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Touchmark in the Westhills… simply stunning!

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In previous blog post I have written about the experience of downsizing. This was about downsizing from a large home in the suburbs to a smaller urban condo scenario. In this blog post I wanted to discuss a different type of downsizing.

As many of you know, for many, after years of condo living and as age creeps up,  normal day to day task become a little more difficult. Discussions of Mirabella and other facilities become more and more a part of conversations. If you are getting closer to this stage in life, it is something to start thinking about. Now there is a great option!

Thursday night, my wife and I were honored to be part of the Grand Opening for Touchmark in the West Hills.  I was blown away by this new senior community and the thoughtfulness that went into every aspect of what they have created.  As we pulled into the driveway of this new community it reminded me more of a beautiful lodge in Aspen or Vail than a retirement community. The beautiful community lodge with it’s clock tower and the future parcel where vineyards will be growing set the tone for something I believe will be a very special place! Touchmark in the West Hills will offer different levels of living styles and needs. From Independent living in a condo like atmosphere or independent lodge style homes to assisted living and memory care.  Recently, my mother had to move into a memory care facility in Arizona. While my dad is still very independent, I couldn’t help but think “This is where I would love my parents to be when my dad is ready for the next phase in his life.”

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When we first arrived and walked through the main lodge doors the first thing I noticed was the views I could see out the back of the building. We immediately walked back to the beautiful patio, with the welcoming fire pit, and took in the amazing coastal views to the west overlooking Beaverton, Hillsboro and beyond.

Later in the evening, we all moved up to the 5th floor dining area…and yes, the views are even more spectacular from there! We even spent a little time in the adjoining pub with big screen tv’s , and a little Thursday Night football! Later, we took the elevator down to the 1st floor area that include a gym, swimming pool, exercise rooms and a little juice bar. This place has it all! In fact, I mentioned earlier about the vineyard. They also have plans for a nice winery with a tasting room located near the top of the property that will include a small outdoor amphitheater for future events.

My wife and I have known Werner and Colleen Nistler, the owners of the Touchmark company,  for over 20 years as our kids have grown up together in the same schools. They are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. What they have created here, as I said before, is something special. I know the level of care and detailed attention will be off the charts!  We had a chance to meet several of the new residents of this wonderful community and we heard the same thing from each of them…we should have done this sooner!

While most of the readers of my blog live in the Pearl District, Downtown or South Waterfront and like the urban living lifestyle, for some, this lifestyle does become a little more difficult and some also worry about safety, as they become a little older,  especially with the rising homeless population.

If you are living in a condo and possibly ready for the next chapter in your life, give me a call if you would like a valuation of your place. And if you are looking at other options of Independent or assisted living, you will be thrilled by what you see if you were to visit Touchmark in the West Hills!. https://www.touchmarkportland.com/

Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Total Property Resources and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com and can be reached at 503-896-8856 or at pdxluxcondos@gmail.com.

 


New Listing… $1,375,000 Penthouse views…without penthouse pricing!

Check out this beautiful waterfront condo!

Brad Golik is a condo specialist with Total Property Resources and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com . You can reach Brad to arrange showings at 503-896-8856 or email at pdxluxcondos@gmail.com

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Deals in the market?

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The market has noticeably slowed down, especially in the condo market. Are there deals to be had moving forward? Yes!

Everyone always wants the best value when they are buying a home and in this market, here is the best way to purchase a home/condo at a discount to the market. Now keep in mind this is only my opinion, but moving forward, I believe you will see some clarity in what I am saying.

When something is priced right, you will most likely not get a “deal” on that home as it will most likely sell in a reasonable timeframe. Where will you get a deal? You will find your best deals in homes or condos that were originally overpriced. In the condo market this usually happens for one of two reasons. First, there are some agents who “Buy” listings. In other words, they tell the seller a higher price than the true value in order to get a listing over a competing agent. You have heard me say it before and I will say it again… this is a bad way of doing business that certain agents use and in the end, it hurts sellers. After sitting on the market with no offers and no showings, the listing agent tells the seller they need to drop the price. ( Usually down to where it should have been priced!) Usually, and unfortunately, the seller will keep that agent even though he or she told them they would sell it at the higher price.

The second reason they are overpriced is the agent is not experienced in an area or type of sale. I see it often in the condo markets where an agent just does not understand condo pricing.

Now, back to finding deals in the market! What happens often in this type of market is an overpriced home will sit on the market and go through several price reductions, often blowing right through the floor of where it should have been priced originally. A couple examples of this in the upper end of the condo market:

A unit that I like very much is a penthouse in the Pearl District that is listed at The Elizabeth at $2,950,000. A different agent had this listed previously at $3,650,000, a number I thought was way high! ( and I know this because I sold another penthouse in the building a year earlier for $2,350,000.) My original thought was what could I sell my previous listing for if I put it back on the market. I was thinking $2,700,000 to $2,900,000. Mine was slightly bigger and all on one level, a positive in my book! This is about where I thought the other unit should have come on the market. I believe that if it would have come on the market at the correct pricing, it would probably have sold by now. Now, after months on the market, and multiple price reductions, it will start to get some lower offers… again, this is where you can get some deals in this market! If I am representing a buyer on this property, I truly believe they will now be able to get the property for well under what should have been the true value at around $2,900,000. The best part is you can find these deals in all price ranges, not just the upper end of the market. A buyer with some patience, and that keeps his or her eye on overpriced units will be rewarded in the end. Overpriced units will go through several price reductions and sell for less than they should have!

Oh, I said a couple examples above didn’t I? If you are a penthouse buyer l looking for a deal… here is one I have talked about before, several times actually.

If you read my last blog post, you may recall me talking about a penthouse at The Strand that had reduced it’s price to $2,995,000. In my post, I mentioned they would probably start seeing the sharks circling and offer $2.6. Well since that posting, the listing has been reduced once again, this time down to $2,699,900. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a nice penthouse unit with some really nice views but it is at a point where someone is going to get a good deal on this beautiful penthouse! Had this penthouse been priced even close to reality when it was originally listed, it would have sold at a much higher price ( remember, the market was much stronger a year and a half ago)

No matter what your price point is, remember, there are condos out there that are overpriced! Keep an eye on these units and when the time is right…go in and make a low offer and you just might get a great deal!

For those of you who already own a condo and are thinking about selling…please use this as an education to the negative effects of overpricing!

 

Brad Golik is a condo specialist with Total Property Resources and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com you can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at pdxluxcondos@gmail.com


Selling your luxury condominium?

A good part of real estate is sales and marketing! Most agents do not have a sales and marketing background. Brad Golik is a strong believer in the power of a good marketing program.


Any agent can sell your place…but for how much?

 

Any agent can continuously reduce pricing of a condo…and at some point, it will sell! Our goal is not to just sell a condo but to maximize the price for the seller and still sell in a reasonable amount of time.  There are many agents out there that do little to no marketing for their listings because they believe it will sell on it’s own by just being in the MLS (see Redfin)  Some think they can get away with only point and shoot photos and that is the extent of their “Marketing”. I am here to say that as things slow down an agent must get that listing in front of buyer’s and buyer’s agents as often as possible. I have seen many agents get fired because of their lack of advertising a listing… I have yet to see an agent fired because they did too much advertising! Now, doing a lot of advertising does not mean that is the best route. But when you combine a good quality campaign around a listing, feature it often in a classy, professional way, I believe the quality of the offers, not just the quantity of offers that come in will also be better!

Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Total Property Resources and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com  You can reach Brad at 503-896-8856 or by email at pdxluxcondos@gmail.com

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It’s that time of the year!

It’s that time of year for many, graduation! How does that relate to real estate? For those newly empty nesters, it may mean that it is time to downsize. Many of the condo buyers I have worked with over the years were in this very same position. One of the common dilemmas they each face is if they are able to go from a 3,000—4,500 square foot home , down to a 1,300—2,000 square foot condo. Now the one thing many are giving up is a spacious yard…sometimes this is a blessing in disguise. Many decide they are ok spending more time on the golf course and less time pulling weeds!

Adjusting to smaller spaces. The one thing I always ask potential buyer’s is where do they spend their time in their current house? The most common answers…the kitchen, the family room and the master bedroom. This my friends is a condo! Do you really need that 3rd and 4th bedroom? Do you really need that 1500 square foot
finished basement that rarely gets use? What most people find is that they can easily adjust to the smaller spaces and what they really enjoy is the new benefit of more time to be doing what they enjoy and less time slaving over a large yard.

Another added perk to condo living… nearby restaurants! While many of you may enjoy your time in the kitchen, after years of trying to figure what to cook for your family every night, it is nice to have the option to just go down an elevator and walk to you favorite eatery!

Another thing I see with those that choose to downsize, selling the big home in the suburbs and buying two smaller condos. Many buy a condo in the downtown area and possibly a second in areas like Palm Springs or Scottsdale Az. Now this may be a luxury for many, but as the kids leave home, many are ok with having a little more “Me Time”.

Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Total Property Resources and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com
You can set up condo tours with Brad by calling him at 503-896-8856


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Brad Golik is a condo specialist with LuxuryCondosofPortland.com and Total Property Resources in the Pearl District. You can reach Brad at 503-896-8856 or at pdxluxcondos@gmail.com


Nice…with knowledge!

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Yesterday morning I was at a coffee shop reviewing new condo listings that just came on the market. I noticed that the lady next to me was looking at my laptop watching what I was doing. After not too long, she asked me if I was a real estate agent. I said that I was…and then she unloaded with a recent experience she had had in buying a condo. The woman, whom I will call Jan, told me she had such a frustrating experience with the agent she had used. To make matters even worse, this agent also happened to be an agent that was referred to her by a friend of hers. As I dug a little deeper to how this agent was referred, it turns out the friend referred her because she was a very nice person! Now I have been in this business for almost 15 years and the one thing I can say is there are MANY nice people in the business. But, I can also say that many of these same people are not agents that I would hire knowing what I know! Jan told me that it was very frustrating during the searching period because this agent knew very little about the condominium market. She said she spent so much time walking around buildings looking for lockboxes…and this was her first clue that she did not deal with condominiums very often. The second thing that she said was frustrating was that whenever she asked her about the pricing of a condo they looked at, the standard answer was “It seems fairly priced!”

This is a very typical situation that I see all of the time in the Pearl District, South Waterfront and Downtown. Many buyers may get referred to an agent that a friend suggest…maybe an agent they had used or heard about out in the suburbs. The condo market is very different than dealing with homes out in Lake Oswego or Tigard. I have often written on the importance of working with a specialist. If I were selling a home in Lake Oswego, you can bet that I would want to use an agent that sells there often and knows the pricing and other aspects of selling in that area or at the very least, someone that is VERY good with marketing! Same goes with condos and lofts. I have often said to sellers that a typical agent cannot just flip on a switch and be great at marketing to condo buyers when 99.5% of their time they are marketing to buyers of suburban homes…in several different areas!

One of the reasons you hire an agent is for their expertise and knowledge, or at least it should be! An agent can be nice, but they also need to know what they are doing. Being nice is fine but when it comes to negotiating, that agent needs to be tough and always put their clients best interest first and not “cave” with another agent that is tougher with negotiating! When the time comes for a person to sell their condo, a condo specialist is even more important! Having an agent that is constantly marketing to condo buyers is important. Hiring an agent that spends most of their time marketing to buyers looking in Tigard, Gresham or Wilsonville may not be the best way to go…even if that agent is a very nice person!

Jan said the last straw was when she got to closing she was surprised that she had to pay a Move-in/Move-Out fee that was close to $400 and also was shocked to find out she had to pay a 1 time capital contribution fee equal to 2 months HOA fees… 2 things her agent never mentioned because she did not know about. (this is disclosed in the HOA documents) I felt bad for Jan but it is something I see all of the time.

Every week as I look at new listings, as I was doing in the coffee shop, I am amazed at the number of new listings that come on the market that are listed by agents that don’t deal with condominiums. The one thing that always amazes me is I never get a postcard or an email about their condo listing! As a condo specialist, I make sure that every agent that deals with condos and lofts gets a video about my new condo listing. Why? Because I know that the other agents that deal with condos often have their pipelines filled with CONDO buyers!

I enjoyed my conversation with Jan and in the process met a new friend over a cup of coffee! In time, hopefully Jan will refer me to a friend. But hopefully, it will not be because I am nice. Hopefully it will be because I am nice…with knowledge!

Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with http://www.LuxuryCondosofPortland.com and Total Property Resources in the Pearl District. You can reach Brad at 503-896-8856


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