Sonja Lovas

Life on the Oregon Coast

July 27, 2016
  • Looking up the lighthouse
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    Living In A Lighthouse

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a Lighthouse?   This home was Lighthouse inspired and architecturally designed to create that feel.  It is sited on 1.16 acres of wooded property [...]
  • Broker Open House
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    Broker Tour Review

    Real Estate brokers in Lincoln County have broker open house tours on a rotating basis.  The northern end of the county rotate by areas on Tuesday and the Southern area of the county rotates areas [...]
  • Fireworks Tent
    Around Town

    4th of July Celebrations

    The 4th of July is not my favorite holiday, mainly because of the loud explosions that go on several days before the 4th.  The loud booming noises always frighten our two dogs and it is [...]
  • Ready, get set, CLEAN!
    Buyers

    The Life of a Seller

    When seller’s place their home on the market, it becomes a product for sale and you live in a fish bowl for all to see.  Most sellers spend time, money and effort to get their [...]
  • Drone used to take photos
    Area Real Estate

    Photography for Real Estate

    As I think back to when I first started selling real estate, new listings were published in a book that was delivered to offices by the Multiple Listing service and there were no photos.  As [...]
  • Starting line of 2016 Newport Marathon
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    Newport Oregon Marathon 2016

    Newport hosts an annual marathon that is well attended by runners throughout the area. It is well known for being a great 1st marathon because it has gentle hills, the climate is usually cool and [...]
  • Moving
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    Downsizing

    While going through some files, I found my To-Do-List before we moved from NY to Oregon.  I hired a professional stagger and boy did she have a lot for me to do.  I started on [...]
  • Seller's Property Disclosures
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    Seller’s Property Disclosures.

    Instructions on the Seller’s Property Disclosures state that “each seller of residential property described in ORS 105.465 must deliver this form to each buyer who makes a written offer to purchase.  Under 5 ORS 105.475 [...]
  • Break Time Catering Food TRuck
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    Break Time Catering Taco Truck

    Many towns around the country now have food trucks and they are becoming very popular.  Newport Oregon only has one food truck but it works a little different than in most cities because it is [...]
  • Dog Pot Station
    Around Town

    Heaven for Dogs

    Life on the coast in Newport Oregon with a dog(s) they will think they are in heaven.  My husband and I walk our two Golden Retrievers every morning and as soon as we walk out [...]

Newport – The Friendly City

Around Town

As you enter the city of Newport, you are greeted by this sign.  As people arrive to our city I often hear them comment on how friendly everyone here is.  I noticed the same thing […]

Facts About Appraisals You Should Know

Area Real Estate

Part of my job as a Real Estate Broker is to provide sellers and buyers with a Comparison Market Analysis or CMA. This report is similar to an appraisal, but it is based on comparing […]

Broker Tour Review

Uncategorized

Real Estate brokers in Lincoln County have broker open house tours on a rotating basis.  The northern end of the county rotate by areas on Tuesday and the Southern area of the county rotates areas […]

Break Time Catering Taco Truck

Uncategorized

Many towns around the country now have food trucks and they are becoming very popular.  Newport Oregon only has one food truck but it works a little different than in most cities because it is […]

Flooding Rivers

Area Real Estate

River front properties are always in very high demand.  As fishermen troll up and down the river while fishing, many dream about that cute little cabin or house on the river where they can just […]

  • Living In A Lighthouse

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a Lighthouse?   This home was Lighthouse inspired and architecturally designed to create that feel.  It is sited on 1.16 acres of wooded property [...]
  • Broker Tour Review

    Real Estate brokers in Lincoln County have broker open house tours on a rotating basis.  The northern end of the county rotate by areas on Tuesday and the Southern area of the county rotates areas [...]
  • 4th of July Celebrations

    The 4th of July is not my favorite holiday, mainly because of the loud explosions that go on several days before the 4th.  The loud booming noises always frighten our two dogs and it is [...]
  • The Life of a Seller

    When seller’s place their home on the market, it becomes a product for sale and you live in a fish bowl for all to see.  Most sellers spend time, money and effort to get their [...]
  • Photography for Real Estate

    As I think back to when I first started selling real estate, new listings were published in a book that was delivered to offices by the Multiple Listing service and there were no photos.  As [...]
  • Newport Oregon Marathon 2016

    Newport hosts an annual marathon that is well attended by runners throughout the area. It is well known for being a great 1st marathon because it has gentle hills, the climate is usually cool and [...]
  • Downsizing

    While going through some files, I found my To-Do-List before we moved from NY to Oregon.  I hired a professional stagger and boy did she have a lot for me to do.  I started on [...]
  • Seller’s Property Disclosures.

    Instructions on the Seller’s Property Disclosures state that “each seller of residential property described in ORS 105.465 must deliver this form to each buyer who makes a written offer to purchase.  Under 5 ORS 105.475 [...]
  • Break Time Catering Taco Truck

    Many towns around the country now have food trucks and they are becoming very popular.  Newport Oregon only has one food truck but it works a little different than in most cities because it is [...]
  • Heaven for Dogs

    Life on the coast in Newport Oregon with a dog(s) they will think they are in heaven.  My husband and I walk our two Golden Retrievers every morning and as soon as we walk out [...]
  • Sale of House is Bitter Sweet

    Some houses take a long time to sell and it is usually because of pricing and/or condition of the house.  I listed a property back in March of 2014 and it was a challenging house [...]
  • Coastal Living in the Trees

    Most people think of Coastal living as, hear the ocean, see the ocean, and smell the ocean.  While all those are wonderful to experience, sometimes the wind, salt and sand that come with it are [...]
  • The Mighty Pacific Ocean

    Many people who own (or want to own) vacation homes along the Oregon coast often miss out on some of the best days to be at the beach. Winter days provide beautiful waves, interesting sunlight, [...]
  • How To Clam On The Oregon Coast

    Clamming in the Oregon coast bays is a very popular activity for visitors and residents.  One of my favorite bays to clam in is in the Yaquina Bay in Newport Oregon. In order to go [...]
  • Why, Oh Why Won’t My House Sell?

    If your home is currently on the market you are probably getting tired, frustrated and beginning to wonder if your home will ever sell.  You may even wonder if it is too ugly to sell?  [...]
  • LCMGA Plant Sale May 21, 2016

    In a previous post I had had noticed all the garden centers full of flowers and plants but it was too early to put them in the ground on the coast.  Now that it’s past [...]
  • ABR Designation™

    When you look as brokers business cards have you ever wondered what the initials by their name stands for?  For example I have ABR after my name.  That stands for Accredited Buyer Representative.  Only brokers [...]
  • Crabbing in Newport Oregon

    One of the really great things about life on the coast and living in Newport Oregon is going for walks along the Yaquina Bay front.  My husband,  2 dogs and I developed a routine of [...]
  • Rogue Ales Memorial Brewers Festival 2016

    When most people think of life on the coast they visualize crabbing, clamming, walking on the beach, hiking or fishing in the bay or river.  There’s a lot more to do when you live on [...]
  • Noisy Ocean

    Some days I walk outside and it is as though the ocean is screaming.  It’s usually on a clear day, and for me sounds of the ocean are always soothing.  Sounds of the sea are [...]
  • Tsunami Awareness

    Since the 2011 Tsunami in Japan there have been frequent national news reports about earth quakes and the possibility of “The Big One”. It has created more awareness of the possibility of a Tsunami hitting the [...]
  • Locked Out

    I hate being locked out of houses I am trying to show and sell. Home owners and/or their listing agent walk up to the front door and open it using the key that goes in [...]
  • Depoe Bay Bakery

    When traveling North on Highway 101 just past Depoe Bay, be sure to stop at the Depoe Bay Bakery.   I first learned about the bakery when they were at the Newport Farmer’s Market and I’d [...]
  • Ready, Set, Start Your Gardens!

    Ready, set, start your gardens!  No, Wait!   Just because the stores and garden centers start setting out garden plants, flowers and vegetables you shouldn’t  start planting most things.  Planting vegetables and even most flowers [...]
  • Fishtails Café

    One of our favorite things to do on a weekend (when not working) is to go out for breakfast.  Newport has a lot of great  places to eat breakfast but  Fishtails Café is one we [...]
  • Newport – The Friendly City

    As you enter the city of Newport, you are greeted by this sign.  As people arrive to our city I often hear them comment on how friendly everyone here is.  I noticed the same thing [...]
  • Flooding Rivers

    River front properties are always in very high demand.  As fishermen troll up and down the river while fishing, many dream about that cute little cabin or house on the river where they can just [...]
  • Kayakers in the Surf

    When we went for our morning walk on Nye Beach this winter, it was a windy day with lots of sea foam. But what was most unusual about the walk was seeing two people kayaking [...]
  • Sentri Lock Boxes

    Realtors in Lincoln County use Sentri Lock Boxes to put keys in for access to properties for sale.  The lock boxes are electronic and require a card with a chip in them in order for [...]
  • The Coffee House

    One of my favorite places to eat breakfast or lunch in Newport Oregon is The Coffee House.   It is located on the Yaquina Bay front and they are open from 7am – 2 pm.  They [...]
  • Ocean Front Property In Waldport

    Residents that live in Waldport refer to it as the town “where the mountains meet the sea”.  The picturesque Waldport Oregon is located in Lincoln County south of Newport and north of Yachats.  The Alsea [...]
  • Gardening On The Oregon Coast

    After moving to the Oregon coast my goal was to create an edible landscape and have a year round vegetable garden.  Our house is located 3 blocks from the Pacific Ocean so that presented a [...]
  • Real Estate Broker Replaces Yellow Book

    After selling a home, many of my clients consider me a better resource for information than the Yellow Pages, Angie’s List, or online recommendations. When they want to know where to find the unique and [...]
  • Walk The Dog

    If you ever ask a real estate broker specific questions about neighborhood demographics and don’t receive a direct answer, it’s because you have started treading in dangerous territory. Real estate brokers know the definition of [...]
  • Color Me Sold

    Ouch, ouch, ouch! That’s what my client said after seeing a house with three bedrooms painted brilliant colors of the rainbow.  Then it was on to the next house, and the comment was, “this house [...]
  • Depoe Bay Bakery

    When traveling North on Highway 101 just past Depoe Bay, be sure to stop at the Depoe Bay Bakery.   I first learned about the bakery when they were selling baked goods at the Newport Farmer’s [...]
  • Sounds of the Sea

    When people think of life on the Oregon coast, it’s often the sound of the sea that is so calming and soothing.  The fresh sea air makes you take a deep breath and relax and [...]
  • Crock-Pot Real Estate Market

    What does buying real estate in Lincoln County and a crock-pot have in common?  The process start to finish is slow.   While preparing dinner in the morning for our evening meal,  I couldn’t help but [...]
  • Living in Bayshore

    Everyone loves to vacation at the beach and the homes in the Bayshore community in Waldport are very desirable. Bayshore has a mixture of full time residents as well as vacation rentals and owners who [...]
  • Facts About Appraisals You Should Know

    Part of my job as a Real Estate Broker is to provide sellers and buyers with a Comparison Market Analysis or CMA. This report is similar to an appraisal, but it is based on comparing [...]
  • CLAM CHOWDER

    Visitors and residents along the Oregon Coast love to stop and have a bowl or cup of clam chowder.  Almost every restaurant has it on the menu but some make it special and have their [...]
  • Shredding Documents

    Ever wonder what to do with boxes of private documents like income tax statements, bank statements, and medical records? Your options are; standing over a shredder and feeding them in one at a time until [...]
  • Clamming on the Oregon Coast

    One of my favorite clamming spots is in  the Yaquina Bay in Newport Oregon.  The best clams are found when it’s a minus tide so after checking the tide tables we took the clam guns, [...]
  • Visitors Year Round

    Life on the Oregon Coast means, visitors year round.  When we moved to the coast to live here year round I had no idea how many friends and family would be coming to visit. In March [...]
  • Fish Tales of the Siletz River

    In a previous post, I mentioned how nice it would be to sit around the fire pit on the river bank and talk about “Fish Tales”.  Sometimes those stories get out of hand and they [...]
  • Love Letter From My Son

    I went to the mailbox the other day and was delighted to find a Love Letter from my son, Tyler. He lives in New York City and although calling and emailing is easy, he sent [...]
  • Living On The Siletz River

    Living on the Siletz River is part of “Life On The Oregon Coast”.  You don’t have to have an ocean view,  hear the roar of the ocean or watch the coastal tides to be a [...]
  • First Impressions

    While on my way to show property one weekend I heard a terrific radio broadcast by “Weekend Warriors” discussing curb appeal.  I was particularly interested because I had a listing presentation the next week for [...]
  • Broker Open House – Tour Day

    The Lincoln County Board of Realtors hold “Broker Open Houses” on a rotating basis on designated days. That is where the listing broker can feature their listing on “Tour”. Arrangements are made with the seller [...]