National University, Cleveland HeartLab partner to offer cardiac health assessments

National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) is now partnering with Cleveland HeartLab to offer important tests that can assess a patient’s risk for a heart attack or heart disease.


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Portland Case Shiller for June 2012 Increases

The Case Shiller Index for June 2012 was released on Tuesday.  For the second month in a row, Portland showed strong gains, increasing 2.5% to 138.51.  Combined with the 2.6 % gain from April to May, the Case Shiller Index for Portland is up 3.0% in the last year.  It’s good news but has a cautionary tale: in 2011 we saw similar mid-year gains what were all given back in the second half of the year.  If we can have two or three more strong months we really might be able to say we were looking at the bottom in March at  129.01 but two strong months does not equal a recovery unto itself.  We’re currently at the same level as December 2010.

Case Shiller looks back two months and includes all of the seven county Portland/Vancouver MSA.


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Portland Real Estate Market Continues to Gain

RMLS Market Action September 2012RMLS Market Action was released this morning just after I hit “post” on the time lapse video so today is a twofer.  New listings are down compared to last year and last month but inventory returned to 4.6 months which is better for the overall health of the market than last month’s 3.9.

Year-to-date the average sales price is up 2.9% to $281,400 and up 4.9% from last month.  The average sales price since last September is -.1% which mirrors what we hoped for 2012: flat is good.  Last year the market gained for the first half of the year and then gave it all back plus some in the closing months of the year.  We spend the beginning of 2012 digging out of those losses.  Will the market finish the year strong?  Will the Spring of 2012 be the point that we look back to as the bottom of the market?  For 2010 and 2011 September was close to the peak for that year with a drop off to close it out.

Days on market has also dropped compared to last year.  At 102 days, it’s slightly higher than August’s 97 days but significantly lower than last September’s 131.

It’s always important to remember that these stats reflect the entire Portland Metro Area, meaning a five country area.  Different locations within the area and different price ranges see very different results.  SE Portland has 3.3 months of inventory and an average days on market of only 62.


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Builders Starting More New Homes: Housing Starts Up 24.5%

The latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show a significant increase in new home construction starts by home builders.  2009 was the low point in the real estate industry for new construction starts, and the market has been slowly gaining steam every year since.

This past month we saw a 2.3 percent increase in starts for new homes across the country.  Compared to the same month in 2011, total new starts for residential real estate nationwide are up 24.5 percent, a huge jump for a single year.

From the Inman News Report:

Builders started construction on new homes and apartment units during August at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000, up from 733,000 in June and 581,000 a year ago, the Census Bureau said.

Single-family housing starts were up 5.5 percent from July to August, to a seasonally adjusted rate of 535,000, representing a 26.8 percent increase from last August and 52 percent above the tally’s March 2009 bottom of 353,000.

Housing starts have been rising on an annual basis since September 2011 and are now 57 percent above their trough in April 2009 — 478,000 — according to census records dating back to January 1959.

Builder confidence ticked up for the fifth month in a row in September, reaching its highest level since 2006, the National Association of Home Builders reported this week.

© Seattle Homes, LLC: – Sam DeBord, Managing Broker, Realtor
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Data Source: NWMLS – The Northwest Multiple Listing Service did not compile or publish this information.


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RMLS Market Action August 2012- Good News

RMLS Market Action Aug 2012RMLS Market Action for August 2012 was released yesterday and almost all metrics are better than they were last month and last year.  Inventory dropped back to 3.9 months.  The same as June which is the lowest level in years.  Inventory is a good measure of urgency and competition.  Fewer houses means buyers are competing for fewer houses.  Inventory can also be a measure of frustration as multiple offers become more common and finding that perfect house for difficult.  In a healthy market five to seven months would be ideal.

I’ll break out some sales by price range soon.  We’ll see that properties under $300,000 are moving much faster than those over $300,000.  That’s typical but it also means that expectations should be adjusted based on the situation.  This month’s 117 average days on market is much lower than last August 2011′s 146 but broken down into price ranges the numbers will look very different.

Prices are on the rise:

Prices are stabilizing and showing improvement. The average sales price year-to-date of $271,100  is 2.7% higher than the average  price in the same period last year,  while the 2012 year-to-date median  of $230,000 is 4.5% higher than the median last year.

The snapshot image of the market looks good but we still have to be cautiously optimistic looking forward.  Interest rates remain low and prices are on the rise but we have an election coming up, global economic and political issues making headlines and we’re moving into a traditionally slower time of the year for real estate.  Winter real estate participants tend to be more serious as a whole than their summer brethren since looking at homes in the dark, wet and cold isn’t particularly pleasant but markets don’t stop, they adjust.  A good end to the year will be if the Portland real estate market can remain flat through the rest of the year without giving anything back like it did last year.

[Graphic from RMLS]


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Alliance Injury Treatment Center Opening in the old Springs Road Chiropractic Office

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Alliance Injury Treatment Center Opens In The Old Springs Road Chiropractic Center Building

Hickory Spine at Alliance Injury Treatment Center Opens Second Location In Hickory, NC

Back Pain Treatment Spinal Decompression Hickory NCWe are proud to open a new location of Alliance Injury Treatment Center in Hickory, NC.  For specific information on our new and second clinic location, visit, which is the official website for both of our Alliance Injury Treatment Center clinics in Hickory, NC.  The new office is located in the old Springs Road Chiropractic Clinic office at 2121 12th Ave NE on Springs Road in Hickory, NC.  We offer new technology for fast pain relief and rehabilitation of injuries to the neck, lower back, spine and joints.  Commonly treated injuries and conditions are: whiplash injuries, auto accident injuries, spinal disc herniations, spinal disc bulges, neck pain, back pain and headaches that originate from the neck.  For more information on the technology we offer, visit us at  If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Shook, give us a call at (828) 324-0800 for our highway 321 location in the same building as the tag office, or (828) 441-9488 for our springs road location in Hickory, NC.

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