Wilsonville, Oregon Real Estate News

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Area Home Prices Have Climbed For More Than Five Years

New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) are now available on our greater Wilsonville housing market, as the positive trend continues. Read the full Portland metro area real estate report here, with key area market information highlighted below.

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Regional Home Supply is at 2.3 Months, a ‘Seller’s Market’

Inventory A Factor
A low supply of available homes continues to drive prices higher. That’s because a market inventory of between three and six months is considered a ‘normal’ housing backlog. For more than two years, our regional home supply has been below three months.

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Wilsonville Homes By The Numbers
These new numbers reveal home prices around Wilsonville are up 6.3% over the past year. The average home sale market time for our area is now 30 days. The average selling price so far this year is $431,400, with the most recent Wilsonville area monthly average home sale price coming in at $434,600.

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Selling?
If you’ve considered the sale of your Wilsonville area home, taking advantage of our present ‘seller’s market’ could be a smart move. Contact our WilsonvilleHomes.com sponsor, Wilsonville’s own Certified Realty using the form below for a free consultation, or call 503-682-1083.

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Wilsonville Real Estate Market Update

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New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) are now available on our greater Wilsonville housing market, as the positive trend continues. Read the full Portland metro area real estate report here, with Wilsonville area market information highlighted below.

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Inventory A Factor
A low supply of available homes continues to drive prices higher. That’s because a market inventory of between three and six months is considered a ‘normal’ housing backlog. For more than two years, our regional home supply has been below three months.

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Wilsonville Homes By The Numbers
These new numbers reveal home prices around Wilsonville are up 6.7% over the past year. The average home sale market time for our area is now 30 days. The average selling price so far this year is $412,400, with the most recent monthly average home sale price coming in at $434,400.

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Selling?
If you’ve considered the sale of your Wilsonville area home, taking advantage of our present ‘seller’s market’ could be a smart move. Contact our WilsonvilleHomes.com sponsor, Wilsonville’s own Certified Realty using the form below for a free consultation, or call 503-682-1083.

Finding Your Wilsonville Real Estate Superhero

To adults and kids alike, superheroes seem to have time-tested appeal. Some think it’s because they look different. Indeed, some superheroes dress uniquely. Others believe superheroes represent the ‘good guy’ and these days, we can always use more good guys and gals.  Yet others suggest that superheroes are in the rescue business and we all have an area in our lives where we could use help. Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable that superheroes hold a unique place in our imagination.

Click here or on the above play button to hear the audio podcast of this article.

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Clark Kent Could Have Easily Passed As A Realtor

Do Real Estate Superheroes Exist?
So fighting bad guys is an expected vocation for a superhero. But how could there possibly be Realtor superheroes? And would they use x-ray glasses to view inside homes to find potential problems, carry an anti-kryptonite pen to protect against real estate ‘evil doers,’ or hold their trusty multiple listing lockbox keycard in a utility belt? 

The Realty Reality
While not superhuman, some real estate agents stand far apart from others. And when hundreds of thousands of dollars are literally on the line during your next home sale or purchase, chances are you’ll feel better throughout the entire process when working with a truly ‘super’ Realtor. But is it possible to easily locate a terrific Wilsonville real estate agent that’s not only experienced, but also dedicated, plus recognized for excellence among his or her peers? You’re about to find out.

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‘Superhero’ Defined
Superheroes are considered to be more than mere heroes, in part because their achievements transcend what is humanly possible. Superheros are often portrayed as heroes with extraordinary, superhuman powers. So while no Realtor is superhuman, in comparing performance, it’s clear that sometimes a single real estate agent can outperform several other, less productive Realtors.  There are different reasons why this is true and part of it relates to the ‘Pareto principle,’ better known as the ’80-20′ rule, where 20% of a group is frequently responsible for as much as 80% of the results.

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Some Superheroes Have a Utility Belt to Get the Job Done

What’s In Your Utility Belt?
Effective Realtors are more likely to avail themselves of advanced tools on behalf of their buyer and seller clients.  But it doesn’t stop there. That’s because in addition to ‘high tech’ expertise like sophisticated monitoring of real estate activity for their clients, a ‘superhero’ Realtor also combines it with ‘high touch.’ This means they help buyers and sellers with access to not only their own specialized experience and knowledge, but also to an often vast and diverse network of other experienced professionals, such as reputable mortgage lenders, roofers, 1031 tax deferred exchange experts, electricians, surveyors, title companies and repair firms.

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“Luke…I Am Your Appraiser”

But Why Even Hire A ‘Superhero?’ 
In considering the use of your own real estate ‘superhero,’ it helps to understand what they’re able to achieve better than other Realtors. After all, why use a ‘superhero’ when any old hero will do?

To begin, it’s helpful to understand that an agent is your representative. He or she advises and acts in your best interest, which includes ‘fighting’ on your behalf. So who or what might a real estate ‘superhero’ fight?  Enter the real estate ‘super villain.’ In Oregon real estate, you’re not likely to run into comic book characters or movie baddies like Darth Vader, Lex Luthor or The Joker. Instead,  the kind of ‘super villain’ behavior you’re more likely to encounter is both real and potentially ‘deal-killing.’

The potential list of treacherous adversaries is long. Issues that could put the kibosh on your Wilsonville real estate transaction (while potentially costing you a lot of money) include dry rot, deferred maintenance (think leaky roof), a poor home inspection, title report issues, a low appraisal or a picky loan underwriter. If you’re a homebuyer, you can add certain challenging homeseller attititudes to the potential list of transaction implosions and if you’re a homeseller, you might include certain ham-fisted home buyer attitudes. The bottom line is that in order to deal with a multiplicity of potentially detrimental factors affecting your home purchase or sale, it’s clearly best to be prepared. And when you’re knee deep in transaction challenges, that’s not the time to wish you were working with someone more qualified.

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It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s The CRS Realtor
There are literally millions of real estate agents and as you might expect, not all of them are the same. As with any profession, experience, proficiency and dedication to clients can vary widely.

Most Realtors are indeed capable of providing good service, reasonable counsel and some helpful information. The fact is however, that some Realtors have considerably more experience, training and better results. It’s also undeniable that CRS designees are equipped to provide their home buying and home selling clients with advanced real estate insights, knowledge and competence. CRS holders hold an average of double the experience of Realtors without the Certified Residential Specialist designation. This illustrates a clear track record with elite standing.

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Realtors Holding the CRS Designation Outperform Those Who Don’t

But what differentiates a real estate superhero from other real estate agents? Here are a few examples.

X-Ray Vision
Because CRS Realtors are experienced and complete far more transactions than the average agent, many times they see can through and avoid problems, before they occur. This helps prevent missteps from an agent’s ‘on the job training.’ 

Benefits Beyond A Single Transaction
Another key benefit to working with a CRS Realtor is their networking advantage. So whether you expect to buy or sell in Oregon, or if you’ll have a real estate transaction in another state, the CRS referral network is a proven way for you to connect with another ‘high caliber’ Realtor who holds the CRS designation. 

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Speaking of High Caliber: Faster Than A Speeding Referral
The CRS organization has an entire system devoted to a virtually seamless referral system for buyers and sellers who seek a super Certified Residential Specialist Realtor. For example, I recently received a phone call from an Idaho CRS agent working with buyers from Oregon. These buyers found their ‘perfect’ Idaho home and needed to sell their Wilsonville, Oregon home in order to purchase the Idaho property. The Idaho CRS Realtor suggested they work with a local CRS agent to most effectively sell their Oregon home. Mere minutes upon receiving a phone call from the Idaho CRS agent, I was in contact with these Wilsonville homeowners, then proceeded to list and successfully sell their Wilsonville property, all in short order.  

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Only 3% of All Realtors Have Attained The CRS Designation

You May Never Have Met A CRS
It’s hardly surprising if you don’t recall ever meeting a Certified Residential Specialist. A CRS Realtor is in the top 3 percent of real estate agents in the United States. That means 97% of the Realtors you’re likely to run into aren’t a CRS. So what makes working with a CRS so much better?

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Clinical Specialization Meets Bedside Manner
To put the topic of Realtor proficiency in another context, if your 5 year old has a broken arm, do you want a pediatric orthopedic specialist to examine, accurately diagnose, then properly set the youngster’s bone, or would any young intern fresh out of medical school be your first choice?  After all, both are doctors. A similar principal applies to selecting an agent. The surprising thing here is that in choosing your next Realtor, it typically costs the same or less to go with the professional having more experience and proficiency. 

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Similarly, there’s an understandable difference between an agent who just received a real estate license and one who has been diligently working full time in the field for decades. But taking it another step beyond mere experience are those who hold  accreditation for advanced real estate performance. The CRS designation isn’t easy to earn. It involves what is usually a multi-year advanced course regimen, plus documented real estate production and typically years of ‘in the field’ real estate experience. These recognized levels of education, training, production, time-tested experience  and provable success amount to a higher standard of achievement.  

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A Bundle of ‘Keys’ to Your Next Real Estate Transaction
To most homebuyers and homesellers, one key to a Realtor’s stellar real estate performance is consistent performance. Another is experience. Yet one more is education. The advantage to you as a homebuyer or homeseller in working with a CRS Realtor is that you get the entire bundle of keys and reduce your chances of being ‘locked out’ in your next transaction. 

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The Answer:
While the usual term for CRS is Certified Residential Specialist, some might consider agents holding this esteemed real estate degree as being more of a Certified Real Estate Superhero. That’s because it takes a lot to attain the CRS designation and the positive results of working with a CRS designee speak for themself. Some have even compared CRS credentials as akin to the CPA of real estate.

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Roy Widing, Wilsonville CRS Realtor

What if there was a way you could locate a real estate ‘superhero’ for your next Oregon transaction? Thanks to the CRS referral network, there actually is an easy way to find a ‘super’ Realtor, no matter where you live. Perhaps the simplest is to contact a CRS, like Wilsonville Realtor Roy Widing, CRS with Certified Realty. And if you’d like to reach a CRS Realtor in a different state or region of the United States, Roy can connect you with a number of qualified Certified Residential Specialists near you and at no charge. From there you can interview one or more CRS Realtors and make your own decisions. 

Do you have real estate questions? Contact Wilsonville Realtor Roy Widing, CRS using the convenient form below.

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
Thinking about selling your Wilsonville area property? Know the market before diving in! Contact Certified Realty with your questions and for a free consultation on what your property could sell for today using the contact form below or call (800) 637-1950.

 

 

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10 Reasons Wilsonville Homesellers Hire A Realtor

There are many good reasons why Wilsonville, Oregon homesellers hire a Realtor, including the handful who first try the ‘for sale by owner’ or ‘FSBO’ route. Here are ten of the most common reasons why Wilsonville homesellers hire a Realtor to get the job done right. 

Hear the audio podcast version of this presentation by clicking here or the link above.

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Selling Your Own Home? Prepare Yourself for Wearing Many Hats.

1. Selling Your Home ‘By Owner’ Means Taking on a Second Job.
Most homesellers are busy. So before attempting to sell property on your own, first ask yourself if you’re prepared to wear some extra hats. That’s because in addition to (1). preparing your property for market and (2). finding a replacement dwelling, along with (3). the task of actually moving, selling your home involves (4). abundant planning, (5). serious paperwork, (6). negotiation skills, (7). accurate scheduling, (8). diligent research, (9). considerable legwork (if done right) and (10). a lot of just plain toil. Wilsonville, Wilsonville Oregon, Wilsonville Homes, Wilsonville Real Estate, Wilsonville Homeseller, Wilsonville Homeselling, Wilsonville Property, Wilsonville Properties

2. Legalese, Sometimes with Different Rules for Each County and/or Municipality.
Realtors use continually-updated forms written by experienced real estate attorneys designed specifically for regional transactions, with clarity and simplicity in mind. Such documents include important protections for both buyer and seller. While no document is perfect, Realtor forms include key clauses, like for home inspections and appraisals, along with arbitration/mediation mechanisms. These time-tested documents help prevent potential issues, while at the same time deterring ‘nuisance’ litigation.

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3. More Accurate Pricing When Buying & Selling.
These days the average Wilsonville resident moves about every 6 years years or so. As with any activity, it’s easy to get rusty. Realtors are in the real estate market all day, every day. This means an experienced real estate agent can provide significant market awareness to help you price what’s likely to be your single largest investment.

Armed with access to multiple listing, sales and tax data, Realtors provide significant pricing experience and real life insights, whether you want to know what the property you’re selling is worth, or once you sell, how much to offer on the home you’re buying.

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We all deal with subjectivity from time to time. Does your home smell? Perhaps you’ve gotten used to having multiple pets in your small home, don’t notice the mold growing in your bathroom, or haven’t realized how gloomy your living room appears. One role of a Realtor is to be helpfully honest. That means being truthful if there’s something you as a seller don’t see (or smell). 

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Most Homesellers Don’t Like A Rapidly Exiting ‘Conga Line’ of Mum Buyers

Far better to be forewarned and forearmed by your Realtor, than witness a rapidly exiting conga line of mum homebuyers who don’t want to offend you. Or perhaps you don’t think disclosing settling water in your basement each Winter is a big deal. The reality is that disclosing such a potentially material fact is something dutiful agents will advise in order to keep you out of much hotter water after the sale. 

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5. Junk the Junk.
Have you ever studied a real estate earnest money agreement (also called an EMA or purchase agreement), or seller’s ‘net sheet?’ Over the course of a transaction, it’s easy to accumulate an abundance of ‘junk’ fees. Sometimes seller-paid closing costs are necessary to make a transaction work. However, paying for a buyer’s home warranty is typically more of a buyer ‘want’ than a ‘need.’ Count on your Realtor to go over such factors with you for a ‘heads up’ of what to expect. An experienced agent knows what’s usually ‘routine’ and what’s not.

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6. Marketing.
Even if a seller has a sense of what his or her home is worth, effectively reaching the the widest number of buyers increases your opportunity to find more motivated and qualified buyers, even creating a ‘bidding war.’ The simple act of listing your home with a Realtor means your property is immediately promoted on a host of proven, effective home marketing venues. But it doesn’t stop there. Successful Realtors use many different tools to reach buyers for your specific property.

Connecting your property with the right buyer can mean the difference between a fast close at full price (or higher), compared to a continuous stream of ‘sale-fails’ where your property is needlessly taken off the market by buyers who were marginally qualified. 

7. Experience.
There is simply no substitute for ‘hands on’ real estate experience. If your home hasn’t sold, at what point should you consider a price adjustment? How much of a price adjustment is necessary? Is there something other than price causing my property not to sell? These are not new questions to an experienced agent, who can help address these and other important questions.

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When it Matters, Experience is Good to Have on Your Side.

It’s comforting in especially difficult situations to rely on an experienced Realtor, who is the duly able real estate ‘captain’ of your transaction. Most people prefer an experienced surgeon or pilot, so it’s understandable to want experienced representation with the important task of selling your home. It’s also helpful to know that a professional real estate agent makes the entire home selling process appear easier than it is.

8. Negotiation Skills.
If you’re like most people, you dread negotiating when buying a car. Consider how much higher the stakes are with your home sale. You want an experienced hand on your side. 
While real estate transactions are optimally a ‘win-win’ situation, it’s realistic to expect some friction. If you haven’t considered homeselling as a kind of ‘war,’ check out this unique perspective on the ‘battle’ of selling your home. 

The best way to navigate through a potentially difficult transaction is to be represented by someone who has been over the road before. So whether you’re in negotiations with a ‘bargain hunting’ buyer, experience an unpleasant ‘surprise’ in a home inspection, or a seriously low appraisal, each unique situation presents an opportunity for difficulty and reaching common ground. Your Realtor can assist in ‘end gaming’ your best strategies and in dealing with a wide variety of buyer personalities.

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Having a Realtor ‘Buffer’ Between Buyer & Seller Can Avoid Headaches

9. The ‘Buffer Effect.’
Having an agent represent you makes it easier to maintain civility between ‘warring’ parties.  If you don’t consider homeselling as a battle, then see our prior article and podcast titled ‘The Art of War for Homesellers.’ Ever say something you regret? An experienced Realtor can often use more constructive language to accomplish what can sometimes be an emotional and/or provocative comment.

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Hiring A Realtor Makes Sellers More Money: Click above image to enlarge

10. More Money.
National Association of Realtor statistics reveal that homesellers who use a Realtor actually net considerably more at closing than those who don’t, even after taking into account paying a commission. Consider that when banks (which are renowned for watching the ‘bottom line’) sell their foreclosed homes, they hire an expert, a Realtor. From a financial standpoint, it really does ‘pencil out’ to hire a Realtor. 

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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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New Wilsonville Home Figures

Wilsonville Area Home Scarcity Continues
Just-released figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service on our Wilsonville area housing market reveal continued scarcity of local homes for sale, with competition among buyers continuing to push prices up.

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Click here or on the ‘play button’ below to hear the audio podcast presentation of this article about our current Wilsonville real estate market.

Greater Wilsonville By The Numbers
Here are the most recent  key Wilsonville area real estate statistics. As a side note, neighboring communities like Tualatin and Tigard are included in these greater Wilsonville market statistics.

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Latest Wilsonville Real Estate Market Takeaways
Greater Wilsonville Home Prices
Annual home price change +11.4%

Greater Wilsonville Average Market Time
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Greater Wilsonville Home Sales Volume
Monthly change in number of greater Wilsonville area home sales +8.7%
Annual change in number of greater Wilsonville area home sales +6.1%

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Regional Home Inventory in Months


Regional Home Inventory
As seen in the above table, our regional supply of homes is about half of what is considered to be the ‘low end’ of a normal backlog of properties. A ‘normal’ real estate market is typically 3 to 6 months of home supply.

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The above home price chart shows a clear upward home price trajectory for the greater Portland metro region over the past four years. Wilsonville’s most recent annual home price increase of 11.4% is indicative of this regional real estate appreciation.

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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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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.

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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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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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Why Use A Realtor, In 30 Seconds

A very telling article was recently released in a national real estate journal. In just two images, it explains why the vast majority of home sellers work with a Realtor.

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The infographic on the left shows the huge percentage of real estate sellers who hire a Realtor.

The infographic on the right explains why. Homesellers average a 25% higher selling price with a Realtor.

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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

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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.

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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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Many Wilsonville Homes Are Known For Their Gorgeous Interiors

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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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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Thinking about selling your Wilsonville home? Contact Wilsonville’s own Certified Realty using the convenient form below for a FREE report on what your property could sell for.

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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This Charming Wilsonville Home Is For Sale With Certified Realty

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

Consult The Experts Thinking about selling your Wilsonville area home? Contact the experts! Wilsonville’s very own Certified Realty is Oregon’s choice since 1950. Contact them using the convenient form below for a FREE report on what your property could sell for now.

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.

3 Reasons To Sell Your Wilsonville Home Now

With the arrival of Spring’s beautiful weather, many Wilsonville homeowners are hearing others say: “Now is an excellent time to consider placing your home on the market for sale.”

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However, you may have wondered why exactly is now such a good time to sell your Wilsonville home? Is it all about sunny skies? So if you’ve ever thought about selling your Wilsonville property, this article is for you. And here are three good reasons to now sell your Wilsonville, Oregon home:

Reduced Inventory
There are fewer homes on the market right now. Our 3.1 month supply of homes means demand is stronger. That frequently translates to higher home prices. And with fewer competing sellers, you may need to negotiate less for your best deal.

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Our Housing Inventory Drops During Spring & Summer

Seasonality
Many home buyers shop in earnest during better weather. Why? It’s easier, more fun and there’s more daylight to work with. But there’s one other reason you may not have considered: School is out soon and that is a great opportunity for families with kids to move during Summer Vacation. Don’t miss out on these buyers!

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In Oregon, Beautiful Weather Takes Us Outdoors For Recreation And Home Buying!

Interest Rates
One of the big factors affecting home affordability is the interest rate your lender charges. Interest rates remain near historic lows. This means even with rising prices, buyers can find homes to be more affordable if interest rates stay attractive.

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They’ve nudged up, yet mortgage interest rates remain attractive.

Thinking about selling your Wilsonville home? Contact our sponsor, Wilsonville’s very own Certified Realty using the convenient form below for a FREE report on what your property could sell for in today’s market.

Wilsonville’s Most Affordable Home

With Wilsonville home prices averaging among the highest in our region, we were curious to find the least expensive Wilsonville home currently for sale.

So off we went on the hunt for Wilsonville’s cheapest detached, standard-framed, single family home now on the market.

This meant no manufactured homes. No condominiums. No townhouses, either.

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We did some sleuthing for Wilsonville’s most affordable home.

After digging deep into the substantial pile of available Wilsonville homes using resources from the Regional Multiple Listing Service, we found that one elusive, and exclusive, home.

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According to our research parameters, this is now Wilsonville’s most affordable home

With more than 1,100 square feet of living space, this cozy 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch style home is truly move-in ready. Located in Wilsonville’s ‘old town’ district, another benefit of this property is the desirable, low traffic neighborhood. Plus, it’s located within walking distance to Boones Ferry Park and shopping, too. The price? $239,900.

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This affordable Wilsonville home features a charming interior, with wood floors, too!

Thinking about buying or selling a Wilsonville home? Contact our sponsor, Wilsonville’s very own Certified Realty using the convenient form below for a FREE telephone or in-person appointment to discuss your options.