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Zig Zag Riverfront Cabin

by Liz Warren

Great location for your mountain getaway in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Tucked away just before Rhododendron is a cute and cozy cabin with everything you need in a stunning location right on the banks of the Zig Zag River. 

Zig Zag Riverfront Cabin     Zig Zag Riverfront

Gated access and a long driveway takes you to your cabin in the woods with a sweeping view of the Zig Zag River. The knotty pine interior sets the stage. The living room, kitchen and dining area are open. Watch the river roll by at your kitchen table. One bedroom is off the main living area and a bathroom with a shower completes the package. 

                                   Interior shot of Lot 3 Cabin in Rhododendron

Enjoy the outside deck or read your book down on the river bank. Walk to stores or restaurants from this location too. A short walk over the Zig Zag bridge takes you to Rhododendron. You can be on the mountain in 15 minutes from this location! 

Located on leased land in the Mt. Hood National Forest, this pristine setting can't be beat. One of the most affordable Mt. Hood cabins is available now! Only one hour from Portland.  $139,000

  More Info on 78052 E. Hwy 26 Lot 3

Ted's Cabin on Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

Ted's cabin is a charming lodge like cabin located in the Cascade foothills of Mt. Hood near Rhododendron. A pristine forested setting close to all Mt. Hood activities from skiing to hiking and biking makes this the ultimate recreational hub for your mountain getaway.

  Mt. Hood Cabin in the forest

High ceilings with tons of windows and a river rock fireplace that boasts a toe warming wood stove insert is the perfect spot for relaxing after a day of skiing or a big hike on all the local trails. The cabin sleeps quite a few with a spacious master bedroom, with its own fireplace, a loft over the living room and tucked away built in beds upstairs. A comfortable kitchen and a remodeled bathroom is a great bonus. Plus a brand new septic is getting installed! leased land for second home only use. Only one hour from Portland to your Mt. Hood getaway!  $249,500

Mt. Hood Log Cabin near Rhododendron Oregon         Mt. Hood National Forest Cabin

 

More details on this mini lodge on Mt. Hood

Time To List Your Property On Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

 Mt. Hood sales are HOT right now with many new properties selling in days! Now is the time to have your property on the market to take advantage of sales today! Call if you are ready to go.   

 

             

Market Trends Newsletter for Mt. Hood March 2019

by Liz Warren

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Market Trends Mt. Hood Real Estate February 2019

Featured Listing

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For Sale: $499,950

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Local Update for February Sales

Below are the latest stats for February with seventeen closed sales. The sales are spread throughout the market from Brightwood to Government Camp. Three condos and two forest service cabins closed. Single family properties were scooped up by many second home buyers and investment vacation rental buyers. The demand for vacation homes has skyrocke

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National News For April

U.S. Real Estate Overview Note: February 2019 data below are the most recent released by the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in February, experiencing the largest month-over-month gain since December 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Three of the four major U.S

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New App for Buyers and Sellers!

If you are out and about looking for properties or just want to keep up with the market, this new APP has everything you'll need in the process. Download the New Keller Williams App to Keep You In the Know for Properties On Mt. Hood

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Now is a Great Time to Sell on Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell

2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell | MyKCM
 

Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge.

The Mt. Hood area has about a 2.4 month supply of homes for our area listed as area 153 in RMLS. This includes properties in Government Camp, Welches, Rhododendron, Brightwood and a few falling in the Sandy zip code. This is a complete seller's market!

The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights last seen in 2014, with millennials and Generation X leading the way!

Let’s dive a little deeper into some of the recent reports that have been released and what they mean for the spring buying season!

1. National Association of Realtor’s Existing Home Sales Report              

Sales of existing homes were down for the third consecutive month in January. Some of this can be explained by the natural seasonality that the real estate market experiences every year, and some can be explained even further by a lack of homes available for sale on the market.

Inventory

For the last eight months, the inventory of homes for sale has been higher when compared to the same month the year before. The challenge in the market is the mismatch of the type of home that is available for sale. First-time homebuyers looking for a starter home are often competing with other buyers to stand out, often outbidding each other.

Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, agrees that the market is still experiencing an inventory shortage.

“In particular, the lower end of the market is experiencing a greater shortage, and more home construction is needed.”

Home Prices

The median home price for homes sold in January was $247,500. This is up 2.8% from January 2018 and marks the 83rd consecutive month of year-over-year gains. The 2.8% growth in home prices represents the smallest year-over-year change since February 2012 but is a welcome change for buyers who had feared being priced out of the market.

Days on the Market

Properties that sold in January were on the market for an average of 49 days with 38% of homes on the market for less than a month.

Yun is positive about how today’s market conditions will help buyers this spring,

 “Existing home sales in January were weak compared to historical norms; however, they are likely to have reached a cyclical low. Moderating home prices combined with gains in household income will boost housing affordability, bringing more buyers to the market in the coming months.”

2. NAR’s    Pending Home Sales Report                          

The national Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose 4.6% to 103.2 in January from 98.7 in December. An index score of 100 is considered normal. All four major regions of the country experienced gains in January, with the largest increase coming in the South.

 “The PHSI is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.”

Increases in the PHSI often predict increases in the level of home sales in the coming months, which is great news for the housing market leading in to spring! Yun had this to say,

“Homebuyers are now returning and taking advantage of lower interest rates, while a boost in inventory is also providing more choices for consumers.”

Bottom Line

The housing market in 2019 will require homeowners to list their house at the right price to attract buyers. If interest rates continue to stay low while wages increase, and more inventory comes to market, 2019 could be one of the best years for home sales in recent history.

This information has just been released by RMLS, multiple listing service, for sales in December for our Mt. Hood area. A slow down in closed sales is reflected by the minimal number of closed transactions this past month reaching eleven closed sales. No surprise considering the lack of inventory on the market. There are currently 43 properties for sale and 60% of those are more than $300,000. If there ever was a good time to sell on the mountain it is right now with very little competition!

 

Mt. Hood Real estate sales for December 2018

Buying a Vacation Home on Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

Buying A Vacation Property On Mt. Hood? Now Is A Good Time!

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time! | MyKCM
 

Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate.

For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns:

“The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but this is a warning shot for winter's return late in the month and early February."

Given this, it’s time to go and stock up on winter weather supplies! However, if you’re tired of shoveling snow and dealing with the cold weather, maybe it’s time to consider obtaining a vacation home!

According to the Investment & Vacation Home Buyers 2018 Report by NAR:

72% of vacation property owners and 71% of investment property owners believe now is a good time to buy.”

It’s time to take advantage of the equity in your home. As the latest Equity Report from ATTOM Data Solutions stated:

“Nearly 14.5 million U.S. properties (are) equity rich — where the combined estimated amount of loans secured by the property was 50 percent or less of the property’s estimated market value — up by more than 433,000 from a year ago to a new high as far back as data is available, Q4 2013.

The 14.5 million equity rich properties in Q3 2018 represented 25.7 percent of all properties with a mortgage.”

This means that over a quarter of Americans who have a mortgage would be able to use some of their home equity to make a significant down payment toward a vacation home, and many are doing just that! According to the same report by NAR:

“33% of vacation buyers purchased in a beach area, 21% purchased on a lakefront, and 15% purchased a vacation home in the country.”

We have everything from Government Camp ski condos to rustic cabins in the woods dotting the Mt. Hood National Forest. Our supply stretches from Brightwood, Welches, and Rhododendron to Government Camp!

Many homeowners who are close to retirement will use some of their equity to purchase vacation homes, which may eventually become their permanent homes post-retirement!

Bottom Line

If you are a homeowner looking to take advantage of your home equity by investing in a vacation home, let’s get together to discuss your options!

Mt. Hood National Forest Waterfront Cabins

by Liz Warren

Two  Mt. Hood waterfront cabins are still available under $240,000 in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Skiers, hikers, fishermen, writers, and artists will love these two cabins located in the pristine Cascade forest. Located near Rhododendron Oregon, both offer great access to ski areas and the beauty of the Mt. Hood National Forest. The best part, they are only an hour from Portland!

Zig Zag Riverfront Mt. Hood National Forest Cabin      Zig Zag Riverfront Knotty Pine Cabin near Rhododendron Oregon

Zig Zag Riverfront Cabin $210,000 Road 28A Lot 4

Still Creek Cabin with Two Bedrooms and a loft in the Mt. Hood National Forest      Mt. Hood National Forest cabin on Still Creek near Rhododendron Oregon

Still Creek Waterfront Cabin $227,900   Road 12 Lot 43

Happy New Year

by Liz Warren

 

Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!

Here’s to a Wonderful 2019! | MyKCM
 

We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally!

Liz Warren

Five Reasons To Use A Real Estate Professional on Mt. Hood

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Merit Properties Group - Keller Williams Realty PDX Central
Box 131
Welches OR 97067
Direct: 503-705-3090