November 28, 2020
  • Area Real Estate

    Smoke and Fire

    Realtors don’t just drive people around and show houses, or put a house on the Multiple Listing Service for sale and stick a sign in the yard  There’s a lot more involved in my job [...]
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    Finding the Well

    When purchasing Bank owned properties obtaining historical information about a property can be challenging.  After receiving an accepted offer on a beautiful river front property on the Alsea River, the biggest mystery was where is [...]
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    Miles of Sandy Beaches

    The phrase “Miles of Sandy Beaches” is often used to describe homes along the Oregon Coast, but not all beaches are sandy or allow you to walk for miles.   South Beach is just the [...]
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    Pricing Strategy Advisor

    During the COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders from the Governor,  April – May, Martek Real Estate encouraged brokers to take advantage of the slower market and take continuing education classes to enhance our knowledge of real estate [...]
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    King Tides – Buoy Rescue

    The King Tides on the Oregon Coast occur several times during the winters.  During the last King Tide in January I was at Nye Beach and saw a research buoy in the parking lot on [...]
  • Buyers

    Sourdough Bread Friendship

    Sourdough Bread Fermented into a friendship. This is not going to be a baking blog, but rather a story about how wonderful it is to sell a home to a client turns into a friendship.  [...]
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    Strap Your Water Heater

    Seismic Strapping on Water Heaters is a BIG issue for appraisers, home inspectors and lenders. When I meet with sellers about listing their home I always ask to see the hot water heater.  I find [...]
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    Happy Home Seller!

    Most Recent Happy Home Seller It was a long and difficult process and  several obstacles to overcome selling her manufactured home that needed some repairs.  Not all lenders will loan on a manufactured home, but [...]
  • Around Town

    Whimsical Wall in Newport

    While driving home one day I noticed that a retaining wall was painted white.  My initial thought was, oh dear, someone must have painted some graffiti and they were painting the wall to cover it [...]

How To Clam On The Oregon Coast

Around Town

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 […]

Color Me Sold

Sellers

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 […]

Happy Home Seller!

Uncategorized

Most Recent Happy Home Seller It was a long and difficult process and  several obstacles to overcome selling her manufactured home that needed some repairs.  Not all lenders will loan on a manufactured home, but […]

Green Spaces On The Oregon Coast

Around Town

When driving or walking around the Oregon coast, you won’t see many sprawling lawns of green grass except when passing by a golf course.  Growing grass on the coast is difficult and requires a lot […]

The Coffee House

Around Town

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 […]

  • Realtors don’t just drive people around and show houses, or put a house on the Multiple Listing Service for sale and stick a sign in the yard  There’s a lot more involved in my job [...]
  • When purchasing Bank owned properties obtaining historical information about a property can be challenging.  After receiving an accepted offer on a beautiful river front property on the Alsea River, the biggest mystery was where is [...]
  • The phrase “Miles of Sandy Beaches” is often used to describe homes along the Oregon Coast, but not all beaches are sandy or allow you to walk for miles.   South Beach is just the [...]
  • During the COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders from the Governor,  April – May, Martek Real Estate encouraged brokers to take advantage of the slower market and take continuing education classes to enhance our knowledge of real estate [...]
  • The King Tides on the Oregon Coast occur several times during the winters.  During the last King Tide in January I was at Nye Beach and saw a research buoy in the parking lot on [...]
  • Sourdough Bread Fermented into a friendship. This is not going to be a baking blog, but rather a story about how wonderful it is to sell a home to a client turns into a friendship.  [...]
  • Seismic Strapping on Water Heaters is a BIG issue for appraisers, home inspectors and lenders. When I meet with sellers about listing their home I always ask to see the hot water heater.  I find [...]
  • Most Recent Happy Home Seller It was a long and difficult process and  several obstacles to overcome selling her manufactured home that needed some repairs.  Not all lenders will loan on a manufactured home, but [...]
  • As I listen to the evening news, I hear of tornadoes, heavy snow fall, wild fires, and flooding.  While living on the Oregon Cost doesn’t always make the National News due to our weather but [...]
  • While driving home one day I noticed that a retaining wall was painted white.  My initial thought was, oh dear, someone must have painted some graffiti and they were painting the wall to cover it [...]
  • Realtors always run into interesting dilemmas, this was at a home inspection.  The house being inspected was set up as a vacation rental and the vacation rental company and the owners had locked up personal [...]
  • It was a normal Saturday afternoon  and I was meeting my clients at 1 pm to walkthrough a house to inspect some repairs that were made prior to them closing.  I arrived early and thought [...]
  • IT’S THE LAW!  In Oregon a person may not convey fee title to any real property that includes a dwelling unit or lodging house, or transfer possession of any dwelling unit or lodging house pursuant [...]
  • While showing houses I often find the need to have a well stocked tool box.  I had an appointment to show a house and was given a lock box code for an old style contractors [...]
  • Your dream of Owning an Ocean Front condo in Newport Oregon for occasional use can be expensive.  In 2018 the City of Newport restricted the number of Nightly Vacation Rentals making it VERY difficult to [...]
  • In a previous post Bitter Sweet I told you about the process of selling an empty shell of a house.  In 2016, the house located at 900 S US-101 in Depoe Bay was purchased by a [...]
  • On October 2nd & 3rd  I attended the OAR (Oregon Real Estate) convention.  It was the first time I attended and I’m really glad that I went.  The first keynote speaker Maura Neill presented great ideas [...]
  • Newport / South Beach Report
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  • On Wednesdays South County Lincoln County Brokers hold their new listings open for area brokers. The open houses are grouped by geographical areas giving listing brokers the opportunity to showcase their homes and to have [...]
  • Septic Tank Repair In the State of Oregon, you cannot sell a house without a functioning septic. If it’s not then it has to be repaired or replaced and disclosed. When a septic tank fails, [...]
  • Chamber of Commerce, Newport Oregon
    Newport Oregon has a very strong Chamber of Commerce.  The  community are very active and supportive of the of local businesses in the community  and events which enhance the experience of living in the Newport [...]
  • Fishing the rivers along the Oregon coast stirs up quite a debate as to which river is the best.  Alsea or Siletz?  Every fisherman has their opinion and some fish both.  It also depends on [...]
  • One of our favorite things to do on Sunday mornings is to go out for breakfast.  One of our favorite places to eat is Fishtails Café located at 3101 Ferry Slip Road in South Beach.  [...]
  • The Chamber of Commerce visited OFF THE HOOK restaurant for an Ambassador Showcase one Friday morning and it was the first time I had been in the restaurant.  I had watched it being built over [...]
  • As an Ambassador for  for the Chamber of Commerce, we met at the Newport Candy Factory located at 3211 Oregon Coast Hwy, South Beach, OR 97366.  The owner Rob Hofes greeted everyone and told us [...]
  • boat slip
    Did you know that you can actually own your own boat slip at the Embarcadero in Newport Oregon?  M-23 allows you to easily slip in and out of the boat harbor making your excursion to [...]
  • Lincoln County is a very diverse area and there are different types properties  for sale on the market. When an owner has a home that has been a vacation rental, they usually want to sell it [...]
  • Toujours clothing boutique closed September 30th, 2017. The owner felt it was time to retire after 24 years in the clothing business. It is rumored that building was sold to a new entrepreneur who will have a [...]
  • I had a very nice surprise when a seller sent me  bouquet of flowers and a beautiful heart felt Thank You card.  Inside the card it said:  Sonja,  Thank you so much for all you [...]
  • It was interesting to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Aquatic Center located at 225 SW Avery St. in the Newport on February 11, 2017. It was a well-attended event by the public and [...]
  • Are you thinking about owning an Ocean Front vacation on the Oregon Coast?  Do you wonder what it would be like to just get away to a private place and listen to the sound of [...]
  • As I woke up early this morning and looked out at the ocean there were City lights on the Ocean, I call it Crab City. It’s commercial crabbing season and the lights on crabbing boats dot the [...]
  • When home inspectors arrive at a property to inspect,  they usually start with the roof.  Once on the roof the inspector can check the valley’s, flashing around the vent caps and plumbing vents, and how [...]
  • The purpose of the home inspection is to discover “hidden defects” about the property you may not see or notice while looking at it and deciding to make an offer. Most home inspectors do not [...]
  • Real estate is the kind of job that doesn’t guarantee your work will be rewarded with monetary compensation.   I was working with a very nice couple to find them a home in Newport for several [...]
  • It’s been another busy week. Some of the activities are the same but nonetheless needed to be completed. Here’s last week’s  TO DO  and done list. November 6 – 13th 2016   Update seller on delayed [...]
  • One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is go to the Newport Farmer’s market.  There is a summer market and  in the winter the market moves indoors to the Lincoln Commons.   Both [...]
  • When driving or walking around the Oregon coast, you won’t see many sprawling lawns of green grass except when passing by a golf course.  Growing grass on the coast is difficult and requires a lot [...]
  • Selling real estate on the Oregon coast requires that you go above and beyond the normal duties of a real estate broker.  That was the case when  outdoor lights didn’t turn on and off properly [...]
  • Mornings walks with our two Golden Retrievers are always refreshing.  We don’t always take the same route depending on the time of day, weather conditions, and season.  One of my favorite paths is to the [...]
  • It’s a well-kept secret that it doesn’t rain every day all winter. My friends call it crowd control.  While October of 2016 was one of the wettest months on record, there are days when the [...]
  • I’ve been hearing a lot of clients and friends say to me, “wow, you sure have to do a lot of things to sell real estate”.   Reflecting back on their comments, it’s true, but I [...]
  • When City dwellers think about getting away from it all, the central Oregon Coast is a favorite place to go for those living in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Albany, and Salem. When the summer sun heats [...]
  • A really fun place to eat on the Oregon Coast in South Beach Oregon Coast is at the South Beach Fish Market.  If you want really fresh fish you can find it there as well [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 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 [...]