Chickens Do Not Reduce Property Values

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Integrity Oregon 200808151
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One of the arguments against allowing backyard hens is that chickens kept within city limits will cause a reduction in property values.

This simply isn't so. Many cities across the nation already allow backyard hens. Real estate statistics show that property values in these cities have gained over the years. (It has only been since the current mortgage crisis that value have begun to decline and this has occurred whether a city allows chickens or not.)

In Corvallis, there is no limit to the number of hens you can keep in your backyard, yet the average sale price there is $230,436 compared to $211,963 in Salem. In Portland, chickens have been allowed since  the 1960s and it remains a popular and expensive place to live. The average sale price there is 317,323 compared to $211,963 in Salem.

Last summer when the City of Fort Collins, Colorado looked into legalizing city chickens, it consulted Jane Leo with the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors. Ms. Leo indicated that to her knowledge, city chickens have not affected property values in Portland.
 
Homes in Portland and Corvallis, where backyard hens are permitted, have maintained a higher average estimated value and sale price than homes in Salem.  Homes in Portland and Corvallis also sell slightly faster than homes in Salem. 

It is obvious that having a few backyard hens does not drop property values.

For more detailed information please go to:

salemchickens.com and see the research packet available there.

The Urban Hen Movement started in the Pacific Northwest and has steadily spread it wings. It is only fitting that Salem join in allowing a few backyard hens with other cities like Portland, Olympia, Seattle, Corvallis, Eugene and Lake Oswego. It works in these communities and it can work in Salem too.

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Rainer
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Personally, I can't believe it hasn't been shown that chickens in the city actually raise property values. There is something utterly peaceful about the soft sounds of clucking. I'd be delighted if my neighbors had them. Thanks for the facts.

May 11, 2009 02:51 PM #1
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Nannette Martin
RE/MAX Integrity - Salem, OR
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Well, actually, cities that allow chickens DO have higher property values. I'm sure it is entirely because of the chickens. :-)

We finally got our public hearing slated for Monday, May 26th... the citizens will gather to discuss and the city council will likely vote.

Our hope is that we can join other cities like Portland who allow residents to choice to have a few pet hens.

May 12, 2009 07:13 PM #2
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Deborah Wilkinson
Premiere Property Group - Lake Oswego, OR

Nannette:

Having just bought a home in Lake Oswego, I am very interested in looking into raising chickens.  I love having fresh eggs each morning and there are some very nice looking chicken houses that would add to the overall appearance of a back yard.  A friend of mine in Portland who lives in an upscale new neighborhood has five hens and is enjoying the experience.  Thanks for covering the question of potential negative effect on home values.

Deb

May 13, 2009 03:57 PM #3
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Nannette Martin
RE/MAX Integrity - Salem, OR
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Hi Deb,

C.I.T.Y. is doing a documentary on the Urban Chicken Movement - Northwest Style and our founder Barbara Palermo went to Lake Oswego to film the chicken training classes at the Avian Medical Center located there. It is a very popular class that always fills up. Lake Oswego has no restrictions on chickens...you are ever allowed to have roosters if they don't bother anyone. That is wonderful to hear about your friend in Portland. That is where the Urban Chicken Movement began.

We are really looking forward to having hens in Salem.

You should check out the coop tour that will be happening in Portland...I'm not sure of the date.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Nannette

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