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Morning Coffee for Inspiration

by Liz Warren

    Monday Morning Coffee


"The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss." 
~ Thomas Carlyle 
When setting goals and planning our future, we sometimes fail to look far enough ahead. Consider the following story: 
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. 
The Mexican replied, "Only a little while." The American then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" The Mexican said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs." The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" 
The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, then stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life." 
The banker scoffed, "I'm a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. You would eventually open your own cannery and control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles, and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise." 
The fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?" To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years." "But what then?" asked the fisherman. The banker laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions." 
"Millions? And then what?" The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos." (!!!) 
So . . . what are you working for? The IPO or the good life? Stop working toward "someday," and appreciate your success on this day. Take time to enjoy the siesta! 


Mt. Hood Sales for February 2015

by Liz Warren

The Mt. Hood real estate market is still strong with eleven sales in the month of February closing for the Welches, Government Camp, Rhododendron and Brightwood areas. As more inventory is coming to the market, sellers are getting their properties ready for the 2015 selling season. Nationally, this past winter saw three times the buyers out shopping for homes compared to the year before. 

Here are the local sales in February:

      Mt. Hood Real Estate Sales for February 2015 including Brightwood, Welches, Government Camp and Rhododendron Oregon

Most of the pricing points were under $200,000 with two Mt Hood National Forest cabins selling. Cabin inventory is low for this time of the year but several sellers are preparing their cabins to hit the market soon. 

Mt. Hood License Plate

by Liz Warren

Here's an important message from local George Wilson, one of the spearheads of Mt. Hood bike and pedestrian coalition. Visit the website now.

Great news!

 HB 3027 establishing a specialty license plate featuring Mt. Hood has been scheduled for a public hearing! The details are included below and it’s important that we have large turnout of community support to speak on behalf of the bill.

 Where: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

 When: Monday, March 23rd at 3:00pm. 

House Transportation and Economic Development Committee

 Can't attend? Please send a written letter of support to [email protected]. We would love to have a log of supporters to show the committee members!


While Oregon has a few specialty license plates, none highlight the important state landmark of Mt. Hood. HB 3027 came from some constituents living in the Villages are on Mt. Hood. They stated that having a plate featuring this Oregon landmark would “…be fun, job building, and pride of place promotion for Oregon.” I was encouraged by this idea and wholeheartedly agree that it would give Oregonians enormous pride to showcase an area of our state that has helped drive the multi-billion dollar tourism industry in Oregon.

Continuing to develop the bicycle and pedestrian tourism opportunities throughout the Mt. Hood region has the potential to grow local economies and encourage job creation to support the growing industry.

Mt. Hood Real Estate Sales for February 2015

by Liz Warren

Mt. Hood real estate sales for February 2015 show that pending sales were down nearly 36% from 2014. Although last year was really a break out year for real estate all over the country as the recovery of 2012 took up speed, all news on the real estate front point to 2015 as being even a bigger year than 2014. With three times the buyers out in force this winter to purchase this year compared to last, I would expect the pending sales to be up from 2014 than down in our area. Most of that buyer demand must be for urban areas though and the majority of our buyers tend to be second home owners. 

Mt. Hood Real Estate Sales for February 2015

The lack of inventory is showing that some of those homes that have been for sale FOREVER are finally getting sold. February sales had an average marketing time of 236 days! This could indicate that prices have risen a bit with less inventory and some homes on the market a long time are finally at an attractive price for buyers. 

Location Location Location! This is one of the best spots on the mountain located along the Salmon River, a premier river located in the Mt. Hood areas Cascade Foothills. This property has it all. You'll never leave the  deck just steps from the river delivering the best of all mountain worlds. Easy access to get to the slopes, a short ride to Sandy Ridge trail for mountain biking and the Mt. Hood National Forest nearby for tons of hiking. 

The house boasts three bedrooms and a family room complete with bunk beds for overflow guests. The open floor plan is great for gatherings and entertaining! Tons of windows to view the river front all over the house. I love the patio area next to the river. It's perfect for a sunny spot for barbecues. There's also a nice hot tub to relax in after a day on the slopes.  New on the market at $390,000.

    Salmon Riverfront Home for Sale on Mt. HoodSalmon River in the Mt. Hood Cascade Foothills


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