3rd Quarter 2018 Real Estate Economic Report


Click here to view this past quarter’s Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate market analysis, provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. I hope this information helps you with making better-informed real estate decisions. Of course, if you have a question about this report or your specific neighborhood, please call or email me.

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 10:29 am
Sally Baker | Category: Homeowners, Mortgages, Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity

Market Activity

RMLS has published its latest report!


Interested in the latest real estate stats in Portland? Last month’s numbers are in. Click HERE.

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 10:31 am
Sally Baker | Category: Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity

Real estate: where are we now?

Good question and does anyone really know for sure? What I can say from observation is: houses are staying on the market a little longer and there are more price reductions and fewer multiple offers. The regional RMLS stats for September in the tri-county area also indicate the market is slowing down. The inventory levels are higher than they were in 2017, and the average time a house stays on the market is longer, but it is still a seller’s market.  Even though the interest rates are still really great they are getting higher. All of this makes it a little easier if you’re trying to buy a house and in most cases, it will take longer to sell your house.

Posted on November 20, 2018 at 8:38 am
Sally Baker | Category: Homeowners, Mortgages, Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity

RMLS Market Action Report

Market Activity
Interested in the latest real estate stats in Portland? Last month’s numbers are in. Click HERE.

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 8:39 am
Sally Baker | Category: Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity

It all started with…

Be safe!
A female co-worker of mine recently had a creepy experience with someone that came through an open house she was hosting. It was uncomfortable and somewhat scary for her, and it made her think about just how vulnerable she was. I have to say that generally speaking, I don’t think much about my personal safety. I like that I feel that way, but I can’t help but wonder if sometimes I’m not as careful as I should be??? I am also now more aware of car and house break-ins because of the Next Door website. So what is the answer? I certainly don’t want to always be looking over my shoulder, but I do want to be realistic and take precautions when it’s appropriate, and I hope you will too!!! Do you have something to add to the conversation? Leave a comment!

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 4:37 pm
Sally Baker | Category: Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate

You might have heard of a Walk Score, but did you know…

I am constantly amazed by how much information there is out there! Here are a few websites (and apps) that can be helpful when you are buying or selling a home or just want to know a little more about your neighborhood or the city you live in:

Walc is an app. If you want to take a leisurely stroll in a neighborhood you can check it out before you step out your front door.

Walkscore:  this site gives you not only your home’s walk score but your bike and transit score as well. I use it all the time!

Greatschools.org: you have a chance to read school report cards with reviews from teachers, parents and students.

Mylocalcrime.com: Pull up any recent local crimes from vandalism to car break ins.

Gravy is an app that gives you the rundown on events from rock concerts to church suppers.

Last but not least – Portlandmaps.com: If you’ve never been to this site you just have to go. You will find specific information about permits, crime, taxes and more for the City of Portland!

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 11:25 am
Sally Baker | Category: Home Maintenance, Homeowners, Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate

Recent real estate market activity

Interested in the latest real estate stats in Portland? Last month’s numbers are in. Click HERE.

These are published from the RMLS Market Action Report. If you have questions, send me an email or give me a call, and let’s chat!

Posted on July 7, 2018 at 11:27 am
Sally Baker | Category: Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity

Zestimates: Don’t get me started!

Well, it would be an exaggeration to say Zillow is the bane of my existence, but it’s kinda true! Sometimes their Zestimates are high, sometimes they’re low, and sometimes they get it right. Pretty reliable, huh?

Here are a few things that come into play:

  • Zillow has never been in your house. They don’t know if you just spent $100,000 on a kitchen remodel, have the original kitchen, or did a little sprucing with paint and formica.
  • They pull some of their data from the tax records which are often inaccurate. So, they might not only have the wrong amount of square footage BUT again, they haven’t been in your house so is the basement finished or a leaky mess with low ceilings??
  • I recently had a client whose Zestimate was more than $200,000 over what the house actually sold for in this really hot market. Also, I recently sold a wee little house for more than $40,000 over the Zestimate.

So what does all that mean? Zillow definitely serves a purpose, but that being said, I would never take their word for what a house is worth, and you shouldn’t either. If you want to know more, you should talk to a real estate agent that comes to your home and compares it to current comparable houses in your neighborhood. That is my job, and I would like you to call me, of course.

Posted on June 30, 2018 at 11:25 am
Sally Baker | Category: Homeowners, Portland Real Estate

Yikes! It’s almost tax time!

As I’m sure you know 2017 brought us new tax laws. If there has ever been a time that you want to talk to your tax consultant preemptively it is now. Of course everyone’s tax situation is different but a couple things that affect real estate are:

  1. The final tax bill has a limit on deductible mortgage debt of $750,000 for new loans taken out after 12/14/2017.
  2. The final tax bill allows an itemized deduction of up to $10,000 for the total of state and local property taxes and income or sales taxes. The limit applies for both single and married filers.

Again, be sure talk to your tax preparer so you understand how the changes affect you!!

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 4:29 pm
Sally Baker | Category: Homeowners, Mortgages, Portland Real Estate

Portland’s Home Energy Score

I have mentioned that as of the first of 2018 the City of Portland is requiring that you have a Home Energy Audit prior to putting your house on the market. I decided to have an audit done on our house to be more familiar with how the process works.

The scoring system is from 1 – 10 with 10 being the best. If you live in an older home, especially if it is large, the likelihood of getting a score over 4 is probably low.

The cost seems to be in a range of $150 – $300 depending on the size of the house and the company you use; and, it will probably take between 45-90 minutes.

IF you have done any upgrades such as: insulation, new furnace, water heater, new windows it is helpful to let them know upfront. Also, for instance, if it’s something they can’t see – like insulation – having a receipt to substantiate it could be necessary. Additionally, they will suggest some things that you might do to increase your energy score.

IF you are thinking about selling your house OR would just like to have one done for your own edification, give me a call. I am certainly no expert, but we can talk it through, and I can help point you in the right direction!! By the way, we got a 5 and are making a few of the inexpensive changes they suggested!!

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm
Sally Baker | Category: Green Living, Home Maintenance, Homeowners, Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate