Happy Valley, OR Real Estate News

By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
                                         SE Scott Park Circle, Happy Valley OR 97086 ~ Staged and $old Enjoy the breathtaking views of the city from this wonderful home in Altamont.  Perfect floor plan with many upgrades. You will fall in love with the kitchen ... granite, SS appliances, hardwoods, big island and beautiful cabinets.  The Great Room has a fireplace and deck overlooking panoramic views of Portland.   Easy care landscaping with fenced court yard.    3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths     1,890 sq ft. 
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By Todd Clark - Retired, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
Sometimes being a photographer means after you see something you know you are going to have to come back and today was one of those times. I was showing a home on the eastside of Portland and when I looked out the window of my car I told myself that, “I need to come back here at night… this would be an awesome shot.” Well, I couldn’t wait too long and I came back tonight and got the shot. Mainly because I knew this dry weather wasn’t going to be around for long and I thought I better take the shot while I can or my next opportunity could be June. Then I also thought, boy, this would make a great picture for my blog. (OK, it may not have been in exactly that order.) Click on the map to start your search of homes in the Mt. Scott area
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By David Peterson, Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon
(Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging)
As professional home stagers we love many parts of our job.  Transforming a house from vacant to unforgettable.  The challenge of surpassing the expectations of our clients.  And of course, seeing the Sold sign go up on the house. In December one of our investor clients had us stage this fantastic view home in Happy Valley, Oregon.  We've a had a great string of success with this client, but he had been listing his homes when they were vacant, and THEN had us stage them when they hadn't sold for a few months.  After staging they were consistently selling in less than one month.  In this case he opted to stage the home PRIOR to listing the house.  What a difference it made!  We staged the home on Tuesday, December 21 and it sold three days later on Friday, December 24.  What a great Chri...
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By Todd Clark - Retired, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
Yes, today at the PetSmart in Clackamas, County, I will be dressed up as Santa to take pictures with any pet you choose to bring in to help raise funds for a no kill animal shelter in Oregon City. The Oregon Ferret Shelter is a shelter that I’ve been volunteering for almost 15 years. This shelter helps with pets that can no longer be taken care of by their owners, usually because their owners are moving to California for job relocations and find out that you can’t own a ferret as a pet in California leaving them with a pet they have no idea what to do with. This is where the shelter comes in to save the day, they take these very loved pets and find new homes for them with other families around Oregon that are looking to adopt a ferret. So, bring your cat, dog, bird, pig and even ferret...
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By Todd Clark - Retired, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
Today when I got the call from the North Pole and at first I was a bit worried. But, Santa assured me that everything was alright and the elves were working hard and Christmas is on schedule. But, he did need my help! You see he said this time of year he is very busy and can’t be all the places he is requested to be and sometimes needs helpers to fill in for him. This is where I come in! Santa was requesting my help with a fundraiser for The Oregon Ferret Shelter where he sits at PetSmart in Clackamas County and takes pictures with all the animals that come in. Since he knew I volunteer for the shelter every year at the Weasels Dancing in the Park, he thought I would be the perfect person to help him out. What he said he wanted was me to sit in for him and I of course knew I had to do ...
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Located just southeast of Portland, Oregon. Demographics:Estimated Population in 2007: 10,380.Estimated median household income in 2008: $118,241.Dec. 2009 cost of living index in Happy Valley: 99.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100) Market Trend Report:There were 314 detached residential homes sold in the last 12 months.The average sales price was $365,682.The average days on market was 172.There are currently 221 detached residential homes listed for sale.Based on the absorption rate of the last 12 months there is approximately 8.5 months of inventory. See the graphs and chart below of my research results for additional details: For more information about Happy Valley, Oregon or any of the other local markets I provide help in, feel free to contact me. Best Regards, Donn Rasch  Brok...
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By Donn Rasch
(Alta Realty Company, LLC)
Happy Valley, Oregon 97086 Zip Code -  12 Month Market Trend 6/2009-5/2010Located just southeast of Portland, Oregon. Demographics:Estimated Population in July 2007: 4,992.Estimated median household income in 2008: $118,241.Dec. 2009 cost of living index in Happy Valley: 99.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100) Market Trend Report:DetachedThere were 347 detached residential homes sold in the last 12 months.The average sales price was $372,408.The average days on market was 169.There are currently 227 detached residential homes listed for sale.Based on the absorption rate of the last 12 months there is approximately 8.1 months of inventory. 197 sold with conventional financing.76 sold with FHA financing.53 sold for cash.15 sold with VA financing.6 were others. Attached / CondoThere were ...
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By Tony Marnella
(Marnella Homes, LLC)
At Volare, in Happy Valley, we are offering our "Firenze" model home for sale.  This home has a very comfortable feel with our upgraded knotty alder cabinetry and granite counters with a full subway tiled backsplash, pantry, eating bar and large dining area.  The main floor has wide plank laminate floors with a hand scraped appearance, a corner gas fireplace and the powder room is finished in painted wainscoting.  Going upstairs, the banister includes a stained maple cap & post with painted balusters, utility room is here for convenience with washer & dryer and the 2nd bedroom has a built-in desk for the boy's room.  The master bedroom features plantation shutters, a ceiling fan, full height vanity with double sinks and a large walk-in closet.  The Firenze plan features 1430 square feet...
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By Donn Rasch
(Alta Realty Company, LLC)
Located just southeast of Portland, Oregon. Demographics:Estimated Population in July 2007: 4,992.Estimated median household income in 2008: $118,241.Dec. 2009 cost of living index in Happy Valley: 99.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100) Market Trend Report:There were 343 detached residential homes sold in the last 12 months.The average sales price was $382,329.The average days on market was 182.There are currently 225 detached residential homes listed for sale.Based on the absorption rate of the last 12 months there is approximately 8 months of inventory. See the graphs and chart below of my research results for additional details: For more information about Happy Valley, Oregon or any of the other local markets I provide help in, feel free to contact me. Best Regards, Donn Rasch Rea...
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My area of expertise is in an area known as Happy Valley where literally 1 out of 4 homes (Big McMansions I might add) are short sales.  My buyer wrote a very low offer on a home there.  The listing agent seems unfamiliar with the short sale process and worse yet unfamiliar with the area.  This home was overpriced, especially for a short sale which explained why she had yet to collect an offer (most short sales in the area are priced so low they attract numerous offers). Anyhow, I asked if she'd mind if I submitted a letter and comps to support our low offer and she seemed overjoyed that I offered and in fact encouraged it. After submitting the information both her and the bank were amazed to see the data and what it suggested.  What I was told would be a verbal counter in less than a w...
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By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
This home is a superb blending of traditional & contemporary styles in the great family neighborhood of Deerfield Park in Happy Valley. 3,879 sq ft;  4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
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By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
This week we staged an occupied home where a dramatic change was made in the Living room.  Here's how it looked when I first viewed this property ... it's the first room you see as you enter this lovely home: The sellers had a beautiful custom-made pool table in the living room and seemed a bit disappointed when I advised that buyers in this price point would be expecting a living room furnished to show how they might use this space to entertain ~ but they were also very motivated to ensure their home appealed to their target buyer.  They had the table professionally disassembled & packed for their upcoming move, and we brought in suitable furnishings to show the original function of this room ...   Make sure that your home shows the true function of each room for potential buyers.
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By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
We recently staged a new construction home with a "country rustic" style on a half-acre lot in Portland Oregon ... our staging team fell in love with this house for several reasons  (one is that it has a 4-car garage that would be a stager's dream storage area!)   Agents and Homeowners:  Showing an inviting furnished property in the online mls photos is much more likely to encourage a potential buyer to view the home in person.  Vacant rooms don't have the ability to capture the buyer's imagination the way that a staged property can. Call a professional stager in your area (you can find them right here on Active Rain) to help your property appeal to your target buyer. Update:  This home was on the market from November 2007, staged in late March, and SOLD 3 weeks later! Here are a few Be...
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By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
This new construction home is full of quality craftsmanship .but had been on the market without any offers for over a month.  The sellers told us that buyers couldn't figure out how to place their furniture near the fireplace -- they thought it wasn't a large enough space.  Our staging proved that the space was larger than they thought!  Here are some photos of the staging of this home ....
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By Sara Goodwin, Portland, Oregon Appraiser
(Ashcroft & Associates)
    Our Oregon market is not as solid as we hoped... This seems like a good (at very least educational) opportunity for home owners, real estate professionals and investors alike.  The home builder is Buena Vista and the homes are all in Lake Oswego Happy Valley/Clackamas area. "The auction will be held, Saturday December 15th and Sunday December 16th at the Oregon Convention Center. The event is free to attend and those interested may view the inventory of homes via a special website at http://www.auctiontoday.com/. The sale will feature approximately 200 new homes as well as 30 leased homes targeted to investors." This link gives a bit of detail on each dwelling up for auction (no pictures at this time, though).  There are multiple developments so a fair amount of research might be pr...
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By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
Room Solutions Staging recently staged a vacant Portland home built in 1990 that was lovely in its day, but had very formal, heavy draperies and some dated wallpaper!  Here are some Before & Afters ... the photos are small but you get the general idea. In the LIVING ROOM we not only removed the heavy mauve silk draperies & sheers, but also the wood mullions on the windows to update them -- so much more light comes through:                     In the DINING ROOM, removing the heavy mauve drapery shows off the gorgeous custom window and lets in the light:                       The MASTER BEDROOM wallpaper matched the valance on the draperies ~ but once the wall was painted and the draperies removed, the room seems much larger and brighter:                      This home had been on the ma...
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