The Portland Condo Blog


Condo of the week…The Elizabeth!


Check out The Elizabeth here: Elizabeth condos for sale

Have an interest in one of Portland’s stunning penthouse units? To see the new penthouse listing at The Elizabeth, priced at $3,650,000, call Brad today to set up a private viewing of this unique space.

Brad Golik is a condo specialist with and Total Property Resources. He can be reached at 503-896-8856 or at

Economic News


Both PPI and CPI came in hotter than market expectations this week, posting up .4% and .5% on the headline prints, respectively. Looking at an annualized basis, PPI (price at the producer level) is up 2.7% on headline, and up 2.2% at the core. CPI (prices at the consumer level) is up 2.1% on headline, and up 1.8% at the core. Overall, some stronger results on inflation, keeping expectations for more acceleration throughout the rest of the year steady on pace. Although the markets still need to see more data ahead for further confirmation, levels in the sectors remain steady in place. Maybe more importantly, they are right in line with the Fed’s 2% inflation mandate, thus leaving them right on track for another rate hike at the March meeting.

Retail Sales for January came in softer than market consensus, posting a .3% loss. If we strip out autos and energy (core), we see a .2% decline. Important to also note that there was a revision to the initial level for December, taking a previously reported +.4% gain down to unchanged from the previous month. The release for January will certainly have its affect, most likely pulling back GDP in Q4 2017 to a lower level.

Housing Starts surged in January, posting up 9.7% to a 1.326mln unit rate. The release is higher from an upwardly revised 1.209mln unit rate back in December. January starts by region show increases of +45.5% in the Northeast, +10.7% in the West, and +9.3% in the South. The only decline came from the Midwest, falling 10.2%. Looking at Building Permits, we also saw a strong level for January, up 7.4% to a 1.396mln unit rate. Permits continue to suggest that the starts rate will continue to drift higher in the coming months.

So, after what has been another wild ride this week, we think it’s safe to say that we are all looking forward to the long 3-day weekend as the markets are closed on Monday! While we received a little bit of relief in Friday’s session that was favorable for the bond market, we are not out of the woods just yet. To really get bond market technicians “comfortable” again that a high yield has been put in place, the 10yr would need to see a close back around ~2.68% or lower, which we know, sounds like a lifetime away from current levels. That close would fundamentally shift the trend back in favor of the Bulls over the short- to medium-term outlook, and would be a very nice move lower in rates. From a technical perspective, we are setting the short-term trading range for the 10yr at ~2.80-2.94%, and those are the extremes you all should be watching. Rally one day, sell-off the next. It’s the pattern that we still need to be prepared for with the amount of volatility that remains in this marketplace. For now, the bounce back to some better rates/pricing to end the week is definitely one to “put a ring on,” taking full advantage of what’s in front of you.

As we look ahead to next week, the calendar is much lighter with the only data highlights being those of the FOMC Minutes and Existing Home Sales, both releasing on Wednesday. We will also have more Treasury supply in the form of 2, 5, and 7yr note auctions starting on Tuesday.

On a different note, we are starting to see more condos being listed on the market. If you are a buyer that has been patiently watching the market, give me a call to go tour some great condos!


Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Total Property Resources, LLC and . You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at



Luxury…at a value!


Yesterday I listed a condo at KOIN Towers Fountain Plaza. With the “New and Shiny” buildings we have recently seen, like The Cosmopolitan, it’s nice to be able to go back in time a bit and revisit buildings like KOIN Tower. At the end of last year I sold a unit at KOIN/Fountain Plaza on the 27th floor for $1,750,000. It was a large unit with spectacular views. My new listing, just one floor below, and again, it provides some of the best views in the city! This northwest corner unit offers sensational sunset views to the west, amazing Mt. St. Helens and Mt Adams views to the north and Willamette River views to the northwest. This 1950 square foot unit has wonderful open spaces…and those amazing views! The best part of all, at $929,000, you are getting this for under $500 a square foot! Now remember, 26th floor views at The Cosmopolitan went for over $1,100 a square foot! OK, now the KOIN Tower is NOT The Cosmopolitan, but it represents luxury at a good value!

I believe we are at the beginning of a major transition in the KOIN building. Many of the original owners are gone and a newer, more thrifty demographic is buying in. There are not many condo buildings being built right now (The Vista) and I can see moving forward, many buyers recognizing the potential and value in a building like KOIN Tower/Fountain Plaza.

While current owners at the KOIN have not really participated in the run up of prices the last 10 years, buyers today will find a high quality building with unmatched views and will benefit tremendously moving forward. The area around KOIN Tower is also improving with several hotels with new restaurants, and a high- end grocery store. I cannot really think of a better time to buy at KOIN/Fountain Plaza than right now. To set up a time to see unit #2604, give me a call and be ready to be wowed by some awesome views! If you would like to tour this fantastic unit, give me a call today!

Video at:     Aerial KOIN Tower

Brad Golik is a condo specialist at and Total Property Resources, LLC. You can contact Brad at 503-896-8856 or at




Lasting designs!

We have not seen many new penthouses come onto the market lately in the Pearl District but we should see a nice one come on by the end of this week and it is in one of my favorite buildings, The Elizabeth. This 15th floor Elizabeth penthouse will be priced at $3,650,000 (so I have heard) and offers 3,443 square feet of living space. If you are in the market for a beautiful penthouse in the heart of the Pearl, give me a call and be one of the first to see this unit!


I mentioned that The Elizabeth is one of my favorites and the reason behind that is that it is a building with a ton of details and character! John Carroll, the developer, does some of the best designs in the city and is a developer that actually spends the money for the extra touches that set his buildings apart from the others. Recent development in the Pearl, including Hoyt Properties Vista, seem very vanilla in comparison with not much thought about the architectural aesthetics involved. Even now, as Carroll introduces his newest project, The Dianne, touches of quality design can be seen, even on this building that has been built to house those wanting to rent instead of buying.


Last night as I drove by the Dianne, I noticed that even the lighting on the building gave it a dramatic look that we have not seen in the last several developments in the Pearl. Like buildings before, such as The Gregory and The Elizabeth, you see touches of detail that often get eliminated by most developers that try to squeeze every penny from the development. On the Elizabeth, you notice many details when you walk around the building starting with its trademark entry doors. Then you notice the tremendous amount of the wrought iron designs all around the building that give the Elizabeth its character. These were a tremendous extra cost to the developer that he could have avoided and increased his profits. Instead, this developer choose to make a lasting impact on a great neighborhood that also has much character. For that, I say thank you to developers like John Carroll!


Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Total Property Resources and You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at

1st video at new company!

As many of you know by now, Pearl District Properties has shut it’s doors. I am still in the Pearl District and now at Total Property Resources!


Brad Golik is a condominium specialist working in Portland’s Pearl District, Downtown and South Waterfront.

New Streetcar Loft listing


If outdoor living is important to you, here is a condo that is a must see! This Pearl District loft has 2 decks, the first on the main level, while not large, it does offer enough space for the BBQ and it’s close to the kitchen. The second deck offers enough space for both a sitting area and dining area and has views of the Freemont Bridge as well as the city lights to the South. Kick back and enjoy your outdoor time with a glass of wine and a comfy fire! To see this beautiful, 2 level unit at Streetcar Lofts, call Brad Golik at 503-896-8856


How were the numbers for condominiums in 2017? Stay tuned as we will be posting year end numbers on Portland’s condo, loft and townhome markets!

Brad Golik is a condo specialist and can be found at his new company Total Property Resources. You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at Visit his awesome website at .

Vista Condominiums

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I have recently received a few emails asking why I have not written anything about the new Vista North Pearl. The answer, I guess, is that nothing seems to be too exciting about the project. And, not that it matters, but I have not had to deal with nasty emails from the sales manager at Hoyt Properties, who did not like my opinions on the Cosmopolitan!

So, what are the differences in the two projects? Well let’s start with the Cosmopolitan.   Contrary to what the sales manager said to me “I thought you hated this building!”, I NEVER said I did not like the project. What I DID say is that I did not like the pricing. (Great for the developer…not so great for the buyers). As it turned out, because of the low inventory levels at the time, they were able to capture those high prices. Again, the timing in the market was “perfect” for the developers. How about this time around with the Vista? Well, the market has changed and Hoyt will not have such an easy time selling units at excessive prices. As of the middle of last month, Vista had 95 units available (out of 153) or 38% of the units sold. Keep in mind, the Cosmopolitan was being marketed as the nicest condo building in town. Vista, from what everything I have heard, will be a notch below that of the Cosmopolitan in terms of finishes and the building as a whole.

Let’s start with the most popular corner, the SE corner, which was the first to sell out in the Cosmo. For comparison sake I will use units on the 14th floor. The Cosmo pricing for the SE corner on the 14th floor was $649 a square foot. The pricing for the Vista is 780. Now, a look at the NE corner 15th Floor (1517) in the Cosmopolitan was sold at $620 a square foot. The 15th floor unit at Vista (1506) is being offered at $750 a square foot. While the market eventually did catch up to the excessive prices at the Cosmopolitan, I don’t believe that the Vista prices should be selling at a premium like the Cosmopolitan. Units on the west side are pretty equally priced to that of the Cosmo.

Finally, let’s look at the penthouse units. At the Cosmopolitan, the range was from $950 a square foot to $1200 for the top floor 28th floor penthouses. For Vista, the range is $1052 to $1247. Let me repeat this one fact, the Cosmopolitan penthouses were being marketed as the best in the city in Portland’s most luxurious building! In addition, the top floor at the Vista it is only 21 stories. What is interesting here, if my memory serves me right, is that the units at the Cosmopolitan (floors 20 –28) were given a minimum premium of $88,000 per floor! At the time of this writing, I don’t believe that one of the six penthouse units at the Vista is pending. I cannot say that I am surprised. I would never pay anything close to what the penthouse units sold for at The Cosmopolitan. The Cosmopolitan is a superior, more elegant building (pitched as the nicest in the city) and there is no way prices at the Vista should compare! Again, this is just my opinion… or maybe not just my opinion. Ask any of the residents at the Cosmopolitan above the 21st floor and see what they say?

I am sure I will continue to get the cold shoulder from the developers’ sales manager…but am I wrong? I don’t believe so. Let me be clear. This is not personal but simply my professional opinion. As someone who understands condo pricing, I write about what I believe to be true and it might not always match the opinions of others, and that is OK!

There are things I like about the Vista. If you read my blog about the Cosmopolitan, one of the negatives noted was that many of the units had a very high ratio of hall space to usable space (many units were 12-14%) This is not the case with the Vista. Almost all the units are in the 4-8% range with the exception of the D4 Plan, the 08 stack) as it came in about 13%. In this case, you have a unit that is 1435 square feet and the unit has about 194 square feet of hallway space.

The Vista floor plans also provide MUCH more space to walk around the end of your bed in the master bedroom, a problem in many of the units at The Cosmopolitan. Another highlight of the Vista is its large deck spaces.

All in, I believe the Vista will be a nice building. As for the prices? The market will, in the end, determine the final prices. As of now, the lower units seem a little high and the penthouse units, I believe, are way too high.

If you are looking to buy at the Vista or would also like to look at other buildings, I am a condominium specialist and would be happy to show you available units. If you are thinking about selling in the near future, I encourage you to go to and learn a little about our approach to selling your condo!

Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with and Pearl District Properties. He can be reached at 503-896-8856 or at

See aerial Drone footage of the Vista location within the Pearl District at

Head scratcher… say what?


When writing a blog one must be knowledgeable about their subject material. The blogger must also put themselves out there when offering opinions and realize that they will not always be right. I often try to share my opinions on pricing and will be the first to admit when I am wrong. This would be the case regarding a comment I made in a post a few weeks ago. Just to clarify things, I was wrong on my guarantee, not my opinion of the price! At that time a new penthouse came on the market for $3,250,000. My comment was that this unit was way overpriced and I “guaranteed” we would see some price adjustments. Well we did not! And in fact, the unit is now pending.

After I made this comment, I checked with some friends in the business as to what they thought the pricing should be. Almost every one of them was thinking the same thing…or very close to it. The first comment was that it was Benson Tower, which is not really comparable to Portland’s nicer buildings such as The Cosmopolitan, The Metropolitan or The Casey, to name a few. Not one of those agents believed that it was worth more than $1000 per square foot. (about $2,600,00) let alone the $1257 per square foot listing price. For one, the neighborhood does not justify the pricing. It is not The Pearl District which always gets a bit of a premium. Second, that area of downtown has deteriorated the last few years. While this unit does feature fantastic outdoor space, the living room area is very small. One of the other issues that I also feel is important is the quality of the other units in a building. No other $1,000,000 + units have sold in the Benson Tower. Last week a 26th floor unit came on the market at $1,400,000, possibly trying to ride the high priced coattails of the penthouse. I believe this unit should be priced below two of the units for sale at The Henry that are larger and priced below $1,300,000. The point here is that it is easier to get a higher price when you have other units that support the upper end of the market.

Overpricing a unit can have negative effects on it’s sale. In the case of the penthouse priced at $3,250,000, I believe that the buyer may not have been educated enough on the Portland penthouse and luxury condo market. It is possible that the agent does not understand this area of the market as well. While we don’t know the offer was on this unit, what we do know is that if the buyer paid anything over $1000 per square foot…he or she paid way too much! There is absolutely no way any unit at Benson Tower should have pricing anywhere near some of the premier buildings in town. Remember, this is a building where the finishes are far below those of other buildings and you have to haul your garbage down the elevator. Not an ideal situation for someone that is spending $3,000,000! There are many top floor penthouses in town that deserve a premium price to others…this is not one of them!

This posting helps emphasize the importance of working with a specialist. You may have heard me say this before but it is very important. If you are buying farmland in Dundee or a waterfront home in Lake Oswego, it is important to deal with an agent who understands that market. While every agent will probably tell you they understand every market, the truth is, unless you are in it every day, it is difficult to do so. I believe that the days of a real estate agent trying to be all things to all people in all areas are gone. An agent who takes the time to learn a specific area of the market will be far more valuable to a buyer or seller and the example used above helps prove that fact.

Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Pearl District Properties. Brad works with luxury condo buyers and sellers in Downtown Portland, South Waterfront and The Pearl District. If you are looking to buy or sell…work with a pro!     503-896-8856

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Condo of the week…The Cosmopolitan!

The tallest condo building in the Pearl! Welcome to The Cosmopolitan. Breathtaking views are the highlight of the Pearl Districts newest condominium in the North end of the Pearl Distict.


Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Pearl District Properties. Find him at and  – 503-896-8856