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Mt. Hood September Sales 2019

by Liz Warren

Mt. Hood September 2019 Real Estate Sales

Mt. Hood sales are up with pending sales in September reaching 31% higher than this same time period in 2018. Average sales price is $354,000! Twenty sales closed in September and the activity is continuing into October. There are currently 63 residential properties for sale and there are 29 pending sales as of today. These numbers bode well for a great fall of activity. 

Mt. Hood October Market

by Liz Warren

 

            

Pre-Emtive Power Shut Down Could Come to the Mountain?

by Liz Warren

The big California fire in and near Paradise, Ca. was started by a PG & E line in 2018 and the lawsuits have been flying since potentially bankrupting the utility company. Super high winds, which spread that fire, are scheduled to kick up today and tomorrow in the bay area and power to the entire region is set to shut down by PG & E. They want to shut down power for 2.4 MILLION people in the San Francisco bay area! That sounds like a monumental task to me and what kind of chaos will that cause for the area. 

I caught this media blurb about our PGE company considering the same preventative outage plan for Government Camp and Welches in the extreme event of super high fire danger and high wind conditions. After watching the Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge burn up thousands of acres in 2017, although man-made, it's surely on everyone's mind. 

PGE officials say, it's only under consideration and highly unlikely this would happen unless we came into very extreme conditions. PGE was cutting back all trees and brush in the Mt. Hood National Forest along power lines all summer with large fleets of workers staged locally in Zig Zag completing the task. 

 

Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals

by Liz Warren

If there's one dominating market segment on Mt. Hood these days, it's the vacation rental market. This frequently combines an owners personal use with funds to offset their expenses to help pay off that mortgage or create a stream of income. 

Clackamas County has studied the vacation rental market since there are no zoning and regulation policies for vacation rentals. Here is a recent notification from the county if you've been following the studies and local meetings:

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is holding a policy session on Wednesday, Sept. 25 to discuss draft regulations for short-term rentals in unincorporated Clackamas County.  The meeting is scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Board Hearing Room on the 4th floor of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City.

The materials prepared for the meeting by staff, including the draft regulations, are available here: https://dochub.clackamas.us/documents/drupal/41f33e9e-8da9-420d-9b13-0abb8e81722c.  The purpose of the meeting is for staff and commissioners to discuss next steps related to these draft regulations.  The public is welcome to observe, but there will not be an opportunity for public comment.  An audio-tape of the meeting will be available later in the week at https://www.clackamas.us/meetings/bcc/presentation

 

Mt Hood Clean Up Day

by Liz Warren

Volunteers are needed for the Mt. Hood clean up day starting at 9:000 am. All volunteers are meeting at Summit Ski Area and will be distributed throughout the area to clean up Mt. Hood area in Government Camp till 12:30.  

After clean up there will be a group picture along with an after party sponsored by 10 Barrel Brewing at the Ratskeller in Government Camp. 

It should be a cloudy cool day so dress warm!

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

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Merit Properties Group - Keller Williams Realty PDX Central
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