Hood River County, OR Real Estate News

By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
3 Trends - Good News for Today’s Homebuyers While higher mortgage rates are creating affordability challenges for homebuyers this year, there is some good news for those people still looking to buy a home. As the market has cooled this year, some of the intensity buyers faced during the peak frenzy of the pandemic has cooled too. Here are just a few trends that may benefit you when you go to buy a home today. 1. More Homes To Choose from During the pandemic, housing supply hit a record low at the same time buyer demand skyrocketed. This combination made it difficult to find a home because there just weren’t enough to meet buyer demand. According to Calculated Risk, the supply of homes for sale increased by 39.5% for the week ending October 28 compared to the same week last year. Even th...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
The Journey To Buy a Home Some Highlights When you head out to buy a home, there are a number of key milestones you’ll encounter along the way. The process includes everything from building your team and understanding your finances to going house hunting, making an offer, and more. Your journey starts here. Let’s connect so you have expert guidance each step of the way.
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease One of the top stories in recent real estate headlines was the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. With so many buyers looking to purchase a home and so few of them available for sale, fiercely competitive bidding wars became the norm during the pandemic – and it drove home prices up. If you tried to buy a house over the past two years, you probably experienced this firsthand and may have been outbid on several homes along the way. But here’s the news you’ve been waiting for: data shows clear signs bidding wars are easing this year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average number of offers on recently sold homes has declined considerably over the past few months (see graph below): The graph shows...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
How To Prep Your House for Sale This Fall Today’s housing market is different than it was just a few months ago. And if you’re thinking about selling your house, that may leave you wondering what you need to do differently as a result. The answer is simple. Taking the time upfront to prep your house appropriately and create a solid plan can help bring in the greatest return on your investment. Here are a few simple tips to make sure you maximize the sale of your house this fall. 1. Price It Right One of the first things buyers will notice is the price of your house. That’s because the price sends a message to home shoppers. Pricing your house too high to begin with could put you at a disadvantage by discouraging buyers from making an offer. On the flip side, pricing your house too low m...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
Rents continue to increase. Renters are paying someone else's mortgage and increasing their landlord's equity. Call me if you would like to discuss buying a home versus renting. I can help you as you consider your options.If you would like additional information on the real estate market (including lender contacts) in Hood River and Wasco County, I can assist you. 
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
Happy National Dog Day!Every Day is Dog Day! Heading back from a hike with Mt Hood in the mirror. Every day is a ball day, or a frisbee day, or a hike day, or some combination; a day with my dog.Or sunset at the waterfront in Hood RiverLet's see a picture of your dog(s)
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
There is a significant shortage of blood due to cancellations from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an even greater need for blood donations due to blood drives being canceled.Did you know in the next hour, 1,800 people will need blood in the United States. And another 1,800 the following 60 minutes. That is 43,200 people in one day who need blood. Donating blood saves lives. The American Red Cross is having a blood drive in Hood River this week. Please donate as you could help save a life.  The blood drive is:Tue, April 7, 2020, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Insitu Waucoma Building, 902 Wasco St, Hood River, OR 97031Wed, April 8, 2020, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Insitu Waucoma Building, 902 Wasco St, Hood River, OR 97031To support social distancing, appointments are now required. The American Red Cross is wor...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
During January 2020, seventeen (17) homes sold in Hood River County, ranging in price from a low of $200,000 to a high of $1,500,000. In December 2019, twenty-seven (27) homes sold. The Hood River County average sales price was $451,700 and the median sales price was $375,000 during January 2020. The average square footage of the sold homes was 1,851, with a median of 1,570 square feet. The Average Days on Market (DOM) was 64 days, with a Median DOM of 55 days.  The average sale price was approximately 14.7% less than the average original list price during January 2020 for Hood River County. Excluding the $1.5M sale, which sold for 40% less than the original list price, the average sales price was a more realistic 5% less than the original list price.There were 10 homes sold in Hood Riv...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
The Hood River Bridge will have single-lane closures on January 31, 2020.  The closure is due to repair inspections of the guardrails. The single-lane closures will begin at 9am and last until the repairs are completed.Plan accordingly and expect minimal delays (10-15 minutes) with traffic backups. Flaggers will be assisting drivers as they proceed through the work zones. Drive safely and keep an eye out for workers.For more information, you may call the Port of Hood River at (541) 386-1645 or email porthr@gorge.net.
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
There is a significant shortage of blood this time of year.  Did you know in the next hour, 1,800 people will need blood in the United States. And another 1,800 the following 60 minutes. That is 43,200 people in one day who need blood. Donating blood saves lives. REMINDER: The American Red Cross is having a blood drive in the Hood River next week. Please donate as you could help save a life.  The blood drive is:Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 1:00pm - 6:00pm, Oregon National Guard Armory, 12th & Belmont, Hood River, OR Can't make it to the blood drive in Hood River? Good news, there are other Columbia Gorge area blood donation opportunities in January 2020.Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 12:30pm - 6:30pm, Ft Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E Scenic Dr, The Dalles, OR Wed, Jan 29, 2020, 12:30 - 6:00pm, 7th Day Adven...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
During December 2019, twenty-seven (27) homes sold in Hood River County, ranging in price from a low of $130,000 to a high of $989,000. The Hood River County average sales price was $427,600 and the median sales price was $430,000 during December 2019. The average square footage of the sold homes was 1,756, with a median of 1,755 square feet. The Average Days on Market (DOM) was 79 days, with a Median DOM of 40 days.  The average sale price was approximately 4.7% less than the average original list price during December 2019 for Hood River County.There were 21 homes sold in Hood River (includes the City of Hood River and Hood River Westside) with an average sales price of $472,300 and a median sales price of $458,500. The Average DOM was 94 and the median DOM was 41 days. The average sa...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
There is a significant shortage of blood this time of year.  Did you know in the next hour, 1,800 people will need blood in the United States. And another 1,800 the following 60 minutes. That is 43,200 people in one day who need blood. Donating blood saves lives. The American Red Cross is having a blood drive in the Hood River later this month. Please donate as you could help save a life.  The blood drive is:Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 1:00pm - 6:00pm, Oregon National Guard Armory, 12th & Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031Can't make it to the blood drive in Hood River? Good news, there are other Columbia Gorge area blood donation opportunities in January 2020.Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 12:30pm - 6:30pm, Ft Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E Scenic Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058Wed, Jan 29, 2020, 12:30 - 6:00pm, 7th Da...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
There is a significant shortage of blood this time of year.  Did you know in the next hour, 1,800 people will need blood in the United States. And another 1,800 the following 60 minutes. That is 43,200 people in one day who need blood. Donating blood saves lives. The American Red Cross is having a blood drive in the Cascade Locks area this Thursday. Please donate as you could help save a life.  The blood drive is:Thu,  Jan 9, 2020, 9:00am - 2:30pm, Bonneville Lock and Dam, Cascade Locks, OR 97014Can't make it to the blood drive this week? Good news, there are a multiple Columbia Gorge area blood donation opportunities later in January 2020.Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 1:00pm - 6:00pm, Oregon National Guard Armory, 12th & Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 12:30pm - 6:30pm, Ft Dalles ...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
REMINDER - There is a significant shortage of blood this time of year.  Did you know in the next hour, 1,800 people will need blood in the United States. And another 1,800 the following 60 minutes. That is 43,200 people in one day who need blood. Donating blood saves lives. The American Red Cross is having two blood drives in the Hood River/Bingen area today. Please donate as you could help save a life.  The blood drives are:Tue, Dec 17, 2019, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Waucoma Building, 902 Wasco St, Hood River, OR 97031 ORTue, Dec 17, 2019, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Insitu Eagle Point, 901 E Columbia River Way, Bingen, WA 98605Can't make it to the blood drive this week? Good news, there are a multiple Hood River and Columbia Gorge area blood donation opportunities later in December 2019 and January 2020...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
There is a significant shortage of blood this time of year.  Did you know in the next hour, 1,800 people will need blood in the United States. And another 1,800 the following 60 minutes. That is 43,200 people in one day who need blood. Donating blood saves lives. The American Red Cross is having two blood drives in the Hood River/Bingen area this Tuesday. Please donate as you could help save a life.  The blood drives are:Tue, Dec 17, 2019, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Waucoma Building, 902 Wasco St, Hood River, OR 97031 ORTue, Dec 17, 2019, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Insitu Eagle Point, 901 E Columbia River Way, Bingen, WA 98605Can't make it to the blood drive this week? Good news, there are a multiple Hood River and Columbia Gorge area blood donation opportunities later in December 2019 and January 2020.Mon...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
During November 2019, twenty-nine (28) homes sold in Hood River County, ranging in price from a low of $40,000 to a high of $860,000. The Hood River County average sales price was $452,200 and the median sales price was $421,500 during November 2019. The average square footage of the sold homes was 1,854, with a median of 1,752 square feet. The Average Days on Market (DOM) was 72 days, with a Median DOM of 53 days.  The average sale price was approximately 7.3% less than the average original list price during November 2019 for Hood River County.There were 21 homes sold in Hood River (includes the City of Hood River, Hood River Westside, Hood River Eastside, and Odell), with an average sales price of $470,300 and a median sales price of $415,000. The Average DOM was 64 and the median DOM...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
The Hood River Bridge will have the southbound lane closed on Dec 3, 2019, to repair guardrails. The single-lane closure will begin at 9am and last until the repairs are completed; expected to be approximately 3pm.Plan accordingly and expect delays with traffic backups. Flaggers will be assisting drivers as they proceed through the work zones. Drive safely and keep an eye out for workers.For more information, you may call the Port of Hood River at (541) 386-1645 or email porthr@gorge.net.
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
During October 2019, twenty-nine (29) homes sold in Hood River County, ranging in price from a low of $210,000 to a high of $1.6M. The Hood River County average sales price was $542,100 and the median sales price was $460,000 during October 2019. The average square footage of the sold homes was 1,982, with a median of 1,830 square feet. The Average Days on Market (DOM) was 35 days, with a Median DOM of 27 days.  The average sale price was a bit over 5.6% less than the average list price during October 2019 for Hood River County.There were 23 homes sold in Hood River (includes the City of Hood River, Hood River Westside, Hood River Eastside, and Odell), with an average sales price of $556,800 and a median sales price of $490,000. The Average DOM was 38 and the median DOM was 31 days. In ...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
REMINDER: The Hood River Bridge single-lane closures will continue, November 4, 2019, through November 8, 2019. The single-lane closures will begin at 9am and last until 3pm each weekday.  Biannual bridge deck maintenance work being performed is the cause of the single-lane closures. The work is weather dependent, so the single-lane closures may need to be extended if weather delays the maintenance work.Plan accordingly and expect delays with traffic backups. Flaggers will be assisting drivers as they proceed through the work zones. Drive safely and keep an eye out for workers.The single-lane closures will not occur on weekends.For more information, you may call the Port of Hood River at (541) 386-1645 or email porthr@gorge.net.
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
The Hood River Bridge single-lane closures will continue, November 4, 2019, through November 8, 2019. The single-lane closures will begin at 9am and last until 3pm each weekday.  Biannual bridge deck maintenance work being performed is the cause of the single-lane closures. The work is weather dependent, so the single-lane closures may need to be extended if weather delays the maintenance work.Plan accordingly and expect delays with traffic backups. Flaggers will be assisting drivers as they proceed through the work zones. Drive safely and keep an eye out for workers.The single-lane closures will not occur on weekends.For more information, you may call the Port of Hood River at (541) 386-1645 or email porthr@gorge.net.
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