By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Housing sales continue to rise

Real estate sales  continued to rise in Yamhill County in April, according to Portland’s Regional Multiple Listing Service.

The county had 590 active residential listings, including 176 new ones. It recorded 123 pending sales, up 8.8 percent from the previous April.

In all, 114 sales were closed during the month. The average selling price was $198,900 and average market time 116 days.

Year-to-date, the county has recorded 448 pending sales, up 26.9 percent from 2012. It has recorded 332 closed sales at an average selling price of $224,800 and median selling price of $185,000.

April reports for Yamhill County also showed four commercial properties selling at an average price of $241,200, seven multifamily properties selling at an average price of $351,200 and 22 bare land parcels selling at an average price of $179,600.

However, according to Gorilla Capital, a Eugene-based company specializing in distressed properties, Yamhill County logged 30 judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions during the month of April. That suggests the foreclosure crisis is continuing to linger, but at a significantly reduced level.



Chef Allen Routt of The Painted Lady of Newberg has been invited to prepare a meal of Willamette Valley cuisine on Monday, June 10, at the James Beard House in New York. His wife and collaborator, Jessica Bagley, will be joining him in the endeavor.

The menu will feature venison, dungeness crab, game bird ravioli and a chocolate dessert. The Anderson Family Vineyard will provide the wine pairings.

Routt plans to preview the dinner at his restaurant, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at a cost of $125 per person.

The Painted Lady is located at 201 S. College St. The phone is 503-538-3850.



The Yamhill Small Woodlands Association plans to hold its annual meeting and banquet Wednesday, May 22, at Yan’s Chinese Restaurant, 1822 N.E. Highway 99W. The event will open with a social period at 6 p.m. and continue with dinner at 6:30.

Dinner will be served family-style at a cost of $12, plus gratuity. Reservations may be made by calling Hal Hagglund at 503-843-2173 or contacting Leonard Rydell at 503-538-5700 or

Geologist and local educator Sheila Alfsen will present a program on the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1981. New board members will be elected in a process now open for nominations or volunteers.

Drawings will be held for door prizes donated by supporting businesses. The OSU Extension Service is collaborating on planning for the event.



The latest in treatment for slow-healing wounds stemming from diabetes, circulatory problems and other conditions will be addressed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at The Wynwood, a Brookdale Senior Living Community located at 721 N.E. 27th St.

The free event is being sponsored by Serenity Hospice, The Wynwood and the hyperbaric medicine program at the Willamette Valley Medical Center. For more information, call Roberta Latham 503-435-0100.



The May 3 “Drink One for Dane” fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, staged at all Dutch Bros. Coffee locations, raised a record $271,579 in member of company co-founder Dane Boersma, who died of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The money will be distributed to local chapters of the MDA, which is the world leader in fighting muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a close relative. Donations to the cause are still being collected at



Philbrook’s Second Hand Store has opened at 826 S.E. First St. in downtown McMinnville.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the McMinnville Public Library, 225 N.W. Adams St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at 2301 N.E. Wynooski Road for the city of Newberg.

Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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