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Market Activity ~ Aug 15-21, 2016

Last week we saw 19 New properties enter the market, 24 move to Pending status, and 16 “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Aug 15-21, 2016)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
38 GREENRIDGE CT $365,000 3 2.1 1996 ATTACHD
4214 WOODSIDE CIR $369,000 3 2.1 1841 ATTACHD
35 BLOCH TER $400,000 3 2.1 1987 ATTACHD
4291 COLLINS WAY $405,000 3 2 1482 DETACHD
4752 REMBRANDT LN $439,900 3 2.1 1655 DETACHD
937 COUNTRY CLUB RD $524,900 3 1 1715 DETACHD
2565 BREE CT $639,900 3 2.1 2967 DETACHD
17225 GREENTREE AVE $695,000 4 3 2718 DETACHD
17465 UPPER CHERRY LN $695,000 4 3 3856 DETACHD
4164 MELISSA DR $759,000 4 2.1 2650 DETACHD
17700 LEAFY LN $779,500 4 2.1 3666 DETACHD
14867 TWIN FIR CT $799,000 5 3.1 3641 DETACHD
18171 BRYANT RD $799,000 3 0.2 2984 DETACHD
17867 SUNDOWN CT $849,900 3 3.1 2765 DETACHD
4176 UPPER DR $869,000 4 3 2938 DETACHD
515 10TH ST $1,200,000 3 2.1 2821 DETACHD
462 9TH ST $1,390,000 5 3.1 4377 DETACHD
333 NORTHSHORE RD $3,597,500 4 4.1 5150 DETACHD
919 WESTPOINT RD $4,600,000 4 4 4795 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Aug 15-21, 2016)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
4000 CARMAN DR #A10 $169,900 2 2 836 CONDO 5
169 OSWEGO SMT #169 $199,999 2 2 1383 CONDO 123
217 CERVANTES / Lower $219,000 2 1.1 1204 CONDO 9
219 CERVANTES $220,000 2 2 1100 CONDO 44
54 GALEN ST / Upper $229,900 2 2 995 CONDO 32
15460 BRIANNE CT $320,000 2 2.1 1250 ATTACHD 3
5228 BONITA RD $349,900 4 2.1 2200 DETACHD 3
5432 KENNY ST $379,900 3 1 1352 DETACHD 20
668 MCVEY AVE #52 $450,000 3 1.1 992 CONDO 116
2395 GREENTREE RD $539,000 4 2.1 2832 DETACHD 17
350 6TH ST $539,900 4 2 2304 DETACHD 36
1920 PARK FOREST AVE $575,000 3 3 2679 DETACHD 7
2600 PARK RD $624,900 3 3 2240 DETACHD 5
29 HILLSHIRE DR $799,000 3 2.1 4638 DETACHD 0
2329 STONEHURST CT $825,000 4 3 3622 DETACHD 23
1172 TROON RD $827,500 5 3.1 2504 DETACHD 103
17432 KELOK RD $1,025,000 3 2.1 2884 DETACHD 33
527 10TH ST $1,150,000 4 3.1 2677 DETACHD 62
721 7TH ST $1,249,000 4 3.1 4544 DETACHD 42
629 5TH ST $1,299,000 4 2.1 2985 DETACHD 53
13012 KNAUS RD $1,825,000 4 3.2 4796 DETACHD 49
12740 FIELDING RD $2,100,000 4 2.1 3453 DETACHD 111
12850 FIELDING RD $2,500,000 9 9.2 19444 DETACHD 25
1193 FAIRWAY RD $2,998,000 5 4.2 7028 DETACHD 987

SOLD (Aug 15-21, 2016)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
1774 RIDGECREST DR $125,000 $1,240,000 2 2 2053 DETACHD 6
79 OSWEGO Summit #79 $199,900 $200,000 2 2 1212 CONDO 3
1652 BONNIEBRAE DR $279,900 $257,000 3 1.1 1303 ATTACHD 11
5495 TREE ST $355,000 $355,000 3 1.1 1388 DETACHD 3
4841 SW DAWN ST $425,000 $435,000 3 2 1550 DETACHD 6
438 ASH ST $439,900 $450,000 4 3 2372 DETACHD 3
2132 GOODALL CT $566,500 $580,000 4 3 2577 DETACHD 4
5028 GREENSBOROUGH CT $569,900 $485,000 4 2.1 2358 DETACHD 43
6 WALKING WOODS DR $575,000 $550,000 4 2.1 2870 DETACHD 54
12140 ORCHARD HILL WAY $644,000 $645,000 4 2.1 3169 DETACHD 8
2 WALKING WOODS DR $649,900 $629,950 4 3 4116 DETACHD 76
3718 RIVERS EDGE DR $739,000 $739,000 4 2.1 2512 DETACHD 9
603 ATWATER RD $768,000 $750,000 5 3.1 3430 DETACHD 10
13596 STREAMSIDE DR $788,000 $740,000 4 2.1 3430 DETACHD 55
1175 CHERRY CIR $1,488,500 $1,275,000 6 4.1 6300 DETACHD 367
3130 DOUGLAS CIR $1,499,999 $1,499,999 4 3.1 3970 DETACHD 4

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 August 8th - 14th, 2016

We’ve had a busy week!
24 new listings, 17 pending, and 21 sold!

Looks like the market has been pretty consistent. However, with school starting we may start to see a dip in activity. I knew a few of my friends are looking to buy homes in Lake Oswego, and may be encouraged to really start looking if they feel like there isn’t as much competition. Having been working with buyers as of late, I completely understand the thought process here.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (August 8th-14th, 2016)

Address Type Price Bedrooms Bathrooms Sqft
4919 LAKEVIEW BLVD CONDO 129,000 1 1 753
221 CERVANTES CONDO 265,000 2 2.5 1240
15460 BRIANNE CT ATTATCH 320,000 2 2.5 1250
18540 KRISTI WAY DETACHED 329,950 3 1.5 1246
14372 SHERBROOK PL DETACHED 335,000 2 1.5 1216
43 ORIOLE LN DETACHED 385,000 2 2 1810
9 ORIOLE LN DETACHED 419,000 3 3 1928
13142 PETERS RD DETACHED 499,900 4 2.5 2412
72 TOUCHSTONE ST DETACHED 499,900 3 3 3908
1706 MEADOWS DR DETACHED 539,900 3 2 1698
19061 SW INDIAN CREEK AVE DETACHED 544,900 4 3 3070
1920 PARK FOREST AVE DETACHED 575,000 3 3 2679
18183 WESTMINSTER DR DETACHED 720,000 3 2.5 3191
2325 OAKHURST LN DETACHED 799,900 5 2.5 3627
18462 PIONEER CT DETACHED 819,000 5 3 3804
17170 WALL ST DETACHED 835,000 4 3.5 3446
5267 LAKEVIEW BLVD DETACHED 900,000 4 3 3454
1666 LAKE FRONT RD DETACHED 1,279,000 4 3.5 3183
19331 LORNA LN DETACHED 1,335,000 4 3.5 5070
4146 LAKEVIEW BLVD DETACHED 1,380,000 4 3.5 3279
548 RIDGEWAY RD DETACHED 1,560,000 4 3 2830
404 FAIRMOUNT RD DETACHED 1,595,000 4 3 3948
18332 MEADOWLARK LN DETACHED 1,675,000 6 5 6043
980 EVERGREEN RD DETACHED 2,280,000 5 5.5 5644

Pending Sales (August 8th-14th, 2016)

Address Type Price Bedroom Bathrooms DOM
75 GALEN ST CONDO 184,500 2 2 4
58 OSWEGO SMT CONDO 210,000 2 2 24
3932 CARMAN DR CONDO 229,900 2 2 131
2 SW MOUNTAIN CIR ATTACHED 299,000 2 1 32
1223 HEMLOCK ST DETACHED 422,500 2 1 118
18715 INDIAN CREEK DR DETACHED 529,900 3 2 118
4 ESSEX CT DETACHED 549,900 4 2 23
17901 STAFFORD RD DETACHED 599,000 3 2 103
17771 MARYLCREEK DR DETACHED 765,000 4 3.5 17
621 COUNTRY CLUB RD DETACHED 825,000 4 2.5 160
5340 GREYSTOKE DR DETACHED 875,000 3 3 443
18260 RIVER EDGE CT DETACHED 949,000 4 3.5 164
1300 ANDREWS RD DETACHED 1,190,000 5 3 60
862 CEDAR ST DETACHED 1,250,000 4 3.5 170
13060 KNAUS RD DETACHED 1,495,000 4 3.5 48
855 G AVE DETACHED 1,499,000 4 2.5 309
1098 CHANDLER RD DETACHED 1,749,000 4 3.5 432

Sold/Closed (August 8th-14th, 2016)

Address Type List Price Close Price Sqft DOM
47 EAGLE CREST DR #21 CONDO 149,000 138,800 932 767
86 CERVANTES CIR CONDO 158,000 158,000 912 1
3433 MCNARY PKWY CONDO 199,900 208,000 1208 5
750 1ST ST CONDO 279,900 265,000 1350 30
534 2ND CONDO 469,000 469,000 1394 62
528 2ND ST CONDO 489,900 489,900 1703 3
16913 CANAL CIR DETACHED 530,000 530,000 2525 0
30 MORNINGVIEW CIR DETACHED 549,000 543,000 2276 29
16921 KARA LN DETACHED 569,000 556,700 2382 31
171 GREENWOOD RD DETACHED 575,000 585,000 1610 11
300 4th ST ATTACHED 600,000 600,000 1731 0
1002 HEMLOCK ST DETACHED 624,990 617,990 1950 4
41 TOUCHSTONE DETACHED 669,900 653,000 3092 85
3540 UPPER DR DETACHED 659,900 65,500 2716 46
2331 DELLWOOD DR DETACHED 715,000 715,000 2746 4
737 COUNTRY CLUB RD DETACHED 799,900 750,000 3242 72
13366 BOONES FERRY RD DETACHED 875,000 825,000 3564 30
22 GREENWOOD RD DETACHED 850,000 825,000 2701 40
13084 AMBER PL DETACHED 1,199,099 1,150,000 3756 6
1255 CHANDLER RD DETACHED 1,400,000 1,400,000 3212 0
149 FURNACE ST DETACHED 1,688,888 1,600,000 3954 161

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.

2016 Street of Dreams

IMG_1061The Street of Dreams is held somewhere in the metro area each August. Sometimes it is worth the price of admission, and sometimes it is not. This year it is, in spades.

IMG_1070When I go to the Street of Dreams I am looking for very special homes. This is not supposed to be a showcase of average stuff. I am looking for design ideas that are new, fresh, and functional. The sorts of things that we will see here first and that gradually become available in more average new homes. I am also looking for luxury: high-end finishes, exteptional architectural design, and locations that warrant spending millions of dollars on a house.

I am going to admit that last year’s Street of Dreams in Lake Oswego was a bit of a let down. After a hot day touring the houses I felt a big humphhhhh. Several houses were quite grand, but the master closets were small, one house had a 2-car garage, and being in LO, well, the houses were like lots of houses in LO.

IMG_1073This years tour is in an exceptional location across the street from the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn. The lots are all about 2 acres with views of vineyards and Mt Hood. Gorgeous! The price tags are also up there at around $4,000,000. But what you get for this kind of money actually feels like a value in these houses.

First of all, there are no 2-car garages here. Each houses has at least 3 car garages and several have 4. The size of the homes is 7000+ square feet with space for families, guests, and yes, perhaps an au pair or servant.

My favorite house is the Delcetto. I love this house! Built by Elite Development, 2 women builders, it is fresh and new in so many ways. The windows look to all be custom made to resemble an industrial look like you would find an a loft in Manhattan. Yet the decor is also elegant and somewhat reflective of French Country. As you enter you cross a water feature over a small bridge. As you go through the house you get to revisit the water feature when you discover it ends in a water fall outside of a basement window that would otherwise be nothing but dirt and bushes. So surprising and so pretty! This is the kind of stuff I want to find at the Street of Dreams.

IMG_1071Here are some of my take aways that I think we will see come to more average new construction:

Fixtures and finishes for things like hinges and knobs are still primariy chrome and brushed nickel. I had heard that this was going away to be replaced by brushed brass, but it is not yet at the Street of Dreams, so the change is a ways away.

IMG_1075TVs and monitors are everywhere. That’s not particularly new, except that they are being incorporated into things like bathroom mirrors. Very cool.

Kitchen counter electrical outlets that pop up and then push down to be hidden away. Simple, probably not super expensive, practical, I think this one will make its way into many homes.

Water features and swimming pools are big. Several homes had full on swimming pools. The one I liked was a pool that was about the size of a big (and I mean big) hot tub. But it wasn’t hot. It was next to a lounging deck and clearly designed for cooling off with seating all of the way around so that a family or group of friends could sit in it together on a hot day. And, of course, there is the house with what they are calling a “moat” all of the way around. It’s about 12″ wide and does go around the house. It screamed to me “clog me with leaves and invite thirsty racoons”.

IMG_1068My last comment is about the most beautiful kitchen I have ever seen. The cooking island is literally so big that it included plenty of space for food prep, a breakfast bar, and a full on bench seating/table area. It sounds over the top, but the lines of the counter and cabinets, along with the large space of the room made it feel refined and elegant.

Did I mention the wine celler with a glass ceiling that you can look down into from the hallway above? This is the stuff that dreams really are made of.

So this year I say “Go”! It’s worth the price of admission.
Dianne

Market Activity Aug 1-7, 2016

We are having a rather perfect summer here in LO. Temperatures have been mostly mild, staying in the 70’s and 80’s, the free summer concert series is in full swing, and the boats are lined up on gorgeous summer evenings at the dock at Stickmen’s. Gotta enjoy every moment, including the real estate activity. Last week LO had 17 new listings, 15 houses go to pending status, and 20 closed sales.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (August 1-7, 2016)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
100 Kerr Parkway #51 Condo $149,950 1 1 617
75 Galen St Condo $184,500 2 2 993
217 Cervantes Condo $219,000 2 1.5 1204
1543 Bonniebrae Attached $295,000 3 1.5 1303
4341 Woodside Circle Condo $359,000 3 2 1532
98 Greenridge Ct Attached $365,000 3 2.5 2000
4323 Lakeview Blvd Detached $499,000 4 2 1483
2395 Greentree Rd Detached $539,000 4 2.5 2832
950 Lake Front Rd Detached $549,000 4 2.5 2112
5051 W Sunset Dr Attached $550,000 2 2.5 1734
17821 Sundown Ct Detached $625,000 4 2.5 3368
10 Buckingham Terrace Detached $719,900 4 3 3428
19233 Indian Springs Rd Detached $789,000 4 4.5 3485
5435 Westfield Ct Detached $790,000 4 3 2796
1555 Country Commons Detached $1,399,000 3 2.5 4191
610 4th St Detached $1,600,000 3 2.5 3394
17979 Crestline Dr Detached $2,050,000 4 3 5905

Pending Sales (August 1-7, 2016)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
44 Eagle Crest Dr #38 Condo $166,000 1 1 798 3
4314 Botticelli St Condo $334,950 3 3.5 2098 7
3765 Lanewood St Detached $395,000 3 2 1482 3
18851 Pilkington Rd Detached $399,000 3 2 1679 5
4231 Woodside Circle Condo $405,000 3 2 1943 22
16652 Bryant Rd Detached $440,000 2 2 2411 5
532 2nd St Condo $465,000 2 2.5 1395 14
534 2nd St Condo $469,000 2 2.5 1394 62
700 Briarcliff Ln Detached $529,900 3 3 2132 41
4962 Harvard Ct Detached $535,000 4 2.5 2522 42
17486 Cardinal Dr Detached $575,000 5 3 2327 14
18121 Pioneer Ct Detached $648,000 4 2.5 2310 41
49 Hillshire Dr Detached $672,500 4 2.5+.5 4268 48
15985 Bonaire Ave Detached $835,000 3 2.5 2910 0
151 Berwick Rd Detached $999,500 4 3 4387 37

Sold/Closed (August 1-7, 2016)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
42 Cervantes Circle Condo $155,000 $157,000 912 5
3940 Carman Dr Condo $229,900 $229,900 1,132 13
24 Condolea Dr Condo $275,000 $303,000 1,448 5
2255 Greentree Rd Detached $450,000 $412,500 2309 14
1190 Oak Terrace Detached $460,000 $420,000 1534 11
1160 Oak Terrace Detached $450,000 $420,000 1654 7
17470 Hill Way Detached $398,000 $430,000 1561 4
17312 Chapin Way Detached $559,000 $591,000 1,854 5
12870 Elk Rock Rd Detached $950,000 $785,000 2742 310
2023 Ridgewood Rd Detached $878,000 $820,000 4340 115
5321 Carman Grove Ln Detached $800,000 $824,000 2824 0
17981 Meadowlark Ln Detached $825,000 $835,000 3250 4
4069 Pfeifer Ct Detached $1,125,000 $860,000 4332 102
4688 Chelsea Ln Detached $915,000 $885,000 3549 34
610 Atwater Rd Detached $995,000 $992,000 2969 35
784 3rd St Detached $1,249,000 $1,200,000 4138 72
4431 West Bay Rd Detached $1,695,000 $1,375,000 3098 367
2707 Southshore Blvd Detached $1,449,000 $1,400,000 3122 47
711 7th St Detached $1,549,000 $1,425,000 3097 2
1455 Lake Front Rd Detached $3,200,000 $2,600,000 6145 1085

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.

Tips & Tidbits

SummerSeasonal Changes

Sellers~The market has been unusually activated since about January of this year. In the summer (starting approx July 4th weekend) things typically slow down just a teensy bit as people leave for vacation and many have found the homes they were looking for prior to the school-year-start in September (ie the pool of Buyers lessens some).  Sellers who put their homes on the market now will still find plenty of interest as you can ascertain from our Market Activity Reports, and/but may be disappointed if they do not have a bidding war as they’ve been hearing about for awhile now.  I’m not saying the market is not still good for selling, (and, there ARE ways to encourage multiple Offers at any time of year) …just be prepared for the slight change in atmosphere, which sometimes translates to not quite as much leverage when you’re the Seller.  ***That said, it is all case-by-case. Why is the Buyer buying?  Do they need to be settled before the school year starts?  Have they lost out on other deals due to competitive bidding? You may or may not be able to find out, but if you DO know the answers to some of these questions, it can help you respond to your highest advantage. Trust your Realtor, or if you don’t have one, give me or one of us a call and we’ll be happy to help you through the changing landscape.

Buyers~A Buyer’s perspective is a little different.  If you’ve been out looking and fighting for houses and losing, now may be your moment.  As I mentioned above, the market has been hyper-active for a while now.  As we move toward Fall, a couple of factors are in your favor. The first is that the pool of Buyers is lessening a bit for the reasons I mentioned above. This means you may not  be in a competitive situation, or it may be with fewer Buyers if you are. Use the lessons you’ve learned already through trial and error. Make your Offer as strong as you are comfortable with.  Talk to your Realtor (or to myself or one of us if you do  not have a Realtor) and we can walk you through some ways to do that. Talk to your lender once again and revisit your strategy.  If you are unsure of how your Offer price would impact you as far as your monthly payment is concerned, I always suggest having 3 dollar-amount scenarios drawn up.  I find that most Buyers are surprised at how little their monthly payment is affected by making what seems to them to be a big jump in their Offer price. Bottom line: you need to be comfortable with your Offer.  AND, you may be surprised at what the possibilities are for you, and sometimes this can make a difference in getting the home you really want in a still-competitive market.

Looking GlassOther Factors~Appraisals are really becoming more of an issue than even a month or so ago when Dianne mentioned them in a post herein.  I advise my Buyer clients to talk to their lender about expediting their Appraisal in nearly every case. This costs money, so you need  to assess what you can and are willing to do, but it is often a hundred or two dollars, and can mean the difference between Closing on time or not. ***That said, I have heard multitudes of horror stories in the last few weeks about Appraisals taking **weeks or months** longer unless someone pays an exorbitant amount sometimes in the thousands of dollars.  I don’t mean to scare anyone. I just averted a near-disaster in this regard, and having a Realtor and lender with their eyes on the ball in this market is imperative, but this is apparently happening if there are any variables at all in a transaction that will limit the appropriate Appraisers who might be available/qualified etc. Sometimes the type of loan (VA, FHA, USDA) can limit the pool of Appraisers (I’m told) as can location of the property (is it outside of the metro area?).

The reasons for this mess are varied, but it apparently boils down to supply and demand, coupled with the newer regulations on mortgage companies. No longer can a mortgage company call an Appraiser they happen to know is familiar with a particular neighborhood or area of town. For everyone’s protection (to prevent collusion/nefarious behaviour/trying to get a particular value out of the Appraiser) mortgage companies now have to put the order in to an “Appraisal Scheduling” company. That company has a stable of Appraisers, and it is all handled mechanically.  There is apparently a dearth of Appraisers due to more stringent requirements for becoming an Appraiser (I’m told), and therefore the stacks on Appraisers desks are getting higher and their time and availability to run out to more rural areas or even here in town is more scarce.

Best to set a longer timeframe for Closing to be on the safe side if you can (talk to your Realtor about what makes sense in your particular situation), and order it right away. Ordering it right away may mean that you are risking the money you pay for the Appraisal (instead of waiting till after you’ve inspected enough to know you want to proceed), but, depending on your unique circumstance, it may be your best bet.

Hope this info was helpful.

Very Best,

Linda

 

Market Activity ~ July 25-31, 2016

Beautiful homes in Lake Oswego… They come on the market… and they pass into the care of excited new owners. Its a wonderful thing ; )

Last week we saw 18 New properties enter the market, 24 move to Pending status, and 19 “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (July 25-31, 2016)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
45 EAGLE CREST DR #211 $219,000 2 2 1046 CONDO
5432 KENNY ST $379,900 3 1 1352 DETACHD
17766 ARBOR LN $509,900 3 2 1561 DETACHD
17911 LAKE HAVEN DR $563,000 4 2.1 2136 DETACHD
905 COUNTRY CLUB RD $599,500 3 2.1 2817 DETACHD
4801 Heritage LN $627,500 3 2.1 2205 DETACHD
19 WESTRIDGE DR $659,999 4 3 3711 DETACHD
1900 GREENTREE RD $695,000 4 3 3032 DETACHD
17372 HUNTER CT $699,000 3 2.1 3292 DETACHD
952 A AVE $739,900 3 2 2900 DETACHD
17771 MARYLCREEK DR $765,000 4 3.1 4398 DETACHD
2033 RIDGEWOOD RD $775,000 4 2.1 2668 DETACHD
2329 STONEHURST CT $825,000 4 3 3622 DETACHD
737 ASH ST $825,000 4 2 2428 DETACHD
840 BOCA RATAN DR $849,900 4 3.1 4114 DETACHD
18260 River Edge CT $949,000 4 3.1 4711 DETACHD
115 3rd ST #115 $999,000 4 2.1 2453 CONDO
1515 CHERRY LN $1,350,000 5 3.1 5593 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (July 25-31, 2016)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
4 TOUCHSTONE DR #108 $136,000 3 2.1 1351 CONDO 26
47 EAGLE CREST DR #21 $149,000 2 1 932 CONDO 767
3974 CARMAN DR $229,900 2 2.1 1107 CONDO 31
193 OSWEGO SMT $235,000 2 2 1383 CONDO 6
!B $269,000 3 2 1538 CONDO 10
2 SW MOUNTAIN CIR $299,000 2 1.1 1372 ATTACHD 16
5060 FOOTHILLS DR #96 $305,000 3 2 1252 CONDO 2
5495 TREE ST $355,000 3 1.1 1388 DETACHD 3
15422 PARTRIDGE DR $475,000 4 2.1 1872 DETACHD 17
1935 FERNWOOD DR $495,000 4 3 2100 DETACHD 26
5028 GREENSBOROUGH CT $524,900 4 2.1 2358 DETACHD 43
14 WALKING WOODS DR $536,000 4 3 2930 DETACHD 32
4 Essex CT $549,900 4 2.1 2835 DETACHD 7
4951 GALEN ST $549,900 3 2.1 2543 DETACHD 52
3845 TEMPEST DR $574,000 4 2.1 2000 DETACHD 11
13040 PRINCETON CT $674,900 4 2.1 3135 DETACHD 32
2063 RIDGEWOOD RD $679,000 4 2.1 2532 DETACHD 28
4090 BUCK BRUSH LN $699,000 4 3 3128 DETACHD 5
5955 SUNBROOK DR $780,000 4 3 3110 DETACHD 2
5350 LAKEVIEW BLVD $799,000 7 3.5 3005 DETACHD 6
17259 LOWENBERG TER $895,000 4 2.1 2955 DETACHD 5
1049 NORTHSHORE PL $939,900 3 4 2274 DETACHD 13
1774 RIDGECREST DR $1,250,000 2 2 2053 DETACHD 6
12850 FIELDING RD $2,500,000 9 9.2 19444 DETACHD 7

SOLD (July 25-31, 2016)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
20 CRESTFIELD CT/Upper $175,000.00 $175,000.00 2 1.1 923 CONDO 7
61 OSWEGO SMT #61 $215,000.00 $196,000.00 2 2 1212 CONDO 28
3930 CARMAN DR $229,900.00 $224,000.00 2 2.1 1146 CONDO 67
44 GREENRIDGE CT $369,000.00 $380,000.00 3 2.1 1996 ATTACHD 1
40 WHEATHERSTONE $389,900.00 $385,000.00 3 2.1 1692 CONDO 37
86 GREENRIDGE CT $399,000.00 $414,000.00 3 2 2652 ATTACHD 1
15393 MEADOWLARK CT $474,500.00 $474,900.00 2 2 1576 DETACHD 2
1412 MAPLE ST $475,000.00 $475,000.00 3 1.1 1540 DETACHD 1
386 LIVINGOOD LN $519,000.00 $519,000.00 4 3 2452 DETACHD 5
775 HEMLOCK ST $499,900.00 $536,000.00 3 2 2038 DETACHD 4
320 DURHAM ST #2 $569,500.00 $562,000.00 3 2.1 1876 CONDO 9
4199 FRUITWOOD CT $525,000.00 $565,000.00 3 2 2230 DETACHD 6
1641 ASH ST $575,000.00 $595,000.00 4 3 2764 DETACHD 5
3 SCARBOROUGH DR $685,000.00 $600,000.00 5 4 3778 DETACHD 35
659 4TH ST $785,000.00 $812,475.00 3 2.1 2388 DETACHD 5
13607 MELROSE PL $869,500.00 $825,000.00 4 3.1 3892 DETACHD 25
412 8TH ST $948,000.00 $888,000.00 3 2.1 2580 DETACHD 33
18360 RIVER EDGE LN $1,029,000.00 $995,000.00 4 2.1 3948 DETACHD 3
448 COUNTRY CLUB RD $1,595,000.00 $1,400,000.00 4 3.1 4873 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.

Lets talk about Pokémon Go in Lake Oswego!

At the start of this month one of the biggest smart phone crazes took place with a very popular Nintendo franchise: Pokémon. A small company by the name of Niantic took it upon themselves, with the help of Google Maps, to place Pokémon all over the world.
What does this have to do with houses in Lake Oswego?
Well a lot really: we are seeing a huge rise in foot traffic all over the neighborhood as people young and old wander around with their eyes glued to their phone, in search of these illusive little digital critters.
One major question seems to be popping up from a lot of Lake Oswego home owners: Who is doing this? And why are they putting Pokémon in my house or my back yard?
Well to answer this question I had to investigate: I downloaded the app myself and went about on my own quest to peruse catching as many Pokémon as I could in Lake Oswego (some of you probably saw me wandering around. I think the most embarrassing thing that had happened so far is that I walked into a low-hanging branch. Otherwise I’ve been pretty keen to keep an eye on my surroundings).
What I found was that, not only do Pokémon pop up just about anywhere (and randomly) but that there are a lot of little Pokémon landmarks all over our neighborhood. What once was an old piece of art, playground equipment, or even a sign that tells you to clean up after your pooch, have now become checkpoints (like geocaching) and digital combat zones (where you can compete against other players and fight your little monsters).
Another thing I have found is that Pokémon are invisible until you wander close to them. They are not tied to an exact spot, but are within a vicinity of where you are. This means that even if they are standing across the street from you, that you can engage in catching them as though they are directly in front of you.
Niantic, the company that is responsible for making this game, has made it very easy to AVOID wandering into people houses and back yards by giving your little in-game player a radius to work with, rather than expecting you to stand directly on top of were a Pokémon may be. So there really should be no excuse to have to trespass into other people’s yards. If you cannot get a Pokémon to appear from the street, chances are it won’t appear even if you trespass.
Some companies (like the Baja Fresh off of Boones Ferry Rd, or Pine Shed Ribs next to the Plaid Pantry), have had the luck of becoming poke-stops (a location point that acts as an interactive recharging station, where it is both easier to get more goodies and catch more Pokémon) and can often be found setting out lures to draw in attention from Pokémon Go players, and thus gaining a little extra business. Lures are in essence a paid bonus that you can buy from the in-game store to attach to existing poke stops, to draw more Pokemon to a location, making it easier for Pokemon Go players to hang out and catch Pokémon, rather than wander around physically.
All-in-all Pokemon Go is a very interesting, and fun, digital craze that plans to be around for a while. It provides a remarkable incentive to go on daily walks around your neighborhood, as well as goals to walk impressive distances. However, it does not encourage players to trespass! So rest assured Lake Oswego, there should be no excuse for people to wander onto your property without permission, in an effort to catch invisible critters. Though I do suggest this game for all ages!

Pokemon

Market Activity Report July 18th - 24th, 2016

The summer continues to hustle and bustle!
26 new listings, 32 pending, 19 houses sold!
Condos continue to be a very hot item on the market! I recently visited a few up by Touchstone and Eagle Crest. Some where just lovely, but some needed some love. Never-the-less all condos seem to be going quick.

New on the Market (July 18th – 24th, 2016)

Address Type Price Bedrooms Bathrooms Sqft
193 OSWEGO SMT CONDO 235,000 2 2 1383
48 EAGLE CREST DR CONDO 250,000 2 2 1443
4325 SILVER CT CONDO 360,000 3 2.5 1844
6040 LAKEVIEW BLVD DETACHED 459,000 3 2 2390
532 2ND ST CONDO 469,900 2 2.5 1395
16287 BONAIRE AVE DETACHED 495,000 2 1 1430
13991 MAJESTIC CT DETACHED 499,900 3 2.5 1325
6244 FROST LN DETACHED 500,000 4 3.5 2304
668 MCVEY AVE #22 CONDO 500,000 3 1.5 992
4 ESSEX CT DETACHED 549,900 4 2.1 2835
6423 FROST ST DETACHED 569,000 3 2.5 2548
17486 CARDINAL DR DETACHED 575,000 5 3 2327
17 LAUREL ST DETACHED 585,000 3 1.5 3096
14555 SHERBROOK PL DETACHED 598,000 4 2.5 2942
2478 MARYLVIEW CT DETACHED 785,000 4 3 3531
19 MONTICELLO DR DETACHED 819,000 6 3 4866
820 BOCA RATAN DR DETACHED 899,900 4 3.5 2628
1601 PINE ST DETACHED 944,900 4 3.5 3711
13079 AMBER PL DETACHED 998,000 5 3 3200
1130 OAK TER DETACHED 1,049,000 4 3.5 3729
4168 CHAD DR DETACHED 1,049,900 4 3.5 3744
18820 GREENBLUFF DR DETACHED 1,475,000 4 4.5 5570
17515 BLUE HERON RD DETACHED 2,495,000 5 5.5 6314
12850 FIELDING RD DETACHED 2,500,000 9 9.5 19444
16715 PHANTOM BLUFF CT DETACHED 3,988,000 4 4.5 4585
1900 TWIN POINTS RD DETACHED 8,680,000 4 3.5 6776

Pending Sales (July 18th – 24th, 2016)

Address Type Price Bedroom Bathrooms DOM
3433 MCNARY PKWY CONDO 199,900 2 2.5 5
58 OSWEGO SMT CONDO 210,000 2 2 4
343 5th ST CONDO 249,000 2 1 27
1400 BONNIEBRAE DR CONDO 254,000 2 1 41
12824 SW BOONES FERRY RD ATTACHED 298,000 2 2.5 7
16250 PACIFIC HWY #76 CONDO 299,900 3 2 9
12842 BOONES FERRY RD CONDO 324,900 2 2.5 98
300 LAKE BAY CT DETACHED 445,000 2 1 88
2255 GREENTREE RD DETACHED 450,000 4 2.5 14
1160 OAK TER DETACHED 450,000 3 2 7
16041 WALUGA DR DETACHED 454,900 4 2 8
1190 OAK TER DETACHED 460,000 4 2 11
5850 BONITA RD DETACHED 475,000 3 2 143
495000 YARMOUTH CIR DETACHED 495,000 2 2 52
1419 HEMLOCK ST DETACHED 500,000 5 3 28
2370 GLEN HAVEN RD DETACHED 539,900 5 2.5 28
4889 HAMPTON CT DETACHED 543,000 3 2.5 4
17312 CHAPIN WAY DETACHED 559,000 3 2 5
1705 LEE ST DETACHED 699,000 4 3.5 79
17323 LAKE HAVEN DR DETACHED 699,900 3 2.5 4
727 LAUREL ST DETACHED 775,000 3 3.5 84
15468 BOONES WAY ATTACHED 800,000 4 2.5 44
1015 SHER LN DETACHED 850,000 5 3 37
412 8th ST DETACHED 899,000 3 2.5 33
18025 SARAH HILL LN DETACHED 899,900 4 3.5 6
834 6th ST DETACHED 1,099,900 4 2.5 12
1175 CHERRY CIR DETACHED 1,325,000 6 4.5 367
3118 DOUGLAS CIR DETACHED 1,339,000 3 2.5 56
149 FURNACE ST CONDO 1,688,888 3 3.5 161
13600 GOODALL RD DETACHED 2,295,000 6 6.5 44
1455 LAKE FRONT RD DETACHED 2,695,000 4 5.5 1085

Sold/Closed (July 18th – 24th, 2016)

Address Type List Price Close Price Sqft DOM
74 GALEN ST CONDO 159,000 142,464 995 43
44 EAGLE CREST DR CONDO 140,000 152,000 908 4
168800 GALEN ST CONDO 168,800 188,800 923 2
15465 SW TANAGER DR DETACHED 445,000 475,000 1535 2
18906 KRISTI WAY DETACHED 485,000 485,000 1864 2
13449 VERMEER DR DETACHED 495,000 495,000 1877 37
17763 MARDEE AVE DETACHED 519,000 545,000 2300 3
1161 UPPER DEVON LN DETACHED 575,000 574,995 2265 28
4 INDEPENDENCE AVE DETACHED 600,000 605,000 3782 6
5714 CHARLES CIR DETACHED 649,900 625,000 2401 18
8 YORICK ST DETACHED 699,900 686,000 3418 5
13528 TWIN CREEK LN DETACHED 800,000 750,000 3129 52
15964 PARKER RD DETACHED 799,900 785,000 3378 31
2331 PRESTWICK RD DETACHED 825,000 825,000 2613 0
4667 SHEPHERDS LN DETACHED 869,900 869,900 2999 31
348 5th ST DETACHED 875,000 875,000 2019 129
17436 KELOK RD DETACHED 1,050,000 1,050,000 3054 7
16828 ALDER CIR DETACHED 1,550,000 1,550,000 2362 0
2880 UPPER DR DETACHED 1,795,000 1,762,000 5634 76

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.

Featured Neighborhood: Lake Forest

IMG_1034Today I want to introduce you to the neighborhood in Lake Oswego where I live, Lake Forest. There are 25 specific neighborhoods in Lake Oswego, each with unique aspects and, for some, a neighborhood association.

Lake Forest is bound on the North by Kruse Way, on the South by Boones Ferry Rd, on the West by I-5, and on the East by Carman Dr and East Waluga Park (approximately). For many years most of the neighborhood was in unincorporated Clackamas County. Some of it still is. I would say the single most distinctive characteristic are the large stands of towering Douglas Fir trees. Because some of it is unincorporated Clackamas County, many of the homes are still on septic systems. The lots on septic are not sub-dividable. Lake Oswego requires that if a septic system fails that is within 300 feet of the city sewer system, then the house has to connect to the sewer. This is gradually happening. Over time it is likely that all of this area will be brought into the city. It is a slow and gradual process that will take many years. In the mean time the large trees and large lots are a feature of the area.

fit_spot_1There is one park in the Lake Forest neighborhood, West Waluga Park. This park features a covered picnic area, a play ground for kids, a library book return drop box, and a fit spot workout station.

The area is super convenient to I-5 and Hwy 217. It is also extremely walkable with Albertson’s and Zupans only about 1-2 miles from even the farthest reaches of the neighborhood. Then there are the many Starbucks. Not exaggerating, there are 6 Starbucks within a mile of my house.

IMG_1035There are currently 15 houses for sale in the Lake Forest neighborhood. The least expensive is a 1258 square foot home that was built in 1970 and is listed for $475,000. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and sits on .58 of an acre. The most expensive is a brand new house that is currently under construction and listed for $875,000. When finished it will have 2824 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.

I actually consider the Lake Forest neighborhood to be one of the more affordable parts of Lake Oswego.

Personally, I love living in the area. I really like the convenience, but I also like the mix of housing. Older more modest homes are mixed in with new construction and more luxurious homes. Then you add in the flock of Peacocks that live on Bonaire and, well, it’s what I call home.
Dianne

Market Activity July 11-17, 2016


There is been lots of media coverage of late talking about our house prices and how they are climbing quickly. That is holding true throughout the Portland area and Lake Oswego is no exception. It is summer and the real estate market is hot. We are continuing to see high demand and the good news is that the new listings continue to happen. Last week LO had 30 new listings, 27 houses go into pending status, and 21 closed sales.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (July 11-7, 2016)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
54 Galen St Condo $248,000 2 2 995
48 Eagle Crest Dr 1B Condo $269,000 3 2 1538
668 McVey Ave #64 Condo $279,900 1 1 636
12824 Boones Ferry Rd Attached $298,000 2 2.5 1398
2 Mountain Circle Attached $299,000 2 1.5 1372
16250 Pacific Hwy #76 Condo $299,900 3 2 1767
19377 Sycamore Ave Detached $360,000 3 1 1008
67 Greenridge Ct Attached $369,000 3 2.5 2004
4231 Woodside Circle Condo $405,000 3 2 1943
17311 Mandi Ln Detached $429,000 3 2.5 1935
1160 Oak Terrace Detached $450,000 3 2 1654
16041 Waluga Dr Detached $454,900 4 2 1982
1190 Oak Terrace Detached $460,000 4 2 1654
15422 Partridge Dr Detached $500,000 4 2.5 1872
4950 Centerwood St Detached $523,500 3 2 1871
19235 Redwing Ct Detached $549,900 4 2 2084
14588 Wilmot Way Detached $558,000 5 3 2238
3845 Tempest Dr Detached $574,000 4 2.5 2000
350 6th St Detached $589,900 4 2 2304
6126 Frost Ln Detached $639,000 5 3 2493
2981 Vale Ct Detached $739,900 5 2.5 3516
16980 Maple Circle Detached $839,000 4 2 2500
5844 Bay Point Dr Detached $869,000 3 2.5 3375
18025 Sarah Hill Ln Detached $899,900 4 3.5 3442
1049 Northshore Pl Detached $939,900 3 4 2274
16827 Scott Ct Detached $1,000,000 4 3.5 4179
17432 Kelok Rd Detached $1,025,000 3 2.5 2884
876 9th St Detached $1,099,900 4 2.5 2699
834 6th St Detached $1,099,900 4 2.5 2679
3155 Upper Dr Detached $1,100,000 4 3 2950

Pending Sales (July 11-17,, 2016)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
47 Eagle Crest Dr #7 Condo $88,897 2 1 932 92
47 Eagle Crest Dr Condo $159,900 3 1 1024 3
172 Oswego Summit Condo $166,200 2 2 1383 0
4000 Carman Dr #71 Condo $189,900 2 2 834 2
750 1st St #A12 Condo $279,900 2 2 1350 30
1652 Bonniebrae Dr Attached $279,900 4 1.5 1303 11
40 Weatherstone Condo $385,000 3 2.5 1692 37
4974 Suntree Ln Attached $409,950 2 2.5 1652 53
4841 Dawn St Detached $425,000 3 2 1550 6
653 3rd St Detached $549,000 3 2 1270 95
16921 Kara Ln Detached $569,000 3 2.5 2382 31
22 Partridge Ln Detached $569,900 4 2.5 3334 101
300 4th St Attached $600,000 2 2.5 1731 0
18521 Waxwing Circle Detached $600,000 3 2.5 2936 63
1002 Hemlock St Detached $624,900 3 2.5 1950 4
12140 Orchard Hill Way Detached $644,000 4 2.5 3169 8
5086 Hastings Ct Detached $825,000 4 2.5 3255 18
13607 Melrose Pl Detached $869,500 4 3.5 3892 25
1520 Eastview Ct Detached $889,000 4 4 3750 29
906 Cedar St Detached $950,000 4 3.5 2829 247
610 Atwater Rd Detached $995,000 3 2.5 2969 35
3600 Wembley Park Rd Detached $1,100,000 4 3.5 3633 1
14599 Doris Ave Detached $1,143,000 5 3.5 3903 0
356 9th St Detached $1,280,000 3 3.5 3647 101
2575 Summit Dr Detached $2,395,000 4 4.5+.5 6185 151

Sold/Closed (July 11-17,, 2016)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
44 Eagle Crest Dr Condo $159,900 $158,000 908 57
342 Cervantes Circle Condo $185,000 $185,000 1,104 33
309 Cervantes Circle Condo $229,900 $229,900 1,209 9
4322 Silver Ct Condo $339,900 $350,000 1996 13
5295 Oakridge Rd Detached $394,900 $405,000 1182 6
13278 Vermeer Dr Detached $469,900 $520,000 1856 8
2302 Overlook Dr Detached $579,000 $546,700 3125 334
4231 Sunset Dr Detached $599,000 $550,000 2,272 18
4571 Oakridge Rd Attached $560,000 $560,000 2092 4
32 Spinosa Detached $549,500 $570,000 2542 8
32 Morningview Circle Detached $599,900 $587,500 2783 69
4252 Albert Circle Detached $689,000 $590,000 2964 28
1469 Greentree Circle Detached $599,900 $610,000 1808 5
4070 Westbay Rd Detached $659,000 $629,000 1828 105
839 Country Commons Ln Detached $710,000 $660,000 3089 0
29 Del Prado St Detached $650,000 $682,500 3037 6
1623 Glenmorrie Dr Detached $850,000 $850,000 5677 23
3788 Southshore Blvd Detached $915,000 $881,500 3224 17
16686 Maple Circle Detached $1,195,000 $1,095,000 3311 290
3555 Lake Grove Ave Detached $1,199,000 $1,100,000 3324 83
1617 Lake Front Rd Detached $3,250,000 $3,000,000 4619 6

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.