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.

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

Summer is Here Time for Home Improvement Projects

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5I live on a flag lot and the driveway to our home is dirt.  We would like to have it paved, and that’s how I found this week’s local business, Hoss Paving – I was doing research.   Sometimes you will find a business that is not willing to do smaller jobs, Hoss Paving is NOT one of those businesses.  As a midsized company they will do all kinds of asphalt projects from patch jobs to highways.  Which is good for home owners to know.

Hoss Paving is owned by a Wes Weaver who is a second generation paver.  He learned the business from his father who started his own paving company in the 1970s.  He is a member of the Association of General Contractors, provides estimates, is bonded & insured for both residential and commercial work.  As a homeowner having someone who is bonded and insured performing the work on your home is important because it means that if something goes horribly wrong they have insurance to cover the issue.

Something I learned from their website while doing my research is that the thickness of the asphalt depends on the vehicle weight that will be traveling on the asphalt as well as the application.  A typical depth for residential application is 2″ although many homeowners prefer a 2 1/2″ depth of asphalt.  If you are looking for light industrial or commercial application the thickness starts at 3″.  As you can imagine heavier loads and higher use would require a thicker asphalt.

If you are in need of their services Hoss Paving is located in North Plains, Oregon at PO Box 291, 97133.  They can be reached at 503.647.1220 or info@hosspaving.com.  You can also find them on Facebook

Looking to add a Little Metal to Your Life?

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5One of the things I love about being a Realtor® is that I get to show homes and look at all the unique features.  One of the features that I love to see is iron spindles on staircases and decking.  If you love the look too or would like to add some iron accents in your home another way then this week’s local business can help, Forest Grove Iron & Industrial Supply   They are a custom fabrication and welding shop located in Forest Grove, Oregon at 2617 23rd Ave.

They offer many different services to help you achieve the metal look of your dreams.  Looking for signage?  They’ve got a waterjet that can cut up to 3″ thick steel plates which are perfect for signs.  They also provide quality custom metal fabrication, welding supplies & services (if you don’t have a handy welder in your family like I do).  They can do custom built steel, stainless steel & aluminum fabrication or if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of human they can help you obtain those products too.  If it’s power tools you need they’ve got you covered there as well as having welding gasses & supplies, electric grinders, air tools & accessories, metal working tools, metal cut off saws and so much more.  Oh, and if you happen to be building a trailer they’ve got you covered their too with their supply of stock trailer assembly parts.

Honestly they seem to be the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory for metal work.  No one tell my son and husband, LOL I’m sure they’d be thrilled to go visit.  I guess that would be okay so long as they don’t wind up like any of the kids in the movie I suppose it’s ok.

Are you making a good investment? Let’s talk about buying a home with resale potential!