Lake Oswego, OR Real Estate News

By Brian Olsen, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams
(Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes)
The Lake Oswego OR Waterfront Real Estate Market Is Heating Up There are 44 Lake Oswego waterfront homes for sale right now in the local RMLS. These include lake, canal, and river waterfront homes in the city.  It seems that the majority of them are on the South side of the lake and its canals, but there are some amazing choices on the North side as well.  No matter which side of the lake you live on or choose to live on, the scenery is spectacular and Lake Oswego waterfront living is like nothing else. Lake Oswego real estate offers different types of waterfront living: Lake, Canal, River, and  Easement.  Purchasing a home that is not actually waterfront, but has an easement to use Oswego Lake can be the most affordable. Here are some of the stats of the current Lake Oswego waterfront ...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
Lake Oswego Real Estate Market March 2013 March 2013 Real Estate Market Report Lake Oswego, OR EBA Portland, LLC March 2013 Feb 2013 Jan 2013 Y-T-D           Active Listings 435 432 450 --   New Listings 183 140 187 516   Pending Sales 154 112 130 396   Closed Sales 125 74 79 279   Average DOM 120 157 138 --   Average Sale Price $494,900 $451,900 $480,600 $478,600   Months of Inventory  3.5  5.8 5.6  --   Looking at Lake Oswego Real Estate Market Report Inventory for the Lake Oswego Real Estate market has also come down.  While it was holding steady the first two months of this quarter, Lake Oswego real esate has dropped to a 3.5 absorption rate.  Which does surprise me a little since Lake Oswego real estate market is one of the most affluent in the area, overall. But, considering that ...
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By Jen Woodbury, MBA, Principal Broker, 541-499-9941
(MORE Realty)
Call Jen Woodbury, 808-936-8957, MBA, Portland Oregon, Lake Oswego Oregon, West Linn Oregon, Principal Broker and Realtor, experienced professional, to buy or sell Portland, Oregon homes. According to NeighborhoodScout, West Linn, Oregon and Lake Oswego, Oregon rank among the top 100 safest cities in America and are the only two Oregon cities to make the list. Cities researched had at least 25,000 residents and the ranking was based on numbers of various crimes per 1000 residents. Many homebuyers ask me about the safety of cities and although I can’t guaranty any safety, these are the types of statistics and numbers I refer to as a resource for buyers. Of course, any homebuyer should always call local police departments, and “google” areas, cities and neighborhoods for crime rates and s...
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
One Level Homes in Lake Oswego, Oregon  If you're looking for a one or single level home in Lake Oswego Oregon, you might just have a harder time than you thought. According to the RMLS (Regional Multiple Listing Service), there are only 35 active and 18 short sale pending one level homes for sale. Out of these 20 of them are condos with 7 of them having entry stairs but a main level when you go in which narrows it down even more. Why aren't there many single level homes? A huge part is due to Portland's Urban Growth Boundary. It's put in place to prevent urban sprawl, and thus builders have a harder time aquiring land inside the UGB. Of course wanting to get as much bang for their buck,  most builders have built up and on smaller lots. It's not uncommon for homes to be 3,000 square fee...
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By Jen Woodbury, MBA, Principal Broker, 541-499-9941
(MORE Realty)
The decision to bring the Rassekh property into the Lake Oswego urban growth boundary is being appealed. The property was brought into the boundary and is being considered for a future tennis center. The owner of the newly opened Stafford Hill Club is handling the appeal. Some support the tennis center being located on this property yet some believe the property, in the Luscher Farm area, should remain rural. Click link for the full article: http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-oswego/index.ssf/2013/01/appeal_challenges_decision_to.html Please visit my sites at: https://www.facebook.com/JenWoodburySellsHomes/ http://jenwoodburysellshomes.info/ http://jenwoodburysellshomes.com/ Call an experienced professional, Jen Woodbury, MBA, PB, to buy or sell Portland, Oregon homes. 808-936-8957 and 503-...
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By Jen Woodbury, MBA, Principal Broker, 541-499-9941
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Lake Oswego homes (for sale) inventory is very low right now so rest assured it's one of the better times to sell in years. In December, Lake Oswego, in general, sold through 45 homes and a handful of condos. Homes came in at an average of $203 per square foot. Sales are up and inventory is down. Lake Oswego reflects the same situation as the Portland housing market. At risk of sounding “like a broken record” …now is a great time to sell!     Please visit my sites at: https://www.facebook.com/JenWoodburySellsHomes/ http://jenwoodburysellshomes.info/ http://jenwoodburysellshomes.com/ Call an experienced professional, Jen Woodbury, MBA, PB, to buy or sell Portland, Oregon homes. 808-936-8957 and 503-218-3936.  
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By Brian Olsen, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams
(Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes)
Lake Oswego School District Two Hours Late Again Today - The temps were ten degrees warmer than yesterday when Lake Oswego School District did not start late, but icy roads were the culprit for the two hour late start today.   The good news?  Sleep in and the Starbucks on Douglas wasn't inundated as usual with the long line of cars around 9:00.   The bad news?  Not much gets done with the kids home! Stay bundled up out there!  Current temps are far more tolerable and looks like we are almost out of this cold snap with sun and weather in the fifties on the horizon! Want to see what is going on in the LO?  Lake Oswego OR living
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By Brian Olsen, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams
(Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes)
Lake Oswego architecture - lots of different types around the lake... Lake Oswego has the coolest architecture!  This beautiful "Southern" colonial is in Lake Oswego's Village On The Lake neighborhood on the North Shore in Lake Grove. Village on the Lake is an interesting neighborhood because besides the typical late 1980s homes you would expect, you will also find unique gems like this one and a very Miami Vice house as well. The neighbors in Village on the Lake are all very nice and it is a tight knit community.
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By Brian Olsen, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams
(Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes)
Lake Oswego is playing Tigard in the Semifinals for high school football today at noon.  According to:  Oregon Live , here is what's happening today for the game at noon: "CLASS 6A - (Bracket) Semifinals: Dec. 1: Tigard vs. Lake Oswego - 12 p.m., Jeld-Wen Field GO LAKERS!!!!!  
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By Jen Woodbury, MBA, Principal Broker, 541-499-9941
(MORE Realty)
Sometimes doing my job is just plain fun. When I pull updates for Lake Oswego homes, this is one of my favorite categories; over $1million. The below information from MLS shows Lake Oswego houses sold over $1million in the past 60 days. Click on the link to view some beautiful properties and lovely pictures. Lake Oswego isn’t all multi-million dollar homes. Buyers in the numerous price points are able to buy into our lovely community and enjoy benefits of a small town just down the highway from Portland, Oregon. Homes Over $1 Million  Lake Oswego, Oregon (MLS/houses only/at least 3 beds & 2 baths/over $1m) For Sale:                             61 houses Average Price:                   $1.9m Average Sq. Feet:             5130 Average Price Per SF:       $383 Price Range:                ...
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By Jen Woodbury, MBA, Principal Broker, 541-499-9941
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One of the most wonderful benefits of real estate is doing business close to home. As I walk my dog Laki through the neighborhood of Westlake or attend a concert in the park, I enjoy a quick smile or conversation with neighbors. The ones who know I’m in real estate often ask questions about the current market. Some of my neighbors get regular MLS updates from me and some just prefer to go onto my Facebook page or blog and see for themselves. Either way, I love my job, my neighbors and working so close to home! Westlake, Lake Oswego, Oregon (houses only, at least 3beds/2baths) Current Real Estate Update (RMLS Listings Only) Click Link Below For Property List For Sale: 5 Houses Average Price: $655,560 Average Sq. Ft: $3056 Average $ Sq Ft:$213 Price Range: $549-799,900k Sold Past 60 Days...
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By Jen Woodbury, MBA, Principal Broker, 541-499-9941
(MORE Realty)
The linked article below talks about staging your home to sell. With all the TV shows on real estate buying, selling and decorating, the staging boom is thriving. The article mentions less clutter (agents always agree with this) and being mindful of color. The most important point and one I tell sellers, is that a buyer needs to see themselves, their family and their stuff in your house. I would caution against being “too creative” as you stage your home because it could become distracting to a buyer. Regardless, once those buyers see themselves in your home, get ready to move! http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20121006/REALESTATE/121009885/1078&ParentProfile=1055 Please visit my sites at: https://www.facebook.com/JenWoodburySellsHomes/ http://jenwoodburysellshomes.info/ http://jenwood...
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By Jen Woodbury, MBA, Principal Broker, 541-499-9941
(MORE Realty)
The Lake Oswego, Oregon City Council has approved a measure for road improvements along Boones Ferry. Although many favor the measure, many also oppose it saying this just isn’t the right time for this type of spending because a new police station or emergency services center is much more important. I guess the overall question is: Are "cosmetic" improvements more important than infrastructure at this time? http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-oswego/index.ssf/2012/10/meet_the_measure_boones_ferry.html   Please visit my sites at: https://www.facebook.com/JenWoodburySellsHomes/ http://jenwoodburysellshomes.info/ http://jenwoodburysellshomes.com/   Call Jen Woodbury, an experienced Oregon real estate broker at 808-936-8957 and 503-218-3936 when you need to buy or sell real estate.  
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
For many bloggers on ActiveRain we wonder "who is reading our posts?"  Sometimes we know because we receive comments on them. But what about the general population?  Rarely do we get comments from the general public.  I have a WordPress blog as well.  Many posts are written in both ActiveRain and BuyersAgentPortland.com In August this year I published two posts ActiveRain: The Art of Simon Toparovsky "Fortuna" Sculpture in Lake Oswego WordPress:  The Art of Simon Toparovsky in Lake Oswego In my posts I wrote: "If you notice, Fortuna does not have any arms. I would love to ask the artist what inspired him in this manner? Perhaps, even Fortuna relies on fate and luck in her fortune and does not make it for herself?" And lo and behold, Simon Toparovsky answered me!! I received the followin...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
Lake Oswego Homes for Sale Under $350000 The Lake Oswego market is holding steady. The graph of homes for sale in Lake Oswego show what the market is doing for the past four month. With the average sales price of Lake Oswego homes in the past four months hovering in the mid-$500,000 range, we can see that anything BELOW that price might be a good deal. Why? Because Lake Oswego Homes for Sale under $350,000 might be a very good value in the Lake Oswego market were properties, on average as selling much higher. June 2012 Market Report Lake Oswego EBA Portland, LLC June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 Y-T-D             New Listings 90 99 75 75 340 Pending Sales 60 61 46 37 204 Closed Sales 63 46 31 22 162 Average DOM 76 103 90 59 -- Average Sales Price $590,488 $723,389 $506,863 $502,1...
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By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
Our Portland home staging company recently staged a charming older cottage in a nearby suburb.  The seller had already moved to their new home and the listing agent realized that a vacant home holds little appeal for potential buyers.  When a buyer walks into a vacant home they often have a difficult time figuring out how to use the space, and staging successfully addresses that issue. It's also true that when a home is vacant, small imperfections in things like paint or flooring may become items to focus on, since there's nothing else to look at.   This vintage 1936 cottage was previously beautifully decorated by the seller, but when she moved out with her furniture, it seemed smaller than it actually is & not cozy or inviting By using appropriately-scaled furnishings we can show buyer...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
Lake Oswego Real Estate Market Report Slightly over 6 months ago, the new year started out with an adsorption rate for Lake Oswego real estate of 7.0 months of inventory. Within the first half of 2012, the entire Portland Metro area is now down to 3.9 months of inventory. The market has changed and inventory has decreased substantially and dramatically. Related Article: Lake Oswego Homes for Sale Under $350000 This is a break-down of the past 4 months of Lake Oswego Real Estate Market Report Activity. As of last month, Lake Oswego is showing 4.2 months' supply of inventory. June 2012 Market Report Lake Oswego EBA Portland, LLC June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 Y-T-D             New Listings 90 99 75 75 340 Pending Sales 60 61 46 37 204 Closed Sales 63 46 31 22 162 Average DOM 76 ...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
Once upon a time . . . there was a home builder in Lake Oswego, OR 97034 who, apparently, had read "The Lord of the Rings" at some point in their life. It must have impacted the builder so much, because when that builder grew up, they actually named streets in the Lake Oswego subdivision with all too familiar names (for those Hobbit fans).  Now, this particular area in Lake Oswego was built between 1970 and 1980 prior to the Lord of the Ring movies coming out.  So they guy had to have been inspired by the written word . . . the names of the streets do reflect the builders passion. In Lake Oswego we have:  Hobbit Court, Tolkein Lane Hillshire Drive Anduin Terrace Rivendell Court Rivendell Road . . . to name a few. When I was up in the area showing property a few weeks ago . . . I was rem...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
Lake Oswego Embraces the Art Work of Simon Toparovsky Lake Oswego is a city located just a few miles south of Portland proper. In the olden days, the City of Lake Oswego was a "get away" for Portlanders who wanted to experience the lake. "Passenger traffic hit its peak in 1920 with 64 trains to and from Portland daily. Within nine years of the peak, passenger service ended and the line was used for intermittent freight service to Portland's south waterfront up until its abandonment in 1984." ~~ Wikipedia.org Now, with many people calling Lake Oswego home,  in recent years Lake Oswego had a rejuvenation of their Downtown area and the art work of Simon Toparovsky was purchased among many other established artists. Simon Toparovsky's wonderful sculpture Fortuna is displayed outside one of ...
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