Buying, selling and operating apartments in Portland

How Do I Decide on a Listing Broker?

10 October 2017
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You pay a broker a good chunk of money to sell your property.  While we can’t make guarantees, a good broker can improve the odds of a successful sale at a good price and with the least hassle.  Here are some questions you’ll want to ask yourself and them: 

 

  1. PRICING AND COLLATERAL – Does your broker make a compelling case for a listing price?  Does he establish some financial metrics and then verify them with comparable sales?  If you look at his marketing package, would you buy your property at this price?

  2. RESUME – Ask for one outlining closed sales.  Do they outline previous sales and speak to the property type, challenges in selling and how they overcame them to close?  Every property is unique – It has its appeal and also has issues – If nothing else, why is it worth such a high price?  How will he address your property issues?

  3. MARKETING / DUAL AGENCY – You will get the best price with the maximum exposure.  Does your broker use his own “platform” with controlled access or will the property be posted on public listing services like LoopNet, RMLS, and CreXi?  If you go to their WEBsite can you easily identify your property by units, pictures, and address with the price?  It’s the difference between having your broker call his short list vs. running an advertisement for the world to see.  The broker should be able to give you a link that anyone interested can access easily.  In some instances, dual agency happens (e.g. a broker brings you an unsolicited offer) and in other instances, a broker may fight to keep both sides of a commission by not actively listing the property.  You can always specify two commission rates – One for a co-op with another broker and a lower one if the listing broker handles both sides of the transaction

  4. ORGANIZATION – Once your property is in contract, he’ll need to be organized and keep you informed.  One of the biggest items is keeping everyone on schedule.  Once things start slipping, it creates a more casual attitude – “Time kills deals”.  Have your broker show you a sample timeline – Do you understand your obligations?  How is earnest money handled and what written approvals do you need from the buyer?  Are documents labeled and organized in some sort of taxonomy?  We use cloud storage for records and once together, we send a buyer a link and the document delivery is done.  Once records are in a shared location, there should be no need to re-ask for paperwork.

  5. TITLE – As the seller, you usually pay for standard title insurance.  You should have a say in who the title person is.  Ask your broker for his history with an escrow agent and if they have worked with apartment deals prior.  They handle all the monies involved and the closing paperwork.  The main thing is that they promptly notify all parties of critical events – Like a deposit of earnest money received.

Do not be afraid to ask questions.  There are plenty of brokers that want to list your property – Make sure you pick the most effective one.

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Portland Apartment Sales – July 17

31 August 2017
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To download the individual sales report, right-click the link below and “Save As”:

<<<Portland_July17vsJuly16_AptSales>>>

Highlights:

  • Gross sales dollars July 17 YTD = $728M is a 32% DECREASE over July 16 YTD = $1067M
  • $/unit July 17 YTD = $166K is a 22% INCREASE over July 16 YTD = $136K.
  • $/SqFt July 17 YTD = $192.86 is a 22% INCREASE over July 16 YTD = $158.34

Inventory is starting to grow.  However, properties priced at a premium to market are sitting.  If you’d like a financial analysis / valuation using real numbers contact me. 

If you’d like more information on:

– Free financial analysis of your property, eMail me for a SAMPLE report.  It will be very helpful if you’re making decisions about futures or operations.

– Details/background on individual sales in the report or a breakdown by neighborhood

– Free copy of our 80-page book – Buying, Selling and Operating Apartments Using Financial Analysis

– A very useful financial analysis of your property, call.  It will include I&E comparison to neighboring properties along with recent sales and rent comparables.

Please contact me:

Steve Morris | Vice-President
IMG Northwest
1234 SW 18th, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.970.4593 
steve@imgnorthwest.com | www.imgnorthwest.com
OR License # 200202054 | WA License # 24512

For the Oregon Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here.
For the Washington Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here. 


An unsolicited (or any) Offer – How do I rank/evaluate it?

27 July 2017
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Unsolicited offers sometimes work out for a seller.  However, what can you ask yourself to rate if it is a GOOD and SOLID offer worth your time to proceed?  Here are some questions to ask yourself, in order:

  1. PRICING – A breath-taking price may be not that high if you haven’t done an analysis on your property lately.  In 2013, the average sale was $88,934/unit in 2017 YTD = $161,131/unit or a 16% per year increase.  While we don’t anticipate this continuing, do a valuation / financial analysis.  Actively marketing the property will get you the best price 99% of the time – Unsolicited offers are seeking opportunities.
  2. EARNEST MONEY – CASH OR NOTE?  If you accept a note, a buyer may be able to tie your property up until closing with no cash out of their pocket.  Worse, they may be able to tie up multiple properties (as in a 1031 search) this way.  Without his cash at risk, the buyer loses a lot of motivation to negotiate with a seller. 
  3. EXPOSURE/RESUME – Has the buyer seen your property?  Does he own property in town?  Does he have a financing reference?
  4. WHEREWITHAL – Is the buyer willing to show proof of funds for a down payment?  If he is expecting to get a property for less than 25% down (or a LTV > 75%) that is probably unrealistic.
  5. NEGOTIATION – Assume the first number is not the best offer from a buyer on an unsolicited offer.  It may be a good test to see how they react to a counter.

We can do a very thorough financial analysis on your property which will point out how to increase your Net Operating Income.  We compare your rents and expenses to neighboring properties to address your priorities.  In addition, we provide a valuation with comparable sales to correlate value.  eMail me if you’d like a sample report to examine.


Portland Apartment Sales – June 17

27 July 2017
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To download the individual sales report, right-click the link below and “Save As”:

<<<Portland_June17vsJune16_AptSales>>>

Highlights:

  • Gross sales dollars June 17 YTD = $585M is a 39% DECREASE over June 16 YTD = $953M
  • $/unit June 17 YTD = $161K is a 17% INCREASE over June 16 YTD = $138K.
  • $/SqFt June 17 YTD = $183.20 is a 15% INCREASE over June 16 YTD = $158.83

Inventory is starting to grow.  However, properties priced at a premium to market are sitting.  If you’d like a financial analysis / valuation using real numbers contact me. 

If you’d like more information on:

– Free financial analysis of your property, eMail me for a SAMPLE report.  It will be very helpful if you’re making decisions about futures or operations.

– Details/background on individual sales in the report or a breakdown by neighborhood

– Free copy of our 80-page book – Buying, Selling and Operating Apartments Using Financial Analysis

– A very useful financial analysis of your property, call.  It will include I&E comparison to neighboring properties along with recent sales and rent comparables.

Please contact me:

Steve Morris | Vice-President
IMG Northwest
1234 SW 18th, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.970.4593 
steve@imgnorthwest.com | www.imgnorthwest.com
OR License # 200202054 | WA License # 24512

For the Oregon Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here.
For the Washington Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here. 


Portland Apt Market Sales – May 2017

30 June 2017
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To download the individual sales report, right-click the link below and “Save As”:

<<<Portland_May17vsMay16_AptSales>>>

Highlights:

  • $/unit May 17 YTD = $164K is a 19% increase over May 16 YTD = $139K.
  • $/SqFt May 17 YTD = $186.93 is a 16% increase over May 16 YTD = $160.57.
  • May 17 YTD sales = $483M vs. May 16 YTD sales of $903M = -46.5%

The rental market is still strong, but owners are adjusting to the changing political climate and rule changes which will put a limiter on the increase in income (i.e. rents).

Inventory is starting to grow.  However, properties priced at a premium to market are sitting.  If you’d like a financial analysis / valuation using real numbers contact me. 

If you’d like more information on:

– Free financial analysis of your property, eMail me for a SAMPLE report.  It will be very helpful if you’re making decisions about futures or operations.

– Details/background on individual sales in the report or a breakdown by neighborhood

– Free copy of our 80-page book – Buying, Selling and Operating Apartments Using Financial Analysis

– A very useful financial analysis of your property, call.  It will include I&E comparison to neighboring properties along with recent sales and rent comparables.

Please contact me:

Steve Morris | Vice-President
IMG Northwest
1234 SW 18th, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.970.4593 
steve@imgnorthwest.com | www.imgnorthwest.com
OR License # 200202054 | WA License # 24512

For the Oregon Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here.
For the Washington Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here. 


Portland Apt Sales – March 17

28 April 2017
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To download the individual sales report, right-click the link below and “Save As”:

<<<Portland_Mar17vsMar16_AptSales>>>

Highlights:

  • $/unit March 17 YTD is a 28% increase over March 16 YTD.
  • $/SqFt March 17 YTD  is a 27% increase over March 16 YTD.
  • March 17 YTD sales = $382M vs. March 16 YTD sales of $571M = -33%

2017 is off to a slow start in terms of gross sales dollars at $376M (vs. $571M 2016 YTD).  The rental market is still relatively strong, but owners are adjusting to the changing political climate and rule changes.

If you have a day, City of Portland gives a very useful annual class.  I’ve included topics, class times and sign-up info here:

https://portlandapartmentsales.com/2017/04/21/city-of-portland-landlord-training-spring-2017/

I’ve posted a 5 year (2011-2016) Portland apartment sales history on this site.  I sort sales by:

  • County
  • Neighborhood
  • Complex Size
  • Decade Built
  • Largest sales per county by total sale, $/SqFt and $/Unit

 

If you’d like more information on:

– Details/background on individual sales in the report or a breakdown by neighborhood

– Free copy of our 80-page book – Buying, Selling and Operating Apartments Using Financial Analysis

– A very useful financial analysis of your property, call.  It will include I&E comparison to neighboring properties along with recent sales and rent comparables.

Please contact me:

Steve Morris | Vice-President
IMG Northwest
1234 SW 18th, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.970.4593 
steve@imgnorthwest.com | www.imgnorthwest.com
OR License # 200202054 | WA License # 24512

For the Oregon Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here.
For the Washington Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here. 


Feb 17 – Portland Multi-Unit Sales

30 March 2017
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To download the individual sales report, right-click the link below and “Save As”:

<<<Portland_Feb17vsFeb16_AptSales>>>

Highlights:

  • $/unit Feb 17 YTD is a 35% increase over Feb 16 YTD.
  • $/SqFt Feb 17 YTD  is a 42% increase over Feb 16 YTD.
  • Feb 17 YTD sales = $302M vs. Feb 16 YTD sales of $333M

2017 is off to a slow start in terms of gross sales dollars.  Be aware $131M of $209M in sales for Feb 17 is from one portfolio (i.e. same buyer and seller) sale with 4 of the individual sales reported in the 4 county area.  

There were more larger complexes sold which skews YTD averages.  The market is changing with pricing (and rents) giving signs of topping out for the near term.

I’ve posted a 5 year (2011-2016) Portland apartment sales history on this site.  I sort sales by:

  • County
  • Neighborhood
  • Complex Size
  • Decade Built
  • Largest sales per county by total sale, $/SqFt and $/Unit

Interest rates – The threat of small increases remains, however, with lower unemployment we haven’t seen the wage and general inflation that drives large increases.

If you’d like more information on:

– Details/background on individual sales in the report or a breakdown by neighborhood

– Free copy of our 80-page book – Buying, Selling and Operating Apartments Using Financial Analysis

– A very useful financial analysis of your property, call.  It will include I&E comparison to neighboring properties along with recent sales and rent comparables.

Please contact me:

Steve Morris | Vice-President
IMG Northwest
1234 SW 18th, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.970.4593 
steve@imgnorthwest.com | www.imgnorthwest.com
OR License # 200202054 | WA License # 24512

For the Oregon Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here.
For the Washington Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here. 


Portland Apt Market Sales 5 year History (2011-2016)

16 March 2017
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Attached is the 5 year (2011-2016) Portland Apartment Market Summary:

<<<<<< IMGNW_2016-2011_PortlandApartmentHistory_March2017 >>>>

Right-click to download the report.  It includes 2016 stats and 2011-2016 history of:

     2016 Operating Dynamics Trends

     2011-2016 5 year history overview

     2016 and 2011-2016 New construction overview

     2016 Sales By County

     2016 and 2011-2016 Sales By Neighborhood ($/unit, $/SqFt and reported CapRate).

     2016 and 2011-2016 Sales By Complex Size  (<100 units vs. 100+ units)

     2016 and 2011-2016 Sales By Decade Built

     2016 and 2011-2016 Largest Sales by Gross $ and $/unit

     2016 and 2011-2016 Largest Sales by County

If you’d like more information on:

– Details/background on individual sales in the report or a breakdown by neighborhood

– Free copy of our 80-page book – Buying, Selling and Operating Apartments Using Financial Analysis

– A very useful financial analysis of your property, call.  It will include I&E comparison to neighboring properties along with recent sales and rent comparables.

Please contact me:

Steve Morris | Vice-President
IMG Northwest
1234 SW 18th, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.970.4593 
steve@imgnorthwest.com | www.imgnorthwest.com
OR License # 200202054 | WA License # 24512

For the Oregon Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here.
For the Washington Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here. 


Jan 17 Portland METRO Apt Sales- Jan 17

3 March 2017
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To download the individual sales report, right-click the link below and “Save As”:

<<<portland_jan17vsjan16_aptsales>>>

Highlights:

  • CapRates reported are still in the low 5% compared to 2016 in the mid 5% range. 
  • $/unit Jan 17 YTD is a 70% increase over Jan 16 YTD.
  • $/SqFt Jan 17 YTD  is a 71% increase over Jan 16 YTD.
  • Jan 17 YTD sales = $72M vs. Jan 16 YTD sales of $158M

 

Jan 17 got off to a slow start, however, it followed a huge month in Dec 16.  The market does seem to be changing with pricing (and rents) giving signs of topping out for the near term.

I’ll be posting a 5 year (2011-2016) Portland apartment sales history by mid-March, but if you’d like an earlier copy, eMail me.  I sort sales by:

  • County
  • Neighborhood
  • Complex Size
  • Decade Built
  • Largest sales per county by total sale, $/SqFt and $/Unit

Interest rates – The threat of small increases remains, however, with lower unemployment we haven’t seen the wage and general inflation that drives increases so far.

If you’d like more information on:

– Details/background on individual sales in the report or a breakdown by neighborhood

– Free copy of our 80-page book – Buying, Selling and Operating Apartments Using Financial Analysis

– A very useful financial analysis of your property, call.  It will include I&E comparison to neighboring properties along with recent sales and rent comparables.

Please contact me:

Steve Morris | Vice-President
IMG Northwest
1234 SW 18th, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.970.4593 
steve@imgnorthwest.com | www.imgnorthwest.com
OR License # 200202054 | WA License # 24512

For the Oregon Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here.
For the Washington Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here. 


Dec 16 + FY – Portland Apt Sales

26 January 2017
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To download the individual sales report, right-click the link below and “Save As”:

<<<portland_dec16vsdec15_aptsales>>>

Highlights:

  • CapRates reported are still in the mid 5% compared to 2015 in the high 5% range. 
  • $/unit Dec 16 YTD is a 15.6% increase over Dec 15 YTD.
  • $/SqFt Dec 16 YTD  is a 10.6% increase over Dec 15 YTD.
  • Dec 2016 YTD sales = $2922M vs. Dec 2015 YTD sales of $2360M

We are 24% over 2015 Full Year gross sales which is much higher than I would’ve projected in Sept 16.  50% of 2016’s gross dollar sales happened in Oct, Nov and Dec 16.

Dec 16 would’ve been a good year not that long ago (in 2010 to be specific.)

I’ll be posting a 5 year (2011-2016) Portland apartment sales history by mid-Feb, but if you’d like an earlier copy, eMail me.  I sort sales by:

  • County
  • Neighborhood
  • Complex Size
  • Decade Built
  • Largest sales per county by total sale, $/SqFt and $/Unit

Interest rates have jumped.  My conjecture is there’s a sense of impending rate increases driving a burst of large transactions in Oct-Dec 16.  Dec 16 had $668M in transactions (vs. $260M in Dec 15).

If you’d like more information on:

– Details/background on individual sales in the report or a breakdown by neighborhood

– Free copy of our 80-page book – Buying, Selling and Operating Apartments Using Financial Analysis

– A very useful financial analysis of your property, call.  It will include I&E comparison to neighboring properties along with recent sales and rent comparables.

Please contact me:

Steve Morris | Vice-President
IMG Northwest
1234 SW 18th, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.970.4593 
steve@imgnorthwest.com | www.imgnorthwest.com
OR License # 200202054 | WA License # 24512

For the Oregon Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here.
For the Washington Real Estate Agency Pamphlet click here. 


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