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.