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This Week in Portland December 10 - December 17 2011

Welcome to another Portland blog and happy weekend!  It is frozen solid out there or dang close. At 8am, the ground was frost covered and the birds were out in droves on the feeders. One of my two Anna's hummingbirds was at the feeder and several squirrels were on the hunt made easy by corn cobs strewn about. While he would have been mightily entertained, Mauser the cat who has an aversion to the cold, was upstairs on his homemade cat tree, snoring away.

It's this time of year that I make sure there is fresh water in the hanging birdbath and that the feeding stations are stocked with high protein nuts and seed. The squirrels get nuts and corn and help themselves to the bird feeders no matter what obstacle is placed in their way. This actually works well for the birds as the squirrels knock food to the ground and more birds can feed at one time.

The hummingbirds have several feeders and being as territorial as they are, fight dramatically over each one and eat their way through large amounts of sugary water every week. There are times when I see them hit the feeders ten or more times an hour, resting on a vine-like branch above the feeder between feedings. The backyard has been landscaped with hummingbirds in mind and feeding them across the seasons is easy if you plan ahead. A hummingbird favorite and Oregon state flower, the Oregon Grape, is about to blossom. The blooms smell incredible and are magnets for hummingbirds. Maintaining a steady natural food source is important, especially for the Anna's, as they do not migrate like other birds. That's right! We have one hummingbird that lives in Oregon year round, no matter the weather.

If you're a bird lover, take a moment to read the Audubon Society of Portland's guide for caring for birds in your backyard. If you've never been to the Audubon Society, go!  They are an amazing local resource for bird care and education. Kids of all sizes and ages -even those of us who are no longer technically "kids"- will love it.

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape by PDX Nature Nut

Learn how to care for and attract hummingbirds


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is of the ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo by Michael Barton. The Zoo Lights is an annual event at the Oregon Zoo and is a wonderful tradition for celebrating the holidays in Portland. "See the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland, aglow with a million lights. More than 200 animated animals swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they're least expected. Displays include swinging monkeys, leaping frogs, flying bats, diving penguins and a perfect-for-photos light sculpture featuring a dozen animals."  The Portland Oregon Zoo Lights event is much anticipated each year, and children will delight in the sparkling lights, animated displays, and zoo trains. Learn more about the Zoo Lights.

ZooLights, Oregon Zoo

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner receives a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Our giveaway for the month of December is a $20 gift certificate to Coava Coffee Roasters. If you've not been to their incredible roastery and tasting room, stop reading now and go. There is a reason why the New Yorker and The New York Times keep a regular pulse on the happenings at Coava...they are amazing and truly unparalled. Read all about the Portland coffee scene and learn more about coffee, what makes a great cafe and who the cafe rockstars are in our fair PDX.


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Portland Nights:  A beautiful journey through Portland.


Featured Portland Events

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! 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 for free (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.



December 8, 2011 at 7pm to January 1, 2012 at 2pm –Imago Theatre ZOOZOO In Portland for the holiday season with the World Premiere of "Cats!" Imago brings to life the antics of our everyday household cat in a not so everyday way. Don't miss the premiere of "Cats!"Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre


Chris Burden: Ghost Ships

November 2, 2011 at 10am to January 22, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Ghost Ships is a trio of actual sailboats that have been reconfigured and programmed by the artist to periodically unfurl sails, pivot rudders, and simulate navigation. The sailboats will seem to sai



Tuba Christmas

December 10, 2011 all day – Pioneer Courthouse Square 21st Annual Tuba Christmas Concert Presented by SmartPark | 1:30pmDowntown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as over 200 tubas play in unison for the 21st Annual TubaChristmas Concert iOrganized by Pioneer Square | Type: tuba christmas



3rd Thursday in Hillsdale, December 15

December 15, 2011 from 8am to 8pm – Hillsdale Shopping Center 3rd Thursday in Hillsdale, stores open until 8 p.m.   next late shopping day is Thursday, December 15 Enjoy Hillsdale late every Third Thursday of the month. Hillsdale shops are open late with GreatOrganized by Hillsdale Main Street | Type: shopping, late,in, hillsdale



Zoo Lights at Oregon Zoo

November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012  "Oregon Zoo" Annual holiday lights display at the Oregon Zoo!   Celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights.* More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into aOrganized by Zoo Lights | Type: zoo lights



Tannenbaum Madness

November 25, 2011 at 4pm to January 1, 2012 at 4pm – Alberta Main StreetAlberta Main Street presents Tannenbaum Madness Tannenbaum Madness is a walking window tour of whimsical, wacky and artistic trees. Over 30 Alberta Street businesses are creating sights not to be misOrganized by Alberta Main Street | Type: holiday, fun


Handmade NW Formal Holiday Artisans Fair 2011!

December 18, 2011 from 11am to 5pm – The Acadian Ballroom Date(s): Sunday, December 18th, 2011 Time(s): 11am - 5pm Location The Acadian Ballroom 1829 Northeast Alberta Street Portland, OR  97211 Details Date(s): Sunday, December 18th, 2011 Time(s): 11am - 5Organized by Jackie Imdahl and Merritt Massuch | Type:holiday, art/craft, fair



Portland Symphonic Girlchoir Holiday Concert - Ding Dong Merrily on Hight!

December 17, 2011 from 2pm to 4pm – Goose Hollow  The award-winning Portland Symphonic Girlchoir shines in its 23rdSeason, Pure Joy! Ranging in age from 5 to 18, the young artists of the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir captivate audiences with theirOrganized by Roberta Jackson and Deb Burgess | Type:holiday, concert



Jon Dore at Helium

December 7, 2011 at 8pm to December 10, 2011 at 11pm – Helium Comedy ClubJon Dore from IFC's "The Jon Dore Television Show""The Jon Dore Television Show" on IFC and on Variety's "10 Comics to Watch" list.  See him LIVE at Helium Comedy Club!Wednesday, December 07 @ 8:00Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: comedy,stand-up




Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.



Photo credit: Gerry Villani


Portland Christmas Lights: Where to go and what to see

Portland Christmas Lights Guide Holidays are a time of tradition, and each year in Portland the Christmas lights and Holiday light displays provide an opportunity to create and renew a sense of tradition once more with your family, friends, and loved ones.  There are several popular Portland holiday lights displays throughout our city, from the Grotto, Zoo Lights, Portland Christmas Ships, Peacock Lane, and Portland International Raceway Christmas lights, to several other streets where Portlanders go to town with the Christmas lights on their homes and in their yards.  

Read the whole Portland Christmas Lights Guide, see more videos and get more tips on where to go!


December 2011 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report: What's Happening?

by Ross Seligman



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

In November 2011, inventory has dropped with 2186 homes on the market.   In November 2011, 430 homes sold and 473 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from November 10 to November 11:

Inventory is Down 31.3%

Closed Sales are Up 3.4%.

Pending sales are Up 18.8%. 


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $132 and $145. In November 2011, the average price per square foot in Portland was $136.

Yearly change from November 10 to November 11:

Average Price/Square Foot has decreased 4.4%

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, 74 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 November 2011, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from November 10 to November 11:

Average time it takes to sell a home has increased 10.4%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has not changed.

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 November 2011, this figure was $282,000.

Yearly change from November 10 to November 11:

The average price of a home listed has increased 5.3%.

The average price of a home sold has decreased 4.4%.

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 November 2011, this figure was 5.1 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 5.1 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 74 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 5.1 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from November 10 to November 11:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 33.6%.

About the report: They are a comparison of the past 15 months (including a percentage change analysis for the last 12 months) for all of Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, Oregon. 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.


To see and/or bookmark a monthly automatic updating chart, click here.

This information doesn't matter 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.  The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.  

Hey everyone, 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 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:



Latourell Falls  -  Photo credit : Karma Paksi


Homes for sale in Portland


2426 NE ALBERTA ST Portland, OR 97211 - Concordia/Alberta - $419,000

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3608 NE 63RD AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Roseway - $285,000

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3700 SE BROOKLYN ST Portland, OR 97202 - Richmond - $275,000

See the full listing here



3572 NE Morris St in Grant Park - Open House tomorrow

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday 12/11/11 - 1-3PM  3572 NE Morris St - Reilly Signature Home

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