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Oct. 22, 2010

Portland Prepares for Tree Lighting, Holiday Season

Imagine it's the day after Thanksgiving and all the guests have left... you make a "leftover sandwich" packed with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and lettuce and decide it's time to get ready for the next holiday.

Well, as luck would have it, the tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland has marked the beginning of the Christmas season for 26 years on the day after Thanksgiving (11/26).  So grab your leftover sandwich and join the thousands of people that gather in Pioneer Square (701 SW 6th Ave) to celebrate the kick-off of Christmas at 5:30pm.

The 75 foot tree is an amazing spectacle, so bring the kids and make a day of it.  There are lots of things to do downtown, so have fun and feel free to join in with the community sing along.

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Oct. 22, 2010

Portland Celebrates 57th Season of the Nutcracker

Can you imagine a birthday without a cake?  How about a tooth fairy that didn't leave you money for your teeth?  Now imagine a Christmas without seeing the Nutcracker!

I can imagine not watching A Christmas Story on TV but NOT missing the Nutcracker!  When you see the sparkling lights, towering tree and dancing candy canes you can't help but get into the holiday spirit and know that snow, Santa and presents are right around the corner.

This Portland tradition has been going on for 56 years and will be performed 14 times from December 14th - 24th at the Keller Auditorium by the Oregon Ballet Theater. Details of the show and tickets can be sought at the OBT website.

The show sells out many times a year, so get your tickets early and be sure to get your children's pictures taken with the dancers before, during or after the show. They make great Christmas gifts for the family.

Portland ballet nutcracker

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Oct. 22, 2010

Portland Zombie Walk Attracts Living, Dead

Portland, Oregon prides itself on staying "weird" and the 2010 Zombie Walk is going to help it stay that way.

This year marks the 6th annual Zombie Walk, held on Saturday, October 23rd at 3:30pm at Pioneer Square.  Expect to see some pretty gruesome outfits covered in fake blood, guts hanging out and everyone with white face makeup.

The organizers say the purpose of the Zombie Walk is for zombie aficionados to get together and collectively put a twist on some otherwise ordinary day.  Imagine shopping downtown or just popping out of the office for a coffee and having to make your way through a crowd of Zombies!  They also said its a great way to meet other zombie boys and girls.

If you are feeling adventurous, please feel free to join me and a lot of other people downtown on Saturday for some really gross fun! Afterward, many of the adult Zombies will imbibe at one of the nearby watering holes.

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Oct. 22, 2010

Get Ready for the Great American Distillers Festival

Being the microbrew capital of the US, Portland has become widely known for its many kinds of beer and is starting to get some real recognition from around the World, but did you know that distilleries are also big business in Portland,  and they even have their own Festival?

In Portland, alone, there are at least 8 distilleries, and the city now boasts its own "Distillery Row".   Arguably, the best known distillery in Portland is called "New Deal Vodka," which launched in 2004. They feature 4 types of vodkas and have a tasting room open on the weekends. Check their website for updated times.

The Great American Distillers Festival 2010 will be October 23rd 11-9pm and 24th 11-7pm at the Bossanova Ballroom at 722 East Burnside. I'll see you there!

Portland Oregon distillery

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Oct. 19, 2010

Portland's Top 5 Luxury Real Estate Neighborhoods

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Sometimes it is fun to dream about what life would be like if you could live among the most elegant homes and manicured neighborhoods.  Sure, most of us probably won't get the chance, but that doesn't mean we can't do a little "virtual window shopping"!  With that in mind, I've put together a list of the  the 5 most expensive neighborhoods in Portland, including each area's most expensive home currently on the market.

5. Northwest Heights:


northwest heights portland real estate 

On the west side of the West Hills, Northwest Heights offers scores of new developments, which boast large new homes, most with views of the Coast Range. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is NW Skyline Boulevard, which snakes along the spine of the hills, with pockets of residential development cascading down the slopes to the east. While the neighborhood itself can’t boast of many amenities, it’s close to Northwest Portland and offers the seclusion and peace of living in a forest and perhaps the best sunsets in Portland. Read more about Northwest Heights Real Estate...

  • Average Home Price:$566,300
  • 5 year appreciation: -3%
  • Population: 4,762
  • Median Age of residents: 42
  • Home Ownership %: 83
  • Acres of Parks and Open Space: 275
  • Most expensive home on the market right now: $999,000
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 partial
  • Property type: Single-Family Home
  • Size: 6,637 sqft
  • Lot: 11,761 sqft
  • Price/sqft: $151/sqft
  • Year built: 2003

4. Forest Park:


forest park portland 

Forest Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Portland, mainly because of the massive park, aptly named Forest Park. The park is the largest of its kind within city limits anywhere in the US, boasting 5,170 acres and over 40 miles of trails. The area combines rolling green pastures, stunning views East and West, and fine homes in both new developments and on existing large lots. Read more about Forest Park real estate...

  • Average Home Price: $628,900
  • 5 year appreciation: 12%
  • Population: 3,882
  • Median Age of residents: 44
  • Home Ownership %: 81
  • Acres of Parks and Open Space: 5,347
  • forest park portland real estate 
  • Most expensive home on the market right now: $2,199,000
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 partial
  • Property type: Single-Family Home
  • Size: 5,983 sqft
  • Lot: 19,166 sqft
  • Price/sqft: $368/sqft
  • Year built: 1932

This is a Roscoe Hemenway original. Magnificently restored in 2005, this estate offers perfected, light-filled rooms, marble entry, 6 fireplaces, expansive views, world-class gardens, all new 3rd floor suite & separate nanny/in-law living quarters. Finished basement features theater/recreation room, exercise room and sauna. Adjacent to Forest Park trails; minutes to downtown Portland.

3. Arlington Heights:


As the neighborhood’s name suggests, Arlington Heights is perched 1000 feet above the city on a beautiful ridge and boasts excellent views of Downtown, the Eastside and the Cascades. It’s also home to theInternational Rose Test Garden because of it’s perfect climate for roses. There are over 700 breeds of roses, giving Portland its nickname, “the City Of Roses”. Read more about Arlington Heights Real Estate...

  • Average Home Price:$669,700
  • 5 year appreciation: 5%
  • Population: 505
  • Median Age of residents: 45
  • Home Ownership %: 54
  • Acres of Parks and Open Space: 1
  • arlington heights portland real estate 
  • Most expensive home on the market right now: $1,494,000
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Property type: —
  • Size: 2,283 sqft
  • Lot: —
  • Price/sqft: $654/sqft
  • Year built: 1962

Interior FeaturesMaster bedroom is on Upper Level, Finished basement, Kitchen island, Laundry room, Sound system/wiring, Washer/dryerExterior FeaturesDeck, Garden area, Patio, Private/secluded lot, Public sewer service, Public water supply, Second residence, WoodedListed by: World Wide Realty Inc

2. Hillside:


Hillside is a genteel retreat high above a sophisticated city. Its breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Willamette and the Cascades and proximity to Forest Park (which boasts 5,170 acres) remind you of the wild, rugged nature of the city’s surroundings. If you want both nature and culture, Hillside is an excellent choice. The neighborhood consists of narrow streets and older homes with well manicured lawns shaded by old-growth trees, and an 8 minute commute to downtown. Read more about Hillside Real Estate...

  • Average Home Price: $671,700
  • 5 year appreciation: 87%
  • Population: 2,032
  • Median Age of residents: 49
  • Home Ownership %: 71
  • Acres of Parks and Open Space: 131
  • hillside portland real estate 
  • Most expensive home on the market right now: $1,500,000

This stunning traditional on large lot remodelled with elegance and style. Beautiful music room off living room, lge dining room with bay windows looks out to big comfortable porch and magnificent city and 4 mtn view. Spaciousness downstairs family room plus separate playhouse.

1. Southwest Hills:


The history of the Southwest Hills is one of the more interesting and extreme of all of Portland’s neighborhoods. Being a naturally hilly area, in the 1800?s it was virtually impossible to travel to because of the muddy roads. The Portland Cable Railway gave access to the area in 1892. The train service originated in downtown Portland on 5th and Jefferson, and traveled to Canyon Road. It then went from Canyon to approximately Kingston Avenue, then to somewhere around about Fairview Boulevard. The construction of the Vista bridge led to dramatically increased access. Read more about Southwest Hills Real Estate...

  • Average Home Price: $718,700
  • 5 year appreciation: 14%
  • Population: 5,365
  • Median Age of residents: 47
  • Home Ownership %: 76
  • Acres of Parks and Open Space: 176

Most expensive home on the market right now: $7,850,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 6.3
Property type: Single-Family Home
Size: 10,685 sqft
Lot: 5.97 acres
Price/sqft: $735/sqft
Year built: 1940
This is a Country estate in the city, located on historic Blueberry Hill, in the heart of the West Hills. Complete with pool, tennis court, separate guest house, formal gardens, manicured lawns, classic details throughout. Upper sq. ft includes 4th level.

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Oct. 17, 2010

12 Reasons to Join eXp Realty

exp realty recruitingeXp Realty is continuing to grow. As of October 2010, we're now active in 11 States, with more on the way.  eXp Realty is turning the real estate business inside out; eschewing traditional offices, training and marketing practices in favor of a modern, technology-driven approach that will pave the way for the entire industry in the 21st Century.  The following is a quick list of some of the many reasons that real estate agents are making the leap to eXp Realty.  It is no secret that the real estate business is changing...and eXp Realty is leading the charge!

  1. The Industry's Best Residual Recruiting/Revenue Share Program
  2. Amazing Internet Presence/ Top-Ranked Websites
  3. Multiple Revenue Streams and Business Planning/Accountability Workshops
  4. Collaborative Blogging Platforms and SEO Will Put You at the Top of Google Searches
  5. Lead Generation Programs Will Get You Started On Day #1
  6. Low Split's and Fee's Make Business Affordable Again
  7. Cutting Edge Real Estate Agent Tech Tools
  8. Free Social Media Marketing Training and Coaching Program
  9. Green, Paperless, Low Carbon Footprint
  10. On-demand training 24/7 by Top Facilitators via eXp Virtual and eXp University
  11. eXp Realty is at the Forefront of Sponsoring Local Social Events, RE Camps and
  12. Low Annual Cap!!!

If that got your attention (and if it didn't, you're probably not a real estate agent) click here for a more detailed explanation of eXp Realty's innovative programs. Or, if you're ready to make the leap, go ahead and call me so we can get together and talk about your future!  My cell # is 206.883.6668, and I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Rob LeRoy is a Seattle real estate agent and social media marketing coach with eXp Realty.

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Oct. 16, 2010

Portland Real Estate Market Update – September 2010

Here is the latest market update for Portland Real Estate.
When comparing September 2010 to September 2009, closed sales decreased by 22.3%.
Pending sales and new listings also fell by 30.7% and 1.4%, respectively.
A comparison of September 2010 with the previous month, August 2010, shows closed sales increased by 1.3% (1,399 v. 1,381). However, pending sales dropped by 6.2% (1,584 v. 1,688), and new listings fell by 7.3% (3,549 v. 3,829). At the month’s rate of sales, the 14,714 active residential listings would last approximately 10.5 months.
Inventory Levels

Here is a break down of inventory levels for each real estate location in the Portland Metro Area.

Lake Oswego/West Linn = 14 Months of Inventory
Milwaukie/Clackamas = 14
West Portland = 12
North Portland = 11.6
Oregon City/Canby = 11.3
Gresham/Troutdale = 10.5
Beaverton/Aloha = 10.2
Tigard/Tualatin/Wilsonville =9.2
SE Portland = 8.5
NE Portland = 8.4
NW Washington County = 8.3
Hillsboro/Forest Grove = 8.3

From the list above you can see that Hillsboro/Forest Grove and NW Washington County have the lowest inventory levels while Lake Owego / West Linn have the highest levels.


Sale Prices

The average sale price for September 2010 declined 3.5% compared to September 2009.
The median sale price also fell 0.6%. On a month-to-month basis, comparing September 2010 to August 2010, the average sale price went down 6.5% ($279,900 v. $299,300) and the median sale price also dropped 4% ($240,000 v. $250,000).

Third Quarter Report

In a comparison of the third quarter of 2010 to the same quarter of 2009, closed sales dropped 24.7% (4,340 v. 5,762) and pending sales also fell 26.5% (4,725 v. 6,428). However, new listings increased by 1.2% (11,582 v. 11,448).

Click here for more information on Portland Real Estate!

Rich PeraltaRich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Greater Portland area.

Rich can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail atrich.peralta@exprealty.com
Originally posted on Lake Oswego Real Estate

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Oct. 14, 2010

Portland One of the Safest Cities for Family's with Children

Here we go again, Portland, OR is near the top of another national list.  Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global safety leader, commissioned a study with Sperling’s BestPlaces took a look at the U.S. 50 largest cities to determine the "Safest Cities for Families with Young Children".  While the study did not give a numerical 1-10, it concluded the top 10 cities lead the way and Portland is one of them.

To see the entire article, click here or
http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/Safest_Cities_For_Families.aspx

Click here for more information on Portland Real Estate!

Rich PeraltaRich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Greater Portland area.

Rich can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

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Oct. 13, 2010

Southwest Hills: Portland Neighborhood Profile

Southwest Hills is located in what is known as Portland’s “West Hills” and is home to some of the grandest real estate in Portland, boasting an average home price of $718,700 according to Portland Monthly. The neighborhood is a fine balance of sophistication, open space (176 acres of park), privacy and proximity to the city.

The history of the Southwest Hills is one of the more interesting and extreme of all of Portland’s neighborhoods. Being a naturally hilly area, in the 1800's it was virtually impossible to travel to because of the muddy roads. The Portland Cable Railway gave access to the area in 1892. The train service originated in downtown Portland on 5th and Jefferson, and traveled to Canyon Road. It then went from Canyon to approximately Kingston Avenue, then to somewhere around about Fairview Boulevard. The construction of the Vista bridge led to dramatically increased access. By the 1930's, the combination of amazing views and proximity to downtown caused the real estate values to jump from hundreds of dollars an acre up to several thousand. That trend has continued over the decades, which is why the Southwest Hills real estate values remain at the top among Portland neighborhoods.

The neighborhood is also home to one of the City of Roses’ most popular destinations, Council Crest Park which is thought to be the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet above sea level. The area was originally known as Talbot’s Mountain, after its pioneer settlers. Gone are the cable cars that carried visitors to this scenic vista, but the wonderful views remain and the park is a great place to laze in the grass and watch the sun set. Downtown and Northwest Portland are easily accessible via Barnes Rd. and forest trails are only footsteps away in Washington Park.

Parks and Recreation

Schools

Because school district boundaries do not necessarily correspond to neighborhood boundaries, verify which school your child will attend by clicking here and entering your address or prospective address.

Statistics

  • Click Here to view demographics, property tax information and more for Southwest Hills.
  • Click Here to compare Southwest Hills to other Portland neighborhoods.
  • Click Here to view crime statistics for Southwest Hills.

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Oct. 8, 2010

Northwest Heights: Portland Real Estate Profile

On the west side of the West Hills, Northwest Heights offers scores of new developments, which boast large new homes, most with views of the Coast Range. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is NW Skyline Boulevard, which snakes along the spine of the hills, with pockets of residential development cascading down the slopes to the east. While the neighborhood itself can’t boast of many amenities, it’s close to Northwest Portland and offers the seclusion and peace of living in a forest and perhaps the best sunsets in Portland. A few minutes drive along Cornell Road brings you to Northwest Portland and all the dining, shopping and entertainment that it has to offer, while a short distance in the other direction finds you in Forest Park where you can experience excitement of a different nature, that of a vast tract of urban wilderness. Northwest Heights, like other neighborhoods in the West Hills, is a retreat from the daily grind, but one not too far from all of the amenities of the big city.

Northwest Heights Real Estate

Portland Realtors, like myself,  love to preview homes, and Northwest Heights is among my favorite areas to look at homes.  They are big, beautiful and expensive, at  $533,300 on average. With a population density of 5 people per acre, you will have one of the most private homes in the city.  After doing an MLS Search I found a $1.6 million dollar home for sale there, the highest priced home right now in that area, that has a breathtaking view and over 6 thousand feet of living space!   The median age of owners is 42 and the percent of home ownership is 83.  It is also the safest neighborhood in Portland with zero violent crimes, 2 burglaries and 0 car thefts.  Even for a relatively small neighborhood there are still 275 acres of park that will help keep the neighborhood green and not overdeveloped.

Parks and Recreation

Schools

Because school district boundaries do not necessarily correspond to neighborhood boundaries, verify which school your child will attend by clicking here and entering your address or prospective address.

Statistics

  • Click Here to view demographics, property tax information and more for Northwest Heights.
  • Click Here to compare Northwest Heights to other Portland neighborhoods.
  • Click Here to view crime statistics for Northwest Heights.
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