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Lake Oswego And Our Trees

https://lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com/When I first started selling real estate in Lake Oswego in 1978, and buyers were looking for newer homes with trees, one of the only newer areas that had trees was Mt. Park.

Trees have always been a draw to buyers especially those moving into our area from out of state. Of course there are many benefits to having trees in your yard not to mention the million shades of green there are.

However, over the years, and still to this day, Lake Oswego has become known as a town where it is almost impossible to have a tree removed from your property.  Not unlike other areas, there are rules as to which tree, or what kind of situation will allow you to remove one.

In addition to the City having rules as to which tree(s) can be removed, your HOA could be like mine, where you need to get approval from your HOA as well before any trees are taken down.

Tree Protection and Removal Workshop

While I think I know what the rules are to remove trees, I need a refresher.  I have several trees now that I would like to remove but not certain if I would be allowed to.

If you are like me, you might like to know there is a workshop scheduled to explore the City’s tree code requirements for tree protection and tree removal permits.

This workshop will take place at Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Avenue and will include:

  • An indoor presentation to explain the various types of tree removal permits.
  • An outdoor demonstration with examples of measuring tree diameter, tree protection fencing, techniques for protecting trees during construction and more.

Please email planning@lakeoswego.city or call 503-635-0290 for free registration.  Visit http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning to learn more about the Urban & Community Forestry Workshop series.

Searching for Real Estate

My phone app http://app.summarealty.com/SMAFZ, has recently been updated.  If you are looking to purchase, this is a great way to search.  Or, if you want instant notifications from RMLS™, please let me know and I can arrange for you to receive alerts for listings as soon as they come on the market for sale.

Or go to my website http://bettyjung.com for additional information.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Interest rates are still low and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. Buyers are ready and willing to purchase your home. Call me at 503-804-9685 if you are thinking of making a move.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

Having worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and lived in Lake Oswego since 1988, I know all the neighborhoods. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2017. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

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Lake Oswego Real Estate Local Elections

The candidates for vacant Lake Oswego City Council positions were recently announced.  I posted that information on my Facebook Community Page – Lake Oswego, Oregon. I created that community page because there is so much happening here in Lake Oswego. We currently have 178 members in that group and it has been wonderful to see all the passionate, interested citizens in our town and how they feel about what is happening here locally.Lake Oswego Real Estate Local Elections.lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com

Although I have lived and worked in Lake Oswego since 1975, it seems there are either more “hot” topics than in the past, or I have become much more aware of what is happening.

Hopefully soon we will all be able to read about or hear each candidates’ positions on the many topics facing us. As those announcements regarding candidates’ presentations are made, I will be posting that information on the community page as well.

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Of particular interest to me is that Lake Oswego is becoming an aging community and there are lots of changes that need to be made to attract younger families to move into our area. Many developments, school issues, and other projects are currently on the table. Discussions are heating up and it is so important that we all become familiar with those who we will be voting for in November.

I’ve also been watching our Lake Oswego Development Review Commission and Lake Oswego City Council hearings on TV becoming more and more knowledgeable about projects being considered.  It has cleared up many questions I have had, and has assisted me on how I feel about the current City Council, its members and the vision for our town.

As more information becomes available as to the measures and candidates, I will also post some of that information here. Here is the link to the City of Lake Oswego’s website where you can search when meetings will be held.  They are normally on my TV Comcast station Channel 28.

Don’t forget to VOTE!

Search For Real Estate

I have a new search site available to find Portland metro and all outlying properties for sale.  You can view RMLS™ information here. My website is also available.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1975 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2016. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

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There’s always a lot going on in our Lake Oswego community, from politics, proposed developments, events, etc.

Because of that, I created a Lake Oswego, Oregon community page on Facebook where I, and others, post information on up-coming issues within Lake Oswego. I’d like to encourage you to  join in on this discussion.

Please “like” the Lake Oswego, Oregon community page to keep pace with what is going on in our neighborhoods.

Lake Oswego Elections In November

Lake Oswego will be voting on major issues this coming November. In addition there will be 3 vacancies on our Council that our area will be voting on to fill.

The City of Lake Oswego has a council-manager form of government.  The mayor and six councilors are elected at-large and serve four-year terms. The current City Council will serve from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014.

Three Council positions will be elected at the November 4, 2014 General Election. Prospective candidates may begin the filing process on June 4, 2014 and must complete it no later August 26, 2014 to qualify for the November Election.

Here is a link to file an application for any of these positions should you wish to represent the citizens of Lake Oswego  in the up-coming year.

Search For Real Estate

I have a new search site available to find Portland metro and all outlying properties for sale.  You can view RMLS™ information here. My website is also available.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1975 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2016. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

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Lake Oswego Real Estate Is The Web Sale Legal

I am not a real estate attorney which is why I am asking whether the WEB sale is legal? What I am, however, is a real estate broker who has worked in Lake Oswego since 1975 and a resident of the west end of Lake Oswego, namely, Westlake since 1988.

In my past life,I also worked for the City of Portland (Water Bureau), City of Wilsonville (Planning Department) and the City of Los Angeles (Public Works, Recreation and Parks and Civil Service Departments).  As a normal course of all of those positions, I was required to attend City Council hearings and meetings.

Lake Oswego City Council

The other evening I watched the Council proceedings on T.V.  It was, and I embarrassed to admit, the first and only Lake Oswego Council proceeding I’ve ever witnessed. Unfortunately, I have been stewing over the sale of the WEB ever since.  This post is not a political post, but is being written as a resident, real estate broker and former government employee.

Questions Regarding The Sale Of The WEB

In every government I held a position, there were policies in place that needed to be followed on how to dispose of City property.  My understanding is that the City of Lake Oswego’s policy is extremely vague.

Question: Inasmuch as this property is a government building, was voted on by the citizens of Lake Oswego to purchase, was funded by the citizens through their tax dollars, do we not have a right as Lake Oswego residents to vote on 1) whether or not to keep the building, 2) how to dispose or develop the building and 3) whether or not to accept any offers and, particularly, the offer that was ultimately accepted by the Council members?

As a real estate broker, representing a seller, my job is to get the highest and best price for the seller.

Question: Why was the WEB not placed on the open market to solicit the highest and best offer for the building?

Watching the proceedings, it was stated many times that the building was never offered for sale on the open market to solicit the highest and best offer. Also at the proceedings there was a letter of intent presented to submit a second offer at the current asking price which wasn’t even considered. No effort at all was made to see what the highest and best price would be for the WEB that buyers would be willing to pay. Did the city council uphold their oath to undertake the best interests of its citizens?

Question: When I place a property for sale, I always complete a competitive market evaluation for my sellers to assist in determining a fair market value for the property. Why was there no appraisal done on this property?Why weren’t we informed as residents as to the value and worth of the WEB?

Apparently, and I could be wrong, there was never even an appraisal done on the property. And, in fact, only at this meeting was there a commercial broker present to testify on the “real value” and the current price the City was asking. The entire Council seemed oblivious and ignorant as to what the”real” value of the WEB is. Why was there no appraisal done? Why wasn’t there an appraiser available to testify as to what the WEB is actually worth? 

Question: Why weren’t HOAs present to testify as to how any development would affect those areas/neighborhoods surrounding the WEB?

I was shocked to see a lady testifying on what effect any development would have on the surrounding areas/neighborhoods when in fact she wasn’t even a resident in any of those affected neighborhoods?

Question: Why wasn’t or isn’t the Lake Grove Redevelopment overlay part of this development? What is the City’s master plan as it relates to this area and site?

The city was in rush to get this “deal” closed. They handed the buyer a zone change allowing the buyer to build or do anything he wants to the property with no conditions placed on future development. Yet, is there not a city master plan?  Is there not a Lake Grove overlay that also encompasses this area? One of the members of staff acted as if he didn’t know what business the new buyer was in when he was questioned by the Council. I researched the buyer on line and they build hotels. I can’t believe you would even consider, let alone accept an offer, without knowing who the buyer was and what their intentions were for the development of the property.

Question: The Council stated there was no money to take care of Lake Oswego’s infrastructure and since this building is vacant, has had no designated use, they needed the sale to provide for other services in our town.

The City of Lake Oswego purchased 3 properties that I am aware of in excess of $3 million that are sitting empty. They purchased those 3 properties with taxpayer monies for the North Anchor project. Yet, the citizens have voted against a new library, have voted against the North Anchor project yet no mention was made that these buildings are sitting idle, that the money was wasted, that the money could be used to fund projects and the WEB. The City of Lake Oswego is intent on building a new library and city hall on those properties spending even more money and at yet greater expense to the taxpayers of our town.

Question:  Why is there no real estate broker on staff for the City?

Again, every government agency I worked for had a licensed restate broker hired to protect the interests of the taxpayers, market the property, solicit offers, and to follow the legal procedure to sell government buildings. Also, I have been recruited by many cities as a real estate broker for those types of positions. I am amazed that the city sells government owned land without any real estate knowledge, expertise or advice.

Question:  Do amenities increase the value of real estate?

Yes they do. In fact, First Addition, Evergreen, Old Town, etc. are all areas that are already high in real estate value because all amenities are located in the downtown core for them to enjoy. When I moved to Westlake, it was not as popular as it is today. It was pretty much an area that was “hard sell” since there was nothing families could use or enjoy. Once Westlake Park was developed, along with the walking paths, my area grew in popularity and now families enjoy this area.  Lake Grove is never considered, has little to no amenities, and it is being controlled to stay that way by the city.  Amenities add value. Lake Grove is part of Lake Oswego and more amenities are needed and should be developed in the west end. Most of the taxpayers of this city live in the west end. Most of the businesses who pay taxes are in the west end, yet the city completely ignores this part of town!

Summary:

In closing, yes, I am disappointed that the WEB was sold and at a loss; however, I am far more interested in whether the city acted in the best interests of its citizens and whether the sale is legal. There should be a policy in place, that is adhered to, when selling city owned property. There should be, in my opinion, a city attorney legal opinion on whether the sale is legal at any time decisions are made about any city property.  There should also be a licensed commercial real estate broker on staff to handle any and all real estate business, be it sales or purchases. And, lastly, there should be more citizen involvement and transparency by the city. I understand there are so many questions being asked by our citizens that the city is setting up a web page about the sale of the WEB.

All I can say is that it was far better I watched the proceedings from home rather than in person as I have foot in mouth disease. I know for a fact I would have jumped out of my chair during the hearing.

Looking For A Lake Oswego Home?

You can use the search at the top of this page for Lake Oswego or Portland metro area real estate.

Search For Real Estate

You can use this phone app to search for the home of your dreams either on your cell phone or tablet – http://app.summarealty.com/SMAFZ

My new website is also available and you can search for Lake Oswego real estate or any homes for sale in the metro PDX area or surrounding communities – http://www.summalakeoswego.com/realtor-betty-jung

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your condo or home. If you want to know the value of your property in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1975 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate Copyright 2008-2016. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in violation of federal copyright laws

Lake Oswego Real Estate Changes To Our Town

When community-members speak up in-opposition to a development project, it is sometimes assumed that we don’t like “change”, or “progress”.

But too-often lately our outcry includes a reaction to being caught-by-surprise, when we find plans for a project or development in our community and we feel that we did not have an opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process.

Once a project is approved by the City, and contracts are signed, we are told we are “too late” to have-a-say in a project that will have a huge, lasting impact on our community.

So, are we afraid of “progress”?

Lake Oswego Real Estate Parsons FarmLake Oswego Real Estate Changes To Our Town.lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com

Let’s use the Parsons Farm property as an example.

Is it “progress” when a historic urban farm is razed, 128 trees are cut, and six (mostly) office buildings replace it? Shouldn’t there be some trace of that property’s previous beauty left behind, in the form of a small park or natural area?

And how did this drastic change in our landscape come about, when so many community members are stating they did not know about the plans for the property, until it was “too late” to have their voices heard?

The family who owned that land had every right to sell it to whomever they choose. But we have mechanisms in-place regarding what is then built on the property. The citizens in a City should have a voice in what their community will look like, particularly when a project will impact their own property values. All citizens have a right to participate in the process.

Lake Oswego Planning Our City And Becoming Aware Of Changes

Moving forward, there are various steps we can take to get more actively-involved in plans for our City;

We must take some time out of our busy schedules to identify and monitor projects that are being considered in our City, so we may have an opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process.

We can do this by attending or watching Council meetings, and signing up for the City’s and elected officials’ newsletters.

Our City has an email address that allows us to send our questions and concerns to all City Councilors and the Mayor, in one easy step. And of course all meetings with a majority (a “quorum”) of City Councilors in-attendance are subject to Oregon’s Open Meeting law, so we may attend and hear discussions firsthand.

Attending/watching the meetings is important – details are discussed that are not always included in media coverage, or included in the meeting “minutes”. And when something is important to you, sign-up before the meeting and give your own testimony! It may seem intimidating at first, but it is also empowering. When you give that testimony, your words have become part of the official record, and have been heard & considered by your City’s leaders.

Lake Oswego City Planning Department

An area that I find lacking, in our current City government process, is the ability to locate and review current documents. Ideally, all documents should be scanned-into a database as soon as they are created, one that is easily-accessible to the public. For citizens that are not computer users, there must be a simple alternative for them to access documents and stay-informed. Some of us have provided feedback on this subject to our City’s leaders, and I hope the free-flow of information is something they will strive to improve, as time goes on. And of course, it is up to us to continue to urge improved-access, if we continue to find it to be inadequate.

I am certainly no expert on any of this. I have gleaned a lot of information over the years, by observing, reading, asking questions. The workers in government offices and agencies are frequently a huge help, in my experience. I find that many feel “serving the public” to be a part of their role as a public employee. While they appreciate that I have already done some ‘homework’ on my own by the time speak with them, they alway seem willing to offer additional help in locating & understanding the information that I seek.

Getting Involved In Your Communities 

One final thought.

I happened to be in a meeting yesterday with some officials from a neighboring city. We met to discuss a certain “superstore” planned there.

At the beginning of the meeting a city official wanted to reassure my group that the company has been following all the proper procedures prior to beginning construction. She stated that they have applied-for and received all of the necessary permits, and that they have fulfilled all of the steps required by the City prior to starting construction.

There was a brief silence, and I replied, “We know, we checked.”

She looked a little surprised momentarily, but I believe this prompted her to skip-over the sometimes simplistic information that can be offered in these meetings, and we had a productive discussion.

Some of our questions weren’t fully answered in the alloted time. But we have a follow-up meeting already scheduled, and we will be doing our research – our “due diligence” – before that next meeting.

So please – Inform yourself. Get involved. And *get active*!

I hope this helps encourage even one person to get-engaged in civic affairs in our City. You can have-a-say in in the decisions that affect your community!

Lake Oswego Real Estate Upcoming City Meetings 

If you need some help getting started, here’s a great place to begin – the page from the City’s website listing upcoming meetings. Get familiar with it, and read the agendas as they are posted:  http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/meetings

Can’t make a meeting, but don’t want to miss it?

http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/watch-meetings-online-and-cable-tv

And here’s the email address that will open the door for you to LO’s Mayor and City Council: CouncilDistribution@ci.oswego.or.us

Written by: Karen Crichton. Lake Grove

Search For Real Estate

I have a new search site available to find Portland metro and all outlying properties for sale.  You can view RMLS™ information here. My website is also available.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1975 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2016. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

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Summa Pacific Cascade
4949 Meadows Rd. #100
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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