Auction bargain: two houses for price of one

| Print |  Email
Archives - November 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008

STATEWIDE  Buy one, get one free — houses that is. A pair of never-occupied two-bedroom homes north of Klamath Falls is headlining a big property auction scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Hilton Hotel near Portland International Airport, with sealed bidding to follow.

Also vying for investor interest are the 102-acre High Heaven Horse Farm in Yamhill County, a 2,114-acre elk-hunting camp in the Wallowa Mountains and a 3,200-acre expanse of forest adjacent to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Area.

Sellers are offering to finance most of the deals, pending a review of the buyer’s credit. Cash bids are welcome and in some cases required.

Portland-based Realty Marketing Northwest has been selling properties at auction since 1985 to offer bargains to smart bidders and savings to sellers tired of paying holding costs. The company works closely with timber owners and has moved mountains and company towns in past auctions. Given the economic climate, expectations are less ambitious this year.

“It’s definitely a challenging market,” says president John Rosenthal, adding that it’s no coincidence that more than half of the properties are valued at under $250,000.

Several of the properties speak volumes about the woeful state of Oregon’s real estate market:

• A lender-owned 35-lot would-be resort near Lehman Hot Springs, with no minimum asking price;

• A former realtor’s office (repossessed by the bank) that looks out onto a golf course at Crooked River Ranch;

• A cash-only “as-is” three-bedroom house with a 19-acre clear-cut that has not been replanted.

Rosenthal says at the height of the market 75% of the auction properties would sell. That dropped to about 50% for Realty Northwest’s auction in June. For the fall auction, published reserve prices range from zero to $6.1 million. The catalog is at rmnw-auctions.com.

BEN JACKLET


Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

Best Foot Forward

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.


Read more...

The Backstory: Portland Youth Builders

The Latest
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
blog002 1BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

As part of our green workplaces story, Oregon Business checked out a community service project undertaken by Portland Youth Builders, a nonprofit alternative high school. In partnership with Whole Foods, PYB built garden boxes for a Home Forward  housing site. Home Forward is a government agency that provides housing for low income residents and people with disabilities.


Read more...

Stemming the tide of money in politics

Linda Baker
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
 jeff-lang-2012-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

Jeff Lang and his wife Rae used to dole out campaign checks like candy.  “We were like alcoholics,” Lang says. ”We couldn’t just give a little.”


Read more...

Balancing Act

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY DAN COOK

The Affordable Care Act has triggered a rush on health care plan redesign, a process fraught with hidden costs and consequences.


Read more...

Loose Talk

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

When gossip crosses the line.


Read more...

Oregon needs a Grand Bargain energy plan

Linda Baker
Monday, June 22, 2015
0622-gastaxblogthumbBY LINDA BAKER

The Clean Fuels/gas tax trade off will go down in history as another disjointed, on-again off-again approach to city and state lawmaking.


Read more...

Brain Storm

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CAMILLE GRIGSBY-ROCCA

Can the brave new world of neurotechnology help an OHSU surgeon find a cure for obesity?


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS