Prudential Northwest Properties’ active Facebook users held a meet-up the other night at Henry’s Tavern. It proved to be a great opportunity to meet face to face with members of the Prudential team, many who knew each other only through Facebook posts and tweets. Many great ideas were shared and a good time was had by all!
Join us for an informal meet up on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Henry’s Tavern, 10 NW 12th Street in Portland’s Pearl District. Have some fun, hang out with your Facebook friends and take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Contact Molly Hruska at 503-939-7773 for details!
Enjoy a night of fun on February 26th at Mt. Hood Meadows – and ride up on the FREE Columbia Mortgage Ski Bus!
Bring your family and friends to our annual Ski Night! Get dinner and a lift ticket for only $35 … or just a lift ticket for only $15! Lessons and rentals are available too. Ski or board, or just hang out in the lodge by the fire, from 3pm-10pm. This promises to be a fun time, and a great way to meet members of the Prudential Northwest Properties family. Register now and ride up on the FREE Columbia Mortgage Ski Bus!
Home prices in 20 U.S. cities including the Portland-Vancouver area, rose in November for the sixth consecutive month, signaling the industry that precipitated the worst recession since the 1930s is stabilizing. The S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index increased 0.2 percent from the prior month on a seasonally adjusted basis, the group said today.
Home prices in the Portland market increased a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent from October to November and 0.3 percent in Seattle. The national gauge is down 5.3 percent from November 2008.
The homebuying season is starting early this year, thanks to the expanded first-time and move-up homebuyer tax credit.
Typically, the busiest time for home shopping starts in March and continues through May, but this year buyers who want to take advantage of the tax credits have to have a signed contract by April 30 and close the deal by June 30.
That is getting people off the couch.
“The tax credit will absolutely have an effect,” says Pete Flint, CEO of residential real estate search engine Trulia.com. “It is going to shift demand from the later part of the year to the first part. January and February will be very strong. The next three months, there will be a surge in demand.”
Sensible home remodeling is still worth the investment, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report. Uncertainty and restraint are the order of the day in this economy, and that sense of caution is reflected in home owners’ return on their investment in remodeling projects, according to REALTORS® in 80 metropolitan markets surveyed by Remodeling magazine for this year’s Cost vs. Value Report.
Many of these stats reinforce the notion that boosting the amount of livable space in and around your home will attract buyers who are increasingly looking for more room for their buck. In past years, converting an attic into a bedroom was a project that landed squarely in the middle of the rankings, but this year it leapfrogged over other categories into third place. It’s an admittedly pricey project, with an average national cost of nearly $50,000, but it generates an average national return of 83.1 percent and a better-than-100 percent return on investment, according to REALTORS® in 14 of the 80 cities surveyed. Adding a wood deck is much more economical, with an average national cost of slightly more than $10,000. Its average national return is 80.6 percent, but in six cities, its return is estimated at 100 percent or greater. Continue reading…
Portland home sales improved notably in December compared to a year ago. Closed sales rose 52.6 percent in December, compared with the same month in 2008, according to figures released Thursday by the Regional Multiple Listing Service. Pending sales climbed 40.9 percent and new listings rose 11.9 percent.
For the year, closed sales were comparable to 2008 and pending sales increased by 4 percent.
The year ended with a 7.7 month inventory of unsold homes, roughly half the 14.1 percent level posted in 2008. There were 1,506 closed sales in December, 16.1 percent fewer than November.
The year 2009 had 44,357 new listings, 19,921 pending sales, 18,955 closed sales and an average sales price of $289,900.
That compares with 2008’s 54,605 new listings, 19,150 pending sales, 19,132 closed sales and average sale price of $330,300.
A December luncheon at the Waverley Country Club kicked off the inauguration of the Prudential Northwest Properties Pinnacle Club. Agents and staff members who have been with the company for 20 or more years received honorary membership in the Pinnacle Club. Bert Waugh Jr expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the long-term commitment these individuals have shown to him, the company, and to their clients.
Years of service for members of the Prudential Northwest Properties team breaks down as follows:
36 people have been with us for 20 or more years
32 from 15-19 years
52 from 10-14 years
126 from 5-9 years
36 for 4 years
62 for 3 years
64 for 2 years
103 for 1 year
83 for less than 1 year
These numbers are a testiment to the commitment our company has to delivering the best value and highest level of service in the real estate industry.