Can I Trust My Wilsonville Realtor?

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Most Realtors Are Thankfully Law Abiding
Before entering into a business relationship, it’s helpful to know your real estate agent is nice, patient, available when needed…and honest. So while many of us assume we’re ‘safe’ in the hands of our doctor, attorney or pastor, what about your Wilsonville Realtor? For the audio format of this presentation, find out more here, or use the player below.

Due Diligence
Sadly, as seen in this news report, not all real estate agents are trustworthy. However, some preliminary work has already been performed by the state of Oregon confirming a real estate agent is sufficiently trustworthy to work with the public. These include a state screening, which involves a criminal background check, fingerprinting and mug shot.  This data is submitted for review by the Oregon Real Estate Agency (OREA), which also provides regular updates about investigations in their insightful publication Oregon Real Estate Agency News Journal.  

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Of special note is the OREA ‘Administrative Action’ section, which provides information about decisions regarding Oregon real estate violations. The resulting consequences to untrustworthy real estate agents could include a reprimand, license suspension, license revocation and/or a civil penalty. So while no screening process is foolproof (as witnessed by crimes committed by doctors, attorneys and other professionals), the state of Oregon does considerable due diligence to vet real estate agents.

As part of the application process to become an Oregon real estate agent, any felony and misdemeanor convictions and arrests must be disclosed. The disclosure requirement is fairly high, because in addition to any criminal activity, also requiring disclosure are any administrative proceedings, plus civil and even financial issues. For example, if a prospective Oregon real estate agent has an unsatisfied judgment or bankruptcy, each must be disclosed.

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Whom Can You Trust?
A Matter of Trust
Trust is an important factor when buying or selling real estate. Thankfully, trusting your Wilsonville Realtor is not super risky. That’s because consumer surveys consistently reflect a high level of satisfaction with Realtor performance.  One study by Forbes magazine revealed 96% satisfaction for the real estate industry. So if many real estate agents were dishonest, we could expect that figure to be much lower. 

This doesn’t mean blindly signing off on every suggestion one receives from their Realtor. But obsessively hand wringing over transaction minutiae is one sure way to make the process less enjoyable. A recommended approach is for Wilsonville homebuyers and homesellers to carefully read all documents, ask plenty of questions and work with a recommended professional with a solid track record. 

Trust For Homesellers
Looking at trust from a seller’s perspective, for starters there’s significant trust needed to deal with buyers. For instance, trust is needed to allow strangers in your house. There’s also trust in taking your property off the market, in the hope a sale will go through. And trust in finding a replacement home.

Trust For Homebuyers
Trust is needed for homebuyers, too. Trust is necessary in working with a lender and that the discomfort of prequalifying will be worthwhile. Trust they’ll find a home they like and can afford. Trust their lender will come through.

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Trust For Both Homebuyers & Homesellers
So what do homebuyers and homesellers share in common? Trust. And there is perhaps no greater trust that Wilsonville homebuyers and sellers have in common than in their Realtor.

After all, your Wilsonville Realtor is someone you expect to be there to help navigate your way through what is frequently the largest financial transaction of a lifetime. Similar to an attorney or priest, Realtors are expected to keep confidences.

But let’s first look at a few situations which underscore why it’s important to be able to trust your real estate agent.

  1. Trusting your Realtor means you don’t have to second guess suggestions you receive. Let’s take pricing your home, for example. If you can’t trust your agent to provide meaningful comparable home activity information, how can you possibly expect him or her to advise you once an offer comes in?
  2. Trusting your Realtor means you can breathe easier with less stress. Buying or selling a home is considered to be a particularly stressful activity. In addition, most homebuyers and homesellers don’t want to take on real estate as a second job, especially when making a house move. So expect that by having your bases well-covered by a professional you can believe, you’ll find the entire process far less taxing. If a Realtor is ‘pushy’ and won’t listen to your concerns, it’s likely a good time to find a new one.
  3. Trusting your Realtor means you can access his or her reliable resources.
    Speaking of taxing, if you need recommendations for an experienced 1031 tax exchange professional, or real estate attorney, or home inspector, or mortgage lender, or home repair contractor, expect those recommendations to be even more valuable from a trustworthy agent. 
  4. Trusting your Realtor means you can focus. There’s usually enough to deal with throughout the course of any real estate transaction. Dealing with lenders, appraisers, inspectors, contractors, title companies and the like can be overwhelming. As a result, you’re more likely to be far more effective if you can concentrate on what you’re best at, while having your real estate agent handle what he or she is best at.
  5. Trusting your Realtor means more time. Just like you can expect to have more time to go fishing if you hire a contractor to build your new deck, working with a trustworthy real estate agent allows you to do other, more enjoyable tasks than scheduling a home inspection, constantly dealing with escrow details, or meeting an appraiser.     

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Relationship Chemistry
Trust is easier when there is good ‘chemistry’ between a Realtor and their clients. When seeking an agent to refer for out of area homebuyers or homesellers, there are many things I can readily confirm. These include an agent’s years in business, designations earned, coverage area, plus areas of specialty like homes, farms or commercial property. 

As a result, I’m frequently able to locate a very good Realtor to ‘match’ with an out of state homebuyer or seller and it’s not always difficult.  That said, the one challenging element to know with certainty is the ‘chemistry’ that even a highly qualified, out-of-area Realtor will have with a new client.

People are different and that includes real estate agents. Most times relationships work out swimmingly with the referred agent. On rare occasions, it doesn’t work out. But going in and at least on paper, the homebuyer or homeseller who interviews a previously unknown, yet vetted Realtor, knows the agent is qualified and experienced, along with some important other facts about him or her. Plus, knowing these facts up front is typically less risky than taking a ‘shot in the dark’ with an unknown agent.

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Does The Company Matter?
Because agents are independent contractors, the individual Realtor is who typically matters most. After all, you don’t expect a faceless corporation to answer your late night question, or go over the details of your settlement statement. For example, I don’t care that much about what hospital I go to, but I want to have a say in the surgeon who will do the operating. Similarly, it’s the individual agent who is in a position to make the most difference, whether from a small or large office. However, longevity of a real estate firm can be helpful in determining that they are probably doing something right.  So if a company you’re considering has been in existence for half a century or more, they’re likely not a ‘fly by night’ outfit.  

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Alternative Agent Finding Methods
One of the ‘dirty little secrets’ about real estate online or via magazines is that they’re paid ads. Realtors frequently buy what are known as ‘leads’ online. Examples include Zillow and even Realtor.com. Sometimes this is done by the agent buying incoming inquiries regarding a specific zip code. Sometimes, the agent pays for better placement on a real estate website page in order to stand out.

If you decide to use a magazine or the Internet to locate an agent, it may be best to consider that as a first step of information gathering. Promotional materials can be misleading and if carefully crafted, can leave out a lot of important information. For example, if an agent is brand new, he or she may focus on how many agents their company employs, personal community involvement like donations to charity, or sponsorships. While these may be nice facts, they may not have a lot to do with the agent’s proficiency, professionalism, or trustworthiness. 

Referrals Are Built on Trust
One good way to find a trustworthy Realtor is to ask people you trust and get a referral. The ‘proof is in the pudding,’ so if your friend or family member is happy with a specific real estate agent, there’s a good chance for a similar repeat performance.

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What Color Hat Does Your Realtor Wear?
White Hat or Black Hat?
One area where certain real estate agents are sometimes revealed to be wearing either a ‘white hat’ or ‘black hat’ is in the area known as ‘dual agency’ or ‘disclosed limited agency.’ This is a situation when an agent with a listed property also works with the buyer. To be clear, most Realtors are aboveboard and honest, continually looking out for their client’s best interests.

That said, the challenge to some agents comes when the agent attempts to ‘elbow aside’ other buyers, their agents and/or offers, in order to push his or her offer through. Why on earth would a Realtor push hard to get their offer accepted, since it’s all about simply selling the house, isn’t it? Not exactly. That’s because if the listing Realtor also sells your home, they typically get paid more.

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Agency Pamphlet
Dual agency is well known as a potential minefield among ethically challenged agents and as a result, the State of Oregon, National Association of Realtors and Oregon Association of Realtors all have rules in place to help prevent its abuse.

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Dueling with Dual Agency
In Realtor circles, the topic of dual agency has proponents and detractors. As a result, don’t expect every real estate agent you run into to have the same opinion. In reality, dual agency can be a very good thing, as seen in our previous article titled “5 ‘Insider Oregon Real Estate Tips.’ There, the topic Having A ‘Double Agent’ Can Be A Good Thing ranks as item #1  out of the five items listed. The advantages to having an agent on both sides of a real estate transaction are clear.

The result, good or bad, can significantly depend on your agent’s trustworthiness. For example, hurriedly accepting the first offer can work out. That’s because sometimes the first offer is the best offer. Alternatively, acting without as much available information as possible sometimes comes at significant expense to the seller, who may be urged to quickly accept the offer their listing (seller’s) agent has written. The problem is that the listing Realtor can be expected to reasonably know how much activity there is on the property for sale. Again, trust is key here.

Plus, given the amount of agent and buyer activity, along with the quality of inquiries (such as highly motivated, qualified buyers), the seller’s Realtor may have even heard comments from other agents about possible future offers. So by pushing his or her own offer, is the listing Realtor providing the seller with all known information in order to truly serve the seller’s best interest? Sometimes the only person to seemingly know the answer is the listing agent. This Harvard Business Review article notes why this can be a problem:

“Take cheating. Claremont McKenna psychologist Piercarlo Valdesolo and I have conducted many experiments on the topic, and one surprising (if disheartening) result we have found, time and again, is that 90% of people—most of whom identify themselves as morally upstanding—will act dishonestly to benefit themselves if they believe they won’t get caught. Why? Anonymity means no long-term cost will be exacted. Even more startling is the fact that most of those who cheat also refuse to characterize their actions as untrustworthy; they rationalize their behavior even while condemning the same in others…”

More than once, an honest real estate agent working with a highly qualified and motivated buyer has inquired about a property, even written up that buyer’s offer, only to have the listing agent hurriedly put together his or her own offer and submit it to the seller in order to ‘tie up’ the property (and presumably make more money), before other offers can be considered. It’s a fact of the real estate business and as a result, unethical agents develop a reputation and are often viewed warily by others in the business.

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The ‘Commission Effect’
If all these elements don’t sufficiently complicate the task of finding a trustworthy Realtor, there is also a phenomenon you might call the ‘commission effect.’ This is outlined in a previous article titled ‘5 little Known Realtor Insider Tips:’ Realtors Can Calculate Their Paycheck by Viewing a Property Listing Sheet. This means that for agents truly focused on maximizing their payday, you might expect them to guide you toward homes that pay a higher commission structure. However, the listing sheet is typically only seen by multiple listing members. Thankfully, most Realtors simply don’t do business in this manner.

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The Bottom Line
President Ronald Reagan sometimes used the term ‘Trust, but verify’ during his high level negotiations. This old Russian proverb could be a  helpful approach to grant you peace of mind in finding a trustworthy agent for your next real estate transaction. Do your research and ask family and friends for Realtor references. Be open and honest, then make your best decision based on relevant, reliable information for your situation.  

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Wilsonville’s ‘Magic’ Real Estate Number

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Such Abundant Wilsonville Real Estate Information Can Seem Like Drinking Water From A Fire Hydrant

TMREI: Too Much Real Estate Information
Sometimes absorbing the sea of Wilsonville real estate information seems more like drinking from a fire hydrant. Yet, out of all the seemingly helpful real estate data bandied about, there is one especially helpful number, which when understood, can provide near-magical clarity to both Wilsonville homebuyers and homesellers.

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You Needn’t Be a Magician to Understand Wilsonville Housing Inventory

What Is It?
What is this ‘magic’ number and what does it represent? Simply put, it’s the current figure for housing inventory, typically expressed in months of projected home supply.

Listen to the audio podcast presentation of this helpful program on Wilsonville, Oregon real estate by clicking here or on the above link.

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Understanding Wilsonville Real Estate Inventory is Not Like Playing Bingo

Housing inventory is also sometimes known as home inventory or housing backlog. Why is this number so important? Once you understand the single figure that defines our current supply of local available Wilsonville area homes for sale, you have an instant ‘snapshot’ on whether you’re in a buyer’s market, seller’s market, or more of a balanced real estate market. Armed with that information, you’re far more ready to do battle in the real estate trenches and more likely to avoid some usual minefields. 

Normal Home Supply
Among real estate experts, a ‘normal’ range for home supply in parts of Oregon is frequently cited as somewhere between three to six months. For example, if the home supply figure is three, then hypothetically our market would be ‘out of homes’ in three months, provided no new homes were placed for sale. In other words, if our regional home inventory figure is within three to six months, we’re typically experiencing a normal market, meaning one not far from a balance of supply and demand, also called equilibrium. In a way, it’s kind of like an absorption rate for how fast supply is used up.

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Your Mileage May Vary
It’s helpful to understand that home inventory figures are more of an average for a region. In Oregon, major real estate regions include Portland, Bend, Eugene, Salem and the Oregon Coast. So Wilsonville homesellers and homebuyers are likely to use the Portland area figure as the bellwether for housing backlog. If your home is located in Keizer, you’re likely to see the Salem inventory figure as the closest approximation of local home supply. It’s also likely that your specific area could be somewhat different altogether, based on a variety of hyper-local factors affecting both demand and supply. That said, home inventory is a convenient ‘thumbnail’ sketch to help assess what kind of market you’re in.

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Consider Wilsonville Area Home Inventory Like A Pipeline

What’s The Practical Impact of Housing Inventory?
Consider real estate and inventory like a pipeline. If more flows through it, the product is plentiful and therefore the cheaper it is to buy. So with a lower, dwindling home supply and the spigot turned down, the reverse is true. That’s when the local real estate environment favors sellers, because there are more buyers and it’s considered a ‘seller’s market.’ In that case, expect a short market time and an environment where homesellers receive multiple offers, often at or above listing price. If the supply of homes is higher, it’s considered a ‘buyer’s market.’ This means you can expect a longer market time, with homesellers seeing few, if any offers…and frequently for less than the asking price.  

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Negotiation is Expected, But Most Homesellers Don’t Want to ‘Armwrestle’ With Homebuyers

It’s routinely a good idea for buyers to get a ‘heads up’ before making an offer to determine how ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ the market is. Otherwise, if you ‘lowball’ a just-listed home in a seller’s market, you may be lucky to even get a counteroffer instead of an outright rejection by sellers experiencing lots of calls and showings on their property. Coming in with an offer that’s too low sometimes causes offended sellers to refuse to seriously consider a possible follow up offer.

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The Number of Competing Homes for Sale Affects Market Time

What’s the Big Deal About Wilsonville Housing Inventory?
One reason Wilsonville housing inventory is so important is because it helps buyers and sellers to better manage expectations. Most buyers are interested in how long it may take to find the ‘right’ house. Inventory affects this. Alternatively, most sellers are interested in how long it may take to find a qualified buyer. Inventory affects this, too.

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Oregon Homesellers Can ‘Jumpstart’ Buyer Activity With Accurate Pricing

That’s because a high home inventory tends to slow down the market time and low inventory frequently provides a ‘jump start’ to activity. One way sellers can help to avoid an excessively long market time is to review comparable local home sales information provided by their Realtor to ensure proper, market pricing.

Another reason housing inventory is crucial is because it can significantly impact so many other important factors. In other words, inventory is a ‘driver’ for market time, selling price, appraisal results, lendability and more.

Okay, So Inventory Is Important. What Does It Look Like?

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Portland Metro Sample Home Inventory

The above image provides a good example of fluctuating home inventory. As greater Wilsonville’s real estate market bounced back from the severe market downturn of the Great Recession, home inventory reduced from more than 20 months of housing supply to less than three.

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It’s Wise to Consult An Experienced Realtor Before You Leap Into the Market

Contact the Experts
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Dancing Wilsonville’s ‘Two Transaction Tango’

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Simultaneous/Consecutive Home Transactions
Selling one home and buying another are frequently linked activities. In this article and podcast, we reveal how to maximize the efficiency and minimize the bother when simultaneously buying and selling a Wilsonville home.

Click here or on the ‘play’ button below for the audio version of this presentation about homebuying while homeselling.


We’ll also examine options to help decide if either simultaneous or consecutive real estate transactions may be best for you.

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Timing
The singular act of buying or selling a home is often the foremost concern of many Wilsonville homeowners. Whichever immediate task you may be considering, it’s common to have twice the activity anticipated, but in two steps. That’s because home buyers often have a home to sell…and home sellers are frequently seeking a home to buy. So what’s the best way to navigate this potential real estate quagmire without getting entangled in a morass of stress and needless extra costs?

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First Steps
To begin, it helps to examine three common Wilsonville dual home sale/home purchase options:

  1. Selling your existing house first, then buying your next house.
  2. Buying the next house first, then selling your existing house.
  3. Simultaneously moving from your existing house to your next house.

Your challenges, benefits and results will largely depend upon which of these three decisions you settle upon. Here are three quick takeaways for these three usual options:

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Option #1.  Selling your existing house first, then buying the next house
This option usually requires a ‘double move.’ Yet one advantage of this approach is that you won’t have double house payments. One disadvantage is that you may have to move twice.  An added benefit of this ‘selling first’ approach can include negotiating with strength in the purchase of your next home. That’s because your purchase needn’t be contingent upon the sale or closing of your sold home. As a result, you are seen as a ‘cash in fist’ buyer, or at the very least, a buyer who is considerably more likely to qualify for a home purchase, given that you ostensibly now have access to the equity in your now-sold home. This helps you negotiate with more power in the purchase of your next home.

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Option #2.   Buying the next house first, then selling your existing house
When first buying a house, then selling yours, one advantage is that you know where you’ll be moving. The reduced stress of ‘knowing where you’ll land’ is empowering.

Unless you’re a cash buyer, you’ll likely need to qualify with a lender. And if you have an existing loan in place on the house you’ll be selling, this may mean you need to qualify for two loans, your current home loan and the loan on the house you’re buying.

As long as your current home sells in a timely manner, added financial obligations can be minimized.  For more information about bridge loans, see the below ‘A Bridge Too Far?’ discussion.

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Option #3.  Simultaneously moving from your existing house to your next house
This situation is very common. Provided your activities are clearly thought out, well-executed and contingencies are in place for protection, it’s also one of the more affordable options.

Think far ahead and shoot for impeccable timing, in order to make your move the smoothest possible. In order to have sufficient time to move out soon after closing on your current home’s transaction, you will need to locate your next home, write an accepted offer, have the home inspection and if you’re getting a home loan, likely an appraisal…all before you close on the purchase and can actually move in.

One advantage of this approach is that you won’t have double house payments. You also know where you will be landing, and you won’t likely have to move twice. One disadvantage is that your timing needs to be good and possibly have a little extra ‘cushion’ to allow for emergencies, like delays with appraisals, inspections and repairs. Otherwise it’s easy to feel ‘squeezed’ by your being in the middle of two time-sensitive transactions.

That’s one challenge of going this route; It’s complicated by not knowing with precision the timeline of certain key activities. That’s because while home inspections can usually be completed within a set time frame, like 10-14 business days, other requirements like appraisals, can take much longer, with less certainty of the completion date. On top of that, most transactions involve two appraisals, one on the house you’re selling and another on the house you’re buying. So if you plan on a simultaneous sale/purchase, huddle up with your Wilsonville Realtor to create a well planned timeline, then build in some extra breathing room, as necessary.

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A Bridge Too Far?
One way to do purchase a house without first selling your existing home is with what’s called a ‘bridge loan.’ This is effectively a loan against the equity on your existing home. There are plenty of added details, but for the sake of simplicity, just understand that if you use a bridge loan to buy your next home, until your current home is sold, you will likely have double house payments. So if your current home doesn’t sell in a timely manner, hopefully the squeeze on your wallet won’t be more stressful than if you were to have simply sold your existing home first. 

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Tools of the Trade
To accomplish the job of simultaneously buying and selling homes, among the most common protective tools is called a contingency. Consider contingencies as akin to safety goggles. They’re designed to prevent a mishap, only in this case, the mishap could be losing your earnest money.

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Earnest Money
Earnest money is usually a certain dollar figure placed on deposit as a sign a buyer is earnest, and later applied to the home purchase. This helps convince sellers that a buyer is serious and take their property off the market. Earnest money essentially helps to ‘hold’ a property for a buyer. Earnest money is not often the total down payment, although it can be applied as part of the down payment.  Earnest money is important to homesellers, because without it, a buyer could otherwise tie up the seller’s property with virtually no obligation.

A large part of contingencies relate to a buyer keeping their earnest money, or the initial deposit showing the buyer is ‘earnest’ in proceeding to closing on a home sale. If a homebuyer does not have a sufficient contingency in place during a home sale, forfeiture of a buyer’s earnest money becomes possible. It’s not terribly common, but it can and does sometimes happen.

Types of Contingencies
Home inspection contingencies provide buyers with the right to have a house inspected for a variety of conditions, all within a specified time frame. Another common contingency is the loan contingency, so if for some reason a lender does not approve a buyer or the property for a home loan, the earnest money deposit is returned to the buyer. Buyers have lost out on qualifying for a home loan because they went out and bought a car during the home purchasing process, thereby disrupting their loan ratios.

The Reality of Earnest Money Deposit Risk
As long as appropriate contingencies are in place and they’re followed in a time-conscious manner, it’s relatively uncommon for buyers to lose their earnest money. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your timeline.

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Wilsonville Real Estate Update

New figures on Wilsonville real estate were just released by Ticor Title Company.

View the complete new report by clicking here, or on the image below.

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Wilsonville, Oregon Real Estate Update

Wilsonville Market Information
New real estate figures for our local Wilsonville, Oregon market were just released.
Click here or on the ‘play’ button below to hear a brief audio summary of this latest Wilsonville Homes report.

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Significant Shift
One significant change found in this new report is a nearly 25% increase in our regional inventory of homes for sale. This is likely in part due to the more than 11% annual increase in home prices both in Wilsonville and the greater Portland area. 

View The Full Report
View the complete Wilsonville, Oregon real estate report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service here, or simply click on the above ‘Market Action’ image. This report includes fresh market information on the Wilsonville area, plus the entire Portland Metro, too.

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Located on a roomy 1/3 acre lot, this home also offers a low traffic neighborhood and is just minutes to Wilsonville and Portland. 

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Wilsonville’s ‘Perfect Storm’

Recent housing data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) shows Wilsonville home prices are up 9.6% over last year.

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This ramp up in home values is due in part to a decrease in available properties for sale. 

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While a ‘normal’ housing market usually has 3 to 6 months of home supply, our region is now at only 1.2 months of inventory…and falling.

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A ‘Perfect Storm’ is Not the Norm

A Seller’s Market
With increased demand and dwindling supply, what’s happening in Wilsonville real estate right now could be called a seller’s ‘perfect storm.’
Wilsonville is experiencing a combination of attractive interest rates, plus very low home inventory, which fuels a rise in prices.

This is economic theory in action, whenever there are more buyers than sellers, creating a ‘seller’s market.’

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A Wilsonville, Oregon Real Estate Cocktail in 1 Word: ‘Hot’

And even with growing home prices, current low interest rates help serve up a palatable real estate cocktail that could help Wilsonville buyers better afford their purchase…if they can just find a home amidst such a low housing supply. 

The Rest of the Story
As you might guess, individual neighborhoods and towns vary significantly on selling price, buyer demand and other key factors, like how long it takes for a house to sell.

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Click here or on the above image to see the new Wilsonville area real estate figures. Make sure to also check out page 2 for interesting stats on other nearby towns and neighborhoods. 

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Wilsonville Real Estate Weakens?

A new report released by Ticor Title Company suggests Wilsonville’s housing market may be slowing down.

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Key elements of this analysis involve an increase in both market time and home inventory. Click here or on the image below for this new report on Wilsonville real estate.

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Wilsonville Waterfront Acreage Has Sale Pending

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This attractive Willamette River acreage has great views and a sale pending

An attractive riverfront acreage featured on WilsonvilleHomes.com in April of last year, then-priced at 1.8 million dollars, is now expected to soon be sold.

Anticipated use of this Wilsonville property is for additional access to the Willamette River and more park area. Read a recent article about this Wilsonville area Willamette River acreage here.

Homeselling Without A Realtor Can Hurt You When Buying

Wilsonville’s real estate market is more competitive than in years past and it’s now a bit akin to a footrace.

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Wilsonville’s housing market is getting more competitive

But it’s not just Wilsonville. For example, in the greater Portland metro area that includes Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties, there is now 3.4 months of home inventory. That’s close to half the supply of what many consider to be a ‘balanced’ housing backlog of 6 months.

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Local Housing Inventory in Months

As a result of this ‘seller’s market,’ home buyers throughout Wilsonville and beyond are competing for fewer available homes. So if you’ll be buying a home anytime soon, ensure your offer is most competitive. One way is to hire a Realtor when both buying and selling. Curious about why this is important? Then read on.

What To Do
While most home buyers need to sell their current property in order to buy another home, to be taken seriously by home sellers in this ‘seller’s market,’ it’s crucial to have at least a pending sale on your current property before making an offer. As a result of this competitive market environment, it can make a difference to have a Realtor represent you when both buying and selling. You’re about to see one example why.

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Advantage: Realtor

Transparency
To convince a homeseller that your offer is the best, a key factor is transparency. That’s because if you’re buying a home, there are likely to be other buyers also interested in the same property. Put yourself in a seller’s shoes. Before taking their property off the market, most sellers want assurance that an offer is likely to actually ‘close.’  As a result, they frequently expect a certain amount of credible information to determine the likelihood of success.

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If a property is attractive, expect competing buyers

What Not To Do
Recently some ‘for sale by owner’ sellers were also purchasers.  But they seriously hurt their odds to purchase the house they wanted by not hiring a Realtor to sell their property. Why? Since these buyers were selling ‘by owner,’ no reliable information on their unlisted property’s sale was available for the Realtor representing the seller of the house they wanted, to confirm their ‘pending sale’ status. Did they really have a ‘pending sale’ so they could proceed to purchase? Or was their ‘sale’ more of a handshake, riddled with contingencies? With no Realtor involved in a buyers’ sale transaction, it can be difficult to verify much at all.

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Oregon’s natural beauty attracts many homebuyers

These ‘for sale by owner’ buyers did one thing right, as they hired a Realtor to represent them in making an offer. But due in part to their alleged ‘pending sale’ not being managed by a Realtor to confirm the home inspection, appraisal, and buyer’s financing had been dealt with properly, along with what could have been unknown contingencies in their sale transaction, the ‘for sale by owner’ buyers’ offer was rejected.

Put Your Best Foot Forward
Unlike those unsuccessful home buyers, you can put a good ending on your next transaction. The best solution when buying and selling a Wilsonville home? Be competitive and hire a local, expert Realtor. To speak with qualified and experienced Wilsonville Realtors to represent your best interests, contact our WilsonvilleHomes.com sponsor, Certified Realty at 503-682-1083 or use the convenient form below.

 

Wilsonville Real Estate Update

New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service known as RMLS reveal a recent uptick in Wilsonville’s regional home supply. Yet, despite a growth in the regional home supply, Wilsonville year-to-date home prices remain clearly in positive territory.

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Regional Real Estate By The Numbers
Our Portland metro home inventory remains relatively low. For comparison, Portland’s home supply is almost half that of the greater Salem area.

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Greater Portland Metro Home Inventory

A housing backlog of just 3.4 months is generally considered by real estate experts as a ‘seller’s market.’ 

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Portland Metro Area Regional Home Price Chart

Wilsonville home prices are up 7.3% over the past year and sport an average selling price of $349,700.

Click here or on the Market Action image below for the complete latest Portland metro area real estate report, which includes specifics on our Wilsonville market.

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Check out page #2 of the report for this detailed information, like average selling price and days on market, for Wilsonville and other local towns and neighborhoods.

Thinking about selling your Wilsonville property? Use the convenient form below to contact our sponsor, Certified Realty for a free consultation about your property.

Wilsonville Real Estate: What To Expect In 2015

Feature Article by Realtor Roy Widing

Predictions on Wilsonville’s real estate market are difficult to make with accuracy. Take, for example, local weather forecasts. Even when armed with technology like detailed satellite images, plus wind, barometric and temperature data, weather forecasters can get it wrong…and that’s for predictions merely a week or two away! 

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Accurately Predicting Weather & Real Estate Trends Seems Easy

Predicting Wilsonville’s Real Estate Trends
Now imagine the difficulty in predicting real estate market activity a full year into the future. Along with seasonal influences, other challenges in real estate forecasting include changing interest and employment rates, ever-shifting home inventory levels, plus a myriad of lending regulations and the mysteries of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, just to name a few.  Little wonder, then that some view real estate predictions as akin to flipping a coin or using a dart board.

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While Fun, Darts Are A Poor Choice For Accurate Real Estate Forecasting

Real Estate Forecasting: What Can Work
Though not foolproof, one generally helpful tool for predicting future real estate trends can be past real estate trends. Major unpredictable shifts occasionally occur, but the key word here is occasionally.

For example, the Great Recession that hit Wilsonville and the entire country starting around 2007-2008 was our nation’s worst economic downturn since 1929.  Thankfully we haven’t seen such financial meltdowns every year, or every decade, or even every half century. So aside from similar cataclysmic shifts, a certain degree of real estate predictability is possible. 

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Regional Home Price Chart Including Clackamas County

Reasons For 2015 Wilsonville Real Estate Optimism
Several factors are coming together to provide for an optimistic New Year in our area. As you’ll see, some factors are under federal control and others occur locally, but each has an impact on Wilsonville real estate. So if you’ve held off selling your Wilsonville area home, here are four of them that portend a good 2015: 

1. Credit Scores Loosen
Most homebuyers need a home loan, generally known as a mortgage. The good news is that mortgage credit is becoming more available as lenders loosen credit requirements.

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Credit (FICO) Requirements Have Loosened

2. Lower Down Payments
Government-sponsored loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently brought out a 3% mortgage option. If conventional lenders also start offering similar low-down payment choices, this could bring more first time homebuyers into the market. This vital Oregon homebuyer group has long been under-represented, with their levels at the lowest since 1987.

3. Consumer Optimism
Recent figures from the National Association of Realtors confirm homebuyers are now more optimistic. This includes our area. When it comes to single family homes, the ‘Confidence Index’ chart below shows most states now have a majority level of optimism in their region, including ours.

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Orange & Red = Strong Single Family Home Consumer Confidence

4. Home Inventory Remains Low
Thanks in part to the reduced level of local new construction, home inventory in our region is still near historic lows. Our most recent survey shows we have 3.2 months of housing backlog. This suggests we have more buyers than sellers. As a result, Wilsonville homesellers can take advantage of what remains largely a ‘seller’s market’ heading into 2015. 

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Our Regional Home Supply Is Low

The Bottom Line
If you’ve held off selling your Wilsonville home because you were ‘under water,’ or concerned about the market being too low, now is a good time to consider re-evaluating.

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Many Wilsonville Homeowners Are No Longer ‘Under Water’

Wilsonville’s real estate market has changed. Experts predict regional home price growth to continue at a steady, albeit slower pace through 2015, compared to the 7.2% price increase to date for 2014. As a result, some suggest a 3% annual increase in area home prices. Depending on a variety of factors, that may indeed end up being conservative on the low end. For Wilsonville, expect between 3% to 6% in 2015 home price appreciation.  

Wilsonville Real Estate Update

New information from Ticor Title Company shows the median list price for a Wilsonville home little changed of late, with the average number of days on the market increasing.

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Click here or on the above image for this latest report on Wilsonville, Oregon real estate.

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Wilsonville’s Spendiest Home

As November winds down, recent information from the Regional Multiple Listing Service suggests one Wilsonville home sale will stand out as the most expensive for the month.

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However, the property also features nearly 25 acres, along with Willamette River waterfront and a dock. So this sale includes considerably more than one home.

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Located on SW Wilsonville Road, the house includes 1,500 square foot of living space, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

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Also included are a red barn with 3 stalls, plus a tack room and hay storage. The final selling price for this property was $1.29 million dollars. Perhaps most interesting of all is that the market time was less than two weeks!

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Wilsonville Real Estate Update

Figures in a new study from Ticor Title Company suggest a stabilization of our Wilsonville real estate market. For now at least, gone are what have been strong changes in home price and market time around Wilsonville.

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The median list price for a Wilsonville home is now $419,450 with the average market time at 124 days. Click here or on the above image to view additional insights into our local housing market, such as Wilsonville’s local median house and lot size.

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Wilsonville, Oregon Housing Update

New figures on Wilsonville real estate were just released by Ticor Title. 

The median list price for a Wilsonville home is now $425,000, up from $419,900 earlier in the month. Click here or on the image below to view the latest figures on Wilsonville, Oregon real estate.

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The new report also shows a slight increase in the average days on the market, which is now at 112, or nearly four months. 

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Wilsonville Real Estate News

A brand new report on Wilsonville area real estate was just released by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS).

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This new report reveals Wilsonville’s year-to-date home value appreciation is now 6.0%,trailing the greater Portland area average of 7.4%.

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The average price of a Wilsonville home is now $334,800 and the average market time is now 60 days. This is relatively brief by historical standards and helped along by our still low regional home supply of a little more than 3 months.

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Thinking about selling your Wilsonville home? With fewer sellers now competing for qualified buyers, you could sell your Wilsonville home and be in your next home by Christmas. Contact Wilsonville’s own Certified Realty using the form below for a FREE report on what your Wilsonville home could sell for in today’s market.

Wilsonville Real Estate Statistics

A recent survey specifically on Wilsonville homes from Ticor Title provides interesting information on our local market as we head into Autumn.

Wilsonville home prices have surged since Spring, making the median list price for a Wilsonville home now $419,900. View this new report on Wilsonville real estate by clicking here, or on the image below.

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The average market time to sell a Wilsonville home is now 110 days. In addition, 36% of Wilsonville properties for sale have had a price decrease.

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Some Wilsonville Homesellers Prefer To Be In Their New Home For the Holidays

Thinking about selling your Wilsonville, Oregon home? With Wilsonville home prices up, this could be a great opportunity to lock in your home selling profits.

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September’s Sold Wilsonville Homes

As September wraps up, 25 detached, single family Wilsonville homes have sold so far this month according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service. The sold prices range from $282,000 to $810,125.

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This Wilsonville Home with Nearly 8 Acres on Stafford Road Recently Sold.  

View photos of all these recently sold Wilsonville homes and their selling prices by clicking here. Please allow a minute to load, depending on your Internet connection.

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This Home in Wilsonville’s Charbonneau Neighborhood Recently Sold For $810,125

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Wilsonville Real Estate News

A new report on Wilsonville real estate was just released by Ticor Title Company. This survey confirms a significant upward price trend for Wilsonville homes, particularly over the past few months.

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According to this new report, the median list price for a Wilsonville home is now just under $400,000. And the average market time to sell a Wilsonville home? That figure is now at 106 days, or right around 3.5 months.

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Thinking about selling your Wilsonville home and curious what it could sell for? Now could be the perfect time, since Wilsonville home inventory is low right now and competition among sellers is diminishing. It’s truly a seller’s market.

Our WilsonvilleHomes.com sponsor, Certified Realty will provide you with a FREE report that is tailor-made for your own property. For your FREE report, simply contact your Wilsonville real estate experts, Wilsonville’s very own Certified Realty, using the convenient form below.

 

Wilsonville Real Estate News

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Recent information on our local Wilsonville real estate market is now available. With school beginning as we move toward Autumn, it’s reasonable to expect a somewhat less robust pace of home sales.

Many, though certainly not all, 2014 buyers have bought their home by now. This brings “empty-nesters,” relocating transferees, singles, and young families to the forefront as a bigger slice of the buyer pool for the remainder of the year. For sellers, Autumn can bring more motivated buyers with less competition from other home sellers, when compared to Spring.

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Click here or on the image below for the latest information about Wilsonville real estate. 

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The average time on the market for a Wilsonville home is now 110 days. This compares to the most recent figure of 93 days for greater Portland.

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Wilsonville Real Estate Market Report

An interesting new report on Wilsonville homes was recently released.

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Especially notable in this report is the fact that more than 1/3 of all Wilsonville homes for sale saw a price drop before selling. Plenty of other helpful information is included, like the average days on the market it takes for a Wilsonville home to sell and the median list price.

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Click here or on the image above to view this new Wilsonville homes report.

Wilsonville Real Estate Update

New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) shine light on our current Wilsonville real estate market.

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Wilsonville’s housing market is on the upswing

Partly because the inventory of homes for sale throughout the area is unchanged, Wilsonville’s housing market is relatively stable. There remains a 2.8 month supply of homes throughout our region.

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Area Housing Inventory in Months

Based on the most recent month tabulated, the average home price for a Wilsonville area home is now $342,000, up 8.4% over the past year.  

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Regional Home Price Chart –  Click Image to Enlarge

The average time a Wilsonville area home is on the market is now 72 days. View the new local housing report here, with interesting information on Wilsonville, plus other nearby towns and neighborhoods.

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Wilsonville Home Sales Down, Average Price Up

A recent report on Wilsonville area real estate shows a continued solid increase in local home values. Compared to last year, Wilsonville home prices are now up 8.1% over this same time last year. If this trend continues, we could be well on our way to a good year for Wilsonville real estate.

What Is And What Should Never Be (With apologies to Led Zeppelin) But the real story is that Wilsonville home values have some of the lowest increases in our entire region. On top of that, Wilsonville pending sales changed -3.8% for the recent month measured and -15.7% compared to last year! As a result, Wilsonville’s solid home prices are still creeping upward. But fewer Wilsonville homes are now being sold.

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Home Prices Are Up 8.1% Around Wilsonville – Click Image to Enlarge

With our 8.1% annual home price increase, Wilsonville now finishes ahead of only West Portland (7.1%) and Lake Oswego/West Linn (7.9%). Every other community in our region fared better than Wilsonville for home price appreciation.

But there’s an explanation. Perhaps not surprisingly, these three areas sport some of our area’s highest average selling prices, with Tigard/Wilsonville at $306,000, West Portland at $379,900 and Lake Oswego/West Linn at $440,500.

For details on housing in Wilsonville and other neighboring communities, click here to check out page 2 of the latest report under the heading ‘Avg. Sale Price % Change,’ or on the image below.  

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Both Sides Now (With apologies to Judy Collins) The flip side of the equation is interesting, especially if one looks where our area’s price appreciation is greatest. As expected, those communities have lower average sales prices. They include SE Portland with 15.4% (($249,000), Milwaukie/Clackamas at 14.8% (($275,000) and Columbia County an astronomical 25.9% ($188,700).

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Like Wilsonville, Regional Home Prices Are Rising Too, As Seen In This Chart

Feeling Stronger Every Day? (With apologies to Chicago) The bottom line is that Wilsonville home prices continue to increase, and that’s one good sign of a strengthening market. There are several factors helping to boost Wilsonville area home prices. These include our area’s real estate seasonality, which brings improved home buying weather this time of year.

Gains are also due in part to a continued recovery from the Great Recession which began around December, 2007. However, perhaps the key reason to explain our real estate boost is a significantly reduced inventory of homes for sale.

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Our Region Would Run Out of Homes in 2.8 Months

According to the latest housing inventory report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS), the greater Portland Metro area will now ‘run out of homes’ in 2.8 months. Click here for this new FREE report, with helpful information on Wilsonville area real estate.

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What Does This Mean For Wilsonville Homebuyers & Homesellers? Low home inventory means there are fewer houses for sale. A main effect of having fewer homes for sale typically means less selection and higher prices. This is the classic ‘seller’s market,’ where buyers lose a significant amount of leverage. This means buyers have to compete more against one another to find a desirable home. As a result, home prices rise. If you’ve thought about selling your Wilsonville home, this may be your best opportunity for the foreseeable future. However, if Wilsonville home owners en masse begin sensing the time is right to sell, such a concomitant increase in supply could cancel projected home price gains.

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How Low Will Our Wilsonville Area Home Inventory Go?

Limbo, How Low Will We Go? (With apologies to Chubby Checker) Another reason for our home inventory’s newsworthy nature has to do with the time of year. We’re already trending slightly ahead of 2013 given our latest inventory figure of 2.8 months from April.  Last year, the months of May, June and July were lowest for regional inventory. So the lowest number of available homes for sale may yet be ahead.

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Timing The Market Perfectly Can Be Difficult

Timing The Market Based on last year’s performance, homeowners may have another few months before the supply of homes begins climbing back up. So if you’re considering a Wilsonville area home sale in 2014, acting sooner is likely to be in your favor before inventory rises and other events are factored in, like families purchasing before the school year begins.

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Certified Realty is Oregon’s Choice Since 1950

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Just Listed Wilsonville Home

This attractive, just listed home in Wilsonville’s Canyon Creek Meadows neighborhood is move-in ready and attractively priced at $274,900.

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This charming Wilsonville home has great curb appeal & a low traffic neighborhood

This home also features plenty of room, with 1,660 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms & 2.5 bathrooms, plus both living and family rooms.

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Cozy living room with fireplace & hardwood floors

Additional features include island kitchen with pantry closet, kitchen appliances, spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet, forced-air gas heat, central air conditioning, gas fireplace and an attached double garage. Walking trails nearby too!

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Light & bright kitchen, too

For the full color flyer of this attractive Wilsonville home, click here or on the image below.

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For more information or to arrange a personal tour, contact Bruce with Certified Realty at 503-329-0496, or use the convenient form below.