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Buying A Home On Mt. Hood?

by Liz Warren



Clackamas County my regulate short term rental properties in the Mt. Hood area. A meeting for input will be this coming Saturday to take input on the code, possible regulation and discussion. The meeting will be held at the Trees Room at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort. Details are listed below.


Clackamas County Meeting concerning Vacation Rentals

The Cost of Buying a Home on Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren


Cold Temperatures and Snow Comes to Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

Hunchback Mountain at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort in Welches Oregon

Get ready for plunging temperatures coming to the mountain in the upcoming week. Learn how to protect your pipes from freezing in this article below from HomeAdvisor, NAR.

Cold Weather in Welches Oregon 2019

How to Prevent Freezing Pipes


You CAN keep pipes from freezing, and avoid the costly damage that goes with.


Wicked winter weather can cause plumbing pipes to freeze and possibly burst, causing flooding and costly water damage to your home. Taking preventive measures before winter sets in can reduce and eliminate the risk of frozen pipes and other cold-weather threats.

Related: How to Protect Your Home From Severe Cold


Where the Trouble Lies

“Some pipes are more prone to freezing than others because of their location in the home,” explains Paul Abrams, spokesman for Roto-Rooter.

Pipes most at risk for freezing include:

  • Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home.
  • Pipes located in exterior walls.
  • Any plumbing on the exterior of the home.

Preventative Measures for Outside

A frozen garden hose can cause more damage than a busted hose; it can actually burst an interior pipe. When the water in the hose freezes, it expands, increasing pressure throughout the whole plumbing system. As part of your regular seasonal maintenance, garden hoses should be disconnected, drained, and stored before the first hard freeze.

If you don’t have frost-proof spigots, close the interior shut-off valve leading to that faucet, open and drain the spigot, and install a faucet insulator. They cost only a couple bucks and are worth every penny. Don’t forget, outdoor kitchens need winterizing, too, to prevent damage.


Exposed Interior Plumbing

Exposed pipes in the basement are rarely in danger of freezing because they are in a heated portion of the home. But plumbing pipes in an unheated area, such as an attic, crawl space, and garage, are at risk of freezing.

Often, inexpensive foam pipe insulation is enough for moderately cold climates. For severe climes, opt for wrapping problem pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape (from $50 to $200, depending on length), which will turn on at certain minimum temps.


Under-Insulated Walls

If pipes traveling in exterior walls have frozen in the past (tell-tale signs include water damage, mold, and moisture build-up), it’s probably because of inadequate or improperly installed insulation. It might well be worth the couple hundred dollars it costs to open up the wall and beef up the insulation.

“When nothing else works, say for a northern wall in a really cold climate, the last resort is to reroute a pipe,” notes Abrams. Depending on how far the pipe needs to be moved — and how much damage is caused in the process — this preventative measure costs anywhere from $700 on up. Of course, putting the room back together is extra.


Heading South for the Winter?

For folks leaving their houses for an extended period of time in winter, additional preventative measures must be taken to adequately protect the home from frozen pipes.

  • Make sure the furnace is set no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Shut off the main water supply and drain the system by opening all faucets and flushing the toilets.

In extreme situations (vacation home in a bitterly cold climate), Abrams recommends having a plumber come to inspect the system, drain the hot water heater, and perhaps replace the water in traps and drains with nontoxic antifreeze.

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

Happy Halloween! Don't Get Spooked!

by Liz Warren

Mt. Hood Fall Activities

by Liz Warren

Here are a couple of great hikes to see the fall colors on Mt. Hood. The huckleberry and vine maple along the Mirror Lake hike near Government Camp will put on a magnificent show. 

Barlow Pass Road to Timberline Lodge on the Pacific Crest Trail will have great views at a higher elevation will be stunning.

Take the Salmon River Trail to view the fall salmon runs and spot fish.Another great spot to view salmon spawning is along Still Creek. 

Mushroom season has started with the last recent rain. Be sure and get a permit at the Zig Zag Ranger station if you're heading into the forest to gather and know the restricted areas. 

Pumpkin Time:

  • Head out to Boring for Liepold Farm’s annual Fall Harvest Festival. They have a great selection of pumpkins and is the closest pumpkin patch to the mountain. 

Hood To Coast Run Today

by Liz Warren

Today is the day Hood to Coast, one of the biggest relay races in the country, fills our Highway 26 with funky vans and costumed runners for miles and miles. The race starts at Timberline Lodge and ends at Pacific City at the beach. Here are some fun facts about the run from the official website.

Hood to Coast Relay Race 2018

Air quality has been a big concern with lots of smoke socked in the Mt. Hood Village area. Predictions say the lift should come around noon today and with our cool temperatures that have rolled in the majority of runners may be spared the smoke filled air. 

Drivers should be on top of their game watching for distracted van drivers and streams of runners throughout the course.

Mt. Hood Steiner Log Cabin Tour August 11, 2018

by Liz Warren

It's that time of the year to hit the Steiner Log Cabin Tour. Only 300 tickets are sold for this yearly event. 

Here are details from the Mt. Hood Museum in Government Camp, which is the sponsor of the event. 

Enjoy this article from Oregon Live on details of the Steiner Tour and what to expect on your tour.

Mt. Hood Steiner Log Cabin Rhododendron, Oregon

Mt. Hood Rents Skyrocket

by Liz Warren

The rental situation in the Mt. Hood area is bleak. Demand far outstrips supply. The problem is, there is no supply. May sellers who made it through the recession and bubble bust have now decided to sell reducing rental inventory even further. 

We see renters in our office nearly every day looking for a place to land. I don't recall even seeing a for rent sign in two years. The massive migration over the past five years to Portland has increased our population substantially.  Just drive through Portland and see the multi-level units popping up on every other block. Where will all these people park?

Higher rents in PDX has pushed many more folks to the mountain which is a little more affordable for purchasing but try to find a rental.....good luck! We wonder how this will maintain this pace. If a buyer can buy in the long run, it's almost the only way to go!

Rentals on Mt. Hood, VERY hard to find

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