Tuesday Real Estate Update March 21st, 2023

QE, Sub 6%?

In today’s #TREU

  1. Real Estate Market Overall Trend in the last 3 years.
  2. Financial Sector volatility and what we might see in mortgage rate.
  3. Buying New Homes in 2023 the right way.
  4. Residential vs. Commercial landscape shifting.
  • Year over year trend may appear sluggish, but it’s more of 2021 and 2022 fast train slowdown, not market crash like some fear mongering media portrays. So don’t panic.
  • Poorly managed banks are being bought up, so quantitative easing (QE) might be coming sooner than expected. Not because we solve the inflation problem, but to prevent banking system collapsing.  With that pressure, we may see lower than 6% mortgage rate this spring and summer which fuels the real estate market. Typically speaking lower interest rates, higher real estate price. Higher interest rates, lower real estate price.
  • New home builders are offering lower interest rate and price discounts. Many home builders use short term financing. With a higher cost to borrow money, they need to sell left-over inventory to move to new phase of construction. So if you are looking for a new home this year, ask for more incentives and price reduction. And as always look for the best lot in the subdivision. How to find a right home in new subdivision video from 2019:
  • Calmer waves in residential, bigger waves in commercial section. Due to high office and retail vacancies, especially in downtown areas. Big tech layoffs creating potential ownership change in commercial real estate as home office demand continuously growing since the pandemic.

Realtor’s property of choice



Real Estate Question: Which one would you buy as your first property? Multiplex SF Townhome Condo

I’ve been selling real estate for the last 15 years and here’s my favorite residential real estate to invest in (in the order).

  1. Multiplex
  2. Single family home
  3. Townhome (least HOA fees and rules are better)

I’m a big fan of duplexes and triplexes. These tend to have the most optimal balance between price, return and appreciation. Real estate is local data specific, but you may apply this preference broadly in the U.S.

As I mentioned in the video, condos are better than renting, especially in long term.

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Tuesday Real Estate Update March 7th, 2023


Forecasting real estate market based the Fed funds rate, mortgage interest rate, unemployment rate and inflation rate.

Case Shiller 20 cities median price comparison as of March 2023:

  • Atlanta $361k
  • Boston $591k
  • Charlotte $424k
  • Chicago $289k
  • Cleveland $178k
  • Dallas $406k
  • Denver $557k
  • Detroit $162k
  • Las Vegas $393k
  • Los Angeles $798k
  • Miami $489k
  • Minneapolis $341k
  • New York $641k
  • Phoenix $423k
  • Portland $511k
  • San Diego $781k
  • San Francisco $1,410k
  • Seattle $711k
  • Tampa $365k
  • Washington $499k

Source: https://www.redfin.com/news/data-center/

Events in Portland for March 2023

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Here are our top five favorite events for the month of March that we think you’ll love. Check them out below!

1. Portland Seafood & Wine Festival

πŸ“… Mar. 3-4, 2023 | πŸ“ Portland Expo Center | πŸ’΅ TBA

Discover a mix of fresh Oregon seafood, especially at the peak of Dungeness Crab season, and an assortment of alcoholic beverages at the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival. Come with your friends and family to this event which features over 60 of Oregon’s finest wineries, craft beers, cider and distilled spirits. No need for the usual seafood-white wine pairings in this festival!


Portland Expo Center
2060 Marine Dr W Portland, OR 97217

See website | Get tickets

2. Portland Saturday Market

πŸ“… Mar. 4 – Dec. 2, 2023 | πŸ“ Tom McCall Waterfront Park | πŸ’΅ Free

What do you call an art show, live street concert and open-air bazaar in one? The Portland Saturday Market! This event will be held from March 4th to December 2nd. Plenty of chances to come check it out one Saturday of the year. When you do, don’t forget to support our local artists at this event!


Tom McCall Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

See website

3. Shamrock Run

πŸ“… Mar. 12, 2023 | πŸ“ Tom McCall Waterfront Park | πŸ’΅ Cost Varies

This year, Shamrock Run celebrates 45 years of running and features races with multiple distances. Have your kids run around a one-mile Leprechaun Lap or put on your gear for a half-marathon. All races will start and finish at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. After a tiring run, you’ll still cross the finish line with a smile at the ‘Finish Line Festival’, filled with green beer and live music!


Tom McCall Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

See website | Get tickets

4. Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

πŸ“… Mar. 17 – Apr. 30, 2023 | πŸ“ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm | πŸ’΅ $5-$60

With the coming spring, The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival blesses us with acres of tulip fields in full bloom. Take advantage of this gift from nature that we can witness once a year!


Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
33814 S. Meridian Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071

See website

5. Worst Day of the Year Ride

πŸ“… Mar. 19, 2023 | πŸ“ Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Hawthorne | πŸ’΅ Cost Varies

The Worst Day Of The Year Ride features a 15-mile Urban course and a 42-mile Hill Climb Challenge course. Breakfast, half-time party, photo booth, costumes, lunch, five-story chocolate fountain, maps for the courses, mechanical support and on-course transport are what’s in store when you register and participate for this event! This might be the best way to turn around the worst day of the year!


Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Hawthorne
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

See website | Get tickets

Source: travelportland.com

What Upgrades Increase Home Value?

When looking to maximize the value of your home, it’s important to know which improvements will have the greatest impact. The right upgrades can make all the difference in what buyers will pay for your property. To help you decide which improvements to work on, we’ve shortlisted a few upgrades that can potentially increase the value of your home.

1. Convert or Build a Home Office

We all saw the world shift when the pandemic hit. Office work has found its way into our homes and for some, it means making room for a work-conducive area.

In a survey done by HomeLight during Fall of 2021, results showed that 60% of top real estate agents had clients with home office as a top priority in their property search. With this demand, home offices add over $10,000 in resale value, according to a mid-2020 data by the same company.

To accommodate an office in your home, you can try converting spaces such as walk-in closets. Or, you can also go big and construct an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) right in your backyard. Whichever way you want to do it, you’ll benefit either way — while you’re living in your home and when you decide to sell your home in the future.

2. Finish an Unfinished Basement

If you have an unfinished basement, you might want to fix it up prior to selling your home. According to HomeAdvisor, it can get sellers a potential of 75% return on investment (ROI) with a finished basement of around 400-1,500 square feet. Turn it into an office, a guest room, a great room, or just leave it blank and let potential buyers imagine what they’ll make of the space.

3. Touch up or re-do your exterior paint

Out of all the upgrades in this list, exterior touch ups may be the most doable and economical. Although this upgrade is not as drastic as the others, it can change your home’s curb appeal instantly — from looking run-down to brand-spanking new! Here are some ways you can change the exterior look of your home:

  1. Pressure wash the exterior, including the sidewalk, driveway, patio or deck. Nothing beats a sparkling home free of dirt and those green algae.
  2. Paint the main door with a bold color against a neutral exterior, as often recommended by designers.
  3. Check the exterior of your home for any flaking or chipped paint. If there are any visible paint issues, it would be better to at least touch them up.
  4. Go all-out and re-do the exterior paint entirely.

4. Add a deck or patio

Outdoor dining, back yard barbecue, outdoor gym or additional living space — decks and patios are a fantastic way to get your daily dose of fresh air while entertaining or getting a bit of sweat on. These spaces are a common addition to any American home and can add an average of over $7,000 in resale value. Building a deck can cost you around $4,300, which will likely lead to a positive ROI when you decide to sell your home.

5. Install New Windows

According to a study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 90% of home buyers found energy-efficient windows to either be essential or desirable. Replacing your home’s windows can be expensive, but an estimated 80% of the cost can be regained at resale, according to a HomeLight survey.

If you choose to install new windows, make sure to check the the U.S. Department of Energy’s online guide that contains the government’s minimum energy-efficiency standards for new windows. These standards may vary based on the climate zone where the home is located.

6. Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

Swap out the kitchen and bathroom fixtures and drawer knobs for a newer, modern design. If your home has a more traditional or eclectic vibe, replace the fixtures and knobs with a design suited for its style. The important thing is to get a refresh from all the gunk that has been stuck in the nooks and crannies of these items. If done right, this simple and inexpensive swap can give your home a cohesive feel.

If you have the budget to make a minor remodel, this can garner you an estimated amount of 71% ROI, according to HomeLight. Comparing that to a major kitchen remodel, which can only get you 56% ROI, the minor remodel is the better choice. For bathrooms, a minor remodel can get 60% ROI while an upscale remodel gets 5% less.

Here are some items that you might want to remember when remodeling your kitchen or bathroom:

  1. Replace the countertop. Granite countertops add more value to your home, but it can be expensive. A less expensive option would be to put in granite tiles instead of a whole slab.
  2. Replace the cabinetry. If you don’t have the budget for this, you can make your cabinets look modern and brand new with a fresh coat of paint.
  3. Replace the appliances. Upgrade the appliances into stainless steel and energy-efficient ones.
  4. Replace the old fixtures and drawer knobs with standard ones. This won’t cost you as much, so make sure you include this in the remodel.
  5. Replace the old tiles. You can also have them regrouted to save money. This feels the same as having a fresh coat of paint on your wall.
  6. Refinish the tub and liner. This is an inexpensive way to make the bathroom look brand new.

We hope these tips help you sell your home quicker and at a higher value!

Source: HomeLight.com