Prudential Northwest Properties agents recognized as “The Best in the Business” in North America!

Quality Service Certification, Inc. recently ranked 26 Prudential Northwest Properties real estate professionals as “The Best in the Business” in North America for delivering superior service and achieving the highest client satisfaction rankings possible.

Congratulations to the following agents recognized for providing exceptional service:

Anita Cassarino, Hillsboro

Anne Meinert, Newberg

Bonnie Drake, Sandy

David Somerville, Lake Oswego

Debbie Deymonaz, Lake Oswego

Diana Requa, Clark County NW

Fran Brown, Clark County NW

Gregg Bates, Lake Oswego

Jessica Eisenhauer, Columbia Tech Center

Karen Gibbons, Hillsboro / Clark County NW

Kathie Bagley, Clackamas / Columbia Tech Center

Kathy Dessimoz, Columbia Tech Center

Keith Anderson, Columbia Tech Center

Kim Dittler, Lake Oswego

Kirsten Kaufman, Metro

L. J. Thomas, Canby

Laura Oviatt, Sherwood

Linda Davis, Hillsboro

Linda Terhaar, West Portland

Linsey Macy, Newberg

Lorin Karge, Hillsboro

Mary Jo Williams, Lake Oswego

Mervin Calverley, Columbia Tech Center

Molly Hruska, Scappoose

Peter Dalgaard, Lake OswegoQSC, quality service

Rod Rice, Columbia Tech Center

You exemplify outstanding service and we’re proud you represent Prudential Northwest Properties!

To see all of our agents’ QSC ratings and read their client comments, please click here.


Home buyers win more time to claim tax credit

Good news! President Obama signed into law a three-month extension on the deadline for home buyers to obtain a federal home buyer tax credit of up to $8,000.

Eligible taxpayers who contracted to buy a home, qualifying for the first-time home buyer tax credit before the end of April 2010, now have until September 30, 2010 to close the deal. To be eligible, buyers need to be in a binding contract that was in place by April 30.


Jason Waugh shares his thoughts on local market recovery

Jason Waugh

Jason, our COO and Lake Oswego branch manager, shares his perspective on the real estate market recovery in this article in Community Newspaper’s “A Salute to the American Home” special publication. Like many local real estate professionals, Jason believes the market has probably hit bottom as a whole and we’ll see a very gradual recovery.

Click here to read the article.


Local home sales surge in March

Portland area home sales shot up in March, driven in part by a federal tax credit worth up to $8,000 to first-time buyers and $6,500 to move-up buyers.

There were nearly 52 percent more sales in March than a year ago and a whopping 77.2 percent more sales than in February, according to Regional Multiple Listing Service figures released Friday.

Compared to a year ago, pending sales increased 46.7 percent and new listings increased 35.3 percent.

The inventory of unsold homes dropped to 7.8 months from 12.9 months in February and 12 months a year ago. The figure refers to the amount of time it takes to clear out the inventory of unsold homes at the current pace of sales. A six-month level is considered healthy.

The inventory of houses for sale in Clark County dropped substantially in March as home sales improved, according to Portland-based RMLS. A 7.7-month supply of homes was listed in March, which was down from an 11.6-month supply in February

Local real estate agents attribute the shrinking inventory to higher demand for houses, as first-time and move-up home buyers rush to take advantage of low mortgage interest rates and tax credits set to expire April 30.

According to RMLS, when comparing the week of April 5 – April 11 with the week prior, the number of times an RMLS subscriber opened a Supra lockbox increased 33% in Washington and 26.6% in Oregon. Activity is on the rise as we move into the Spring season.


David Somerville named QSC Agent of the Month!

QSC, quality serviceCongratulations to Lake Oswego’s David Somerville for receiving national recognition as Agent of the Month by Quality Service Certification, Inc!  

David was selected for this honor from among QSC’s 22,000+ members nationwide. He has attained an almost flawless record of consistently earning 100% client service satisfaction ratings on satisfaction surveys administered by Leading Research Corporation. David has achieved Quality Service Certified® Platinum status, representing the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, and late last year, he was also recognized as one of the Best of the Business, an honor bestowed on the top 250 real estate service providers in North America.   

100% service satisfaction like David and many of our agents have achieved is fantastic. Kudos to you, David! We’re proud you’re on the Prudential Northwest Properties team!


Nationwide Open House weekend – April 10 & 11th

In recognition of April as National Fair Housing Month, the REALTOR® Nationwide Open House event this weekend will provide residents throughout the country a chance to walk through a large number of homes as the home buying season officially kicks off.

With interest rates remaining at historically low levels and average home prices as low as they have been in five years, home buyers still have time to take advantage of the $8,000 federal tax credit available for first-time buyers, as well as a $6,500 credit for current home owners who are under contract on a new home by April 30.

Visit www.prunw.com to search Open Houses and plan your tour this weekend!


Texas Hold ’em fundraiser moves to May 15th – register now!

Put on your poker face and join us at the Red Lion on the River on Saturday, May 15th for a Texas Hold ’em tournament to benefit Transitional Youth.

$100 buy-in / $50 add-on / $50 re-buy

Top 20 players get to pick their prize – a week stay in Cancun, a $750 Visa card, and many more to choose from!

This will be a quality game run by the professionals at Wild Bill’s and will include casino-style Hold ’em tables, casino quality chips, professional dealers and tournament director, complete blind and timing structure.

Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on-site.

Download registration and info here.

Paid registration must be received by April 12, 2010. Questions? Contact Aaron Dalgord at 360-601-1718 or adalgord@prunw.com.


Portland ranks #2 as bike-friendly city

Only time will tell if Portland’s plan to spend $613 million over 20 years on new bike paths and other bicycling infrastructure needs will change the city’s ranking on Bicycling magazine’s list of America’s top 50 bike-friendly cities.

For the 2010 list, Portland ranks No. 2, behind Minneapolis. Rounding out the top five cites are Boulder, Colo.; Seattle; and Eugene. Salem ranked No. 19.

Read more: Portland ranks No. 2 as bike-friendly city – Portland Business Journal:


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