Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes New Manager of Broker Relations

BEND, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty welcomes a new manager of broker relations, Corinne Burt. Burt will support brokers with both compliance and best practices so they can provide the first-class service which is the hallmark of the Sotheby’s brand. In addition, she will keep the firm current with changing state, local and regional regulations governing real estate transactions.

Corrine Burt

“Compliance and best practices are constantly evolving—these are some of the fundamental tools brokers use on a daily basis to yield the best possible client experience,” says Burt, whose background combines business litigation, business ownership, and real estate practice with Vanguard Properties, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area brand. “Sotheby’s is a superb brand—the company has a corporate structure which focuses on broker support, which, in turn, allows brokers to do the very best job for their clients.”

As a former business litigator, Burt is accustomed to and comfortable with the details of complex business transactions. She brings a profound understanding of the nature of various rules and regulations that impact different types of properties whether farm, ranch, vineyard, oceanfront property, or residential acreage. She also brings a practical and intuitive understanding of the nature of brokers and the way they work.

“Every transaction is different—whether a purchase or a sale—and requires a comprehensive understanding of disclosures, legal knowledge and an understanding of local and state transactions,” says Deb Tebbs, chief executive officer of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “We welcome Corinne’s unique legal experience and real estate expertise to support our growing team of brokers.”


Cascade Sotheby’s Chosen to Represent the Inner Eastside’s First Luxury Condo Development in More Than a Decade

PORTLAND, OR –  Realty Trust Urban has partnered with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty to market a new Portland tower condominium development, TwentyTwenty, to Asian markets. Cascade Sotheby’s premier broker, cross-cultural expert and Asia Desk manager Michael Zhang will lead TwentyTwenty marketing efforts to Asian buyers. The partnership will also leverage the extensive footprint and influence of Sotheby’s International Realty in Singapore, Japan, China and throughout Asia.

Twenty Twenty High Rises
Located in the historic Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood, the TwentyTwenty development is the first new construction tower condominium project in NE Portland in over a decade. The LEED Platinum Class A luxury construction offers wood floors, exposed concrete and quality steel-based architecture. Units are competitively priced starting in the $300,000’s for one-bedrooms and in the $500,000’s for two-bedrooms.

Twenty Twenty Firepit
With consistent demand for real estate in the Pacific Northwest and a record number of foreign buyers scooping up residential properties, Cascade Sotheby’s recently launched an Asia Desk to serve the real estate and relocation needs of Asian buyers. Exclusive listing agent for TwentyTwenty, Realty Trust Urban, has dedicated a tranche of condominiums in the new development for the Cascade Sotheby’s team to market directly to those passionate new markets.

Twenty Twenty Lounge
A triple threat talent as an elite principal broker, relocation and cross-cultural training expert, Zhang will be responsible for marketing the new Portland development to Asian buyers. He will also collaborate with the Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Asia to assist buyers looking for investments like this in the Pacific Northwest.

Twenty Twenty Courtyard
“Cascade Sotheby’s and Michael Zhang in particular have proven themselves as very successful in connecting with—and selling to—international buyers,” says Patrick Clark, founder of Realty Trust Urban and exclusive listing agent for the TwentyTwenty Tower. “The distinguished Sotheby’s brand carries the cache and prestige that makes a difference marketing internationally—and Zhang’s multilingual talents and background in cross-cultural relationships and relocation make him a valuable asset on this project.”

According to the National Association of Realtors, the gradually expanding US and global economies should keep foreign buyer demand at a robust level. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times states that foreigners bought 284,455 properties in the 12 months that ended March 31, about a third more than a year earlier. Dollar volume surged nearly 50% to $153 billion, also a record for the survey first taken in 2009.

The article states that Chinese nationals were the biggest buyers, purchasing $31.7 billion worth of property, up from $27.3 billion a year earlier and more than ever before, according to the association.

“In addition to becoming a desirable market for international real estate buyers, Portland continues to attract young to mid-career professionals and empty-nesters who appreciate the exceptional value the location offers and prefer the benefits of condominium living,” says Clark. “TwentyTwenty will be an excellent alternative for renters tired of rising rents, for buyers who desire to live in close-in neighborhoods and as potential vacation rental property.”

Twenty Twenty Kitchen
Cascade Sotheby’s affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty offers a distinctive advantage to reach an affluent global audience. With over 20,000 sales associates in approximately 880 offices and 69 countries and territories, the Sotheby’s network provides a profound international reach to market properties in Oregon and SW Washington.

Twenty Twenty Dining
“There are many investors in Asian countries who are experiencing new wealth and looking for investment opportunities around the lifestyle and environmental wellness that Oregon and the Pacific Northwest have to offer,” says Zhang. “These investors love prestigious global brands like Prada, Tiffany’s and Sotheby’s—the Sotheby’s brand positions the new Asia Desk to provide world-class, white glove investment, relocation and cultural integration services these buyers expect. I am delighted to have this exceptional opportunity to unite these buyers with investment opportunities like the TwentyTwenty Tower here.”

Twenty Twenty Bathroom

About Realty Trust Urban

We anticipate urban transformation and partner to create the right products for the right neighborhoods, one story at a time. We provide unrivaled service to developers, investors and home buyers, anticipating the desires of consumers, not just marketing to them. We approach each project with a shared vision to transform the city for the better, one story at a time. We believe that collaboration with developers, architects and investors throughout the development and sales phases is the differentiator in delivering exceptional results. Our record shows we’ve outperformed the competition since 2002; having marketed and sold over $2.2 billion in urban high-rise homes with a portfolio of 17 distinctive condominium projects consisting of over 2,500 units. The diversity of our experience with various product types and shifting consumer mindsets qualifies us as a true industry leader in urban realty. We believe that independent homeowners deserve the same elite expertise and we provide the same results-oriented approach to individuals. Realty Trust Urban is your partner in city living.


CSIR Partners with Porsche Beaverton and BASCO on Two Amazing Events

PORTLAND, METRO – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty recently hosted two events with not one, but two of its valued corporate partners. On Thursday, October 18, the “Drive It Home” event was held, in collaboration with Porsche Beaverton, along with Academy Mortgage and Stone Ridge Custom Development. Attendees were invited to tour 5 amazing luxury homes located south of Portland. The exclusive guest list, RSVP only, were instructed to travel the tour circuit, and collect home cards from all of the sites to be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Tiffany & Co. At the final station, Porsche enthusiasts were invited to test drive the newly redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayan, among other popular models.

Porsche Event Home 1
In all, 7 Cascade Sotheby’s Brokers participated in the home tour. 24800 SW Quarryview Drive in Wilsonville was the initial stop, presented by Broker, Michael Zhang. “It was a sunny, golden autumn afternoon, followed by music and wine in the evening. Friends and clients enjoyed the architecture of the luxury properties presented by Cascade Sotheby’s top agents and Porsche’s newest Cayenne model presented by Porsche Beaverton. Everyone was impressed with the style and hospitality provided”, said Zhang.

Porsche Event Home 2
The next home was being shown by Brokers Joe Reitzug and Julie Halter, and was actually located on the same street at 24927 SW Quarryview Drive The third stop was 26485 SW Wilken Lane in West Linn. The listing Broker was Kristen Kohnstamm. Brokers Laura Piccard and Mark Miller hosted visitors to 2636 SW Schaeffer Road, also in West Linn. Portland was the site of the main event and included food, beverages and live music. Greeting guests at the residence located at 1387 SW Military Road was Broker Matt Tercek.

Porsche Event Leaders
Managing Principal Broker for Cascade Sotheby’s Michael Babbitt added, “What a great collaboration of two powerful brands, showcasing a lifestyle that anyone can enjoy. Approximately 100 people attended the event touring homes and taking test drives. This is just one more example of why Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is first, best, exclusive. We look forward to future events with Porsche.”

BASCO Event
Another recent event was held on Tuesday, October 23 and was held at the Builder’s Appliance Supply Company (BASCO) showroom in Portland. This collaborative event, co-sponsored with BASCO, who specializes in the sale of high-end kitchen appliances, was themed “A Taste of Cascade Sotheby’s,” an evening of food, wine and networking. In what really was an amazing opportunity for CSIR Brokers to develop relationships, not only with potential clients, but also area developers with interest in learning more about the amazing marketing strategies and proprietary technology available to them.

BASCO Event Entertainment
Guests mingled and enjoyed live music while taking in BASCO’s beautiful showroom. Local chefs, from some of the area’s top restaurants, prepared some of their most notable dishes on-site, and tastings were poured by a few well-known Pacific Northwest wineries and distilleries.

Porsche Event Entertainment
Cascade Sotheby’s takes great pride in developing reciprocal corporate partnerships with comparable brands in the regions in which their offices operate. This initiative not only creates considerable brand awareness in the marketplace, but also generates meaningful engagement between the shared demographics. If you have interest in a potential mutually beneficial corporate partnership, please contact Cascade Sotheby’s at marketing@cascadesir.com.


Open Your Mind to Creative Living Spaces

BEND, OREGON – In many ways, the space in which we choose to reside often defines us. Yes, we decorate our humble abodes in ways which reflect our personal style and translate our personality through furnishings, art and color. But, in what one ultimately views as a literal money pit with the only solution being serious demolition, others are able to visualize the inner beauty of unlimited potential.

Brick House
There’s a special something about the inherent charm of something man-made, which wears its age well, like a distinguished old soul with stories to tell. Whether it be an old school house, barn, fire house, or even an old silo or water tower, these unique structures have history, unique features, and spark the imagination. They may be fun to visit and tour, but they’re even more intriguing to live in.

Many people have renovated old, often abandoned structures into new lives as homes. Most projects retain as much history as possible, keeping the charm and old functional appeal of the structure intact. And often, the unusual designs of the structure lead to interesting living spaces, such as completely round silo homes, church houses with choir lofts, and barns with wide open spaces and original rafters.

The mere idea of living every day in an elementary school classroom or abandoned church may seem like a bizarre nightmare, but in some cases, it’s a dream come true. What once were candidates for demolition, these nip and tuck dwellings now boast extremely eclectic interiors, plenty of old school charm and modern interiors worthy of HGTV.

Stained Glass
Best of all, these all but forgotten, dilapidated properties, in most cases, may be purchased at significant savings, far below market value, and once restored, with more than a few major upgrades, these uniquely charming homes will net historic profit. Not your average flip, one brave renovator noted, “My favorite part of owning a schoolhouse has been saving this beautiful old building and giving it new life, while at the same time preserving its rich history.”

Church Glass
Beautiful old buildings with highly detailed, well-preserved architectural elements, like stained-glass windows, custom period hardware and authentic light fixtures create truly unique experiences for those able to see past decades of neglect. Wide open layout concepts, vaulted ceilings, original hardwood flooring, tile and handcrafted moldings contribute to the exquisitely curated interior design, complimented by fully renovated kitchens and baths with all the modern necessities.

Compared to the soaring rent prices and cost of living in more popular cities, there has been a revival in the interest to renovate your very own piece of nostalgia, as a primary residence, investment property or even a business. A rare opportunity awaits, to transform truly historic properties into a visionary residence, where outside the box thinking is a prerequisite when it comes to unique real estate opportunities.

Lighthouse Mission Church
Such an opportunity exists in a popular Northeast Portland neighborhood, in the midst of a development revival. Adorned with historic homes, tree-lined streets, city parks and walkable local businesses, 337 NE 47th Avenue offers the best of urban living. While close to downtown, the diverse Rose Quarter area feels well-insulated from the bustle of the city. Though, there is a catch – the property offered for sale is formerly a fully functioning congregational church, listed by broker Tiffany Shleifer of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

Church Interior
Teeming with good karma, this former church showcases original design elements such as stained-glass windows, custom lighting fixtures, oak banisters and woodwork, as well as vaulted ceilings. Structurally sound, with infinite possibilities, the floorplan boasts large open rooms, which may easily be sub-divided into specialized or living spaces. The building includes an expansive social hall with stage and a spacious kitchen just waiting for your personal touches.

323 NE 47th Avenue is a detached 4-bedroom, 1 bath home, with 1,619 finished square feet and unfinished basement. Built in 1928, the residence building provides additional living or storage flexibility, as well as great potential for rental income. Totaling over a half acre, the lot also includes a large paved area for parking.

Commercial Ave
Another rare property is 110 Commercial Street in Adams, Oregon, listed by Broker Heather Osgood. A charming 1918 brick schoolhouse on nearly 2 acres of beautiful lawn and gardens. Fully remodeled from top to bottom in 2002, including wiring, plumbing, windows and new septic. The home boasts 7 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with a finished daylight basement and two full kitchens. It also has a 5000 sq ft ‘gym’ with a raised stage, sports court, laundry and more. This property presents amazing opportunity for weddings, events or a B&B.

Commercial Ave Interior

Tips for Converting a Historic or Other Unique Structure into a Home

Don’t expect it to be cheap: Some structures are old, abandoned, and have little value, so they can be picked up for bargain prices. But others may have significant real estate values, especially if they’re located in a central part of town that gives the structure land value. This may be the case with old banks, school houses, churches, and other structures.
Plan to spend time and money on renovations: Most people wouldn’t expect a 19th century school house that’s been sitting vacant for 50 years to be move in ready, but it’s still important not to underestimate the amount of work you may be looking at. Electrical and plumbing systems may need serious updates, walls, fixtures, and kitchen and bathroom equipment may need to be brought in, and older structures may have unusual surprises that pop up in the renovation process.
Heating: With such high ceiling and with some building having outdated heating systems; an important consideration is; financially, how much will it cost to efficiently heat the building? If new ceilings are installed and rooms are created to optimize heat circulation, this is less of a problem. Rooms are often big enough to feature stunning log burners and fireplaces. Another option is to choose which rooms to heat. Another possibility is underfloor heating, which allows for greater residual warmth. If you are unable to make alterations on the building in terms of the construction of new floors, it is worth seeking advice as to what your options are and which would be the most beneficial.
Research zoning: Many repurposed homes are former commercial or industrial buildings. You may need to petition to change the zoning on the structure before you’re able to use it as a residence.
Accept that the building isn’t like regular homes: Converted structures often have unusual shapes, such as completely round silos or even missile bunkers. Traditional furniture may not work, and you may have to build your own or hire someone to create custom pieces for you.
Preserve the building’s historic charm: Part of what makes converted buildings so appealing is their history. Be careful not to bulldoze right through replacing original fixtures, ceiling tiles, or wood flooring unless it just can’t be salvaged.

References
https://houseandhome.com/gallery/unique-homes-that-will-make-you-want-to-move/
https://www.choicehomewarranty.com/23-amazing-structures-repurposed-homes/

First Impression Curb Appeal Tips for Fall

BEND, OR – Though, many lament the dwindling days of summer, most of us are open to turning the page with great anticipation of falling leaves, 24/7 football and best of all, pumpkin-spice overdose. Most climates do, however, experience an unfortunate limited window of opportunity to thoroughly immerse themselves in the autumn spirit. For homeowners, the mere thought of raking leaves, yard work and maintenance rekindles memories of lower back pain, but for others, it’s time to take stock and make the most out of your outdoor living experience and prep the space so that it easily springs to life next season. If you’ve been contemplating a potential move, now’s the time to ensure that your property’s curb appeal will maximize your asking price.

Mowing Lawn

Spruce Up That Lawn

While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass to keep things lush. This time of year, weeds aren’t the only thing standing between you and the turf of your dreams. You’ve also got to watch for pests, fungal diseases—and even Fido.  Fall is the ideal time to fertilize and seed. Don’t regret addressing your tattered yard or wishing that your patch of dirt were a blanket of soft blades. “Seeding is the easiest thing for a homeowner to do,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. “It just takes a little soil preparation, the right mix of seed, and lots of watering.” Lastly, consider performing lawn aeration to provide improved drainage, and keep things neat and manicured with some edge trimming and weeding of any paths or walkways.

Plant Something

Plant Something

Once the dog days of summer hit, flower gardens generally start looking tired. Colors wash out, edges brown, blossoms become fewer in number. In addition to getting your lawn looking its best, spice it up with a splash of color. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful flowers. To keep your garden blooming well into the fall, consider a few of the many varieties of fall-blooming perennials. Note, that spent blossoms on these summer-flowering perennials can be clipped to encourage blooming long into the fall.

Highlight That Front Door

Highlight That Front Door

Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint–possibly vivid color choice if you’re daring, can also make your entrance stand out when potential buyers drive by. Don’t forget not to neglect the general maintenance often required of wooden doors. Even custom, high-quality construction will need some form of upkeep. Fill any spacing caused by temperature swelling with a paintable/stainable putty or fill material. This may be necessary on the interior as well and will ensure that your entry is well-insulated and cared for.

Clean Things Up

Clean Things Up

When fall rolls around and the trees shed their leaves, your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Before putting your home on the market, pressure wash the exterior and clean the windows. If the paint is chipped or faded, applying a fresh coat will do wonders to revive your home’s appearance and will often increase your resale value. Don’t forget to address the surfaces of your porch, railings, sidewalks, driveway and other hardscapes. A thorough pressure wash, scrub or even a simple sweep will make an immense difference. You’ll be amazed at the transformation! Also, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris, which will protect your home from water damage and reduce the threat of sagging from sitting water unable to drain properly.

Lighten the Mood

Lighten the Mood

As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to not only provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door, but strategic illumination will provide ambiance on tours, as well as in your listing photography and video. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas. Make sure that all exhausted bulbs are replaced and cleaned of insects and cobwebs. Investing in fresh, new modern fixtures that enhance the architectural style of your home will add immediate curb appeal to any space and surely add value.

Check the Mail(box)

Check the Mail(box)

Many newer subdivisions and housing developments now have banks of mailboxes located in central locations to make distributing the mail easier on the postal carrier. But, if your mailbox is located on the street, there’s a good chance it’s seen better days. In fact, it could look more like it was used to house a pipe bomb, and you’ve just stopped paying attention. If it’s affixed to your house, you’ve probably forgotten about it, aesthetically speaking. Paint it, polish it, replace it or simply just perform a clean-up. The trick is to keep it low-key and unassuming. You don’t want to draw attention to something that acts as a receptacle for your bills and junk mail.

Keep Decorations on the Down-low

Keep Decorations on the Down-low

The autumnal season presents many opportunities to decorate and showcase our love for the holidays, or even our alma mater’s big game. While subtle fall decor – a wreath on the door or pots of seasonal flowers – will make your home look inviting and fresh, going overboard will distract buyers from your home itself. Save your scarecrows and spooky Halloween decorations for another year if you’re serious about getting a buyer’s signature on a contract.

If you do decide to add your home to the market during the fall, or are ready to take advantage of some potential savings on a listing that may be lingering, the highly experienced, exceptional Associates with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty are prepared to assist you. With 10 offices strategically located throughout Oregon and SW Washington, the brokers of Cascade Sotheby’s are prepared to respond to client needs amid the ever-changing trends of the Pacific NW real estate market. View available listings.

References
https://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/7-curb-appeal-tips-for-fall-pictures
https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/12-late-summer-yard-and-garden-upgrades
https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/what-is-curb-appeal/

An Insider's Guide to the Parade of Homes

Camas, WA – Recently I had the pleasure of attending the NW Parade of Homes, an exciting showcase featuring seven of the area’s luxury builders with ten dream homes over $1M. The Parade of Homes is in its 41st year, and this year the Parklands at Camas Meadows was the featured development (get all the details here).
It was my first opportunity to attend a Parade of Homes, and I was excited about the prospect of touring custom built homes in the Camas area. I knew the homes would be unique, the attention to detail unparalleled, and the inspiration unlimited. One of my favorite parts of attending the Parade is collecting ideas that I can implement in my own home.
NW Parade of Homes sponsored by Cascade Sotheby's

Who Should Attend a Parade of Homes?

Anyone interested in amazing real estate! The Parade offers an opportunity to check out the latest home décor trends, as each home is fully furnished and meticulously landscaped. My interest tends toward modern design, though I can appreciate a variety of styles – and that’s what the NW Parade of Homes had to offer. The architecture and design ranged from traditional to farmhouse to modern to glam. There’s truly something for everyone.
In addition to design, a Parade of Homes is an opportunity to scope out either 1) a particular neighborhood or 2) a particular builder. The Parade is a perfect way for prospective homebuyers to compare locations, features, and builders. You’ll also meet brokers that can assist if you are interested in beginning a home search, or listing your own home.

Top Parade Tips

If you’re about to attend your first Parade of Homes, I’ve got some advice for you. Here are my top five tips to ensure you get the most out of the event and, most importantly, have a fabulous time.
1. Wear comfortable shoes that come on and off easily. I made the mistake of coming directly from work and wearing high heels. There are golf carts available to transport guests from the parking lot to the homes, but then you are on your own in terms of walking from house to house.
When you get to each home, you’ll typically be required to wear shoe covers before entering. You may even be asked to remove your shoes entirely if the owner requests it. You’ll make your life much easier if you wear shoes that slip on and off.
2. Make sure your phone is charged for pictures. You’re going to want to take a lot of pictures – trust me! There are way too many beautiful details to go without a camera. Charge your phone or digital camera before you go so that you are ready to roll.
Tip: several of the builders have social media contests with prizes available for posting images with certain hashtags. Pay close attention at each home so you can enter!
3. Ask questions. Representatives from the builders and real estate agents are typically available to answer questions – so ask them! Sometimes the home owner is even on hand, which gives you the perfect opportunity to get insider information on the neighborhood if you are in the market to purchase. Be sure to check out the listing materials available, usually found on the kitchen counter or entryway of the home.
4. Visit the sponsors. Look for the sponsorship area at the Parade of Homes and go visit their booths. At the NW Parade, all the booths were in the center near a wine and food area. It’s a nice place to take a break between visiting homes, and you can collect information from/chat with each sponsor. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy supporting local businesses that are actively supporting community events.
5. Be courteous. Some of the Parade homes might be available for purchase, but others have residents who have graciously opened up their homes to the general public. Treat their home as you would your own home – don’t bring in any food or drink, and look but don’t touch.
Overall, the Parade of Homes was a fantastic experience and a unique opportunity to see inside some of Southwest Washington’s most beautiful properties in an exclusive neighborhood. I’ll definitely be heading back next year.
About the Author: Amy Anderson is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Cascade Sotheby’s, representing the Portland Metro Area.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be the featured brokerage for the 2018 NW Parade of Homes. If you’re interested in lots available in the Parklands at Camas Meadows, click here.


An Insider’s Guide to the Parade of Homes

Camas, WA – Recently I had the pleasure of attending the NW Parade of Homes, an exciting showcase featuring seven of the area’s luxury builders with ten dream homes over $1M. The Parade of Homes is in its 41st year, and this year the Parklands at Camas Meadows was the featured development (get all the details here).
It was my first opportunity to attend a Parade of Homes, and I was excited about the prospect of touring custom built homes in the Camas area. I knew the homes would be unique, the attention to detail unparalleled, and the inspiration unlimited. One of my favorite parts of attending the Parade is collecting ideas that I can implement in my own home.
NW Parade of Homes sponsored by Cascade Sotheby's

Who Should Attend a Parade of Homes?

Anyone interested in amazing real estate! The Parade offers an opportunity to check out the latest home décor trends, as each home is fully furnished and meticulously landscaped. My interest tends toward modern design, though I can appreciate a variety of styles – and that’s what the NW Parade of Homes had to offer. The architecture and design ranged from traditional to farmhouse to modern to glam. There’s truly something for everyone.
In addition to design, a Parade of Homes is an opportunity to scope out either 1) a particular neighborhood or 2) a particular builder. The Parade is a perfect way for prospective homebuyers to compare locations, features, and builders. You’ll also meet brokers that can assist if you are interested in beginning a home search, or listing your own home.

Top Parade Tips

If you’re about to attend your first Parade of Homes, I’ve got some advice for you. Here are my top five tips to ensure you get the most out of the event and, most importantly, have a fabulous time.
1. Wear comfortable shoes that come on and off easily. I made the mistake of coming directly from work and wearing high heels. There are golf carts available to transport guests from the parking lot to the homes, but then you are on your own in terms of walking from house to house.
When you get to each home, you’ll typically be required to wear shoe covers before entering. You may even be asked to remove your shoes entirely if the owner requests it. You’ll make your life much easier if you wear shoes that slip on and off.
2. Make sure your phone is charged for pictures. You’re going to want to take a lot of pictures – trust me! There are way too many beautiful details to go without a camera. Charge your phone or digital camera before you go so that you are ready to roll.
Tip: several of the builders have social media contests with prizes available for posting images with certain hashtags. Pay close attention at each home so you can enter!
3. Ask questions. Representatives from the builders and real estate agents are typically available to answer questions – so ask them! Sometimes the home owner is even on hand, which gives you the perfect opportunity to get insider information on the neighborhood if you are in the market to purchase. Be sure to check out the listing materials available, usually found on the kitchen counter or entryway of the home.
4. Visit the sponsors. Look for the sponsorship area at the Parade of Homes and go visit their booths. At the NW Parade, all the booths were in the center near a wine and food area. It’s a nice place to take a break between visiting homes, and you can collect information from/chat with each sponsor. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy supporting local businesses that are actively supporting community events.
5. Be courteous. Some of the Parade homes might be available for purchase, but others have residents who have graciously opened up their homes to the general public. Treat their home as you would your own home – don’t bring in any food or drink, and look but don’t touch.
Overall, the Parade of Homes was a fantastic experience and a unique opportunity to see inside some of Southwest Washington’s most beautiful properties in an exclusive neighborhood. I’ll definitely be heading back next year.
About the Author: Amy Anderson is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Cascade Sotheby’s, representing the Portland Metro Area.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be the featured brokerage for the 2018 NW Parade of Homes. If you’re interested in lots available in the Parklands at Camas Meadows, click here.


The Oregon Coast Market is Gaining Momentum

OREGON COAST, OR – Although its neighbors to the south routinely leave house hunters ‘California Dreamin’, and coastline price points along the great Pacific Northwest typically eclipse Space Needle stratosphere, nest seekers and brokers alike, who previously disparaged the areas trailing the Oregon Coast Highway, have begun to show the magnificent region, albeit long overdue, market-wide recognition. The shores of the Oregon coast are as diverse as any, bounded to the east by the Oregon Coast Range, and stretching approximately 362 miles from the Columbia River in the north, to the California state border in the south.
Haystack Rock
As varied as its geography and its inhabitants, the architectural styles, sizes and value of the homes that populate the coast, range from quaint beach cottages, the recipients of years of wind and sea spray, to multi-million-dollar, cliff-dwelling marvels, straight off the cover of Dwell magazine. Whether you prefer the rugged tranquility of sand dunes and the sounds of surf crashing against spectacular rock formations, lively seaside communities with seemingly miles of boardwalk or majestic views of historic lighthouses, the distinct characteristics of each region are gaining in appeal, especially from international buyers.
Haystack Window
Once a deterrent to those interested in investment properties along the Oregon coast, recent market price points are providing an offset to the sometimes unpredictable, and often inclement weather patterns experienced there. Oregon has experienced an infiltration of out-of-state residents on the lookout for beachfront bargains that are, by far, less expensive than what’s available to them in their native states. While some buyers hail from as far away as Texas and Arizona, California and Washington residents make up the bulk of new clients, says Sally Conrad, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, “They come here and see the difference in price and what they get for their money and they buy,” 1 she says.
Haystack Grass
In Cannon Beach, a waterfront community on the northern Oregon coast known for its long, sandy shore, Cascade Sotheby’s recently sold a two-bedroom home for $483,000, just 2 blocks from the ocean. Conrad says the equivalent home in a smart Californian town that close to the ocean would cost double that amount. In the northern, central and southern markets, each with its own distinct buyer demographic, are all experiencing an influx of wealthy out-of-state buyers, helping to accelerate sales and increase prices, agents say.
Cliff House
Year-over-year price increases ranging from 7%-12% have been typical. Last year, Oregon’s oceanfront housing market saw a 9.5% increase in the number of homes sold compared to 2016, according to data collected by the state’s Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). The average price of a home grew 7.8%, while the average number of days on the market for a home shrank 8.7%. An example of the value that buyers will experience in Oregon, as opposed to others Pacific states is well-illustrated by the listing of an oceanfront home in Gearhart, for sale through Cascade Sotheby’s for $2.29M. The house, on 1.6 acres, measures 2,280 sq. ft., with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. In Cannon Beach, the same agent has another listing, a five-bedroom house on the beach for only $1.99M. 2
Haystack View
Interest among Asian buyers has intensified to the point in which Cascade Sotheby’s has established its own in-house Asia Market Division. Based out of their Lake Oswego location, and who will play a vital role in the development of the Division, Principal Broker Michael Zhang, is highly experienced in international transactions, specializing in the representation of Far East buyers. Zhang states, “Not only do Asian buyers view properties in the Pacific Northwest, primarily the Oregon Coast, as a relocation interest, but also as an extremely viable investment opportunity, considering the alternative price points of Washington and Northern California.”
Rock House
References:

  1. Troy McMullen, The Financial Times, July 2014, pg3.
  2. Troy McMullen, The Financial Times, July 2014, pg3.

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Signs Top Luxury Broker Matthew Tercek

LAKE OSWEGO, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty continues to grow its presence in the high-end luxury home market with new premier brokers signing on under the internationally-renowned Sotheby’s brand. Already in 2018, the brokerage has welcomed 47 new agents in Oregon representing $401.4 million in closed revenue.
Now, Cascade Sotheby’s welcomes one of Portland metro’s premier luxury and new construction real estate experts and top producers, Matthew Tercek. Tercek, who leaves another prestigious luxury real estate company in Lake Oswego to join the Cascade Sotheby’s team, produced more than $30 million in closed sales in the last 12 months and brings many of his illustrious listings with him. Click on the photos below to view more information.

“I made the move to Cascade Sotheby’s to better serve my clients—the internationally-recognized Sotheby’s brand has the established presence and prestige in markets that are now looking to relocate in the Pacific Northwest,” says Tercek, who sees a significant influx of prospective buyers from the Bay Area, Seattle and Asia looking in Oregon and recognizes the power of the network. “The implementation of digital services has always been an important aspect of my business. Being able to leverage the innovative marketing tools, technology and team that Cascade Sotheby’s offers brokers will result in a better client experience from start to finish.”

According to a recent report by the real estate professional’s resource Keeping Current Matters, a trend that has been emerging for some time now is the contrast between inventory and demand in the premium and luxury home market versus the starter and trade-up home market, and what that in turn is doing to prices: inventory continues to rise in the luxury home market which is causing prices to cool.

One of Cascade Sotheby’s principal managing brokers in the Lake Oswego office Michael Babbitt points out that as the premium and luxury home market is turning into more of a buyers’ market, there is all the more reason sellers need brokers expert in selling higher end homes. In fact, of special note, the average price point for Cascade Sotheby’s agents is 33% higher than other agents in the Portland and SW Washington market.

“Cascade Sotheby’s is honored to sign such premier agents like Mathew—he’s a proven expert in the luxury home and new construction categories and we welcome him to the team,” said Deb Tebbs, CEO and franchise owner, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “Signing so many new brokers already this year is an incredible testament to the reputation of our team, the power of the Sotheby’s brand, a world class network, and global reach to larger markets.”
Kitchen Island
Cascade Sotheby’s, which has expanded throughout the Oregon and SW Washington real estate market, reported $1.3 billion in total transaction volume in 2017, representing $32 million in company revenue and a 325% increase in sales growth in the last two years. With 300+ brokers and 10 strategic office locations in Oregon and SW Washington, Cascade Sotheby’s is rated in the top 25 among Sotheby’s affiliates.
“Our brokers offer a white glove experience to all clients regardless of the price of their home and anticipate the clients’ needs to deliver some of the best service in the market—that’s the hallmark of our success,” says Tebbs.


Cascade Sotheby’s – Featured Broker at NW Parade of Homes to Showcase Work of Top Area Builders

CAMAS, WA – Excitement is building, as we draw close to the launch of the 2018 NW Natural Parade of Homes. The 41st anniversary of the event, organized by the Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA), is happening over three weeks in September (7-23) and will be staged at Parklands at Camas Meadows. The NW Natural Parade of Homes showcases innovative home designs, fully furnished and beautifully landscaped, offering the finest in architecture, materials, heating and appliances. For the first time, SW Washington’s premier home show will be headlining 10 homes over $1M.
Parklands Golf Course
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be the featured brokerage in presenting truly exceptional examples of custom home construction from some of the most exceptional local builders.
“The Parklands was selected, in-part, for its location, lot sizes, marketability and subdivision layout being conducive to hosting a show,” said BIA Executive Director, Avaly Scarpelli. The luxury gated community was developed by Kevin DeFord and Aaron Barr, featuring 41 lots ranging in size from 15,000 to 18,500 square feet, according to DeFord. The mixed-use development also includes five commercial buildings, called The Archery, with a total of 90,000 square feet of space, and 24 living units on the top floor of one of the buildings. DeFord, a Camas resident, is president and founder of Nex Generation LLC, a real estate development and acquisitions company. He is excited about the opportunity to showcase the residential portion of development.
Parklands Site Map
“The site sold itself,” DeFord said. “It will have easy access and plenty of parking, it’s not a constrained site. There are a lot of easy positives that go along with that. From any developer’s point of view [being part of the Parade of Homes] is an asset and something that adds value to the neighborhood. The Parade and the vision that goes with that is a great blessing to have as part of our development.”
Toward the center of the development there are nine acres of open space, which allowed the majority of the houses to be located either along the golf course or green space. There are also walking trails within the development that connect to the Heritage Trail on the south side of Lacamas Lake. Each house’s design is extremely unique, reflecting the styles of all of the builders associated with this project. “What we didn’t want to do is sell all the lots to one builder, and have five floor plans that come in as part of the neighborhood,” he said. “Every home in here is custom designed and built. We think that will make it a truly unique neighborhood that fits Camas, as well as the community.”
According to DeFord, the development was master planned to take advantage of the small-town atmosphere that already exists in other parts of the city. “We think it really fits together well with the surrounding pieces and uses that are already there,” he said. “With all of the other development that is going on around us, I view this as a satellite east downtown Camas. With the amenities we’ve established, once these rooftops start going in, you are going to see people gathering there on Saturday morning for coffee, shopping and walking the trails and bicycling.”
SW Washington’s premier gated/golf course development has been carefully and intentionally designed to meet the needs of homeowners looking for the ideal site to build their custom dream home. This highly-sought after location is truly unique and offers the best of luxury living in one of the fastest-growing population centers on the West Coast. Builders represented with homes in the Parklands at Camas Meadows include Axion Luxury Homes, Cascade West Development, Doriot Construction, Gecho Homes, Generation Homes NW, Sam Vilhauer Construction and Soaring Eagle Homes. View the development video.
Axiom Luxury Homes
Axiom Arcadia
As a premier Portland and Vancouver luxury home builder, Axiom Luxury Homes is continually asking themselves just what makes a home a luxury home. They realize the definition of a luxury home is different for every customer, and therefore they strive to go above and beyond in all aspects of their home building process, making each home a “Luxury Home” for their clients.
Axiom Vista
Axiom Luxury Homes understands that honesty, integrity and overall homeowner satisfaction are the cornerstones to their long-term success. They build every home not only to satisfy their clients at the end of the project, but focus on providing so much more than they’ve expected, that they will use them again in the future.
Cascade West Development
Cascade Cadence
For more than 25 years, Cascade West has provided fine homes throughout the Pacific Northwest with superior value and distinctive styling. They specialize in listening to their home buyers and then customizing a floor plan to translate their needs and dreams into reality. Cascade West is sometimes known for the large, the lavish and the luxurious homes featured throughout the year in tours and parades — but they’re much more.
Cascade Eagle Peak
Their focus isn’t on selling or building the biggest house, but on understanding their client’s needs. Once the have a comprehensive framework for how their clients plan to use their space, the rest is just filling in the blanks (with a lot of awesome stuff). Working together and becoming totally immersed in the way your home looks, feels and functions is what Cascade West is passionate about.
Doriot Construction
Doriot Timberline
For 34 years, Doriot Construction has built their livelihoods on their unwavering drive to help clients transform their dreams into reality. From the simple to the lavish, they’ve experienced it all, and can assist you in every step of the process. From luxury custom home design and construction, to land acquisition, due diligence, land use issues and engineering, no project is too small or too big for their knowledgeable crews. Doriot also offers a full-service remodeling, specializing in complete interior and exterior makeovers. Partners with the area’s finest suppliers and subcontractors, Doriot provides the highest quality workmanship and pricing.
Gecho Homes
Gecho Maldividian
Innovative homes designed and built by Peter Gecho have been a fixture throughout Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Gecho’s creative vision maximizes the characteristics of each home by incorporating its features into the surrounding environment. Every design exhibits a unique personality, constructed from only the highest quality materials and finishes. A “Showcase of Homes” winner, Peter’s process is highly collaborative, allowing clients to become fully invested in the experience.
Generation Homes NW
Generation Homes NW - Madison
Locally-owned, Generation Homes NW is a fresh experience in homebuilding, where your ideas come to life with a team of passionate builders, designers and trade partners. Owners, Aaron Helmes and John Colgate bring over two decades of building and design experience and remain focused on providing the best service possible for every client. Known for open designs, large rooms, flexible design options and floor plans, a simple process and clear communication, Generation Homes NW builds beautiful communities in the best locations in Clark County. Generation’s mission is simple: provide the best products, design and customer care.
Sam Vilhauer Construction
Sam Vilhauer Joella
The choice for clientele seeking custom living spaces in the Southwest Washington/Portland Metro area. With over 25 years of experience building spaces clients love to live in and call home, Sam Vilhauer Construction has not only built some of the areas most stunning homes but a reputation as the best. From the design phase, through landscaping, Sam Vilhauer Construction (SVC) is well regarded as a leader in the custom home and remodel arena.
Soaring Eagle Homes
Soaring Eagle Black Pearl
Matthew Clarkson, of Soaring Eagle Homes, has been building custom homes in Clark County for more than two decades. A big part of their success has come from listening. Taking the time to first learn what you envision and how your home must live, allows them to build beautiful, livable homes that stand the test of time for both form and function. They’ve created unique and personal havens for countless families in the Clark County community.
Soaring Eagle Maker
They have a unique ability to artfully blend the talent of hand-selected, experienced craftsmen in this area, which makes each and every home they build go beyond what their clients need, into more than they imagined. Their history of industry leadership allows them to advise on even the most unique requests, their high touch ensures collaboration each step of the way, and the end result is a stunning, one-of-a-kind home that fits the lifestyle of each individual client.


The active City of Camas is perfect for families in any stage, with gourmet restaurants, hot new breweries and coffee shops, shopping and entertainment. Just steps away from each property, a therapeutic trail winds through the community and connects to Camas Meadows Golf Course, a highly-acclaimed Parklands-style course. Nearby, Lacamas and Round Lakes call to kayakers and paddle boarders, while hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation is convenient and abundant. Whether you are visiting the course for a round of golf, exploring the trails and natural activities, or simply enjoying the incredible views from your back deck, your home at the Parklands has the location, access and comfort you’ve been looking for.
The last time a Camas development was featured during the Parade of Homes was in 2002. The 2014 and 2015 Parade of Homes, both held at developments in Ridgefield, each attracted approximately 15,000 people. “We’ve had pretty consistent attendance over the past couple of years, but are hoping with this incredible site in Camas that attendance will be significantly increased,” Scarpelli said. Mayor Scott Higgins explained that he anticipates the event at Parklands at Camas Meadows will provide an opportunity to display what is special about Camas. “I have been trying to get a Parade of Homes in Camas for four years,” he said. “I do think this is the best of the best. It’s a great way to showcase Camas. It will be great for the community.” Click here for $2 off the regular price of admission. Buy tickets.
Heather DeFord
Heather DeFord is a SW Washington native, and the listing agent for all remaining lots at the Parklands. One of the top-producing real estate brokers in SW Washington, Heather is known for providing the highest level of personalized service to her clients, tailoring her approach for each property, client and project. Offering more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of property sales, Heather understands the unique needs for luxury residential properties, multi-family, investment properties and developments. She is a skilled negotiator who will leverage her extensive experience and depth of marketing services to help every client achieve their real estate goals in this constantly-evolving market. As a Certified Luxury Broker, she understands that luxury is an experience, not a price point – and Heather strives to ensure that each of her clients has the luxury experience they expect and deserve.
Through her alignment with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Heather has access to the broadest local, national, and international markets available. Backed by a brokerage that has the scope and reach of Cascade Sotheby’s, Heather is prepared to offer clients the absolute best, at levels that far exceed other brokerages in the same market. Heather also believes community involvement is essential to balanced living, and she is invested in many of SW Washington’s philanthropic endeavors and events. Check out Heather’s BLOG page to learn more.
Rachel and Peter Gecho
Offering the highest level of service and unsurpassable attention to detail, Broker, Rachel Gecho, is highly regarded for managing the expectations of her clients with unrivaled personal attention while ensuring that each transaction is as seamless as possible. Working alongside her husband, Peter Gecho, also an agent with Cascade Sotheby’s, as well as a General Contractor, building custom homes, Rachel’s competitive nature makes her a natural negotiator and for going above and beyond what is expected.
Gecho Homes have been a fixture throughout Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Gecho’s creative vision maximizes the characteristics of each home by incorporating its features into the surrounding environment. Every design exhibits a unique personality, constructed from only the highest quality materials and finishes. A “Showcase of Homes” winner, Peter’s process is highly collaborative, allowing clients to become fully invested in the experience. Nothing short of stellar, The Maldivian, a Northwest contemporary Gecho design, is located in the Parklands at Camas Meadows, showcasing their signature architectural elements.
Donna Roberts
Donna Roberts is a Managing Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s and based out of the Vancouver, WA office. Licensed since 2005, Donna has listings on both sides of the Interstate Bridge and quickly became one of the most successful agents in Clark County. She has consistently been recognized as a top 1% broker in the county. Her dedication to providing her clients personalized, professional service is her number one priority. Donna’s knowledge, integrity, and willingness to work hard have earned her a reputation for excellence with her clients and peers. Leader of the Donna Roberts Group, she has an amazing team of highly experienced associates, knowledgeable in transactions for either state.

References
https://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2016/may/17/camas-meadows-development-will-be-featured-in-2017-parade-of-homes/