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By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 11
I was 10 years old when I became keenly aware of my mother's love for coffee.  She labored over a percolator, barely able to stand on her feet while leaning into the counter for balance, as she carefully measured the right amount of water and coffee grounds.  When she was done, we both eagerly wa...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 9
The Blessed Blogger.  After several years of using the pen name; The Naked Blogger, I wanted to choose a new pen name that would give me joy, and perhaps better reflect my happy and blessed soul.What's the inspiration behind the name?  Very simply, I've been blessed with a loving family, wonderfu...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 6
You can tell a lot about a person by observing the way they interact with others.  Are they attentive or distracted by chaos?  Are they in a rush, or do they exude patience?  Are their words kind, or wrought with sarcasm and discontent?  Do they listen intently, or prefer to be heard?  Do they an...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 26
If you've ever been through a break-up that scorned you to the core, here's your opportunity to extinguish your Ex for a good cause.  Wildlife Images in Merlin, Oregon is sponsoring their 3rd annual Valentine's Day event - Feed Your Ex to a Bear!Located just outside the quaint Pacific Northwest t...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 8
Many moons ago, 20 years to be exact, I started my career in real estate.  I thought it was going to be like any other sales job that I worked on commission.  The harder I worked, the more I sold, the more money I made.  The Pacific Northwest franchise that I selected, offered what I thought was ...

By Coldwell Banker Pro West, "Your Proactive, Trusted Real Estate Advisor"
(Coldwell Banker Pro West Real Estate)
Comments 3
Check out these local events for a little extra holiday fun!For more events and a complete December calendar, head over to the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar Friday, December 13thOld Time Radio Players -At the JoCo Fairgrounds in the Floral Building at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $12...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 25
When you think about stepping stones, you envision a path that leads to somewhere.  Sometimes the path is layered with pretty landscape and spectacular views.  Sometimes the path is a muddy maze of slippery slopes befuddled with trips and falls.  Looking back... I accomplished much in 2015, but n...

By Coldwell Banker Pro West, "Your Proactive, Trusted Real Estate Advisor"
(Coldwell Banker Pro West Real Estate)
Comments 4
    *3 Bedrooms *3 Bathrooms *4549 Square foot *Bonus room, second living room, and workout area *Bar area *Kitchen is a chefs paradise *6 Acres *Offered at $890,000 Welcome to the Estates at Tower Heights. This elegant Old World European design has walls of windows for the incredible views. The ...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 20
It's been raining cats and dogs these last few days in the Pacific Northwest... and the locals are howling with delight.  Not because of the gray skies, mind you.  It's all about the water! The entire west coast has been under siege with drought-like conditions and worrisome shortages of water.  ...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 34
After 16 years of practicing real estate in Oregon... I'm feeling a little girlhood giddy about the future outlook of my business.    Some of my colleagues may be thinking... she's an adrenaline junkie who's lost her mind (if it ain't broke, why fix it?!).  Okay, I confess, I've pushed the adrena...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 22
It's the holidays... and in the spirit of giving, I'm headed to Southern California to solve Sony's problems.  Yes indeed, as I slave away on my iPad on the beaches of Malibu, I'll be offering some PR pointers to Sony Pictures on how to stand up to terrorists.  I'm hoping George Clooney will assi...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 17
It occurred to me some years ago that settling isn't part of my DNA.  In fact, the mere idea breeds contempt in the depths of my soul.  Why so?  I probably inhaled a little too much smoke as a child.  When I was 5 yrs old, my brother turned my wooden sandbox on the side of the house, then pushed ...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 18
There's a new buzz on the streets of Oregon.  The voters have spoken and we're now a state that allows the recreational use of pot.   Whether you agree with the people of Oregon or not, this day seemed inevitable. While I respect the medical benefits of the plant, I'm not a toker and never have b...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 16
Some woke up this morning asking themselves, what just happened?  Their date last night was either a huge hit or a complete disaster.  The morning after always provides a clue. Did you find yourself totally stag or enveloped with your love muffin for morning hugs?  No matter which side of the bed...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 14
Who needs a special day to celebrate?  Not this Mocha Mama!  Although... if you're looking to put a kick in your step today, here's a good one!  Dutch Bros Coffee is offering 9 punches on your stamp card for every coffee you buy... all day!   And if that isn't enough to get you perked up... check...

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 46
I've encountered some colorful people along both sides of the real estate aisle.  What amazes me most are the things that sellers do (sometimes unknowingly) to kill a potential sale.  Ode to dreadful seller mistakes! In my early years of showing property, I witnessed a 950-pound pig giving birth ...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Comments 12
Rogue River Trip-First Days of Vacation! My husband, two Golden Retrievers and I just got back from a week's worth of wonders in Oregon--from southern Oregon, Grants Pass area to central Oregon, then home to Fishhawk Lake.  I took so many photos (no surprise!) that I'm going to have to break the ...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Comments 18
Wordless Wednesday-Rogue River Morning Grants Pass Oregon

By Coldwell Banker Pro West, "Your Proactive, Trusted Real Estate Advisor"
(Coldwell Banker Pro West Real Estate)
Comments 1
  Magnificent home on Gilbert Creek with a huge deck to enjoy the sound and entertaining. Large outdoor kitchen with a built in BBQ and hot tub. Beautiful landscaping. Large RV parking and convenient dead end cul-de-sac location. When you enter there are soaring ceilings, gas fireplace, hardwood...

By Janell Kittleson, Rentec Direct
(Rentec Direct)
Comments 1
Boy, this weekend was a windy one here in Grants Pass, Oregon, hometown of Rentec Direct!  After reading today's headlines I started thinking about business & home owner policy coverage.  What if the same disaster described in the news article had happened right now while I was busy working or wh...

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