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Portland Mandatory Energy Audits

Effective January 01st 2018, Portland home sellers will be required to complete a home energy scoring and assessment report prior to publicly listing their home for sale. This report must be obtained from a licensed home energy assessor. The results of the score and report must be disclosed to all prospective buyers at the time the home goes on the market. This applies to all sellers, whether they are using a Realtor or not. The city council adopted the home energy score ordinance Portland City Code Chapter 17.108 on December 14, 2016, which applies to owners of single family residences only.

The score card will look like this:

PDX Score

I am told the estimated cost to hire a licensed energy assessor is $150 – $250. Homes will be rated between 0-10 with 10 being most energy efficient. Homeowners planning to sell should schedule an assessor several weeks before publicly listing their property.

Why did the city of Portland approve this ordinance?… click here:  Portland Home Energy Score

What are your thoughts?

Happy to answer your questions about this or any other real estate topics. Thanks for blogging!

Kevin Gorman   – www.KevinGormanSells.com – 503-367-4869

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Housing Shortage Fix

PDX Metro Housing Problem? Well, there isn’t a problem if you are living in a home you own and plan to stay in, or if you own rental properties. Both are reaping the benefits of an approximate 11.4% increase in appreciation over the past 12 months. (Check out my  Audio Market Action Report  for these and other market stats)

Portland area landlords are enjoying an annual yearly increase in rental rates of approximately 9%. In the past six months alone, rents have raised 7% which suggest an increase rate of 14% for this year! (Here is a link to a recent Oregonian article regarding these numbers)

Unfortunately, buyers and renters are struggling with the higher costs and lack of choices. That is a problem. Thankfully, loan interest rates still remain low. It is still possible for first-timers to buy. However, sacrifices in location, age or condition may need to be made. Renters should contact a local preferred lender and find out if they can qualify. If they can’t qualify now, ask the lender what steps to take to make it happen in the future.

So what’s the fix? Oregon and Portland metro have been discovered. We are now known to be one of the best places in the world to live. Those of us that live here are fortunate, regardless of whether we rent or own. That said, we need to solve the housing problem. It seems obvious that we need to build a wall and have California, Nevada, Idaho and Washington pay for it!  Just kidding of course… we may need to pay for it ourselves.   🙂   Have a safe & spooky Halloween!

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Kevin G.                                                                                 KevinGormanSells.com

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ll Take It!!

Gotta GoHome buying in the Portland metro area remains fast and competitive. Most buyers have learned from their agent or from experience that there really is no time to “sleep on it” once they find a home they like. Sellers continue to receive multiple offers within a day or two of hitting the market. I sometimes tell my buyers to wear slip on shoes during our tours because they won’t have time to tie laces!

It’s a wild ride for sure. There does not seem to be a major slowing on the horizon. Low inventory and big demand continues as people from out of the state and country continue to move here, many flush with cash. The urban growth boundary also will continue to limit new construction of homes and apartments.

In case you have been traveling the outer galaxy and didn’t know…prices have escalated quickly. First time buyers under $300k price point ($200k for condo & townhomes) are struggling and being forced to sacrifice from their original wish list. Many are needing to push their search further out (more commute time) than they had hoped. They are also considering homes that are smaller, have fewer features or are in less desirable condition.

It’s definitely not a piece of cake out there for buyers, sellers or real estate professionals. It’s extremely fast paced, demanding and emotional for us all.. That said, it still continues to be one of the best times to buy in Portland metro for two main reasons. (2) Home values are projected to continue to increase due to supply and demand. (1) Low interest rates. Real estate is a long term investment, and 10 years from now, homeowners will be grateful that they battled this market and bought a home at under 4% interest rates… and in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Okay, that’s it for now … gotta run!

                   Kevin  G.           KevinGormanSells.com

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