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Scott’s Home Buyers Guide, eBook, Sneak Peak

Monday, February 24th, 2014

I’ve begun putting together a short eBook series that at this point in time will consist of the following two eBooks:

“Scott’s Home Buyers Guide” followed by,

“Scott’s Home Sellers Guide”

I should have the first of the two ready and available via Amazon towards the end of March, but it’s shaping up nicely so I thought I would put up a small sample of the book; here goes:

Triggering a Multiple Offer Situation

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We’re BACK!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The blog here has been on a bit of a hiatus for the last year due to a number of changes, but we’re officially BACK!

Here’s the thing though, this is a real estate website and blog by Realtors and with that said there is a primary purpose to this site and  that’s providing real estate related information for our clients and potential clients with the intended resulting benefit being lead generation. Previously the blog was a bit lost in a lot of ways, it was informative but not in the intended manner; we regularly received calls asking how to get to a pumpkin patch or Saturday market with only the minority of contacts fulfilling the purpose of the site.

From here on out, the site will be focused and dedicated entirely to real estate, housing, mortgage, finance, trending and experiences we have in the market place both informative and sometimes entertaining.

So, lets get back to business!

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Clackamas County Real Estate: Final Milwaukie MAX Line Approved by the FTA

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Commuters rejoice: it looks like the Portland area is getting a new light rail line! This week, the Federal Transit Authority gave the green light to light rail service line to Milwaukie, south of Southeast Portland – a 7.3-mile, $1.49 billion project that will connect thousands of residents in the suburbs and the city. After the final design is completed, TriMet expects to sign a full funding grant agreement with the federal government sometime in mid-2012 for its commitment to fund 50 percent of the project. Once that is signed, the project can begin full construction!

One of the most talked about features of the Portland Real Estate market is how close most homes for sale in Portland are to public transportation. The project includes a proposed transit bridge crossing the Willamette river that would carry MAX light rail trains, buses and the future eastside loop of the Portland streetcar, as well as two 14-foot bike and pedestrian paths. The 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie light rail project, the region’s sixth max line, will go from Portland State University through the south waterfront, into Southeast Portland, to Milwaukie and north Clackamas County. Construction is expected to start summer 2011, as soon as July 1.

If you’re interested in homes for sale in Milwaukie near present and future public transportation like the MAX light-rail system, contact the McDonald Group Realtors to find out how you can cut down on your commute and get connected to the amazing dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities via the MAX light-rail and streetcar systems. Portland is the perfect place to live a car-free lifestyle, with many amenities, incentives, and resources for cutting down on car-time and gaining an appreciation of the city of Portland!

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Portland Realtor Fun Tips: Portland Farmers’ Market Reopens March 19th!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Saturday, March 19th is the official re-opening of the Portland Farmers’ Market’s 2011 season, so head down to the south Park Blocks in Portland’s Cultural District bright and early for the best celebration of local food, music, and culture in Portland after its long winter break. Grab ingredients for a fantastic spring meal, or just grab a cup of coffee and meet some farmers and Portland food enthusiasts. You never know, you’re likely to meet some of the most popular chefs in Portland shopping for the day’s menu!

The Portland Farmers’ Market is perhaps best known for its Portland State University campus incarnation on Saturdays, and the PSU market IS the longest running market in town, but PFM is actually a non-profit organization that oversees a growing number of markets throughout the city. Last year was the first year of the Pioneer Courthouse Square Farmers’ Market, which filled the popular gathering spot charmingly called “Portland’s Living Room” with fresh fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods. For most of the year, Portlanders can shop for local, fresh, and organic foods five days a week at six different locations throughout the city, from Southeast off of 20th and Hawthorne, to NW 23rd, to NE at King Elementary (for a list of all locations, times, vendors, and more, check out the PFM website). That means that wherever you’re planning on buying a home in Portland, you have easy access to the best food in the Northwest. Every quadrant has an opportunity to experience the “best of the country in the heart of the city.”

Portland’s farmers markets stand for the best of the city’s values, ingenuity, and community. If you’re thinking of relocating to Portland, ask Kristie to take you to one of the amazing farmers markets on your tour of homes for sale in Portland. Grab a cup of coffee as you browse the stalls, listen to local musicians, taste the best of Oregon produce, and support our local community and economy. It’s just one more reason why Portland is the best city in America, and a really good reason to call this city home.

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Happy Valley Real Estate: New Happy Valley Library Opening

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Happy Valley is one of our favorite areas in the Portland region, and the area is growing fast! This coming autumn, the leased Clackamas Corner Library space the Clackamas Town Center will move east into Happy Valley and become the new Sunnyside Library branch at 13793 SE Sieben Parkway, just south of Sunnyside Road off 147th Avenue. Thanks to city and state funding, as well as donations from Happy Valley residents, the new library has secured almost $2.3 million to expand from its currently cramped 7,790 square feet to 17,000 square feet.

If you would like to become a Friend of the Library, or make a donation, send it to: Clackamas County Friends of the Library Clackamas County Library 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. Oak Grove, OR. 97267. The Friends of the Clackamas County Library meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., and are open to all who are interested in attending.

The McDonald Group realtors have sold a lot of homes in Happy Valley, and we think it’s a fantastic place in which to invest right now. Homebuyers can buy an amazing, grand home with a view, a large level lot near great schools in a great neighborhood all within in a few minute’s drive to the freeway.  We’ve watched Happy Valley’s housing market go through several changes, including short sales and bank owned sales, but what we are seeing as the current and growing trend is new construction homes for sale and they are selling fast.  New construction homes are competitively priced, as smart builders are picking up lots at great prices and passing the savings on to the home buyer. Happy Valley is hot right now, and Happy Valley new construction is even hotter. If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Happy Valley or other Portland real estate suburbs, check out our Happy Valley Real Estate neighborhood profile filled with the best restaurants ear Happy Valley, the top parks, and neighborhood resources. Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Happy Valley!

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Portland Real Estate Fun Tips: Catch the Southeast Portland Art Walk this weekend!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

This weekend, March 5-6 2011, the eighth annual South East Area Art Walk returns to Southeast Portland. This fun event features over 200 artists showing their works and meeting art lovers all weekend from 10am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. If you’re thinking of buying a home for sale in Southeast Portland, this is the perfect opportunity to check out the best of the area’s creative scene. Free maps are available to be viewed online, or downloaded here (pdf) – so grab one and don’t miss the chance to stroll though Southeast Portland’s best neighborhoods and see the best of the city’s sculpture, painting, jewelry, pottery, photography, encaustic, print-making, textile, and more. The Art Walk area is roughly bordered by SE 10th, SE Hawthorne, SE 41st and SE Powell. Best of all, the event is free!

Many events in the SE Area Art Walk take place in the artist’s homes, so you can chat with the artists and check out their studios. Their art will be for sale, of course–often at reduced prices.  So this is a fantastic opportunity to add to–or begin!–your art collection for your Portland home!

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Portland Realtor Guide: Updated Irvington Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Check out the newly updated Irvington real estate neighborhood guide detailing the gorgeous and historical neighborhood of Irvington in Northeast Portland, filled with quirky culture, classic Old Portland homes, and some of the best dining and shopping in town. The Irvington neighborhood is classic and proud, and provides easy commuting access to all of Portland via the Banfield Freeway. Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, small-neighborhood atmosphere, Irvington is quintessential Portland.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Irvington or other Portland neighborhoods, check out our Irvington real estate neighborhood guide filled with the best restaurants in Irvington, local schools,  and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Irvington!

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Portland Realtor Guide: UPDATED Lake Oswego Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Check out the newly updated Lake Oswego Real Estate Guide detailing the city of Lake Oswego, the “comfortable luxury” suburb located just south of Portland. Combining the best of urban accessibility and small town atmosphere, Lake Oswego is the best of all worlds. Check out some of the charming and quirky boutiques and hanging art downtown, take a historical homes tour, grab a delicious lunch at one of the city’s amazing restaurants, catch some sun at a music festival or the farmers’ market, or sit in your sprawling backyard enjoying your view of the natural world around you. If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or other real estate in Lake Oswego or other Portland Suburbs, check out the McDonald Group Realtor Lake Oswego Real Estate Guide filled with the best restaurants in Lake Oswego, the top shopping, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Lake Oswego!

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Happy 152nd Birthday, Oregon!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

On February 14th, 1859, Oregon officially became the 33rd state in the Union. Sure, today may be Valentine’s Day, but here’s something everyone will be happy to celebrate: Happy Birthday to the best place in the country. There’s a reason this green piece of earth was the end of the road for thousands of weary 19th century pioneers, and it’s the same thing that pulls 21st century dreamers to the banks of our rivers and the waves of our shores. Oregon is still home to the best farmland, the most beautiful cities, and a population of people looking for creative change and community. A lot of people are still finding themselves on that old Oregon Trail, as the Portland real estate market is drawing in prospective homeowners nationally and internationally – we’ve got the best drinking water,  no sales tax, we’re the best place to live without a car, we’ve got some of the best wine in the world, and we’ve got the hippest food scene around. We could continue listing the best things about Oregon, or you could stay tuned to the McDonald Group Real Estate Blog to keep up with the news, events, celebrations, and homes for sale in Portland and surrounding areas. We’re here to help you “Keep Oregon, Oregon” for another 152 years!

What better way to celebrate Oregon’s 152nd birthday than by finding your next home in the beautiful Willamette Valley, up in the tall trees of Mount Hood, or in the heart of Oregon’s biggest city? The Portland area real estate market is a true buyer’s market, so contact the McDonald Group Realtors today to reenact the good decisions of those historic pioneers that settled in this amazing place so many years ago. From our picturesque beaches to beautiful forests, from our gorgeous Cascade range to the colorful high desert, this is still the Promised Land, and there’s no time like the present to find your own piece of the Pacific Northwest!

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Portand Public Transportation Ranks #1 in the Nation

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Yesterday we reported about the Sunset Magazine article naming Portland the best American city to “Ditch your Car.”, and are please to add another accolade to the list of Portland’s transportation accomplishments. According to U.S. News and World Report, Portland is the number one city in the nation for public transportation. The news magazine looked at Federal Transit Administration and American Public Transportation Association data that clearly shows Portland is a step ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to accessibility, ease, and reliability of public transit.

Portland’s public transportation system provides a wide variety of travel options, including buses, light-rail, commuter rail, streetcars and our old favorite, the OHSU Portland aerial tram. Our primary commercial and commerce districts are part of “Fareless Square” aka the Free Rail Zone – the area where you can ride MAX Light Rail and Portland Streetcar within downtown Portland, the Rose Quarter and the Lloyd District for free—all day, every day. The Free Rail Zone includes most of downtown Portland (within the boundaries of the Willamette River, NW Irving and I-405), as well as MAX stations from the Rose Quarter to Lloyd Center. Look for Free Rail Zone emblems at rail stations within these boundaries, and when you board a train in this area, just take a seat and enjoy the ride—for free! It’s a great way to get to see the city, because you can hop on and off whenever you see something that interests you, like the Portland Art Museum, a historic fountain, or a cute cafe.

In Portland, transportation isn’t just about bridges and highways and cars, it’s about people and community. To connect schools, parks and businesses, Portlanders are creating a network of Neighborhood Greenways – low-traffic, family-friendly streets that prioritize walking and biking, and the popular Portland’s Sunday Parkways has expanded each year to include over 168,000 participants in nine events since the first one in 2008. If you’re thinking of relocating to Portland, check out this statistic: Portlanders spend 100 million fewer hours stuck in traffic each year than residents of other cities our size, which means more time spent doing the things we love. Come for a ride, let us show you the city – you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the city of Roses.

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Portland Real Estate News: The McDonald Group is Branching Off and Starting a New Agency

Friday, January 28th, 2011

We’ve got exciting news! As of January 27, Kristie and Scott McDonald of The McDonald Group Realtors have branched off and started their own real estate agency, and are ready to take on the Portland real estate market with an innovative new strategy. The new McDonald Group Realtors will maintain a strong interest in new construction and unique custom Portland homes, while expanding our team with only the most experienced, successful agents. “We’ve experienced what agencies do well and what they don’t do well for their agents, and ultimately for the buyer and seller” said Scott McDonald of the McDonald Group, “and what we’ve found is a glaring lack of consideration to ensure every agent working with a client is experienced and knows what they’re doing. As far as we know we are the only agency around that can guarantee if you work with one of our agents, you will be working with an experienced agent that sells a lot of homes every year.”

Since the McDonald Group was founded in 2007, sales have grown rapidly—from $3 million in sales our first year to over $19 million in 2010—a truly astonishing accomplishment in the current economic environment. The McDonald Group has proven time and time again that smart business can make you a success in any market – and we look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with Portland-area home buyers and sellers. What’s changing? Scott and Kristie will share their innovative and successful approach to real estate with other experienced agents, creating a system of support based on their own methods and proven tools – while allowing agents to do what they do best. “We have experienced other agencies and just couldn’t find what we were looking for,” explained Kristie McDonald of the McDonald Group. “We will be unique in that we will offer turn-key systems to the agents coming in based on the systems we have set up for ourselves.  We will offer a package that keeps the agents on the road while we implement their marketing from start to finish.” While the McDonald Group will continue our proven success in New Construction home sales, we continue expanding our resources to individual sellers and buyers, facilitating relocation to Portland, short sales and foreclosures, referral networking, and resale listings.

The McDonald Group Realtors will be based in Happy Valley, and will represent all of the Portland metropolitan area. We’ve got an intimate knowledge of every Portland neighborhood and the surrounding cities, and we will continue to keep our clients up to date on new developments in Portland technology, business, entertainment, and real estate. Scott will be focusing on building the agency, expanding technology and growing agent support systems that will allow the McDonald Group to expand, while Kristie will focus on new construction and development, existing and new clients, innovative marketing systems, and opportunities to bring Portland buyers and sellers together. Our team currently includes three outstanding agents, a sales office manager, a journalist, a graphic designer, and a recently hired marketing and brand coordinator. As our team grows, we’ll be able to provide our unique real estate approach to more and more clients looking for a reliable, experienced agency with proven success. Click here for the Press Release.

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Google Maps is Stopping their Real Estate Listings, But We’ll Handle Your Search!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Google announced this week that they will be ending their real-estate listings service in Google Maps by February 10, 2011. The end of Google Real Estate search capabilities has been tied to an apparent lack of use, as well as the fact that real estate websites have developed superior search tools for localized markets. The search tool embedded into Google Maps was helpful in seeing the overall layout of available homes in an area, but the listings were often out of date and poorly described. Google Maps also mixed rental and sale properties, with some homes listed multiple times, which could be confusing to searchers. Here at the McDonald Group, we know that for most people, working with experienced real estate agents with an intimate knowledge of the area results in more successful home searches. We’ve got excellent real estate search tools, detailed coverage of Portland neighborhoods, and great resources that are specific to the unique Portland area. Best of all, our agents are on call 24/7, so if something catches your eye in your Portland Real Estate search or you have a question a computerized program can’t answer, we’re here for you.

We know that when people are looking to relocate to a new area, it can be hard to know where to start – that’s why specialized local real estate agencies are so valuable. An experienced real estate agent will know what you’re looking for, whether it’s new construction custom homes or historic bungalows in established neighborhoods, and will help you find the part of town that is best for you. It’s hard to know what a neighborhood is like when you’re just looking on a map! Here at the McDonald Group, we’ve got an extensive catalog of information about Portland Neighborhoods and cities throughout the Portland metropolitan area, Portland Foreclosure and Short Sale Information, as well as our Portland Real Estate blog that keeps you connected to developments in Portland activities, transportation, green homes, and more. While the Google Maps Real Estate function could be useful for home buyers and real estate agents alike, the truth of the matter is that experienced real estate agents can do what computer programs can’t. Contact the McDonald Group today to talk to a real person who knows Portland, knows real estate, and knows how to get you into your next home.

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Portland Real Estate Guide: New McDonald Group “Portland Home Styles” Series

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Victorian, Craftsman, Ranch, modern, mid-century, “Portland Style.” If you’ve spent any time looking for homes for sale in the Portland Real Estate market, these words should be very familiar – but do you really know what they mean? If you were to do a search in the Portland Real Estate Market for “Tudor” homes, you’d no doubt come up with drastically varying results. What are the characteristics that make up a Tudor home, or an English cottage, or an “Old Portland”-style house? If you love classic built-ins, fireplaces, and hardwood floors, what words should you be using? If you want a truly modern West Hills home, what can you ask for to avoid being shown all the ranches and mid-centuries? We’ll answer those questions and more with our upcoming guides to Portland Home Styles.

We’re launching a new series of Home Style guides that will give you a crash course in the architectural history, signature characteristics, and pros and cons of specific home styles, as well as tips on where in Portland and Portland-area suburbs you’ll find any kind of home. Here at the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate blog, we’ll be digging up the facts on all the home styles you’ll find in Portland and the surrounding areas, so you’ll know how to tell a New England Colonial from a Colonial Cape Cod – and be one step closer to finding the Portland home of your dreams. Stay tuned!

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Portland Real Estate Insider: New Foot Bridge Planned between South Waterfront and Lair Hill

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Portland’s South Waterfront Neighborhood is about to get a bit more pedestrian and bike friendly.Work has started on a new bridge over Interstate 5 that will connect South Portland’s Lair Hill neighborhood to the up-and-coming South Waterfront district. The pedestrian bridge, called the “Gibbs Street Bridge” will run under the popular OHSU Aerial Tram, from the intersection of Southwest Gibbs St. and Kelly Ave. on the east side to the intersection of Southwest Gibbs St. and Moody Ave. on the west. Portland Real Estate is increasingly bike friendly, with many homes for sale in Portland within easy walking or biking distance to neighborhood resources like restaurants, grocery stores, and public services like libraries.

Lair Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods in South Portland were among the first areas to start the “neighborhood revolution” in the 1960′s. Community members in the neighborhood banded together to prevent destruction of historical buildings, trees, and landmarks under the Portland urban renewal project, and this spirit is alive in the development of the new bridge. The fight against neighborhood destruction resulted in the creation of the first protected historical district in Portland and one of the first neighborhood coalitions, followed by the development of many neighborhood home owner groups and the official designation of the neighborhood government system in the City of Portland. The bridge project is the fulfillment of an agreement with the Lair Hill neighborhood association – when the tram was put in, the neighborhood was ensured foot access to the burgeoning waterfront. The bridge should be completed in January 2012, and was designed with an access area on that side with a long, winding stairway and an elevator that is big enough to hold bicycles with kids’ trailers attached.

About the South Waterfront: Oregon’s first fully-green neighborhood, Portland’s South Waterfront, is also the largest green development in the country. Innovative energy saving and water conservation techniques like LEED certified buildings and the bios wale filtration support the entire neighborhood and minimizes its impact on the environment. Buildings are made from sustainable materials, use solar panels, and have been designed with a “permeability” concept. In order not to block any of the wonderful views downtown Portland has to offer, buildings are designed to be thinner and to not occupy an entire block, while still building with the same amount of square footage. The South Waterfront neighborhood is accessible by the Portland Streetcar that runs from Northwest Portland and the Pearl District through Downtown and Portland State University, an aerial tram, Tri-met bus routes, and a possible Max route in the future.

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Portland Real Estate Jobs: Hiring a part-time Listing & Marketing Coordinator!

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

We are growing and looking for someone  to manage our listings, impliment our marketing and grow with the team!  We need a Listing/Marketing Coordinator!  

JOB:

  • Approx. 20 hours per week(possibly full time within the 6 months)
  • $10-$12 per hour (depending on qualifications)
  • Pick hours, however must work during the day and atleast 3 days out of the week
  • Work out of McDonald Group Realtors (MGR) home office in Happy Valley
  • For the right person, position can grow into full time

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Wilsonville Real Estate: Fred Meyer’s, 20 years in Planning, Finally Comes to Town

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Fred Meyer, the original Oregon superstore chain that combines a complete grocery supermarket with a drugstore, clothing store, shoe store, fine jewelers, home decor store, home improvement center, garden center, electronics store, toy store, sporting goods store and more under one roof, has been planning a location in Portland suburb Wilsonville for over 20 years. Now, residents of this charming community south of Portland along Interstate 5 has finally been given an opening date for the new shopping superstore – the 145,000 square-foot Fred Meyer will open in late July 2011, at a new 19-acre, $70 million development in Wilsonville known as Wilsonville Old Town Square. The Wilsonville Old Town Square will house the new supermarket as well as many other retail shops around the central location. Many of those retail spaces have already been leased, including a wireless store, several salons, a frozen yogurt shop, a branch of Oswego grill and a new McMenamins restaurant that will occupy a former church next to the Old Town Square development. This new shopping center will bring many new opportunities for employment and shopping to Wilsonville residents. Fred Meyer stores are throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, but they started in Portland in the Hollywood District (the first Fred Meyer Shopping Center, located directly across from the Hollywood Theater, is now home to a Rite Aid) and come with a certain amount of Portland, Oregon area pride.

About Wilsonville: Known as the “Gateway to Oregon’s wine country,” WIlsonville is a conveniently located suburb just south of Portland, offering a mix of natural beauty and neighborhood communities along the Willamette River, with many green spaces and park land. The city’s location provides real estate opportunities and easy access for commuters to the Portland metropolitan area. The city of Wilsonville is comprised of several neighborhoods and planned communities, including Charbonneau and Villebois, elegant communities complete with farmers’ markets, shopping, restaurants, cafes, and more. Copier and printer manufacturer Xerox operates a large facility in Wilsonville, and is the city’s largest employer, along with several car dealerships, distribution centers, and industrial businesses along Interstate 5. Wilsonville also provides the perfect starting point for many picturesque tours of the Willamette Valley. Wilsonville is located just south of Portland, primarily in Clackamas County, though a portion of the northern section of the city is in Washington County. The city includes the planned community of Charbonneau on the south side of the river. The city is bisected by Interstate 5 and includes Interstate 5′s Boone Bridge over the Willamette River.

If you are interested in homes for sale in Wilsonville or condos and estates in the Wilsonville real estate market, contact the McDonald Group Realtors, or click here to Search for Homes in Wilsonville, and if you’re looking for homes, apartments, or other real estate in Wilsonville or other Portland Suburbs, check out the Wilsonville Real Estate neighborhood guide filled with the best restaurants in Wilsonville, the top shopping, and neighborhood resources.

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YAY! I have a street named after me in Cascadia Ridge in Estacada!

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Okay, it’s not a street it’s a Lane but I love it! I am so excited! Kristie Lane!  Thank you Novastar!  This is the best gift I’ve received in a very very long time!  I have so enjoyed meeting the people in our community, watching homes getting decorated for the season and the opportunity I have been given to be involved with not just an amazingly talented builder (Tom Liesy of TaLiesy Homes NW)  but with a developer that has strong ethics, is efficient at what they do and is so fun to be around as they do it!  Thanks again Novastar!!! -Kristie

For those of you don’t know, Cascadia Ridge is a great neighborhood in the township of Estacada, there about 180+ lots and we find a new home buyer match about every other week!  We have 39 homes sold to date (since February 2010) and are about to open the next phase!  We have homes completed and ready to go too!

Canby Real Estate Insider: New McDonald Group Canby Real Estate Neighborhood Guide

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Canby Real EstateCheck out the new Canby Real Estate neighborhood guide detailing the city of Canby, Oregon,one of the best small towns located just southeast of Portland. Combining the best of urban accessibility, small-town living, and agricultural beauty of the Willamette valley, Canby, Oregon is the best of all worlds. If you’re looking for homes for sale or other real estate in Canby or other Portland Suburbs, check out our new Canby Real Estate neighborhood guide filled with the best restaurants in Canby as well as city events and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Canby, Oregon, today!

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Pearl District Real Estate Insider: Streets in the Pearl Reopen With New Direction

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Portland’s neighborhood system is known for its enclaves of walkable retail areas, centered around restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques, and some of the most successful areas are popular because of the ease of access via public transportation and bike. The Pearl District, Nob Hill, Hollywood, Hawthorne, Clinton, and Belmont districts are all walkable and accessible for all Portland residents, thanks to our amazing transportation systems. One of the most popular modes of transportation for residents and visitors alike is the Portland Streetcar, launched in 2001. In the almost ten years since the opening of the Streetcar lines, ever area serviced by the Streetcar loop has boomed in popularity.

A study in 2008 found that Portland’s light rail and Streetcar system generated $3.5 billion in investments and resulted in over 10,210 housing units around the streetcar line. The boom in Portland Real Estate, economic growth, and neighborhood cohesiveness can be traced to the maximization of transit funding and ingenuity.

Several streets in Portland’s Northwest Pearl District that have been closed for almost two months for new construction of tracks for the Portland Streetcar Loop Project are being reopened today. Some of these formerly two-way streets will now be one-way streets, allowing for the new Streetcar passage and smooth commuter flow. If you’re looking for homes or condos for sale in the Pearl District real estate market, be sure to pay attention to this new traffic flow – we wouldn’t want anyone getting stuck while on a tour for new homes in the area! The good news is that these changes facilitate a 3.3 mile extension of the existing Portland streetcar system, which will eventually connect major commercial and entertainment centers on the Eastside to the existing westside Portland loop.

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Portland Real Estate Guide: NEW Wilsonville Neighborhood Guise at Your Road Map to Home

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Check out the new Wilsonville Real Estate neighborhood guide detailing the city of Wilsonville, the “gateway to Oregon’s wine country” located just south of Portland. Combining the best of urban accessibility and small town atmosphere, Wilsonville is the best of all worlds. Check out some of the charming parks and neighborhoods, grab a delicious lunch at one of the amazing Thai restaurants in town, catch some sun at the farmers’ market, or sit in your sprawling backyard enjoying your view of the natural world around you. If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or other real estate in Wilsonville or other Portland Suburbs, check out the Wilsonville Real Estate neighborhood guide filled with the best restaurants in Wilsonville, the top shopping, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Wilsonville!

Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Hillsboro Neighborhood Guide at Your Road Map to Home

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Portland Real EstateCheck out the New Hillsboro Real Estate Neighborhood Guide detailing the city of Hillsboro, part of the “silicon forest” located just west of Portland. Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable country atmosphere, Hillsboro is the best of all worlds. Check out some of the charming and quirky candy stores, grab a delicious lunch at tone of the local restaurants, catch some sun at the Farmers’ Market, or sit in your lush backyard enjoying your view of the natural world around you. If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or other real estate in Hillsboro or other Portland Suburbs, check out the Hillsboro Real Estate Neighborhood Guide filled with the best restaurants in Hillsboro, the top shopping, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Hillsboro today.

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Bridlemile Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Check out the new Bridlemile Real Estate neighborhood guide detailing the neighborhood of Bridlemile nestled in the Southwest Hills in Portland. The neighborhood is home to Bridlemile Elementary, Hamilton Park, and the Bridlemile Creek Stewards, rich neighborhood treasures that contribute to the community’s small-town feel. The winding, tree-lined streets and friendly residents will fool you into thinking Bridlemile is far away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Portland, but commuters will find easy access to the commercial center of the city.  Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, luxury country atmosphere, Bridlemile is truly exceptional.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Bridlemile or other Portland neighborhoods, check out the Bridlemile Real Estate neighborhood guide filled with the best restaurants nearby Bridlemile, top hikes and green spaces, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW City of Sherwood Neighborhood Guide at Your Road Map to Home

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Check out the new Sherwood Real Estate neighborhood guide detailing the city of Sherwood, Oregon,one of the best small towns located just southwest of Portland. Combining the best of urban accessibility, small-town living, and rural atmosphere, Sherwood, Oregon is the best of all worlds. If you’re looking for homes for sale or other real estate in Sherwood or other Portland Suburbs, check out our new Sherwood Real Estate neighborhood guide filled with the best restaurants in Sherwood, the best parks and green spaces, as well as city events and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side. Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Sherwood, Oregon, today!

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Beaverton Real Estate: Portland Suburb Earns Main Street Designation from National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Beaverton Real EstateJoining the ranks of 66 other Oregon cities, the City of Beaverton has been designated an official American Main Street by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an honor providing up to $15,000 in grant funding for downtown community building projects. In a move that will likely raise property values of surrounding new construction and restored homes for sale in the Beaverton Real Estate market. The Main Street approach advocates a return to local economic self-reliance and community empowerment through restoration of historic commercial districts. Main Street believes in restoring local commercial districts notable for their historical architecture architecture, pedestrian- and bike-friendly environments, personal service through local ownership, and a sense of community identity. By restoring these areas, the city hopes to contribute to the neighborhood real estate market, retail economy, safety, and local pride.

Central to the Main Street® approach are four points:

ORGANIZATION involves building a framework that is represented by business and property owners, bankers, citizens, business associations, and public officials. Everyone works together to see revitalization occur.

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Two Portland Buildings Added to National Historical Register

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Portland Real EstateTwo buildings in Portland were added to the National Register of Historic Places this week, adding to the long list of nationally-recognized historic landmarks in Oregon. Portland Firefighters Park at NW 18th and Burnside, which has fallen into some disrepair over the past several years, will hopefully receive funding for preservationist-led renovation. The 1927 memorial, which honors David Campbell, an early 20th century fire chief who gave his life in the line of duty, has since become a tribute to all Portland firefighters who have died while serving their city. The park has not been thoroughly recognized by the city and often goes unnoticed by passersby, so this historical designation will bring some much-needed attention to this piece of Portland’s past.

The second building joining the ranks of Portland’s historically registered buildings is the 1949 Portland Visitor’s Center along the Willamette River waterfront on Portland’s Westside, a mid-century architectural classic designed by Portland architect John Yeon. Residents of Portland and visitors to the city will recognize the building by its trademark neon rose sign, commemorating the Portland’s annual Rose Festival. The classic building was renovated in 2009, a project which gained national attention for its stewardship of Portland’s artistic and architectural past. Skeptics had advocated demolishing the building, which had fallen into disrepair and was a teal eyesore along the waterfront, but city Commissioner Randy Leonard saw the potential in restoring the structure and spearheaded the process of restoring the buikding and establishing the space as the headquarters of the Portland Rose Festival.

The Historic Places certification means these landmarks join many other registered historic buildings and districts across Portland. District officials and some homeowners within these areas potentially have access to federal restoration grants and some state tax abatements for renovations and protection of such important historical buildings. Similar registered buildings and districts in Southern California also have access to low-interest deferred loans, which if held for a certain period of time are forgiven or are repayable when the houses are sold. While such funding is not guaranteed for Portland homes or buildings, nationally recognized historic sites are cherished as tangible links to the past worthy of preservation and appreciation. Contact the McDonald Group Realtors today for information on renovated homes for sale in Portland featuring a rich history, investigate new construction inspired by classic Portland architecture, or find the perfect fixer-upper home to help aid in the preservation of our city’s past.

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