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July 2014 Portland Metro Real Estate Update!

"Summertime" - Norah Jones It’s Summertime in Oregon, when we enjoy some of the best weather on the planet!!! I’m a little late with this month’s market review, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. It’s been a busy month! In real estate, it’s more of the same, a “steady-eddy” market that seems solid, stable and reasonable. We are holding steady for the 3rd month in a row at 2.8 months of inventory.   BUYERS: What does this mean for buyers? The Federal Reserve officials agreed at June’s meeting to end their bond-buying program in October, putting an explicit end … Read More

Lenders Expanding Options for Investors!

"The Lucky One" - Alison Krauss and Union Station If you are one of "the lucky ones" and you have amassed some investment properties, there is good news on the horizon.  Of late, it has been more difficult to find lenders who would easily lend on an investment property if the buyer(s) owned more than four properties (and, that included your primary residence).  Now lenders are expanding options for investment buyers. available for investors with five to ten financed properties single unit, second homes and investment properties allowed multiple unit properties allowed (duplex to… Read More

1031 Exchanges Defer Income and Capital Gains Taxes on Investment Properties!

Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" “It’s not how much you make, but how much you keep” applies to almost every aspect of your financial life.  It definitely applies to real estate investors, who face high tax rates when selling their investment properties. Fortunately, IRC Section 1031, a provision in the tax code since 1921, provides tax relief. Reflected below is a summary of the four ways investors will generally be taxed on the sale of an investment property if they DO NOT take advantage of Section 1031: Depreciation Recapture: First, taxpayers will be taxed at a rate of 2… Read More


Placido Domingo - "Younger than Springtime" Spring has sprung and we are seeing the usual real estate uptick as we head solidly into the spring selling season.  Activity in the Portland metro area is continuing to trend upward for the first quarter of 2014, but we are not quite as robust as the first quarter of 2013! Total average market time fell to 85 days in March and inventory decreased to 3.1 months (inventory in months is calculated by dividing the active residential listings at the end of the month by the number of closed sales for that month).  The average sales price in the fir… Read More