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Feb. 26, 2011

Casa Del Pollo, Lake Oswego's Taste of Costa Rica

Casa del Pollo in Lake Oswego Oregon

 

Casa Del Pollo is like having a taste of Costa Rica right here in the Lake Grove district of Lake Oswego.  Located at 15910 Boones Ferry Rd in Lake Oswego, Casa Del Pollo serves up some authentic roasted Costa Rican food.  As you can tell by the name,  their specialtty is chicken.  In addition to the "pollo", I have had the steak and the kielbasa and they are every bit as good as the chicken the restaurant is named for.

Owner Jorge Zuniga of Casa del Pollo in Lake Oswego, OR 

Owned and operated by natives of Costa Rica, Jorge and Zoraida Zuniga  have opened their second Casa Del Pollo restaurant in the Portland metro area..  They family had the first Casa Del Pollo restaurant in Gresham when they lived there.  The original restaurant was open for about 4 years between 2004 and 2007 before they decided to focus on their non-restaurant businesses.

At Casa Del Pollo everything is made fresh, healthy and affordable; nothing is frozen.  They take pride in making homemade Costa Rican style cooking, and really enjoy it too.

Their menu is somewhat limited by the fact that the hood in the kitchen is not in place.  After that is in place they are working with the city to build an open rotisserie oven in place of the gas grill.  Rotisserie is Jorge's preference for cooking.  He prefers the heat to do the cooking, not the flame.  He used to use apple wood from Hood River at the first Casa Del Pollo location large brick oven.

Jorge has been cooking chickens since 1982 back when he was in Costa Rica.  He has seen quite a bit in the restaurant business and is ready for almost anything that the business can throw at him.  He missed the restaurant business after being away from it for a few years.  When this opportunity presented itself,  he was eager to jump back in.  He really enjoys talking with and getting to know each customer.  One of the best parts of his work day is getting to meet new people and talk about Costa Rica.  Just going back there for a few meals it almost like an extended family. Casa del pollo in Lake Oswego

Depending on when you visit, you might see one of their three children, Mario, Natalie and David, at the restaurant. Of the three, Mario works the most at the restaurant  but only when he is not behind a camera being a photovideographer.

While they just opened for business in early February, Casa Del Pollo is already starting to get the regulars coming in.  Customers will come to Casa Del Pollo for the great food but will end up staying for the company and conversation.

When you stop by to order that chicken burrito, tell them Rich Peralta sent you. He'll probably tell you that I need to learn to speak more Spanish.

Portland Or real estate map search To view Lake Oswego real estate listings, click on the map

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Portland Metro Area West Linn Real Estate and Lake Oswego Real Estate.

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

Contact him  for more information on Portland Real Estate and Lake Oswego Real Estate!

Originally posted on West Linn Real Estate.

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Feb. 25, 2011

Why You Should List Your Portland Real Estate NOW!

Here are some reasons why its better to list your Portland real estate now instead of waiting.


1 - Interest Rates Are On the Rise =Rates are over 5% and looking to move upwards.

2 - Your Dream Home Will Never Be Cheaper = Look at the entire cost of buying real estaet not just the price of the home.

3 - Buyers Are Out Early = The National Association of Realtors say home sales were up almost 13% over the previous month.

4 - Inventory Increases Every Spring = Year over year Spring has more homes on the market than winter.

5 - We Are in the Eye of the Foreclosure Storm = Once banks start to fix their foreclosure procedures, more bank owned homes will compete with yours!

This is a snippet from a Keeping Current Matters article, to read the entire piece click here.

To view Portland real estate listings, click on the map.

A big thanks to Ginny Schider over at TheRealEstateLoanCompany who are experts in financing Portland real estate for turning me onto this article.

 

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Portland Metro Area and Lake Oswego Real Estate.

Contact him for more information on Portland Real Estate and West Linn Real Estate!

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

Originally posted on West Linn Real Estate.


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Feb. 25, 2011

Portland Snow Day!

It does not take much in order to have schools and basically the city shut down a bit.  We got all of .7 inches of snow this morning and every major school district closed down, including Lake Oswego and West Linn where we live and our daughter goes to school.

The news had everyone looking out for a trace - 2 inches to all the up to 6".  Much better than in December of 2008 when the snow storm brough 16-24 inches of snow and literally brought Portland to its knees.

My Dogs were sure happy to be able to run around in the white stuff.

Snow Days are great but since we did not get much this morning, there was not a whole lot for the kids to play in either.  Just enough to make driving a little treacherous but not enough for a snow man.

Just about every year the valley floor, Portland metro area, gets to see a spot of snow.  This season we have not seen anything since late november when there was a trace (maybe .3") of snow that was melted by 9am. Today, it did not melt until around noon.  But we had another little push of the white powder around 2pm.

Some of the higher elevation places like Bull Mountain, the West Hills / Sylvan, Mt Scott on the eastside got to see 6 inches of snow.  The futher you head out from Portland, the higher in elevation you get.

To view West Linn real estate, Lake Oswego real estate or any other Portland real estate listings, click on the map below.

Click here for more information on Portland Real Estate!

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional specializing in the Portland real estate, Lake Oswego real estate and West Linn Real Estate.

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

Originally published on West Linn Real Estate.

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Feb. 22, 2011

Gladstone Real Estate Market Update - February 2011

When taking a look at Gladstone real estate for single family homes (detached homes), we can see the Median List Price $199,900 with a price per square foot holding at $119. The median house size is 1811 sq feet with 3 beds and 2 baths.

 

To view Gladstone real estate listings, click on the map.

Separating the Gladstone real estate market into quartiles, where each quartile is 25% of homes ordered by price, we can see a better picture.
The top quartile (most expensive 25% of properties)has  median home specs as follows; $304,475, at 2472 sq ft on a 8,000-10,000 square foot lot with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 39 years old. There are 16 homes on the market, 1 new listing and 189 DOM (Days on Market).
The next quartile (upper-middle 25% of properties) of Gladstone real estate has the following median home specs; $231,000 at 2050 sq ft on 8,000-10,000 square foot lot with 3 beds, 2 baths and 36 years old. There are 16 homes on the market, 3 new listings and a 135 DOM.
The 3rd quartile(lower-middle 25% of properties) of Gladstone homes for sale specs are; $184,950, 1656 sq ft on a 8,000-10,000 square foot lot, with 3 beds and 2 baths and 60years old. The DOM at 214with 60 Listings and 2 new.
The 4th quartile (lease expensive 25% of properties)of Gladstone houses specs are; $149,900, 1219 sq ft on 8,000-10,000 square foot lotlot with 3 beds, 1.5 baths and 57 years old. No new listings with 17 total listings and a 165 DOM.

Gladstone is located south of Portland at the confluence of the Clackamas andWillamette rivers. To the south, across the Clackamas River, is Oregon City.  Across the Willamette river  is where you would find West Linn real estate, while just to the north is the city of Milwaukie.

Many thanx to Pamela Magill at Ticor Title in Lake Oswego for the data breakout.

Click here for more information on Portland and West Linn Real Estate!

Rich Peralta

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Portland Metro Area and West Linn Real Estate.

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

Originally posted on West Linn Real Estate.

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Feb. 19, 2011

West Linn Real Estate Market Update - January 2011

West Linn Real Estate Market Update for January 2011

I wanted to take a look back at the first month of the new year in West Linn Real Estate and compare the numbers of January 2011 t0 the previous month (December 2010) and prior year (January 2010).

To view West Linn real estate listings, click on the map.

West Linn real estate sales were down from 13 & 15 sales (in Jan 2010 and Dec 2010) to only 9, matching the 12 month low for one month sales from back in February of 2010.  A positive sign for West Linn real estate is that the number of pending home sales is up from both last year (10) & last month (8) to 12.  Listing almost doubled from last month going from 27 houses to 49 houses but not as many West Linn real estate listings as January 2010 when we had 77 on the market.

The average sales price for West Linn real estate was $469,383, which is up from $397,356 last year and last month $429,756.   and highest sales price was $647,628.

The highest sales price was $710,000 compared to $647,628 in January of 2010 and $913,000 in December of 2010.

The average days on market(DOM) were 146 and average combined days on market (CDOM) 328 while the average DOM for West Linn real estate in January 2010 was 75 and 156.  December 2010 had 101 for both DOM and CDOM.

Click here for more information on Portland and West Linn Real Estate!

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Portland Metro Area and West Linn Real Estate.

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

Originally posted on West Linn Real Estate.

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Feb. 14, 2011

New Gladstone Real Estate - Re-Built Home

Are you looking for a remodeled home in the Gladstone area?  I have one better for you, a completely rebuilt home.  From the sub-floor up, everything is brand spankin new! Move-in Ready.

A fire destroyed the original home.  The only parts that are still original to the 1978 building of the home are the foundation and just under 50% of the sub-floor.  All the walls, insulation(garage too!), windows doors, etc... is all new.

Single level home
Large (.17 acre) flat level lot
Cul-de-sac
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Granite Slab in Kitchen and Hall Bath
Stainless Steel Range and Hood
New Appliances

MLS# 11418467
18110 Hardway Ct, Gladstone, Oregon  97027
http://18110hardwayct.epropertysites.com/

To view Gladstone real estate listings, click on the map.

Gladstone is located south of Portland at the confluence of the Clackamas andWillamette rivers. To the south, across the Clackamas River, is Oregon City.  Across the Willamette river  is where you would find West Linn real estate, while just to the north is the city of Milwaukie.

Click here for more information on Portland and West Linn Real Estate!

Rich Peralta

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Portland Metro Area and West Linn Real Estate.

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

Originally posted on West Linn Real Estate.

Posted in Featured, Gladstone
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Feb. 11, 2011

Portland Leads the Nation in Public Transportation

Portland is a highly ranked city for many things.  Portland is considered the countries Greenest city, the mostPet-Friendly, to have the best long-term value in real estate and one of my favorites, has the countries besthappy hour scene.

Well, now there is another to add to that list.  Researchers at U.S. News completed a study using  data from the Federal Transit Administration and APTA  to show which cities are among the best in the country for public transportation.

The cities were ranked on a combination of things, including money spent on the system, ridership and safety.  Portland came out on top in their analysis.

To view Portland real estate listings, click on the map.

I have seen a larger number of clients asking me to show them Portland real estate closer to public transportation.  Others who are interested in neighborhoods with good bike lanes and routes to certain parts of the city.  Come to think of it, it has been a while since anyone has asked for a 3 car garage.

To read the entire article, click here.

Click here for more information on Portland and West Linn Real Estate!

 

 

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Portland Metro Area,  including Lake Oswego and  West Linn Real Estate.

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

Contact him  for more information on Portland,  Lake Oswego or West Linn Real Estate!

 

Originally posted on West Linn Real Estate.

 

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Jan. 14, 2011

What is The Best Long-Term Real Estate? Try Portland Oregon

According to Business Week, of the 25 biggest Metro areas in the country, Portland Real Estate has the best long-term value over the last 20 years.  Looking at home prices since 1990, Portland real estate has risen 85%, adjusting for 2010 dollars.  Even with prices dropping about 22% since our peak values in 2007, Portland real estate has the highest growth in value over metro areas in the analysis.

The average price for Portland real estate in 1990 was $78,000 ($130,000 in 2010 dollars).  In 2010, the average price of Portland real estate was $242,000.

To view Portland real estate listings, click on the map.

After Portland real estate, Baltimore (68%), Denver (65%) and Seattle (51%)  are the only other metro areas with property value greater than 50% of the 1990 value.  Los Angeles is just under (-1.2%) its 1990 real estate value.

Sitting at the bottom of the list is Atlanta (-21%), Sacramento (-19%) and San Bernadino/Riverside (-10%), who were the only metro areas with double digit losses in real estate property value.

To read the entire article, click here.Search Portland real estate

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Portland Metro Area West Linn Real Estate and Lake Oswego Real Estate.

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail at rich.peralta@exprealty.com

Contact him  for more information on Portland Real Estate and Lake Oswego Real Estate!

 

Originally posted on West Linn Real Estate.

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Nov. 22, 2010

Lake Oswego Real Estate Links

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Are you considering a move to the Lake Oswego, Oregon area? As a Lake Oswego real estate expert, it is my job to answer questions for people who aren't familiar with the area. Over the years, I've learned to see these questions coming, and I thought it would be nice to just write them down for easy reference. So here you go- the most common questions about moving to Lake Oswego!

1. How good are the Lake Oswego schools? For the 3rd consecutive year, all 13 Lake Oswego schools (2 high schools, 2 junior highs, 9 elementary schools) have received the highest rating on Oregon state report cards. Lake Oswego is a community that cares about its kids’ education, as demonstrated by the successful annual fundraising of the Lake Oswego School District Foundation to raise funds for additional teaching positions.

2. What parks does Lake Oswego offer? There are at least 46 parks in Lake Oswego!!   A very popular dog park is Hazelia Field Dog Park (formerly Luscher Farm Dog Park).  If you want summertime music in the park, try Westlake Park, Millennium Plaza Park (with views of the lake) or Foothills Park (with views of the Willamette River). A park right down on the sandy shores of the Willamette River is George Rogers Park. Tryon Creek State Park, all of 645 acres (!) is fantastic for its walking trails, bike paths, horse trails and nature center.

Lake Oswego cafe3. Where can I hang out for coffee in Lake Oswego? My favorites are Chuck’s Place, for Illy coffee and tasty cookies, or St. Honore Boulangerie for their wonderful coffee, exquisite rolls and sweet baked goods.

4. Where would I want to take my kids to play? Head to George Rogers Park and Westlake Park for their fun outdoor play equipment. There’s a new indoor park in the West End Building.  The Lake Oswego Skate Park is located at the corners of Willow and Pilkington Streets.

5. Does Lake Oswego have a Farmer’s Market? Yes! Saturdays 8:30AM to 1:30PM, May 15 – October 9, an average of 80 vendors sell their wonderful goods at the Millennium Plaza Park, located at 200 First St. There’s even a doggie day care for your pooch!

6. What about Lake Oswego public transportation? Tri-Met public transportation includes several buses through Lake Oswego as part of the service provided for the Portland metropolitan area. Safeway, at 401 A Avenue, is the most centrally located bus stop in downtown Lake Oswego. The Willamette Shore Trolley, an antique trolley car, takes you along 6 scenic miles of historic rail line into Portland.

7. Where is the best food in Lake Oswego? My favorites are La Provence for breakfast, Zeppos or Gubanc’s for lunch, Tucci for Italian, Maher’s Pub, Manzana or Oswego Grill for Happy Hour. Old favorites of mine are Tillamook Ice Creamery and El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant. There are so many good Lake Oswego restaurants to choose from!

8. Where to shop for groceries in Lake Oswego? Everything you ever wanted can be found! There are Safeway and Albertsons stores, two each. For variety and specialty items, you can shop at New Seasons, Trader Joes, Wizer’s and Palisades Market.

9. Where is the public library in Lake Oswego? Conveniently located at 706 4th St., with a good-sized parking lot, the local library is well used and appreciated by the community.

Where to find answers to miscellaneous questions? The friendly and helpful folks at Lake Oswego City Hall can be reached at 503.635.0270.

Call me if you'd like more information on Lake Oswego Oregon Homes For Sale!

Jane Lee is a Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty in Lake Oswego, Oregon
Jane@portlandpowersearch.com  503.806.0517

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Nov. 17, 2010

eXp Realty's Revenue Share Program Explained

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As eXp Realty stands poised to expand into its 14th State in as many months, the buzz around the company has reached a fever pitch.  eXp Realty has become known among forward-thinking real estate professionals for offering an unparalleled agent benefits package, including low fees, splits and caps, several comprehensive education programs, cutting edge technology, dynamic websites, phenomenal lead generation, and hands-on social media marketing coaching... Sure, eXp Realty has all of that, but the "secret ingredient" that makes eXp Realty really stand out is its industry-leading revenue share program.

Wouldn't You Like to Retire Someday?

True, residual income programs that encourage company growth are nothing new. There are several other residual income programs out there, but none of them offer the kind of benefits offered by eXp Realty. None. Not even close. You know why? Because eXp Realty deliberately set out to beat the competition. And beat them, they have!

Let me explain. Of the few firms out there that offer residual income opportunities, most have programs that are flawed, convoluted and confusing or, at best, insignificant.  For instance, a certain nationally known brokerage, with whom many of us at eXp formerly spent time, has what has been known as the industry-leading profit-share program. The rub lies right there in the name; profit share. eXp Realty has revenue share.  Profit share derives from a complicated equation based on agent recruits, company growth and individual office profitability. It is an equation that is barely understood, even by those who sing its praises to potential recruits...and it doesn't pay much, especially when the office you work in isn't making money.

The eXp Realty revenue share program pays you residual income from your recruits regardless of office or company profitability. They make money - you make money.

The eXp Realty Revenue Share Program Explained

It works like this: If you recruit an agent, you receive 3.5% of their gross commission. Period. Better yet, you keep receiving that amount on each of their transactions until they've paid their annual company cap of $16k. If you recruit at least 5 agents yourself, you then receive 4% from the commissions of any agents your recruits have recruited. If you recruit at least 10 agents, you not only receive the 4% from second-level recruits, but also another 2.5% from third level recruits! And it keeps going for seven levels! Basically, for every 5 personal recruits, you qualify for one deeper level of residual, passive income. Take a minute to play around with the eXp Realty Revenue Share Calculator on the left. (Note: you'll receive a small share for lower level recruits regardless of your first level, though it is only a fraction of the amount in this model)

Here's an example:

Let's say you join eXp Realty right now, while we're still in our ground-floor growth phase. You recruit 10 agents, each of which then recruits only one agent, and each of those agents recruits only one agent. That's a total of only 30 agents, after yourself.  (Note: As of September of 2010, there were over 1 Million members of the NAR, so 30 shouldn't be that hard)  Let's say each of those agents sells 6 median priced homes at 3% commission (NAR estimates 2010 median home price of $166k)... Seems pretty conservative, even these days, doesn't it? How much do you make?

$29, 880 in passive, residual income. You don't even have to get out of bed to make it. (Actually, you must be current with your company fees, but still...)

Now, let's say you get really excited (like me) and recruit 10 agents who are equally excited. Then they go and recruit 10 agents each who are really excited, and those each recruit 10 more. That's 1,110 agents. Quite a few, I know. But remember, there are millions of them out there... Let's say they all perform at the same conservative level as those in the previous example. How much do you think that is?

$876,978

That's right...almost 1 million Dollars! In passive income. That all comes from convincing 10 halfway decent agents to come work for the fastest growing, most innovative real estate company in the Country, then helping them to do the same, and so on. That's it.  Now just imagine what would happen if you recruited a team of top producers in a market with average home prices in the $200-300k range...or higher!

Oh and, by the way, my job is to help you achieve your recruiting goals, as well as those of the agents you recruit... As an eXp Realty Recruiter and Social Media Marketing Coach I am 100% committed to working with you directly to make these numbers a reality. At least until my early retirement....

If you're ready to learn more about eXp Realty, give me a call at 206.883.6668, or e-mail me at rob.leroy@exprealty.com

Rob LeRoy is a Seattle real estate agent and social media marketing coach with eXp Realty.

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