Six Month Anniversary -

Real Estate Agent with Kelly Right Real Estate

Graphic of Property Sign


Six Month Anniversary -

Hello! We are Gretchen and Mel Ahrens, owners of We moved to the community of Parkdale, Oregon in the summer of 2007.  Previously, we bought and sold real estate both FSBO and through a real estate broker/agent.  In moving to the Columbia Gorge region, we were interested in another FSBO transaction, but found it difficult to find relevant and timely information.

The FSBO market information was inadequate, mainly limited to classified ads and small "For Sale By Owner" signs which we found as we drove through neighborhoods. Neither was efficient or very informative. 

The need for one centralized Columbia Gorge regional FSBO forum was obvious to us. Additionally, we saw a need to present FSBO properties in a professional manner, with lots of photos and detailed property information available for interested buyers. Six months ago we launched as part of our portfolio of marketing services for the FSBO seller. 

We have been overwhelmed with the response from FSBO real estate sellers in Hood River, The Dalles, Parkdale, Odell, Mosier, White Salmon, BZ Corners and Underwood  Today, the web site includes 51 FSBO properties being advertised:

•·  Residential properties

     o    31 residences for sale

•·  Land & Acreage parcels

     o    17 properties from under an acre to 20 acres for sale

•·  Commercial properties

      o    3 commercial properties for sale or for rent

We have seen three residential homes sell (1, 2,  3) while two homes (one, two) are currently under a sales contract.  In addition, four single family residences have been rented long term. 

Photo of the view of a property that has sold through our website

We're here to provide personal, customized 
marketing services to FSBO real estate sellers, from photographing their property, to featuring it to an online global audience, to designing personalized flyers, and to consulting on "staging" a home. Here is a link to our Marketing Services.

ColumbiaGorgeFSBO serves the "For Sale By Owner" markets in the Oregon counties of Hood River and Wasco as well as Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington. We currently have listings in Hood River, Parkdale, Odell, Mosier, The Dalles, Goldendale, White Salmon and Underwood.

We offer a powerful marketing tool to empower owners to sell or rent residential, land or commercial properties.  For Sale By Owner real estate transactions are not for everyone, but for those who choose the FSBO route, we are here to assist you!  Check our website,, to see how we may assist you in marketing your FSBO real estate.

This is our first blog with more to follow.  We look forward to hearing from you, whether you have questions about ColumbiaGorgeFSBO's marketing services, about the For Sale By Owner process or about the Columbia Gorge region and communities. 


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Buying or Selling? I can help you. Call me at 509-540-1309.
My website has more information on Real Estate in Hood River County and Wasco County. You can search for property as well as get more information on services I provide.  I offer Flat Fee Listings, Hourly Fee For Services, Real Estate Consulting and traditional commission real estate options.  In short, I provide custom services to meet your specific real estate needs.Kelly Right Real Estate




Comments (6)

Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Mel & Gretchen:  This seems like a very interesting concept you have here.  I am going to have to jump into your post and your website much further, and just see what you've got going.  It sounds to me like the two of you are a very industrious and inventive pair.  Good for you !

Aug 08, 2010 06:31 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Oh... silly me.  I did not even SEE that this is your very first post on Active Rain.  So... Welcome to Active Rain.  This is a great place to learn, to share, and to meet so many interesting people.  And... if you are persistent and keep at the blogging, this can be a great way to grow your business.

Aug 08, 2010 06:33 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Thanks, Karen! It's great to hear from you! We hope to be passing on lots of interesting info and show off our beautiful area.

Aug 09, 2010 02:57 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Mel & Gretchen, welcome to AR and the addictive world of blogging.  I'm in regular contact with other agents in the northern California, Oregon and Washington area and they tell me or all of us her how beautiful it is.  I wish you continued success and look forward to hearing more.

Aug 09, 2010 04:18 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs


Thanks for the kind words. We think the area is outstanding.  Take care,


Aug 10, 2010 02:54 PM
daryl yeager

 hello mel,

I met you today at the bridge of the gods on the wa. side by my honey wagon. Yes I am the

HONEYMAN, and I just want to thank you again for taking the time  to talk to me. I must say

that with your personality, and your  real concern for others, you and your wife will be very

successful in your endeavors.  Good Luck, and stop by again when you are in the area/  DARYL

Jun 12, 2011 02:32 PM