Albany, OR Real Estate News

By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
  Easter in Albany! The Albany Downtown Association and AlbanyParksand Recreation Department have partnered to bring families and fun downtown on Saturday, April 7, 2012 for Easter.  An old-fashioned egg roll will start promptly at 10 am at Monteith Riverpark. The top three winners in each age group (3-5, 6-9 and 9-12) will receive a ribbon and everyone will get a filled plastic Easter egg. The Bunny Trail scavenger hunt begins at 10:30 am, when kids accompanied by their parents may follow a bunny trail and collect stamps from local businesses. Every child with a completed card will win a prize and be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to Frogs & Pollywogs Toy Store. For more information, contact the Albany Downtown Association at (541) 928-2469 or visit www.albanydowntow...
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By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
Veterans Day Parade   With over 200 entries, and as many as 40,000 spectators, Albany hosts the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi. it is organized and run every year by the volunteer efforts of the Veterans Commemoration Association. The parade features veterans from wars past and present, marching units, military vehicles, and marching bands. Parade Route The parade starts at the overpass on Pacific Highway, then right on Lyons, left on 2nd to Ferry St., left to 4th, ending at the Linn County courthouse at 300 3rd Ave. SW. Schedule The 2012 schedule will be posted soon.
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By Results Realty
(Results Realty)
  Albany Saturday Farmers' Market Sat 9am -1pm, 4th & Ellsworth, City Hall parking lot, Albany, free, 541-740-1542, www.locallygrown.org, Items include baked goods, fruit, vegetables and flowers. When Sat May 5 9am – 1pm Pacific Time Where 4th & Ellsworth, Albany Or (map)
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany (Linn County)         Price Range Active Listings as of 3/5/2012 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 31 19 3.17 9.79 130 $100,000 - $149,999 52 74 12.33 4.22 131 $150,000 - $199,999  43 53 8.83 4.87 138 $200,000 - $249,999 33 28 4.67 7.07 186 $250,000 - $299,999 17 7 1.17 14.57 268 $300,000 - $349,999 4 0 0.00 * * $350,000 - $399,999 2 1 0.17 12.00 123 $400,000 - $449,999 1 * 0.00 * * $450,000 - $499,999 1 * 0.00 * * $500,000 - $599,999 * * 0.00 * * $600,000 - $699,999 * * 0.00 * * $700,000 + * * 0.00 * *   184 182   6.07 163
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By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
What is the best route to go if the buyers lose their jobs, change their minds prior to closing or are unable to qualify for a mortgage? A survey just released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that 33 percent of the trade group's members reported transactions in which the contracts had been canceled, most often because the seller's bank doesn't approve the short sale, the home doesn't appraise at the purchase price, or the buyer's financing falls through.   What the numbers don't show is the emotional and lifestyle chaos that is caused when a buyer backs out just a matter of hours before escrow closes. Belongings are packed or even already moved, and your next home already bought or rented. That only makes the idea of now having to go through the whole ordeal of facing s...
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By Results Realty
(Results Realty)
CPR for family and friends This course is designed for family members, friends and members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card. The training covers adult, child and infant CPR and choking. Pre-registration and payment required.  To register for this class please call (541) 768-5116. Sat Mar 10, 2012 - 1 to 4 p.m. (Albany)
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany (Linn County)         Price Range Active Listings as of 1/30/2011 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 21 25 4.17 5.04 133 $100,000 - $149,999 67 74 12.33 5.43 117 $150,000 - $199,999  40 58 9.67 4.14 133 $200,000 - $249,999 32 28 4.67 6.86 181 $250,000 - $299,999 17 7 1.17 14.57 268 $300,000 - $349,999 5 1 0.17 30.00 190 $350,000 - $399,999 2 1 0.17 12.00 123 $400,000 - $449,999 1 * 0.00 * * $450,000 - $499,999 1 * 0.00 * * $500,000 - $599,999 * * 0.00 * * $600,000 - $699,999 * * 0.00 * * $700,000 + * * 0.00 * *   186 194   5.75 164
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By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
The following are upcoming events put on at LBCC and are perfect for young families. Here is the schedule through February: Valentine’s Pigs-January 21st LBCC Forum at 10 a.m. A fast-paced act of miniature pigs doing tricks and incredible athletic feats is all part of the fun when you join us for Valentine’s Performing Pigs! As music plays, the dazzling swine’s dance, jump in the air, play catch with the audience, run up teeter totters, slam dunk basketballs, pop balloons, roll barrels, and madly roar across the stage on scooters and skateboards! Audiences go HOG WILD!   Angel Ocasio-February 4th LBCC Forum at 10 a.m.  “Komedy 4 da kidz” is a high energy, very funny, one-man variety show, perfectly suited for family audiences. This wonderfully interactive performance combines physical c...
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By Kristin D. Smith, Kristin D Smith
(Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette)
Albany, Oregon Foreclosure List - 1/13/12 Stat MLS # Price   Address   City Beds Baths Yr Blt SqFt Price per SqFt Acres ACT 647977 $165,900   4133 Somerset  Dr NE Albany 4 2.5 2006 1911 86.81 0.24 ACT 647976 $174,900   3118 Clay  St SE Albany 3 3 1967 1605 108.97 0.31 ACT 647934 $74,900   711 Fulton St SE Albany 2 1 1950 885 84.63 0.13 ACT 647818 $45,900   1070 23rd Av SE Albany 3 1 1948 1080 42.5 0.19 ACT 647512 $134,900   2453 25th Av SE Albany 3 1.5 1977 1032 130.72 0.23 ACT 647208 $119,900   1035 13th Av SW Albany 4 2 1942 1131 106.01 0.13 ACT 646371 $224,900   3119 Hannah Av SE Albany 3 2 2007 2014 111.67 0.15 ACT 644868 $105,000   2127 28th Pl SE Albany 3 1.5 1975 1418 74.05 0.16 ACT 645521 $104,000   1523 Howard Dr SE Albany 3 2 2007 1415 73.5 0.16                         Albany,...
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By Kristin D. Smith, Kristin D Smith
(Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette)
Keller Williams Realty in Albany, OR is having a Grand Opening 1/19/12 from 5:00-7:30 pm. Please join us in the celebration of the expansion of the Albany branch of Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette! While you appreciate our beautiful new building at this event, we also invite you to enjoy a silent auction benefitting the Albany Boys and Girls Club.  Drawings will be held for fabulous prizes such as a weekend at a luxury condo on the coast; you won't want to miss out! Yummy hors d'oeuvres and sweets will be available for your enjoyment as well.  As an added bonus & thank you for reading this blog, here's what I will be bringing to the event! CREAM WAFERS - originally gotten from my Mom's 1970's era Betty Crocker cookbook, but also found on Allrecipes.com Ingredients: 1 c. soft butte...
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Dangerous Dog Work Group Short-term work group to review changes to Albany’s dangerous dog ordinance. Ex-officio members include: Jim Delapoer (City Attorney), a representative from Albany Police Department, a representative from OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, a local emergency room physician, and Marilyn Smith, (City’s Public Information Officer). Below is a sample from an agenda to give you an idea of the kind of problems they discuss and solve. Interesting, and I am glad we have people with expertise to sort through real and frightening situations.
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By Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon
(Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon)
With lots of homes on the market, home sellers need to use every advantage to attract potential buyers to their listing.  Want to impress over 90% of them? (If video below doesn't show immediately - refresh page and it should load quickly.)   A special thanks to HD Open House Photography.  While this short presentation only includes two of their shots -- I'm sure you found their work impressive like we do! Margaret Oscilia of Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting serves Salem Oregon and surrounding areas specializing in helping home sellers stage to sell and home owners to transform their homes from ordinary to extraordinary.   Services range from staging and paint color consultations, providing rental furniture and decor for vacant homes, re-designing occupied homes to manag...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany           Price Range Active Listings as of 12/30/2011 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 30 27 4.50 6.67 120 $100,000 - $149,999 66 94 15.67 4.21 127 $150,000 - $199,999  61 74 12.33 4.95 130 $200,000 - $249,999 47 46 7.67 6.13 175 $250,000 - $299,999 32 16 2.67 12.00 214 $300,000 - $349,999 13 2 0.33 39.00 149 $350,000 - $399,999 4 2 0.33 12.00 126 $400,000 - $449,999 2 * 0.00 * * $450,000 - $499,999 2 * 0.00 * * $500,000 - $599,999 2 * 0.00 * * $600,000 - $699,999 0 * 0.00 * * $700,000 + 3 * 0.00 * *   262 261   6.02 149
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By Leanna Langley
(RE/MAX Integrity)
Albany Firsts January 8, 1850, Albany's first post office was established. In 1851, Albany was designated as the county seat and all court meetings were held there. The first courthouse was built in 1852. The Monteiths were always public spirited citizens and they donated 10 acres for a new courthouse to assure Albany would remain the seat of the county. The new two-story octagon courthouse was completed on April 26, 1853. In 1853, residents of the east side of Albany persuaded the Territorial Legislature to change the name of Albany to 'Takenah'. This was a Kalapuyan word used to describe the deep pool where the Calapooia River meets the Willamette River. Some translated the word as "hole-in the ground." Many people felt this was not a proper name for a new and growing city, so in 1855...
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By Leanna Langley
(RE/MAX Integrity)
A rare galactic alignment involving a giant black hole and the sun will be here in 3 days. Interestingly, the end date 'for the age' is also predicted to be December 21, 2011 by the Mayan calendar. This is verifiable with NASA (the alignment), but scientists say the event is expected to by uneventfully. Meanwhile, it is possible to find a book called Surviving 2012 and new agers are manically blogging about embracing the new consciousness. Additionally, a comet could be heading right for us, due in Dec 2012, without being spotted yet. Guess who discovers comets more than NASA? Yep, amateurs. What to do with this information? I'll tell you on the 22nd.
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By Kristin D. Smith, Kristin D Smith
(Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette)
Have Breakfast with Santa in Downtown Albany!  Join happy holiday celebrators this Saturday, December 17th at 10:00am at the beautiful Sybaris Restaurant.  For $20 per person, you will get a wonderful breakfast, then the kids can have that special one on one time with Santa himself and tell him all the goodies they're hoping for.  Each child will get a toy and even have a free photo taken by a professional photographer.  There will even be a fun craft and an activity sheet to color!  What a great time! After breakfast you can shop the Downtown Albany merchants, like the newly opened Toy Factory.  Maybe get your nails done with Dana McRae at LaBelle Boutique on First Av.  What about picking up a cute outfit or handbag at 1st Hand Seconds (and support women at the same time)?  Find yourse...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
    June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 Avg. List Price $150,372 $150,764 $149,608 $150,483 $151,263 $152,983 Avg. Price Per Sq. Ft. $98 $98 $97 $99 $98 $98 Avg. Days On Market 141 139 135 134 134 138 Currently Active 321 323 283 265 254 248
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany (Linn County)         Price Range Active Listings as of 11/30/2011 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 25 25 4.17 6.00 119 $100,000 - $149,999 62 79 13.17 4.71 114 $150,000 - $199,999  51 59 9.83 5.19 142 $200,000 - $249,999 36 29 4.83 7.45 174 $250,000 - $299,999 15 7 1.17 12.86 261 $300,000 - $349,999 5 1 0.17 30.00 190 $350,000 - $399,999 2 1 0.17 12.00 123 $400,000 - $449,999 1 * 0.00 * * $450,000 - $499,999 1 * 0.00 * * $500,000 - $599,999 * * 0.00 * * $600,000 - $699,999 * * 0.00 * * $700,000 + * * 0.00 * *   198 201   5.91 160
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
If you live somewhat close to the river in North Albany, OR, have a look on the new FEMA flood maps SOON! While some of the locations and identifications are being disputed, chances are your property is now in a flood plain, making flood insurance mandatory in case you have a mortgage. If you so far did not have flood insurance but the maps are placing you in the 100yr flood plain and you are not purchasing flood insurance as requested by your bank, the bank will have to do it for you, most likely not the less expensive alternative.... If you are not (yet) in a flood plain, purchasing flood insurance is rather inexpensive and you might be able to carry it at a low rate in the future even if your property's status is changing. In depth information can be found here: http://www.cityofalba...
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By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
Source – Sperling’s Best Places:  An independent source of information for researching communities of interest   Below are some comments from Albany Oregon residents which are on Sperling’s site.     It just keeps getting better here! - 8/13/2011   We've been here in Albany for many years now and have travelled a very considerable amount in our lives! We've always been so happy to come home to beautiful Albany, with the friendliest and most down-to-earth people, reasonable prices on... EVERYTHING, low crime, great schools and history! Not to mention the beauty, tranquility and abundance of greenery, lakes, rivers, mountains and forests that only Oregon could be known for! Living in Albany takes the best of Pacific Northwest Living, leaving out the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities,...
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