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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 23 - October 30 2010

A few days ago I twittered:  "Summer in October doesn't make up for winter in June -but its close!! Thanks for the effort, Portland Weather Gods!"  I'm so so happy that we got some unseasonably warm and sunny weather for as long as we did before the lights turned off and the faucet turned on. I'm almost ready for "winter". Almost.

Last weekend Lorri and I hiked our local Forest Park and had a great time. The water from Balch Creek was so low it barely trickled in some places. Since Forest Park is less than five minutes away from my house by car, I am familiar with all her seasons, looks and personalities. For instance, Balch Creek in the winter is a mad roaring force to be reckoned with...My favorite season?  Early morning in the summer-  slightly chilly to the point you almost wear a light jacket but later you are so glad you didn't.

After our hike we stopped at my beloved Portland Audubon Society. Below: volunteer handler and Julio, the Great Horned Owl.  

What is the Portland Audubon Society? From their website

"Audubon Society of Portland promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. We focus on our local community and the Pacific Northwest.

Come visit us and enjoy miles of forested trails in our wildlife sanctuary, just five minutes from downtown Portland, open from dawn to dusk everyday. Visit our interpretive center where you'll find exhibits, a natural history library, and places to watch birds up close. Learn about birds, wildlife, and conservation issues through classes, lectures, and trips. Volunteer to help others learn too!

Meet our educational birds of prey at the Wildlife Care Center, where trained volunteers rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife and teach people how to co-exist with our wild neighbors. The Wildlife Care Center cares for over 3,000 orphaned and injured wild animals each year."

We were supposed to head out to Eagle Creek today but PortlandNeighborhood is shopping for a new office and we might have found the perfect location. More on our new home soon! 


The Portland Photo of the Week

Our Portland Photo of the Week is...awesome!!  I love the contrast of this shot and I want to go see this beautiful piece of art at the Portland Chinese Garden. Thanks to A.G for sharing this super cool glimpse of his trip to the garden.

Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. A.G will receive a $15 gift cert to one of our local favorites, Coava Coffee Roasters. Portland Monthly calls Coava "the best coffee in Portland - period"!  Coava was also named one of the top ten micro-roasters in America by Imbibe Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Their new, stunning cafe is a "tasting room" for their onsite roastery. Prepare yourself to be blown away.  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! 




Featured Portland Events this Week

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this very weekend!  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.

Last Wednesday @ Ground Kontrol

September 15, 2010 at 6pm to June 29, 2011 at 7pm –Ground Kontrol" Last Wednesday" of every month...Ground Kontrol trades a cover charge for a night of FREE video games and pinball tables! Woot! 21+, $5 cover for FREE GAMES ALL NITE! Doors open at 5pm, DJs start


Free Night(s) of Theater

September 27, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Theatres in the Portland Area 15 Portland-area theatres are offering free tickets to see a play during the month of October. Reservations are available starting September 27th, and more tickets will be released throughout the mon


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 *Available after 6pm for groups of 25+ with a reservation-


Scream at the Beach

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Jantzen Beach Scream at the Beach, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2010 as Portland’s largest, scariest and most popular Halloween event. There are some big and spooky surprises including the scariest haun


Fright Town

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Memorial Coliseum A whole city block of screams and shock. beneath memorial coliseum, three separate haunted events. 


Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Haunted Portland"For Halloween or any time of year in Portland. If you've seen the "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Adventures", or "Paranormal State" TV shows, th


Portland Shanghai Tunnel Tours

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Tunnels"Spooky! Tour the infamous Portland shanghai tunnels! Tours are held every Friday and Saturday evening, on the first Thursday evening of each month, and often on other weeknights as well. For the TO



13th Door Haunted House Portland

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Canyon13th Door Haunted House PDX location is in Beaverton’s West Slope at 8805 SW Canyon Ln, Portland Oregon. We are a reviewed as Portland's #1 Haunted House and Rated PG-13 haunt. The 13th Door Zombies


Milburn's Haunted Manor

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Milburn's Manor" Haunted House / Milburn's Haunted Manor 2010 We dare you to come to our house! Milburn's Hall of Fame 2004 Rated #2 haunt of the season (House) 2005 Rated #1


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. Lan Su’s


The Hood River County Fruit Loop Heirloom Apple Celebration

October 23, 2010 to October 24, 2010 – In and around Hood RiverI t is apple season!! Remember when Grandma complained that “grocery store” apples today just aren’t the same as the ones that grew on her family’s backyard tree? She’s right. The Fruit Loop’s Heirlo


Great American Distillers Festival 2010

October 23, 2010 to October 24, 2010 – Bossanova Ballroom and Supper Club Join us in Portland, Oregon this for the premier gathering of craft distillers in the country. This week of events celebrates small craft distilleries from across the country and the spirit of entrep


Doggie Palooza

October 24, 2010 from 10am to 5pm – World Forestry Center Doggie Palooza ~ Oct. 24 10:00am - 5:00pm $8 adults, $7 seniors (62+), $5 children 3-18. Children under 3, members, and dogs are free. Well behaved dogs welcome! Join us for this special one-day pet


Urban Chicken Keeping

October 24, 2010 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Pistils Nursery Whether you’re considering keeping chickens or you’re wanting to fine-tune your current set-up, the Pistils Urban Chicken Keeping Workshop is for you. Hosted by seasoned chicken keepers who enjoy sha


History Pub - "Frontier Justice"

October 25, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm – McMenamins Kennedy School Using photographs and information discovered while researching her books, "Necktie Parties" and "Murder and Morality," author Diane Goeres-Gardner presents "Frontier Justice.” "Frontier Justice" uses


We have a ton of other local Portland events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!


Fall on the Marquam Trail by Michael Barton


Neighborhood Tour: The Portland Pearl District

The Pearl District offers urban living at its finest. If you work downtown and enjoy city living, this is the place to be for an easy commute (walk or take the Portland Streetcar, light rail MAX train, or Tri Met bus to work and play). Located along the Willamette River downtown in an old warehouse district, the neighborhood offers a feeling of urban historic charm. With a seemingly constant array of new loft-style development underway, the neighborhood is alive with a sense of growth and change. Lofts and Townhomes are the norm for residential living. The bustling streets are lined with upscale shopping boutiques, art galleries, unique antique and home interior stores, and the requisite coffee shops and restaurants. There are urban parks and green spaces tucked amidst all this city bustle, and you'll see children playing in the fountains, and little city dogs scampering through their concrete jungle. The neighborhood is certainly thriving. Every time I come into the Pearl District, I see something new. The urban landscape is ever changing. Nearby of course, is Portland Downtown, Old Town and Chinatown, just over the river from the Broadway bridge is the Eliot neighborhood, Lloyd District and Rose Garden arena, and the Pearl is only minutes from the popular Northwest Nob Hill neighborhood and the lush green Forest Park.

The Portland Pearl District is ever-changing and full of new development.  New buildings are being erected in every direction, it seems, and the Pearl District and North Portland Waterfront skyline is never the same from month to month.  Check out our new Pearl District video, featuring several of the construction sites, and watch the Pearl as it changes and evolves before your eyes! 

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

By Ross Seligman

The reports 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.

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.


View the original article by Portland Realtor and Ecobroker, Ross Seligman.


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Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Check out the full list of best deals.

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