Albany, OR Real Estate News

By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
The Albany Police Department has experienced a 3-year downward trend, including a decrease of 10.5 percent in Calls For Service from 2009 to 2010. Keep in mind that we do not yet have year end statistics for 2011, so this is the most current trend information the Albany Police Department can provide. Still, it gives an interesting picture of what is happening inAlbanyas far as livability despite the pressures we have seen with the economy.   Below you will find a chart with more specific information which may be of interest. The overall trend is that our town is much safer than the average town nationally. It is a good place to live. http://www.ci.albany.or.us/police/reports/2010%20Crime%20Analysis%20Report.pdf  
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By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
  Fri, December 2, 12am – Mon, December 5, 12am 3700 Knox Butte Rd, AlbanyOregon albanyvisitors@gmail.com Located at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center Fr noon-8pm, Sa 10am-6pm, Su 10am-4pm, Call 541-926-4314, www.lcfairexpo.com  
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By Kristin D. Smith, Kristin D Smith
(Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette)
"When is the Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Albany?"  Your kids have probably shouted this to you in the past week if you live in Albany, OR.  Well, so you can be informed and answer something other than, "I don't know!" the next time they ask, it's December 3rd, 2011 at 5:15pm after the 4:30pm “Twice Around the Block” Christmas parade.  There will be all kinds of great Christmas things going on and the local downtown store owners will be having their window displays out as well.  In addition to the parade and shopping that is available in Downtown Albany, another great thing you can do is take in a movie at the Pix Theater!  Actually, on Saturday, November 26th, at 12:30pm, they will be broadcasting the OSU/UO Civil war on the big screen.  Admission is for adults 21 and up and $5 ...
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By Leanna Langley
(RE/MAX Integrity)
We all have patterns in our lives. As a real estate broker, I am seeing some interesting patterns which point to an exciting opportunity. Those of you who are paying close attention most likely realize the unusual combination of affordable homes, low interest rates and lending options. Some of my observations are about short sales. I am seeing a number of these go through successfully when the agent has done the work up front. You will be better off working with someone who knows how to work with banks, preferably someone with a Certified Distressed Property Designation (CDPE). Having an approved short sale price definitely is speeding things up for our clients. People in the community ask some direct questions. I give answers every day. One concern I have heard often is "Are banks lend...
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By Leanna Langley
(RE/MAX Integrity)
LBCC Theater: A Christmas Carol  Russell Tripp Performance Center Charles Dickens classic tale, adapted by John MortimerDirected by Dan Stone. This contemporary take on the classic written by Charles Dickens is set in America where Ebenezer Scrooge, a successful business woman, has built her money making empire. The play features puppetry, mask performance , original music, and dance.   Come opening night (Friday, December 2nd) and join the cast for Hors d'oeuvres and beverages in the lobby after the play.   Performances:  December 1, 2*, 3, 8, 9, and 10 @ 7:30 pm                           December 4 ** @ 2:00 pm *Opening night reception after the play.** ASL interpreted performance and is also the benefit performance for the Performing Arts Foundation Scholarships. Tickets: on sale Nov...
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By Leanna Langley
(RE/MAX Integrity)
Night Time Magic Thu, December 1, 5pm – Sat, December 31, 10pm Where Historic DowntownAlbanyOregon map Calendar albanyvisitors@gmail.com Description Home owners turn on the lights nightly Dec 1-Dec 31. Drive through the historic districts ofAlbanyand enjoy the historic homes lit up with white lights. Maps are available at the Albany Visitors Association at 250 Broadalbin SW. Call 541-928-0911 or visit online at www.albanyvisitors.com  
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December will be here before we know it, and just because school's out for break doesn't mean your child's energy level will magically adjust. When you just want to burn off some of their enthusiasm for life, consider this option. Nothing tires like swimming. We are fortunate to have a community pool as a different outlet for activity in the winter. Monday through Friday December 19 – 23, 2011    Christmas Break   1 – 3 PMMonday through Friday December 26 – 30, 2011    Christmas Break   1 – 3 PM  Contact: 2150 36th Avenue SE, Albany, OR 97322 | Phone: 541-967-4521 
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany (Linn County)         Price Range Active Listings as of 10/28/2011 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 24 30 5.00 4.80 117 $100,000 - $149,999 70 74 12.33 5.68 105 $150,000 - $199,999  60 63 10.50 5.71 131 $200,000 - $249,999 32 25 4.17 7.68 151 $250,000 - $299,999 18 8 1.33 13.50 218 $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 * *   213 202   6.33 148
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By Leanna Langley
(RE/MAX Integrity)
Wow! Albany General Hospital has an extensive education and events calendar. Each category below has additional details for you to view if you see a topic that interests you. Part of being healthy is having the right information. I think it is great that all this is provided for our community here in Albany, Oregon. If you are relocating to the area, it would make sense to take a look at our local healthcare services. For more information on relocation, please take a look at my real estate website, http://www.relocatewithleanna.com For class information at the hospital, click on the class category to view that group's classes straight from the Samaritan Health Services website.  Breastfeeding  Cancer  Childbirth Prep/Family  Community and Health  CPR and First Aid  Diabetes  En Espanol...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany (Linn County)         Price Range Active Listings as of 9/30/2011 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 23 41 6.83 3.37 114 $100,000 - $149,999 70 88 14.67 4.77 116 $150,000 - $199,999  62 65 10.83 5.72 132 $200,000 - $249,999 33 28 4.67 7.07 163 $250,000 - $299,999 22 7 1.17 18.86 91 $300,000 - $349,999 4 1 0.17 24.00 190 $350,000 - $399,999 2 1 0.17 12.00 * $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 * *   218 231   5.66 134
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By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
Population, Location, and Other Facts Population: 48,770 (July 2008 PSU estimate) Albany is Oregon's 12th largest city. Download a demographic information page (72K PDF) from the 2000 Census. Visit the City of Albany's 2000 Census database page. Founded: 1848, incorporated in 1864, and adopted home rule charter in 1891. County: Linn County seat; 2nd largest city in Benton County ZIP Codes: 97321 97322 Location: 44° 38' N latitude, 123° 7' W longitude Willamette Valley 45 miles north of Eugene 69 miles south of Portland 24 miles south of Salem Online local maps are available from our GIS section of our Web site. Area: 16 square miles (city limits) 21.7 square miles (Urban Growth Boundary) Elevation: 180-430 feet above sea level Form of government: Council-Manager Current tax rate: $6.39...
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By Leanna Langley
(RE/MAX Integrity)
              A variety of safe and fun events is just around the corner for October 2011 in Albany Oregon. The details are below for events both children and adults can enjoy. On Saturday, October 25, 2008 downtown will be haunted by little ghouls and goblins for the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treating. We start off with the kid’s costume contest at 10:00 am at Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin St. SW. Trick-or-Treating starts at 11:00 am and goes to 1:00 pm. at participating merchants-look for the orange and black balloons. Pediatric Dental Associates will again be providing treat bags with toothbrushes and tooth care products. They will be available at the Visitor’s Center in Two Rivers Market. Call 541-928-2469 if you have any questions. There will be an adults-only costume ball at t...
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The Children’s Performing Arts Series was created in 1987 to enrich the lives of school-aged children by bringing performers and artisans to the Albany area. As school funding becomes tighter, it is more important than ever that our children have an opportunity to experience arts and music. For more than 20 years, the Albany Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with local businesses to make these performances a reality in area schools and free Saturday performance. 
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By Leanna Langley
(RE/MAX Integrity)
The Albany Visitors Association (AVA) is offering yet another opportunity to taste the wonderful world we live in. Via Albany's Historic Trolley, departing from the AVA, the Nosh Tour takes participants back stage in many of Albany's home-grown restaurants; tasting food and drink samples of what makes each establishment stand out, getting to see behind the scenes, and speaking with the people who make it all happen. Participating restaurants have included, Sybaris Bistro, Vault 244, Calapooia Brewing Co., Cappie's Brewhouse, Brewster's, Clemenza's Cafe, Pizza King, First Burger, Bomack's BBQ, Allann Bros. Beanery and Novak's Hungarian Restaurant. Future stops will include Midway Farms. The tour is so popular, AVA is scheduling tours the last weekend of most months. Available by reservat...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany (Linn County)         Price Range Active Listings as of 8/31/2011 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 23 43 7.17 3.21 121 $100,000 - $149,999 76 80 13.33 5.70 118 $150,000 - $199,999  62 63 10.50 5.90 127 $200,000 - $249,999 37 25 4.17 8.88 161 $250,000 - $299,999 19 6 1.00 19.00 98 $300,000 - $349,999 5 1 0.17 30.00 190 $350,000 - $399,999 3 1 0.17 18.00 * $400,000 - $449,999 1 * 0.00 * * $450,000 - $499,999 2 * 0.00 * * $500,000 - $599,999 * * 0.00 * * $600,000 - $699,999 * * 0.00 * * $700,000 + * * 0.00 * *   228 219   6.25 136
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By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
Being an expert on our local real estate market has in part to do with looking at the bigger picture. Some of the basic things I like to track are the following: What has happened to the months of inventory (time it would take to sell existing homes on the market)? How does the number of homes listed compare to the number of homes sold in Albany over the last year? What was the number of days on market or days it took for a listed home to sell in our area?
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  Festival Schedule Friday, August 26, 2011 Balloon lift-off 6:45 a.m. Art booths & food vendors open 4 p.m. Festival Stage Wine/Microbrew Garden 4 – 10 p.m. Kids’ art activities in Your locally owned Carino’s & Red Robin Children’s Art Village 4 – 7 p.m. Artist Demonstrations 4 – 8 p.m. Festival Stage performers 4 p.m. – dusk Night Glow/Laser Light Show with The Coats dusk    Saturday, August 27, 2011 Balloon lift-off 6:45 a.m. Young Eagles flights 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Car show 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Art booths & festival vendors open 10 a.m. Festival Stage Wine/Microbrew Garden 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Festival Stage performers 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Kids’ art activities in Your locally owned Carino’s & Red Robin Children’s Art Village 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Artist Demonstrations 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Main Stage Wine...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany           Price Range Active Listings as of 7/29/2011 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 26 38 6.33 4.11 108 $100,000 - $149,999 86 82 13.67 6.29 113 $150,000 - $199,999  80 79 13.17 6.08 137 $200,000 - $249,999 64 42 7.00 9.14 182 $250,000 - $299,999 37 14 2.33 15.86 176 $300,000 - $349,999 22 2 0.33 66.00 166 $350,000 - $399,999 6 6 1.00 6.00 133 $400,000 - $449,999 3 * 0.00 * * $450,000 - $499,999 2 1 0.17 12.00 119 $500,000 - $599,999 2 * 0.00 * * $600,000 - $699,999 0 1 0.17 * 103 $700,000 + 4 * 0.00 * *   332 265   7.52 137
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By Mary L. Hartley
(Cadwell Realty Group)
 One of my most pressing concerns at the moment is trying to help a seller save a historic home which the City ofAlbanyhas declared worthy of being demolished. The house would be the first to be demolished underAlbany’s “dangerous buildings” ordinance adopted in 2006. This is an example of the sort of situation Realtors may find themselves in because homes are linked to lives; on some level, someone else’s life is in my lands because people need a voice when going through a property rights situation like this.  In a newspaper article (entitled A House Condemned) published July 5th, City Manager Wes Hare says, “I am not prepared to post guards around the property to keep people from living there so unless someone is willing to step forward and be a responsible party, demolition may be th...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Albany           Price Range Active Listings as of 6/30/2011 Sold Listings Last 6 Months Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 30 43 7.17 4.19 110 $100,000 - $149,999 107 77 12.83 8.34 124 $150,000 - $199,999  99 83 13.83 7.16 145 $200,000 - $249,999 65 46 7.67 8.48 184 $250,000 - $299,999 38 10 1.67 22.80 160 $300,000 - $349,999 14 3 0.50 28.00 140 $350,000 - $399,999 5 5 0.83 6.00 133 $400,000 - $449,999 3 * 0.00 * * $450,000 - $499,999 1 1 0.17 6.00 119 $500,000 - $599,999 2 * 0.00 * * $600,000 - $699,999 0 1 0.17 * 103 $700,000 + 1 * 0.00 * *   365 269   8.14 135
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