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2011 

I get clients who ask questions about the various lake options in Oregon because they are searching for a place to go that's not too far from Portland, Vancouver or the Portland airport, that will answer some of their "dreams" for a vacation home on or near a lake. So! If you are looking for a l...
02/28/2011
An elephant in the Pacific Northwest? One would naturally think of the Portland Zoo, but this elephant can be found on Fishhawk Lake.     Aerial view of Fishhawk Lake, Birkenfeld, Oregon Courtesy of Art Mitchell It has been a four year trek through my own Serengeti, embarking on the journey of go...
02/27/2011
Waterfront property as a vacation home, retirement or fulltime living has been on peoples' wish lists for many many years. Maybe they grew up going to the lake cabin for summer getaways or it's their Dream Home for the summer months or they might just love fishing on a lake!  Fishhawk Lake was th...
02/25/2011
What if you could speak directly to a home?  What would you say? Would you use different words than when speaking to its owner?  You haven't changed at all! This can be great to hear at your 30th high school reunion, but boy, oh boy, that could be tough if you're a 70's ranch with a bad color job...
02/24/2011
Gayle Rich-Boxman, Broker with Vernonia Realty Your Gateway to the Lake! (503) 755-2905 In Oregon real estate and in my market at Fishhawk Lake, appraisals have to be accurate, especially now because they are being scrutinized so closely. I am called often by appraisers for Oregon real estate sal...
02/24/2011
It was over a year ago. I did it with eleven other women, the ladies of the lake.  We had fun. No regrets. Let me explain. It was Kathy's idea. Just a smidgen of sex; bare shoulder here, a little cleavage there. It didn't hurt anyone, we all knew exactly what we were getting into. We had pseudony...
02/21/2011
Businesses have them emblazoned on their walls, business cards, trucks.  Franklin Covey suggests it as part of their success system and it's common for those employed by businesses to understand that that statement is a part of the Big Picture of how they approach or care for their customers. The...
02/21/2011
Four years ago, I got my education completed and became a broker in Oregon just about the time the downturn took place...oh my. Because I had a list of homeowners' addresses I had done something very old-fashioned and sent out a letter to about 300 people in my private lake community in the coast...
02/20/2011
Seven Words to Avoid and Seven Words to Embrace While I was running this morning, this occurred to me and I thought I would share some of these. You might have a completely different list.  Seven Words to Avoid  (or use sparingly):   Should- Years ago, my sister wrote in a card to me "Eliminate s...
02/19/2011
This is the second night I've stayed up til after midnight and even my dog just woke up and came in to see why the heck I'm not in bed yet! It's just so darned fascinating to see all of that valuable information at my fingertips!  I'm DEFINITELY getting into Blog Mode, too--I've whipped off two t...
02/17/2011
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