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!



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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Battling For Backup

My buyer visited a new listing the very next day after it came on market. The home went pending that same afternoon. Less than one day, and gone! I called the agent to ask if we could present a backup offer (in case the sale with the current buyer fell apart). The agent said yes, but that there were two, possibly three other back up offers that we would be competing with. Oh brother…competing for backup position?



So, there I was, writing a backup offer above list price and with several other bells and whistles that we hoped would make our offer the best of them all.


It was interesting how good it felt when the seller selected our offer over the others. HOORAY, we had won! I felt great… for about two or three seconds. Then I remembered that we didn’t actually get the house yet. We still had to wait and pray that the first position buyers changed their minds, chickened out, lost their financing, got arrested and sent to jail (etc., etc.).  Of course, we’re not wishing for harm to come to those buyers, but we are definitely hoping SOMETHING happens that will move us into first position. Sigh…I also can’t help but wonder if our backup offer is actually even better than their offer. 

For sellers, a signed and accepted backup offer is a powerful tool to have in place. It offers peace of mind knowing they will not have to go back on market should the first buyer bail out. It can also add leverage during negotiation of repairs with the first buyer. Sellers don’t feel as much pressure to agree to expensive repairs requested by the buyer. They just need to have their agent inform them that they have secured a contract with a strong backup buyer who would LOVE to take their place.

Supply and demand folks….supply and demand………


      Kevin G.                  Kevin@KevinGormanSells.com


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