Let’s Talk About Forest Grove

cosmic-timetraveler-zh_ofCt2r9c-unsplashForest Grove is a beautiful small town located 45 minutes from Downtown Portland, and honestly it feels like you’ve traveled to a whole nother part of Oregon when you’re there.  Here are a few things to consider if you are looking to move to Forest Grove.

The market is different because while it started out as a small farming town it has become primarily a commuter town with the added charm of being a college town thanks to Pacific University.

        • Community contains acreage property
        • Community has access to wine country
        • Community contains single family homes
        • Community has new construction
        • Community is a great for first time homeowners
        • Community offers beautiful scenery
        • Community great location for those who love to get outdoors
        • Community has historic homes that Friends of Historic Forest Grove is working to help save
        • Some homes in Forest Grove qualify for a USDA Home Loan

There are a few challenges:



      • The average price range is $389,000.  Homes priced under $400,000 are very popular 
      • Understand that when it comes to resale some buyers will rule Forest Grove out because it is a college town.
      • Forest Grove does have quite a few amenities however if you are someone who thrives on the hustle and bustle of the city you may not enjoy the quiet peaceful environment of this beautiful small town.
      • They currently have a low inventory which means you may find yourself in a bidding war with other buyer

So what are some of the pitfalls that can occur if your Realtor® doesn’t have an understanding of the Forest Grove market?  Well you could have……..

      • Lost revenue on the sale of their home
      • Higher costs on the purchase of their home
      • Wasting precious time
      • Increased liability
      • Increased anxiety and worry
      • Wind up with a longer commute than you would like

One of the reasons I love helping clients who are looking to move to Forest Grove is the fact that I grew up and have lived in a small town for most of my life.  I understand the benefits and drawbacks of living in a small town.  I love how the community pulls together in times of need, and that they often have some of the most amazing local restaurants.  Two of my favorites in Forest Grove are Bites and Pac Thai.    In addition I have a student at Pacific University so I find myself in Forest Grove often and love keeping up with what is going on.

I know that when it comes to choosing someone to help you with the sell or purchase of your home there are many choices out there.  As a Native Oregonian I have a love for what our state has to offer from the people to nature.  I love helping people find not just a home but a community that they can put down roots.

If you have questions about real estate in Forest Grove, please feel free to comment on this blog post or send me a message through email.  I would love to help you find your next home.

Competing Against A Cash Buyer……


Untitled design-14 copy 21Today we talking all about buying a home when you’re competing against a cash buyer. I know that for many buyers believe  that they are going to automatically be out of the running for a home if they are up against a cash buyer but that just isn’t true. Why? Sellers need to look at what their net proceeds will be at the end of the sale. So while a cash offer may sound appealing it may not allow the seller to net the amount of proceeds that they need at the end of the sale, which can make a non-cash offer more appealing. I worked with a seller who had multiple offers on their property and for them it wasn’t about the net proceeds or about the terms it was about the offer that had the least amount demands in it.

So, you’ve finally found it. The home of your dreams. You’re ready to make an offer. You’re excited and then BAM! You get the notification that there has been another offer- and it’s all cash. What are the odds? Who the heck has that kind of money laying around? I know you may be reaching for the tissue as you see your dreams crumble into dust around you… but…. HOLD ON FRIEND. I am here to tell you that you are down, but you are NOT OUT. Let me explain. As I mentioned above it isn’t always all about CASH:

Here are the 4 biggest steps you need to take in order to be competitive against a cash buyer. Trust me on this, you’re still in the game.

#1 Make a stronger offer
Making a stronger offer is all about getting noticed. Money talks, so you’re going to have to find another way to get your foot in the door. There are several ways you can do this. First, you can offer more money than the asking price. The only thing that speaks louder than cash is more cash. Second, you can write an offer that demands less. Showing the seller that you are much easier to work with will go a long way.

#2 Write a love letter to the seller
It sounds cheesy, I know. But sometimes it works. Let them know earnestly why you love this home, need this home, HAVE TO HAVE THIS HOME. A sweet story of serendipity may win the hearts of the sellers. After all, the sellers were once the buyers too. They may hear you out.

#3 Never give up
There’s no doubt that cash buyers have a lot of power. And one of the ways that they wield this power is by skipping the banks, sidestepping a ton of escrow procedures, and making lots of demands. They know that they can usually back out of the deal easily if their demands aren’t met. And if these demands go unmet, the cash deal may fall through. So never give up. You may lose the home to a cash buyer initially, but don’t be surprised if you get a call from the sellers a few weeks later asking if you’re still interested in buying their home! It’s never a bad idea to ask to have your offer put in the back-up position just in case.

When you’re up against tough competition in the buying sector, it’s so imperative to have a good real estate agent on your side who can get your offers noticed. I know how to navigate all of these situations with ease. I make sure to talk to the sellers agent prior to writing the contract to find out if there are things that their sellers are looking for in an offer. A couple of things that sellers may be looking for are rent back, or are looking for a quick close. If that’s the case knowing that up front before writing the offer means that those items can be put in your offer which can help with negotiations later on.


I Love a Good Kitchen Gadget!

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5Friends I am a self-proclaimed gadget guru.  If it’s a gadget, be it kitchen or technology, I love it.  Which is where Kitchen Kaboodle comes in.  They have got so many unique kitchen gadgets that are meant to make your life easier.  One of the things I love to do is bake and frost sugar cookies and they’ve got so many amazing goodies to help me make my cookies look awesome.  Oh, and they’ve got so many amazing cookie cutters.  I mean who doesn’t need a corgi cookie cutter right?

They have been in the Portland metro area since 1975 with five different locations, and if you don’t live in the Portland metro area be sure to check out their website because YES, they do offer online shopping.  Don’t forget to check out their gadget of the month.  It might just be something you didn’t know you needed.

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5One of my favorite things about going for an early morning walk in my little town is that sometimes I get to smell fresh roasted coffee from this week’s local business, Oregon Coffee Roaster  Located in North Plains, Oregon; Oregon Coffee Roaster is a wholesale roaster of Arabica coffee and they also have an extensive line of loose leaf teas.

The owners are hands on and perform the coffee roasting, as well as having decades of experience.  For those of you who own a business and are looking for large quantities of coffee (10 lbs or more) you can contact them about ordering (503.647.5102; mugs3@aol.com).  For those of you at home you can shop right from their website and have the beans for your favorite cup of joe delivered to your door.

I personally am not a coffee drinker so it was interesting to learn that Arabica beans come from a different plant species than what we normally hear about and produce a richer cup of coffee.  When it comes to the roasting of the beans, Oregon Coffee Roaster utilizes the Sivete hot air method which gives you a clean consistent cup of coffee.

To stay up-to-date you can follow them on Facebook or Instagram at oregon_coffee_roaster

Golf Cars Aren’t Just for Golfing

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5One of the unique things about living in North Plains is seeing all the golf cars on trailers headed to the local repair place and seeing the golf cars from J&S Golf Car Rental  When I first moved here it took me a few to figure out where all the golf carts were coming from, and I suppose it shouldn’t have surprised me since we are located so close to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course

They have a fleet of over 400 golf cars that you can rent out, and they’ve got a golf car for pretty much any event you can think of.

  • Tournament Cars
  • Four Passenger Cars
  • Utility Flatbed Cars
  • 6 Passenger Shuttles
  • Utility Box/Cargo Cars
  • Beverage Unit
  • Deluxe Beverage Unit

When you visit North Plains for the annual Garlic Festival (unfortunately cancelled this year) you will see their golf cars around town as they are used to shuttle patrons to and from the event, as well as for the organizers and vendors to quickly move about the space.  So when we can go back to having events and you need a golf car keep them in mind because golf cars are perfect for tournaments, parties, reunions and weddings.

J&S Golf Car Rental is located at 10885 NW Main Street in North Plains, OR 97133.  You can contact them at 503.647.1984 or email – jsgolfcars@yahoo.com