Hey Portlandia! TGIF! Here is your weekend edition of our Portland blog with our handpicked featured Portland events, the May 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report, the Portland photo of the week and much, much more.
Its a Portland BBQ weekend once more, with the promise of weather in the mid-seventies and sunny skies. Someone once joked that Portland in the summer is like winning the lottery and man, they were right. Here are some Portland Warm Weather Resources to help you really enjoy this fine city in the sun:
Outdoor Fun Ideas -- including swimming pools, disc golf, fishing and more
Portland Farmers Markets - a list of our fine farmers markets
Portland Biking - a great resource for you ped-bikers
Portland Area Campgrounds - search and book online
Portland Parks - find a park near you
Neighborhood news: Welcome Salvage Works!
One of our favorite North Portland neighborhoods, Kenton, has a new neighbor that we delight in: Salvage Works! From their press release:
"A new vintage building materials store with a twist is opening today. Salvage Works, owned by finish carpenter and furniture maker Preston Browning, offers a wide array of reclaimed vintage architectural salvage, as well as something no other reclaimed house parts store offers: services to restore, modify or repair inventory or customer owned items. Additionally, the store keeps a running wish list, so if someone is looking for something particular, they can be contacted via email, with a photo, of the item that might be a good match. Located in the historic North Portland Kenton neighborhood, Salvage Works also offers handmade custom furniture, collectables and hosts shows by local furniture makers and artists as part of Kenton’s Third Thursday Art Walk."
Perfect for the contractor, DIY homeowner and collector, Salvage Works offers
competitive prices, a hand-picked, select inventory and an owner on the premises
who knows the products inside and out. Customers receive attentive assistance
and practical advice in reusing reclaimed building materials.
The Portland Photo of the Week
"The last days of winter, days before spring arrived. This was taken at the Saturday Market on the river. It was a spectacular vision... I just wished I actually turned around to take a picture of the crowd of people & vendors who stopped what they were doing to look at this double rainbow. The beauty of simplicity... created by nature herself." Words and photo by Jeff and Janice Godfrey.
Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to the our favorite store ever, Powells Books. Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week. Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here are the featured Portland events this week! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar, here. Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
Cirque Du Soleil Kooza
Friends of PortlandNeighborhood.com, click on the link below to receive 40% off select performances to Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA in Portland, playing now under the Marquam Bridge through May 23rd—don’t miss it!
Mt. Tabor Art Walk
The Fifth Annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk will be held May 15 and 16,
2010. This juried event showcases the many artists who live in the Mt. Tabor
neighborhood, and promotes high-quality visual art in a variety of media.
2010 Portland Doggie Dash
Fun run/walk for people with or without their dogs. Blocks-long
pet festival with contests, vendors, music, and more.
Art on Alberta's 11th Annual Art Hop
On Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 11am to 6pm, Art on Alberta will
hold its 11th Annual Art Hop with the theme, “ABC: Art Builds Community.” Over
15 blocks of NE Alberta Street will be closed to car trafﬁc to accommodate over
150 artists, craftspeople, music, dance and theater performances, interactive
art events along with food and other vendors. This is a free arts event for kids
of all ages! Come have some fun!
To see the world through the eyes of Don Quijote is to embrace life as the fullest adventure. From windmills to wenches, this knight-errant, in the company of his humble squire Sancho Panza, continues to roam the world and haunt our imagination as he has for some four hundred years. And this lusty adaptation of Cervantes’ classic — filled with a muscular theatricality — proves the power of imagination to overcome the vagaries of life.
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May 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report - What's Happening?
By Ross Seligman
They are a comparison of April 2009 - April 2010 for all of
Multnomah County and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my
own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to
analyze Multnomah County as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little
micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip
codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results.
This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Multnomah County.
If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about
the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or
feel free to contact me at: http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
On to the report
Up Up UP! Everything. Closed sales, pending sales, and inventory. In
April 2010, 644 sales closed, 1001 are pending, and 3717 are on the market.
It's good to be a Portlander.
This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 59 days to sell.
The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In April 2010, sellers were getting, on average, 98% of their asking price.
Yearly change from April 09 to April 10:
Average time it takes to sell a home in April 09 was 68 days. In April 10, it is 59 days. A decrease of time on market of 13.2% The market has improved for sellers.
The percentage of listing price that was paid was 97% in April 09 and is 98% in April 10.
Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. Take a gander at this amazing home in historic Irvington. Check out the full list of best deals.
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.
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