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:


Lucy King named Jaycees Woman of the Year!

Congratulations to Lucy King for being named McMinnville Jaycees Woman of the Year in 2009!

Lucy has been a successful real estate Broker in McMinnville for 14 yrs and has been active on the Oregon Association of Realtors’s Professional Standards and Practice committee for 3 years, where she currently serves as Chairperson.

She has also served as Treasurer and on the audit committee for the Yamhill County Assoc. of Realtors and was recently appointed to the Board of Property Tax Appeals in Yamhill County. Lucy takes great pride in her knowledge & work ethic and has obtained the following special designations so she can better help her clients:   

GRI – Graduate of Realtors Institute        

ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative 

SRES – Seniors Real Estate Specialist

SFR – Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource Certification

Lucy, thank you for your long term commitment to giving back to your community and delivering exceptional service to your clients. We’re proud to have you on the Prudential Northwest Properties McMinnville team!


You could win a week stay in Cancun in the Transitional Youth Texas Hold ’em Tournament April 17th!

Or a $750 Visa card! Prizes will be given to the Top 20 players and this tournamant will be run by the pros 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.

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

Saturday, April 17th from 1:00 – 6:00pm

Red Lion on the River, 909 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217

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.


Kim Dittler is a Realtor Magazine “30 Under 30” Finalist!

Kudos to Kim Dittler, a wonderful Broker in our Lake Oswego branch office, for being selected as a finalist in Realtor Magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” feature on rising stars in the real estate industry!

Please take a moment and cast your vote for Kim by clicking the link below. She has until Friday, March 26th, to collect as many votes as possible in order to advance to the next round, so let’s make sure the whole country knows how terrific Kim is and how proud we are that she represents Prudential Northwest Properties!

Click this link now to vote for Kim!

Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment, Kim!


Register now for the 19th Annual Transitional Youth Golf Tournament – July 19, 2010

Help homeless youth by joining us for a great afternoon of golf at Oregon Golf Club! 

Register individually or as a team of four for this fun scramble tournament. Click here to download a registration form.

$150 registration fee includes: Green fees, practice balls, bbq dinner  and a chance to win prizes

12:00 shotgun start

Net proceeds will go directly to Transitional Youth, the non-profit organization founded by Prudential Northwest Properties President Bert Waugh, Jr. 

Transitional Youth provides outreach, support and housing to local homeless youth in need. To learn more, please visit www.TransitionalYouth.org


Fed to keep interest rates low

Federal ReserveBoard Chairman Ben Bernanke reassured Congress Wednesday that the Fed has no plans to raise interest rates any time soon.

“The federal funds rate is likely to remain exceptionally low for an extended period,” Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee. Last week’s decision to raise the discount rate charged to banks who tap the Fed for short-term credit was a result of improvements in private-sector sources for such financing, Bernanke said. It should not “lead to tighter financial conditions for households and businesses and should not be interpreted as signaling any change in the outlook for monetary policy,” he said.

That reassurance came as a relief to Wall Street, where stocks advanced on the news, and to most members of Congress.


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