Fresh figures were just released on Oregon’s real estate market by the Regional Multiple Listing Service, or RMLS. To put the results in a nautical vernacular, we remain ‘steady as she goes.’
For a helpful comparison, here’s a summary of our regional markets, including Portland, Salem and greater Aurora.
Portland Metro Let’s begin with greater Portland, where our backlog of home supply is unchanged at 1.8 months.
This means greater Portland’s housing supply remains well below the oft-suggested ‘normal’ range of 3 to 6 months, especially when compared to years past. When the pipeline of homes is this low, it suggests we remain squarely in a ‘seller’s market.’
Along with housing inventory, home prices are another helpful indicator of market direction. The above chart is evidence of greater Portland’s sustained price growth, providing more confirmation of a ‘seller’s market.’ Most recent figures show an overall regional home price increase around greater Portland of 7.1%.
Greater Salem is also experiencing stable growth, as evidenced by little change in a relatively modest housing supply of 3.9 months as seen above, matched with an overall trend of increased home prices, seen below.
Aurora, Oregon Given our location between Salem and Portland, Aurora routinely experiences a mix of both markets. While figures specific to Aurora are sparse, the bottom line is that greater Marion County home values have risen a grand total of 7.8% over the past year.
Neighboring Community Comparisons
Greater Canby came in with an annual home price increase of 11.2% and neighboring Wilsonville saw a home price increase of 9.5% during that same period. As a result, Aurora and our region remains on an upward trend. Click here and view page two for specifics about the latest housing figures that include Aurora. Time to Sell?
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There are many possible words to describe people, places, things and events. A recent shift in Oregon real estate brings to mind the word ‘breathtaking.’
And while that’s a term normally reserved for the Grand Canyon or certain Hollywood starlets, ‘breathtaking’ also conjures the notion of astonishment, breaking fresh ground, being out of the ordinary, or of something newly discovered.
Rarity Underscores Breathtaking Given the new and dramatic change in one particular key Oregon housing factor, what we’re now observing as a regional housing trend surrounding Aurora, Oregon is ‘breathtaking’ to many real estate professionals. One reason is because the last time we saw a similar shift was clear back in the 1990’s, nearly two decades ago.
Oregon Housing Inventory ‘Normal’ real estate markets are calculated in months of supply and typically range in the neighborhood of 3 to 6 months of housing inventory. Remember that 3 to 6 month range, then see where we are now:
Simply put, this new data indicates that where things sit today, greater Portland would be ‘out of homes’ to purchase in a mere 36 days. And not even greater Salem, which routinely sees higher inventory levels than greater Portland, has escaped the drop:
What This Means Given our location equidistant to both Salem and Portland markets, the Aurora, Oregon housing market is a bit mixed in how we’re affected. As a general rule of thumb, if your Aurora property is located within Clackamas County, expect to more closely reflect the Portland market. Marion County properties typically align more with the Salem market. Either way, housing demand is up and supply is way down.
A Big Question Could these current low inventory figures significantly increase anytime soon? Certainly. But they could also drop even lower. For the moment and with fewer properties available for purchase, such drops in an already-low home supply routinely bring with them a rise in prices. This further stokes a ‘seller’s market.’
Advantage: Sellers With both major regional housing markets in such short supply, now could be the time to consider selling. A seller’s market is typically the best time of all to sell real estate. In addition, interest rates remain near all-time lows. This makes your property even more attractive, since buyers can afford ‘more house for less money.’
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Information surrounding a recent real estate sale suggests one Aurora, Oregon property might someday be developed into a commercial marijuana growing operation.
Marion County tax records indicate a 96 acre property located at 24075 Klupenger Road NE sold on September 21, 2015 for $3,290,000. The purchaser of record for the longtime nursery property was Greenpoint Real Estate, LLC.
“…On April 1, 2015 GPO entered into a 15 year sub-lease near Aurora, Oregon for a 96 acre property to build out GLH’s cultivation and grow activities (the “Aurora Property”). This sublease was terminated on June 30, 2015, however, an option to purchase the property was acquired by GLH in consideration for 200,000 warrants exercisable at US $1.00 for a period for three years and 200,000 warrants exercisable at US$5.00 for a period of three years. The option to acquire the property was assigned to GLH’s wholly owned subsidiary, Greenpoint Real Estate, LLC and was exercised on September 28, 2015. The Aurora Property was acquired for a purchase price of US $3.3 million and was financed by (a) US $100,000 in cash from GLH; (b) US $1.5 million secured 9% promissory note, maturing on September 14, 2017; (b) US $1.7 million in 12% convertible debentures, convertible at US $1.00 and maturing on September 17, 2017…”
“…GLH plans on moving its head office to the Aurora Property and all processing facilities and cultivation will ultimately migrate to the new site. A project is under development to refurbish and expand the existing greenhouse facilities on this site. In the initial phase, 29,000 square feet will be developed for breeding, 18,000 square feet will be developed for cloning and 29,000 square feet has been developed for commercial production. In December 2015, it is anticipated that a further 108,000 square feet will be developed for commercial production subject to regulatory administrative approval…”
County records confirm a property sale earlier this year of venerable and valuable Aurora, Oregon acreage. Formerly owned by local charity Beyond the Reef Theological Center, the property is located just east of the Aurora State Airport at 22515 Airport Road NE, Aurora, Oregon.
A public records search indicates the sale involved two adjacent lots of 11.42 acres and 5.12 acres, closing in May, 2015. The selling price was $2,150,000 with the purchaser named as TLM Holdings, LLC. Ted Millar is named as a manager. Public records also indicate Ted Millar is involved with locally owned Southend Air Park and Westwood Development.
State corporation documents show the earliest registry date for the organization named Beyond the Reef Theological Center as February, 1977. Since that date, their Aurora location was used as a meeting place for the faith-based organization, which included housing and a worship center, Missionary Memorial Church.