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Many buyers looking for that special vacation getaway are searching for a home with unique characteristics. This link will take you to a couple of my favorites properties available on the market right now. All three are on or near a river, have water features near by. You can sit on a deck and hear or see a river from each one.  Wood floors and walls bring a warmth that sheetrock just doesn't convey. A crackling fireplace and a good book to read while the rain falls give a relaxing weekend getaway from the city. Only one hour away from Portland makes for a very easy to get to retreat!

Only 15 minutes to premium ski areas and thousand of miles of Mt. Hood National Forest trails in your backyard make this playground a must for any vacationer.

Three great vacation getaways on Mt. Hood

If you would like to schedule a viewing of any of these homes give me a call or drop an email!

Mt. Hood Area Real Estate Appreciation Numbers!

by Liz Warren

 

The numbers are in for 2006. Take a look at the mountain's appreciation over the past thirteen years. National news doesn't sound good for the real estate markets but with steady numbers like these the Mt. Hood market is maintaining fairly well.

Naturally there are market segments which can be taken out of these figures to give a more realistic picture of true appreciation but on the whole, we are maintaining very well compared to other areas rampant with foreclosures and pricing pressures bringinig values down.

Newer Log Home On Acreage Hits Market

by Liz Warren

Hit the brakes! This is a great property on 4.77 acres of land near Sandy. It's close to town but has a very private setting. There's over 3700 square feet of living space. Wood from floors to ceilings and radient heat make this a warm and cozy home. There is a river rock propane fireplace in the living room and master bedroom.

I love the gourmet kitchen with skylights, island, and tons of cabinets. A breakfast bar is handy too. There is a convection over, electric overnand a gas stove for cooking.

The home has an attached oversized two car garage, a handy laundry room, huge deck off living room for outside barbeques. The main level bathroom boasts a clawfoot tub and pedistal sink. All bedrooms are on the main floor.

A sturdy steel shop which is 20 X 40 has a concrete floor. This would park your RV or boat.

The sellers enjoy a garden area, fruit trees and tons of berries!

Market Statistics for Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

Mid February has shown an incredible slowing of listings and sales. Only two properties have closed this month and inquiries are down. On the other end of the spectrum, listings are not exactly hitting the market. It just seems to be a total slowing of the entire process. Interest rates aren't bad at all but with the home equity faucet turned off, spending is down and sales have drastically slowed down.

Traditional Four Bedroom Home New On Market

by Liz Warren

If you're thinking about moving to Welches, here is a great home that just hit the market. It's a four bedroom, two and a half bath traditional style home built in 2001. Features include a bonus family room with woodstove, fully fenced back yard, arched hallways, walk in master closet, fruit trees, fire pit and garden area. You can walk to shopping from the house and it's very close to the Welches Grade and Middle School.

Take a tour here: http://www.visualtour.com/show.asp?T=896856

Steiner Cabin Historic Tour

by Liz Warren

H. Steiner was a reknowned log cabin builder on the mountain. His cabins are scattered throughout Brightwood, Welches and Rhododendron. Hand crafted with unique features, his cabins are sought after and rarely hit the market for sale.

The original Mt.Hood Steiner Cabin Tour scheduled for Dec. 16th was cancelled due to a wind storm and is rescheduled for March 17th. Tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased by calling 503-272-3301, Thursday through Sunday 10-5.

Hit this link for more info on Steiner Cabins.

Portland Monthly Magazine Features Second Homes In Oregon

by Liz Warren
Check out the February edition of Portland Monthly Magazine which features five top vacation areas in Oregon including Mt. Hood! The article features Marty and Marla Callaghan, who are clients that started out with a forest service cabin and moved up to deeded land on the Sandy River.  They LOVE their Mt. Hood getaway.

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!

 

STOP THE PRESS!

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! 


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