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Government Camp Condo Sales

by Liz Warren

Many condos have hit the market in Government Camp with a total of twenty one currently for sale. This is a lavish amount of inventory to choose from! The majority offered are in the Collins Lake complex. This was the flagship project that spurred the Government Camp revitalization project into orbit and offered a massive amount of pent up demand for Government Camp affordable and "easy to use" units. Prior to this project there was few single family homes for sale and minimal condos on the market in Barlow Pass West, Edelweiss, Golden Poles, Thunderhead and Sno Bird Village. These were all small scale units compared to the newer Collins Lake project.

Multiple listing service of Portland shows one sale over the past three months for Condo units. This one was in Edelweiss in the heart of Government Camp and sold for $310,000.

If a condo is on your to do list this year, it's an excellent time to take advantage of low interest rates!

Golden Poles Condo Upgrades

by Liz Warren

Last winter, with record snows hitting the mountain from Government Camp to the Welches and Brightwood area, saw much destruction due to heavy snow loads. The snows ripped chimneys off roofs, colapsed decks, caused stresses and strains to many homes and buildings. One which suffered during the snow pack was the Golden Poles Condominiums in Government Camp.

Here is the latest look at exterior upgrades:


What about the Jumbos?

by Liz Warren

Jumbo loans are for properties which have loans greater than $417,000 in Clackamas County. Over the last several years many homeowners have purchased homes in Government Camp, Welches and Rhododendron with these types of loans. Jumbo loans are huge in California and Washington where home values are substantially higher near metro areas and can go over $700,000.

According to Inside Mortgage Finance, a trade publication, between 2002 and 2006 banks originated $557 billion dollars a year in jumbo loans.  A mortgage data firm reports that 6.9% of prime jumbo loans were 90 days delinquent in December 2008. As we see continuing job losses across the board, savings continuing to get depleated, and continued softening of the real estate market, I suspect the tax payer will get stuck with these properties as they get foreclosed on. This in turn will push prices down further as the higher end price range dwindles lower.

Homes that may qualify for jumbo loans on the mountain (Homes priced over $450,000) are at 27% of the current inventory. In Sandy the homes for sale over $450,000 make up 18% of their inventory.

We will have to see how this story unfolds and if the Feds take any action to help these jumbo loan holders. Many who are trying to refinance are finding that their homes do not meet appraisal values or they do not qualify any longer with revised lending practices!

Months of Inventory

by Liz Warren

I keep bringing up what a super opportunity the mountain is offering in choice of inventory and interest rates and believe it or not, the entire market has a 52 month supply of homes for sale as of the end of December. If no other homes came on the market as of Januray 1st it would take 52 months to sell every home listed for sale! That is over a four year supply of homes.

I have never seen such a supply of homes  to choose from in Welches, Rhododendron or Government Camp! This is the perfect tsunami to purchase a primary, secondary or investment property that I have ever seen in 25 years.

Clear Hills Condo at the Resort at the Mountain

by Liz Warren

Rarely available, this Clear Hills Condo unit in Welches has a million dollar view of Welches Valley with surrounding hills and the golf course! The condo features a huge living room fireplace, two bedrooms and two baths. Spacious with over 1300 square feet of living space too. The living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom all have spectacular views.



The unit comes mostly furnished and includes an exterior storage area and carport. There's plenty of parking for your friends. It's an easy walk to the proshop for 27 holes of golf. Enjoy the top rated restaurants at the Resort at the Mountain!

If you are a skier or hiker, you'll enjoy the Mt. Hood National Forest out your back door nearly. Only 15 minutes to premium ski areas and year round skiing at Timberline.

Take a tour here

Monday Morning Coffee

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"Strength of numbers is the delight of the timid.
The Valiant in spirit glory in fighting alone."

~ Ghandi


It has been said that "a camel is a horse created by a committee." You've probably witnessed the process yourself. You put any twelve decision-makers in a room together, and they can't seem to make a decision at all. Worse yet, they create something that is comfortable to all members - a camel of their own making.

Ghandi says numbers are the "delight of the timid." At some time or another, we all want the comfort of being surrounded by others with interests common to us. Maybe it's on sales meeting day when the discussion turns into a gripe session. Maybe it's in the break room, around the proverbial "water cooler," or in a training class we've just taken. Wherever the group meets, the results are often the same - a lack of action backed up by all the reasons that justify the inaction.

Ghandi also says the glory is "in fighting alone." Look around. Do you see one or two individuals who spend little of their time with the group? Sometimes called "loners," these are usually also the over-achievers, the top producers in life and business. They know where they're going and they don't need your approval to do it. The committee says they aren't "team players."

Being human, it is certainly normal to seek the comfort of others. In the case of those few individuals described as "the Valiant in spirit," however, their strength comes from their accomplishments. In each of us, there is also that "Valiant" spirit - the part of us that wants to strike out on our own. You can do that by resigning from the committees of your life. Elect yourself President and Chairman of the Board of your own future - and make it unanimous!

Government Camp Alpenglade Home

by Liz Warren

Opportunity knocks in this ski mecca of Government Camp. An Alpenglade home just hit the market! Located in one of the most sought after subdivisions in Government Camp, this is a rare opportunity to purchase in the heart of ski country ony 75 minutes from Portland!

This is a great home with a super floor plan for a vacation home. There's three bedrooms, two baths, and a huge family room downstairs. High vaulted ceilings are in the main living room area with an open living room, dining room and kitchen. A huge woodstove sits in a tiled hearth to warm the toes after a big day skiing.

A laundry room sits off the kitchen and the master is on the main floor! Walk upstairs for two additional bedrooms and a bath. The slider off the main living area takes you to a massive deck for summertime barbeques. What a location! The back side of the property borders Mt. Hood National Forest and the South side of the lot has common area with a creek. Across the street is more common area too.

Fully plowed in the winter time, the roads are easy to navigate and there are parking areas for your guests. The home has an attached oversized single car garage too.

There are three major ski areas close to Government Camp. Forget that weekend drive back and forth from Portland. This is the perfect landing spot for year round recreation!


Take a tour here







Morning Coffee

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"Infinite patience produces immediate results."

~ Unknown


Have you ever wanted something special to happen in your life or desired to attract a person or outcome into your life? Maybe you laid specific plans that should have produced the desired results. Maybe you prayed that the results would occur. Perhaps you focused on the desired outcome with great intensity over an extended period of time.

What was your response when nothing happened, when there occurred not the slightest apparent movement towards your desired objective? If you became impatient, chances are good that you were too attached to the outcome. Perhaps, while you were waiting, you were also skeptical or allowed friends and associates to dampen your belief that the desired outcome would occur.

Today's quotation at first glance appears to be at odds with itself. After all, there's a great chasm between "infinite" and "immediate." Yet, when you exercise infinite patience, the desired results often appear immediately, or so it seems. Patience means not being so attached to the outcome that you sit waiting minute-by-minute for the results. When you take action to achieve or strongly believe in your objective, it cannot NOT occur.

When you are detached from the outcome, you do not sit idly by waiting for the result. You continue doing other things, moving towards other outcomes. As you do, the results you sought earlier come to you of their own accord and at the appropriate time. You cannot rush them, and they often come disguised as other outcomes.

The next time you desire a specific objective, keep it to yourself. Avoid putting it out on the line for all to see and criticize. Exercise infinite patience, and know that what you desire is already on its way to you. Then, recognize its arrival with gratitude!

Hackett Creek Cabin

by Liz Warren

Here is a little gem in the woods on Hackett Creek! Originally built in 1928 it has been refurbished and now is a nightly vacation rental. Warm wood walls and floors with vaulted ceilings make this a big favorite because of it's mountain charm and its wonderful location on Hackett Creek.

Sit on your private deck and watch the fish swim by or enjoy the tall firs and cedars from your windows. The fireplace has a toe warming propane insert. Pull up your chair and bring out your favorite weekend book!

Two bedrooms are upstairs plus a mini kids loft off of one bedroom. A full equiped kitchen complete with a built in bench for eating is a great bonus.

I love the french doors that open up to the deck! The bathroom is large for a cabin of this age. It even has a washer and dryer. The cabin sits on a third of an acre and has a shared well with the neighbor and is on septic.

Take a tour of the cabin here.

The location is in Rhododendron. It's only one hour from Portland and 20 minutes to the nearest ski areas. If you love to hike, you have the entire Mt. Hood National Forest near by.


2008 Numbers

by Liz Warren

The chart below tells the story of the 2008 sales numbers compared to 2007. These numbers tell the story of sales from Government Camp, Rhododendron, Welches and Brightwood.

Pending sales for the year were down 21% from the year before and total sales declined 10.5% from 2007. Total residential sales closed hit 117 and land sales totaled 8 for the year. There were 358 new listings last year. Doing the rough math a seller had a 33% chance of selling their property last year in general but there were definate segments of the market that did better than others. The median sales price was $234,000.

As job losses mount and prices keep declining, approximately 20% in major metro markets, 2009 will be an interesting year.

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