The Dalles, OR Real Estate News

By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
Bank owned homes are typically listed for sale with a real estate agent after foreclosure process is complete, and while you may save quite a bit of money by choosing a bankowned home, it is not without some bumps along the way. Purchasing a bank owned home is not for the faint of heart, here are some tips for getting through the REO process: Not the typical condition: The condition of bank owned properties are usually needing repairs. Some of which will be required if you plan to get a loan on the property. Past owners may have left angry and left the home in bad condition with foul smells, missing appliances, light fixtures removed, even bathrooms without toilets and sinks. Be willing to accept the unknown: Regular homeowners fill out a sellers disclosure statement alerting new buyers...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
Sorosis Park, The Dalles, Oregon It was a hot day last summer that we were in The Dalles (30 minutes from home), running errands, making sales calls and touring neighborhoods. We had our boys with us (ages 9 and 11) and they were getting bored and restless, when Mel suddenly said he had happened upon a park the other day, not far from where we were. So we drove up the hill and before we knew it, Sorosis Park lay before us. The 15-acre park is the largest in The Dalles, and includes a picnic area, playground, rose gardens, tennis court, frisbee golf, and walking trail. The Veteran's Memorial is on the overlook point. So the boys and I spent the next hour hanging out while Mel finished working. The boys loved the wooden play structure and I cooled off in the shade, listening to (and singi...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
View From Scenic Drive, The Dalles, OR       If you are looking to purchase a home in the Columbia Gorge region, be sure to check out ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com.  Home and Property Owners in Hood River, The Dalles, White Salmon, Parkdale, Goldendale and other Columbia Gorge communities have chosen ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com to assist them in marketing their properties.  Be sure to view what the Columbia Gorge FSBO market has to offer potential buyers.  Sellers, we can assist you in marketing your home to achieve SOLD!.  Call us at 541-716-4254 or 509-540-1309.
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Veteran's Memorial, The Dalles, Oregon We're still new enough to the region that we often find ourselves stumbling upon great spots, incredible views and touching tributes. One such place is the Veteran's Memorial at Sorosis Park, 350 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles.   It is a very touching memorial for Wasco County veterans who have participated in the country's wars. A separate Vietnam Veteran Memorial (center column) is next to the WWI, WWII, Persian Gulf and earlier conflicts (right side of the above picture).  To the left is a memorial to Seargent First Class Loren R. Kaufman, resident of The Dalles, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his actions during the Vietnam War.  Mel's father was a 30 year veteran of the US Navy Seabees, who had four tours of duty in Vietna...
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
Looking for a way to Save Energy This Winter? The Dalles, Oregon winter has been mild but who can't use a few extra savings ideas! check these out for ideas that will work for you.... 1. Turn down the dial.Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. With each degree you lower, you can save 2-5% on heating costs. Layer warm weather clothing while at home and you won't even notice the difference. At night or when leaving the home for an extended period of time, lower the thermostat to 55-60 degrees. An automatic thermostat will make this even easier! Just program the temperatures based on your daily schedule. Doing this will knock off 5-20% on your heating bill. 2. Don't overreact to a cold home. When you come home after a day of work to a frigid home, or are home in the middle of the day when you...
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
FREE to residents of Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties Do bring: Products with labels with the words "caution" "warning" "danger" "poison" Paints and stains Septic field/drain cleaners, oven cleaners Gasoline, kerosene and other fuels Pool and spa chemicals Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and poisons for home use Antifreeze and other automotive fluids Thinners and solvents Household cleaners and disinfectants Art and hobby chemicals Aerosol spray products Propane tanks or bottles from barbeque grills Fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent bulbs Thermostats and thermometers Fire extinguishers Household batteries like rechargeable, lithium, ni-cad (not alkaline or lead-acid) Do NOT bring: Motor oil (it can be recycled locally) Car batteries (can be recycled locally) Explosives...
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Houses are selling in The Dalles Oregon. This is a market report for The Dalles Oregon. 69 homes have sold in the last 6 months. The video was made on December 21, 2010 and there were 18 pending sales at the time this video was made. The least sale was approximately $40,000 and the greatest sale was $600,000. Is it the time to buy? I say yes! January 21'st look for the next market report for 2011. If your looking for property in Wasco County, sign up for the property tracker and get instant results for your property search. Simply go to www.sellingmosierhoodriverthedalles.com. Call me today! 541-296-8880.
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By Colleen Bergsma
(Colleen Bergsma Real Estate)
The Warming Place has recently opened in The Dalles, Oregon.  The purpose of the Warming Place is to give homeless people in the city a warm place to sleep during the cold weather.   It is located at 315 W. 3rd Street, home of the St Vincent DePaul Community Meals. The site will open when temps go below 28 degrees or when there are heavy winds or snow.    When the site is open, hours will be 7pm to 7 am. Doors will lock at 9pm and no one else will be allowed in that evening.  An "open" flag will be posted and the local media, police and other agencies will be notified on days the Warming Place is open. No meals are provided but coffee will sometimes be available. Patrons can leave at any time but  cannot return that night. The Warming Place started with 11 vinyl covered mats to soften t...
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Recently sellers have told me that the reason they won't hire a broker is they owe too much on their loan, they think broker's make too much of the money from the sale  of their house or they feel they can sell their home themselves.  If the owner is upside down in their mortgage then this is the time the seller really needs the real estate professional.  Why does the seller want to sell his/her house?  Have you recently lost your job?  Have you recently been divorced?  Has your wages been reduced?  This is a great time to hire a broker who can sell your house and negotiate the fees with the bank.  Of course you would also be required to get advice from your C.P.A and Attorney.  Who says Real Estate Broker's make too much money on the seller's home?  Could it be someone who has a real e...
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
By Matthew NealThe Chronicle     The City of The Dalles is about to open a huge umbrella over the city. It won't keep the rain and snow out, but it will get local citizens and visitors wired straight into the Internet, for free, in the downtown area, via a network link to the fiber-optic loop in The Dalles.     "It will be free to all people," City Manager Nolan Young said. From Mill Creek to Brewery Grade, including Thompson Park and the marine terminal. It will be an added attraction, allow access to the web and help expand computer use of the Internet."     Young said the service will provide download speeds of three megabytes per second, and upload speeds of one megabyte per second.     The project, which is still in the proposal stage, will provide wireless Internet in downtown The...
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
An old-fashioned historic Open House will be held at the Original Wasco County Courthouse Saturday, Dec. 11, from 12 to 4 p.m. Both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present, so bring your kids, grandkids, and camera. Live Christmas music will be provided by Rich and Connie Dunnington.Fort Dalles, St. Peter's Landmark and Wasco County Historical Society are joining with the Original Courthouse to provide some unique gifts and stocking stuffers for sale. Books, DVDs, games, and other history-related gift items will be available for purchase. Cookies and refreshments will be served. Fort Dalles Museum will have a raffle drawing for a matted and framed drawing of the Surgeon's Quarters. Proceeds will go toward matching funds for the conservation of the Surgeon's Quarter's historic windows and s...
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By Colleen Bergsma
(Colleen Bergsma Real Estate)
Work off those Thanksgiving calories!  This Saturday, November 27th, is the first ever Small Business Saturday, so shop The Dalles and keep it local!  Black Friday is traditionally the launch of the holiday shopping season but this year, American Express OPEN has launched the Small Business Saturday movement in support of our local small businesses who "create jobs, boost our economies and preserve our neighborhoods". When you spend in your own town, the money is more likely to stay there benefitting the entire community. Small local businesses are known for their unique styles, great service and friendliness. Catch the local ads for special offerings when you wind down from the big box Black Friday frenzy and spend Saturday at a slower more leisurely pace in The Dalles.  Check out West...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
2606 E 10th, The Dalles, OR 97058 is now Sale Pending.  Listed at $386,000, it is now under contract. Another successful FSBO property under contract via ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com.  Buyers be sure to check out the fantastic homes and land available at ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com.         If you are looking to purchase a home in the Columbia Gorge region, be sure to check out ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com.  Home and Property owners in Hood River, The Dalles, White Salmon, Parkdale, Goldendale and other Columbia Gorge communities have chosen ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com to assist them in marketing their properties.  Be sure to view what the Columbia Gorge FSBO market has to offer potential buyers.   Sellers, we can assist you in marketing your home to achieve a similar result --> SOLD!.  Call us at 541-716-4254.
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
November 11, 2010 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Everyone is welcome to join the parade! Parade at 11:00am Parade route begins east on 6th, through downtown The Dalles.   Community Potluck Lunch follows the parade at The Dalles National Guard Armory.  Bring either a hot dish, a large salad or dessert.  Plates, cups and silverware are furnished, along with coffee, tea, milk, and fruit punch. Join us for food, fun and friendship!
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
http://maryhillmuseum.org/expansion.html In October 2010, Maryhill Museum of Art announced plans for the first expansion in the museum's history. The 25,500 square foot Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, named for generous museum patrons and designed by GBD Architects of Portland, will provide needed space and allow Maryhill to meet a number of strategic objectives The new wing will accommodate educational programs for adults and children, enhance stewardship of the museum's collections, and provide an improved visitor experience. Key elements of the expansion include: Dedicated Education Center - The new wing will double Maryhill's education space to accommodate the museum's wide range of programming and better serve the needs of our growing audiences. Centralized Collections Suite - Well-...
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By Colleen Bergsma
(Colleen Bergsma Real Estate)
Enjoy a great afternoon in the Dufur Valley as seven Dufur area homes are featured for this years P.E.O. Tour of Homes Benefit.  Proceeds from the tour support women's scholarship programs.  From Historic 1800s era to contemporary homes of today, the owners of these homes have graciously opened them for the scholarship benefit.  This is a great way to get interior decorating ideas and many of the homes will have paint color charts available with manufacturer and color name.  Gardens will also be toured at many of the homes.  Other local attractions include the recently restored Kramer's Market and the Historic Balch Hotel, which will also be open for tours at no cost. The Home Tour is Sunday October 3rd from 1 to 5 p.m.  Open for viewing are the homes of Rob & Becky Carnahan, Jim Woods ...
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
We are getting new pavement on west 6th in the dalles oregon but watch out for the detour!       THIS JUST IN (4pm 8/24/10)The City Public Works Department will keep West 6th Street closed overnight on Tuesday night from west of Exit83 to Snipes Street. Due to the hot weather, the new pavement needs to be protected from traffic so that it can cool and harden with a smooth finish. Most of the businesses along that section can be accessed from streets south of West 6thwithout entering the construction zone. Another alternative for accessing businesses west of the work zone is to take West 2nd Street to Hostetler.   For the safety of those working in the closed area, the City asks that motorists drive cautiously and be alert to closure and detour signs.      The City Public Works Departme...
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By Colleen Bergsma
(Colleen Bergsma Real Estate)
The weather was perfect Thursday evening, warm with just enough breeze.  Curtis Salgado was singing the blues for this months Music In The Park concert at The Dalles City Park.  He is without a doubt one of the finest blues harmonica players in the country. He was dressed warmly all in black but stressed it was more important to look cool than be comfortable! Curtis Salgado was born in Everett, Washington and grew up in Eugene, Oregon listening to jazz. He became a part of the Northwest blues scene when it was developing in 1972, playing with many musicians over the years including Robert Cray, Muddy Waters, Steve Miller and The Doobie Brothers. In 1979, when John Belushi was in Eugene filming Animal House, Curtis met Belushi who became a great blues fan.  That led Belushi and Dan Akroy...
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
Riding the Ghost Rails: Historic Railroads of Wasco County August 16, 23 & 30, at the Discovery CenterLocal historian/storyteller Jerry Tanquist will offer three audio-visual programs for history enthusiasts on the constant movement of trains against the landscape on Mondays at 1PM featuring: "The Great Southern Railroad" (August 16th),"Railroad Stories Along the Deschutes" (August  23rd), and "The Portage Railroads & the Celilo Canal" (August  30th). Jerry grew up "at the end of the line" in a small prairie town, and remembers watching trains at the switch- back with his mother, the day an engineer invited him to ride with him into the roundhouse.  He first began researching railroads in '95, when he and wife Betsy Johnson begin to find evidence of tracks cutting through their property...
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By Becky Schertenleib, Nan Wimmers, "sisters by chance, partners by choice"
(Columbia Gorge Real Estate)
Neon Cruise - Friday The weekend starts off on Friday night with a "Neon Cruise" at 8PM as participants "cruise the gut" in downtown The Dalles. Registration begins at 5PM at Burgerville USA located in downtown The Dalles at 118 W. Third Street. Show in the Shade - Saturday Hosted in a beautiful park setting on the grass and under the trees at local Sorosis Park, followed by Drag races. Registration begins at 9AM at Sorosis Park.Dallesport Drags - SundayRound out the weekend on Sunday, across the river at The Dalles Airport. Event will start at 10AM. Dufur Threshing Bee - SundayOne can also take part in the Threshing Bee Car Show at Dufur Park, 13 miles south of The Dalles, starting at 9AM. For more information click on: Cruise the Gorge
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