As we wind down the year and look back at the condo sales for November, one thing is for sure… it was a pretty good year in the condominium and loft markets! Sales for the month of November, however, were down 25% from the previous month were we had 63 sales in the area we cover, which includes the Pearl District, South Waterfront, Uptown and Downtown. These numbers are based on condo prices above $200,000.
Leading the way in November was the Waterfront Pearl which recorded 5 sales from $362,500 for a 1 bed/1 bath 1080 sq. ft unit to a 2 bed/2 bath unit with 1735 sq. ft that sold for $835,000. We had 2 condos that sold in the +$1,000,000 price range this month. The first was a penthouse condo at McKenzie Lofts which sold for $1,025,000. The second, a beautiful penthouse loft at Marshall Wells Lofts that sold for $1,515,000.
A question I get asked all the time is “Are there any deals out there?” The answer is YES! For the patient buyer, there are always condos that will get put on the market that are under priced. How is this possible you might ask. The condo market is very different the suburban residential markets. Many agents that are usually out in the suburbs don’t always have the best grasp of pricing for downtown condos. A good example of deals in the market can be seen by one of my clients recent purchase. My buyers made on offer on a loft in The Elizabeth, a building that has current litigation issues. With this problem comes the problem of financing, most banks will not finance these building so it becomes a cash only situation. Naturally, this takes many buyers out of the market and some listing agents will drop the price because of this. In my situation, my clients made an offer on a unit at the Elizabeth for $635,000. The appraisal on this unit came in at $690,000! A similar unit in the building on a lower floor is for sale at $678,000, and it only has 1 parking space.. Another was sold last month on a much lower floor. Unit #604 had less desirable views than my buyers Mt Hood view, only had 1 parking space and was virtually the same floor plan and it sold for $745,000. So, for my buyers, they were able to make a purchase at $635,000 on a unit that had 2 parking spaces, fantastic NE views, on a high floor and they paid well below the appraisal and the unit that sold this month! Yes, there are still deals in the market!
One thing to keep in mind is that while something may seem difficult, that is not always the case. There are actually a lot of all cash buyers in the market right now. In fact, 4 out of my last 5 closing have been cash buyers and they were all above $500,000.
If you are in the market to buy a condo or loft in the downtown area, please feel free to give me a call and we can get you started with a tour of the many available buildings such as The Meriwether in South Waterfront, Eliot Tower in downtown Portland or perhaps The Metropolitan or The Henry in The Pearl District. There are many great options and we would be thrilled to get you started in the search for your new home.
Also, if you have heard about the Pearl District’s newest high rise condominium project Park Central, feel free to give us a call to learn more about this fantastic new project!
Today I went to a luncheon put on by Hoyt Street Properties that was an introduction to their newest proposed project, Park Central in the Pearl District. The Park Central high rise building will not only be the newest condominium building to come to market, it will also be the tallest. Park Central, as it is in the works now, will rise to 28 stories with the top 3 levels being the penthouse levels. At 350 feet tall, it will easily be the Pearl Districts tallest condo building to date. Plans for this new Portland high rise are lofty as it will be the most expensive condominium in the Pearl District with prices rising to over 700 per sq. ft.
Over and over again, buyers talk about the importance of outdoor living space. Park Central will not disappoint! With many homes featuring an atrium like deck space for maximizing the natural daylight. Also, your outdoor living space will be incomparable with the podium level rooftop garden area. With outdoor fireplaces and sitting areas to expand your outdoor living space from the confines of your own condo. BBQ with friends on the pleasant summer evenings 4 floors up from the hustle and bustle on the streets below. The outdoor living space on the rooftop of podium level offers a secure and comfortable space for residents to enjoy.
Today’s meeting was in part, a time for the developers to learn from agents what it is that their buyer’s want the most. With a building in the price point where it is expected to be, Park Central will have to have it all! Harwood floors throughout, high quality appliances, quality fixtures, cabinetry that is of the best quality, fireplaces and unique floor plans that will have some “Wow” factor when you walk in the door!
If you currently live in the Pearl District and think that this could be a building for you, don’t hesitate to give me a call. I can give you a good market analysis of your current condo or loft. In terms of buying a unit at Park Central, let me work to negotiate the best deal for you. Remember. The on-site agents with the developer are there to sell you a condo but they are working for the best interest of the developer. I am there for YOU! If you are currently living in a house and thinking about downsizing, I would be happy to sit down with you and discuss all of the positives and negatives of condo living! Don’t think of it as downsizing so much… how about funsizing!
Keep in mind, we are still very early in the starting phase of this project. Move in dates are still most likely two years out. The developers are still trying to gage the market on what it can afford and for what buyers want in a new luxury condominium. As a condo specialist with a focus in the Portland luxury condominium market, I would be happy to assist you along the way from when the developer begins taking pre-sale orders all the way through until move in!