Mt. Hood Real Estate: Real Estate Agents Can Help You Navigate Forest Service Land Fees

This time of year, many people dream of owning their own piece of land in the mountains to fully enjoy the sights and snows of winter. Mt. Hood real estate is booming, thanks to continuous redevelopment and new construction in the mountain communities. We’ve got the inside scoop on homes for sale in Mt. Hood and other winter wonderlands. Many cabins, winter homes, and ski chalets in the mountain towns are very inexpensive and can provide the perfect getaway in these magical winter months. However, one important thing to remember when considering buying Mt. Hood area homes for sale is new regulations that started in 2007 that changed the way the US Forest Service appraises the value of forest land, which can impact fees on existing cabin and ski properties within forest land. Under the new system, the Forest Service charges fees based on private real estate market value of the land, although the owners of properties on public forest land are not granted all of the privileges of cabin owners on private land. Currently, Congress is being asked to put a moratorium on the fees for 2010, as it did for 2009, to prevent the controversial fees from being implemented for another year. Mt. Hood real estate is still a great investment, but new legislation may impact the annual payments for properties, depending on the status of the land.

If you’re interested in buying some mountain property for a second home winter getaway, we can help you navigate these new fees, including finding a cabin on private land with all of the beauty and peaceful serenity of forest land properties. The Mount Hood Forest Homeowner’s Association is working on making sense of the future implementation of US Forestry Service land value appraisals, but until then, it can be a bit tricky. Let your Portland Real Estate agents help you find the winter escape you’re dreaming of. Contact us today for information on homes on and surrounding Mt. Hood, many of which are priced under $200,000! Call us today at the McDonald Group, your Portland Real Estate experts! (503) 577-9395

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