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Prudential Northwest Properties Ski Night was Fantastic!

Prudential Northwest Properties 21st Annual Ski Night

We couldn’t have asked for better weather at Mt Hood!

Once again, the sky was blue, the snow was fresh, Mt Hood was beautiful and a wonderful time was had by all at the 21st Annual Prudential Northwest Properties Ski Night!

Skiers, boarders and lodge-loungers all enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon and evening up at Mt Hood Meadows.

It’s always nice to bring family and friends together and meet new members of the Prudential crew at this annual event.

Big shout outs to Peggy Hoag, who hasn’t missed a Ski Night in the last 21 years! And to Dannie Walker, our Regional Team Leader in Central Oregon, for bringing a whole busload up from Bend!

Hope you can join us next year!

 

So Many New Faces at Prudential Northwest Properties!

The last few weeks have brought many wonderful real estate brokers to the Prudential Northwest Properties family.

Broker Excellence Program

Several of our new brokers participating in the Broker Excellence Program at the Resource Center

In addition to Greg and Kelly Pace, who we introduced last week, we are delighted to welcome the following real estate professionals:

Lea Ann Muriset, Karen Whiteid, Peggi Schoning, Kyle Boeddeker, Karol Aldrich and Gerald Aldrich to our Central Oregon office in Bend.

Ron Hitt joins our Portland Metro branch.

Scott Dunn, Laura George and Jim Godfrey are the newest additions to our Lake Oswego office.

Matt Meinert returns to our Newberg branch.

Melinda Peterson and Paula Moran are the newest members of our coastal branch in Netarts.

JoAnn Daily, Bill Fleenor and Tina Alto join our Prudential Pacific team in Florence.

Please join us in welcoming these real estate professionals to Prudential Northwest Properties!

Prudential Northwest Properties Welcomes Greg and Kelly Pace

Greg and Kelly Pace

Greg and Kelly Pace

Please join us in welcoming Greg and Kelly to the Prudential Northwest Properties Lake Oswego branch office. The father-daughter duo are launching a dynamic real estate team and look forward to delivering their combined strengths and expertise in serving their clients.

Greg’s background in medical sales and client relationship management will lend itself well to the real estate industry, and Kelly’s degree in Public Relations will be put to good use in building a unique and interactive brand through social networking.

Greg and Kelly, welcome aboard! You’re a great addition to the Prudential Northwest Properties family!

Real Estate Outlook Survey: Home Ownership Is Increasingly Important to Younger Americans

Prudential Real Estate just released its end-of-year Outlook Survey, which shows that Millennials and Generation X place a higher importance on homeownership than older generations.

Real Estate Outlook Survey Infographic

Click the image above to see the full infographic.

Key observations include:

·         Home ownership remains important to 96% of Americans with 77% of respondents ages 25-34 and 78% ages 35-44 indicating home ownership is “very important.” More so, 74% of respondents agree that with interest rates at historically low levels now is a great time to buy a home.

·         Space, safety and investment drive the reasons to own a home, with 97% respondents stating that home ownership allows for more control over living space. Tax benefits finished a distant sixth on the survey’s reasons for buying a home.

·         63% of Americans have a favorable or somewhat favorable perception of the U.S. residential real estate market and, again, younger generations are more likely to possess a favorable opinion when compared to their older counterparts.

Click here to read more.

Bert Waugh, Jr. Releases Q4 2012 Chairman’s Report

Prudential Northwest Properties Chairman Bert Waugh, Jr. released his Q4 2012 Chairman’s Report, a quarterly summary of the real estate market.

The report highlights the record-breaking affordability index for 2012, compares market area stats, looks at what we can expect for trends in the year ahead, and shares the latest video comments from Warren Buffett and HomeServices of America CEO, Ron Peltier.

Click here to read the Q4 2012 Chairman’s Report.

Chairman's Report

 

 

Kudos to Yvonne Blewett

Yvonne Blewett

Yvonne Blewett

Yvonne, a licensed CPA and real estate Broker in the Prudential Northwest Properties Lake Oswego office, has recently strengthened her commitment to superior buyer representation by earning the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation.

Congratulations, Yvonne … we’re proud to have you on the Prudential Northwest Properties team!

Contact Yvonne at YvonneB@prunw.com or visit YvonneBlewett.com.

 

Our New Veterans to Brokers Job Program Gets Exposure

Prudential Northwest Properties Veterans to Brokers programA recent article by Saundra Sorenson in The Times helps spread the word about our new Veterans to Brokers job program, a reimbursement effort to assist veterans interested in creating a career in real estate.

Read the article here.

A big “thank you” to Janet Dalton, George Huertas and Jason Waugh for participating in this story.

Are you a veteran interested in exploring this career opportunity, or do you know someone who might be? To learn more, please call (800) 547-1982 or email us at: careers@prunw.com today.

For more information about the Veterans to Brokers job program, visit pru-nw.com/veterans-to-brokers.aspx.

 

Congratulations Debbie Price, EMAR Realtor of the Year!

Debbie Price EMAR Realtor of the Year

Debbie Price
EMAR Realtor of the Year

We’re very proud to announce that Debbie Price, a Principal Broker in the Prudential Northwest Properties Gresham branch office, was named Realtor of the Year by the East Metro Association of Realtors! She has been active with EMAR for many years, including service as President of the organization, and has also served on the Oregon State Association of Realtors Board of Directors.

Debbie has been a real estate professional for 18 years and holds the e-Pro, Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource and Seniors Real Estate Specialist designations. In addition to selling new construction, resale homes, condos and townhouses, her passions include working with first time buyers and seniors who are downsizing or making a transition from their home to a retirement community. Over the years, Debbie has developed a wonderful network of resources to help her senior clients discover VA benefits and many untapped opportunities for support during their transitions.

“I was so happy to learn Debbie received this well deserved honor,” says Prudential Northwest Properties’ President & CEO Jason Waugh. “She is an outstanding real estate professional and I couldn’t be more proud to have her on our team.”

Congratulations, Debbie!

 

 

 

Warren Buffett’s CEO is High on Housing

Ron Peltier on housing and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand

HomeServices of America CEO Ron Peltier

HomeServices of America CEO Ron Peltier shared his thoughts on the housing market and the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brand on CNBC yesterday.

Prudential Northwest Properties is proud to be one of the select brokerages invited to join the new brand when it launches mid-2013.

Click here for comments from Warren Buffett and Ron Peltier.

 

Tips for protecting your home from frozen pipes this winter

frozen pipesRain, ice and snow can play havoc with water pipes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent plumbing emergencies.

Outside plumbing tips:

  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the home.
  • Close all foundation vents and fill vent openings with wood or Styrofoam blocks
  • Wrap outside faucets or hose bibs with insulation if you don’t have a separate outside valve to turn them off. Use molded foam-insulation covers which are available at hardware stores. Newspaper or rags (covered with plastic wrap) are another option.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and drain in-ground irrigation systems.

For inside plumbing:

  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as attics, crawl spaces and basements.
  • When below-freezing weather is forecast, open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms. This allows these pipes to get more heat from inside your home.
  • If you leave home for several days, put your furnace on a low setting. This may not prevent freezing pipes but it can help.
  • Let a slight drip of water run when temperatures dip below freezing. Use cold water to avoid water heating charges.

What if pipes freeze?

  • Thaw plumbing lines safely with a hair dryer or heat lamp. Once the pipe has thawed, make sure to leave a little water running so the pipe doesn’t freeze again.
  • Do not open the water meter box near the curb. It could increase the chance of freezing water at the meter.

What if pipes break?

  • Close your main water shut-off valve to your house. Most shut-off valves are located where the water line enters the house, either at the front of your house where you connect your hose, or basement near the hot water heater, or inside the garage.
  • Turn off the water heater. Locate the dedicated shut-off valve on the cold water inlet.
  • Remember, the repair of broker pipes on the customer’s side of the meter is the customer’s responsibility. Contact a plumber for repair work.

Hopefully these tips will help prevent problems at your house this winter! Click here to learn more about protecting your home from frozen pipes.

Information courtesy of the Portland Water Bureau.

 

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