Portland Real Estate Paper

Your source for updated Portland real estate market news and insights. We prepare annual Portland housing market forecasts twice a year, write an annual best month of the year to sell articles, give regular updates on market conditions for buyers and sellers. We write about Portland neighborhoods, Portland residential housing development, tips for Portand home sellers and buyers, and much more.

portland real estate market news

It’s true that COVID-19 dominated the real estate headlines in 2020, but this year was also big for several other reasons — local ballot measures that passed and failed, and important new data about the surprising factors that influence home prices. Whether you’re entering the Portland real estate market in 2021 or just happen to be a news junkie, here are our top stories of the year. 1. Pandemic Slashes Buyer Activity, But Not For Long Between job losses and lockdowns, COVID-19 had reverberations through the housing market this spring. But it wasn’t as bad as some expected. Although there was a sudden 60%+ drop in buyer traffic in March 2020, prices didn’t crash. Buyers soon came back on the...

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Top 10 Real Estate News Stories of 2020

November 30, 2020
portland real estate market news

It’s true that COVID-19 dominated the real estate headlines in 2020, but this year was also big for several other reasons — local ballot measures that passed and failed, and important new data about the surprising factors that influence home prices. Whether you’re entering the Portland real estate market in 2021 or just happen to be a news junkie, here are our top stories of the year. 1. Pandemic Slashes Buyer Activity, But Not For Long Between job losses and lockdowns, COVID-19 had reverberations through the housing market this spring. But it wasn’t as bad as some expected. Although there was a sudden 60%+ drop in buyer traffic in March 2020, prices didn’t crash. Buyers soon came back on the...

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best home search websites

We are not arguing this home search website is #1 because it is the prettiest site to search homes for sale. We believe this website is number one because it is the smartest and most effective way to find the home you want and get the best deal while you’re at it. Most home search websites are prettier or easier to use versions of each other – this one is outright unique.  1. Type in any Word – Find a Matching Home. Seriously. Want to find a home with a sunset view? South facing door? Gazebo? Indoor pool? Only interested in Mid-Century Modern or Victorian homes? Want to find homes designed by a specific architect? Require a river, ocean, or...

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#1 Home Search Website for 2021 – 5 Reasons Why

November 27, 2020
best home search websites

We are not arguing this home search website is #1 because it is the prettiest site to search homes for sale. We believe this website is number one because it is the smartest and most effective way to find the home you want and get the best deal while you’re at it. Most home search websites are prettier or easier to use versions of each other – this one is outright unique.  1. Type in any Word – Find a Matching Home. Seriously. Want to find a home with a sunset view? South facing door? Gazebo? Indoor pool? Only interested in Mid-Century Modern or Victorian homes? Want to find homes designed by a specific architect? Require a river, ocean, or...

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portland fence disputes

With all that’s weighing on fences, it’s no wonder they’re a frequent source of conflict! In Portland, homes are constructed in some pretty tight spaces, and losing even a few inches of land to a neighbor can feel untenable. The appearance and upkeep of fences is also important, not just for aesthetics but also because fences are relied on to keep pets and children safe. In this article, we’ll attempt to untangle Oregon fence laws, as well the local codes and restrictions that affect their design and use. We’ll also provide home owners and buyers with some practical tips for resolving fence conflicts peacefully. When Fences Turn Contentious  As Portland grows and adds more housing (every lot in Portland can...

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Whose Fence is it Anyway? Resolving Problems with Neighbors.

November 23, 2020
portland fence disputes

With all that’s weighing on fences, it’s no wonder they’re a frequent source of conflict! In Portland, homes are constructed in some pretty tight spaces, and losing even a few inches of land to a neighbor can feel untenable. The appearance and upkeep of fences is also important, not just for aesthetics but also because fences are relied on to keep pets and children safe. In this article, we’ll attempt to untangle Oregon fence laws, as well the local codes and restrictions that affect their design and use. We’ll also provide home owners and buyers with some practical tips for resolving fence conflicts peacefully. When Fences Turn Contentious  As Portland grows and adds more housing (every lot in Portland can...

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portland property taxes to rise

Portland passed three new ballot measures this November that will increase property taxes in the city. But even if these measures had failed, property taxes would still go up for homeowners in the Portland metro region, because of the way our tax system is structured. A new report shows that Portland was #5 in the nation for highest property taxes (before this tax increase), but the reason has as much to do with home value assessments as it does the new bonds and levies. It will be interesting to see how Portland ranks in 2021 – will it have the highest property tax rate in the nation? Why do Portland property taxes increase every year? Property taxes are calculated by multiplying...

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Portland Property Taxes Higher than Ever – 2021

November 20, 2020
portland property taxes to rise

Portland passed three new ballot measures this November that will increase property taxes in the city. But even if these measures had failed, property taxes would still go up for homeowners in the Portland metro region, because of the way our tax system is structured. A new report shows that Portland was #5 in the nation for highest property taxes (before this tax increase), but the reason has as much to do with home value assessments as it does the new bonds and levies. It will be interesting to see how Portland ranks in 2021 – will it have the highest property tax rate in the nation? Why do Portland property taxes increase every year? Property taxes are calculated by multiplying...

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portland short sale market

Short sales were almost non-existent in the Portland real estate market in 2020, representing a fraction of 1% of real estate transactions in the city. However, many expect short sales to rise in 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, and the end of mortgage relief programs that were passed in early 2020. Homeowners who are underwater on their mortgage should choose a short sale over a foreclosure in most cases, protecting themselves by enlisting the help of a Short Sale Certified real estate agent.  Before we get into the differences between short sales and foreclosures, we’ll go over some short sale basics and look at the current market for short sales. For more information on our...

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Portland Short Sale Market Report – Back in 2021?

November 16, 2020
portland short sale market

Short sales were almost non-existent in the Portland real estate market in 2020, representing a fraction of 1% of real estate transactions in the city. However, many expect short sales to rise in 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, and the end of mortgage relief programs that were passed in early 2020. Homeowners who are underwater on their mortgage should choose a short sale over a foreclosure in most cases, protecting themselves by enlisting the help of a Short Sale Certified real estate agent.  Before we get into the differences between short sales and foreclosures, we’ll go over some short sale basics and look at the current market for short sales. For more information on our...

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best way to sell a home

Did you know there is comprehensive research done every year on how homes are sold across the country in the United States? The National Association of Realtors, or NAR, conducts the research and makes its reports publically available. The organization breaks down how homes sell across the country – down to a percentage point. The report, called NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers is often hundreds of pages long, but we will summarize it for you here. Rest assured the report clearly shows each year what makes a home sell and how homes get sold. Hard data every seller could use before making a decision on selling their home. Top 4 Ways a Home Sells 1. Home Buyer Searches...

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Best Way to Sell your Home in 2021

November 13, 2020
best way to sell a home

Did you know there is comprehensive research done every year on how homes are sold across the country in the United States? The National Association of Realtors, or NAR, conducts the research and makes its reports publically available. The organization breaks down how homes sell across the country – down to a percentage point. The report, called NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers is often hundreds of pages long, but we will summarize it for you here. Rest assured the report clearly shows each year what makes a home sell and how homes get sold. Hard data every seller could use before making a decision on selling their home. Top 4 Ways a Home Sells 1. Home Buyer Searches...

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portland real estate zoning changes

Travel back in time to Portland 150 years ago, and you’d see a housing mix that is different from today’s suburban, single-family-home-dominated neighborhoods. There were garden houses, rowhouses, courtyard apartments and cottages. Density was higher, and nobody needed parking because they used the Portland streetcar to get around (plus cars hadn’t been invented).  This vision has inspired a piece of legislation five years in the making: the Residential Infill Project. The goal of RIP, as it is known around Portland, is to reconstruct that higher-density time in Portland’s housing mix, in a contemporary way. The idea isn’t to strip away all zoning rules and create a housing free-for-all. In fact, RIP received a record-setting 15,000 public comments as it moved through...

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Starting 2021, a Six Plex can be built next to any Portland Home.

November 9, 2020
portland real estate zoning changes

Travel back in time to Portland 150 years ago, and you’d see a housing mix that is different from today’s suburban, single-family-home-dominated neighborhoods. There were garden houses, rowhouses, courtyard apartments and cottages. Density was higher, and nobody needed parking because they used the Portland streetcar to get around (plus cars hadn’t been invented).  This vision has inspired a piece of legislation five years in the making: the Residential Infill Project. The goal of RIP, as it is known around Portland, is to reconstruct that higher-density time in Portland’s housing mix, in a contemporary way. The idea isn’t to strip away all zoning rules and create a housing free-for-all. In fact, RIP received a record-setting 15,000 public comments as it moved through...

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portland neighborhood homes for sale

Shopping for real estate can feel like being toppled by a landslide of information. It helps to have visual aids as you explore neighborhoods, research the amenities that are important to you (whether it’s restaurants, schools or safety), and shop for your dream home. Fortunately, in 2021, interactive maps are ready to help you organize your search.  Map 1: Portland Homes For Sale We’ll start with the most obvious map to use first if you’re ready to start comparing home prices, lining up in-person or virtual tours, and creating sharable a list of your favorite homes on the market: Portlandhomesforsale.com Here are some of the maps you can make with its powerful search tools: A map of homes in your...

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Top 4 Maps for Portland Real Estate Buyers – 2021

November 6, 2020
portland neighborhood homes for sale

Shopping for real estate can feel like being toppled by a landslide of information. It helps to have visual aids as you explore neighborhoods, research the amenities that are important to you (whether it’s restaurants, schools or safety), and shop for your dream home. Fortunately, in 2021, interactive maps are ready to help you organize your search.  Map 1: Portland Homes For Sale We’ll start with the most obvious map to use first if you’re ready to start comparing home prices, lining up in-person or virtual tours, and creating sharable a list of your favorite homes on the market: Portlandhomesforsale.com Here are some of the maps you can make with its powerful search tools: A map of homes in your...

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new construction rates portland

Like everything else this in 2020, new construction in Portland was hit by the pandemic, but signs are already pointing to a healthy recovery in 2021.  To understand what’s going on with the new construction market, let’s take a look at new construction permits that have been issued, under review, and finaled (meaning the building was completed) in Portland, and compare those to previous years.  Here are the new residential construction permit numbers for the first nine months of 2020, direct from the City of Portland database. So far this year: 540 new residential construction permits have been issued 294 are under review 714 have been finaled As you can see from the chart below, 2020 will be a five-year...

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New Home Construction Dropped in Portland 2020, Will it Recover in 2021?

November 2, 2020
new construction rates portland

Like everything else this in 2020, new construction in Portland was hit by the pandemic, but signs are already pointing to a healthy recovery in 2021.  To understand what’s going on with the new construction market, let’s take a look at new construction permits that have been issued, under review, and finaled (meaning the building was completed) in Portland, and compare those to previous years.  Here are the new residential construction permit numbers for the first nine months of 2020, direct from the City of Portland database. So far this year: 540 new residential construction permits have been issued 294 are under review 714 have been finaled As you can see from the chart below, 2020 will be a five-year...

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zillow real estate agent

Does Zillow have their own Real Estate Agents? Okay so let’s first clarify. Does Zillow have their own Realty company with their own agents? Yes and no. Zillow does not have any agents within their company that you can call to list your home on the public market, or go help you find your next home – at least not yet. Zillow has employees that happen to also have their real estate license that assist Zillow with their “Zillow Offers” program. Basically it is one of many iBuyer programs that makes a cash offer on your home (typically way under market value) for those home sellers that are willing to prioritize convenience over sales price. So while you can’t yet...

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What is a Zillow Real Estate Agent?

October 30, 2020
zillow real estate agent

Does Zillow have their own Real Estate Agents? Okay so let’s first clarify. Does Zillow have their own Realty company with their own agents? Yes and no. Zillow does not have any agents within their company that you can call to list your home on the public market, or go help you find your next home – at least not yet. Zillow has employees that happen to also have their real estate license that assist Zillow with their “Zillow Offers” program. Basically it is one of many iBuyer programs that makes a cash offer on your home (typically way under market value) for those home sellers that are willing to prioritize convenience over sales price. So while you can’t yet...

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