 29-Feb 4, 2018)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
4 Touchstone #93 Condo $224,900 $220,000 1351 17
3433 McNary Pkwy #604 Attached $269,000 $275,000 1,136 7
5225 Jean Rd #507 Condo $289,900 $279,900 1,400 121
1470 Boca Ratan Dr Townhouse $360,000 $360,000 1867 0
16890 Cortez Ct Detached $469,000 $460,000 2016 78
520 2nd St Condo $499,000 $495,000 1520 24
5524 Langford Ln Detached $570,000 $530,000 2038 96
1661 Woodland Ter Detached $625,000 $610,000 3178 32
8 Morningview Ln Detached $645,000 $635,000 3277 98
2155 Ridgewood Rd Detached $775,000 $760,000 3454 39
920 Atwood Rd Detached $1,995,000 $2,295,440 4851 165

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Lake Oswego Picked Pics!

Category 1 Winner: Dogs Gone Surfing – Shelley Markstaller

The results are in from the Annual Photo Contest in Lake Oswego.  If you’d like to get a feel for what living in Lake Oswego is truly like, and also for the amazing and creative folks who make up this magical place, check out the slideshow gallery of the entries & winners in the link below:   Lake Oswego Photo Contest Winners & Collections

 

Market Activity ~ Jan 22-28, 2018

Last week 12 New properties enter the market in Lake Oswego, 19 moved to Pending status, and 11 were “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Jan 22-28, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
160 OSWEGO SMT $199,000 2 2 1383 CONDO
5353 LAKEVIEW BLVD $295,000 3 2 2598 DETACHD
3688 SPRING LN #3D $299,900 2 2 1117 CONDO
507 ASH ST $399,000 4 3 4666 DETACHD
18966 LONGFELLOW AVE $459,950 3 2 1330 DETACHD
5524 WASHINGTON CT $799,000 4 2.1 2672 DETACHD
17594 SHEPHERDS CT $825,000 4 2.1 3001 DETACHD
4101 VIRGINIA WAY $899,900 4 2.2 3231 DETACHD
14144 GOODALL RD $1,089,000 4 3 3701 DETACHD
2912 WEMBLEY PARK RD $1,650,000 4 3.2 4389 DETACHD
18475 Crestline DR $1,888,888 4 4.1 4740 DETACHD
940 HOODVIEW LN $2,248,000 4 3.1 4638 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Jan 22-28, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
16250 PACIFIC HWY #75 $199,900 3 2 1593 CONDO 162
44 EAGLE CREST DRb #16 $221,900 3 2 1085 CONDO 192
19241 LONGFELLOW AVE $439,900 3 1 1188 DETACHD 3
4841 SW DAWN ST $489,000 3 2 1550 DETACHD 11
17323 ASHLEY CT $525,000 3 2.1 2117 ATTACHD 79
1033 SPRUCE ST $575,000 2 2.1 1623 DETACHD 6
21 MASARYK ST $585,000 4 2.1 2773 DETACHD 80
5622 CARMAN DR $599,000 4 2 2164 DETACHD 5
780 BRIERCLIFF LN $599,900 5 3.1 2502 DETACHD 97
13366 AUBURN CT $639,900 3 2.1 2492 ATTACHD 0
4729 LAKEVIEW BLVD $679,000 3 2.1 2551 DETACHD 40
19 HIDALGO ST $725,000 4 3.1 4500 DETACHD 11
18336 TAMAWAY DR $745,000 4 3 3372 DETACHD 6
4725 CAMBRIDGE CT $749,900 2 2.1 2942 ATTACHD 130
18440 DELENKA LN $799,900 4 3.1 4668 DETACHD 234
1316 CEDAR ST $849,999 5 3.1 3140 DETACHD 257
13300 FIELDING RD $850,000 3 2 2865 DETACHD 56
16034 INVERURIE RD $859,900 4 3 3305 DETACHD 18
2135 RIDGE POINTE DR $1,569,900 5 4.2 6755 DETACHD 247

SOLD (Jan 22-28, 2018)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
48 CERVANTES CIR 3-C $235,000 $220,000 2 1.1 1368 ATTACHD 4
18017 TUALATA AVE $379,900 $365,000 3 2 1124 DETACHD 28
5215 BONITA RD $495,000 $473,000 3 2.1 1761 DETACHD 16
5059 W SUNSET DR $599,900 $525,000 2 2.1 1734 ATTACHD 73
1798 KILKENNY RD $579,900 $529,900 3 2 2323 DETACHD 224
14260 UPLANDS DR $600,000 $580,000 4 3 2984 DETACHD 30
18410 DEERBRUSH AVE $659,000 $625,000 4 2.1 2246 DETACHD 92
13265 FOX RUN $699,900 $689,900 4 2.1 2614 DETACHD 34
17645 OAK MEADOW LN $828,000 $690,000 4 2.1 3723 DETACHD 159
339 6TH ST $789,000 $745,083 3 3.1 2258 ATTACHD 81
583 2ND ST $1,200,000 $1,200,000 2 2.1 2190 CONDO 0

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Lake Oswego Reads 2018

This is the 12th year for Lake Oswego reads and this year’s chosen book is Good Morning Midnight.

The concept behind Lake Oswego Reads is the encouragement for everyone in the city, including the students at both Lake Oswego High School and Lakeridge High School, to read the same book at the same time. The event kicked off in January when the local library gave out 800 free copies of the book. The month of February is filled with events that highlight the book and the various topics that the book inspires.

Good Morning Midnight was written by Lily Brooks-Dalton. It tells the story of the end of the world in which two people, an astronomer in the Arctic, and an astronaut returning to Earth from Jupiter, find themselves as the only people left alive. The book explores the themes of loneliness, connection, endurance, regret, and the search for meaning and hope. As the story evolves, the two main characters lives become connected.

It’s a real challenge for the committee who selects the annual book because it needs to be a story that will appeal to many age levels and be compelling enough to really engage the community. I have read 7 of the previous 11 books and I have never been disappointed.

The February events include a month long art display that can be found at the library, city hall, Chrisman Picture Frames, and the Lakewood Center for the arts. In addition there will be educational talks by experts such as Dr Andrew Fountain, a Professor of Geology at PSU who will be speaking about glaciers, and Dr Karyn Rodes, a research biologist from the Alaska Science Center, who will be speaking about polar bears. There are several set dates for discussion groups and the big highlight will be when the author speaks on February 13th. For a full list of events, click here. All of the events are free.

Any time is a good time to crack open a good book, and that is especially so in February here in LO.
Happy reading, Dianne

Market Activity Jan 15-21, 2019

Last week Lake Oswego enjoyed 15 new listings, 16 pending sales, and 14 sold/closed properties.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (Jan 15-21, 2018)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
103 Oswego Summit Condo $199,900 2 1.5 1116
4 Touchstone #62 Condo $224,900 3 2.5 1351
4 Touchstone #74 Condo $229,000 3 2.5 1351
4801 Jean Rd Detached $650,000 6 6.5 3400
13283 Fox Run Detached $724,900 3 2.5 2744
19 Hidalgo Detached $725,000 4 3.5 4500
16586 Phantom Bluff Ct Detached $1,250,000 3 2.5 2571
554 4th St Townhouse $1,395,000 4 4.5+.5 5576
560 4th St Townhouse $1,395,000 4 4.5 3186
548 5th St Townhouse $1,395,000 3 4.5 3186
566 4th St Townhouse $1,395,000 4 4.5+.5 3376
572 4th St Townhouse $1,495,000 3 4.5 3364
542 4th St Townhouse $1,495,000 4 4.5+.5 3376
3330 Cedar Ct Detached $1,612,500 4 3.5 4467
16826 Alder Circle Detached $1,795,000 3 3 2363

Pending Sales (Jan 15-21, 2018)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
133 Oswego Summit Condo $199,900 1 1 923 4
4000 Carman Dr F90 Condo $205,000 2 2 834 9
4 Touchstone #148 Condo $214,900 3 2.4 1351 67
73 Galen St Condo $217,500 2 2 995 100
61 Oswego Summit Condo $219,900 2 2 1212 210
19136 Pilkington Rd Detached $389,900 3 1.5 1260 6
5720 Kenny St Detached $410,000 3 2 1416 88
16011 Lake Forest Blvd Detached $425,000 3 1.5 1360 37
4841 Dawn St Detached $489,000 3 2 1550 4
17280 Westview Dr Detached $529,900 3 3 2324 74
937 Oak St Detached $675,000 4 3 2921 110
3242 Glenmorrie Dr Detached $979,900 3 2.5 3146 88
1579 Bay View Ln Detached $988,000 5 3 4730 182
2160 Childs Rd Detached $1,725,000 4 2.5 3695 152
1500 Ridgecrest Dr Detached $1,797,000 5 5 4817 307
1500 Ridgecrest Dr Detached $3,550,000 4 4.5+.5 5050 307

Sold/Closed (Jan 15-21, 2018.)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
5092 Galen St Detached $424,900 $403,650 1178 3
918 Lake Front Rd Detached $455,000 $455,000 921 3
2442 Palisades Crest Dr Detached $599,900 $555,000 2,707 207
5110 Rosewood St Detached $624,900 $593,000 2464 106
17585 Treetop Way Detached $779,000 $650,000 2422 74
643 Ash St Detached $674,900 $650,000 2200 3
5418 Washington Ct Detached $679,900 $683,228 2074 64
13845 Amberwood Circle Detached $980,000 $780,000 3277 120
2481 Marylshire Ln Detached $768,000 $792,800 4091 241
103 Garibaldi St Detached $949,000 $801,125 3940 240
15543 Village Dr Detached $965,000 $868,000 3036 118
5320 Southwood Dr Detached $915,000 $972,200 3646 123
481 Iron Mountain Blvd Detached $900,000 $887,000 3859 214
1809 Headlee Ln Detached $1,195,000 $1,170,000 4586 41

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

News & Notes ~ Dec / Year-End 2017

We’ve got the numbers in for 2017~ Here is your look at the most recent data for the entire Portland area and how Lake Oswego fits in to this picture just below:

  • According to the RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro Area, December, 2017:
    • There were 1,617 New Listings in Dec 2017 which was up 13.8% from Dec of 2016’s 1,421, and down a whopping 33.1% from Nov of 2017’s total of 2,416.
    • At 2,350, Dec Closed Sales were down 10.3% from Dec 2016’s 2,621, and 1.6% from the previous month/Nov 2017’s total of  2,387.
    • December’s Pending Sales (accepted offers), at 1,757 was exactly the same as Dec of 2016, and decreased 25.9% from the previous month/Nov 2017’s total of 2,371.
    • The Average Sale Price in December of $421,700 was up $22,400 from December 2016’s $399,300, and down from November 2017’s $425,000 by $3,300.   

Neighborhoods: December’s Average Sale Price + Appreciation (last 12 months):

  • North Portland:  $400,500              5.9%   (Nov 401,600)
  • NE Portland:  $430,000                   8.1%   (Nov 439,100)
  • SE Portland:  $382,200                   8.7%   (Nov 403,500)
  • Gresham/Troutdale:   $329,600   10.4%   (Nov 349,900)
  • Milwaukie/Clackamas:  $411,500  9.1%   (Nov 406,000)
  • Oregon City/Canby:   $402,100      7.2%   (Nov 377,800)
  • Lake Oswego/West Linn:$662,700 9.5%   (Nov 708,000)
  • West Portland:    $612,700             3.2%   (Nov 576,100)
  • NW Washington County:$534,400  7.7%   (Nov 501,200)
  • Beaverton/Aloha:     $363,200        9.2%   (Nov 349,300)
  • Tigard/Wilsonville:   $435,700        7.7%   (Nov 453,000)
  • Hillsboro/Forest Grove: $366,800 11.0%   (Nov 364,600)

LAKE OSWEGO:

The combined areas of Lake Oswego and West Linn  for the month of December 2017 reported:

    •  288 Active Listings   
    •   80 New Listings     
    •   92 Pending Sales   
    •   98 Closed Sales  
    • Average Sale Price for Dec: $662,700  
      • NOTE: Higher-Priced vs Lower-Priced Homes Sales can skew the “Average” in any given month.  Lake Oswego has quite a variety, so this tends to be a less meaningful stat, generally speaking, in this niche.
    • 73 Average Days on the Market

Market Activity ~ Jan 8-14, 2018

Last week saw 7 New properties enter the market in Lake Oswego, 11 move to Pending status, and 8 “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Jan 8-14, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
133 OSWEGO SMT $199,900 1 1 923 CONDO
4000 CARMAN DR F90 $205,000 2 2 834 CONDO
16250 PACIFIC HWY #60 $249,900 2 2 1305 CONDO
5545 KILCHURN AVE $660,000 3 2 2559 DETACHD
12788 SIERRA VISTA DR $699,000 4 3.1 2812 DETACHD
4004 MELISSA DR $709,900 4 2.1 2865 DETACHD
13171 SANDALWOOD CT $715,000 4 2.1 3325 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Jan 8-14, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
570 S STATE ST / Grnd $239,500 2 1 914 CONDO 2
4462 THUNDER VISTA LN $314,000 2 2.1 2040 CONDO 4
16855 GASSNER LN $449,900 4 2 2258 DETACHD 30
16150 LAKE FOREST BLVD $524,900 2 2 2302 DETACHD 42
528 2ND ST $525,000 2 2.1 1703 CONDO 7
9 FALSTAFF ST $549,000 4 2.1 2436 DETACHD 315
14260 UPLANDS DR $600,000 4 3 2984 DETACHD 30
4725 CAMBRIDGE CT $749,900 2 2.1 2942 ATTACHD 118
160 IRON MOUNTAIN BLVD $825,000 4 3 3090 DETACHD 9
4933 LAKEVIEW BLVD $996,000 4 3 3988 DETACHD 7
19419 SW EAST SIDE RD $1,300,000 4 3.1 4682 DETACHD 98

SOLD (Jan 8-14, 2018.)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
3290 WEMBLEY PARK RD $550,000 $530,000 5 3 2656 DETACHD 62
5330 CARMAN GROVE LN $759,900 $725,000 3 2.1 2442 DETACHD 165
1755 KILKENNY RD $844,900 $775,000 4 3 3164 DETACHD 131
1627 VILLAGE PARK LN $945,000 $790,000 4 3.1 3203 DETACHD 168
16 CELLINI CT $869,000 $790,000 3 2.1 3049 DETACHD 61
5349 CARMAN GROVE LN $899,900 $880,000 4 3 2847 DETACHD 189
14167 TAYLORS CREST LN $948,000 $885,000 4 2.1 3675 DETACHD 177
12750 FIELDING RD $1,100,000 $945,000 3 2 3018 DETACHD 41

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Home Energy Scores

There are a couple of reasons I feel prompted to talk about home energy scores. First, it’s the middle of January and heating bills are affecting our budgets. Second, the City of Portland’s new requirement for home energy scores went into affect January 1st, 2018. Here in LO we don’t have a requirement for home energy audits to sell a home, but I think what the City of Portland is doing will affect all of the suburbs in the metro area.

A home energy score is an audit done by a licensed and certified professional. It costs about $125 and results in a standardized score of 1 to 10 and also includes an estimation of the energy costs for a particular home. If you live within the city limits of Portland and intend to sell your house, you have got to provide this score to prospective buyers. This is going to make the home energy cost question easy to obtain and to use in comparing homes to buy. I think homes with high scores, meaning very energy efficient, will be in greater demand than homes with low scores. To overcome this, homes with low scores will simply be priced for less to overcome this deficiency. As buyers get used to the availability of this information, I think they will begin to demand similar information outside of the city limits.

With this in mind, I thought it would be helpful to offer you a few simple, and relatively inexpensive ways to save home energy costs. I obtained this list from the Alliance to Save Energy, a National non-profit that was founded in 1977 and brings together professionals from government, business, environmental, and consumer communities. I have limited this list to items you can physically do to your house prior to selling it.

1. Install a programmable thermostat
2. When buying appliances, look for the Energy Star label
3. Install low-flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets
4. Install new, clean air filters
5. Reduce the water heater temperature to 130 degrees
6. Seal off air leaks
7. Insulate attic, walls, and floors.

Alliance also provides some tips for living in the house that will save you money.
1. wash clothes in cold water
2. use window shades to keep the sun out in the summer to cool the house, and to let the sun inside in the winter to heat the house
3. Change light bulbs to be modern halogen incandescent, LED, or CFLs. Notice I don’t recommend these bulbs at the time you are marketing the house. These bulbs often take time to “warm up” and fully illuminate. Unless you leave your lights all on for every showing, these bulbs will not brighten up quickly enough to illuminate a room if it is being shown without the lights already on. You want lots of light when you are marketing your home.

To read the full Alliance recommendations, click here.

A word or two about windows
I am a big fan of architecturally significant and older homes. I think that there is a fine line between updating an older home and ruining an older home. For instance, the beveled glass edges in fine old homes that are often in the living room and dining room of these old homes. What to do? I believe these windows should be preserved. You could consider putting a storm window in front of them, or even just leaving them alone and allowing them to be single pane.

Insulated windows do not provide as much energy savings as is often claimed. The Federal Trade Commission was warned or filed charges against more than a dozen window manufacturers to force them to be truthful in their advertising. Having said that, there is no argument that a double pane window, whether it is via sealed-insulated window, or an old-fashioned storm window, is going to be more energy efficient than a single pane window. Not too mention that single pane windows get condensation on the inside during the winter that can cause water staining and mold. NPR wrote a good article on the subject that you can find by clicking here. The point is, new insulated windows are expensive. If you are on a budget you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck with other measures, like the ones I have listed above.

As always, thanks for reading the blotter.
Dianne