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News & Notes ~ March 2020 Numbers

Here is your look at the most recent data for the entire Portland area (March 2020) and how Lake Oswego fits in to this picture just below.

Inventory remains low and so basically, we have a housing shortage going on right now. Mortgage Rates are at 3.3% as of this writing. For the most part, Portland Real Estate is holding steady with prices improving and New Listings and Closed Sales, for instance up right around 25% from last month along with  Areas in & around Gresham, Oregon City, Milwaukie/Clackamas, & Hillsboro, are still the strongest as far as Appreciation goes.

According to the RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro Area, March 2020:

  • There were 3,468  New Listings in March 2020 which decreased 1.0%  from March of 2019’s 3,504, and also increased significantly- up 25% from the previous month/February’s 2,759.
  • At 2,536, March 2020’s Closed Sales rose 7.9% over March 2019’s 2,183, but are up a whopping 24.2% from the previous month/February 2020’s total of 1,897.
  • At 2,347, March 2020’s Pending Sales are down 14.3% from March 2019’s 2,738, and also fell 9.7% from the previous month/February 2020’s total of 2,598.
  • The Average Sale Price in March 2020 of $465,500 is up $17,600 from last year/March 2019’s $447,900, and also up $7,600 from the previous month/February 2020’s $457,900.  
  • The “Median” Sale Price (the price smack dab in the middle of all sales) in March 2020 of $425,000 rose from last year/March 2019’s $399,000 by $26,000, and is also up $18,000 from the previous month/February 2020’s $407,000.   

Neighborhoods: March’s Average Sale Price + 12-month Appreciation:

  • North Portland:  $441,300              1.3%   (Feb $407,900)
    •                                                     YTD Median: $405,000
  • NE Portland:  $470,500                   3.3%   (Feb $482,200)
    •                                                     YTD Median: $420,000
  • SE Portland:  $442,600                   1.1%   (Feb $424,700)
    •                                                     YTD Median: $380,000
  • Gresham/Troutdale:   $355,000     4.7%   (Feb $376,600)
    •                                                     YTD Median: $356,000
  • Milwaukie/Clackamas:  $466,100  4.9%   (Feb $443,700 )
    •                                                     YTD Median: $425,000
  • Oregon City/Canby:   $447,000      3.8%   (Feb $448,600)
    •                                                     YTD Median: $430,000
  • Lake Oswego/West Linn:$687,400  2.7%  (Feb $705,100)
    •                                                      YTD Median: $586,000
  • West Portland:    $580,400             -1.5%  (Feb $581,600 )
    •                                                     YTD Median: $512,000
  • NW Wash County:  $544,200          0.1%   (Feb $510,400)
    •                                                      YTD Median: $475,000
  • Beaverton/Aloha:     $445,100       3.0%   (Feb $412,800)
    •                                                     YTD Median: $410,000
  • Tigard/Wilsonville:   $487,200        1.7%   (Feb $485,600)
    •                                                      YTD Median: $460,000
  • Hillsboro/Forest Grove: $406,900  5.8%   (Feb $414,200)
    •                                                      YTD Median: $391,000

LAKE OSWEGO:

The combined areas of Lake Oswego and West Linn  for  the month of February 2020 reported:

    •  305 Active Listings (Feb 226)
    •  183 New Listings     (Feb 151)
    •   87 Pending Sales    (Feb 119)
    •  103 Closed Sales      (Feb  72)
    • Average Sale Price for February: $687,400  (Feb $705,100)
      • 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.
    •  106 Average Days on the Market   (Feb 86)

 

Market Activity ~ April 13-19, 2020

Last week in Lake Oswego, 13 New properties entered the market, 8 moved to Pending status, and 14 were “Closed”/Sold. We also have 211 homes for sale here, right now.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (April 13-19, 2020)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
100 KERR PKWY#3 $210,000 2 2 823 CONDO
47 OSWEGO SMT / Main $249,900 2 2 1212 CONDO
45 EAGLE CREST DR #401 $285,000 3 2 1348 CONDO
4340 BOTTICELLI ST $399,999 3 3.1 2285 CONDO
17200 ROBB PL $610,000 3 2.1 2206 DETACHD
4007 BASS LN $699,000 4 3 2648 DETACHD
19 MONTICELLO DR $729,988 6 3 3537 DETACHD
10 BUCKINGHAM TER $759,900 4 3 3763 DETACHD
4208 ALBERT CIR $790,000 5 3 2777 DETACHD
960 BULLOCK ST $849,900 3 2 3062 DETACHD
4405 SUNDEW CT $850,000 5 3.1 4535 DETACHD
800 TERRACE DR $1,559,000 5 4.1 5359 DETACHD
18008 GREENBLUFF DR $1,849,000 3 3.1 4402 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (April 13-19, 2020)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
4 TOUCHSTONE #94 $145,900 3 2.1 1351 CONDO 198
18357 HEATHER ANN CT $560,000 3 2 1832 DETACHD 1
16212 SW KIMBALL ST $599,000 4 2.1 1844 DETACHD 4
1448 CEDAR ST $615,000 4 3 2544 DETACHD 244
2103 RIDGEWOOD RD $660,000 4 2 1650 DETACHD 83
4092 COLTSFOOT LN $750,000 4 3 2405 DETACHD 3
5745 Washington CT $1,149,000 4 3.1 2841 DETACHD
1350 Andrews RD $2,150,000 3 3.1 3377 DETACHD 530

SOLD (April 13-19, 2020)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
6207 HARRINGTON AVE $389,000 $389,500 3 1 960 DETACHD 11
15003 TWIN FIR RD $492,000 $470,000 2 1 984 DETACHD 88
1611 LEE ST $589,900 $599,900 3 2.1 2539 DETACHD 58
3745 DIVISION CT $599,900 $615,000 3 2 1390 DETACHD 3
1640 WOODLAND TER $619,900 $627,500 4 3 2398 DETACHD 6
1 PREAKNESS CT $645,000 $635,000 4 3 2373 DETACHD 6
17200 CANAL CIR $665,000 $665,000 3 1.1 1774 DETACHD 6
1925 MAPLELEAF CT $750,000 $750,000 4 2.1 2096 DETACHD 0
22 DOVER WAY $900,000 $900,000 4 2.1 3335 DETACHD 0
533 WEIDMAN CT $992,500 $980,000 5 3.1 4092 DETACHD 122
1259 LAKE GARDEN CT $1,099,000 $997,750 4 3 2263 DETACHD 0
13845 AMBERWOOD CIR $1,089,000 $1,100,000 4 3 3283 DETACHD 3
17614 BLUE HERON RD $1,239,000 $1,239,000 4 3 3320 DETACHD 2
467 9TH ST $1,385,000 $1,285,000 3 2.1 2979 DETACHD 54

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.

Run, Ride, Walk Around the Lake

This is a re-post of one I did many years ago. It will give you the directions for exercising with a trip around the lake. Please be sure to observe social distancing. We are getting some beautiful weather and getting outside to enjoy it is a real treat.

Absolutely one of the best features of living in Lake Oswego is the ability to enjoy the lake. And one of my favorite ways to enjoy it is by riding a bike, or taking a walk or a jog around it. The first time I ran the lake was in 1980. I have done it many, many times since then. Although I have to admit that these days instead of running it, I bike or walk it. It’s just about 8 miles all the way around. Biking it, the challenge is to do it in one hour’s time. I know that does not seem very fast, but there are two substantial hills in the ride and if you can do it in an hour, you are kicking some serious #*%*. Walking it takes about 2.5 hours, and running it, back in my hey day, took just over an hour.

The route around the lake is not an obvious course. You need to have someone who has done it before show it to you. I suppose you could just journey out and figure it out, but there are a couple of spots where taking the right turn will not only make the route more enjoyable, but it will also make it more safe.

I am going to outline the basic route. **UPDATED: MAP AT BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE**

I will try to keep the directions easy to follow. I do the route in a clockwise circle. You can reverse it if you like, but I do it clockwise because with this route you warm up properly for the hills and then also cool down before you finish.

Start at the Lake Grove Swim Park, which is just North of the intersection of Southshore Blvd and Lakeview Blvd, along Lakeview Blvd. Proceed North on Lakeview. I suppose it is actually slightly Northeast, but for the sake of keeping it simple, head North along the shoulder of the road. There is a nice wide bike path and you’ll be enjoying the view of the lake and the stately mansions. You will go about half a mile before you come to the first right hand turn.

This is Summit. Yes, it’s called Summit because it’s a big hill. Summit will take you on a slightly winding route up to the top and then back down again. These are some of the best views of the lake because you are up so high and you really get to see the width and breadth of the water.

After you come down the hill, Summit will dead-end at Iron Mountain Blvd. Turn right which will have you heading East. This is a long, flat stretch of road through a heavily treed area with views of the Lilly Pond. Most of the length of this section does not have houses on it. As you come back into the housing area, in fact almost immediately as soon as the driving speed goes from 40 MPH to 25MPH, you want to watch for a sharp right turn just on the edge of the lower parking lot for Lake Oswego Country Club. This little street is called Milligan Lane. It is only a couple of hundred of feet long, and I don’t think it is well marked. So be watching and don’t miss it. If you miss it, you’ll add about a mile and a good deal of time lost in the surrounding neighborhoods trying to get back on course.

Milligan Lane will take you over a set of train tracks and drop you right on to Northshore Road. Turn left so that you are continuing to head East. This is just a spectacular stretch of scenery. You will be right down at the level of the lake meandering by fabulous homes and across quaint bridges with views of the lake and of Lakewood Bay. The road takes a couple of twists and turns, just follow the signs that identify Northshore. One of the homes you will pass, it will be on your right just before the humongous rock formation, is the house that was briefly occupied by Humphrey Bogart and his 3rd wife, Mayo Methot, or so local legend has it.

After you cross the bridge with the view to the left of Lakewood Bay you will come to a 3-way stop, turn left. Go about a block and take the first right. This is is Fairmont. You are only going to go about 100 feet before you turn left onto Middlecrest. Middlecrest is not a through street. It has a barrier erected to keep out auto traffic, but there is a pass through for bikes and pedestrians. Stay on Middlecrest a couple of blocks to the traffic light at State Street.

Turn right on State Street and go a long block to the bottom of the hill where there is another traffic light at McVey Avenue. Turn right and head up McVey. This is the big hill in this route. Pace yourself because when you think you’ve gotten to the top, you have not. You could stay on it up to the traffic light at Southshore, but I have found another route that I like that is more scenic and just more interesting.

Before you get to the traffic light at McVey there is a right hand turn at Oak. Take this right and follow the route as it levels out and gives you a bit of a breather before the climb starts again. You’ll cross a little bridge in an area that feels like a grotto. It is cool and moist and very refreshing on a hot day. Just after the little bridge you’ll turn right onto Palisades Terrace. This is another beautiful neighborhood where the houses will completely distract you from your saddle sores or your tired feet. You are now about 5 miles into the route with just a couple more to go. The uphill climb starts again while you are on Palisades Terrace. You’ll know you’re there, believe me. Palisades Terrace dead ends at Southshore Blvd.

Turn right at Southshore so that you are heading West. You’ll continue to climb for about half a mile. At the top, not only is there a bench where you can sit and look out at the lake, but there is also a drinking fountain. Yahoo! Continue down Southshore as you descend the hill and begin to cross the canals. Southshore will end at Lakeview Blvd, where when you turn right you will find yourself back at the beginning where you started.

Once upon a time this was a pretty treacherous route because you shared the road with cars. Today, pretty much the whole way is either on quiet neighborhood streets or has nice bike paths to separate you from the cars.

What I like about it is that it has a variety of terrain. There are a couple of hills to challenge, but not beat you up too badly, and there are so many great views of homes and the lake.

I do have a slight modification I do for the bike ride at the bottom of McVey that will put you onto a more gentle climb up the hill. For the sake of wearing out my welcome in your brain today, I am not including it here. But if you’d like to know it, drop me an e-mail and I”d be happy to share. (diannegregoire@oregonfirst.com) Or perhaps it will become a future posting.

If you do try my route around the lake I’d love to hear from you. I also apologize if somehow my directions are confusing or get you lost. As always, I think in this public venue I should remind you to observe the rules of the road, wear a helmet, and stay safe. I think you’ll find that it is an amazing way to get some exercise and to take advantage of this great town. Enjoy!


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Market Activity April 6-12, 2020

Doing this market activity report is super interesting in today’s market. Each week I am so eager to see what the numbers are. What I feel is happening is that yes, we’ve had a contraction in the market, but that it is stable. For the last few weeks the numbers have been pretty consistent. I think we have about half of what I would call “normal” activity, but it’s steady. In Lake Oswego last week we had 14 properties come onto the market, 11 accepted offers that put properties into pending status, and 13 closed/sold sales. While it is less than normal for April, it’s balanced. The range is 11-14 for all three categories.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (April 6-12, 2020)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
4000 Carman Dr #31 Condo $249,900 2 2 993
16200 Pacific Hwy #24 Condo $389,900 2 2 1190
6151 Carman Dr Detached $589,750 3 2 1641
2 Abelard St Detached $650,000 3 3-Jan 3080
49 Tanglewood Dr Detached $695,000 4 2.5 2502
5625 Ridgetop Ct Detached $725,000 4 2.5 2711
5 Westminster Detached $749,900 7 3 3104
461 Country Club Rd Detached $750,000 2 1.5 1500
55 Aquinas Detached $774,900 5 3 3720
14 Independence Ave Detached $779,000 5 3 3120
125 Furnace St #125 Condo $799,000 2 2.5 1927
1500 Eastview Ct Detached $829,999 4 3,5 3872
828 7th St Detached $939,000 3 4 2418
937 Atwater Detached $3,680,000 5 4.5 5123

Pending Sales (April 6-12, 2020)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
5053 Foothills Dr A Condo $309,000 3 2 1252 78
18540 Kristi Way Detached $424,900 3 1.5 1277 26
1731 Aspen Ct Detached $489,000 3 2 1440 6
1001 Hallinan St Detached $515,000 4 2 2580 30
121 Wilbur St A2 Condo $537,500 3 2 1631 21
5511 Royal Oaks Dr Detached $575,000 3 2 1898 6
18679 Indian Creek Dr Detached $659,428 4 2.5 2292 2
15569 Village Park Ct Detached $729,000 3 2.5 2850 4
700 Pebble Beach Ct Detached $850,000 4 2 2527 2
1259 Lake Garden Ct Detached $1,099,000 4 3 2263 0
467 9th St Detached $1,385,000 3 2.5 2979 54

Sold/Closed (April 6-12, 2020)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
13 Oswego Summit Condo $178,000 $178,000 764 16
40 Cervantes Circle Condo $210,000 $210,000 912 3
107 Oswego Summit Condo $214,900 $212,000 1116 158
45 Eagle Crest Dr #200 Condo $265,000 $265,000 1348 44
48 Eagle Crest Dr #1B Condo $295,000 $290,000 1623 172
2415 Glen Haven Rd Detached $584,950 $580,000 2614 8
28 Tanglewood Dr Detached $575,000 $585,000 2282 8
1610 Ash St Detached $575,000 $599,475 2181 3
19505 Olson Ave Detached $842,700 $842,700 3022 21
1560 Cherry Crest Dr Detached $909,000 $909,000 3334 3
4485 West Rd Detached $1,095,000 $1,095,000 3678 537
14536 Pfeifer Dr Detached $1,495,000 $1,500,000 3957 4
1164 Crestline Ct Detached $2,495,000 $2,409,000 6800 21

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 Renewal Looks Like in 2020

Rod Long

As we all slow down a bit, most of us celebrate renewal this time of year with Easter, Passover or other traditions.  As I was out showing properties today, I was noticing the way we really are all in this together. Standing six feel apart with our masks on, I slowly and carefully remove the keys from the lockbox with a sanitizing wipe and move through all the precautions we are taking nowadays… fresh booties at each house, gloves, more wipes, hand sanitizer… We carefully tiptoe into people’s homes pondering if this one might be “the one”, careful to respect the human life that inhabits each home and leaving everything untouched and “safe” for those who follow behind or return home. We are all slowed down together.  Still moving forward with our various dreams and plans… just a little slower and a bit more thoughtfully. Considering each other slightly more seriously. Considering ourselves. It is a very sweet realization amid the madness… to see and to help the dreams unfold, and again to notice the truth of the fact that we really are all in this together.

How poignant the holiday of renewal at this moment in time.

May each of our dear Property Blotter readers be safe & healthy, and may your dreams stay intact and your plans proceed unhindered. My hope is that we all emerge with a renewed & lasting appreciation for each other and our unique yet intertwined lives in the years ahead.

Market Activity ~ March 30-April 5, 2020

I thought I’d look at the same approx week last year and see what the stats looked like. Here is the summary:  “Last week 29 New properties entered the market, 16 moved to Pending status, and 15 were “Closed”/Sold. There are a total of 237 homes for sale in Lake Oswego right now.”

THIS year/Last week in Lake Oswego, 15 New properties entered the market, 7 moved to Pending status, and 11 were “Closed”/Sold. We also have 211 homes for sale here, right now.

What this tells me is that people were slowed-down on making Offers last week, but properties are still hitting the market, inventory is about the same albeit a little under last year, and the number of sales is pretty close to what it was a year ago. Basically… I get the feeling that people are rightly spooked about the health crisis, but are taking extreme precautions and at the same time not letting that stop them from carrying on with their dreams inasmuch as selling or buying is the vehicle to that dream.

Dianne and I are here for virtual consulting appointments if you’ve been thinking about exploring a life change adventure in Lake Oswego! Interest rates are looking really good, and there are lots of properties out there.

We’re all going to come out on the other side of this if we’re staying safe and moving carefully… step by step. We can help.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (March 30-April 5, 2020)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
16250 PACIFIC HWY #80 $239,000 1 1 841 CONDO
4324 BOTTICELLI ST $359,000 2 2.1 2260 CONDO
6050 FERNBROOK ST $434,900 4 2 1546 DETACHD
16675 BONAIRE AVE $450,000 3 1 1020 DETACHD
16885 SW Denney CT $625,000 3 2 1712 DETACHD
6438 Frost ST $625,000 4 2.1 2269 DETACHD
4262 COBB WAY $629,950 3 2 1618 DETACHD
184 D AVE $665,000 3 2.1 1636 ATTACHD
13841 VERTE CT $699,900 5 3 2341 DETACHD
10 OTHELLO ST $825,000 5 3 3600 DETACHD
5623 BAY CREEK DR $845,000 5 2.1 3042 DETACHD
5015 DENTON DR $950,000 3 2.1 3131 DETACHD
1103 C AVE $1,639,000 4 3.1 3530 DETACHD
1646 LESLIE LN $1,868,000 4 4.1 4879 DETACHD
931 ATWATER RD $2,695,000 4 4.1 5059 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (March 30-April 5, 2020)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
1664 BONNIEBRAE DR/Grnd $359,000 3 1.1 1303 CONDO 1
16910 TRACY AVE $450,000 3 2 1176 DETACHD 2
1285 Oak TER $600,000 3 2 1421 DETACHD 23
3721 TEMPEST DR $615,000 4 2.1 2572 DETACHD 4
4799 LAMONT WAY $925,000 3 2.1 3142 DETACHD 1
8 DOVER WAY $1,299,000 6 4.2 6093 DETACHD 130
17084 CANAL CIR $1,850,000 5 3.1 5104 DETACHD 68

SOLD (March 30-April 5, 2020)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
18660 DON LEE WAY $450,000 $440,000 3 1 966 DETACHD 0
5135 Tualata LN $525,000 $535,000 4 2 1534 DETACHD 4
17721 Arbor LN $589,900 $589,900 3 2 1521 DETACHD 2
15213 CANDLEWOOD CT $700,000 $685,000 4 2.1 2670 DETACHD 13
17896 KELOK RD $859,000 $792,500 6 6 4093 DETACHD 212
1317 LAUREL ST $899,900 $899,900 4 2.1 2259 DETACHD 6
4070 VIRGINIA WAY $915,000 $940,000 3 2.1 3501 DETACHD 2
17525 CHERRY CT $119,900 $1,080,000 5 3.1 4559 DETACHD 311
401 9TH ST $1,299,000 $1,299,000 4 3.1 4288 DETACHD 21
12812 GOODALL RD $1,895,000 $1,760,000 4 4.1 4808 DETACHD 283
2493 SOUTHSHORE BLVD $3,599,000 $2,947,000 5 5.1 7112 DETACHD 311

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.

Hoping for an Aquatics Center

Not including the 6 years I lived in Lake Oswego as a teenager, I have been living in Lake Oswego for 22 years. In all of that time, I have been wanting a decent swim center. I don’t swim regularly, I’m a walker, but I do love to swim. I think the reason I don’t swim regularly is because the current city pool is, well, awful. It’s located at Lake Oswego High School and was built many decades ago. It’s old, and dank, and just not inviting. So the news I got in the latest issue of Hello LO really lifted my spirits.

On March 16th, the Lake Oswego City Council, along with the Lake Oswego School Board, voted unanimously to proceed with planning and construction of a new Community Recreation and Aquatics Center. The plan is to build it where the Municipal Golf Course currently sits at the junction of Stafford Rd and Overlook Dr. The planned facility will include a lap pool, warm water pool (I think that means a spa), plus space for meetings and activities.

I currently swim at the SW Community Center in the Multnomah Village neighborhood of Portland. It’s about a 15 minute drive from my house, but worth it. I so hope what Lake Oswego builds will be something similar.

The nicest pool I’ve ever enjoyed was in Victoria, B.C. Called Saanich Commonwealth Place, it was built for The Commonwealth Games in 1994. What this swim center has that I think is pretty much pure genius, is a library and a coffee shop. Think about it. The kids need some exercise, you want a cup of coffee, and everyone needs a good book. Pure Genius.

Wishing you well in these strange times, and hoping that this swim center can still come to life,
Dianne

Market Activity March 23-29, 2020

Based upon the numbers from last week’s market activity, I think we are seeing a contraction in the market place. In Lake Oswego we had 11 properties come onto the market, 8 move into pending status, and 14 sold/closed sales. The silver lining is that of the 8 pending sales, 6 sold in less than a week. So buyers are out there and they are ready to make a move.

I also want to say that Linda and I have been in this business long enough, through 9/11 and the great recession, to know that real estate never stops. This is because people’s lives happen. Babies are born, folks get divorced or transferred, life does not stop. If you need to make a move, you can still do that. Linda and I will do everything in our power to make your move as smooth as possible. We are here to help.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (March 23-29, 2020)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
42 Cervantes Circle Condo $195,000 2 1.5 912
5225 Jean Rd #208 Condo $265,000 2 2 1100
16250 Pacific Hwy #59 Condo $359,900 2 2 1305
5237 Dawn St Detached $494,800 3 5-Jan 1412
4900 Indian Creek Ct Detached $624,900 4 3 2124
934 Ash St Detached $724,900 4 2.5 1982
620 1st St Attached $750,000 3 3.5 1916
14655 Uplands Dr Detached $899,000 3 2 2462
13005 Sierra Vista Dr Detached $899,900 4 2.5 3448
1658 Village Park Ln Detached $1,258,000 4 3.5+.5 4634
16793 Graef Circle Detached $2,695,000 4 3.5 4220

Pending Sales (March 23-29, 2020)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
15490 Brianne Ct Attached $329,000 2 2.5 1250 5
6313 Alyssa Terr Attached $389,000 3 2.5 1546 1
731 Clara Ct Detached $629,000 4 2.5 2700 1
17200 Canal Circle Detached $665,000 3 1.5 1774 6
4036 Melissa Dr Detached $849,900 4 3.5 3118 2
17896 Kelok Rd Detached $859,000 6 6 4093 212
2025 Wembley Park Rd Detached $899,900 3 2.5 2700 204
324 4th St Attached $625,000 2 2.5 1731 3

Sold/Closed (March 23-29, 2020)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
86 Kingsgate Rd Condo $269,900 $249,000 938 25
3834 Botticelli St Condo $279,500 $273,000 1,055 239
750 1st ST B3 Condo $395,000 $395,000 1546 7
68 Greenridge Ct Attached $515,000 $414,000 2868 293
14442 Orchard Springs Rd Condo $539,000 $520,000 1400 62
308 4th St Attached $625,000 $625,000 1731 90
18 Northview Ct Attached $675,000 $640,000 2671 21
780 2nd St Detached $699,900 $696,600 1536 3
4771 Avery Ln Detached $725,000 $785,000 2536 5
5533 Kenny St Detached $799,000 $810,000 2900 5
5340 Greystoke Dr Detached $1,095,000 $1,043,750 2955 34
19175 Stafford Rd Lot 4 Detached $1,529,950 $1,500,000 4524 388
19175 East Side Rd Detached $1,400,000 $1,270,000 5276 657
707 Lake Shore Rd Detached $1,925,000 $1,725,000 2992 98

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.

Real Estate in the Time of COVID

Dear Property Blotter Readers,

Dianne and I are thinking of you during this challenging moment & wishing health and peace to you and yours. I hope this is a time of staying at home with your loved ones & enjoying some things you usually don’t get to enjoy.

I’m told by my trusted Mortgage Advisors that mortgage interest rates are supposed to dip to 3-ish again shortly as that zero interest rate flushes out the crush that happened a few weeks ago when they went down that low (the saturation pushed them back up to 4-ish for a time). Sales are actually moving along really well in Lake Oswego and the overall Portland area right now (see Market Report). Prices are lowering in some cases and being pushed up in others with multiple offers. In other words- the usual, and right now we have 182 Active Properties for sale in Lake Oswego, with 87 currently Pending and 22 Sold/Closed last week. 22 of those Active Properties went on the market just last week.

The other day RMLS removed the Open House section from the site. Some Agents will still choose to have them and be very careful, but most are not doing so out of an appropriate abundance of caution, for now. Everyone is being extremely careful with sanitizing everything and following Seller guidelines for private in-person showings. Buyers are demonstrating a bit more discernment up front & are seeing only properties they’ve decided are on their “serious” list, which cuts down on any potential exposure for everyone as we all do our part. Typically hand-sanitizer is out, booties are used for shoes, Buyers are advised not to touch anything (for them and for the Seller) and Agents will generally wipe the lockbox, door handles, switches etc. Buyers are encouraged to bring their own wipes & sanitizer with them and to wear gloves and/or masks as warranted either by Seller instruction or their own sensibilities. Some Sellers will want their own Agent at showings to observe that nothing is touched in the home so that their Seller can return home with their mind at ease, and/but either way, Agents are doing their utmost to ensure safe protocols are followed.

As for promoting Listings, there are, of course, cool tools that can and are being promoted more liberally like Virtual Open Houses, Video Walk-Through’s and other things. Ask me if you’re interested in learning more about that.

In general, we all are in this together, and the camaraderie at-a-distance and diligence in every sector of the real estate community is truly impressive ~ People helping people fulfill their life-goals and stay safe & healthy in the process.

Please take care and do get in touch with me or with Dianne if you have a life-goal you don’t really want to put off ; ) We can make it happen, efficiently and safely.

Be Well~
Linda

Market Activity ~ March 16-22, 2020

People have important reasons for either Buying or Selling a home, and those reasons remain even when storms rage outside. The real estate market in the overall area is very busy. Last week in Lake Oswego, 24 New properties entered the market, 15 moved to Pending status, and 22 were “Closed”/Sold. We also have 188 homes for sale here, right now.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (March 16-22, 2020)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
4000 CARMAN DR, B27 $266,950 2 2 869 CONDO
4061 JEFFERSON PKWY $300,000 2 2.1 1462 ATTACHD
5056 FOOTHILLS DR #63 $318,000 2 2 1252 CONDO
12888 BOONES FERRY RD $419,900 2 2.1 1182 CONDO
15 SUMMIT RIDGE CT $438,888 2 2.1 1750 ATTACHD
18275 TERRY CT $439,900 3 1.1 1270 DETACHD
77 CONDOLEA WAY $520,000 3 3 2143 CONDO
121 WILBUR ST, A2 $537,500 3 2 1631 CONDO
6430 MCEWAN RD $549,000 6 2 1595 DETACHD
21 BECKET ST $649,900 4 2.1 3070 DETACHD
17200 CANAL CIR $665,000 3 1.1 1774 DETACHD
92 SW GARIBALDI ST $769,000 4 3.1 3172 DETACHD
17065 TUALATIN ST $869,900 3 2.1 2808 DETACHD
5267 LAKEVIEW BLVD $979,000 4 3.1 3454 DETACHD
14380 TRILLIUM CT $1,072,000 5 3 3962 DETACHD
13751 CAMEO CT $1,100,000 5 4 3350 DETACHD
4743 UPPER DR $1,128,000 4 2.1 3145 DETACHD
2100 RIDGE POINTE DR $1,150,000 5 5.1 5619 DETACHD
1983 RIDGEWOOD RD $1,198,000 5 5.1 4841 DETACHD
814 LAKE SHORE RD $1,249,000 3 2.1 2385 DETACHD
4190 CHAPMAN WAY $1,298,000 4 3.1 3624 DETACHD
714 EVERGREEN RD $1,369,000 4 3 3464 DETACHD
4720 FIRWOOD RD $1,395,000 4 3 3605 DETACHD
14190 SUNDELEAF DR $1,459,900 5 4 3688 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (March 16-22, 2020)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
66 GALEN ST / Upper $179,999 1 1 690 CONDO 39
#45 $234,900 2 1 852 CONDO 208
5054 FOOTHILLS DR, E $355,000 2 2 1252 CONDO 38
55 ORIOLE LN $399,000 3 2 1200 DETACHD 17
18540 SW KRISTI WAY $424,900 3 1.1 1277 DETACHD 3
19230 SW REDWING CT $455,000 4 2.1 1842 DETACHD 62
47 DA VINCI ST $599,000 3 2.1 2467 DETACHD 6
1285 Oak TER $600,000 3 2 1421 DETACHD 4
1640 WOODLAND TER $619,900 4 3 2398 DETACHD 6
16943 GREENTREE AVE $625,000 4 3.1 2433 DETACHD 4
4595 HASTINGS PL $703,000 4 2.1 2178 DETACHD 3
5688 RIDGETOP CT $799,900 3 3.1 3326 DETACHD 1
19505 OLSON AVE $842,700 5 2.1 3022 DETACHD 21
2397 HILLSIDE LN $925,000 5 3 3158 DETACHD 0
17506 Hill WAY $1,199,900 4 2.1 3163 DETACHD 300

SOLD (March 16-22, 2020)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
45 OSWEGO SMT / Lower $210,000 $200,000 1 1 764 CONDO 33
317 CERVANTES / Grnd $240,000 $236,000 2 2 1209 CONDO 178
16250 PACIFIC HWY #71 $245,000 $242,000 2 2 1305 CONDO 257
216 CERVANTES / Grnd $264,900 $270,000 2 1 1336 CONDO 3
17 SUMMIT RIDGE CT $325,000 $285,000 2 2.1 1844 ATTACHD 84
4210 WOODSIDE CIR $347,999 $350,600 3 2 1778 ATTACHD 151
4438 THUNDER VISTA LN #4438 $349,900 $358,900 2 2.1 2040 CONDO 164
4384 WOODSIDE CIR $375,000 $375,000 3 2 1705 ATTACHD 2
524 2ND ST $497,500 $490,000 2 2.1 1547 CONDO 2
2500 GREENTREE RD $559,000 $559,500 3 2 1502 DETACHD 5
7 PARTRIDGE LN $550,000 $562,500 3 3 2264 DETACHD 4
6450 FROST ST $594,900 $584,900 4 2.1 2216 DETACHD 3
2215 FERNWOOD CIR $600,000 $600,000 4 3 2640 DETACHD 0
2 MORNINGVIEW LN $685,000 $646,500 4 3.1 2898 DETACHD 241
18006 GIMLEY CT $688,000 $690,000 5 4 3110 DETACHD 3
17393 GRANDVIEW CT $824,500 $780,000 4 3.1 3672 DETACHD 108
14253 KIMBERLY CIR $895,000 $844,500 4 3.1 3527 DETACHD 40
14611 UPLANDS DR $975,000 $975,000 3 3 3028 DETACHD 2
1691 VILLAGE PARK LN $998,000 $998,000 4 3.1 3980 DETACHD 10
2050 CHILDS RD $1,295,000 $1,100,000 4 4.1 4814 DETACHD 272
17084 CHAPIN WAY $1,295,000 $1,250,000 4 3.1 4028 DETACHD 11
19097 Bryant RD $1,499,900 $1,510,251 4 4 3556 DETACHD 31

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.