What James Bond Can Teach You About Wilsonville Meadows Real Estate

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With That Suit & Tie, James Bond Resembles A Well-Mannered Realtor

Compared to the life of famed superspy James Bond, buying or selling a Wilsonville Meadows home is dull and monotonous, right? Au contraire. You might be surprised to see how such a  comparison actually sizes up.

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Not So Mundane, After All
How could the seemingly routine tasks associated with Wilsonville Meadows real estate possibly compare to the life and adventures of ultra-suave Agent 007? Initially, it seems like a ridiculous question. Of course Bond’s life is far more treacherous, risky and ‘on the edge,’ right? As we’ll soon learn, not exactly. Buyers and sellers of Wilsonville Meadows homes have a lot more in common with the famous spy than first meets the bullseye.

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Oregon Real Estate is More Daring Than You Might Think

Deceptively Daring
Many actors have played Agent 007 in film, yet each brings to the Bond character their own unique imprint on the multi-faceted Bond persona. But while each person playing 007 is unique, in each iteration of the well-known agent we recognize Bond’s uncanny ability to ‘land on his feet’ and ‘avoid being bested,’ while inching (or sometimes speeding) toward his well-defined goal. Let’s examine some of the super spy’s cinematic character traits and how they might relate to your next Wilsonville Meadows real estate transaction.

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Turning The Tables
To a Wilsonville Meadows homebuyer or homeseller, ‘landing on your feet’ might not equate to jumping from a high rise building. Instead, it might mean effectively dealing with endless surprises…like a low appraisal, or poor home inspection.  It’s helpful to understand that one of Bond’s classic techniques is to shift bad odds to his advantage. Your way to ‘avoid being bested’ may not mean beating the tables at Monte Carlo like James Bond. Instead, it might be skillfully negotiating the terms of your Wilsonville Meadows real estate transaction. And to a Wilsonville Meadows homebuyer or homeseller, Agent 007’s ‘inching to his goal’ could simply mean patiently completing key tasks in order to close the sale. It’s nice to know that unlike the production of a Bond film, Wilsonville Meadows homebuyers and homesellers typically complete their ‘mission’ substantially under budget and in a relatively short time span, with no loss of life or limb. This makes you arguably ‘better than Bond.’

Diamonds Are Forever…And So Is Real Estate
Here are some factors that make the so-called ‘average’ Wilsonville Meadows homeseller or homebuyer more daring than even Agent 007. 

Risk
Agent 007 is frequently seen as daring and a tremendous risk taker. But while it’s true some of Bond’s actions are potentially perilous, it’s helpful to realize that his risks tend to be thoughtfully calculated. 007 is usually well-armed, whether that means carrying his Walther PPK, or preparing mentally for the task at hand. If he’s without a gun, James Bond is able to adapt and improvise, like using a fire extinguisher in the middle of a firefight to provide cover and escape.

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You Don’t Need A Gun to Effectively Buy or Sell Wilsonville Meadows Real Estate

Charmingly Disarming
But if James Bond gets into a ‘jam’,  he usually has his trusty sidearm to help take care of business. Yet using a small caliber handgun to get your way is not an option for Wilsonville Meadows homebuyers and homesellers. As a result, your options are limited to less obviously coercive means than Agent 007 can wield. Requiring the use of ‘wits, not weapons’ takes certain things off the table for you, since Oregon real estate demands non-lethal resourcefulness. By having to use safer and more creative methods of persuasion, it’s fair to say that once again, the ‘average’ Wilsonville Meadows homeseller or homebuyer is arguably ‘better than Bond.’

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Effectively Managing Risk Can Pay Off Handsomely

Casino Royale
For an example of Bond’s risk reduction techniques, have you ever seen Agent 007 gamble great sums of his own money on a dice throw? The usual answer is ‘Not a chance.’ That’s because Bond virtually always plays with his government’s money, not his own. Yet you, as a Wilsonville Meadows homebuyer or homeseller, are laying your very own hard-earned capital on the table.  So once more, in comparison you can arguably be seen as ‘better than Bond.’

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Even Agent 007 Might Find Wilsonville Meadows Real Estate Challenging

Wilsonville Meadows Real Estate Tip #1 From James Bond: Maintain Your Humor
A superspy like Agent 007 doesn’t  constantly walk around like a tough guy. It’s actually quite the opposite.  Bond knows how to work a room and deliver a well timed joke. ‘Breaking the ice’ to disarm and/or relax the other side with a joke takes some guts…especially when someone means you financial or physical harm.  

Savoir-faire
Savoir-faire is a French term that roughly means: knowing what to do in any situation. Those with savoir-faire respond appropriately in a wide variety of circumstances. One dictionary reference suggests savoir-faire as demonstrating “a polished sureness in social behavior.” In other words, classic James Bond behavior, whether it’s disarming a bad guy, nuclear device, or flawlessly ordering the best item off a French menu.

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Ordering in French is an Acquirable Skill

Savoir-faire can be adapted to Wilsonville Meadows real estate, where a wide variety of ‘tough to predict’ situations occur with surprising frequency.  For sellers, this could mean having a buyer’s loan fail, possibly due to buyer disqualification like a credit score drop, or job change. Or perhaps your home needs a new roof and there simply isn’t sufficient equity to pay for it. Or there’s rampant dry rot. Or severe mold. You get the idea.

How 007’s Savoir-faire Can Work for Wilsonville Meadows Homebuyers and Homesellers
A prepared and practical approach to problem solving is what both James Bond and successful Wilsonville Meadows homebuyers and homesellers bring to the table.  Agent 007 is able to adapt and navigate in almost any environment, whether he finds himself in a high-stakes casino in Monaco, a posh ski lodge in the Swiss Alps, or a poor fishing village in Asia, Bond knows what to do. When buying and selling Wilsonville Meadows real estate, you can adapt and navigate in different environments, too, including such changing factors as housing inventory (which can indicate if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market) and fluctuating interest rates.

Just realize that no matter how things appear, some factors and outcomes are not completely determinable and sometimes virtually unknowable. For example, let’s say you’re selling your Wilsonville Meadows home and have three offers on the table to consider. In this scenario, let’s suppose all buyers appear well-qualified and each offer is very similar to the others. Which one do you decide to accept? Which will actually close? Which buyer will be reasonable to work with? Which lender will have even-handed underwriting and not require needless delay or costs?  Working with your Wilsonville Meadows Realtor, you can reduce risk, perhaps by focusing on how much each buyer is willing to pay, their down payment (where a larger down payment makes it easier for them to get a loan) and even the earnest money deposit and time to your closing date. Such an analysis can help boil things down to those that might make the most difference.

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Wilsonville Meadows Real Estate Tip #2 From James Bond: Always Have a Backup Plan
The key is to limit your downside risk by making the best decision possible under the circumstances and remain alert. For example, if after accepting one offer on your Wilsonville Meadows home, the buyers begin loudly complaining about minor issues, have your Realtor stay in touch with other prospective buyers who expressed interest. That way, you keep the door open for a ‘Plan B’ and later, possibly a ‘Plan C’ if initial buyers bail on your home sale.

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James Bond Defines Debonair

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Agent 007 is often described as debonair. How can that term possibly apply to your next Wilsonville Meadows real estate transaction? There are varied definitions to the term debonair, but related terms include courtesy, graciousness and having a sophisticated charm. These traits can be powerful and disarming when dealing with the other side on a home sale. An example of courtesy might mean allowing buyers to schedule a tour before closing for measuring room dimensions or determining paint colors. Being gracious could mean as a buyer you allow the home sellers an extra day to move out, particularly if their moving van broke down. Sophisticated charm might mean leaving a box of chocolates or champagne after you sell a home for when your homebuyers finally move in.

Small details perhaps, but such activities are often long remembered. If after moving out, you remember leaving priceless heirlooms in the attic of your former home, imagine how much nicer it will be to request the return of your precious items from the current owners with whom you’ve been civil and friendly. They are also more likely to even contact you if they find something you mistakenly left behind.

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Wilsonville Meadows Real Estate Tip #3 From James Bond: Secrecy
There’s good reason undercover agents are also known as secret agents. ‘Don’t let them see you sweat’ is an adage Agent 007 works with aplomb. So you don’t want to lose out on your home purchase and are willing to substantially increase your offer, yet don’t want to overpay? Keep those cards discreetly close to your vest and understand that by doing so, you’re modeling James Bond, who can definitely keep a secret. He’s a spy, after all. 
 

Humility
Though James Bond can swagger with the best of those who hold the ’00’ license to kill designation, he’s usually discrete and avoids attention or bragging about his prowess.  Such meekness is supremely beneficial in situations to disarm adversaries, while catching them off guard.  Agent 007 doesn’t often talk about how many people he’s put in the hospital, or his annual income. Simply by observing him, it’s clear Bond has gravitas.

Courage
Having courage when buying or selling Wilsonville Meadows property doesn’t mean you don’t feel fear. It does involve pushing that fear aside to rise above whatever obstacle you are facing. Agent 007 pushes himself out of his comfort zone to face serious fears on a daily basis. This gets him used to feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable. As a Wilsonville Meadows homeseller or homebuyer, once you desensitize yourself to fear, it will become easier to perform courageous acts, like counteroffering that offer you really don’t want to risk losing, or agreeing to substantial repairs in order to pass a home re-inspection and close the deal.

Be Patient
In the middle of a real estate transaction, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. To be successful, it helps to have a well defined plan executed with patience. You also should allow sufficient time for your plan to work. For example, if you’re a Wilsonville Meadows homeseller who doesn’t receive an offer in the first few days on the market, understand that if you’ve already examined the latest market data and the average market time is measured in months and not days or even weeks, realize your anxiety may be premature. Keep cool.

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‘Q’ Is On Bond’s Team to Keep Him Out of Trouble

Consult An Expert
When buying or selling Wilsonville Meadows real estate, it doesn’t hurt to have an experienced Wilsonville Meadows Realtor as your own ‘Q’ to keep you out of difficult situations. An experienced Wilsonville Meadows real estate broker is someone who has been ‘over the road,’ thereby saving you needless expense, time and worry.

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So rather than having Bond’s sidekick ‘Q’ demonstrating gadgetry and armory (like a blowtorch on Bond’s Aston-Martin convertible), Wilsonville Meadows residents can rely on the calm, cool and collected experience of a proven Wilsonville Meadows Realtor to more successfully navigate pitfalls sometimes found in Wilsonville Meadows real estate. 

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Wilsonville Real Estate Update

Wilsonville Market Information
New real estate figures for our local Wilsonville, Oregon market were just released.
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Significant Shift
One significant change found in this new report is a nearly 25% increase in our regional inventory of homes for sale. This is likely in part due to the more than 11% annual increase in home prices both in Wilsonville and the greater Portland area. 

View The Full Report
View the complete Wilsonville, Oregon real estate report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service here, or simply click on the above ‘Market Action’ image. This report includes fresh market information on the Wilsonville area, plus the entire Portland Metro, too.

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Wilsonville Meadows Market Update

Wilsonville Area Home Scarcity Continues
Just-released figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service on our Wilsonville area housing market reveal continued scarcity of local homes for sale, with competition among buyers continuing to push prices up.

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Greater Wilsonville By The Numbers
Here are the most recent  key Wilsonville area real estate statistics. As a side note, neighboring communities like Tualatin and Tigard are included in these greater Wilsonville market statistics.

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Greater Wilsonville Home Prices
Annual home price change +11.4%

Greater Wilsonville Average Market Time
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Greater Wilsonville Home Sales Volume
Monthly change in number of greater Wilsonville area home sales +8.7%
Annual change in number of greater Wilsonville area home sales +6.1%

Area Home Inventory in Months
Area Home Inventory in Months

Regional Home Inventory
As seen in the above table, our regional supply of homes is about half of what is considered to be the ‘low end’ of a normal backlog of properties. A ‘normal’ real estate market is typically 3 to 6 months of home supply.

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Regional Home Price Chart
The above home price chart shows a clear upward home price trajectory for the greater Portland metro region over the past four years. Wilsonville’s most recent annual home price increase of 11.4% is indicative of this regional real estate appreciation.

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Wilsonville’s ‘Perfect Storm’

Recent housing data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) shows Wilsonville home prices are up 9.6% over last year.

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This ramp up in home values is due in part to a decrease in available properties for sale. 

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While a ‘normal’ housing market usually has 3 to 6 months of home supply, our region is now at only 1.2 months of inventory…and falling.

A ‘Perfect Storm’
With increased demand and dwindling supply, what’s happening in Wilsonville real estate right now could be called a seller’s ‘perfect storm.’
Wilsonville is experiencing a combination of attractive interest rates, plus very low home inventory, which fuels a rise in prices.

This is economic theory in action, whenever there are more buyers than sellers, creating a ‘seller’s market.’

A Hot Real Estate Cocktail

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And even with growing home prices, current low interest rates help serve up a hot, but still palatable real estate cocktail that could help Wilsonville buyers better afford their purchase…if they can just find a home amidst such a low housing supply. 

The Rest of the Story
As you might guess, individual neighborhoods and towns vary significantly on selling price, buyer demand and other key factors, like how long it takes for a house to sell.

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Click here or on the above image to see the new Wilsonville area real estate figures. Make sure to also check out page 2 for interesting stats on other nearby towns and neighborhoods. 

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Wilsonville Real Estate News

With school beginning as we move toward Autumn, it’s reasonable to expect a somewhat slower pace of Wilsonville home sales. That’s because many, though certainly not all, 2014 buyers have bought their home by now. A sizeable number of homebuyers target September as a good time to have made their move.

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This brings “empty-nesters,” relocating transferees, singles, and young families to the forefront as a bigger potential portion of the buyer pool for the remainder of the year. For sellers, Autumn can bring more motivated buyers with less competition from other home sellers, when compared to Spring’s fast-paced real estate tempo.

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If Spring’s real estate pace is a Viennese Waltz, Autumn and Winter are a Foxtrot.

 

The average time on the market for a Wilsonville home is now 110 days. This compares to the most recent figure of 93 days for greater Portland. Click here or on the image below for the latest information about Wilsonville real estate.

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The average time on the market for a Wilsonville home is now 110 days. This compares to the most recent figure of 93 days for greater Portland.

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Wilsonville Real Estate Update

New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) shine light on our current Wilsonville real estate market.

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This Wilsonville Meadows home sold in April for more than the asking price.

 

The inventory of homes for sale throughout the area is unchanged, so Wilsonville’s housing market is relatively stable. There remains a 2.8 month supply of homes throughout our region.

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Regional Home Inventory in Months

Based on the most recent month tabulated, the average home price for a Wilsonville area home is now $342,000, up 8.4% over the past year.  

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Regional Home Price Chart

The average time a Wilsonville area home is on the market is now 72 days. 

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This Wilsonville Meadows home sold in January for $430,000

View the new local housing report here, with interesting information on Wilsonville, plus other nearby towns and neighborhoods.

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Recent Wilsonville Meadows Sales

Two recent Wilsonville Meadows sales closed this month. They include the 2,100+ square foot home at 28447 SW Meadows Loop which sold for $310,000 and also a spacious 2,500+ square foot home at 28048 SW Willow Creek Drive, selling for $430,000.

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Our Wilsonville Market

The latest report on Wilsonville area home sales has been released. It reveals a stable local housing market, with Wilsonville area home prices up by 10.5% over the past year alone.

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This report shows the latest monthly average Wilsonville area home price is $314,800. The average total days on market is 74.

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