First Thursdays with Linda Robertson

We are happy to be displaying the work of artist Linda Robertson, for December’s First Thursday event in the Pearl District. Robertson is a nationally recognized artist, art instructor and author of the Embracing Encaustic book series. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and has taught art workshops for over a decade. Linda’s work has been published in numerous books and periodicals including: American Art Collector, Authentic Visual Voices and Professional Artist Magazine. Please join us this Thursday, December 3rd from 5-8PM at our Pearl District Location (1321 NW Hoyt Street) for art, live music, wine and appetizers!


4712 NW Franklin Street – Vancouver, Washington

Heather Deford presents our Extraordinary Home of the Day. Located at 4712 NW Franklin Street in Vancouver, this home features softly lit dome ceilings in the entry, sun room, and crafting room, which make you feel as if you are looking up at a celestial observatory. Curved walls and custom wood furniture flow through this 12,000 square foot home. For more information, contact Heather Deford at 360.608.4321. MLS #15084943.


Small Business Saturday

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty reminds you to shop local this holiday season. First observed in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a national effort to support local businesses, taking place annually on the Saturday following Black Friday. Last year, Small Business Saturday was estimated to have brought in $5.5 billion, in consumer spending, to our local retailers. Small businesses are critical to the growth of our communities and we encourage you to check out what’s going on in your community. Many businesses, in Bend, Portland and Vancouver, will be offering special deals, prizes and other festivities.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty would like to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. We would also like to take this time to thank all of our clients, partners, brokers, staff and community members for your support over the past year. We are so fortunate for your continued business, as we continue to grow and expand across the Cascade region. We look forward to continued success with all of you. In observance of this holiday, please note that all of our offices will be closed today and tomorrow.


Giving Tree

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has teamed up with Bend broker, Melanie Maitre, to help kids around Central Oregon. We will be collecting fleece blankets, sleeping bags, family games and/or cash donations for the Giving Tree. These items will be distributed to children in need around the Central Oregon area, including homeless teens, or kids whose parents have been incarcerated. Please drop off any items you’d like to donate to the Downtown Bend office (821 NW Wall Street) or contact Melanie directly at 541.480.4186.


Transitional Youth

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty would like to spotlight Transitional Youth, an organization that works to reduce homelessness in Portland and Southwest Washington. There will be a winter drive in the Vancouver, Lake Oswego and Portland Pearl District Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty offices, to collect donations for their cause.
Although the reasons are often complicated, it is estimated that dozens of youth end up living on the streets each month. Portland’s homeless youth population is one of the highest in the United States, and it continues to grow.  Many homeless shelters are over capacity and have a continual need demand for basic items needed for survival.
We are collecting new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing in sizes M-XXL (jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, socks and underwear), weather protection items (stocking caps, blankets, wool socks, sleeping bags and rain gear), as well as toiletries (shampoo, disposable razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste) and work & school supplies (notebooks, calendars, backpacks and resource books).
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty would like to thank you for helping us make an impact on our local community and bringing awareness to the many challenges that at-risk youth face. To learn more about Transitional Youth, volunteering, donating and other ways to support the cause, visit www.transitionalyouth.com or contact our Listing & Transaction Coordinator, Brandy Stephenson, at 360.419.5600.


Announcing Lisa Morrigan and Ed Tanabe

Welcome Lisa and Ed

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Lisa Morrigan, Broker

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Ed Tanabe, Broker

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that brokers Lisa Morrigan and Ed Tanabe have joined our team at the Oregon Coast.

Real Estate Legacy

Following in her father’s footsteps, Lisa comes from a family of real estate professionals, helping her build a strong client base. Her experience is in coastal community home sales, including Southshore, Bella Beach, Road’s End, Wilder, Newport, Salishan and Neskowin.

I understand the value of a home is not just in the house itself, but is enhanced by the surrounding environment. I am a firm believer that selling real estate is providing clients a personalized service to find the property that fulfills their dreams.

Lisa became attached to Lincoln City and the Oregon Coast, while searching for a community to raise her family. She relates and connects with people who are looking to re-locate to the coast or searching for that perfect vacation or investment home.

A Dream of Life on the Coast

After working with the Boeing Company in Renton and Seattle for 25 years, Ed and his wife decided to pursue their dream of a life on the Oregon Coast. Ed’s career at Boeing provided him with experience in finance, industrial engineering, operations, business management and information systems departments.

Integrity, facts, analysis and communication are the guiding principles I bring with me from Boeing to my career in real estate.

After traveling throughout the country, Ed and his wife felt that the lifestyle and sense of community on the Oregon Coast was perfect for them. They went through an extensive process of evaluating whether to build or buy an existing home and finally decided to have a home designed and built on a lot they had purchased years ago, making their dream of living on the coast a reality.
We are so excited to have Lisa and Ed on our team and welcome the local knowledge of the Oregon Coast that they bring with them. Lisa can be reached at lisa.morrigan@cascadesir.com and Ed can be reached at ed.tanabe@cascadesir.com.


What’s New: Sunriver

Central Oregon Adventures will be offering multi-day snowmobile tours this season departing from the Wanoga sno-park at Mt. Bachelor. Single night or multi-night trips around the Mt. Bachelor area and down into the Crescent Lake area will be available. All trips and routes will be customized based on the groups riding ability and conditions. Why not start your trip in Sunriver? For lodging options Sunset Lodging at 541-593-2122 has a number of possibilities. Points of interest on the excursions will include:
DAY 1- the high country around Mt. Bachelor which backs to the wilderness, Broken Top, the 3 Sisters, Tumalo Mountain and Tam Macauthur Rim. High lakes in the area include 3 Creeks Lake, Sparks Creek & Lake, Devils Lake. anticipate the best sunset ever before heading in for food, drinks & lodging at Elk Lake Resort.
DAY 2 – after a great breakfast we will be heading south towards the Crescent Lake area. Points of interest may include Craine Praire & Wickiup Reservoirs, Davis Lake & Davis Mountain, the lava flow & the Davis burn area. Depending on conditions & riding abilities trips could head towards Waldo Lake. Some of these sites will be hit heading south and others on the return trip back to Wanoga. Lunch will be at Manley’s Tavern. Depending on the group, riding will continue south around Crescent Lake for a great sunset and then dinner, drinks and lodging at Crescent Lake Resort. Riding would include the Deer Mountain Loop and the Miller Lake Areas.
DAY-3 can continue with a ride south to Kelsey Pass, Summit Lake, Elephant Mountain with Lunch at Lemolo Lake Resort. Returning to Crescent Lake resort via Windigo Pass. Again expect a great sunset with views of mt. Thielsen, Mt. Bailey and Diamond Peak. Back to Crescent Lake Resort for dinner, drinks, and a very good nights sleep. Groups can opt out of this third day route and head back to Wanoga making this a 2 night trip.
DAY 3 OR 4 – after a great breakfast the trip would turn north and head back to Wanoga hitting some of the highlighted areas mentioned earlier in day 2. Trips will be guided and supported by Central Oregon Adventures providing transportation of gear, fuel, oil, some maintenance and back up equipment.


Tips to Fix Up Your Home During the Winter

Winter is fast approaching throughout Oregon and SW Washington, and in many regions across the U.S., the temperature is quickly dropping. A number of homeowners find themselves wrapping up outdoor activities and moving everything inside. Now is the perfect time for residents to prepare for the coldest months, when there isn’t a whole lot to do outside. For many houses, there is a long list of improvements and fixes that have been neglected. A home inspection, especially before buying or selling a property, can help anyone identify where areas need extra attention. If you have any questions, make sure to reach out to one of our qualified associates.
1. Focus on the furnace:  Few home components are as important as heat during the winter. Therefore, homeowners should always focus on getting these systems up and running before it gets too cold. Furnaces that are in regular use need their filters changed about once every three months, according to MSN Real Estate. It is simple and easy to complete, and any person can do it. Costs are also low, and the benefits of a well-functioning furnace are well worth it. For anyone unsure about the condition of their house, a property inspection is the perfect solution to answer any questions.
2. Insulate water pipes: Another vital part of any home, especially during the winter, are the water pipes. Insulating them can limit heat loss, MSN Real Estate noted. That means each time the faucet is turned on the quicker the water comes out hot. Pipe insulation is cheap to buy, and even innovative solutions – like newspaper – can get the job done. If there are still problems with any pipes, a home inspection professional could find the cause.
3. Check for home safety: The winter is also the perfect time for homeowners to check over safety features, according to HouseLogic. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should have their batteries change once per year, and it is easy to remember if they are all done at the same time. Additionally, ground-fault circuit interrupter outlets are required to be tested regularly, but few people do. The winter can be the best time to take care of any of these tasks. GFCI outlets need to trip and reset properly, and any faulty outlet must be replaced. Homeowners may find themselves bored during the winter. Instead of staying trapped inside a house, there are a number of easy home repairs that anyone can do. A property inspection can also shed added light on a situation, hopefully catching any problems before they turn expensive.
4. Outside Maintenance: Now is the time to put back your vent covers, make sure your gutters are free of debris to prevent ice buildup and damage and cover your outside water faucets. Check for other items outdoor that may need to be put indoors to avoid winter damage.
Post courtesy of WIN Home Inspection Services.