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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 16 - 23, 2010

Hey, Portlanders!  It's the time of the year to visit Portland pumpkins patches, and Halloween is just around the corner.  We have a ton of fun Portland Halloween Events this year, and we've started the list to make it easy for you to find them.  Visit our Portland Halloween Events page, and be sure to let us know if we missed an event.  Or, you can always add your own Halloween events directly to the Portland Events Calendar.  

In addition to Halloween, this season brings several harvest events.  And, as we head into the holiday season, charity giving is on our mind.  For example, today is the Oregon Harvest Dinner benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.  From

Oregon Food Bank distributes food through a cooperative, statewide network of partner agencies and programs throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash. 

OFB distributes food to 20 regional food banks, which, in turn, distribute food to 935 local agencies and programs, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters and more. These local programs provide food directly to people who are hungry in the form of boxes of food for people to take home or prepared meals. The OFB Network serves an average of 240,000 hungry people each month. 

The Oregon Food Bank Network has a large geographic service area that covers a diverse array of urban and rural communities. Each presents challenges and opportunities for organizations that serve people with low incomes. Working with our statewide network allows OFB to ensure efficient and equitable distribution of food throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

If you can't go to the Oregon Harvest Dinner, why not donate or volunteer for the Oregon Food Bank? 

Why should you support Oregon Food Bank? Here are some facts that may surprise you.

  • Due to an unprecedented recession, demand for emergency food remains at historic levels.
  • An average of 240,000 people eat meals from emergency food boxes each month. Of those, 33 percent are children.
  • Oregon Food Bank fights hunger in our communities by distributing food to partner agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash., and addresses hunger's root causes through education, advocacy and community engagement.

Every gift of any amount makes a big impact in the fight against hunger. Please consider making a donation today.

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.

Oregon Harvest Dinner for Oregon Food Bank

October 16, 2010 all day – Oregon Food Bank Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 Slip on your blue jeans, add some bling and do-si-do to "Down on the Farm," a fun-filled gala to celebrate Oregon’s harvest and to benefit Oregon Food Bank

Portland Nursery Annual Apple Tasting

October 9, 2010 to October 17, 2010 – "Portland Nursery" 23rd Annual Apple Tasting Event Soon the giant red apple balloon will be visible floating over our Stark street location, signaling the arrival of this year’s annual Apple Tasting

Portland Maize at the Pumpkin Patch

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Sauvie Island" Open Daily! September 4 — October 31, 2009! THE MAiZE (5-acre Cornfield MAiZE) Sunday — Thursday* 10am—6pm Friday & Saturday 10am—10pm

Pumpkin Festival at Pomeroy Farm

October 16, 2010 to October 30, 2010 – Pumpkin Festival at Pomeroy Farm Cost: $5; $4 children Childrens games, animal petting, haybale maze, the Farm Cafe Twitter Hashtag: #EVpumpk1023 Dates: Oct 16 10:00 am Pumpkin Festival Oct 17 1:00 pm Pumpkin Festival Oct 23

Dine4DV - Dine Out to End Domestic Violence

October 21, 2010 all day – Various One out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Last year, nearly 20,000 requests for emergency shelter went unmet in Oregon due to lack of space and resources

Audubon Society of Portland presents The Lost Bird Project

October 15, 2010 to December 15, 2010 – McCall Waterfront A collection of strikingly beautiful sculptures by artist Todd McGrain, The Lost Bird Project honors the lives and loss of five extinct birds. The sculptures are oversized bronze renderings

Lan Su Chinese Garden presents Festival of Earth

October 15, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Portland Chinese Garden In addition to the Han Chinese, China has over 90 million national minorities representing 55 distinct ethnic groups. Each group has at least one festival focusing on the bounty of the land.

Wildlife in the City

October 19, 2010 from 7pm to 8:30pm – Concordia University at Portland James Davis, Metro Naturalist, will discuss the wildlife, including eagles, otters, and beavers, living in urban landscapes and how to observe them. This event is free...

Family Day

October 16, 2010 from 11am to 3pm – Oregon History Museum Explore the culture of the Mexican cowboy with a gallery talk, lively dancing, and a special paper flower making art lesson. Two children admitted free with one paid adult.

Hip Happening Art & Craft Bazaar

October 16, 2010 from 11am to 5pm – Sellwood Masonic Temple Come shop unique handmade items created by our own talented Northwest artisans!

Intro to Top Bar Bee Keeping

October 16, 2010 from 1pm to 3pm – Pistils Nursery Over the last few years, we have been thrilled to witness an ever-growing interest in bee keeping here in Portland. Pistils has developed a relationship with a seasoned, local bee keeper...

Brightening Glance: A Perucssive Dance Show

October 16, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm – Echo Theater The muses collide when Meehan Production presents "Brightening Glance." This cross-cultural percussive dance show about the cycling of the seasons was inspired by the work of the iconic Irish poet...

A Night at the Cotton Club

October 16, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Last time Byron Stripling came to town, Portland audiences raved and urged us to bring him back. This time he'll transport you back to the famed Harlem Cotton Club of the 1920s as we perform...

Devilishly Good (OCT 15, 16, 22, 23)

October 16, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm – Hipbone Studio, home to Portland Story Theater Devilishly Good opens Friday, October 15th at Hipbone Studio and runs for two weekends, October 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd. Portland Story Theater in collaboration with Jonah Weston and Action Talks…

Burlesque! Adults Only Cabaret

October 16, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm – Reed College-Kaul Auditorium Sat. Oct. 16th, 2010 8pm Kaul Auditorium, Reed College Tickets $25-$40 You'll see naughty is nice when you visit our Roaring Twenties cabaret.


The Portland Photo of the Week

And, onto our weekly Portland photo winner: Owl by French Glen submitted by Katherine Barrington Maynard.  Thanks to everyone for uploading photos this week, drop by and visit the photo album for the latest.  

Did you know you can upload photos directly to the website from your cell phone?  You can - just visit the photos upload page and make note of the email address listed for sending photos via cell:  put that address in your phone, and then the next time you are out and about in Portland and see something photo worthy, you can share it on the spot!

Our weekly photo contest winner receives 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! 

Owl by French Glen

Owl by French Glen - by Katherine Barrington Maynard


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!

Angelina Marino Mural Project Asking For Small Donations

Hi! Just looking for a bit of funding for this great project!!! I'm trying to raise the funds through kickstarter. Please go to:

A vibrant 1200 square foot mural that unfolds a story about conservation, natural history, wetlands, creeks, life cycles and education.

The School of Outdoor Learning Mural Project was inspired by a quote from Luther Burbank: “ Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water-

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Added by Angelina Marino on October 12, 2010 at 2:54pm

phil medina Firewood that's eco-friendly?

Greetings, My wife and i moved here from chicago and since it's our first time having a fireplace in our current living space, we'd like to know any alternatives to firewood and where to purchase in Portland. Any ideas would be great...thanks!


Added by phil medina on October 12, 2010 at 12:52pm



People Dealing With a Portland Foreclosure or Short Sale of Their Home

Dear Friend,

I have a favor to ask:  I am working with many people in foreclosure and am truly astonished and saddened by how many of the homeowners know so little.  They are freaked out, depressed, and just lost in the whole system.  This has to stop.  It is ruining families and it doesn't have to.  If you know anyone or suspect that anyone you know is struggling, please have them call me or send me their number and I will call them.  I don't care if they work my team or someone else.  I just want a chance to share with them what to expect in the process:  what their rights are; what their options are; and help them see that they will be OK.  Really, they will be OK.

Thanks for letting me share this with you.

Best Regards,


Ross Seligman, Realtor
Certified Ecobroker, SFR, CNE
Cell:  503.449.4022
Fax:  503.220.1498
Windermere/Cronin & Caplan Realty Group, Inc.
825 NE Multnomah St., Ste. 120
Portland, OR 97232


  October 2010 Portland Real Estate Market Report

By Ross Seligman

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

They are a comparison of September 2009 - September 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:

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:

We are now in the strongest buyer's market in 15 months.  In September 2010, we see our second highest inventory in that time period at 4163 homes on the market.  This means that sellers have to make sure they are doing all of the steps necessary to sell their home.  If you are a seller and have any questions about this, feel free to contact me.  In September 2010, 414 homes sold and 558 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from September 09 to September 10:

For Sale: 3573 in September 09, 4163 in September 10. Inventory is Up 16.5%

Sold homes: 609 sold in September 09, 414 sold in September 10. Sales are Down 32%.

Pending sales: 759 pending for sale in September 09, 558 pending for sale in
September 10. Pending sales are down 26.5%.

Chart for average price per square footage:







In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $136 and $149. In September 2010, the average price per square foot in Portland was $141.

Yearly change from September 09 to September 10:

Average price per square foot in September 09 was $147. In September 10 it is $141. This figure has dropped 3.6%.

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, 73 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 September 2010, sellers were getting, on average, 91% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from September 09 to September 10:

Average time it takes to sell a home in September 09 was 63 days. In September 10, it is 73 days. An increase of time on market of 15.9%. 

The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 93% in September 09 and is 91% in September 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 September 2010, this figure was $306,000.

Yearly change from September 09 to September 10:

The average price of a home listed in September 09 was $393,000. In September 10, $353,000. This figure has decreased by 10.2%.

The average price of a home sold in September 09 was $289,000. In September 10 it was $306,000 This figure has increased 5.9%.

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 September 2010, this figure was 10.1 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a strong buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 10.1 months for your home to sell. That number was 73 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 10.1 months for all available homes to sell before there would be nothing left.

Yearly change from September 09 to September 10:

The months of inventory in September 09 was 5.9 months. In September 10, it is 10.1months. This figure has increased by 71.4%. 

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:

Best Real Estate Deals in Portland this Week

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Here is a Laurelhurst beauty!


2. 545 NE FLORAL PL Portland, OR 97232 - Laurelhurst - $769,000


See the listing here:

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

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