real estate: Sandy Area Buyers Pool--Support your local FFA and 4-H clubs - 04/27/07 07:03 AM
This morning some local FFA and 4-H kids came in to my office and asked for our help with their fund-raiser.  They were probably in their early teens, but their presentation was professional and confident.  It takes a lot of guts to come into all the local businesses and ask for help.   I can tell that their experience in the FFA and 4-H clubs will benefit them greatly in their futures.  I thought that I would pass this information on to the community.
Who is the Sandy Area Buyer's Pool and what do they do?
The Sandy Area Buyer's Pool was organized in 1997 … (0 comments)

real estate: Portland Rose Festival Celebrating 100 Years - 03/28/07 02:20 PM
Portland's Rose Festival celebrates 100 years this June.  This eleven day event is a local favorite for many generations.  This year the festivities kick off on May 31, 2007.
Each year all of the local Portland high schools select students to become a part of the Rose Court to represent their school and compete for the coveted Rose Queen title.  This creates quite a buzz among the high school girls during the spring every year.
There is the Starlight Parade, the Junior Parade and the Grand Floral Parade.  All parade routes run through Downtown Portland and you may want to get there quite early (one … (3 comments)

real estate: Overpriced Listings and the Listing Collector - 03/28/07 01:05 PM
Are you a listing collector or do your listings sell?  In the past couple of years in our market, you were hard-pressed to find an expired listing.  If it did expire, then something was gravely wrong with the home, Broker's market exposure or both.  You could even slightly overprice the home and have it sell within a month or two since the appreciation rates were so high.
This is just not the way it is currently here in Portland.  We are still seeing a nice appreciation rate in most areas, but just not the crazy ones from the previous years.  These days, I am … (10 comments)

real estate: Walk for Literacy Oregon Trail School District - 03/27/07 02:30 PM
Join us Sunday, April 22, 2007 for the Walk for Literacy to support literacy in Oregon Trail Schools.  The 3K or 5K walk will be held at the Sandy High School Environmental Trail.
The funds will benefit the school library of your choice.  Local school parent clubs will sponsor food booths and family fun.
Registration for this event begins at 11am and Booths will be open until 3 pm.
The day will start with a Diaper Dash & Tot Trot at 11:30.
Run begins at 11:45; you may walk anytime between noon and 3 pm.  OR Stay in Bed and Read!
All participants will receive a "Walk for … (1 comments)

real estate: Most Common FHA Repairs - 03/25/07 06:00 AM
When working with FHA buyers, it is essential that you and your buyer are aware of the FHA guidelines for lending.  The same goes for a listing agent. When you put in the listing that you will accept FHA financing, you need to be aware, as well, of the most common repairs that could be expected.
A couple of years ago, I was representing a client who was using a FHA loan to purchase a home that was built early in the 1900's.  The home had good bones, but was an inspector's nightmare when it came to the FHA guidelines.   There ended up being a long … (12 comments)

real estate: New John L. Scott Office: Sandy, Oregon 97055 - 03/24/07 06:29 AM

Stop on in a say hello!  The new John L. Scott Sandy office is open for business.  The Shuler Building was recently renovated in the Cascade style of architecture.  It was originally a church building and most of the original wood and hardwood has been restored.  John L. Scott Sandy is located in the Shuler Building on the corner of Highway 26 and University Avenue in Sandy, Oregon.  Cecil Shuler is the managing Principal Broker.
The Shuler Building also holds Town & Country Home Loans, an insurance company and a remodeling contractor.
Brought to you by your local Gresham & Sandy Oregon Realtor.

real estate: Springtime in Cascadia Village Neighborhood Sandy Oregon - 03/24/07 06:13 AM
Spring has sprung here at Cascadia Village in Sandy, Oregon.  This great neighborhood was built by Buena Vista Homes.  There are sidewalks, parks, underground utilities and undulating hills that give this neighborhood its character.
Sandy, Oregon is a rural city located about 25 minutes from downtown Portland and 20 minutes from Mt. Hood ski and wilderness areas.  You will still see tractors on the road as well as BMW's.
 There are many conveniences in Sandy.  A new Fred Meyer was recently built, and many boutiques shop are popping up around town.
Just another musing by your local Gresham & Sandy Oregon Realtor. 

real estate: Wasson Brothers Winery Sandy, Oregon ~ Stop By and Say Hello! - 03/24/07 05:42 AM
On a warm, spring day I ventured out into our fair town of Sandy, Oregon. 
Today, I decided to pay a visit to a business that has been in Sandy for many years.
Wasson Brothers Winery is owned and operated by Oregon natives Jim Wasson and his twin brother, John.  The Wasson Brothers have been in the wine-making business locally for 26 years. 
There are many different kinds of wines that the Wasson Brothers offer.  About half of the wines produced are grape wines that are grown in Oregon City.  The other half of wines produced are fruit and berry wines.
Here is Jim … (7 comments)

real estate: Elegant Powell Valley Living on a Lane - 03/23/07 10:10 AM
The city of Gresham has so much to offer.  Here we have great schools and communities.  The Powell Valley neighborhood is located on the edge of the urban growth boundary.  You will find country living with city access.  This neighborhood is only a few miles away from Oxbow Park.  This park offers beautiful nature hikes, camping and fishing.  Less than a mile from the Powell Valley Elementary school is the new Brennan Woods subdivision.  It has 8 new homes that are loaded with granite, cherry hardwood floors, quality cabinetry, full maple window casings and many other amenities. 

real estate: Country Club Estates Condominium Gresham Oregon - 03/23/07 09:51 AM

PRICE REDUCED TO $144,500.  Bring your offer!!! 
This great condo is close to I-84, Downtown Gresham, MAX, and on the busline.  This unit has its own carport.  Lots of open spaces, a club house, a sparkling pool and adjacent Gresham Golf Course are some of the amenities you will enjoy at Country Club Estates.  Only 30 minute to Mt. Hood ski resorts and 20 minutes to Downtown Portland.  This is truly the best value around!  Open house Saturday, March 24, from 12-3 pm.  Bring a friend!

real estate: Thinking About Buying or Selling in the Portland, Oregon Metro Area???? Read this first! - 03/23/07 06:14 AM
If you have been thinking about buying or selling a home in the Portland, Oregon metro area, then you have found the right blog. Sure, you can buy or sell your home yourself, but don't you want to keep the transaction at an arms length? My clients have found that I can create the right balance for a great outcome.
Do you really have the time to sell your own home? Marketing a home can be stressful for most people. There are many aspects that need your attention at all times. Do you really want to hold your home open every Saturday … (0 comments)

real estate: Why Hire A Buyer's Agent??? - 03/23/07 04:30 AM
Specialists abound in every profession.  When you need legal advice, you hire a lawyer.  When you need medical advice or treatment, you see a doctor.  We trust these individuals not only because of their education, but because of their expertise and daily practice.  Having your own agent in a real estate transaction is important to ensure that your best interests are being looked after.
A Buyer's Agent is a Realtor who specializes in representing a buyer in a real estate transaction.  The buyer's agent focuses on the buyer's specific needs.  Real estate listings that are on the MLS and are … (0 comments)

real estate: Black Butte Ranch ~ Lake George Fire ~ August 2006 - 03/20/07 04:12 PM
 While on a visit to one of my favorite Central Oregon destinations in August 2006, a fire was started by lightning near Lake George.  These photos were shot at Black Butte Ranch.
The sunset through the smoke provided a spectacular back drop for the fire fighting. 
 This was taken from the lodge pool.  The smoke stayed to the west so the air at the ranch remained relatively clear.
Here's a close up on the blaze.  Located 13 miles west of the town of Sisters, Oregon, it burned 21,290 acres of forest.  It started 8/7/2006 and was contained by 9/15/2006.
Black Butte Ranch's Fire and Rescue was … (4 comments)

real estate: McMenamins Edgefield Troutdale, Oregon 97060 ~ A Fun Place To Be - 03/20/07 01:53 PM
Are you looking for a great place to spend the afternoon?  Located in Troutdale, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, you will find McMenamins Edgefield Hotel & Vineyards.  This historic hotel was once a poor farm in its former life.  It now is a hub of East Multnomah County leisure culture. 
Edgefield has many activities to offer the native or the tourist.  The entire property has unique, whimsical artwork on the walls and fixtures.  You can partake in a wine tasting in the Wine Cellar.  Enjoy fine dining in the Black Rabbit Restaurant.  American and Northwest classics are served … (5 comments)

real estate: Hiking At Memaloose Lake--Near Estacada, Oregon - 03/18/07 04:48 PM

 Between Estacada and the Ripplebrook Ranger Station on highway 224, you can exit on Memaloose Road.  If you continue along for about 12 miles you will come to an easy uphill hikethat has great visual rewards.  The views from the top of the Memaloose Lake hike are breathtaking.  You can see Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. St. Helens and the Three Sisters. You will encounter many beautiful and exotic plants, cross the creek a few times and enjoy a beautiful lake halfway up to the top of the mountain viewpoint.  I went last spring with Cub Scout Pack 717.  It was … (5 comments)

real estate: Teaching Others How To Refer You - 03/16/07 06:53 PM
One of the highest professional accolades that we can receive is a referral.  I was asked recently by a new agent how to get referrals.  Referrals are not something that will come over night; they are something that is built through time and consistency.  Actually, you do not "get" referrals; you "receive" them.  In order to receive referrals, you must have a relationship with the person who refers someone to you.  You earn these referrals by an action on your part that impressed or helped the person who refers you.  There are a couple of ways to receive referrals.  But the common thread is … (57 comments)

real estate: 713 SE Anderson Lane, Gresham, Oregon 97080 - 03/16/07 05:41 PM

SALE PENDING!  But I can show you more!  Please call Valerie Harvey to schedule a showing.  (503) 704-9891
This beautiful home features 3 bedrooms, a bonus room and a den!  Enjoy your morning coffee on your private deck.  You will appreciate the attention to detail in this spectacular home.  Granite countertops, cherry hardwood floors, maple window casings, and custom interior paint are just waiting for your personal touches.  You do not want to miss this one!  Call for a private showing.  Please be sure to say, "I saw it on Active Rain!"

real estate: 712 SE Anderson Lane, Gresham, Oregon 97080 - 03/16/07 05:37 PM

This stunning 4 bedroom home in Brennan Woods is waiting for you to make it yours!  Located on a lane of 8 new homes, this home is a must see.  Call today for a showing.  Please be sure to say, "I found it on Active Rain"

real estate: 739 SE Anderson Lane, Gresham, Oregon 97080 - 03/16/07 05:33 PM

If you enjoy craftsman details, then this is the home for you!  Gorgeous hardwoods, granite countertops, designer paint, beautiful mouldings and window casings, and a master on the main with soak tub await you.  Easy care yard, built-in vacuum, and air conditioning complete this 3 bedroom + den home.  Located in the Brand New Brennan Woods Subdivision.  Call today for a showing.  Please say that you found it on Active Rain.

real estate: 738 SE Anderson Lane, Gresham, Oregon 97080 - 03/16/07 05:27 PM

One level living at its best!  New Construction at Brennan Woods.  Enjoy craftsman details, granite countertops, and a master on the main with soaker tub.  Too many upgrades to list!  Call for a showing.  Please say that you found this home on Active Rain.


Valerie Baldwin

Harvey, Gresham Oregon Real Estate

Gresham, OR

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John L. Scott Sandy

Address: 17150 University Ave. #200, Sandy, OR, 97055

Office: (503) 826-9000

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This blog is intended to inform and educate home buyers and sellers in the greater Portland, Oregon metro area. Specializing in the Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Boring, Damascus and Sandy, Oregon areas. Please feel free to comment or ask a question.



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