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151 Oswego Summit Open Today!

034I am excited to introduce you to my new listing in Oswego Summit. I’ll be holding it open today from noon to 3pm.

Oswego Summit is at the very top of Mountain Park. It is a large condominium complex with many amenities including an indoor swimming pool, and outdoor swimming pool, a exercise room, and a meeting room for parties and larger gatherings.

005This condo is one of the larger in the complex with 1506 square feet. There are 2 large bedrooms and 2 full baths. The living room has a gorgeous fireplace and crown moldings. There is a utility room and a pantry off of the kitchen, and the square footage does not include a 24′ long sun room with Southern exposure. There is a single car, detached garage as well as a storage closet.

007Because it is located in Mountain Park, it is also part of the Mountain Park Home Owner’s Association. The features of this association include one of the metro area’s nicest pools that has an area designed for lap swimming as well as an area for kids and families with a huge slide and water play area. There is a basketball court and more exercise facilities. Along with the rec center, there are 15 miles of walking paths. This condominium affords not just a home, but a lifestyle.

14305243-14-sThe asking price is $199,900, a true value in Lake Oswego.

Please come by and say hello. I’d love to meet you!
Dianne

Market Activity Jan 9-15, 2017

Having had 12″ snow fall that turned to ice and stayed on the ground for a week, last week was a bit slow. I’m looking forward to seeing the up tick in next week’s report now that we have thawed out. Our numbers last week were 9 new listings, 13 pending sales, and 4 sold/closed sales.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (Jan 9-15, 2017)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
45 Oswego Summit Condo $109,899 1 1 764
151 Oswego Summit Condo $199,900 2 2 1506
3680 Spring Ln #2B Condo $269,900 3 2.5 1152
19061 Redwing Ct Detached $499,900 3 2 1611
17821 Sundown Ct Detached $599,000 4 2.5 3368
16758 Mellon Ave Detached $659,900 4 2.5 2622
13825 Melrose Pl Detached $924,000 5 4.5 4490
2022 Ridgewood Rd Detached $949,000 4 4 4072
18042 Skyland Circle Detached $1,225,000 5 3 4856

Pending Sales (Jan 9-15, 2017)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
100 Kerr Pkwy #42 Condo $129,990 2 1.5 822 4
86 Kingsgate Rd D104 Condo $164,900 2 2 924 13
4 Touchstone #87 Condo $175,000 2 2 984 23
5057 Foothills Dr C Condo $309,900 3 2 1252 25
4724 Firwood Rd Detached $405,000 3 1.5 1240 29
18220 Indian Creek Dr Detached $479,000 4 2 1736 62
18531 Waxwing Way Detached $550,000 4 3 1920 53
1838 Oak Knoll Ct Detached $595,000 4 2.5 2557 102
32 Da Vinci St Detached $619,000 5 3 3460 193
1900 Greentree Rd Detached $629,900 4 3 3032 164
4079 Coltsfoot Ln Detached $699,900 4 4 3308 528
1 Dover Way Detached $895,000 4 3 3559 93
17833 Marylcreek Dr Detached $960,000 5 4.5 5495 136

Sold/Closed (Jan 9-15, 2017)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
5050 Lower Dr Detached $299,900 $287,500 1375 86
37 Touchstone Detached $445,000 $430,000 2,573 7
19235 Redwing Ct Detached $485,000 $470,000 2,084 130
16 Becket St Detached $625,000 $589,000 3203 126

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. & 2016 Numbers

Well, the latest numbers for the entire Portland area for December and 2016 are in!  This is particularly interesting because the numbers are through December 31st…therefore there are figures for December (best look at what’s happening “right now”) AND for the entire year.

Here’s a bonus piece of information (graphic) that just came out via Realtor.com indicating that land is now accounting for more of the value of a property than it used to across the United States. We don’t know what this will mean as yet, but it will likely affect how Appraisers valuate and may impact loans accordingly. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this as the year progresses.

Land Value

I usually give our Property Blotter Readers a glimpse at the whole Portland market and how Lake Oswego fits into it below. Here you go!

According to the RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro Area:

  • There were 1,421 New Listings in December 2016 which was down 7.6% from December of 2015’s 1,548, and also down 31.7% from November of 2016’s total of 2,080.
  • At 2,621, December Closed Sales were also down 3.3% from December 2015’s 2,710, and UP 7.7% over the previous month/November 2016’s total of  2,434.
  • December Pending Sales (accepted offers), at 1,757, fell 9.2% from December of 2015’s 1,936, and were also down 22.5% from the previous month/November 2016’s total of 2,266. (Typical: Holidays… Fewer people out making offers for awhile.)
  •  The Average Sale Price in December of $399,300 was up $31,700 from December 2015’s $367,600, and also up from November 2016’s $397,000.
  • The Year-End (Year-To-Date/YTD) Average Sale Price for the Overall Portland Area was $395,000. That compares to 2015’s YTD Average Sale Price which was $354,500. and accounts for an 11.4% rise.
  • The Inventory inventory situation is not much different from last year, which was at 1.2 months as of December 31st 2015…The lowest since 1999.  ***2016 shows Inventory of 1.3 months with 3,511 Active Listings as of Dec 31st.

Average Sale Prices By Area YTD for 2016 were:

  • North Portland: $380,600    (2015: $335,000)
  • NE Portland:  $418,000    (2015: $376,700)
  • SE Portland: $364,600    (2015: $330,100)
  • Gresham/Troutdale: $297,100    (2015: $263,000)
  • Milwaukie/Clackamas: $376,500    (2015: $335,600)
  • Oregon City/Canby: $366,400    (2015: $325,200)
  • Lake Oswego/West Linn: $614,000    (2015: $541,800)
  • W Portland: $563,400    (2015: $495,100)
  • NW Washington County: $487,900    (2015: $442,700)
  • Beaverton/Aloha: $331,900    (2015: $297,300)
  • Tigard/Wilsonville: $404,200    (2015: $370,600)
  • Hillsboro/Forest Grove: $335,100    (2015: $293,900)

The combined areas of Lake Oswego and West Linn  for the month of December 2016 reported:

    •  266 Active Listings    (2015: 255)
    •  68 New Listings    (2015: 86)   
    •  77 Pending Sales    (2015: 98) 
    •  111 Closed Sales    (2015: 143)
    • Average Sale Price for December of $607,100    (2015: $567,300) 
      • 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.
    • Average Time on the Market: 69 Days    (2015: 81)

Market Activity ~ Jan 2-8, 2017

The week of Jan 2-8, saw 5 New properties enter the market in Lake Oswego, 9 move to Pending status, and 13 “Closed”/Sold. Notably, there were a whopping *18* “refreshed properties which I removed (as usual for your viewing pleasure ; ) from the “New” category.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Jan 2-8, 2017)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
2734 ORCHARD HILL LN $697,000.00 4 2.1 2814 DETACHD
4182 GLACIER LILY ST $748,000.00 4 3 2799 DETACHD
1454 GLENMORRIE DR $849,900.00 4 2.1 3372 DETACHD
16672 FIR LN $1,238,000.00 4 4.1 4179 DETACHD
16793 GRAEF CIR $2,250,000.00 4 3.1 4680 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Jan 2-8, 2017)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
3433 MCNARY PKWY #703 $194,500.00 2 2 1008 CONDO 3
4000 CARMAN DR #32 $235,000.00 2 2 1083 CONDO 6
1 SAINT HELENS CIR $424,900.00 3 2.1 1422 DETACHD 74
4396 GALEWOOD ST $450,000.00 3 2.1 1672 DETACHD 0
15939 TWIN FIR RD $649,000.00 3 2 2480 DETACHD 66
3838 RIVERS EDGE DR $692,000.00 3 2.1 2849 DETACHD 28
17517 OAK MEADOW LN $709,000.00 4 2.1 2952 DETACHD 60
5124 WOODCREST LN $739,000.00 4 2.1 2923 DETACHD 2
1340 COUNTRY COMMONS $1,089,900.00 4 3 3359 DETACHD 20

SOLD (Jan 2-8, 2017)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
100 KERR PKWY #7 $114,900.00 $110,000.00 1 1 617 CONDO 6
12848 BOONES FERRY RD $335,000.00 $335,000.00 2 2.1 1182 CONDO 0
47 ORIOLE LN $420,000.00 $430,000.00 3 3 1958 DETACHD 2
15 MASARYK ST $548,000.00 $430,650.00 4 3 3864 DETACHD 247
4739 REMBRANDT LN $485,000.00 $465,000.00 3 2.1 1954 DETACHD 22
7 CONDOLEA DR $449,900.00 $467,000.00 3 3 2388 CONDO 4
17766 ARBOR LN $509,900.00 $468,000.00 3 2 1561 DETACHD 118
2520 SOUTHSHORE BLVD $449,900.00 $490,000.00 3 2.1 2016 DETACHD 24
4697 OAKRIDGE RD $490,000.00 $490,000.00 3 2.1 1738 ATTACHD 7
672 1st ST $659,000.00 $650,000.00 2 2.1 1986 CONDO
13050 FIELDING RD $2,100,000.00 $1,765,000.00 4 5 4777 DETACHD 258
920 WESTPOINT RD $4,025,000.00 $4,025,000.00 4 4.1 6337 DETACHD 1
3232 LAKEVIEW BLVD $5,450,000.00 $4,641,000.00 4 4.1 7925 DETACHD 280

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.

Market Activity Report for Dec 26, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017

Happy New Year! And welcome 2017.
I hope you all have had wonderful holidays, but now that the festivities are over it is time to get back into the old grind. It is so difficult to get back to work after taking some time off for holidays, that’s for sure!

The market did slow down quite a bit, however I am willing to bet that in the coming weeks we’ll see activity pick up. Sure it can be cold out, and there are still people willing to look at houses in the snow, but at soon as it starts to warm up a bit we’ll see a lot of interest.

For now, the report is pretty small to cover our last week of the holidays.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 01, 2017)

Address Type Price Bedrooms Bathrooms Sqft
86 KINGSGATE RD D104 CONDO 165,900 2 2 924
15256 BOONES WAY ATTACHED 424,500 2 2.5 1618
5844 BAY POINT DR DETACHED 824,900 3 2.5 3350
148 5TH ST DETACHED 1,625,000 4 3.5 3540

PENDING SALES (Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 01, 2017)

Address Type Price Bedroom Bathrooms DOM
47 EAGLE CREST DR CONDO 174,900 2 1 6
1694 BOONIEBRAE DR CONDO 275,000 2 1 19
37 TOUCH STONE DETACHED 445,000 4 3 7
6244 FROST LN DETACHED 480,000 4 3.5 164
18402 ANDUIN TER DETACHED 899,995 4 3.5 93

SOLD (Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 01, 2017)

Address Type List Price Close Price Sqft DOM
18630 WOOD DUCK ST DETACHED 385,000 406,000 1808 1
4400 COBB WAY DETACHED 565,000 577,240 1676 7
5530 DUNMIRE DR DETACHED 715,000 645,000 3040 187
4279 ALBERT CIR DETACHED 685,000 650,000 2768 125
4 GARIBALDI ST DETACHED 650,000 670,500 2430 7
6457 MCDUFF CT DETACHED 733,500 725,000 3193 10
2325 OAKHURST LN DETACHED 759,900 745,000 3627 153
13730 CAMEO CT DETACHED 1,175,000 1,162,000 3726 29
548 RIDGEWAY RD DETACHED 1,560,000 1,395,000 2830 455

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.

Happy New Year

As we wind down 2016, and prepare to ring in 2017, I want to share with you some of the most gorgeous photos of our fine city that I have ever seen. These were taken about 2 weeks ago during our big snow and ice event by Clifford Paguio Jr. They are shared with his permission. Thank you Clifford.
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Linda, Whitney, and I want to wish you every happiness in the coming New Year. May 2017 bring you and yours happiness, good health, prosperity, and, of course, the realization of your real estate dreams.

Dianne

Market Activity Dec 19-25, 2016

As you can imagine, we are in the midst of the slow market for real estate, and yet I find it interesting that the activity remains consistent with last week’s numbers being very similar to the week prior. I suspect this week will be similar as well. Then we will see the build up begin with inventory building and buyer’s buying. The first couple of weeks of January are likely to still be a bit slower as everyone gets back to their routines, but by mid January, and certainly by February, it will really take off. This is a good time to buy a home for two reasons: less competition so less likelihood of bidding wars, and low interest rates.

Last week in Lake Oswego we had 4 new listings, 11 properties go to pending status, and 12 closed sales.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market(Dec 19-25, 2016)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
4 Touchstone #87 Condo $175,000 2 2 984
37 Touchstone Detached $445,000 4 3 2573
2155 Ridgewood Rd Detached $799,000 4 3 3454
505 Iron Mountain Blvd Detached $1,595,000 5 4 3015

Pending Sales (Dec 19-25, 2016)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
1368 Boca Ratan Dr Attached $325,000 3 2 1611 60
4724 Firwood Rd Detached $405,000 3 1.5 1240 4
5717 Bonita Rd Detached $459,000 5 2 2572 176
4739 Rembrandt Ln Detached $485,000 3 2.5 1954 22
655 2nd St Attached $499,000 2 2 1457 32
1225 Cornell St Detached $514,999 3 2 1395 7
4920 Centerwood St Detached $557,500 3 2.5 2072 175
17920 Meadowlark Ln Detached $675,000 4 2.5 2716 33
429 6th St Detached $1,049,000 4 2.5 3205 48
1976 Highlands Loop Detached $1,795,000 4 3.5 4597 460
15508 Diamond Head Rd Detached $2,850,000 3 4 3900 185

Sold/Closed (Dec 19-25, 2016)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
131 Oswego Summit Condo $200,000 $190,000 1212 57
94 Greenridge Ct Attached $364,900 $364,900 1,752 57
17311 Mandi Ln Detached $379,000 $379,000 1,935 115
580 2nd St Attached $459,000 $452,000 1464 72
14798 Davis Ln Attached $479,900 $460,000 1698 61
550 2nd St Condo $500,000 $482,000 1540 13
1709 Meadows Dr Detached $497,000 $505,000 2288 15
1501 Woodland Terr Detached $649,900 $649,900 3,992 30
17700 Leafy Ln Detached $779,500 $750,000 3666 76
15501 Diamond Head Rd Detached $995,000 $930,000 2353 187
1666 Lake Front Rd Detached $1,279,000 $1,225,000 3183 27
1415 Skyland Dr Detached $1,450,000 $1,250,000 3859 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.

Market Activity ~ Dec 12-18, 2016

tree-2015We hope your Christmas, Hanukkah and Holidays are  wondrous time with your Loved ones this year.  As we draw to a close, Dianne, Whitney and I are spending time with ours as well, and thinking of all the Blessings of 2016. Our Property Blotter readers and clients rank high on that list! Thank you so much for reading, and for your loyalty, trust and confidence.  We are here to support you.

During the holidays, we all slow down a bit (or speed up if you’re the one in charge of decorating and making the holidays happen ; ) and our lives take on a different texture.  We revel in this and welcome the longer days as we march headlong into the rest of our winter and a new year.

People are changing their lives through Buying and Selling homes even as the holidays take over so much of our attention. Families are growing, jobs and locations change; all kinds of Life Events cause people to embark on this Grande Adventure! The week of Dec 12-18, saw 8 New properties enter the market in Lake Oswego, 7 move to Pending status, and 13 “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Dec 12-18, 2016)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
4351 WOODSIDE CIR $385,500 3 2 1532 CONDO
1225 CORNELL ST $514,999 3 2 1395 DETACHD
19477 SW 35th CT $685,000 3 2 3276 DETACHD
36 MORNINGVIEW CIR $694,900 4 3.1 2953 DETACHD
1340 COUNTRY COMMONS $1,089,900 4 3 3359 DETACHD
2757 GLEN HAVEN RD $1,590,000 4 3.1 4604 DETACHD
3458 LAKEVIEW BLVD $3,395,000 4 4.1 4647 DETACHD
15530 DIAMOND HEAD RD $4,998,000 5 4 6298 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Dec 12-18, 2016)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
169 OSWEGO SMT #169 $198,000 2 2 1383 CONDO 242
4697 OAKRIDGE RD $490,000 3 2.1 1738 ATTACHD 7
5538 ROYAL OAKS DR $525,000 3 2 1899 DETACHD 15
16 CHURCHILL DOWNS $565,000 3 2.1 2056 DETACHD 9
64 TOUCHSTONE $575,000 4 2.1 3494 DETACHD 49
1350 RIDGECREST DR $799,000 4 3.1 3534 DETACHD 163
4323 SUNSET DR $1,389,900 4 3.1 3930 DETACHD 3

SOLD (Dec 12-18, 2016)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
4450 THUNDER VISTA LN $298,000 $301,000 2 2.1 2040 ATTACHD 5
18307 LONGFELLOW AVE $433,000 $433,000 3 2 1457 DETACHD 45
4208 HARVEY WAY $475,000 $492,500 4 2 2132 DETACHD 3
4583 TRILLIUM WOODS $599,000 $590,000 3 2.1 2004 ATTACHD 49
1264 ROCKINGHORSE LN $599,000 $593,000 4 2.1 2293 DETACHD 22
17533 ERIN CT $629,000 $622,000 3 2.1 3039 DETACHD 72
17771 MARYLCREEK DR $765,000 $692,500 4 3.1 4398 DETACHD 123
545 EVERGREEN RD $829,900 $789,900 3 3.1 2182 DETACHD 50
17867 SUNDOWN CT $849,900 $820,000 3 3.1 2765 DETACHD 35
15985 BONAIRE AVE $835,000 $863,928 3 2.1 2910 DETACHD 0
1601 PINE ST $944,900 $889,900 4 3.1 3711 DETACHD 83
13372 FIELDING RD $1,000,000 $1,000,000 4 4.1 3556 DETACHD 119
4390 LORDS LN $1,295,000 $1,295,000 4 3.1 3693 DETACHD 5

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.

Market Activity Report Dec 5 - 11th, 2016

Hello everybody, and Happy Holidays!
I hope you all have been enjoying the snow! I heard on the radio: one of the DJs was saying that Portlanders aren’t too good at driving in the snow, or ice, or even rain sometimes for that matter. It kind of made me chuckle. I hope you all have been safe through this crazy weather, but enjoying it when you can.

This last week we only had two new houses hit the market. Hooo boy I had to go back and double, even triple, check to make sure that this information was right. Yup, just two new listings! The market is slowing down for the holidays, which gives us all a chance to focus on our families, as well as hosting/travel plans.

Well I’ll end it at that. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the year. I’m pretty ready for 2017!

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (Dec 5 – 11th, 2016)

Address Type Price Bedrooms Bathrooms Sqft
1694 BONNIEBRAE DR CONDO 275,000 2 1 864
3838 RIVERS EDGE DR DETACHED 692,000 3 2.5 2849

Pending Sales (Dec 5 – 11th, 2016)

Address Type Price Bedroom Bathrooms DOM
48 EAGLE CREST DR 2F CONDO 225,500 3 2 102
5050 LOWER DR DETACHED 299,900 2 1 86
93 KINGSGATE RD DETACHED 420,000 3 2.5 6
655 2ND ST ATTACHED 499,000 2 2 18
18441 INDIAN CREEK DR DETACHED 500,000 3 2.5 1
19061 SW INDIAN CREEK AVE DETACHED 529,000 4 3 120
4978 SUNTREE LN DETACHED 535,000 3 2.5 1
4 GARIBALDI ST DETACHED 650,000 3 2.5 7
2399 PALISADES CREST DR DETACHED 699,000 5 3.5 38
286 D AVE ATTACHED 799,900 3 2.5 83
4113 WOLF BERRY CT DETACHED 834,000 4 3 26
13725 CAMEO CT DETACHED 1,500,000 5 4.5 329

Sold/Closed (Dec 5 – 11th, 2016)

Address Type List Price Close Price Sqft DOM
4000 CARMAN DR CONDO 198,000 199,875 869 3
566 S STATE ST CONDO 215,000 214,600 778 2
3962 CARMAN DR CONDO 244,900 240,000 1129 26
1864 SW KRISTI WAY DETACHED 349,950 342,000 1360 42
6 SUMMIT RIDGE CT DETACHED 399,000 365,000 1750 120
9 ORIOLE LN DETACHED 399,830 381,000 1928 153
4910 REDWING WAY DETACHED 415,000 394,475 1364 1
18861 INDIAN SPRINGS CIR DETACHED 429,500 402,000 1567 31
14588 WILMOT WAY DETACHED 558,000 505,000 2238 97
1481 GREENTREE CIR DETACHED 628,800 625,000 2878 38
13105 ROGERS RD DETACHED 679,000 656,000 2655 121
800 FAIRWAY RD DETACHED 678,000 658,000 2045 37
652 1ST ST CONDO 659,000 659,000 1986 76
13554 SOUTHWOOD CT DETACHED 750,000 750,000 2969 8
2247 SEQUOIA CT DETACHED 925,000 852,500 3493 157
716 LAKE SHORE RD DETACHED 999,000 865,000 1860 64
19371 RIVERWOOD LN DETACHED 1,300,000 1,380,000 5034 4
5405 CHILDS RD DETACHED 1,899,000 1,799,000 5702 247

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.

What about your pets?

night-animal-dog-petYou are selling your house and doing everything that you can think of to get it ready: cleaning, de-cluttering, and making repairs. It’s a project and you are in it up to your elbows when it occurs to you that you need to figure out what to do about your golden retriever and 2 cats. This is an important consideration and it needs to be figured out BEFORE your house goes on the market.

The first step is to address any odors in your house that your pets may have created. If you use an in-door litter box, make sure that it is always cleaned and fresh before your house is shown. If you have pets who have made “mistakes” in various corners or on rugs, then you need to wash and scrub those areas to get rid of the smell. In some cases you may need to replace carpeting and pads. In the worst case I have dealt with, not only did all of the carpet and pads need to be replaced but the under flooring had to be treated. My client used vinegar wash over several applications and it did work. I believe that there are also products sold that specifically address these odors. Consult a professional and do what you need to do to get rid of the smell. Urine literally assaults the senses when you walk into a house. Remember that all important first impression? Kiss it good by if you have pet odors in your home. So clean, clean and then clean some more. You will be rewarded with a sale that happens more quickly and at a higher price than you would have gotten if you had not taken the important step of getting your house clean.

I also want to discourage the use of fragrances to block or to mask odors. It simply does not work. Instead of smelling the cat, the house is overwhelming with the smell of whatever fragrance you have applied and now the question becomes WHY? What is the home owner trying to cover up? These fragrances do not generally appeal to buyers and I have worked with buyers who had an allergic reaction and had to immediately leave the house. There is simply no way around it. If your home has pet odors, you have got to clean it up.

Be sure to vacuum before showings to remove pet hair. Pick up the chew toys and put them away in a basket or cupboard.

So now you have the house ready, what will happen when it is shown?

The key here is to communicate to your Realtor how best to protect your pets. If you have cats that can not go outside, how many of them are there? Ask your Realtor to put into the Realtor instructions in the RMLS that you have indoor cats and how many of them there are. This way when the Realtor arrives to show the house, they are prepared to be careful as they open the door to not let any kitties out. I also recommend a small note taped to the front door to remind them of the cats as they enter. If you have a cat who is an escape artist who will be lurking at the door, tell them. They better prepared that they are, the less likely a cat will accidentally get out. The same holds true if you have a cat who can go outside. Let them know. If a cat gets out who is allowed out, but the Realtor doesn’t know it’s OK, they may panic over the cat having gotten out and this too will distract from the showing.

free-cat-food-samplesDogs, because they are bigger, are a more complicated issue. If you have a dog who is protective of your house and who will growl, bark or otherwise threaten, then you need to remove the pet. There is just no other option. I believe this holds true even if the dog is otherwise contained. A dog who is barking, growling, or jumping at the back windows will make the showing a failure. And put yourself in your poor dogs place. This animal loves you, loves its home, and is only doing what instinctively it feels is right. To have strangers coming through its home is difficult and stressful for the dog. So help yourself and help your dog by making arrangements to remove the animal.

If your dog is gentle and friendly and you are absolutely certain it will not be noisy or overbearing, then it is OK to have it in the house. It is quite common for a dog to be kenneled in the garage or a utility room. For very sweet dogs it is also common for the dog to simply be inside. If this is the case, put a note on the door and let your Realtor know so that it can be in the showing instructions. Be sure to let the Realtor know the type of dog and the dog’s name. This way the Realtor will be able to enter the house and have the dog approach them with it’s name being used. I have had clients who put out treats for the dog that Realtors can use to reward the dog for its good behavior. But even in this circumstance I still think it is better to remove the dog. The buyer looking at the house may have a fear of dogs. Even a very sweet dog can be a distraction. This is your call.

I think it is really important to plan for pets. What you don’t want is to have something happen that ruins the showing of your home, or worse, something happen that is bad for your pet. Problems can be avoided if you plan ahead and be sure to communicate with your Realtor your concerns and your plans for making your pets safe and your showing successful.

Merry Christmas to Fido and Fluffy!
Dianne