Portland is a Seller’s Market. Buyer’s Need to Compete!


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is currently in a Sellers Market for homes priced under $400,000.


The average sales price is $246,000 for the


metro area. The median sales price is $204,500. –Unbelievable–these home
prices have more than doubled since 1987!


There are currently 2,017 homes for sale priced between $150,000 and $400,000.
This includes new construction, and homes in lovely, established


neighborhoods. In the past month 906 homes have sold. The homes available for
sale divided by the homes sold means all available inventory
would be “absorbed” or sold in 2.2 months. This is relatively
unchanged from last month. This is great for sellers. Buyers need to get
pre-approved for a loan and have an experienced agent working on their behalf.

In the entire Portland Metro area the median sales price appreciated 9.4% in the
last 12 months to $204,500 and the average sales price is now $246,000.

If you’re a home buyer and need an automated MLS search, go to my site www.TurnerRealtors.com
The Best Homes Sell Fast so go to the property search button to set up your own
search requirements. Every day you’ll receive emails with the newest homes on
the market that meet your search requirements. It’s easy, it’s free and there’s
no obligation.

Sell or Rent???

Question: My wife and I own a house in the city. With the addition of our first child, we needed a larger home and bought one in the suburbs. It is tempting to sell our other house, especially since the market is so robust, and given the favorable capital gains tax treatment currently in existence. However, we have been leaning toward renting it — at least for a few years. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: You have posed a difficult question, and there are no solid answers. Much will depend on your personal situation — both financial as well as psychological. There are many issues which you — and your family and your financial advisors — should consider before you take the plunge into those murky waters called “rental” or “sale.” Here are some of the various matters which you should investigate:

Should I be the First in Line for New Developments?

Should I be the First in Line for New Developments?


Real estate has the oft-used phrase, “everything is negotiable.” That’s not entirely true. During the pre-completion sale phase of new developments, the buyer pays the price the developer is asking. As the project nears completion, there are fewer units available and prices have generally increases.


Example: the July 10, 2004 price sheet for the Elizabeth Lofts lists unit 1001 for $321,265. Today, that same unit is listed the Multiple Listing Service for $359,000. That’s more than a 10% increase in six months. “So what you’re telling me is that this is a no brainer good investment?” No, I am not.

Eliot Tower Update

1/31/05 price list shows availability of 33 of the 224 units in the complex!  They’re priced be $200,800 for 734 sqft. and no parking to $875,000 for 2151 sqft. and two parking spaces.  Planned completion is Spring ’06.

Why Should a Buyer Sign a Contract with an Agent?

Years ago, every Realtor was working for the seller.  The buyer was left to fend for themselves.  The system has evolved over the years and now the majority of the real estate transactions we see involve two agents in what is called a co-op transaction.  Our Welcome Message has links to the Agency Disclosure Pamphlet and the Buyer’s Advisory Brochure.

New Condo/Loft Construction. Build it and they will come.

Since the Pearl District became the Pearl that we know today, the skyline has been marked by construction cranes.  Now we are seeing them pop up at the River Blocks south of town and in downtown.  When will it stop?  No time soon.

Portland Monthly Top 20 ‘Hoods

In May of 2004, Portland Monthly published an article reviewing 20 areas in and around Portland.  The publishers gave us permission to distribute it and it is presented here in its entirety. Portland’s Twenty Hottest Neighborhoods, Where to Live Now (18025.3K) is an 18MB Adobe PDF File.  The magazine is published bi-monthly and the subscription cost is very reasonable.  Happy reading. 


Every real estate transaction is different.  There is a process, but no script.  We will share experiences as they happen.  The Portland real estate market remains hot with historically low levels of inventory.  We’ll post market news as it becomes available.  You are always welcome to email us with questions.

Our website, www.TurnerRealtors.com allows you to search all of the available Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listings in the Portland and SW Washington area.  By signing up for Premium Services, you’ll be able to save your searches and favorite properties.

About Turner Realtors

Visit our website: Turner Realtors at Prudential NW Properties.

There are hundreds of real estate agents in Portland. Charles and Jennifer Turner are the right ones for you. Working as a team, we bring the skills and experience of two people working exclusively for you.

No single Realtor can provide the experience and training of two MBA degrees, the e-PRO Certification and the Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation. The purchase or sale of a home is often the largest monetary transaction of a person’s life. You should demand that professionals guide you through the process.

As Realtors, we do not buy and sell homes. Sellers sell property and buyers buy property. We proved professional SERVICE bringing buyers and sellers together. This is a different approach compared to many other Realtors who believe that they are in sales. We firmly believe that our profession is a service industry.