The Move to Oregon is ON

Oregon is becoming a hotspot for those looking to settle down and was the number 1 destination for people moving between states last year. According to a CNN Money article “More than 61% of all interstate moves made in Oregon were for people coming to live in the state.” Oregon even surpassed Washington D.C. to take the top spot. The major reason for the shift isn’t necessarily about jobs or weather but about the Portland Lifestyle. Oregon and Portland in particular, offer a laid back, environmentally friendly, active way of life. Our state offers great scenery, affordable public transportation, an emphasis on living green as well as delicious restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Portland is becoming the city for millennials wanting to be a part of the “Portlandia” vibe (yes, it’s also where young people go to retire!) and baby boomers looking to slow down.  A booming wine industry, tons of recreational activities and beautiful scenic areas add to the appeal of Portland and the Portland Lifestyle. The lower cost of Portland real estate and living in Portland vs. Los Angles or San Francisco is also an advantage to living in the area. “The median price for a single-family home in Portland, for example, is $265,000 according to RMLS. In San Francisco, it’s $881,000 and in Los Angeles, $481,000 according to Zillow” CNN Money.

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What does this mean for the housing industry? Well first, it is attracting more potential buyers to the Portland area. This means it is a great market for sellers because of a multitude of buyers combined with a lower supply. While this does mean there is more competition for buyers this also tells us now is the right time to buy. With more people settling down here now, the numbers are only going to increase as time goes on. Whether you are looking to list your home or are a first time buyer who wants to become a home owner, please give us a call or shoot us an email here at the Portland Lifestyle Team. If you are out of state and wanting to look for a home in Portland, we would be happy to give you more information on housing in the area. We are happy to assist you finding YOUR Portland Lifestyle!

IMG_2685Portland Oregon has a population of more than 600,000 people with total households exceeding 250,000. Its a city with a homeownership rate exceeding 64% which brings us to approximately number 42 of the top 75 cities in the Untied States. And its an active real estate market also. So far in 2013, the greater Portland area has transacted more than 1830 residential homes and condominium units which is about 16% higher than we saw in 2011. Things are getting better, but that isn’t really what this blog post is about.

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Yes, Portland is a beautiful and livable city and ranks high as a sought after place to live. However we have our issues as well, just as any city does. For instance, our unemployment rate is currently running around 6.5%, about .5% below the national average. After all, the TV show Portlandia which runs on the Independent Film Channel calls Portland the city where young people come to retire. What goes hand in hand with higher unemployment levels, under employment, the high cost of food, utilities, gas, rent and other contributing factors is hunger. People on fixed incomes have to make choices and in typical situations having a roof over your head and gas in the car can many times come before putting food on the table. IMG_2691Thus the need for emergency food that the Oregon Food Bank distributes annually with over 1 million food boxes throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. These boxes feed over 270,000 people, of which 92,000 are children. What is further staggering is that food box distribution has grown by 41% since the beginning of the great recession of 2008!

The Portland Lifestyle Team went into the Christmas season this year looking for a way to give back to our community. Realtors in Portland Oregon have largely been know for giving back. Giving back can come in many forms and while it is easy at times to simply write a check, sometimes giving back with your time can be even more valuable and rewarding. Today the whole team took their afternoon, away from what is really a pretty busy real estate market, and we refocused our time and attention to packing food boxes at the Oregon Food Bank facility in Beaverton Oregon. In the Food Banks own words, volunteers are critical to the OFB’s mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes. IMG_2703The time spent was amazing and fulfilling. The 3 hour shift went by as if it were minutes and collectively as a larger team, we packaged over 16,000 pounds of food which accounted for almost 14,000 meals for hungry families. Not a bad job for 3 hours! And, not that we need to be competitive, but these numbers were about 40% higher than the morning shift today!

So as we navigate the remainder of this holiday season, remember that while many of us are pushing our way thru the mall, looking for that perfect present that Uncle Frank really doesn’t need, that there are hungry people out there. In the words of the immortal Forrest Gump, “Thats all I have to say about that”.