CES 2020 | 5 High-Tech Picks From the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show

As is always the case, the start of a new year brings us another incredible showing from the tech industry at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Further deepening the integration of technology into our lives, the world’s innovators in fitness, home security, automobiles, and more delivered truly stunning products to the show floor in Las Vegas. Join us as we explore 5 tech-fueled debuts from this year’s show.

Fitness

Home fitness has long been a staple space for many homes around the world. Companies like NordicTrack and ProForm have been producing exercise equipment for in-home use, but when Peloton and MIRROR burst on to the scene in the last decade, these brands showed fitness enthusiasts how they could bring workout classes home with them like never before.

In 2020 Amazfit, known for their fitness wearables, introduced their “Home Studio” offering. Debuted at CES, the Amazfit Home Studio features an immersive 43” HD Screen and 3D TOF camera system, high-end slat belt treadmill, surround sound customized JBL speakers, and classes on-demand.

Home Entertainment

According to Nielsen, the average American spends more than 1,800 hours a year watching TV. It’s no surprise that with numbers like that, TV and TV-connected device manufacturers often play a large role at CES; this year was no different. Among the many entries in this category, Samsung’s cutting-edge 8K QLED line offers a true glimpse into the next generation of ultra-high definition.

Shockingly thin, with remarkable sound technology and built-in AI, these 8K sets represent a strong example of a household name pushing the envelope in what’s possible in their field.

Autos

Whether you are a commuter, collector, or self-advertised “gear head,” automobiles are an undeniable part of our lives. While companies like Tesla are focused on revolutionizing the industry itself, others are looking to make an already luxurious or enjoyable experience all the more so. Enter the Lamborghini Huracán EVO – the Italian luxury car maker’s tech and power driven dream car.

Starting at $267,000 and available now, this Alexa-enabled powerhouse of a car goes from 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed of 202mph.

Home Security

Most stats place a home burglary occurring every 13 seconds in the United States – this unsurprisingly places home security high on the list of must-haves for home owners. Acquired by Amazon in 2018 for more than $1 billion, Ring  offers doorbells, cameras, and whole-home security systems – all of which are among the more popular choices when looking into home security options. With an impressive setup on the CES show floor, Ring widened their already broad offering of smart-home tech.

Ring introduced their smart LED bulb and hub, solar-powered external lights, the Access Controller Pro for opening gates remotely, and hinted at their new X-Line – a premium offering with more details to come.

Self Care

Rest and relaxation are chief among human necessities – people recharge in many different ways, but for most, the time we spend in the shower is an easy way to replenish energy and reflect. Kohler seeks to improve the time you spend in the shower with their Moxie Voice – a smart speaker crossed with a shower head.

Built with the quality Kohler is famous for, this sleek-looking shower head’s speakers are powered by the audiophiles over at Harmon Kardon. Head on over to their site and sign up for to be notified when this product is available.


Beyond leads: What are other metrics of real estate marketing success?

When your business feels like a moving target, take aim at measurable data points. Looking at lead generation is the most basic indicator that outreach is being received by the right stakeholders. In the latest Leading in Luxury article on Inman.com Frank and Dawn Bodenchak, Real Estate Professionals with Sotheby’s International Realty in Bridgehampton, New York, recognize that today’s marketing can go so much further.

Start with simple math

It’s still important to begin with the essentials. “I track the number of phone and email inquiries on a listing, the number of showing requests per week, and the percentage conversion of showings into interested parties,” says Frank Bodenchak of his monitoring process. In luxury real estate, metrics like these have always been the easiest way to see, at a glance, whether your marketing efforts are generating the results you want.

But there are two more simple stats that ought to be monitored: the number of days a home has been on the market, and the number of showings per home. “If you aren’t getting enough showings, or if showings aren’t generating offers, then marketing, product offering, and price need to be revisited to improve these metrics,” notes Dawn Bodenchak. The longer a property sits, the likelier potential buyers will expect that either the seller will lower the price or that there is something amiss with the home.

No one likes to wait

23636 Ten Barr Trl, Bend, Listed by Julie Reber

If you have a customer relationship management (CRM) system, chances are it’s measuring how often you correspond with your leads and clients, and reminding you periodically to follow up with them. If you’re not using a CRM system, then it’s critical to proactively track your email, phone, and in-person exchanges.

The Bodenchaks make a habit of always tracking response time — how much time has elapsed since a lead’s initial inquiry. The average response time, according to one study by Inside Real Estate, is about 15 hours and 30 minutes, though research has also shown that a staggering 48% of inquiries fall through the cracks.

You also need to be cognizant of the time that elapses between follow-ups, which, surprisingly, is reported to be the most overlooked aspect of real estate lead generation. By closing these gaps, agents will easily start to see a growing number of qualified leads.

Make the most of online

“We still use magazine ads for brand awareness and reminding buyers and brokers about a listing, but the first line of contact is internet-based,” says Frank Bodenchak. “Over the past decade, we’ve moved away from relying on print for information dissemination to relying on email blasts, real estate search engines, and social media.”

Google Analytics is a fundamental way to watch your web traffic. You can review how many people visit your site and track their browsing behavior. For instance, keeping an eye on your bounce rate will inform how quickly visitors leave your site after they arrive. You’ll also be able to assess which of your pages are the most popular. Adding these metrics to your marketing rubric gives you the bigger picture of how your efforts are succeeding.

Frank and Dawn Bodenchak have seen firsthand the benefits that social media brings to their marketing. Facebook and Instagram provide feedback to help agents monitor their social channels, stay notified on engagement and responses, and maintain real-time marketing awareness. “By switching to a business account on Instagram, we are now receiving all kinds of key insights from posts,” says Frank Bodenchak. “Beyond likes and comments, Instagram tells us the gender, age, and location of our audience. With even a small budget for online marketing, we can make an impact.”

The basics still apply

23636 Ten Barr Trl, Bend, Listed by Julie Reber

“Know the landscape, know the pricing, and know the product — and most importantly, know how the product can be adapted to work for a buyer,” says Dawn Bodenchak. “The metrics we use to evaluate our marketing success may not have changed, but the means to achieve them have.” Now there are more tools in agents’ inventory to make sure that their strategies are successful — and, by extension, that their leads, prospects, and clients enjoy the best service possible


January First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on January 3rd at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Thomas McIntyre

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by The Maitre Group

First Friday Artist (left: Thomas McIntyre) and our hosting brokers (middle: Melanie Maitre and Right: Josh Maitre

Artist Bio:

 “As long as I can remember I have been moved by moments filled with texture, color and simple beauty.  I am drawn to things that are tangible in nature and real.  Be it years of patina worn by a trusty piece of steel, a rock shaped by the lashing of waves over millions of years or an old scrap of wood weathered through time, hanging onto the memories of its past seen through the remnants of years of coated paint.  These things are special to me, they always have been. They tell a story, one that evokes honesty is full and rich in history, that is unique to itself and not only are they beautiful, I find them thought-provoking and this is how I paint.​

Years ago I thought I’d give this painting thing a try.  During one of my first attempts, I was not happy with what I had done so I grabbed a piece of flat steel and scraped the paint off of the canvas. I was using acrylic paints, a mix of heavy and light bodies and some iridescent medium.  To my surprise, I created something that looked like it had been there for thousands of years. I was floored by the textures throughout and how the contrast between warm and cool and matte and gloss colors came together yet continued to be their own.  I realized right then, this process gave me that same feeling I get when I stumble upon one of those simple moments that I so love.

I try to create something that is not only aesthetically pleasing for a room but an interesting conversation piece, something that someone will have to walk up to and really investigate. I hope to arouse a sense of wonder and curiosity about my process and encourage people to come up with their own ideas of what it means and looks like to them”.

Exhibitions:

Untitled Gallery Padova, Italy 2019

Marco Antonio Patricio Gallery Padua, Italy 2019/2020

I.A.F. Paris, France – 2020

I.A.F. Innsbruck, Austria – 2020

I.A.F. Padova, Italy – October 2019

NYA Gallery Tribeca/Manhattan New York – 2020​​


Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Hosts Grand Opening Event for Vancouver Office

On Friday, December 6th, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty’s hosted a grand opening event for its 3,185 square foot gallery-style office in the Riverview Tower located at 900 Washington Street in Vancouver, WA. Over 70 people attended the event.

According to CEO Deb Tebbs, opening the Vancouver office is extra special to her. “Since we opened in Portland a few years ago, we had our eyes on this great town, and we truly appreciate the brokers that helped us launch. I am also excited to announce we recently hired Adam Williams to lead the office as a branch manager. He is exceptional at helping our brokers grow their business.”

The Sotheby’s brand has attracted some of the top brokers in the area, already producing over $100M in sales this year, including Heather DeFord and Donna Roberts two of the top brokers in SW Washington.

The brokerage also announces it is having its best year yet and projects $1.7 billion in closed real estate. 

  • 330 brokers
  • 14 offices serving the Pacific Northwest
  • 59% year-over-year sales growth in Portland Metro including SW Washington

Festival of Trees 2019

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees 2019 Community Day was sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. It was a magical event that brought joy to many families.  

Our brokers helped raised over $40K and collected hundreds of toys for children in need. Special thanks to our wonderful brokers who volunteered: Molly Donnell, Renee England McAllister, Kelsey Wallace, and Philip Mascher.

The beneficiaries of the fundraiser include the Breast Health for Strong Families program, The Celilo Cancer Center fund and the Level the Playing Field project at The Dalles High School.

To read more about The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees 2019 click here.


Two Cascade SIR Brokers Make Top 15 List of Portland Agents On Social Media In 2019

Cascade Sotheby’s agents Julie Halter and Jacqueleen Rae were both named to the Top 15 Portland Real Estate Agents on Social Media in 2019 by PropertySpark.

PropertySpark researched hundreds of Portland real estate agents social media profiles through different mediums and then looked at objective data regarding the Portland real estate agents’ social media presence across various social media channels. 

See the full list here.

Find Julie Halter on Instagram & Facebook:
@juliehalter_sir
Julie Halter, Broker

Find Jacqueleen Rae on Instagram & Facebook:
@queenraesworld
Jacqueleen Rae Real Estate


December First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on December 6th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Steve J. Giardini.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by Carmen Cook and Nicolette Rice.

Artist Bio

Steve J. Giardini is a professional outdoor nature and landscape photographer. He is an artist, educator, speaker and photo tour instructor & guide.

Influenced by both mid-1900 and contemporary landscape photographers, Steve adopted a fine art photography approach that utilizes natural light and a traditional, but unique composition style. The majority of his images are taken an hour before or after sunrise or sunset when the light is soft but dramatic.

Influence

Steve hopes his photographs elicit a visceral response from viewers. He wants his images to motivate people to explore the outdoors. Equally important, he hopes his photos instill a sense of personal obligation to help preserve the natural world.

Published

Steve’s work had been published in the international online Landscape Photography Magazine, the Bend Lifestyle magazine, and is displayed in businesses and homes throughout Central Oregon and around the world. More than 350 of his prints hang in the St. Charles Hospital System.

Learn Nature & Landscape Photography

Creating stunning photographs is one half of Steve’s professional vision. The other half is teaching and mentoring photo enthusiasts. His resume includes 20+ years of teaching experience on a variety of topics. A lifelong learner himself he knows the learning process never ends.

Steve offers photo classes, workshops, and adventure photo tours. Each session is built on the belief that learning should be structured but fun. Participants can “expected to be challenged without being intimidated”. Expect a methodical but flexible learning approach. Expect value-added instruction, endless enthusiasm, and intellectual honesty.


Cascade Living | December 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and the Willamette Valley.

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Unique Open House | Breakaway Lodge

Nestled in the heart of historic Gearhart, just blocks from the beach. Rare opportunity to own a charming and spacious property in a choice location. Operated as a lodge/retreat center the past fifty years, this unique, well-maintained facility on a prime lot is ready for your vision. Potential uses include nonprofit or corporate camps/retreats, school, daycare or private residence. Eleven sleeping rooms can be left alone or reconfigured to make a spacious master suite and guest rooms. Two private bathrooms accompany two communal ones, which have the possibility for spa-like features. Use the commercial-style kitchen as is or turn it into a culinary playground. A large dining hall features one of the two gas fireplaces. Garage has a carpeted room above for added use options.

This is the perfect family compound for generations to come. Consider shared ownership as well. Endless possibilities…just bring your ideas!

History:

 The Breakaway Lodge has been owned and operated by Young Life as a camp/retreat for the past 50 years. The Lodge was purchased in 1969 from the Episcopal Church of Oregon. The church had used the building as an educational retreat for young people. Originally known as The Convent of St. Margaret’s by the Sea, it was built in 1924 by the Society of Sisters of Holy Names. Each summer, the sisters traveled by train from Portland to Gearhart to stay at the retreat for a period of about ten days throughout the summer. The convent closed down each winter.

Located on the North Coast of Oregon, the lodge sits on a half-acre total acreage for this property, as the sale includes two tax lots is actually .92 acres, so just shy of an acre not a 1/2 acre in the middle of the small beach community of Gearhart. Access to the rugged and beautiful Oregon Coast and its sandy beaches is just a short walk away. The beach communities of Seaside and Cannon Beach are in close proximity and are used extensively by groups and for program activities. Accented by large decks and terraced gardens, the lodge has developed into a highly desirable retreat center. There is an outdoor, sand volleyball court, an outside basketball court, and an outdoor octoball courts – so 3, outdoor courts.  

For more information and details about The Breakaway Lodge or to set up a private showing, please contact Nicki Whittle or Sally Conrad or visit www.cascadesothebysrealty.com


By Working Together We Are Making A Bigger Difference

At our weekly sales meeting for our Bend brokers, we had an opportunity to learn about the Choose Joy Foundation and how they help kids who have been affected by parents that are dealing with substance abuse. Special thanks to Northwestern Home Loans, who graciously matched our brokers’ donations.

About the Choose Joy Foundation

It is estimated that 1 in 8 children in the U.S. live in a household with at least one parent with a substance abuse disorder. These are moms and dads who are unable to control their use of drugs or alcohol, and who continue using them even in the face of harmful and often dangerous consequences. In many cases, parents find themselves spending increased time getting, using, and recovering from these substances, rendering them unable to parent.

The cost, for a child, can be access to reliable housing, food, and other basic needs. It can be a lack of privacy, safety, and social support, leading in turn to increased difficulties in school and social settings. For many children of substance abusers, a normal childhood remains just out of reach.

The Choose Joy Foundation was founded on the premise that every child deserves a happy, healthy childhood. Our mission is to restore, in whatever way we can, normalcy to the lives of children affected by substance abuse.

“We exist to enrich the lives of children affected by substance abuse”

Restoration comes in many shapes and sizes, and often in the form of things, many of us take for granted. Sometimes it’s a pair of shoes, school supplies, or a warm meal. Sometimes it’s a steady, stable connection with a tutor or mentor. Sometimes it’s the opportunity to experience Christmas morning for the first time. The Choose Joy Foundation works with social workers, court systems, and educators to identify needs, and then organizes initiatives to meet them.

Growing up is hard enough without the added weight of bearing other people’s choices. We believe that we can change the lives of children in our community, and in communities across America, by bringing normalcy, stability, and consistency into their lives. Now a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the organization serves children in need in Deschutes County and beyond.

“A big thank you to Cascade Sotheby’s brokers and Northwestern Home Loans for your generous support. More than $3,000 was raised today that will truly benefit many children in our community.” – Founder, Joy Christiansen

We ask you to join us in donating or volunteering to further help children in Deschutes County that are in desperate need. Please donate online at www.ChooseJoyFoundation.org