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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland September 8 - September 15 2012

Happy Saturday, Portland! Three cheers to a late summer weekend and another edition of this all-local Portland blog.  We've been out and about soaking up the awesome Pacific Northwest summer. Much our travels have taken us to Hood River, Mt Hood and our absolute favorite: Lost Lake. Three weekends running, we blew out of work at 5pm, braved the traffic and even though the Lost Lake campground was showing "100%" booked, we optimistically went anyway; hoping for a camping miracle. We were lucky, too: once they found us a spot in "overflow" and the other times, we somehow found great spots others overlooked. That's the camping lottery and we won. The fishing was great, too.

lost lake

Paradise: The incredible Lost Lake

We have a new dog from the Oregon Basset Hound Rescue (OBHR) and he's accompanied us on these journeys. We've discovered that 5 year old Jethro is the all-time most awesome, born to camp and fish hound! Lift a glass to finding an instant-good-dog that somehow no one else wanted. He's a regular at our local 5th Quadrant, too. A popular dude.


Me & The Instant-Good-Dog, Jethro- yes, on a canoe


The Portland Video of the Week

A Portland Local on a Few of His Favorite Things


Powell's Bookstore Picks

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is a set of images that show us the natural beauty of Bandon Beach. These images were taken last weekend by local Portlander, aquaticsquirrel, who says that "Bandon was founded by my great great grandfather Lord Bennett. I have several of his colorful stories including one where he writes about attending a church service in the cavern within Cathedral Rock (on the beach)."

3Bandon lighthouse with bird sunset

5Sea Stacks Bandon

1 Harbor seals one looking at me


Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week, the local Portland business we are recognizing is New Seasons Market.

About New Seasons Market:  Three families and 50 friends got together back in 1999 and decided to open a grocery store. Not just any grocery store, mind you, but one that carried everything from the essentials to the extraordinary. It had to be friendly, fun, neighborly and supportive of sustainable agriculture. So, on Leap Day, 2000, dreams and ideas gave way to our first store opening at Raleigh Hills.

As a locally owned business, we take pride in supporting local farms, ranches and other small businesses through our Home Grown program. The Home Grown symbol points out products from produce and meat to hand lotions and scented candles that come from local companies. So, you can support the local and regional economy with your dollars. And we can further our strong commitment to sustainable agriculture.

We show our commitment to the community by giving 10% of our after-tax profits to various organizations through grants and donations. And our staff gets out there to volunteer, engage and participate!

Looking ahead, we want to grow at a sustainable pace. We're not looking to be the biggest grocery store in town, just the friendliest. Visit our stores and you'll find that each one has its own unique character and personality. We are your neighborhood grocery store.





Geek Redux

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

Some time ago I wrote here about Free Geek, the non-profit organization here in Portland that offers volunteers opportunities to serve the community by helping refurbish computers and peripherals, and keeping nasty old tech from piling up in landfills and mucking up our precious soil and water.  Great place, great people.  I volunteer there as often as time and opportunity allow.


One thing I mentioned in passing was the opportunities available to those who want to further their education in the ways of Geekdom.  I'm thinking these educational benefits deserve their own lens, n'est-ce pas?  Education is power, especially in 'our new economy', as the news readers are fond of calling it.  The Information Age shows every sign of becoming The Information Forever and Ever Amen, so let's admit it, this stuff is serious.


The classes offered at Free Geek can help penetrate the mysteries of the gray boxes upon which we increasingly rely.  Right off the bat, students are introduced to a mighty facet of modern-day computing: open source.  Free Geek unabashedly supports open source, particularly the Ubuntu Linux operating system which is an excellent (some would say superior) alternative to Microsoft Windows.  The classes allow students to dig into the operating system, learn what makes it tick, make it do tricks.


Squeamish about the command line?  Boy, I understand that!  I'm going to take the class that demystifies the command line, and learn how to better utilize my system by talking directly to its core.



Heard of Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program)?  Think of Photoshop on 'roids.  Many professionals prefer the arsenal of image creation and manipulation features the program contains, and you can use that very same program on your computer.  Free Geek's Gimp classes will introduce you to the program and show you how to use it to polish up the family photos, or maybe take the Internet by storm with your own home-grown memes.




Of perhaps the most benefit to many students are those classes that tackle everyday, practical issues: job searching, learning about the Internet and ways to navigate it safely, teaching how to build and grow a business on-line in ways that capture public interest and get products and services noticed.  Free Geek's classes address these and more, for the very competitive price of FREE.  Yes, FREE. As in FREE and OPEN, because the classes are open to everyone in the community free of charge.


I have to mention the Build Program again too, because hands-on instruction is the best kind of education.  What better way to get to know the nuts and bolts of your system than buiding a few yourself?  Fancy taking home a computer that YOU constructed!


You can find out how to get involved and get your know-how on by visiting Free Geek's education page to see their class schedules.  You can even suggest classes on topics you'd like to see offered.  Can't beat that.


A deal where you can do Mother Earth a solid AND get an education, for FREE, is a great deal indeed.  Go Geek.


Read and comment on the original post here. Like this article? Check back weekly to see what Rob's up to.



The Great Blue Heron by Earl R Thomas


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The Reed Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman


Reed is located in a very beautiful area of southeast Portland.  Homes here are upscale and the neighborhood is lined with old growth trees.  The Reed neighborhood is one of the most coveted in the urban Portland area.  Reed College is a major presence in the area.  Residents have no shortage of dining, coffee, pub and retail options in any of the surrounding neighborhoods. To learn more about the Reed neighborhood, click here.


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


On to the report: Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Reed neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In July 2012, there were 40 closed sales, 52 pending sales, and 129 homes on the market in the Reed Neighborhood.

One year change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 20.4%

Homes sold: Up 33.3%

Homes pending sale: Up 48.6%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Reed neighborhood has been between $147 and $179/sq. ft. In July 2012, the average price per square foot in the Reed neighborhood was $172.

One year change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Down 1.5%


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 July 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Reed neighborhood was 38 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 the pressure on prices.  In July 2012, sellers in Reed received, on average, 98% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Time on Market: Down 38.7%

Sold/List price % difference: Up 2%


Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In July 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Reed was $418,000. The average sale was $329,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 8%

Average sold price:  Down 7.6%


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.  July 2012 in the Reed neighborhood had 3.2 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.2 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in July, 38 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Reed from this point forward, in 3.2 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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.

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 Reed 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

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area homes for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports:


Best Deals in Portland this Week

 Each week Ross and Leah share some great Portland real estate listings for us to drool over.  Enjoy!


3404 NE 30TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Alameda - $434,900

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6922 N Tyler AVE Portland, OR 97203 - Cathedral Park - $359,000

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3666 SE RAYMOND ST Portland, OR 97202 - Reed - $229,000

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Visit Ross and Leah's website where you can search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information.

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

Five Turtles

5 Turtles by Earl R Thomas


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