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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland July 31 - August 7 2010

Hey Portland!  I'm starting the weekly blog by announcing that I finally, after months of debating, got a little red motor scooter.  Now I can tool around Portland on my bike AND my new scooter, and have a blast doing it.  I was going to spring for a vintage or new Vespa (because after all they are so cool), but I got sticker shock and they were out of my budget at the moment, so instead I settled for a Sym Fiddle II, which I purchased from the great folks just up over the bridge in Vancouver: Green Rides.  Thanks for the sweet deal, Tom and Sheila.  If you are looking for a green ride yourself, go visit them at 3800 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98663 (located just minutes North of Portland).  You'll save a ton of money on gasoline, as well as parking fees.   In addition to fun scooters,  they sell electric bicycles, too.  I can't wait to explore Portland from my new 'scoot!  If you're interested in Portland Scooter life, visit our new Portland Scooters page for more info.

Above photo, Vespas from PortlandOnline.com

There is so much fun stuff going on in PDX this week! As you know, one of Portland's many nicknames is "Bridgetown".  And, this is the week to celebrate all of our amazing bridges, at the PDX Bridge Festival. This is a series of events lasting a week.  Be sure to come check the Hawthorne Bridge Centennial Party, and take some amazing photos while you're at it.  Whoever submits the best photo of a Portland bridge this week gets a special prize.  Come submit your Portland bridge photos!

 

PDX Bridge Festival - Fabric and Lighting Install (2010) from Kevin Balmer on Vimeo.

This year is even more special as we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of one of our favorite bridges, the Hawthorne.  Come check out this amazing bridge party on Saturday:

A full day of Music On the River, Saturday July 31st! PDX Bridge Festival, in conjunction with the Hawthorne Bridge Centennial Project and our sponsors, present an historic, outdoor free concert and performance featuring Portland’s best musical and performance acts. Join us on the Eastside of the Hawthorne Bridge at Water and Salmon Streets for MORSound. Activities—besides five hours of stellar music on three stages—include street performance, live art, food and beverage vendors, local shops, art installations, info booths, and a kids’ activities area. Plus, don’t miss a special two-hour media and music spectacular on the Hawthorne Bridge! This event has something for everyone…

BRIDGING CULTURES – 4-9pm (Doors Open at 3:30pm)

All Ages/Free (suggested $5 donation)

A sampling of Portland’s diverse communities, MC’d by Tres Shannon of Voodoo Doughnuts. This afternoon, open-air concert includes Music all day on 3 Stages. Kids’ Pavilion with Sound Roots School of Music, the Right Brain Initiative, crafts, and Battle of the Band Camp. Sustainability and Ambiance by City Repair, Friends of Trees, Bamboo Temples and Todji Kurtzman. Food by some of Portland’s great vendors. Beer & Wine Garden by Lagunitas Brewing Company and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

In addition to our bridge celebration, this week we also have the PDX Pop Now festival going on.  Come listen to some great music and support your local artists.  Portland always knows how to celebrate summertime with great parties and street events.  T

Also,  I'd also like to mention the upcoming Portland Adult Soap Box Racing event in Mt. Tabor Park this August 14th.  

Now in it's 14th year, the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is a chance for the Portland community to gather together and enjoy a day of local creativity in art, science and engineering. 42 teams work within a budget to create a gravity car that they will race down Mt. Tabor Park (an extinct volcano!) in Portland, Oregon on August 14th. The cars race in heats of 3, competing for speed, art, engineering, crowd pleaser awards and more. This is a not-for-profit violunteer run event, and they are still looking for donations for the event.  For $20 you can get a beer koozie and a collectible poster.

From their website:

The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is a not-for-profit, volunteer-fueled event. The event relies on financial contributions made by local businesses, individuals, and derby race teams.

Please contribute in one of the following amounts:

  1. $10 - Donate and get a Soapbox Derby beer koozie with proof of ID. (Pickup only)
  2. $15 - Donate and get a full-color 2010 collectable event poster.
  3. $20 - Donate and get a koozie and an event poster.
  4. $30 - Donate and get a 2010 Portland Adult Soapbox Derby T-shirt.
  5. $100 - Donate and get all of the above plus entry to the exclusive after-party.
  6. $500 - Guarantees your team's spot in the 2011 derby.

Pick your goods up at the info booth on race day. If you don't live in the Portland area, we will snail mail you your goods. We are accepting all contributions through our Kickstarter campaign. Thanks for contributing!

 

 

The Portland Photo of the Week

Fasai takes it again with this idyllic image of Mirror Lake.  Oh, so pretty.  We Portlanders are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area with an abundance of gorgeous breathtaking scenery just about every place you look; whether it's the Portland cityscape, the mountains, or the Pacific coast.  Congrats to Fasai for this great image and thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business.  Fasai will receive a gift certificate to one of our favorite new coffee spots in town, Coava Coffee Roasters.  Locals and coffee aficionados from all over have been saying that Coava is the best coffee roaster in Portland right now.  They were named one of the top ten micro-roasters in America by Imbibe Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Their new cafe is a "tasting room" for their roastery. Learn more about Coava Coffee Roasters.

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! 

Because we are celebrating the PDX Bridge Fest, whoever submits the best photo of a Portland bridge this week gets a cool Hawthorne Bridge centennial calendar in addition to our regular weekly prize.  Come submit your Portland bridge photos this week!

Mirror Lake by Fasai

 

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.

PDX Bridge Festival

July 29, 2010 to August 8, 2010 – Portland Welcome to Bridgetown ! Portland Oregon loves and reveres our bridges, and the PDX Bridge Festivals gives us a chance to celebrate. What's your favorite Portland Bridge? Radiating like spokes from downtown Portland, the ten bridges that span the Willamette River are central to regional identity, tying the geography and cultures of Portland into a vibrant whole. Beginning with the Hawthorne Bridge Centennial in 2010—followed closely by the Broadway Bridge (2012) and the Steel Bridge (2013) Centennials—we are excited to introduce the PDX Bridge Festival as an annual, citywide cultural arts festival that celebrates the Willamette River Bridges while harnessing the power of Portland’s creative capacity.

View this Portland event: PDX Bridge Festival

 

Hawthorne Bridge Centennial Party

July 31, 2010 all day – Hawthorne Bridge  A full day of Music On the River, Saturday July 31st! PDX Bridge Festival, in conjunction with the Hawthorne Bridge Centennial Project and our sponsors, present an historic, outdoor free concert and performance featuring Portland’s best musical and performance acts. Join us on the Eastside of the Hawthorne Bridge at Water and Salmon Streets for MORSound. Activities—besides five hours of stellar music on three stages—include street performance, live art, food and beverage vendors, local shops, art installations, info booths, and a kids’ activities area. Plus, don’t miss a special two-hour media and music spectacular on the Hawthorne Bridge! This event has something for everyone…

View this Portland event: Hawthorne Bridge Centennial Party

 

PDX Pop Now Festival

July 30, 2010 to August 1, 2010 – Rotture.  PDX Pop Now! is dedicated to stimulating and expanding participation in Portland music. As an all-volunteer organization committed to being accessible, current, and local, we provide and support live performances and recorded materials. We aspire to advance a sustainable community which values inclusivity and a high caliber of artistry to enable a creative dialogue between artist and audience.

View this Portland event: PDX Pop Now Festival

 

Overlook Village Celebration - Street Fair

Overlook Village Celebration Street Fair - July 31, 11-6, N Killingsworth St. Come play in the Village, Portland's next best neighborhood. Street Vendors, Artists, Sidewalk Sales, "Bring Your Wheels" Car & Bike Show, Live Entertainment, Food & Drink Specials at Participating Venues. Overlook Village is the area of North Killingsworth between I-5 and North Greeley in Portland, Oregon. Overlook Village Business Association is working to improve and market in this area as a great place for people from all around to come enjoy locally owned and operated businesses.

View this Portland event: Overlook Village Celebration

 

Bones and Brew Festival

Date: July 31 - August 1, 2010 | Admission Cost: $3 Suggested Donation
Times: Sat 11 AM - 9 PM ~ Sun 11 AM - 5 PM

http://www.rogue.com/events/bones-and-brew.php

The 16th Annual Bones and Brew Festival, July 31st through August 1st, benefits the Oregon Zoo. Last years event drew more than 4,000 people to Portland's historic Pearl District and raised more than $10,000. This year's family and dog-friendly event will be a celebration of the American Backyard BBQ and include: BBQ vendors, a BBQ contest, Kobe Bleu Ball eating contest and 30+ Microbreweries.

View this Portland event: Bones and Brew Festival

 

Weird Al Yankovic at the Roseland

"Keep Portland Weird" fans will love this show of the original master of celebrating and laughing at all things "weird". Weird Al himself is in town for a show at the Roseland. All ages show, 8pm, 8/3.

View this Portland event: Weird Al Yankovic at the Roseland

 

Trek in the Park!!!

July 10, 2010 at 5pm to August 1, 2010 at 6pm – Woodlawn Park in NE Portland Trek in the Park returns from last year's surprise summer sensation: Amok Time.

This summer boldy go with the cast of Trek in the Park as they perform SPACE SEED.

Saturdays and Sundays, 5pm, FREE, Woodlawn Park at the corner of NE Claremont and Oneonta.

Arrive early for the best seats and bring your families and friends!

View this Portland event:Trek in the Park!!!

 

Storybook Playhouse Project

July 24, 2010 at 11am to August 14, 2010 at 6pm – Bridgeport Village Mall The Storybook Playhouse Project is a fun family event bringing children's storybooks to life. Benefiting Doernbecher Children's Hospital, local architects, designers and builders have come together.

View this Portland event: Storybook Playhouse Project

I Dream Animal -- July 29 - August 21

July 29, 2010 at 1pm to August 21, 2010 at 5pm – Alicia Blue Gallery -- Alberta Arts Caryn Baumgartner, Christine Nguyen and Karen Florek I Dream Animal July 29 – August 21, 2010 Opening Reception: Saturday July 31st 5 – 8PM Extended hours for last Thursday July 29th 4 – 9PM  

View this Portland event: I Dream Animal 

 

Pinball - 2nd Annual Showdown at Slabtown

July 30, 2010 at 7pm to August 1, 2010 at 12am – Slabtown This style of tournament, though different from Portland ’s weekly tournaments and from the Ground Kontrol Pinbrawl, has a strong focus on an individual’s skill and strategy. 

View this Portland event: Pinball - 2nd Annual Showdown at Slabtown

 

Beaverton 5th Annual Party in the Park

July 31, 2010 all day – HMT Recreation Complex Party in the Park is this Saturday! The largest free, family friendly party in Beaverton is this week Parties come in all shapes and sizes, but few are bigger or more exciting than THPRD's annual event.

View this Portland event: Beaverton 5th Annual Party in the Park

 

Exhibit - Arte en la Charreria: The Artisanship of the Mexican Equestrian Culture

July 31, 2010 at 10am to October 24, 2010 at 5pm – Oregon History Museum Beautiful silver and elaborate costumes fill the exhibit Arte en la Charreria: The Artisanship of the Mexican Equestrian Culture. Over 300 stunning objects offer a unique view of the culture.

 View this Portland event: Exhibit - Arte en la Charreria: The Artisanship of the Mexican Equestrian Culture

 

Animal House Adoption Party

July 31, 2010 at 11am to August 1, 2010 at 12am – Multnomah County Animal Service Shelter in Troutdale Multnomah County Animal Services is holding their 3rd Annual Animal House Adoption Party! This one-day affair is our biggest single adoption day with dozens of dogs and cats adopted throughout the day.

View this Portland event: Animal House Adoption Party

 

 

 

Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More

Below are the discussions posted on the Portland forum and Portland blog this month.  

Want to add your own two cents to the Portland blog?  Please do!  But please remember to keep it real and community focused. Read our terms of use and don't spam the planet with self promoting material or weird stuff as it will just get deleted.  We have a zero spammer policy to keep the site valuable and hassle free for our members.  Thanks!

Calling all Portland gamers!!

Calling all video gamers!! I need some support from all of you in the Portland area. I am attempting to conduct market research on my own f…

Started by Patrick Erickson

New Moms of Portland!

My company is recruiting for a marketing research project for new moms and expectant moms in the Portland area. All information is for rese…

Started by Beth Reilly

Possibly moving to Portland... suggestions for neighborhoods?

Hello there. I'm currently considering moving to Portland and I am looking for some advice with choosing a neighborhood. I am a 21 year old…

Started by Steven Faye

Dislike?

Hello! My boyfriend and I will be moving to Portland next summer. Im so excited to move somewhere that is more our lifestyle. My boyfriend…

Started by Lauren Welsh

Moving to Portland end of Aug.

Hey all! My wife and I are excited to make our move from Chi in late August.  Fortunately, she already has a job lined up and I will be loo…

Started by phil medina

Possible move... need jiu jitsu, hospital, farmers markets, LGBT friendly, animal friendly.., ideas?

Hello everyone, I am looking into a few areas around the US to move.  I hail from Chicago, but have been living in (**shudder**) Jacksonvil…

Started by Gabriella

We may be moving from Texas Gulf to Portland with my dog and want some info on what neighborhood to move to to fit our need.

My fiance and I are looking for an artsy laid back place to call home. My fiance is an artist who also has a degee in Environmental Studies…

Started by Amy Kennon

Moving to Portland from NYC in 3 weeks

Hi Everyone! My boyfriend Jude and I will be on the road for Portland by the July 26th. I had visited friends out in  Tigard last year, spen…

Started by Lauren Musco

Moving to Portland from Maryland

Hi.My wife and I are wanting to see the world from a different angle and are planning on moving to Portland in September. We have been look…

Started by John George Eckert

Yet another midwesterner moving to Portland

Hi All,   Thanks for sharing your insights so freely. I have been lurking on this site for the last couple of weeks and thought I would pos…

Started by Lou Karl

 

 

  Collins View Neighborhood Report

By Ross Seligman

Collins View Neighborhood Real Estate Report

Collins View is located in Southwest Portland. It is bordered by the Marshall Park and South Burlingame Neighborhoods. For more information, click here.

In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. If you are looking to buy or sell in a particular neighborhood, the most crucial information that you need to know is what is going on in that neighborhood. In this situation, the overall Portland market report is less important and the national real estate report is just about useless. This posting is a real estate report for the Collins View neighborhood of all homes in all price ranges. Feel free to request particular neighborhoods in which you are interested in buying or selling and I am be happy to do a report, just contact me on this forum or at http://www.propertiesofportland.com.

If you are looking for homes in Collins View, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

The first thing you will notice about individual neighborhoods as compared to the overall Portland reports are that the numbers can be wildly different month to month. Basically, the bigger the pool of data you are working with, the smoother the stats become. As we focus on smaller areas, many different things can happen month to month.

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Collins View neighborhood
from 4/09 to 6/10:



In Collins View, closed sales have risen since January while pending sales hit a peak in March and have been slowly declining.  June 2010 saw the largest number of closed sales in 15 months.  In June 2010, there were 61 closed sales, 40 pending sales, and 357 on the market.


More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:

One year change from June 2009 to June 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 11.2%
Homes sold: Up 56.4%
Homes pending sale: Down 7%


Chart for average price per square footage:


In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Collins View neighborhood has been between $139 and $190/sq. ft. In June 2010, the average price per square foot in the Collins View neighborhood was $169. 

One year change from June 2009 to June 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
June 2009: 182
June 2010: 169
Percentage Change: Down 6.9%

Days on Market, Sold/List Price:


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 June 2010,
the average time on market for a home in the Collins View
neighborhood was 53 days. 


The second thing that this chart is showing you is what percentage of the listing price the owners actually are getting when the house is sold.  This is a great indication of pressure on prices.  In June 2010, sellers in Collins View received, on average, 94% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from June 2009 to June 2010:

Time on Market: Down 19.7%
Sold/List price% difference: Up 8%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:



This chart shows us what the average listing was and what the average sale was. In June 2010, the average price of a house on the market in Collins View was $593,000. The average sale was $372,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 12.8%
Average sold price:  Down 4.1%

Months of Inventory:



Months of inventory gives a time line of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. This figure is a good indicator of supply and demand.  June 2010 in the Collins View neighborhood was buyer's market with 5.9 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 5.9 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in June, 53 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Collins View from this point forward, in 5.9 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area
listings from the RMLS:
 http://www.propertiesofportland.com

 

Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Check out this amazing home in an popular Portland neighborhood! (Sunnyside/Belmont District): 

4. 3519 SE YAMHILL ST Portland, OR 97214  -  Sunnyside (Belmont) - $399,900

See the listing here:  http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10059767

Take a peek at all the Portland real estate deals this week.

Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods?  Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.

 

July 2010 Portland Real Estate Market Report

July 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate
Report: What's Happening?


They are a comparison of June 2009 - June 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.

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

On to the report:
Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:



After a steep drop in pending sales from April to May, we see a slight rise in pending sales from May to June, while closed sales have dipped slightly.  Over last year at this time, sales have dropped 1.6%.  In June 2010, there were 628 closed sales, 533 pending sales, and 3916 on the market.

Yearly change from June 09 to June 10:

For Sale: 3726 in June 09, 3916 in June 10. Inventory is Up 5.1%

Sold homes: 638 sold in June 09, 628 sold in June 10. Sales are Down 1.6%.

Pending sales: 717 pending for sale in June 09, 534 pending for sale in
June 10. Pending sales are down 25.5%.

Chart for average price per square footage:


Since February, there has been a steady increase in average price per square foot.  In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $136 and $151. In June 2010, the average price per square foot in Portland was $148.

Yearly change from June 09 to June 10:

Average price per square foot in June 09 was $151. In June 10 it is $148. This figure has dropped 2.2%.

Days on market and sold/list price %:


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, 57 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 June 2010, sellers were getting, on average, 95% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from June 09 to June 10:

Average time it takes to sell a home in June 09 was 64 days. In June 10, it is 57 days. A decrease of time on market of 10.9% The market has improved for sellers.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 93% in June 09 and is 95% in June 10.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:


The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In June 2010, this figure was $297,000.

Yearly change from June 09 to June 10:

The average price of a home listed in June 09 was $392,000. In June 10, $368,000. This figure has decreased by 6.1%.

The average price of a home sold in June 09 was $297,000. In June 10 it was $297,000 This figure has not changed.

Months of inventory:


Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In June 2010, this figure was 6.2 months
based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 6.2 months for your home to sell. That number was 57 days, remember? It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Multnomah County from this moment, it would take 6.2 months for all available homes to sell before there would be nothing left.

Yearly change from June 09 to June 10:

The months of inventory in June 09 was 5.8 months. In June 10, it is 6.2 months. This figure has increased by 6.8%. This is a great indicator of the state of the market.

As I have said before, none of this information matters if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.

Hey people, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland
Metro Area listings from the RMLS: http://www.propertiesofportland.com

 

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