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Morning Coffee

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"Things themselves don't hurt or hinder us.
Things simply are what they are.
How we view these things is another matter.
People think what they will think; it is of no concern to us."
~ Epictetus


Someone once said, "When I was in my twenties, I worried about what others thought of me. When I was in my forties, I didn't care what they thought of me, and when I was in my sixties, I realized they weren't thinking about me at all." Who hasn't had a parent or friend tell us "What will people think?"

How easy it is to let the influence of others govern our actions. By listening to others, then carrying out our lives to the tune they wish us to play, we are but puppets. One of "Aesop's Fables" addressed the same issue.

It told of an old man, a boy, and a donkey making their way down a hill. As the boy rode, while the old man led the donkey, they overheard a neighbor comment about the shame of making the old man walk. The next turn in the road saw both man and boy astride the donkey, and the next passer-by shook his head at the shame of putting such a load on the poor donkey. By the time the two reached the final turn in the road, they were seen carrying the donkey on a pole.

The message, of course, was that we should not live our lives to satisfy the expectations of others. It is up to us to set a clear direction for our own lives, and then follow that path to the exclusion of others.

It's really about choices, isn't it? We get to make our own choices in life. When we fail to do so, we have still made a choice - that being to let others make our choices for us. As the final days of the year approach, it's an excellent time to let your vision take hold, to set a bold new direction for your life in the coming year. Make some choices - no matter what "they" think!

Just Listed Mt. Hood Condo!

by Liz Warren

ONLY $115,000

This is not a misprint. Just listed. An affordable getaway on Mt. Hood in great condition and turn key ready to go. Completely furnished Condo at the Resort at the Mountain. Enjoy the easy care of NO maintenance or yard. Just lock your door and head back to the big city.

It's the perfect base for your recreational pursuits from skiing, boarding, golf, hiking or fishing, they are all close! Walk to restaurants and shopping. It's a one bedroom with plenty of room for more. 

Only one hour from Portland.


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Zig Zag Riverfront $15,000 PRICE REDUCTION!

by Liz Warren

No missprint! The seller said drop it $15,000 so we did! Take a tour of this sturdy waterfront cabin above the Zig Zag River near Mt. Hood. Incredible setting above the river among tall douglas fir trees and only minutes to premium ski areas. You'll love this wooded getaway only ONE HOUR from Portland. Get away from the BIG CITY and sit in front of your fireplace with a great book.

Take a tour here:


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Morning Coffee

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"Too many of us are hung up on what we don't have, can't have, or won't ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy - if not less of it - doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do."
- Terry McMillan (Cited in The Best of BITS & PIECES)


Here we are in the midst of the holiday rush - buying gifts, attending parties, decorating, sending cards, and preparing for the feast of the season. We're doing all this for whom?

We tell ourselves it's for the ones we love. We want to make them happy, fill them with joy, and make their world bright. We want to make everything perfect for them at this special time of year.

In a way, that's like preparing the holiday feast for those who matter most to us, then eating it for them and commenting on how tasty it was. Truth is - we can't "make them" do anything, we can only spread the table before them.

Whether they choose to consume the feast, or be happy doing it, is their choice - not ours. We can give the presents, offer our own good holiday spirit, or bake the cookies, but we cannot "make" anything happen.

Epictetus once said, "Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. If you think that you have free rein over things that are naturally beyond your control, or if you attempt to adopt the affairs of others as your own, your pursuits will be thwarted and you will become a frustrated, anxious, and fault-finding person."

Why not take a little of the pressure off yourself this holiday season? Feel free to give whatever gifts, energy, creativity, or love you have to offer, but let go of the desire to control the outcome. The gifts that will make the most difference are those that arise from the heart with no expectation of reward. My wish for you is the joy and freedom that results from giving. Happy holidays and best wishes to you and yours!

Government Camp Sales Fall 2009

by Liz Warren

Traditionally the fall brings many buyers out who are looking for a great place to spend the winter weekends in Government Camp. Sales finally broke loose in the area with six over the past three months. There are an abundance of single family homes and Condo units still available.

Here are the sales:


Although two condo units sold in the last couple of months with one at Golden Poles and the other at Collins Lake, it is a buyer's paradise with twenty five full ownership condos currently for sale.

Mt. Hood Land Swap Update

by Liz Warren

The time frame for the land swap in Government Camp could take at least two to five years to complete according to the USFS. This was swap was passed in the Wilderness Bill by the Obama administration this year but the 64 steps of paperwork could take a long time.

Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Rep. Greg Walden are trying to get the head of the Forest Service to speed up the process. A "speedy" process at the Forest Service is two to three years. It will take around $2,000,000 to complete the process and the issue is money to do the work and fulfill the 64 steps the agency needs to complete.

For anyone who does not know what the land swap is, this is a trade between Mt. Hood Meadows LLC who own 770 acres near Cooper Spur, for 120 acres adjacent to the existing Government Camp boundaries to environmentally protect sensitive areas near Cooper Spur. This debate had been going on for over 20 years.

For details on the process visit this article in the Oregonian.

This link will take you to the 27 page GAO report by the Government on the land swap and their investigation of the process back in 2006.

Eventually, there will be more land for building either single family or multifamily units in the Government Camp area as Mt. Hood Meadows acquires this land for development. The question is, how long will this process take and how quickly will Mt. Hood Meadows start the process for development.

New Years Eve On Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

New Years Eve on Mt. Hood brings two great options for skiers and snowboarders.



Mt. Hood RMLS Summary for 11/09

by Liz Warren

The Multiple Listing service has published their numbers for the Mt. Hood area November statistics. The good news is that compared to this time in 2008, sales are up 55%. The devastation of the stock market crash took its toll on real estate sales as shock set in and credit tightened.

Many sellers "tried" to sell this year with 312 properties for sale but only 91 have been successful so far. Marketing times are longer with an average for the November sales at 131 days.

Mt. Hood has plenty of great inventory for sale with the best interest rates for purchase. Predictions are that they will remain low through the beginning of 2010. The first time home buyer market will drive the majority of sales for the first half of 2010. If you wish to talk about the current market and where it's going, give me a call or shoot me an email.

Mt. Hood Market Statistics 11/09

by Liz Warren

The good news is that the numbers are still strong for sales through Novemeber this year for Government Camp, Welches, Rhododendron and Brightwood. Since June things have picked up since a major lull starting in the fall of 2008.

Fourteen sales happened in November with a surprising large group of forest service cabins on leased land leading the pack. Five forest service cabins sold this month! One Government Camp chalet sold in November. This is a bit surprising since fall is often the most active time of the year for buyers picking up their winter landing spot for winter activities.

Mt. Hood Home Values

by Liz Warren

How do you decide what to do when you are underwater on your mortgage payment? Do you go for a short sale, deed in lieu of foreclosure, Just walk away, what do you do? Probably the number one thing to do is talk to an attorney! Find out the implications and financial obligations any choice will give you in these turbulent times.

Here is a web site that was recently put up which may help you figure out what to do prior to visiting your attorney for advise. Visit www.payorgo.comto plug in the numbers. This is not a site with legal advise but if you want to play around with numbers and different senarios of future value, it might help.

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