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Real Estate Update: May 2015

Spring 2015 Residential Market Report For Clackamas County, Or

Much like the rest of the State of Oregon and the Nation, Clackamas County has witnessed robust appreciation in the housing sector. In general, inventory is scarce as buyers are eager to make a purchase due to needing a place to live and also out of a growing fear of being priced out of the market. What follows are brief summary reports with some easy facts and figures to help you decide if it’s your time to get your feet wet in the Clackamas County real estate market. Looking to sell? Call us for a personalized property valuation and feel free to read up on this article so you’ll have a better understanding of what’s happening in your area right now. Thanks for reading.

Sandy, Oregon Real Estate Report


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In the second week of May, 2015 residential homes for sale in and around Sandy, OR have a median asking price of $312,000 with an average of 137 days on the market. Lately, median asking prices have been trending up steeply whereas asking price per square foot is staying about the same; which may show a shift in available residential properties to larger, more expensive homes being listed. Conversely, available inventory is shrinking fast. All of these factors come together to make the current market conditions favor sellers. While nobody has a “crystal ball”, if inventory continues to be tight and demand remains strong it seems likely that prices will continue to rise with the market.

Sandy, OR Residential Housing Per Price Quartile/Tier
  • Top Quartile Properties: Median price for Sandy residential properties in the top quartile is $799,000. These homes have sought-after features including average statistics such as lot sizes in the 10-20 acre range, 2752 square feet of home square footage, 3 bed/2baths and a median age of 25 years. There are 15 available Sandy, OR listings in this category with 1 new listing and none sold. Average days on market is slightly above the median at 152 days on market.
  • Upper/Second Quartile Homes: These listings have a median price of $389,950 with an average of 159 days on market. These upper/second tier homes sit on lot sizes in the 2.5-5.0 acre range with homes sized around 2,487 square feet. These Sandy, Oregon properties average 4bed/2bath and are around 44 years old. With 2 newly listed and 4 of these homes sold there’s certainly strong buyer action in this segment.
  • Lower/Third Quartile Homes: the median for the lower/third Sandy, Oregon real estate quartile is $264,950 with homes in the 2022 square foot range and much more modest lot sizes in the 4,500-6,500 square foot range. These properties average 3bed/2baths and are around 12 years old. Much like the next higher quartile, there have been 4 listings sold with only 2 newly listed properties in the category.
  • Bottom/Fourth Quartile listings: These homes have a median offered price of $194,975 with 1,388 square foot homes and lot sizes in the 8,000-10,000 square footage range. These homes average 3bed/2bath and an age of 36. There are two newly listed homes in this category and one sold. Average days on market is 135 days.

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Boring, OR Homes For Sale Update

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Residential homes for sale in Boring, Oregon are at a median of $450,000 asking and currently average 127 days on market. Prices are more or less steady currently. Asking cost per square foot is trending upward somewhat at $180, although acreage properties may at times skew the comparison of home size versus price. Days on market are strongly trending downward while homes newly put on the market are on a robust increase. Based on the numbers, it’s a seller’s market and if these numbers persist we may well see prices increase further.

Boring, Oregon Homes For Sale: Quartile Info
  • Top/First: median asking price is $820,000 for the top quartile of Boring, Or real estate. These homes feature acreage lots in the 5-10 acre range along with an expansive 3280 average square footage, 4bed/3bath. With one newly listed home and none sold this quartile is sitting at an average of 253 days on market.
  • Upper/Second: $574,900 median list price and a home in the 2880 square foot range typifies the upper/second quartile in Boring, OR. These homes sit on lots around 1-2.5 acres with 4bed/2baths. With one home newly listed and 2 sold, this category’s healthy 120 days on market is no surprise.
  • Lower/Third: $423,900 median asking price for a home averaging 2840 square feet on a lot size around 1-2.5 acres is standard for the lower/third category in Boring, OR. 4bed/3bath and average as built around 41 years ago. This is a hot selling quartile with only 72 days on market and 1 listing sold that’s replaced by 1 newly listed property.
  • Bottom/Fourth: $332,450 median price and homes in the 1866 square foot range sitting on 1-2.5 acre lots are what to expect in the bottom quartile for Boring, Oregon. 3bed/2bath and built 59 years ago. With one new listing and 2 sold homes in this category we’re seeing an average days on market of only 73 days (which almost exactly matches the quartile just above).

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Estacada, OR Housing Report


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Home values in Estacada, Oregon are on the rise. Currently, median list price for the area is $387,950 with properties on acreage lots averaging much higher. Asking price per square foot for homes in Estacada, OR is steeply rising and currently at $160 per square foot while days on market are slightly increasing and inventory is slightly waning. The market signals put the advantage clearly in favor of sellers.

Estacada, Oregon Homes For Sale: Quartile Summary

Strong demand in the lower housing quartiles for Estacada, Oregon real estate are putting upward pricing pressure on the market. Similarly, sales of larger homes on acreage in the area have also seen robust home sales. Only the top quartile had more newly listed properties than it had sold with 3 newly listed versus 2 sold homes for the week. However, with these top homes’ asking prices of $899,900 and 20 acre lots these are still strong sales figures. The top quartile has the longest days on market at 268 whereas the lower third quartile is cooking along at a blistering 70 days on market. The bottom 2 quartiles each had 5 homes sold in their respective categories. Overall, housing is trending up and buyers are eager to secure homes in Estacada, Oregon and Clackamas County.
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Molalla, Oregon Real Estate Update


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Molalla, Oregon is following suit with the rest of Clackamas County and the nation as residential real estate listings sell swiftly due to demand being higher than availability. Median list price for Molalla is $284,999 with 63 homes on the market at an average of 94 days. Currently, prices for this area have plateaued and asking price per square foot is rising slightly. Inventory is strongly increasing due to recently improved market conditions and strong sales figures.

Molalla, OR Property Quartile Data Summary

All residential property quartiles for Molalla, OR and the surrounding countryside are showing strong home sales numbers. Top quartile properties in Molalla currently have a median asking price of $585,000 and feature homes in the 2,800 square foot range on lot sizes generally in excess of 20 acres. These in-demand acreage (often equestrian) properties show healthy sales figures and have an average of 129 days on market. The hottest selling quartile homes in Molalla are the lower/third properties with a median asking price of $264,950 with 0 new listed and 3 sold. These lower/third quartile homes are on modest city lots in the 4.500-6,500 range and are selling fast at only 70 average days on market. The bottom/fourth quartile homes in the town of Molalla are also selling briskly with only 88 days on market and listings priced at a median of $180,950.

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July 21st, 2014 Clackamas County Real Estate Update

Sandy, OR 97055 Real Estate Update

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Sandy, Oregon homes on acreage for sale including horse properties are coming on the market much faster than such homes are being purchased. Across the board, residential properties in Sandy, OR are remaining on the market an average of about 150 days, which is looking to go down dramatically. The just over 120 properties in Sandy are averaging a list price of about $340,000. We are looking to see a slight rise in inventory, but with the days on the market still decreasing, sellers may take the advantage in terms of supply/demand balance over the buyers. The market is looking good, making it a good time to purchase property.

Housing Characteristics Per Quartile

Inventory of available real estate in the top and bottom pricing quartile are rising dramatically more than the middle two quartiles. Purchased homes in the middle two pricing categories seem roughly in line with purchases and include newer homes built on the cusp of the Great Recession. Builders who have been sitting on inventory of homes that failed to sell as the market dropped in 2008 are now able to sell off some of their assets in order to free up revenue for new ventures. Homes in the lowest pricing quartile seem the most imbalanced in that their were two properties purchased while there were 8 new listings which may mean that entry-level housing may see price reductions. Similarly, top tier properties saw 4 new listings while only one sold this week which again may indicate negative pricing pressure in that range. Not surprisingly, the fact that starter houses and the most expensive houses are the slowest selling categories may be an illustration of what is happening in the job market. Low average household income across America and low working class incomes in particular may be taking their toll on would-be buyers. Even though we have seen prices stay consistent at a high point, we could see pricing become a little competitive in the near future with the increase of inventory. If we see these trends continue, sellers will continue to have the advantage over buyers.

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Molalla, OR 97038 Real Estate Market

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During the third week in July, Molalla properties were sitting at an average list price of about $320,000. It should be noted that homes on acreage near Molalla, Oregon push that average price up considerably. These properties average about 150 days on the market. With the inventory of properties decreasing and demand rising, sellers see an advantage over buyers. With the current trends, the market is looking to be very positive and will continue to be in weeks to come. The spring thaw in terms of real estate prices in this area have pushed buyers off the fence, eager to buy now before prices increase further which is good news for sellers who may have been unable to sell previously due to depressed property values. As is usual for rural communities, homes on acreage including horse properties and agriculture are highly desirable in comparison to single family homes in neighborhood developments. However, the high cost of buying acreage combined with the limited incomes of would-be buyers may put pressure on sellers to compete in terms of price.

Characteristics Per Quartile: Acreage & Neighborhood Properties

Currently Molalla homes and properties are all sitting at their higher points in all quartiles. This has somewhat negatively influenced the top quartile homes, causing them to remain on the market quite a bit longer than other quartiles. Factors such as household income and the economy may be holding would-be buyers back on purchasing these high-end horse properties. These properties in the top pricing tiers are certainly sought-after, however additional factors such as financing may also be holding qualified buyers back as well. With these trends in mind, top quartile prices could see a significant decrease, which could influence the lower quartile homes as well. This is something to keep an eye on in the next couple months.
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Damascus, OR 97089 Housing Report

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As of July 14th, 2014 there are just over 50 properties listed for sale in Damascus. The average price for a home in this area sits at about $505,000. Damascus properties have been seeing an upward trend in prices over the past few weeks along with a decrease in properties listed, which has made an advantage for sellers that will remain for the foreseeable future. Newer housing developments within Damascus, Oregon often feature smaller lots whereas older construction often sits on oversize lots, junior acres or even sprawling acreage estates. The ‘close-in’ proximity of Damascus compared to other rural areas makes the area especially enticing for working professionals who need to commute to business districts in Clackamas, Happy Valley or Portland. For others, a home in one of the newer subdivisions provides a closer proximity to recreational outdoor activities on the Clackamas River or the nearby Mt Hood National Forest. With trends remaining pretty consistent, the market looks pretty positive.

Characteristics Per Quartile: Single Family Residences

Damascus homes are seeing prices at their absolute highest this week. Even with the high prices and high demand, buyers could see increased competition amongst sellers in the upper second and lower third pricing quartiles. This increased seller competition may be caused by the fact that more of these upper second and lower third pricing tier properties have come on the market than have been purchased. As is common in rural and suburban areas, the higher priced homes offer correspondingly larger lot size with top tier homes featuring 2.5-5.0 acre lots on average. The bottom/lowest quartile properties have seen the highest number of absorbed properties this week. The fact that much of the buying has occurred in the lowest pricing tier reflects the wider economy and stagnant household income. Keep an eye on whether buyers or sellers have the advantage (and in what pricing tier) to gain possible insight into if and when prices will take a shift downward.

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Boring, OR 97009 Rural Property Information

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Boring, OR properties are seeing an average price per square foot of about $170. There are only about 30 properties listed at this time. These properties are remaining on the market on average about 200 days. Boring, as well as other rural areas, is sitting at a sellers’ advantage at the moment, however slow sales could change that in the coming weeks. Buyers will likely see prices rise consistently and inversely proportional with the downward trend in supply.

Residential Property Characteristics Per Quartile

Quartile prices are heading to their peak in the next couple weeks, although sales remain slow. We could see and upward shift of days on the market as we see quartile prices reach their peaks followed by an increase in days on market. Predictably, price changes will most likely begin to trend downward if current trends translate into an increase of days on the market. With those changes, the market could easily flip to a buyers’ advantage over sellers. The Boring, Oregon real estate market remains in a state of flux so keep a close eye on supply versus demand in weeks to come to see what turn the market will take. Unlike some other markets in rural Clackamas county, Boring, Oregon has residential homes on acreage lots available in every price quartile meaning that qualified buyers have options for close-in country living in this area.

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Boring, OR 97009 Rural Housing Report 02-24-2014

With just under 45 homes on the market as of February 24th, we are looking at a relatively consistent market in Boring, OR. We are seeing an average list price of just under $400,000, with the asking price per square foot at $170 per square foot. With the market being as such, buyers are still seeing an overall advantage over sellers. Continue reading

About The Area

Clackamas County is situated more or less in the Willamette Valley of Oregon has a population of roughly 380,000 and a rather solid economic base that includes agriculture, outdoor recreation and commerce. Vast areas of land have made the region popular among seeking seeking the opportunity to farm, ranch or just be away from the demands of city life. Continue reading

11-17-2013 Clackamas County Real Estate Update

The real estate market for Clackamas County, Oregon seems to be in a holding pattern for the last week. Sandy, OR has stayed neutral whereas areas like Boring and Beavercreek have seen somewhat positive signals. Overall, unsold inventory seems to be dropping while many areas are seeing median list prices hold steady and values appear to be improving in Damascus. Continue reading