MOUNTAIN-TOP LUXURY WITH STUNNING PORTLAND VIEWS

If stunning panoramic views of the city and endless sunsets are your idea of luxury living, this Happy Valley home may be what you’re looking for. Situated atop Mountain Crest Drive in Happy Valley, the traditional-style home offers many modern amenities and features that make it an exceptional property. Built in 2012, the home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 4,377 square-feet of living space. And that space is put to fabulous use. On the main level, an expansive open... Read More

Considering relocating to the Portland-Vancouver area? Here are five things you might want to know before choosing a home in our area.

1. Taxes are different While many aspects of our lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest are shared between Oregon and Washington, when it comes to taxes, there’s a huge difference between the two states. The main reason is because people who live and work in Washington pay no state income tax, whereas in Oregon, up to 9.9% of residents’ earnings go toward state income tax. The catch is that Washington has a sales tax, yet Oregon does not. This arrangement… Read More

To Make the Most of Outdoor Living, Today’s Luxury Homes Require a Fabulous Outdoor Kitchen

For most homeowners, the kitchen ends up being the part of the house where family members gather most frequently. Maybe it’s the call of hungry stomachs, or perhaps it’s just that cooking brings people together. Kitchens in today’s homes, particularly luxury homes, are equipped with not only the most technologically advanced appliances and amenities; they’re designed with gourmet cooking, gathering and entertaining in mind. Today’s luxury gourmet kitchens are more spacious than ever, offering expansive counter and storage space, along... Read More

Discover Wonderful Washougal, Washington

An important thing that I recommend to people who are considering relocating to the Portland-Vancouver area is to take time to explore the numerous small cities and communities that surround Portland and Vancouver. Each one offers very distinctive lifestyle qualities that make them unique and special. At the northeast edge of the metro area is the city of Washougal, in Washington’s Clark County. Located across the Columbia River from Portland and Gresham, Washougal is just a 10-15 minute drive from... Read More

Rare opportunity: Stunning Geodesic Home in beautiful, serene Winlock, WA

Situated on six flat acres in beautiful, serene Winlock, Washington, this masterfully designed home features tons of windows and skylights to showcase the territorial and mountain views. The 200-foot paved driveway leads you to this private retreat. Inside, you'll discover a light and bright interior, with soaring ceilings. No detail is overlooked, with custom lighting fixtures, Swarovski crystal knobs and pulls throughout, and windows revealing beautiful views. The open concept floor plan has the great room, living room and kitchen... Read More

Local financing, underwriting key to keeping home purchases on track

When you find a home you love, things happen quickly: contracts, inspections, offers, negotiations and other routine procedures. Unfortunately, national lenders and appraiser complications can slow down the process and even jeopardize the transaction. Terrie Cox, RE/MAX’s top individual broker in the Pacific Northwest, says the best way to avoid hold-ups is to understand your lender’s financing process and workflow — especially if they’re not based locally. “Be aware of who your lender is,” says Terrie, pointing out that even... Read More

Space, versatility & convenience: Vancouver checks all boxes for families

Home shoppers looking for suburban space, flexibility, and convenience will find it at this neighborhood home in the Mill Plain area of eastern Vancouver. Quiet yet close to main thoroughfares, this five-bedroom property is close to everything busy families need and features the amenities they desire. And a versatile layout allows them to make the home their own. Inside the front door, an open two-story foyer gives clear sightlines to the second floor and the back of the home. Natural... Read More

Brand-new Battle Ground home exudes character & potential

Brand new construction doesn’t mean boring. This 3,700-square-foot Battle Ground beauty was built just this year, and it already has incredible character. Situated on nearly 5 acres just outside the town center, the home is rural, elegant, and ready for its first residents. Inside, visitors are greeted by a foyer straight out of a fairytale. The impressive two-story entry is illuminated by a massive transom window above the front door. The split staircase is flanked by spiraling metalwork on the... Read More

Make good neighbors: How to be & greet new arrivals

Moving is among the most stressful events for a family. It’s a time when people could really use the support of a friend — right as they’re being plucked from their familiar social circles. Adding to the isolation, neighbors in their new communities often are unsure how to welcome recent additions. Whether you’re the newcomer or greeting one, there are steps you can take to make a great first impression on Day One and beyond. Meet your neighbors The lowest-effort... Read More

‘Perfect’ homes that need too many fixes not always worth it

When a home meets all of the must-haves, excited buyers may overlook what it lacks. And while it’s normal to make some fixes or even plan a major remodel for their newly purchased property, buyers — especially first-timers — should be wary of biting off more than they can chew. Terrie Cox, RE/MAX’s top individual broker in the Pacific Northwest, says she cautions her clients against committing to a home that requires a laundry list of repairs or renovations. For... Read More