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July 2011 RollingsHomes Newsletter

1 County Real Estate Sales Overview

2 MLS Statistics

3 Personal

4 Vancouver Wine and Jazz

Jerry and Sara Rolling 281-8222 or 281-8333 or

If you have friends or relatives who you feel would like to be on this newsletter list let me know. Similarly if I am just cluttering up your email let me know that. This is the monthly Email newsletter for Jerry and Sara Rolling, Realtors at Keller Williams Realty, 915 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660. If you have questions about this material or wish to share your information or opinion with our email list please contact me at 360-281-8222 or

1 County Real Estate Sales Overview

What's happening to the price of an Individual House?

Price Per finished Square Foot

# of Sales

30 year ranch

30 yr newer

new and large

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

$134 $154 $154 $141 $125 $112

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

$140 $146 $153 $113 $103 $109

12.9 9.1 7.3 4.9 5.5 5.1

14.4 10.6 6.1 5.2 5.2 5.9

Jan-11 Feb-11 Mar-11 Apr-11 May-11 Jun-11

$112 $118 $107 $108 $100 $100

Jan-11 Feb-11 Mar-11 Apr-11 May-11 Jun-11

$ 99 $ 79 $107 $ 94 $100 $119

3 2 6 3 4 5

4 1 3 6 2 7

30 year Ranch is defined as a single level home, no basement, built between 1970 and 1980, 1400 to 1600 square feet, with a double garage and on a lot between 5000 and 10000 square feet in the Vancouver, Camas, Washougal areas. The total price of all the sales is divided by the total finished square footage of the sold homes to obtain the price per square foot.

Average Average Average Average Average Average

New and large is defined as a home built between 1990 and 2005, 3000 to 4500 finished square feet, 5000 to 20,000 square foot lot, no view, in Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefield and Battleground. The total price of all the sales is divided by the total finished square footage of the sold homes to obtain the price per square foot.

1 County Real Estate Sales Overview (Cont) Sales, Pendings and Actives all categories Clark County April Nov Jan Mar May June Currently for Sale

2811 2331 3326 3270 2412 3357

of these Bank Owned of these Short Sales

84 536

183 313

259 785

230 713

134 505

167 613

Pending this month





774 1304

of these Bank Owned of these Short Sales

108 444

134 356

181 459

224 509

204 425

216 547

Sold this month







of these Bank Owned of these Short Sales

70 75

40 42

86 48

132 71

95 46

140 72

% Bank owned and short Sales of total actives 22% 20% total pendings 52% 64% total solds 32% 35%

28% 67% 47%

29% 81% 52%

26% 81% 42%

23% 59% 42%

The signals seem mixed from the organizations providing statistics. Here are two pieces of information you may not have heard. 1. There are 1,000,000 properties owned by banks in the US. 200,000 of them are on the market. It wasn’t clear to me whether this source differentiated between short sale and bank owned. Either way it’s a huge number. 2. The courthouse steps auction system is experiencing lengthy delays from banks who are avoiding taking houses into inventory. This probably means we are not getting out of this anytime soon. A steady supply of bank owned properties coming onto the market is going to preclude any significant price increases. We are now roughly where prices were at the beginning of 2004. The market reacted to the bubble—and now it is overreacting. Not a good time to sell—but a great time to buy!

2 MLS Statistics

3 Personal In May we visited Sara’s birth son Matthew and his wife in Albania. Albania has a rich history of which we are largely ignorant. In the 14th century resistance to the expansion of the Turkish Moslem empire enabled Europe to retain it’s Christian heritage. The country is beautiful and the food fabulous. While we were there the government candidate lost an election—the government then changed the rules and recounted the votes! The resulting turmoil was exciting!

We then visited Dubrovnik in Croatia. This is a small point of land covered with 700 year old houses and churches with a huge wall around it. Picture Postcard perfect!

We then got on this sailing ship and visited some Greek Islands and Ephasus in Turkey. Relaxing, Educational, fabulous food on the ship, interesting and different food on the islands. Retsina and Ouzo, snorkeling and sailing, sunbathing and sleeping. We thoroughly recommend it! The ship is the Star Clipper and the maximum passenger load is 175. Call us if you want to explore a similar vacation.

3 Personal (Cont)

And then our daughter Liz and Fiance Aron surprised us by planning a September wedding in Hawaii. It seems as though we just have to keep having vacations and getting away from our favorite pastime—selling Real

And, on July 3rd, Chris and Leslie’s son Alexander Michael Rolling arrived in Vernon BC at 9lbs 13 ounces and 24 inches long. The measuring device in the hospital did not go any longer! We are visiting starting the 20th July. Everything works and, as his mother said, “I’ve just given birth to a toddler.”

4 Vancouver Wine and Jazz

This year the W&J Fest is on August 26, 27 & 28th. It's a wonderful place to meet and friends and just kick back and enjoy terrific music. This year's lineup includes: Al Jarreau, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, Spyro Gyra, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Stanley Jordan...and much more. If you work just one shift in a wine, water or beer booth, you get free admission that day. That's a good price, right? We’ve done this for 8 years, working one shift per day, spent the whole weekend at the festival and never had to pay. Volunteers also get a cool Wine & Jazz Tshirt that labels you as an Alcohol Security Monitor (oh the power!). You are required to attend one hour-long training session (choose from August 9th, 11th or 16th) at St Joseph's Catholic church (where the Sausagefest is held) in order to be a volunteer. If you're interested, go to and download the volunteer application, ASAP. You'll have a blast!

Need a Handyman, Repairman or Remodeler? We have over the years developed a list of reputable, honest, talented people to help our clients. Our list includes painters, electricians, renovators, landscapers, stagers – you name it. Need help in any of those areas? Give us a call. Need an out-of-town Realtor? We can recommend those too, everywhere in North America. Need a Realtor here? Call us!!!!

Advice or information— Don’t be shy, pick up the phone We especially appreciate your referrals of buyers or sellers—We promise to treat them right. Jerry 360-281-8222

Sara 360-281-8333


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