Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Energy Audit and its Effects for Home Sellers








Attention Home Sellers: Big Changes are Coming in the New Year

As soon as January 1, 2018 the City of Portland will require ALL homeowners selling there home in 2018 and beyond to PURCHASE AND HAVE an Energy Audit to calculate the homes Energy Performance Rating BEFORE you can list/market your home for sale. This only affects homes being listed and sold as of the first of the year, any unsold homes going into the new year will not have to worry about this. 

An important note to remember is that there is NO failing score that would require remediation of any sort - it is solely a designation. 

It will cost anywhere from $150-$250 for an accredited assessor to come to your home and do the assessment which should take less than an hour out of your day. They will create and publish a same-day report for you that will be stored on the City of Portland’s website for 8 years. 

This will be an intricate process with many underlying rules and regulations to follow on both the owners and the relators side. But you have nothing to worry about as my team and I will totally have your back! If you have any questions or would like more information - I am here for you! Call me and we can chat all about it. I also have a sharable PDF if you want it for your records. 

Here’s a sample of the completed form:





And here's a link to the website which is now up and running:


Friday, November 3, 2017

The Property Tax Info that You Need….It’s Just Around the Corner - November 2017






Oregon Property Taxes: Our fiscal tax year runs from July 1st - June 30th in any given year, with taxes due that following November 15th. Effectively, your payment covers six months in arrears, and six months forward.  Annually, property tax bills are mailed to each homeowner from the appropriate county during the last week of October. Oregon provides a 3% discount if the entire amount is paid by November 15th, or homeowners can choose to pay three equal installments due November 16th, February 16th, and May 16th. 


IMPORTANT DATES: 
Jan. 1, 2017: Date of Property Assessment
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018: Property Tax Year
Last week of October 2017: Property tax statements are mailed 
Feb. 1, 2018 - April 15, 2018: Timeframe for BOPTA* hearings 
Dec. 31, 2017: Last day to file your BOPTA appeal
*BOPTA - Board of Property Tax Appeals 





#1  The number one question my clients have is, “I have a new mortgage company; will they pay my taxes this year?”  

The answer on the Clackamas County website is: 

“Mortgage companies notify us by September 1st which accounts they expect to pay taxes on. Any changes between that time and November 15th are not reflected in our records. If you have any questions regarding who is paying your property taxes, we suggest you contact your new mortgage company. Please REMEMBER you are ultimately responsible for paying your taxes timely.”

If you cant remember if your monthly mortgage payment includes 1/12 of your annual tax payment, please review your current mortgage statement or call your lender. 

 Wanting to see a copy of your Tax Bill?  Please search by your county of ownership: http://www.multcoproptax.org, or http://www.clackamas.us/at/, or http://www.co.washington.or.us/AssessmentTaxation/

    Each county is a bit different, but the prompts for Multnomah county are as follows:
  1. Guest Login
  2. Click “Real Property”
  3. Click “Site Address”
  4. Click “Property ID”
  5. Click “Tax Summary” 



Remember you have the right to appeal 1 tax account per year, if your property taxes have, or you think they have, risen inordinately in any way. 


If you think this is an undertaking you want to proceed with, don’t go at it alone. You can and should contact, Steve Anderson CRB, for any appeal needs. He is a Property Appraiser, Level 2, a Principal Real Estate Broker, a former Clackamas County Property Tax Appeals Board Member, and Radio Host of “The Property Tax Avenger Show” on KBNP 1410 AM Thursdays from 4-5pm. Needless to say, he’s our guy.




Contact Info:

Steve Anderson
First Class Properties
10151 SE Sunnyside Rd. Ste. 499 - Clackamas, OR 97015 
503-869-4349


GOOD LUCK! 
And if you ever need any information, or help, or referrals for any of your property needs (even taxes!) Please do not hesitate to get in touch - I am always here for you and would love to discuss any and all things regarding your home with you!!






Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Portland’s Contribution to Modernity - Home Tour 2017



Portland’s Contribution to Modernity - a Modest Homage to Palm Springs Modernism Week

We are very excited to share with you our completely unique upcoming home tour. We created this tour to mirror Palms Springs Modernism Week Fall Preview (October 19-22). We have made a mutually beneficial, exclusive, Home Tour to include a handful of some of the top realtors, top listings that represent the very best of modern architecture that Portland and its suburbs have to offer.  


If you or anyone you know is searching hard for a home that fits this profile then please call your local realtor and join us this weekend!

You can see the participating properties in this home tour video link.

We are going to be showcasing our property that we believe is the epitome of modern architecture here in Lake Oswego. 


This home has all the lines and industrial touches to peak any modern enthusiasts interest and to top it off it has been completely designed and certified Feng Shui. 

Come see this home and the five others participating in this great experience this weekend!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Activities Guides



Now that we are in full summer swing, we are dedicating our blog this month to helping you beat the heat and help guide you to some fun, family friendly activities that will help balance all the new free time you and your kids now have.

Below, we have included some great links to all the activities guides out there to encourage you and the family to find something right outside your door that you may never knew existed or that might remind you what your neighborhood really has to offer! Get out there and enjoy!









Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Schools out for Summer = Summer Camps



Rejoice, jump for joy, and get your water toys out and ready because summer is officially upon us! 

With the sun comes the end of school and too many free hours for your kids to be bored leaving you to entertain them. 

Get them outside and active while meeting other kids with similar interests and get them signed up for summer camps.

It's not too late to find something both you and your children will enjoy!   




Current Camps - Portland Children's Museum














Thursday, June 8, 2017

Father's Day is Fast Approaching...




Summertime is upon us! With all the excitement that that brings some things may fall to the wayside including the big celebration all dads are, secretly, counting down for all year long.  Because we don't want the special men in our lives to feel that we haven't been painstakingly planning this day for months, kudos if you have, here are some fun, family-friendly events and links to help make his day as special as possible in and around Portland:




















Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PMAR Master Circle 2017 Broker of the Year!

The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® (PMAR) Masters Circle named Kendall Bergstrom-Delancellotti the 2017 Broker of the Year at their May 18th membership event.
The Broker of the Year award selection criteria includes the number of years as a Masters Circle member, production volume, real estate related involvement, national association recognized designations, community service involvement, and number of years in the real estate industry.
Bergstrom-Delancellotti has been a Real Estate broker since 1988 and in the Masters Circle for 15 years. From 2013 – 2017 she was a Hasson Top Producer as well has a Hasson Top 10 Agent in 2016. She has been a member of her local, state, and national Realtor® Associations for the past 26 years.
In addition to Bergstrom-Delancellotti’s industry achievements, her passion for volunteerism extends beyond her professional life and into her community. Bergstrom-Dellancellotti is a founder of the Dundee Civic Committee and supports Lake Oswego Relay for Life. She invests much of her time and efforts into the local schools and related issues. In March 2017 she was an integral force in bringing “for credit Mindfulness classes” to the Lake Oswego School District and is an avid supporter of the Peace in Our Schools organization.
Kendall Bergstrom-Delancellotti is a Diamond-Platinum member of the Masters Circle and has earned designations as a luxury marketing and international relocation specialist.

Thank you PMAR!

Friday, May 5, 2017

March Market Snapshot


The average home sale price for the Portland Metropolitan area stayed fairly steady this March, climbing slightly to $481,294 from $478,554 in February.
Nationally, the average sale price saw a slightly more significant increase than what we saw locally. February’s national average was $390,400 (up from January’s average of $355,300), which remains just under $100,000 less than what we are seeing in our markets. March’s national averages are not yet out, as the Hasson Company collects its own data to provide you with the most current and relevant market update each month.

To read more about this click HERE

Friday, April 21, 2017

Celebrating Earth Day!

Portland Japanese Garden

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd! There will be events all around Oregon including festivals,  volunteer opportunities and more! Here's what's happening this weekend:



The Portland Japanese Garden unveiled its $33.5 million Cultural Crossing expansion project recently, which honors the beauty and tranquility of the five traditional gardens. While the existing gardens remain unchanged, the Cultural Village features three new garden spaces featuring cascading ponds and a water terrace, an Arts Learning Center, and a Medieval Castle Wall.


Visit the beautiful Oregon Garden on Earth Day and get FREE admission from 10am to 4pm. Special activities, entertainment, exhibitors, and food will be featured for the garden's 18th annual Earth Day celebration. 


Help keep Oregon clean and healthy! Come together with thousands of other SOLVE volunteers on this worldwide day of service to pick up litter, remove invasive plants, and plant native trees and shrubs across Oregon. 


Come celebrate Earth Day at Portland Brewing Co. & Taproom from 1 - 4pm on Saturday with an optional pre- event 5K with Oregon Brewery Running Series. Sample Portland's best breweries including Portland Brewing, Base Camp Brewing, BridePort Brewing Company, Burnside Brewing Company, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and many more.  Buy tickets in advance or at the door. All proceeds from this event benefit Oregon Brewshed Alliance

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Weekend Fun!


Check out one of these great Easter egg hunts this weekend!  For more options, check out the Portland-Area Guide to Easter Egg Hunts.


Easter Egg Hunt at Lee Farms in Tualatin!

Come join the fun on April 15th from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Lee Farms in Tualatin. Enjoy crafts, cookie decorating and prizes. Bring your own basket and camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny! Ages 0-12. Purchase tickets in advance.


Rabbit Romp at the Oregon Zoo!

Eggs-citing times are in store at the Rabbit Romp, a celebration of spring geared toward the under-10 crowd. Rabbit Romp is free with zoo admission. Rabbit Romp features candy egg hunts every 10-15 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to hunt for compostable "plastic" eggs, candy and prizes. Toddlers 2 and under can participate in a candy hunt organized especially for them at the classrooms by Bear Walk CafĂ©. Parents are not allowed in most hunts, but accommodations will be made for families requiring assistance. Guests should bring their own baskets to collect the eggs and candy. 
Alpenrose Dairy Egg-Stravaganza!

Head to Alpenrose dairy for the 55th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15th. This free egg hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. for kids 3-5 and 12:30 p.m. for ages 6-8.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Easter Egg Hunt

Come join the hunt on Saturday, April 15th at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn! The Easter Egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Wooden Shoe Event Gardens located near the gift shop. Ages 0-11.    



Monday, April 10, 2017

Forest Heights Beauty! $799,900

3023 NW Spencer Drive Portland , OR 97229


Take the Virtual Tour!


Welcome to this Forest Heights Beauty in superb condition! 4 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath, 3 car garage in exceptional location-walk to school, park and FH Village Center featuring Starbucks, Pizzicato, Randalls Childrens Clinic and local market! Beautiful open, flowing floor plan w/ high ceilings, walls of windows and gracious landscaping. Set back from the street, this home offers a sense of privacy, peace & quiet. SubZero frig, Wolf Range, Alder cabinetry.  Welcome home! 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekend Fun!


Why not make the most of the rest of your spring break?  There's still time to enjoy your time off with these weekend activities:

House & Outdoor Living Show 

This comprehensive and expansive home show brings together homeowners and the area's top remodeling and building experts at the Oregon Convention Center this weekend. See the latest innovations and design trends! Experts will be showcasing everything for the home including the latest in cabinetry and countertops, sunrooms and additions, flooring, basement refinishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, energy efficient windows and exterior products, as well as the newest ideas pertaining to landscape installations.

Whale Watching Weekend at the Oregon Coast

People come from all over the world to learn about the gray whales that travel along the Oregon coast each year. Now is a great time to watch the gray whales travel north on their way toward Alaska. The first surge swims by in late March and you can watch the north-bound whales all the way until June. The Whale Watching Spoken Here® program places volunteers at great whale watching sites this week! 

Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center

Friday, March 24, 2017

Beautiful Blooms - The Best Flower Festivals in Oregon


There is nothing like the vivid colors of 40 acres of tulip fields each spring at the iconic Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, which opens today and goes through April 30th. Fresh tulips and daffodils, food, kids activities, and daily wine tasting from the Wooden Shoe Vineyards are just some of the festival’s offerings to kick off a season full of beautiful blooms. In fact, Oregon will also soon be covered in peonies, irises, dahlias, lavender, rhododendrons, roses and more!  Be sure to check out all the best Flower Festivals happening in the next six months around our beautiful state.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Time to Sign Up for Summer Camps!


Now is a great time to sign up your kids for summer fun! With so many great camp choices in the Portland metro area, it’s easy to find one that appeals to your child’s interests. Check out the Metro Parent 2017 Summer Camp Guide to find more information on popular camps. Also, be sure to check out the NW Kids Summer Camp Expo on April 8th at OMSI from 10am-5pm! 

OMSI
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers indoor and outdoor camps focusing on math, earth and space science, life science, physical science, technology, and skill building. 

OREGON ZOO

At Oregon Zoo summer camps, children 4 years old to youth entering eighth grade connect with the natural world through hands-on experiences and fun learning. Each week-long camp includes a lot of learning and fun, with crafts, songs, stories, snacks, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo.

THE CIRCUIT BOULDERING GYM
The Circuit offers award winning summer bouldering camps at all three locations. Sign your kids up to climb in a fun, social environment led by our experienced instructors where they will problem solve and build strength and confidence on and off the wall. 

NORTHWEST CHILDREN’S THEATER AND SCHOOL
Join Northwest Children's Theater and School for a summer filled with mysterious curses, mashed-up musicals, and the thrilling conclusion of the Star Wars trilogy... as told by William Shakespeare. See the schedule for full list of summer camps and classes.

CATLIN GABEL SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM
Catlin Gabel Summer Camps offer a wide variety of integrated day camps and programs in arts, music, technology, robotics, writing, sports, outdoor adventures, and more! All camps are taught by accomplished and dedicated teachers on their beautiful 67-acre campus in Southwest Portland. Sessions are open to all children in the Portland metro area, from preschool through 12th grade.


SATURDAY ACADEMY
Saturday Academy offers classes and camps in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. From TAG Challenge Camp to Club Med: Medical Careers to Game Development Camp to Geek Chic: Computer Camp for Girls to EcoChallenge Camp they have a camp for you. 

Plus, many more!  Check out the 2017 Summer Camp Guide!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Home Maintenance Tasks for March


Spring is just around the corner! With signs of life popping up around the yard, it's time to start assessing the damages of winter and get your home in shape for the warmer months ahead. Here's a handy list of Home Maintenance Tasks for you or your local professional to tackle in March! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Meticulous 5BD-4.1BA Stunner in Raleigh Hills! $1,075,000

6765 SW Parkwest Lane Portland, OR 97225



Welcome to this exquisite like new home with a spacious and private yard, in the heart of established Raleigh Hills.  Centrally located near OES, Jesuit and Catlin Gable, this home shines!  Total quality throughout, evident as built by Pevznar Homes, enjoy one of the most spacious kitchens you will find including Thermador and Bosch built-in appliances.  With over 4300 square feet, 5 bedrooms, an upstairs bonus room, and 4.5 baths, there is room for the whole family!  Guests will have their own privacy in the main floor suite.  Backyard entertaining flows easily from the kitchen out to the covered back patio with plumbed-in gas for year round grilling.  The landscaping is simply stunning and easy to maintain with front and backyard sprinkler systems, mature plantings and modern hardscape. Enjoy the cul-de-sac setting located within this mature Raleigh Park neighborhood-a rare find of new construction inside of this classic SW area. The three car garage, exquisite curb appeal and fully fenced yard round out this great find!



Built in 2016, like new and meticulous!
5 Bedrooms, 4.5 baths with 4338’
Great room floor plan with high ceilings
Quartz/Thermador/Bosch Kitchen
Guest suite on the main floor
Master suite with huge his/hers closets. 
Covered patio and generous hardscape for entertaining
Cul-De-Sac, 3 Car Garage



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Get This Look: Mid-Century Glam



Looking for a little Mid-Century Glam to create an inviting, stylish and sophisticated living space?  Find out more about how to Get this Look with bold accent walls and mid-century modern pieces.

Friday, February 17, 2017

January Market Snapshot


To kick off the new year, January’s average home sale price for the Portland Metropolitan area stood at $506,554. This is an 8.7% increase compared to December 2016 and a 17.9% increase compared to the same time last year. 

To Read more about Click HERE

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Rare and Extraordinary Find! $2,199,900

29989 SW 35th Dr. Wilsonville, OR 97070

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Nestled on over 4 level acres, just above the banks of the Willamette River, rests this stunning executive estate: custom built with attention to detail and a thoughtful floor plan with soaring ceilings and walls of windows allowing the outdoors in! A private gated entrance greets you as you arrive at this elegant home. The circular drive moves you past the athletic barn, the private guest home, and ultimately to the spectacular fountain entrance. Entertaining with friends in the back yard, playing hide and seek on the grounds, engaging in sports & dances in the barn, and spending time enjoying the acreage, allow for a Pacific NW lifestyle that our area has come to be known for: work hard, play hard, & enjoy life to the fullest! The grounds, the home, the guest home and “barn,” are all meticulously maintained and lovingly cared for. The property is surrounded by homes, nurseries, estates and small farms, making the location truly magical. Just moments to the new elementary school, the Wilsonville Library and Town Center, you will also find convenient shopping just 10 minutes away (Costco and FredMeyer). Whole Foods, Regal Cinemas and Bridgeport Outdoor Mall are just 15 minutes away. Legacy Meridian Park Hospital is a quick 12 minutes away, and the drive to downtown Portland, Moda Center and the Pearl District a 30 minute drive. Enjoy this private escape to luxury- please call for a private viewing of this one of a kind property.

  • Built in 1997
  • 4.09 Acres





Main House
  • 5700 Sq. Ft
  • 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 baths
  • Master on the main with on-suite, with heated floors and large walk-in closet/dressing room.
  • Formal dining with coffered ceiling, chair rail moldings and bay window.
  • Kitchen with large cooking island, sub zero fridge, 6 burner Jenn-Air range, granite counter tops with tons of cabinets.
  • Family room with vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, slate tiled fireplace.
  • Glass paned french doors lead into a home office with fireplace and stunning woodwork.


Guest House
  • 1800 Sq. Ft
  • 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath
  • Great Room with fireplace, open kitchen/dining room layout
  • Upper Bonus room for workout, playroom or man cave
  • 4 Car attached garage
  • Athletic Barn
  • Indoor Tennis Court
  • Cooling fans and disco ball lighting