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Salem Oregon Real Estate-South Salem Neighborhoods-Cambridge

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Salem Oregon Neighborhood Information From Your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent/Consultant

Cambridge is home to several different phases and time periods.  Cambridge Woods, Cambridge Crest, Cambridge Meadows, Cambridge Heights and Cambridge View.

Cambridge Woods was the first to be built in the 70’s and 80’s.  You will love the beautiful tree lined streets and larger lots that these homes have to offer.   The Woods have some great street names such as Arithmetic, Constitution, Independence, and Colony.  Home prices can go as high as $600k, but most homes are in the high 200k and 300k price range.

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Cambridge Crest homes were built in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  These homes range in size from 2000 sq. ft. up to 3700 sq. ft.   Home prices in this area can go as high as $600K.   Most homes are in the 300k to 400k price range. Some of the street names is this phase of Cambridge are Alex, Olivia, Southhampton, Barrington and Churchhill.   There is also a Southhampton subdivsion that sits next to Cambridge.

Cambridge Meadows homes were built in the 80’s and 90’s.  Most of the homes in this section are over 2500 sq.ft. and prices range from 300k to 500k.  Look for streets Webster, Brewster, Cambridge, and Standish when driving this neighborhood.

Cambridge Heights homes were all built in the 90’s with the exception of just a few.  These homes range in size from under 2000 sq. ft. to as large as 5300 sq. ft.  Most home prices range 300k to 400k range.  You will know you are in the Heights when you see the street names Kinsington, Wickshire, Albion and Chauncey.

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Cambridge View is one of the newer sections of Cambridge that is still being built.  Building started in 2007.   When you see the street Celeen, you will see where they are building, and also some of the homes that are already built.

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Cambridge Oaks is a smaller area made up of streets already mentioned such as Webster, Independence and Cambridge.  Most of these homes were built in the mid 90’s.

If you would like more information on current homes available in Cambridge, or any homes available in the Salem/Keizer area, you can call me direct at 503-931-1846 or email me at MelWagnerBroker@msn.com.

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Salem Oregon Real Estate-West Salem Neighborhoods-Chatnika Heights

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Salem Oregon neighborhood information from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent/Consultant.

Chatnika Heights is located in West Salem, which is across the bridge and part of Polk County.  Chatnika Heights is home to a large selection of single-level, two story and split entry homes.  Chatnika Heights is located just outside of the city limits on Glenn Creek Road just past Doaks Ferry Road.  One great benefit of owning a home in Chatnika Heights is that it does sit outside of the city limits. Therefore, your property taxes are lower because you are not paying any city taxes.  This also means that your monthly payments will be lower if your loan includes a reserve account for property taxes.

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Chatnika Heights

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Chatnika Heights

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Chatnika Heights

Most of the homes in this area were built in the 60’s and 70’s.  However, you will find some homes that were built more recently, including some in the past 10 years.  There are many different styles, and streets have mature landscaping and are tree-lined.

If you live on Willow Creek, Lakeview or 31st Ct. you may be treated to a lovely backyard view of a private lake depending on where your home is located.

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Private Lake View

Many other homes in this neighborhood also have lovely views.  Whether you are looking for a wooded view, or a view across the river to Downtown Salem, there is a home in Chatnika Heights that will give you the view you are looking for.

We are in our rainy season right now, but if the views are this lovely during the rainy season, you can imagine how beautiful they are on a nice Spring or Summer day.

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Chatnika View

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For more information on homes available in the Chatnika Heights neighborhood, or homes in any neighborhood in the Salem Area, you can call me direct at 503-931-1846 or email me at MelWagnerBroker@msn.com.

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Salem Oregon Real Estate-South Salem Neighborhoods-Woodscape

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Salem Oregon Neighborhood Information From  Your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent

Welcome to Woodscape!  Woodscape is 3 different era’s, with different types of homes.  Whether you are relocating to Salem Oregon, or already live here, Woodscape has something to offer everyone.

Woodscape Glen is the neighborhood you are looking for if you would like to have a larger lot, and live on tree-lined streets.  These homes were built in the 70’s and 80’s.  There are many different styles of homes in this part of Woodscape.  You will find single-levels and two story homes with wonderful yards and beautiful, mature landscaping.

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Woodscape is the next phase.  These homes are newer and most of them were built in the 90’s and early 2000’s.  You will find many different style of homes in this section of Woodscape including single-level, craftsman and even colonial style with an East Coast flair.

Woodscape Green is the newest addition to this subdivision and building is still going on.  The homes in Woodscape Green are built by Master Craftsmen and are built earth-friendly which means that you, your home and the environment will benefit from the Energy Star and Earth Advantage Standards that all of these homes must meet.fr2

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There are many lots still available in the newest section of Woodscape.  There are also more phases planned that will meet these same strict standards to be good to the earth, while saving you money on your utility bills.

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The next phase of Woodscape

Woodscape also has two beautiful parks to enjoy.  There is the Wes Bennett Park, which is located next to Pringle Elementary School.   Wes Bennett has playground equipment, and is a popular place to host picnics and parties. Woodscape Park is wonderful if you enjoy walking, jogging or running.  This park has walking paths, and benches to sit on to enjoy the view.

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If you are considering having a custom home built in the newer phases of Woodscape, give me a call.  I can assist you with the entire process from beginning to end.   You can be assured that I will be by your side every step of the way.  If you are interested in purchasing a pre-existing home, and would like to find out more about the homes for sale in Woodscape, you can contact me directly at 503-931-1846 or email me at MelWagnerBroker@msn.com.


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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SOUTH SALEM NEIGHBORHOODS-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SOUTH SALEM NEIGHBORHOODS-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES

SALEM OREGON NEIGHBORHOOD INFORMATION FROM YOUR SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENT

Rock Ridge Estates is a beautiful subdivision that is located in South Salem.  Rock Ridge is close to shopping, parks, and the freeway.   If you are looking for a new, or newer home, then Rock Ridge Estates is a great place to start your home search as construction on these homes started in 2005 and continues today.  Home prices vary depending on location, size and view ranging from $300K to $700K.  Some of the builders in Rock Ridge Estates are J.R. Loney Construction, Rick Massey Construction, Sunco Homes and John Hammer, Jr.  These builders have all won Builder of the Year awards from the local Homebuilder’s Association, and some have served as past presidents of the organization.  Many of the homes in this subdivision have been on the Tour of Homes in past years, and a few have had the additional title of being the New Product House for the year.  New Product Houses are built with all of the latest “goodies” from that year.  Also, many of these homes and available lots have gorgeous views.

As of this posting, I currently have two new construction listings under construction by J. R. Loney construction, and one view lot available for a custom build.    These two homes that are under construction, 2050 Soapstone and 2070 Soapstone will be completed in time for the tax credit, if you are hoping to take advantage of the credit.  For more information about these two homes and lot, or any homes in Rock Ridge Estates, you may contact me at 503-931-1846 or email me at MelWagnerBroker@msn.com.


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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-NEW CONSTRUCTION-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES $345,000

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE-NEW CONSTRUCTION-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES $345,000


Rock Ridge Estates-Completed in Time for You to Get Your Tax Credit!!



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$345,000
New Construction
For Sale
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom
Interior: 2700 sqft
Lot: 00 sqft
Location
2050 Soapstone Ave SE
Salem, OR 97306

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

    

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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-NEW CONSTRUCTION-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES $319,900

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE-NEW CONSTRUCTION-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES $319,900



Rock Ridge Estates-Completed in Time for You to Get Your Tax Credit!!



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$319,900
New Construction
For Sale
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 2350 sqft
Lot: 0.16 acre(s)
Location
2070 Soapstone Ave SE
Salem, OR 97306

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

    

Listed by: Mel Wagner

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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SOUTH SALEM NEIGHBORHOODS-CREEKSIDE

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SOUTH SALEM NEIGHBORHOODS-CREEKSIDE GOLF COMMUNITY-GOLF CLUB ESTATES

SALEM OREGON NEIGHBORHOOD INFORMATION FROM YOUR SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENT

If you love to golf, and desire to live in a golf community, then Golf Club Estates at Creekside may just be the perfect place for you to call home.   Homes in this community start at around $300K and and can go as high as 1+ Million Dollars.  The pricing of homes depends on where the home is located within the community, and also on views and lot size.

Hawaii Northwest Ventures hired local PGA touring professional and golf course architect Peter Jacobsen in the early 90’s to develop Creekside Golf Club. Construction began in 1992, with the current back nine opening in 10/93.  The current  front nine opened in 6/94.  When the full 18 hole championship course was completed, Golf Digest rated Creekside as one of the top new courses in the State of Oregon.  Creekside is a beautiful course to play on and has 3 separate playing areas to cover the full 18 holes.  This also means that there are many options for homeowners wanting to live with a golf course literally in their backyard.

Creekside and Golf Club Estates also has an elegant club house/restaurant that spans 20,000 sq. ft.  The amenities include banquet facilities, a bar and grill/restaurant (Creekside Lakeview Restaurant), pro-shop, locker rooms, health club, outdoor heated swimming pool, snack bar and more.

For more information about living in Golf Club Estates, please call me direct at 503-931-1846.



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Salem Oregon Real Estate-Buyers-5 Important Steps For Buying Your Home

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

TIPS FOR BUYING YOUR HOME FROM YOUR SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENT

In reality, there are only five things you need to know and do to make your home buying experience as simple as possible.

1.  Get pre-approved for your loan.

If possible, get “pre-approved” for a loan in the amount you’re willing to borrow.

With this pre-approval, you’re in a stronger position to buy a home when you’re ready – rather than finding your dream home, only to lose it to another buyer because you were waiting on the approval.

2.  Find a great real estate consultant.

Once you’ve decided to buy a home, find a great real estate consultant.  What you’re looking for is a Buyer’s Agent.

This means that the consultant represents YOU as the buyer, rather than the person selling the home.  They will have YOUR best interests at heart.  Really good consultants know their markets, and will help you find the best match for your needs and wants.  They can also recommend mortgage brokers with whom they’ve worked in the past.

3.  Look before you leap.

Drive around the neighborhood at different times of day.  Get out and walk around and chat with neighbors.

Some people like friendly neighbors, others think of them as nosy.  Drive to the local grocery store, laundry, anywhere that you frequent.  Visit nearby schools and see for yourself how the kids behave and how the grounds look.  The point is to see if this is really the type of neighborhood you want to live in BEFORE you make an offer.

4.  Be prepared.

Make sure your contract has reasonable contingencies included to protect you as a buyer.  Reasonable can be things like approval by a home inspector, and title clearance.

For the long-term investment, make sure that you buy homeowner’s insurance, and upgrade it as the value of your new home and its contents increase.

5.  Be reasonable.

No home will be without flaws.

Many times it’s these flaws that lend character to older homes, but nonetheless, it will take SOME work to personalize any home.

Preparing yourself with these five simple things – loan pre-approval, a great broker, getting to know the neighborhood, protecting yourself, and being reasonable – will help make the home buying process easier for you and your family.

For more information on buying a home, or to get started on owning your own home, give me a call at 503-931-1846.  I look forward to assisting you in the purchase of your home!

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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-HOMES FOR SALE. SELLERS, LIGHTS PLEASE!!

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-HOMES FOR SALE. SELLERS, LIGHTS PLEASE!!

Helpful tips on getting your home sold from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent.

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Lights, please??  You may be asking what your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent is talking about with this article of  our Seller, Get Top Dollar Tips.  Everyone has lights in their house, obviously-but is your lighting helping or hurting the sale of your home?

Quick example of the importance of lighting:

Professor Von Helsing approaches the house with trepidation – the lone light is from the moon and even that scarcely illuminates the entry way.  He wonders what horrors are hidden in the shadows…

A potential buyer for Count Dracula’s castle might also question what is tucked in the dark corners and hallways of the eerie abode.

Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, and old Hollywood horror-movie directors understood the impact proper lighting has on a situation.  A multitude of horrible, dirty, dangerous, unsightly, disgusting surprises can be lurking about, waiting for the most opportune time to make their presence known.

But while Von Helsing overcame his fears and entered the castle despite them, potential homebuyers may not make it past the unlit foyer, no matter how attractive it is.  If buyers can’t SEE it, they can’t love it.  Even worse, they can fear the unseen (and quite possibly insignificant) qualities, and become uneasy in a home that may be just perfect for them.

Lighting can be a relatively inexpensive but effective way to highlight the positive qualities of your home or downplay areas that are less attractive.

The most desirable and inexpensive lighting is natural sunlight.  The easiest way to capitalize on this natural resource is to show your home during the daytime when the sun is shining brightly, throwing open blinds or shades, de-cluttering windowsills, and washing panes to allow light inside.  This is also a good time to move Aunt Gerties’s antique walnut wardrobe away from the window.  To do its job, light needs to enter a room unhindered.

Unless your window overlooks a neighbor’s collection of rusting cars or a grimy, graffiti-ridden wall of the building next door, it’s good to keep curtains open when showing your home.  It makes the room look bigger and more inviting. If the view is less than attractive, hang sheer curtains over the window that will allow some light in while subtly distracting the buyer’s attention from the unsightly scene.

If the house is dark with few or very narrow windows, take heart.  A trip to your local home improvement store can lighten things up quickly.  Even naturally lit houses can benefit from the addition of appropriate electric lighting.

Begin by slowly walking through your house, taking special care to flip all switches and look at each light fixture and lamp.  Are there burnt-out bulbs that need to be replaced?  Keep a list of all the size bulbs you need to purchase.

In part 2 of Sellers-Lights Please, we will discuss in more detail how to get the best lighting for your home.  Until then, remember, lights are for the living!!

For more tips on getting your home sold visit the rest of this series:

Sellers Top Dollar Series

Thinking of selling your home, or just want to know what it might sell for in the current market?  Call me direct at 503-931-1846.

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YOUR SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENT TOOK A BREAK TODAY FROM THE SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE MARKET!

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

YOUR SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENT TOOK A BREAK TODAY FROM THE SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE MARKET!

It was a lovely day today in Salem, Oregon.  The sun was shining and it was just a beautiful day.  I had scheduled today off to enjoy the Wine, Cheese and Pear Jubilee at Willamette Valley Vineyards, and let me just say, we were not disappointed.  The wines were great, as were the pears and cheese.  The view was awesome from the deck at Willamette Valley Vineyards.  The Jubilee is still going on tomorrow from 11 am to 6 pm.  We highly recommend buying the cheese box and a glass of wine once you are done tasting, and enjoying the lovely view.

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