Prudential Northwest Properties’ 4th Annual Backpack Drive is Now Underway!

Please help our Relocation team reach their goal of collecting 500 new or slightly used backpacks for local homeless and at-risk youth. Drop-off at any Prudential Northwest Properties branch office or at our Relocation Division office at 9600 SW Barnes Road, Suite 100 in Portland.

Prudential NW Properties Backpack Drive for Transitional Youth

The backpacks we collect will be delivered to Transitional Youth and they will distribute them to at-risk and homeless youth through their outreach program in downtown Portland.

Questions? Please call 503-350-7226. Thank you so much for your support!


Prudential Real Estate Sweeps Three of Four Categories in the J.D. Power 2013 Home Buyer/Seller Study

Prudential Earns Three 2013 JD Power Awards

Prudential Real Estate Earns Highest Rankings in 2013 J.D. Power Survey in Repeat Home Buyers, First-Time Home Buyers and First-Time Home Sellers categories.

J.D. Power recently announced that Prudential Real Estate ranks highest for customer satisfaction in three of four categories in their annual Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study!

Our network scored highest in three of four categories:

The annual study measures customer satisfaction of home buyers and sellers among the nation’s largest real estate brokerage companies. We received five “Power Circles” in these segments, which is the highest rating attainable, and in the Repeat Home Seller segment we received four.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our Prudential Northwest Properties agents and their commitment to delivering the highest level of service every single day,” said Prudential Northwest Properties president Jason Waugh. “Ranking highest in the nation in customer satisfaction shows that our clients appreciate our expertise and the service we deliver. Combine that with our high Quality Service Certification ratings, which are based on direct feedback from our clients, and it shows our brokers continue to exceed consumer expectations and provide the greatest value in the industry.”

In addition to its high marks for service, the Prudential Real Estate network enjoys one of the industry’s highest average selling prices and its agents stand out as local-market experts.

If you have questions about buying or selling a home, or are interested in joining our team, please contact one of our trusted Prudential Northwest Properties real estate professionals.


Yamhill County Brokers Support 2013 Oregon Special Olympics Summer Games

Ron Schock and Larry Hammer 2013 Oregon Special Olympics Summer Games

Ron Schock and Larry Hammer

Prudential Northwest Properties Managing Principal Broker Ron Schock and his team of community-minded brokers from Newberg, McMinnville and Yamhill recently sponsored and volunteered at the Oregon Special Olympics Summer Games in Newberg. As a returning corporate sponsor of the event’s Victory Dance, they had the pleasure of assisting and interacting with the athletes and attendees.

2013 Oregon Special Olympics Summer Games opening ceremony

Scene from the 2013 Oregon Special Olympics Summer Games opening ceremony.

In Ron’s words, “There were over 1600 Special Olympic athletes that paraded into the Newberg High School Athletic complex to a grandstand filled with cheering and supporting fans, many of which were people from the community that we invited to attend. Our Prudential NW Brokers were able to help with handing out programs and noisemakers as the community entered the stands and we also helped guide the parade of athletes in and assisted them at the ceremony that night. At the end of the ceremony, we helped clear the space so the athletes, coaches, etc., could party, dance and celebrate their accomplishments.

Again, as in last year, it was a very humbling but joyful experience for those in attendance, and the brokers that hadn’t been there last year got a clear understanding of what a heartwarming experience the Special Olympics Summer Games really is.”

A shout out of thanks to Larry and Judi Hammer, Lucy King, Laura Oviatt, Kari Fahrenkopf, Rob Molzahn, Pam, Phil and Kelsey Irish, Karen Frketich, Pete and Linsey Macy, Taylor Burke, Dixie Hancock, Ann and Mariah Schock and all those who helped to make this a special experience for the athletes.

Great job Yamhill County brokers!! Here are a few photos from the event…

Judi and Larry Hammer 2013 Oregon Special Olympics Summer Games

Judi and Larry Hammer

Phil and Pam Irish Special Olympics 2013 Summer Games

Phil and Pam Irish

Pete and Linsey Macy 2013 Oregon Special Olympics Summer Games

Pete and Linsey Macy


Oregon & Washington Rank in the Top 10 States for Quality of Life

When it comes to quality of life, the Pacific Northwest is tough to beat. CNBC recently ranked all 50 states on a variety of factors to identify the top states for business, and their findings rank Oregon #8 and Washington #10 in Quality of Life, with Hawaii taking the top spot.

Quality of LIfe Ranking

The comments about Oregon include, “Choose from the hippy hip Portland or the other-worldly beauty of Crater Lake National Park. Air quality is among the best in the country. Oregonians are healthier than most Americans, with lower instances of obesity and diabetes.” Overall, Oregon ranks #17 in the country.

And for Washington, “From Seattle to Spokane, the Evergreen State offers a near-pristine environment, a wealth of local attractions, and relatively low crime.” Overall, Washington ranks #20 in the country. Read the CNBC article here.

With scenery like this, we’re proud to call the Pacific Northwest home!

Crown Point Columbia River Gorge

Crown Point in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, which runs between Oregon and Washington.

Thinking about a move to Oregon or Washington? Visit the Prudential NW Properties website and find your next home here.


Welcome Jenny Hartman, Our New Outgoing Referral Manager

Jenny Hartman

Jenny Hartman
Prudential Northwest Properties
Outgoing Referral Manager

Jenny Hartman is the latest addition to the Prudential Northwest Properties team at the Resource Center in Portland. She joins us in the role of Outgoing Referral Manager in our award-winning Relocation department.

She’s built an extensive real estate background that includes loan origination, escrow experience, office administration and teaching students at a real estate license training school.

Jenny is a great addition to the Relo department and is staying very busy with handling national and global outbound referrals on behalf of our brokers. Please keep her in mind for all your outgoing referrals — they will thank you for the great service they receive!

You can reach Jenny at 503-350-7213 or jhartman@prunw.com.


Florence, Oregon Named in the Top 15 Retirement Hot Spots For Real Estate

FlorenceRealtyTrac, a leading resource for real estate data, includes Florence, Oregon in its list of Top 15 Retirement Hot Spots for real estate investing. To qualify for inclusion in the special report, at least 1/3 of the population must be seniors age 65 or older.

Florence comes in at #11 on the list, with 38.2% of its population at retirement age or older. With a median sales price in May 2013 of $165,000 and an annual percentage rate change in price of 10.37%, Florence looks like a winner as a retirement destination.

Click here for a micro-market snapshot of real estate activity and trends in the Florence area or visit www.RealEstateFlorence.com to learn more.

 


Desiree Johnson, Welcome to Prudential Pacific Properties

Desiree Johnson

Desiree Johnson
Prudential Pacific Properties

We’re happy to announce the addition of Desiree Johnson to Prudential Northwest Properties’ Florence affiliate, Prudential Pacific Properties.

Desiree is an experienced and well-respected real estate broker with a reputation for exceptional client service. She enjoys all facets of the industry and specializes in waterfront acreage and bare land in the Florence, Oregon area.

Welcome to the team, Desiree.

Contact Desiree at 541-977-6000 or desireejohnson@prunw.com. Visit her website and search for homes and land for sale at www.desireejohnson.pru-nw.com.

 


Michael Lukman, Welcome to Prudential Northwest Properties

Please join us in welcoming Michael Lukman to the Prudential Northwest Properties Lake Oswego branch office.

Michael Lukman

Michael Lukman

Prior to getting his real estate license, Michael was a music teacher by trade. As a real estate investor and homeowner, he had worked with Prudential NW on several occasions in the past and was impressed with the great services offered by our company. When the time came for him to make a career change, Prudential was the place he wanted to be, and we couldn’t be more happy with his decision.

Michael is a people-person, and loves getting to know people of different cultural backgrounds. He speaks English, Indonesian, a little Chinese, understands a few Arabic words, and is currently intent on learning Spanish.

Contact Michael at mlukman@prunw.com or 971-217-2313. Visit him online at www.mlukman.pru-nw.com.

 


Buyers Love Our Interactive Micro-Market Real Estate Reports

Prudential NW Market Watch micro market snapshotHome buyers love our interactive micro-market real estate reports for accessing the latest homes for sale activity and market trend information.

Our Market Watch area snapshot reports give users an interactive look at homes for sale and what’s happening in any of the market areas we serve. See active listings and trends for Beaverton OR here.

Prudential Northwest Properties Market Watch reports merge school and community information, along with stats that include time on market and price changes, and users can easily use the interactive map to adjust their radius of interest.

The Prudential NW Market Watch system uses current MLS market data to give users accurate and timely information on homes for sale throughout the market areas we serve, which include the greater Portland/Vancouver metro area, Central Oregon, SW Washington and Oregon coastal communities.

Visit our website at www.pru-nw.com and try out Market Watch yourself. Once you pinpoint an area of interest, click “Schedule Weekly Updates” and an automated email will deliver the information to you each week. Give it a try and let us know what you think!


Michele Taylor, Welcome to Prudential Northwest Properties

Michele Taylor

Michele Taylor
Prudential Northwest Properties

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Michele Taylor to the West Portland branch of Prudential Northwest Properties.

In addition to her love of real estate, Michele has a passion for fine art and has shown her work internationally. She’s one talented Realtor and a great addition to our team.

You can reach Michele at 503-906-1335 or mtaylor@prunw.com. Visit her online at www.mtaylor@pru-nw.com.