Fun upcoming events and surprising local housing facts are found in the latest free edition of the Oregon Real Estate Update. Information on the current real estate market for many communities throughout the Willamette Valley are included in this report.
As an example, the average Salem area home price is $187,900, up 10.7% from last year and the average Portland area home price is now $309,200, up 14.1% from last year.
Total Market Times Vary
Just as interesting is how long it takes for a house to sell. The average in the Portland metro area is about two months. The total average market time around Salem is closer to four months.
Here’s information on a fun, local event from the Oregon State Park website:
The Donald Manson barn has played a central role in 151 harvests. Manson built the current barn in 1862, a year after the devastating 1861 Willamette River flood that cost him his original barn, equipment, animals and harvested crops. He rebuilt his barn in the spot where it still stands today in what is now Champoeg State Heritage Area.
Farmstead Day showcases life in the 1860s via dozens of volunteers in period clothing re-enacting everyday chores. Your family can join in living history demonstrations, including:
Grinding wheat and corn
Harvesting the vegetable garden
Dutch oven cooking
Butter churning & bread making
Water pumping and hauling
Blacksmithing with a traditional leather bellows and period tools
Listening to a fur trapper & hide tanner tell their stories
Just like early farmers after harvest end, celebrate the day with music and dancing in the barn.
If you enjoy a terrific ‘small town’ event that’s lots of fun, don’t miss the Aurora Colony Days Parade. This is truly a family-friendly event which begins at the Aurora City Park. Because the parade route runs through much of town, you really can’t miss it.
On Saturday there will also be FREE ADMISSION to the Aurora Colony Museum.