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Salem Oregon Real Estate-South Salem Neighborhoods-Cambridge

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

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


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-Buyers-5 Important Steps For Buying Your Home

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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