The Dalles Gets a Dash of COLOR!

20150516_085321May 16th, 2015 is going down as one of THE most colorful days in our city’s history. The community rallied together to welcome and support a family friendly, fun and charitable event, hopefully the first of many to come.

Color Dash came to town, registering over 1000 participants, with 50% of the funds raised going to support The Dalles Chamber of Commerce and Mid Columbia Health Foundation’s “Level the Playing Field” drive, to revamp and improve The Dalles High School’s weight room and weight equipment.

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Maupin Daze 2015

  

If you are looking for something fun this Saturday, take a drive to South Wasco County and town of Maupin for Maupin Daze 2015.  There are many activities to take part in from a parade and community garage sales, to Grills and Grapes at Maupin Hardware, Bands, Foods and much more!  Activities start at 10 am and admission is free!  For more Information go to http://www.maupinoregon.com/index.php?m=53&s=438.  While you are enjoying the sunshine, Deschutes River and many activities, you might also want to check out some of our South Wasco County Listings.  http://columbiariverproperties.com/category/location/maupin/

 

 

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Real Estate Scams and You….

Real-Estate-Internet-MarketingWith the advent of the Internet, real estate sales and marketing were set on an exciting path, leading to greater visibility and marketability, bringing real estate listings to the forefront of the American and World markets. All at the click of the keyboard and mouse.

Real estate has always been a very visual business; it is more visual then ever, with clients examining homes (and professionals) online before they ever view them in person. This has also opened up a terrifyingly new way for scammers to not only rob people of their money, but also put the public, homeowners, and their properties in danger.

Sellers, please be sure you know exactly where your broker/agent plans on marketing your property, and be sure all photos have a watermark or copyright mark on them.

Buyers and Renters, if it is too good to be true, it usually is! If you see a property for sale or rent online, PLEASE check with a licensed real estate professional to be sure it is a legitimate sale or rental listing. Legitimate real estate brokers, agents, and property managers will most likely never ask you to wire funds without viewing the property, doing a background check, and all the necessary paperwork. If you run across a scam, or are the victim of one, please notify the proper authorities.

Click here for an article from Yahoo News about just such a problem, plaguing both home sellers and renters alike.

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The Dalles was BUSY this past weekend!

This past weekend, The Dalles was a hub of activities, with the 36th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival activities bringing in people from near and far. The Cherry Festival Parade, one of the largest I have had the pleasure of attending, wound its way from Cascade Square through downtown The Dalles, delighting young and old alike.

RFL Co-Chair Cyndi Vipperman, Tim Willis with Habitat Restore, and Mike O'Brien, RFL Logistics Chair.

RFL Co-Chair Cyndi Vipperman, Tim Willis with Habitat Restore, and Mike O’Brien, RFL Logistics Chair.

Lynette O’Brien, Oregon Realtor with Columbia River Properties, and her family walked with the Relay For Life The Dalles Area, encouraging others to take up the walk against cancer. This year’s event, June 20th, will follow a new format, running from 8 AM to Midnight instead of the usual 24 hours. They are gearing up to bring a jam-packed event with lots of fun and entertainment, as well as fundraising, out to the Sid White Field at Wahtonka Campus.

The Good Smoke BBQ float won First Prize with their adorable float of cute little Cherries. Several wonderful bands delighted parade watchers and participants alike, including The Dalles Middle School, The Dalles High School, and Hermiston.

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Columbia River Properties Opens Satellite Office

FRONT2-3 CroppedColumbia River Properties celebrated the opening of their Satellite Real Estate office in Maupin with Business After Hours on March 12th.  Sharing office space with them will be the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce.pic 2

Rob & Susie Miles, of Imperial River Co.,  co-hosted the event with Columbia River Properties & Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce. Catering provided by Terry Cobb of Cobblestone Catering.

 

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Real Estate Market Action for February 2015

The February Real Estate Market in The Dalles and surrounding areas saw the following activity:

February 2015 Market Statistics

For information on real estate resources in Wasco and Sherman Counties, please check out our link at Columbia River Properties.

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Relay For Life The Dalles Celebrates a Milestone

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Photo by Spencer Harmon Relay For Life The Dalles 2014

This year, Relay For Life The Dalles Area will be celebrating a milestone, 15 years of local walking to benefit the American Cancer Society.  American Cancer Society as a whole will be celebrating 30 years of walking, all started by one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt, in Tacoma, WA in 1985. In that first year, Gordy walked 24 hours, logging more than 80 miles on a track at the University of Puget Sound, and raising $27,000.

Now his dream, his vision for raising vital funds to fighting cancer, has spread around the world, and has raised more than $5 Billion to aid in research, prevention, education and support for cancer patients and families everywhere. Relay For Life is more than just a group of people getting together for a maximum of 24 hours, walking a track. It is about a community, a loose knit family, working together to put an end to a terrible group of diseases.

This year’s loc20150312_174918al theme is Old School Vegas, and we’re encouraging EVERYONE in the community to get involved. We’ll be in the Cherry Festival Parade (April 25th), and will have community events for everyone to attend. Please be sure to check out our Relay For Life The Dalles Fundraising Page. This is your go-to source for all things Relay in The Dalles area. Car Washes, Garage/Yard Sales, Bake Sales…the list goes on and on.

Help us make this year our BEST EVER. Our next community meeting is April 9th, 6pm, at Celilo Cancer Center in the Columbia Room. Bring the FUN! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Fort Dalles Rodeo Banquet and Queen Coronation in The Dalles, OR.

Real estate broker Rocky Webb and Shawn Wilkinson of Auction Sales Co. had a Rough and Wild time while volunteering at the Fort Dalles Rodeo Annual Banquet, Queen Coronation and Benefit Auction. Carsen Cordell, The Dalles, was crowned the 2015 and 50th annual Rodeo Queen. This was a fun night and a great start the to the 50th year celebration of Rodeo in The Dalles.

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Wendy and Friends High Tea and Auction benefiting Sonrise Academy in The Dalles, OR.

Real Estate Broker Rocky Webb was joined by fellow auctioneers Shawn Wilkinson and Dave Griffith, volunteering at Sonrise Academy for their benefit auction on March 7th, 2015. A delightful afternoon was had by all while enjoying wonderful High Tea cuisine. Make sure to watch for this family friendly event next spring!

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Columbia River Properties Changes with the Times

Our New Look!If you’ve visited Columbia River Properties‘s website within the last day or so, you might have noticed we have been making some changes to our look and our layout, all in the effort to make it easy for everyone to navigate and enjoy. Columbia River Properties is your place to go for your real estate selling and purchasing needs.

Please be sure to let us know how we’re doing! Columbia River Properties is making strides to continue providing useful information to the public about homes for sale and the local real estate market, area attractions, useful links to city, county and government resources.

Thank you for calling on Columbia River Properties for your real estate needs, where our agents are informed, involved and a part of your community. Visit ColumbiaRiverProperties.com, where we’re open online 24/7 for all of your real estate needs!

The Columbia River Properties Team
Rocky & Jana, Jim, Ellie, Bill, Lynette and Sonia

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