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Snow In Welches!

by Liz Warren

Another snow filled day in Welches!

What kind of a Market does the Mountain have?

by Liz Warren

There's a lot of talk of doom and gloom out in the media of massive foreclosure rates, mortgage fraud, over saturated markets and other issues.. Recently the National Association of Reatlors is seeing stabilization in the national market with some areas still trying to absorb the excess inventory.  Let's face it, real estate is a "local" market and can't be dictated by sweeping "national trends". Take a look at current statistics for area "153" the mountain market straight from the Multiple Listing Service. This area serves statistics  from Cherryville Hill (half way between Brightwood and Sandy) to Government Camp.

The market has a general two month supply of homes. Naturally, many sellers take their homes off the market in winter thinking there are few buyers but recent listings with multiple offer situations prove that there are many active buyers waiting for any new listing to hit the market. Rates are fantastic and with predictions of nearly 7% fixed rates by the end of 2007, NOW is a GREAT time to BUY or SELL!



by Liz Warren

I'm not kidding!

The press is a beating drum of negative publicity about the current real estate market. The fact is 2006 is on tract to be the third best real estate market in HISTORY!

We are getting back to a "NORMAL" market. The sky is not falling. Homes are taking on an average six months to sell vs. days to sell. This is a normal market with an equal number of buyers and sellers participating.

Interest rates have been coming down over the last several months. It is a great time to buy.

Our local market does not have the speculators and flippers that have desended on the new construction of Florida, Las Vegas, and San Diego. As the investors bail out these markets need to absorb the extra inventory and that is why their markets are weaker than our local market.

Please don't be manipulated by sensational stories from the press. Things are actually very good! 

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes!

by Liz Warren

Predictions are that we will hit the low 20's this evening so just a few tips on this link on how to prevent frozen and broken pipes: Hit this link: to get the low down and STAY WARM!

Mt. Hood Top Five Requests For Purchasers

by Liz Warren

What are the top five characteristics of properties requested by buyers on Mt. Hood?

1. Waterfront of any kind. Some buyers prefer the larger rivers but others with kids are more pleased with creeks. Pick your waterfront just to mention a few: Salmon River, Sandy River, ZigZag River, Still Creek, Clear Creek, Henry Creek, Boulder Creek, Rockway Creek and more!

2. View properties. Mt. Hood views are few and far between and only available up the LoLo Pass area. The surrounding hills of Hunchback mountain, Zig Zag Mountain and Sugarloaf are popular too.

3. Acreage. Any property with over an acre of land is high on buyer's lists. Most parcels over three acres are located off of Country Club, Barlow Trail and LoLo Pass Road. Due to surrounding Mt. Hood National Forest, BLM land and timber parcels, existing acreage for sale is difficult to find.

4. Seclusion. Yikes! Very difficult to find. If passing through on Hwy 26 you would think you were out in the woods when reaching the Hoodland Corridor. A community group is active in looking for a name change to be called the Villages at Mt. Hood. It's deceptive when driving by but once you get off the beaten path you will find a plethora of many dirt and gravel roads that take you to hidden homes and cabins. On deeded lands in tall stands of firs the typical mountain lot will be less than a quarter of an acre. In Government Camp lots are mostly 50 X 100. Many prefer the leased land cabins (560) in the Mt. Hood National Forest spread out along many creeks and rivers giving a feel of more seclusion and isolation.

5. Fireplaces, Knotty Pine, and Log: Yes, it's back to the old days of and the roots of Mt. Hood. in the 20's 30's and 40's! When families would treck to the mountain for their summer stays in their family cabins which usualy had a riverrock fireplace and lots of knotty pine. Steiner Log cabins were always at the top of any buyer's list too. There are even Steiner Log Home tours offered through the Government Camp Museum. This link will take you to a new web site for Steiner Log Homes with photos:

What ever type of property you're looking for I have been working with buyers for 22 years and am well aquainted with what is available. Be sure and send me an email and I can help you find your  dream home or cabin.

Ragging River On Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

Ragging rivers and flooding hit the mountain on Monday, 11/06/06, with lots of damage to area homes and plenty of erosion. Sources say at the higher elevations 30 inches of rain hit within a 24 hour period. Lower elevations in Welches had 8 inches of rain in the same time. Eight foot waves carried huge trees and boulders down rivers. 

On Monday night the Sandy River was running at 4,000 cubic feet per second which is high and on Tuesday morning, it was running at 17,000 cubic feet per second. This was a much worse mountain event than the 1996 flooding.


Pictured below is a home located on Riverside Drive in Timberline Rim. The shot is taken from the Sandy River Lane side of Timberline Rim. Half of this home went in to the river during the night. A couple of homes down from where this shot was taken a home was evacuated on the bluff due to river erosion below taking out their deck. The force of the river is eating away at their bank.


This home below is located on LoLo Pass Road between the first two bridges. Luckily a log jam helped divert water away from the house. Many log jams formed along the Sandy River.


One nearly million dollar  home at the upper Barlow Trail Road area had the entire second floor taken out by the river. Unfortunately, their Lexus was in the river too. The owners were away at the time it hit.

LoLo Pass Road was shut down all day as the river ate away part of the road. It's now open again but only one lane at this time.

To top this all off, both roads in to Mt. Hood Meadows ski area are out of commission.  Highway 35 at the Robin Hood Camp ground area is totally out.... shades of 1980 flooding when the entire highway was taken out from flooding and closed for the season. The White River Canyon side, Portland side access, let loose with debris and water. I'm sure the pressure is on for this area to get roads open for their pending ski season!

We are all hoping the weather calms down so damage can be assessed and life returns to normal.



by Liz Warren

Here's breaking news you need to know...and you need to let all your family and friends know right away as well.

Having credit checked is an important and necessary step in the home buying process, as well as something that is done on a regular basis for any number of reasons — increasing a credit line on your Visa, applying for insurance, or buying a car. But very few people realize that each time their credit is checked, the "inquiry data" that the credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, Innovis or Experian) has on file has now become a commodity. This information is being sold by the credit bureaus to other lenders...and also to companies that sell and resell the same names and personal information.

That's right — the credit bureaus have found a way to increase their revenues at your expense...and without your permission. These "inquiry leads" include name, address, phone numbers (including unlisted), credit score, current debt and debt history, property information, age, gender and estimated income. They are selling your personal, confidential information to competing creditors...and making millions. Your privacy is being sold, not just once, but over and over again.

And lenders that purchase these leads at a premium will then do everything they can to recoup their investment and turn a hefty profit. Super sneaky bait and switch tactics are being used to lure clients away from their reputable lender. Clients have even been called by disreputable lenders and told that the lender they had been speaking to previously "passed on" the information to them, because they knew that they'd be able to offer much better interest rates and terms. Ouch!

The good news is that you can make it stop, right away. And pass this information on to everyone you know — your friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers.

The consumer credit reporting industry has provided a way to "opt out" and remove your name from these lists. You can contact them by phone at 1-888-567-8688 or online at You must opt out at least 48 hours prior to having your credit checked to make sure it is processed in time. You can choose a five year or lifetime option, and the lifetime option does require a signed form. If a credit report needs to be run prior to the 48 hour waiting period — at least you are aware and informed, and can be on the lookout for suspicious phone calls or mailers from someone who has purchased your data.

BONUS: Opting out will also protect you from "pre-approved credit offers" arriving via of the leading causes of identity theft in the US.

You certainly have the right to shop for the best professional to meet your lending needs — but this should be done when and how YOU choose, not being done without your consent or permission. Looking around should be on your terms, not being done as a sneak attack, because they think you won't know better. And unfortunately, these unsolicited marketing tactics are a nuisance and intrusive, but quite legal.

So take your privacy back. Take five minutes right now — opt out, and pass it on. Refuse to be a part of this system.

Courtesy of

Market Forcast

by Liz Warren

November 3, 2006











Fixed mortgage rates

6.3% to 6.4% for the rest of 2006

6.7% by the end of 2007

6.8% by the end of 2008



Down 9% for 2006 over 2005

Down 8% for 2007



Down 18% for 2006 over 2005

Down 8% for 2007


Appreciation of existing houses 2.5% for 2006

Source: Mortgage Bankers Assoc., Oct. 24 forecast

Upcoming Mountain Events

by Liz Warren

The 18th Annual Wine & Arts Festival at The Resort at The Mountain is the perfect setting for visitors to explore the works of local artists while tasting libations from Oregon's best wineries and microbreweries. Held November 11-12, the festival is the perfect excuse to start your holiday shopping, or just to escape to the mountain for a weekend.

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