Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portland, Oregon*.

Those dang Californians.

Portlanders have had it with those board shorts and kale smoothies, and now they’re rising up to stick it to the Californians-literally. According to the Oregonian, upset citizens are placing “No Californian” stickers on For Sale signs throughout the city. The state is currently receiving an influx of out-of-state buyers, forcing housing prices to skyrocket.

Realtor Lori Fenwick was notified of the incidents when one of her buyers sent her a photo of a defaced sign. She shared her findings with a real estate group on Facebook and quickly learned that she wasn’t the only victim. Three other realtors piped up including Quinn Irvine of M Realty. “A lot of these homes are going into bidding wars and going over ask price,” he said. “And a lot of these guys are getting outbid. And I think they’re going around to agents who have properties that have sold over ask price and putting anti-California stickers.”

(Via Hot Air, via Instapundit) Apparently, lots of the people fleeing the drought in California are going north to Oregon, which is sensible enough (Oregon is considerably wetter than California**) but not pleasing to the Oregonians who are already there. Specifically, apparently, the people in Portland. For added fun, check out comments here at the original article.  There’s a certain whiff of entitlement permeating it, and I’m not entirely sure from which side.  Ach, well, not really my problem.

Moe Lane

*If you’ve never seen Scenes From The Class Struggle In Beverly Hills, I’m not surprised: it’s apparently never been released on DVD in this country. It is… an interesting film. Memorable?  Yes, let’s go with ‘memorable.’

**Also, better they go north, instead of east. Although the people living to the north would probably disagree.


  • Brian Swisher says:

    That must be in parts of town other than mine; although there are a number of houses for sale around my neighborhood, I haven’t seen any stickers like that. Perhaps we’re more easy-going in Far Southwest.
    One interesting and perhaps related thing: the old National Guard armory property in Tigard has been cleared for housing, and, a few weeks ago, the big “Coming Soon” sign was adverting houses priced from the mid-$300,000s. Now, the pricing is from the high $400,000s. Quite a jump.

    • Jeff Weimer says:

      When they’re moving out of late-40’s tract houses that clear near a $Million, $400K for a new split-level with a decent view is a bargain.

      • Brian Swisher says:

        True enough (though there’s not really much of a view in this particular tract). I was just remarking on the abrupt increase in price.

        • acat says:

          One wonders how long there’ll be enough demand to support million dollar pricetags for drought-stricken tax-sucking 1940s tract homes ..
          The ones heading to Oregon now aren’t the Okies that headed to SoCal in the ’30s and ’40s… but that wave’s coming.
          Oh, and the drought that’s hitting Cali hit Oregon too .. it’s called the El Nino / La Nina Cycle.

      • JEM says:

        Near a million? I live in a burg that defines that particular scope and the last house on our cul-de-sac sold for $1.8M.

  • Jeff Weimer says:

    Oh, I disagree; Californians have exacerbated the silliest of the “Progressive” tendencies of my hometown Seattle. I can’t afford to live there anymore, and I really don’t think I want to. I just hope that I can find a nice, quiet, libertarian/conservative enclave somewhere within an hour of my folk’s place. They’re not getting any younger and I’m an only child.

    May they go east, please. Just not in large clumps.

  • William Krebs says:

    I think these are more likely to be retirees than refugees from the drought. Those affected by the drought are in pretty dire economic shape, not set for a real-estate bidding war.

  • Luke says:

    It was only about 25 years ago when the Oregon government put a sign on their southern border that said:
    “Oregon, a nice place to visit. DON’T STAY.”

  • nighttwister says:

    Denver is the fastest growing city in the country right now. Lots of Californians are moving there I’m sure. Oh well, the place went too far to the left some time ago, so I doubt it’ll have any effect on the political mix.

  • xander-drax says:

    The entire movie is on youtube.

  • Diamondback says:

    “**Also, better they go north, instead of east. Although the people living to the north would probably disagree.”
    DON’T ENCOURAGE THEM! There are already way too many who’ve made Washington the vat of toxic crap we are… 🙁

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