A Guide to Lake Oswego Real Estate and Community
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Economic Recovry

The great recession of 2007-2013 is now well in the past with just a few lingering elements. I thought it would be helpful to share some insight on how this may affect your decision to buy or to sell a home.

Is it time to become a homeowner, again?

I am now seeing folks who lost their home to foreclosure, shortsale, or perhaps went through a bankruptcy getting back into home ownership. This chart was given to me by Ginny Schider, a wonderful loan officer at Pacific Residential Mortgage (503-319-3646). It shows the wait time necessary before you can be eligible for a new mortgage if you have experienced one of these events:

Loan Program Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Shortsales Foreclosure
or Deed-in-liew
Fannie Mae
Insured Loans 4 years from discharge 2 years from discharge 4 years 7 years
4 years from dismissal
Feddie Mac 5 years 5 years 4 years 7 years
Insured Loans
FHA 2 years from discharge 12 months acceptable 3 years 3 years
payment history
USDA 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years
VA 2 years from discharge 2 years from discharge 2 years 2 years

I have worked with folks in this situation and I’ve got to say it one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had as a Realtor. Seeing folks who have been through hard times getting back on their feet and moving forward with the ability to rebuild their lives.

Still a few lingering foreclosures and shortsales
It’s referred to as the shadow inventory. These are distressed properties that banks have been holding onto. They simply did not want to release too many foreclosures all at the same time. Foreclosures and shortsales tend to sell for less. So if too many happen all at once, they tend to cause declining home values. Banks addressed this by not putting them on the market. Some are vacant homes that are just sitting in neighborhoods because the house has already been foreclosed upon. Others are home owners who know their house is in foreclosure, but the bank has not finalized it. I am aware of people who have been living in homes, not making mortgage payments, but not being kicked out, for years. I believe banks choose to allow this to happen because if the person in default is still in the house, then the house is being heated and watched over. It is simply safer for the property.

I don’t know how long it will take for these hold out foreclosures to be sold, but they are continuing to trickle onto the market.

Shortsales have become much less common. This is because as values have come back, many home owners are now no longer under water with a mortgage that is greater than their home value. This is not to say that they are not still happening. It is simply less frequent.

So, while the recession is technically over, effects from it are still happening. And if you are someone who went through a bankruptcy, foreclosure, or shortsale, the good news is you may be approaching the time when you can become a home owner again. Don’t hesitate to give Whitney, Linda, or myself a call if you need a good Realtor!

Dianne

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Market Activity April 13-19, 2015

We are continuing to see more houses selling than houses coming on the market. This means inventory is tight and it is more of a seller’s market. The majority of houses are selling quite quickly, but there are still a few that have had extended market time. This reflects how important it is to get the pricing right when you list your house for sale. Priced right it will sell fast!

Last week in Lake Oswego we had 19 houses come onto the market, 26 move to pending status, and 24 closed sales.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (Apr 13-19, 2015)

Address Type Price BR Bths SF
48 Eagle Crest Dr 3D Condo $248,000 2 2 1434
13985 Sundeleaf Dr Detached $359,990 3 2 1278
18651 Don Lee Way Detached $399,000 4 2 1630
17270 Bryant Rd Detached $399,000 3 3 2619
13431 Vermeer Dr Detached $499,000 3 2.5 2700
13951 Shireva Ct Detached $499,900 4 3 2185
5695 Washington Ct Detached $515,000 4 2 1769
5600 Dogwood Dr Detached $525,000 3 2 1908
5554 Royal Oaks Dr Detached $539,000 3 2 1861
4979 Galen St Detached $579,900 4 2.5 3298
221 6th St Detached $625,000 3 2 1508
2699 Tolkien Ln Detached $670,000 4 2.5 3115
13010 Sierra Vista Dr Detached $774,900 5 3.5 3450
4055 Orchard Dr Detached $795,000 5 3.5 3354
16987 Alder Circle Detached $839,000 3 2.5 1987
1821 Oak St Detached $899,000 4 3.5 5510
17353 Ridgeview Ct Detached $1,285,000 4 3.5 4032
14 Dover Way Detached $1,485,000 5 3.5 4593
2322 Knaus Rd Detached $1,595,000 4 3.5+.5 4875

Pending Sales (Apr 13-19, 2015)

Address Type Price BR Baths SF DOM
48 Eagle Crest Dr 1C Condo $99,900 2 2 1370 231
16250 Pacific Hwy #82 Condo $150,000 1 1 841 17
4 Touchstone #89 Condo $155,000 3 2.5 1351 72
1400 Bonniebrae Dr Attached $185,000 2 1 864 4
45 Eagle Crest Dr #219 Condo $189,000 3 2 1537 5
4107 Jefferson Pkwy Condo $237,500 2 2.5 1367 7
4283 Woodside Circle Attached $359,900 4 2 2032 10
1878 Mapleleaf Rd Detached $399,900 3 1.5 1347 5
5866 Ridgetop Ct Detached $407,500 3 2 1866 2
5210 Coventry Ct Detached $510,000 3 2.5 2135 2
1901 Woodland Terr Detached $519,000 4 3 2944 1
1119 Oak St Detached $529,900 4 2.5 2123 99
5326 Childs Rd Detached $549,901 3 2.5 1801 57
17650 Westview Dr Detached $565,000 4 3 2849 101
238 5th St Detached $657,000 3 2 2134 69
15 Nansen Summit Detached $685,000 3 2.5 3098 17
4125 Hedge Nettle Ct Detached $715,000 4 2.5 2890 6
4123 Chad Dr Detached $795,000 4 3.5 3833 186
18977 Barton Rd Detached $875,000 4 3.5+.5 5076 30
49 Briarwood Rd Detached $950,000 3 2 2162 138
13017 Knaus Rd Detached $1,249,000 4 3.5 46990 329
1059 Bayberry Rd Detached $1,399,950 4 3.5 3550 89
2410 Summit Ct Detached $1,595,000 3 3.5 3750 0
2493 Southshore Blvd Detached $2,895,000 5 5.5 7112 458
1780 Ridgecrest Dr Detached $3,750,000 4 5.5 6000 35

Sold/Closed (Apr 13-19, 2015)

Address Type List Price Closed Price Sq Ft CDOM
44 Eagle Crest Dr #1 Condo $134,900 $134,900 908 3
48 Eagle Crest Dr Condo $184,900 $152,500 1623 65
5225 Jean Rd Condo $170,000 $165,000 1100 10
900 Cornell St Detached $314,000 $295,000 1,300 24
668 McVey Ave #72 Condo $325,000 $325,000 1184 2
44 Oriole Ln Detached $389,000 $393,000 2156 6
134 Kingsgate Rd Detached $399,000 $397,100 1794 5
732 Clara Ct Detached $499,900 $402,500 2935 713
14201 Dolph Ct Detached $449,000 $432,500 1864 53
13855 Verte Ct Detached $449,000 $450,000 1835 12
1725 Fernwood Dr Detached $479,000 $460,000 1580 13
18768 Wood Duck St Detached $599,900 $477,500 2940 346
13721 Regency Ct Detached $509,500 $492,500 2311 102
18706 Bryant Rd Detached $519,995 $499,995 2400 23
6 Northview Ct Attached $532,500 $522,000 3200 14
1015 Southshore Blvd Detached $629,000 $603,500 3882 43
5665 Grand Oaks Dr Detached $780,000 $720,000 4226 1
1785 Palisades Terrace Dr Detached $799,000 $735,275 5052 227
2109 Wembley Park Rd Detached $795,000 $795,000 3154 73
2726 Rivendell Rd Detached $849,000 $849,000 3315 2
816 4th St Detached $949,900 $949,900 2699 9
703 5th St Detached $979,000 $979,000 2,719 4
17335 Canal Circle Detached $1,050,000 $1,050,000 2092 0
17138 Cedar Rd Detached $1,569,000 $1,410,000 3017 89

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.

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News & Notes

 

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The most recent real estate numbers for Portland and the Lake Oswego/West Linn areas (RMLS lumps them together) are available.

According to the RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro Area, March, 2015:

  • There were 3,596 New Listings in March which was up a full 24.7% from last month/February! and up 16.4% from March of 2014.
  • At 2,457 March Closed Sales increased a whopping 49.1% over February! and were up  32.3% from March of 2014.
  • March Pending Sales (accepted offers), at 3,384, was the strongest since 2006. Up… 33.5%  from February AND March of 2014.
  •  The Average Sale Price in March of $337,200 was up $9,200. from February’s Average of $328,000, and almost exactly the same from March of 2014’s $328,100. 

The combined areas of Lake Oswego and West Linn  for the month of March 2015 reported:

    • 373 Active Listings  (360 in Feb)
    • 209 New Listings    (198 in Feb)
    • 174 Pending Sales    (149 in Feb)
    • 130 Closed Sales   (86 in Feb)
    • Average Sale Price for March of $475,900.  ($518,300 in Feb)
      • NOTE: Higher-Priced vs Lower-Priced Homes Sales can scew 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: 104 Days  (100 in Feb)
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Market Activity ~ April 6-12, 2015

Its springtime in Lake Oswego and activity is brisk. Here is your Latest Market Activity Report:

Last week in Lake Oswego we saw 18 New properties enter the market, 25 move to Pending status, and 17 “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Apr 6-12, 2015)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
44 EAGLE CREST DR ##39 $139,900 2 2 1085 CONDO
100 KERR PKWY #1 $159,500 2 2 1188 CONDO
170 OSWEGO SMT $177,100 2 2 1506 CONDO
4107 JEFFERSON PKWY $237,500 2 2.1 1367 CONDO
668 MCVEY AVE #24 $239,000 1 1 626 CONDO
1023 HALLINAN ST $349,000 3 1.1 1097 DETACHD
4283 WOODSIDE CIR $359,900 4 2 2032 ATTACHD
1878 MAPLELEAF RD $399,900 3 1.1 1347 DETACHD
5434 WILLOW CT $489,000 3 2.1 2446 ATTACHD
16889 WIGHT LN $489,000 4 2.1 2386 DETACHD
6 CELLINI CT $705,000 5 3 3494 DETACHD
4125 HEDGE NETTLE CT $715,000 4 2.1 2890 DETACHD
3180 WESTVIEW CT $875,000 5 3.1 4216 DETACHD
18320 RIVER EDGE LN $995,000 4 4 4342 DETACHD
3072 LAKEVIEW BLVD $1,150,000 5 5.1 4030 DETACHD
17327 KELOK RD $1,250,000 3 3 2300 DETACHD
3301 UPPER DR $1,400,000 4 3.1 4555 DETACHD
16511 MAPLE CIR $1,695,000 4 2.1 3342 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Apr 6-12, 2015)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
47 EAGLE CREST DR #52 $89,000 1 1 666 CONDO 17
15 OSWEGO SMT #15 $106,000 2 2 1212 CONDO 357
62 GREENRIDGE CT / Grnd $260,000 3 2 1596 CONDO 147
200 BURNHAM RD #209 $299,900 2 2 1305 CONDO 5
16875 TRACY AVE $320,000 4 2 1825 DETACHD 2
16470 BRYANT RD $324,900 3 2 2024 DETACHD 140
115 TOUCHSTONE TER $329,900 4 2.2 2848 ATTACHD 8
44 AQUINAS ST $379,900 4 2 1870 DETACHD 24
5324 LOWER DR $395,000 3 2.1 2034 DETACHD 3
4972 GALEN ST $415,000 2 3 1942 ATTACHD 175
5189 TUALATA LN $440,000 3 2 2422 DETACHD 150
18481 WAXWING CIR $459,000 3 2.1 1840 DETACHD 22
18640 TUALATA AVE $463,500 4 2 2076 DETACHD 4
17380 CANYON DR $514,950 4 2.1 2526 DETACHD 145
18530 BRYANT RD $514,995 3 2.1 2400 DETACHD 14
18728 Bryant RD $524,995 3 2.1 2736 DETACHD
2550 SOUTHSHORE BLVD $575,000 4 3.1 3721 DETACHD 159
12615 SW 21ST CT $739,000 4 3.1 4594 DETACHD 36
17572 SHEPHERDS CT $779,900 4 3 2983 DETACHD 36
2671 GLEN EAGLES RD $825,000 3 3 4019 DETACHD 5
496 8TH ST $879,000 4 2 2899 DETACHD 35
1901 SUMMIT DR $899,000 4 3.1 3444 DETACHD 7
13371 ATWATER LN $899,000 4 3 4795 DETACHD 0
17970 ROYCE WAY $1,125,000 5 4.1 5355 DETACHD 34
720 KENOLA CT $1,200,000 3 3.1 3727 DETACHD 53

SOLD  (Apr 6-12, 2015)

Address OpeningPrice Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
56 GALEN ST / Upper $142,500 $142,500 2 2 1000 CONDO 10
3433 MCNARY PKWY #506 $175,000 $185,000 2 2.1 1136 CONDO 3
3970 SW CARMAN DR / Grnd $219,900 $215,000 2 2.1 1129 CONDO 8
132 TOUCHSTONE TER $280,000 $280,000 3 2.1 1964 ATTACHD 0
65 KINGSGATE RD $299,900 $290,025 3 2 1237 ATTACHD 4
38 WHEATHERSTONE $299,900 $299,900 3 2.1 1692 ATTACHD 8
19060 INDIAN SPRINGS CIR $435,000 $408,000 3 2 1355 DETACHD 26
1107 CHERRY LN $424,900 $425,000 3 2 2094 DETACHD 10
18863 INDIAN SPRINGS RD $439,900 $439,900 4 3 2001 DETACHD 3
4733 FIRWOOD RD $474,900 $472,000 4 3 2310 DETACHD 189
34 DEL PRADO ST $569,950 $522,000 4 3 3120 DETACHD 101
18790 Bryant RD $544,995 $524,995 3 2.1 2400 DETACHD
409 MIDDLECREST RD $599,000 $595,000 3 3 2135 DETACHD 15
1890 CREST DR $769,000 $692,500 3 2.1 2782 DETACHD 144
14128 EDENBERRY DR $749,900 $752,000 4 2.1 3168 DETACHD 10
14488 PFEIFER DR $825,000 $869,700 4 3.1 3563 DETACHD 2
18360 RIVER EDGE LN $957,000 $925,000 4 2.1 3738 DETACHD 22

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.

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Market Activity for March 30 - April 05, 2015

Hello everyone!
Things are moving quickly this spring. The beautiful weather is finally here (as well as the occasional spring monsoons), which has brought lots of activity in the market. This last week we saw fourteen new homes come up for sale, thirty two have started pending, and twenty three homes sold! This tells us that the houses that are now entering the market are less than HALF those that have gotten offers, the inventory can just barely keep up with the demand!

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (March 30- April 05, 2015, 2015)

Address Type Price Bedrooms Bathrooms Sqft
44 CERVANTES CIR #44 CONDO 132,500 2 1.5 912
16250 PACIFIC HWY #82 CONDO 150,000 1 1 841
3892 BOTTICELLI ST CONDO 235,000 3 2 1288
1268 SPRUCE ST DETACHED 399,000 3 2 2009
6461 SW EDGEWOOD ST DETACHED 399,900 4 2.5 1950
17833 HILLSIDE WAY DETACHED 589,000 4 3 2668
4848 LOWER DR DETACHED 599,900 4 3 2548
15 NANSEN SMT DETACHED 685,000 3 2.5 3098
1511 WOODLAND TER DETACHED 725,000 5 2.5 3439
13060 SW ELK ROCK RD DETACHED 825,000 5 3 3681
1901 SUMMIT DR DETACHED 899,000 4 3.5 3444
1411 LAKE FRONT RD DETACHED 1,395,000 3 4 3349
3140 DOUGLAS CIR DETACHED 1,395,000 4 3.5 4333
1345 CHANDLER RD DETACHED 2,695,000 5 4.5 6800

Pending Sales (March 30-April 05, 2015)

Address Type Price Bedroom Bathrooms Sqft DOM
100 KERR PKWY #52 CONDO 105,000 1 1 617 5
4000 CARMAN DR A17 CONDO 169,900 2 2 1100 19
5225 JEAN RD CONDO 170,000 2 2 1100 10
16250 PACIFIC HWY #45 CONDO 179,990 2 2 1311 71
3970 SW CARMAN DR CONDO 219,900 2 2.5 1129 8
48 EAGLE CREST DR 1A CONDO 250,000 3 2.5 1550 76
5062 FOOTHILLS DR H CONDO 250,000 3 2 1252 5
16742 BONAIRE AVE DETACHED 289,900 3 2 1464 3
3 CONDOLEA DR CONDO 299,000 3 3 2198 146
668 MCVEY AVE #72 CONDO 325,000 3 1.5 1184 2
9 CONDOLEA DR CONDO 380,000 3 3 2198 39
321 CERVANTES CONDO 385,000 3 2.5 2474 205
1689 MEADOWS DR DETACHED 394,500 2 2 2370 23
19060 INDIAN SPRINGS CIR DETACHED 435,000 4 3 2182 26
3 EL GRECO ST DETACHED 439,500 2 2 2370 2
4711 REMBRANDT LN DETACHED 450,000 3 2.5 2050 3
32 SPINOSA DETACHED 455,900 4 3.5 2542 1964
148 5TH ST DETACHED 495,000 2 1 1314 0
1981 SUMMIT DR DETACHED 499,000 3 2.5 2579 630
6459 FROST ST DETACHED 499,900 4 2.5 2627 101
4925 MULHOLLAND DR ATTACHED 520,000 2 2.5 2424 2
13166 PETERS RD DETACHED 525,000 4 2.5 2575 0
13906 MAJESTIC CT DETACHED 530,000 4 3.5 2827 6
18634 BRYANT RD DETACHED 534,995 3 2.5 2736 41
63 TOUCHSTONE DETACHED 539,900 4 3 2472 4
80 TANGLEWOOD DR DETACHED 629,900 5 3 2713 3
2051 CREST DR DETACHED 669,500 4 2 2886 42
321 5TH ST DETACHED 749,000 3 3.5 2737 80
77 GARIBALDI ST DETACHED 829,000 4 2.5 3023 49
1222 TIMBERLINE DR DETACHED 899,900 4 3 3246 19
18218 MEADOWLARK LN DETACHED 1,695,000 5 6.1 8320 787

Sold/Closed (March 30-April 05, 2015)

Address Type List Price Close Price Sqft DOM
5063 FOOTHILLS DR A CONDO 200,000 20,500 991 3
169 OSWEGO SMT #169 CONDO 109,000 75,000 1330 126
6 CERVANTES CIR CONDO 139,500 132,402 912 142
200 BURNHAM RD #306 CONDO 183,500 183,500 1199 29
152 RIDGEWAY RD CONDO 234,900 237,000 1794 3
6138 KENNY ST DETACHED 314,000 314,000 1190 31
1743 ASPEN CT DETACHED 336,900 315,000 1341 115
15364 TWIN FIR RD DETACHED 375,000 338,000 1608 271
103 GARIBALDI ST DETACHED 479,000 340,000 3322 1215
43 CONDOLEA CT CONDO 365,000 345,000 2157 31
4820 LAMONT WAY DETACHED 420,000 380,000 1768 193
834 6TH ST DETACHED 525,000 400,000 1062 94
16201 LAKE FOREST BLVD DETACHED 464,900 415,000 1846 108
324 4TH ST ATTACHED 435,000 450,000 1731 30
1652 DEVON LN DETACHED 459,000 470,000 3181 165
17749 LEAFY LN DETACHED 579,000 585,000 3300 25
4848 HASTINGS DR DETACHED 575,000 590,000 2174 3
5043 ROSEWOOD ST DETACHED 639,900 605,000 2963 233
4182 GLACIER LILY ST DETACHED 630,000 630,000 2799 4
197 FURNACE ST 3S CONDO 689,900 670,000 2091 114
797 F AVE DETACHED 700,000 705,000 2323 2
13612 GOODALL RD DETACHED 1,469,000 1,469,000 4362 332
18414 OLD RIVER LNDG DETACHED 1,795,000 1,650,000 6498 553

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.

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Tree City USA

“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

This year Lake Oswego is celebrating 26 years as a designated Tree City USA! This is given to cities that demonstrate a strong commitment to managing and caring for trees by the National Arbor Day Foundation. With Arbor week being April 5-11, it seem appropriate to do some bragging about the beautiful trees in Lake Oswego.

trees 002The Natural Resources Advisory Board for the city designates significant trees in the city as “Heritage Trees”. Four new trees are being given this designation this year: two sycamores at 16584 Roosevelt Avenue, a giant sequoia at 14145 Redwood Ct, and a madrone at Oswego Pioneer Cemetary on Stafford Road. That brings the total number of trees with this designation to 35.

In honor of Arbor Week, the city has got some pretty fun events planned:

Free the Trees is a concept that began in Springbrook Park. The idea is that while it is hard to clear all of the English Ivy out of the Park all at once, if it’s done gradually it gets done over time. English Ivy, left to grow unchecked, kills trees. People who take walks through the park were asked trim and remove the ivy around one tree while on their walk. It worked! If you would like to join in the effort, you can get more information by contacting Babs Hamachek at bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us.

trees 003Stafford Grove Tree Planting & Poetry Reading. Thursday, April 9, 1:30-2:30, 1061 Sunningdale Rd. Join the Forest Hills/First Edition Neighborhood Association in planting a tree, and then listen to former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson reading poetry.

Barnyard Tales & Heritage Tree Walk. Wednesday, April 8, 10-11am at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road. Lynne Bacon, a renowned storeyteller, will be holding a story time on the farm followed by a visit to the Heritage Trees that are located on the farm. Space is limited, so you need to register, although it is a free event. Register on line at www.loparks.org, use activity code #10646.

Blossoming Tree Craft. Saturday, April 9, 2-4pm, LO Library, 706 4th St. Make beautiful blossoming tree crafts. For all ages of tree lovers.

I personally have 4 HUGE trees in my yard, 3 firs and a glorious English walnut. They really enhance the feeling of sanctuary that I feel about my home.

Trees
-Joyce Kilmer
“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree…….”

As always, thanks for reading the blotter,
Dianne

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Market Activity March 23-29, 2015

It was exactly 28 years ago today that I got my real estate license, no foolin’! I have always found amusement in the anniversary. I can not believe it has been 28 years, seriously. I’ve gone from being the young new agent to the seasoned “mature” agent. I love it!

Just 12 new listings last week certainly reflects that it was spring break. People were likely out and about vacationing and enjoying their families. 22 pending sales is also a refection of the holiday from school that freed up families to look for a new home. We also had 20 closed sales.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (March 23-29, 2015)

Address Type Price BR Bths SF
47 Eagle Crest Dr #52 Condo $89,000 1 1 666
100 Kerr Parkway #52 Condo $105,000 1 1 617
4 Touchstone#107 Condo $158,000 3 2.5 1351
3970 Carman Dr Condo $219,900 2 2.5 1129
5062 Foothills Dr H Condo $250,000 3 2 1252
5364 Rosewood St Detached $449,900 4 2.5 1980
4711 Rembrandt Ln Detached $450,000 3 2.5 2050
6192 Harrington Ave Detached $489,000 5 3 2817
18530 Bryant Rd Detached $514,995 3 2.5 2400
1426 Greentree Circle Detached $545,000 4 3 3216
639 Carrera Ln Detached $849,000 5 3.5 4305
19300 Stafford Rd Detached $1,995,000 4 2.5 6065

Pending Sales (March 23-29, 2015)

Address Type Price BR Baths SF DOM
320 Cervantes Circle Condo $123,000 2 1 832 44
44 Eagle Crest Dr #3 Condo $145,000 3 2 1065 25
15938 Quarry Rd A-5 Condo $164,900 2 1 996 7
48 Eagle Crest Dr Condo $166,500 3 2 1623 65
5530 Bonita Rd Detached $398,000 3 2 1200 34
134 Kingsgate Rd Detached $399,000 3 2.5 1794 5
13901 Sundeleaf Dr Detached $399,000 4 3 1900 60
4909 Lower Dr Detached $425,000 4 2.5 1992 72
17280 Westview Dr Detached $429,000 4 3 2324 6
103 Garibaldi St Detached $479,000 3 3.5 3322 1215
18582 Bryant Rd Detached $499,995 3 2.5 2400 7
1119 Oak St Detached $529,900 4 2.5 2123 76
980 C Ave Detached $539,900 3 2 1312 65
279 Evergreen Rd Attached $639,000 3 3.5 2136 9
2189 Fernwood Circle Detached $650,000 4 2.5 2921 4
4945 Parkhill St Detached $659,900 5 2.5 3302 0
1670 Pine St Detached $675,000 4 3.5 3286 17
667 3rd St Attached $679,000 6 6 3120 10
15947 Waluga Dr Detached $725,000 4 2.5 3370 18
4405 Sundew Ct Detached $789,000 5 3.5 4820 11
715 4th St Detached $1,015,000 3 2.5 2762 3
4077 Westview Rd Detached $1,748,000 4 4 3644 17

Sold/Closed (March 23-29, 2015)

Address Type List Price Closed Price Sq Ft CDOM
106 Oswego Summit Condo $165,000 $165,000 1140 5
16805 Gassner Ln Detached $225,000 $225,000 1092 7
1260 Hallinan St Detached $298,000 $298,000 1325 4
4287 Haven St Detached $375,000 $375,000 1,200 1
3402 Lake Grove Ave Detached $414,900 $395,000 1686 102
7 Bernini Ct Detached $549,000 $420,000 3314 376
12836 Sierra Vista Dr Detached $449,000 $425,000 2166 19
5926 Dove Ct Detached $435,000 $450,000 1807 2
886 9th St Detached $469,500 $450,000 860 23
18929 Terry Ave Detached $499,900 $480,000 2441 20
1710 Glenmorrie Terrace Detached $499,900 $505,000 2865 135
3285 Childs Rd Detached $599,900 $612,000 2693 3
4258 Albert Circle Detached $689,000 $625,000 2745 197
19242 Indian Springs Rd Detached $749,900 $745,000 3365 35
5488 Southwood Dr Detached $799,000 $788,500 3280 112
1136 Westward Ho Rd Detached $1,190,000 $780,000 3344 324
568 9th St Detached $925,000 $900,000 2825 85
12810 Alto Park Rd Detached $944,000 $981,000 3834 97
18224 Bella Terra Dr Detached $1,225,000 $1,160,000 3834 97
2490 Summit Dr Detached $2,200,000 $2,020,000 3000 212

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.

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News & Notes

The most recent real estate numbers for Portland and the Lake Oswego/West Linn areas (RMLS lumps them together) are available.

According to the RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro Area, February, 2015:

  • There were 2,884 New Listings in February which was up 4.4% from January, and up 22.5% from February of 2014.
  • At 1,648, February Closed Sales increased 11.6% over January, and were up  12.3% from February of 2014.
  • February Pending Sales (accepted offers), at 2,534, was the strongest since 2007. Up… 10.5%  from January, and up a whopping 37.1% from February 2014.
  •  The Average Sale Price in February of $328,000 was down $1,400 from January, and up $2,500 from February of 2014. 

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The combined areas of Lake Oswego and West Linn  for the month of February 2015 reported:

    • 360 Active Listings
    • 198 New Listings
    • 149 Pending Sales
    • 86 Closed Sales
    • An Average Sale Price for February of $518,300.
    • Average Time on the Market: 100 Days
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Market Activity ~ March 16-22, 2015

The Lake Oswego market is humming right along.  Here is your Latest Market Activity Report:

Last week in Lake Oswego we saw 20 New properties enter the market, 24 move to Pending status, and 18 “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Mar 16-Mar 22, 2015)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
2189 FERNWOOD CIR $650,000 4 2.1 2921 DETACHD
15938 QUARRY RD #A5 $164,900 2 1 996 CONDO
5157 WOODCREST LN $649,900 4 2.1 3144 DETACHD
17280 WESTVIEW DR $429,000 4 3 2324 DETACHD
11 CHURCHILL DOWNS $430,500 4 2.1 2336 DETACHD
18481 WAXWING CIR $465,000 3 2.1 1840 DETACHD
279 EVERGREEN RD $639,000 3 3.1 2136 ATTACHD
18977 BARTON RD $875,000 4 3.2 5076 DETACHD
0 STAFFORD RD Lot 2 $899,000 4 3.1 2834 DETACHD
134 KINGSGATE RD $399,000 3 2.1 1794 DETACHD
6109 SUMMER WOODS $485,000 4 2.1 2331 DETACHD
25 PARTRIDGE LN $485,000 3 2.1 3148 DETACHD
14383 HOLLY SPRINGS RD $450,000 5 3 2238 DETACHD
54 GALEN ST Upper $135,900 2 2 995 CONDO
14084 GOODALL RD $1,424,900 5 5.1 5399 DETACHD
4201 HAVEN ST $649,900 4 3 2678 DETACHD
667 3RD ST $679,000 6 6 3120 ATTACHD
2609 GLEN HAVEN RD $1,100,000 4 4 3793 DETACHD
2481 MARYLSHIRE LN $795,000 5 3.1 4154 DETACHD
17701 BLUE HERON WAY $499,900 3 2.1 2002 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Mar 16-Mar 22, 2015)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
13721 REGENCY CT $492,500 3 2.1 2311 DETACHD 102
13554 PETERS RD $899,850 3 2.5 3036 DETACHD 36
66 GALEN ST Upper $99,900 1 1 689 CONDO 111
550 2ND ST $395,000 2 1.2 1540 CONDO 286
16735 LAKE FOREST BLVD $315,000 3 2 1192 DETACHD 144
1990 GREENTREE RD $459,900 4 3 2100 DETACHD 11
13819 PROVINCIAL HILL DR $549,900 4 2.1 2096 DETACHD 24
703 5TH ST $979,000 4 2.1 2719 DETACHD 4
200 BURNHAM RD #306 $195,000 2 1 1199 CONDO 29
18706 Bryant RD $499,995 3 2.1 2400 DETACHD
9 DA VINCI ST $399,900 3 2 1768 DETACHD 5
1585 PATTON RD $539,900 4 3 3162 DETACHD 314
1015 SOUTHSHORE BLVD $619,900 4 3 3882 DETACHD 43
17763 MARDEE AVE $447,000 5 3 2300 DETACHD 10
4070 VIRGINIA WAY $747,500 3 2.1 3510 DETACHD 44
9 TOUCHSTONE $397,000 3 2 1890 DETACHD 15
44 AQUINAS ST $379,900 4 2 1870 DETACHD 2
1272 ZIVNEY LN $679,900 4 3 2658 DETACHD 16
1725 FERNWOOD DR $479,000 4 2.1 1580 DETACHD 13
4182 GLACIER LILY ST $630,000 4 3 2799 DETACHD 4
5707 YORKSHIRE CT $780,000 4 3.1 3400 DETACHD 0
2286 WEMBLEY PARK RD $699,000 3 3 2000 DETACHD 103
1033 OBRIEN ST $325,000 4 2 1416 DETACHD 25
17101 CHAPIN WAY $519,000 3 2 1949 DETACHD 6

SOLD  (Mar 16-Mar 22, 2015)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
4650 LOWER DR /Lower $125,000 $115,000 2 1.1 1260 CONDO 86
1349 BONNIEBRAE DR /Twnhs $239,000 $219,600 3 1.1 1303 ATTACHD 118
17225 CHAPIN WAY $395,000 $347,000 3 2 2257 DETACHD 119
18 OSWEGO SMT #18 $69,900 $53,500 1 1 764 CONDO 176
4524 LOWER DR #A3 $315,000 $265,000 3 2.1 1650 CONDO 147
86 KINGSGATE RD #F-106 $142,000 $142,000 2 2 840 CONDO 3
4171 OLD GATE RD $350,000 $330,000 4 2 1752 DETACHD 7
4 TOUCHSTONE #136 $178,500 $163,700 3 2.1 1351 CONDO 5
124 D AVE /Twnhs $550,000 $550,000 2 2.1 1754 ATTACHD 7
2508 ORCHARD HILL PL $439,900 $452,000 3 2.1 2229 DETACHD 4
368 CERVANTES CIR /Twnhs $129,500 $117,999 2 1 882 CONDO 27
1625 BEDFORD CT $595,000 $574,000 2 2.1 2462 DETACHD 9
5487 TUALATA CT $339,455 $339,455 3 2 1200 DETACHD 1
751 BRIERCLIFF LN $528,950 $519,950 4 3 2534 DETACHD 32
127 DEL PRADO ST $459,000 $459,000 4 3 2310 DETACHD 5
17617 ARBOR LN $390,000 $390,000 3 2 1745 DETACHD 214
116 OSWEGO SMT #116 $139,000 $132,000 2 2 1140 CONDO 323
121 LEONARD ST #C $185,000 $178,000 2 2 1118 CONDO 131

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.

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What are Flowers Worth?

Lake Oswego Flowers
Hello all!

With the approach of spring comes the inevitable yard chores: fixing the fence, de mossing the roof, and planting annuals. Some of us really enjoy spending time outside in our yards, and some just don’t find much draw to yard work. But did you know that a nice clean yard helps in adding to the value of your home?
Sure planting flowers does not increase the appraised value, but it could be the key factor to attracting the right buyer! When we buy homes we are not often looking at JUST the interior of the home but the exterior, space, and location. Flowers, a new fence or deck, and a tidy lawn allow buyers to think in terms of what they would want to do with the space, and are less likely to worry about updating. And hey if you are not good with flowers then you can buy local plants that do not need much maintenance, but still help add aesthetic value to your home (even cactuses work).
So lets welcome the start of spring and get to some yard chores!

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