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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!

Portland Real Estate Insider: Oregon Receives Over 16 Million Dollars for Transportation This Week Alone!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Portland Real EstateOne of the most talked about features of the Portland Real Estate market is how close most homes for sale are to public transportation. Here at the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate blog, we’re often getting inquiries about the future of Portland and Oregon’s transportation system, and we’ve been tracking the development in federal and state funding for new construction of transit line and advances in Portland-area suburban commuter support. This week has definitely been an amazing week for the transportation sector, as Oregon has been awarded two separate multi-million dollar grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for bus, light-rail, and streetcar improvements.  In an announcement today, Oregon senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden revealed that Oregon has been awarded $7.5 million to further invest in public transit improvements, which when added to the $9 million grant awarded on Monday for more transit-related projects, totals over sixteen million dollars for enhancing Oregon’s transit systems.

The funding will go towards several ground-breaking technological projects, including $5 million for the 467-mile fast train between Eugene, Oregon and B.C. Canada (adding to the $8 million received for the project earlier this year), $3.3 million for Lane County’s Transit District to purchase hybrid buses, $4 million to renovate Portland’s Union Station, and $4.2 million to assist Portland’s Tri-Met transit system in the installation of a system that will convert the motion of the MAX light rail system into usable energy. How cool is that?

Portland’s public transportation system is a model of success nationally and internationally, connecting residential real estate in Portland with the high day-worker density areas of business like Downtown Portland. If you’re considering relocating to Portland, you’ve no doubt heard of the benefits of the Portland TriMet system, and the scheduled advances to the Portland-metro area services. A lot of new construction in Portland is popping up around the new transit lines, and Light Rail is providing convenient access to more and more Portland suburbs. Pretty soon residents of Milwaukie, Hayden Island, and Vancouver, Washington will be connected the the central TriMet system. (more…)

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: Portland Second Safest City in America

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Portland Real EstateAccording to Forbes magazine, Portland is the second safest large city in America, with low violent crime rates and low traffic fatalities, adding to the long list of reasons to relocate to Portland, Oregon. The Portland real estate market is loaded with amazing houses at incredibly low prices in a wide variety of neighborhoods suited to every taste. From the classy Pearl District to the quirky up-and-coming  Foster Powell Neighborhood, each Portland neighborhood is accessible, walk-friendly, dog-friendly, bike-friendly, and safe for raising happy, healthy families. What other major city sports a downtown that feels safe at night? Not only is Portland an incredibly safe city, it’s also one of the friendliest and laid-back cities in America. Where else can you go to an amazing restaurant and eat terrific food in a t-shirt and jeans (or a snazzy suit, if you prefer) without a second glance from the servers? It’s that kind of city – amazing lifestyle with an unpretentious attitude!

Though we here at the McDonald Group Real Estate blog think Portland is number one on every list, we’ll take a solid number two. Interested in the other American cities on the list?Check them out, but contact the McDonald Group realtors

1. Plano, Texas
2. Portland
3. Honolulu
4. San Jose
5. Omaha
6. New York City
7. Santa Ana
8. Anaheim
9. San Diego
10. Glendale, AZ

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Portland International Airport #2 in On-Time Flights

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Portland Real Estate Not only are Oregonians some of the most energy-efficient Americans, we’re efficient with our time as well. According to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Portland International Airport ranked number two in on-time departures, second only to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Portland International, known as PDX by locals and savvy travelers, was voted Best Domestic Airport by Conde Nast Traveler magazine earlier this year, and the on-time flights were a factor in that ranking as well. It’s kind of funny that the airport with the most cool things to do is also the one that keeps you moving out of it the quickest! PDX features free wi-fi and great restaurants, but you might not have time to check them out before your flight leaves – right on time. We bet no one’s complaining about that, though. Whether you’re flying in to look at homes for sale in Portland, or flying out for business or pleasure, PDX is constantly reliable, relaxed, and comfortable. What else could you want from a local airport? Maybe extreme accessibility to all neighborhoods in town? Don’t worry – most areas within the Portland real estate boundaries are within twenty minutes to the airport, thanks to I-84, I-205, and the I-5 freeways.

Here at the McDonald Group Real Estate Blog, we know that whenever we’re traveling, it’s a joy to touch down in Portland. The sleek, modern, and eco-friendly terminal, complete with elements of Oregon history, kids’ play areas, and clean, well-maintained moving walkways, make PDX a world-class place to begin or end your journey. Portland’s airport has THREE of its own Powell’s Bookstores (a hip used bookstore in an airport? Make that 3. Only in Portland), cool boutiques with local products more varied than key chains and shot glasses, and plenty of restaurants you’d actually want to eat at (unlike some other American airports that seem to have a repeating maze of McDonald’s, Cinnabon’s, and Sbarro Pizza spots). If you’ve got a layover in PDX or are waiting for that flight to Los Angeles, check out local-brew favorites Laurelwood Brewing Company and Rogue Ales Public House, stop by Good Dog-Bad Dog for great sausages, cruise into Flying Elephants Deli or Capers Cafe et Le Bar for some seriously gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads fast, or try Beaches Restaurant and Bar for a great happy hour drink.

Parking is a breeze, now that the new ultra-modern and eco-friendly long-term parking garage (it’s got an ecoroof and other green features) is complete, and passenger pick-up and drop-offs are easily some of the smoothest and most convenient in the country. You never get caught in airport traffic jams, but there are direct flights to most places you’d want to go. (more…)

Portland Realtor Guide: Portland Ranks #3 Among National Energy Efficiency Leaders

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Portland Real EstateEvery year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy releases their rankings of the most energy efficient states in America, and Oregon stepped up from last year’s fourth place ranking to nab the third place slot. It’s no secret that Oregon ranks among the best in therms of Sustainable Energy technology and alternative energy resources, but it’s heartening to see that Oregonians are also topping the list of efficient use of traditional energy sources. While solar, wind, and hydro electric technologies might change the direction of energy use in the future, smart use of existing resources is an immediate and significant way to proceed and preserve what we have. Many homeowners and business owners in Oregon are responsible for scaling back energy use, a move which saves money, resources, and creates a more efficient economy. The Portland Real Estate Market is loaded with homes for sale, and the most competitive homes for sale in Portland are those with energy efficient and green upgrades.

Oregon’s high ranking reflects a smart use of government programs to educate and promote energy efficiency efforts. Three percent of Oregon’s utility bills and a stable supply of funding from the state government goes towards Energy Trust of Oregon’s programs supporting energy efficiency statewide.These efforts include weatherization support for Oregon utility customers, tax benefits for efficient lighting upgrades of Oregon businesses, and ENERGY STAR® home appraisals that save customers up to 50% on their utility bills.

The first and second spots were grabbed by California and Massachusetts, respectively, and we’re sure Oregon can work its way to number one in the coming years. Want to help make that happen? Energy Trust of Oregon has a multitude of tips, support, and products to help you make your home or business more energy efficient. Looking for a place to start? Request a free energy efficient starter kit, complete with compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy-saving showerhead and faucet aerator. Interested in replace your old energy-guzzling appliances? You can turn those old dinosaurs into cash – and help reduce your energy bills drastically. If you need more help, you can schedule a free review of your home’s energy use from Energy Trust of Oregon – up to 60 percent of energy used to heat and cool homes can be lost due to leaky ducts, inefficient equipment, poor insulation and air leaks – and get started saving money and the environment.

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Beaverton Realtor Insider: Beaverton School District Raises Millions, Earns i3 Grant for Arts in Schools

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The Beaverton School District and Young Audiences Project knew that in hard economic times, school fund-raising becomes even more important, so the groups set off to earn money through grants and private donations. Little did they know the Beaverton community would completely rally around their cause and donate several hundred thousand dollars over their goal. The Beaverton School District needed to raise a little over $800,000 in order to receive a federally-funded $4 million Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant to support the district’s Arts4Learning Lessons project in Beaverton’s 33 grade schools. They made that goal, and then left it in the dust. The organizations ended up receiving $1.1 million in support of school arts in Beaverton in a community sponsored effort to support the arts education programs in Beaverton schools.

The fund-raising took place over a short month of scrambling for support, which was readily provided by businesses, charitable groups, and private donations throughout the Beaverton and Portland Metro Area. The federal grant from the U.S. Department of education will provide arts-based literary education to over 13,000 elementary school students within the Beaverton school district.

The Department of Education provided three art education grants to national schools, and the Beaverton community proved that neighborhood support and business involvement in schools sets Oregon apart. The Arts4Learning program combines theater, music, dance, and design to strengthen reading skills, teach life lessons, and encourage the development of strong bodies and social skills. The ground-breaking program will bring the highest quality education to Beaverton’s Public Schools, a testament to the support of all children from all backgrounds and economic standing.

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Oregon Breweries take Home Top Honors at World’s Largest Beer Competition

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Last weekend, a large panel of judges in Denver, Colorado sat down to what must of been the hardest workday of their lives. They were responsible for testing and rating over 3,523 beers from 516 breweries at the 29th annual 2010 Great American Beer Festival. Even if you can’t muster up any sympathy for those lucky judges, you’ll no doubt be able to feel some Oregon pride at the fact that Oregon breweries took home a total of 19 medals, including three golds, five silvers, and 11 bronzes. The Great American Beer Festival is the world’s largest beer competition, where over 36,000 gallons of beer is served in a few days, and Oregon placed third overall for most medals won by a single state. It’s no surprise to Portlanders and Oregonians that our breweries reigned supreme. Even at the big-box supermarkets in town, you can find high-quality beer from local breweries instead of the regular stock of big-name, run-of-the-mill cans.

Oregon’s winners included Portland local favorites Laurelwood Brewing Co. of Portland, picking up a bronze for its Deranger, and Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. of Portland, with bronzes for its Hefeweizen and Drop Top. Other Oregon medalists include Barley Brown’s Brew Pub of Baker city, Bend Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery of Bend (with a gold for its Mirror Pond Pale Ale, silvers for its Gluten Free and Wowzenbock, and a bronze for its Bachelor ESB) Pelican Pub & Brewery of Pacific City, Ram Restaurant & Brewery of Salem: Bronze for its Maibock. Rogue Ales of Newport: Bronzes for its Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout and Silver Moon Brewing of Bend: A bronze for its Bridge Creek Pilsner. Checkout the full list of Great American Beer Festival winners here.

The beers were judged in many categories, including American-Style Wheat Beers, English-Style Summer Ales, Fruit Beers, English-Style India Pale Ale, Coffee Flavored Beers, Gluten Free Beers, even Smoked Beers!

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Portland Realtor Guide: Portland International Airport Voted Best in America

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Portland International Airport, known as PDX by locals and savvy travelers, was voted Best Domestic Airport by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Picked by business travelers – the people who know airports better than anyone – the top airports rankings reflect ratings of convenience, attractiveness, amenities, number of delays, ease of baggage pick-up and drop-off, helpfulness of airport staff, and other factors important to travelers. PDX is no stranger to such awards. In fact, the airport has earned the top spot in Conde Nast’s rankings four out of the last five years! How’s that for consistency?

Here at the McDonald Group Real Estate Blog, we know that whenever we’re traveling, it’s a joy to touch down in Portland. The sleek, modern, and eco-friendly terminal, complete with elements of Oregon history, kids’ play areas, and clean, well-maintained moving walkways, make PDX a world-class place to begin or end your journey. Portland’s airport has THREE of its own Powell’s Bookstores (a hip used bookstore in an airport? Make that 3. Only in Portland.), cool boutiques with local products more varied than key chains and shot glasses, and plenty of restaurants you’d actually want to eat at (unlike some other American airports that seem to have a repeating maze of McDonald’s, Cinnabon’s, and Sbarro Pizza spots). If you’ve got a layover in PDX or are waiting for that flight to Los Angeles, check out local-brew favorites Laurelwood Brewing Company and Rogue Ales Public House, stop by Good Dog-Bad Dog for great sausages, cruise into Flying Elephants Deli or Capers Cafe et Le Bar for some seriously gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads fast, or try Beaches Restaurant and Bar for a great happy hour drink.

Parking is a breeze, now that the new ultra-modern and eco-friendly long-term parking garage (it’s got an ecoroof and other green features) is complete, and passenger pick-up and drop-offs are easily some of the smoothest and most convenient in the country. You never get caught in airport traffic jams, but there are direct flights to most places you’d want to go. (more…)

The McDonald Group Realtors named #7 for 2009! YAYYY! & Thank You!

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

So… out of over 300 Coldwell Banker Real Estate agents in the Portland / Vancouver area, Scott & I ranked #7 for Gross Commission Earned and earned the status designation of International Diamond Society! (whatever that means). For volume we placed #4 (ish) in the company and hit #1 for volume production in our east side office!  We are SO excited to be in this industry and love the challenges & opportunities that our current market has presented us.

As we continue to grow, we add to our team so that we never waiver in customer service and we THANK ALL OF YOU that have made us a successful and made our work so rewarding!  THANK YOU!  -Kristie McD (& Scott too!)

The McDonald Group Awarded as Top Producers

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Thank You!!!

Scott & I were recently named Top Producers for the 2nd Quarter and we want to thank all of our clients for making it happen!  We are dedicated to each and every transaction as if it were our only one; it’s about quality not quantity.

To further assist our clients we are Cartus Certified and also privileged to be part of the USAA referral system.

In addition to working towards certifications we are routinely taking continuous education courses to keep ourselves and our clients ahead of the trends. Recent classes attended include topics such as:

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