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Henry Creek 1922 Classic Cabin

by Liz Warren

This is Bebe's cabin a 1922 original in Rhododendron. It sits on Henry Creek with a fine view and multiple decks to enjoy the outdoors. Wood ceilings and walls with paned windows and a rock fireplace make this well maintained cabin a joy to own.

Here's the view anad you can take a tour of the cabin below

Henry Creek Cabin View



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Mt Hood Coffee

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"Cheshire-Puss," . . . said Alice, "would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.

"I don't much care where - " said Alice

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.

" - so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.

"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

- from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Alice had no destination in mind when she began walking - no goal or objective to be achieved. She just wanted to "get somewhere." Might there be a parallel to that simple lesson in the business of everyday living?

In the average 168-hour week, chances are good that each of us will sleep for approximately 56 hours. That leaves about 112 hours for work and play. Whether or not we know which direction to take each week, we still have that same 112 hours.

If we choose a destination for the week - in the form of some personal or business goal - then set out in that direction, chances are good we will arrive. We will have -0- hours left at the end of the week, and will have achieved our objective.

The reverse is also true. When we allow the week to happen to us, vaguely hoping to "get somewhere," yet having no destination in mind, we still end the week with -0- hours remaining. The difference, of course, is that we accomplish no worthwhile objective.

How often have we been reminded of the importance of having goals and writing them down? With clearly defined goals, we can build a roadmap to our greatest achievements. Without them, we are like a ship without a rudder, unlikely to even get out of the harbor without ending up aground on the beach.

Choosing a worthy destination for our lives is a simple task. We get to choose any direction that excites and fulfills us. Then, once chosen, we need only construct our own "yellow brick road" to take us there.

Case Shiller's Numbers For Portland

by Liz Warren

It's the perfect storm for buyers of Mt. Hood properties. An incredible inventory of choices and some of THE BEST INTEREST RATES we've seen plus MANY motivated sellers!

This chart shows the Case Shiller numbers over the years for cities and how they look during different time frames from the peak of the market. I'm glad I don't live in Vegas! Of course the Mt. Hood area, which is predominately a second home market, will be greater than 21% but to pin that number down is not within my capabilities.

Portland Case Shiller Index for March 2010



Morning Coffee

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts."
- Henry David Thoreau

"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition."
- Samuel Johnson

"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out."
- Robert Frost


To affect the quality of anything first requires action of some sort. Affecting is the opposite of passivity. In a passive state we can only BE affected, but we ourselves have no effect on our surroundings or other people. Hold that thought for a moment and consider next the result of your "affecting."

Ambition leads to action. Your ambition leads you to affect the quality of the day through some action. So what is the ultimate result of your ambition transformed into action? Johnson suggests it is "to be happy at home."

If, as Johnson recites, being "happy at home" is the ultimate result of your ambition, then why are you working so hard? Is there a way to avoid working evenings and weekends? Could you schedule your child's soccer game into the week's plans? Is that next appointment more important than celebrating life with your spouse at anniversary time?

One way to affect the quality of your day, which in turn may result in happiness at home, is to "build a wall," to paraphrase Frost. Keep in mind that walls may limit you if they are constructed of heavy gauge steel mesh rimmed with concertina wire. Walls can also be formed as a low hedge or a split-rail fence - even more simply as a line in the sand. Rather than limiting us, they become a mere reminder of how far we are willing to go.

As we affect the quality of our life and push our ambition to the limit, we may also make choices about the boundaries of our lives. By choosing sound principles of living, for example, we may say, "No!" to friendships with those who operate outside our boundaries of accepted activities. We may decline meaningless activities, or the occasional committee appointment, which robs us of our valuable time.

In the end, WE are solely responsible for affecting the quality of our individual lives. We must choose wisely.

Help Prevent More Real Estate Taxes!

by Liz Warren

Congress is at it again. They are working towards changing the tax code to have negative impacts on owning real estate. If you have a rental you may want to pay attention to this:

1)     Congress is proposing that all owners of rental properties be required to file IRS 1099 forms on service providers such as electricians, plumbers, and landscapers. This arduous provision would apply to even the smallest landlord, as anyone who receives rental income will be required to comply with the new tax provisions if they pay any contractor $600 or more in any given year.

 2)     Congress is considering taxing “carried interest” at ordinary income rates instead of capital gains. Carried interest rules govern how general partners in real estate investments pay taxes when an investment is sold. By increasing the tax burden on these real estate partnerships, the proposal would make real estate a less attractive investment. For the first time, this proposal would prevent a particular type of real estate investment gain from qualifying for capital gains.

You should contact Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Earl Blumenauer and let your opinion get voiced today!

Morning Coffee

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"There isn't a person anywhere who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can."
~ Henry Ford


Ever notice how difficult it is to break out of your routine to take time just for you? Yet, when you do, you experience a sense of refreshment. You're more observant, more aware of your surroundings - if only for a short time.

Those brief periods are when the mind is most receptive to creative thinking. The sub-conscious, with its defensive barriers temporarily lowered, is more likely to receive and accept new ideas. Use that time wisely by letting go, giving yourself permission to dream new dreams, to reach for the "brass ring."

You don't have to analyze or give form to those dreams - just allow them to occur. When an idea begins to grab you and arouses inner excitement, pay attention. Avoid letting your conscious mind scoff at the value of your idea or throw roadblocks in your way. Listen to your quiet inner voice. Allow what Napoleon Hill describes as "infinite intelligence" to speak to you.

Read Henry Ford's quote again and concentrate on the last seven words, "doing more than he thinks he can." It's what your conscious self "thinks you can do" that is so limiting. Remember the expression "Think you can, think you can't - either way you're right"? Whatever your conscious self thinks is the limit to your doing - IS the limit. To exceed the limits you have placed upon yourself requires expanded thinking.

To get started, find your own quiet place - and go there for just fifteen minutes each day. In good weather, sit outside at dawn with a fresh cup of coffee. If you're a night person, find a quiet corner after the house is settled for the evening. Let the family know you want 15 uninterrupted minutes - just for you. Close your eyes and begin by clearing your mind of trivia - like wiping off a blackboard - then just let go. You'll be amazed at the results.

New Sandy High School Work Begins

by Liz Warren

The Sandy Planning Commission has approved the land use application for the new construction of the Sandy High School. Details can be found here from a recent Sandy Post article. Trees will start coming down soon. This quick approval will save thousands by getting started in the dry summer season vs. delays in the fall!

Mt. Hood Area Earthquake

by Liz Warren

Most locals didn't even feel it but the short shake on May 14th just past noon was a 3.0 earthquake according to USGS. I was sitting down at the time and it did give a little movement. It felt as if a very large truck was driving by and shaking the windows.

Details can be found at the USGS website on this quake.

Zig Zag Riverfront Cabin

by Liz Warren

This Zig Zag Riverfront Cabin just hit the market at a very affordable price of $124,000. Nestled on the banks of the river and nearly at the end of road 35A it has a great setting above the river. You can hear the water roaring by from your two decks! Located in the Mt. Hood National Forest on leased land and only one hour from Portland. It's a short seven minute drive to hit the ski slopes.

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Mt. Hood Classic 1930's Cabin

by Liz Warren

This is a fantastic classic 1930's cabin in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Asking price is $125,000. Features include knotty pine, wood floors, stone fireplace and two bedrooms plus a loft. Easy winter access for skiers and across the street from the Zig Zag River.


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Classic 1930's Mt. Hood Cabin

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Merit Properties Group - Keller Williams Realty PDX Central
Box 131
Welches OR 97067
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