Something to Look Forward to this Summer in PDX

This is a blog post I have looked forward to writing!  It’s all about simple pleasures these days.  Sauvie Island, for most Portlanders, evokes a special feeling.  It’s a short 10 miles from downtown, but crossing the Sauvie Island bridge and seeing sprawling farmland crowned by the four cascade mountain view (yes, on clear days you can see the top of Mt. Rainier too)–makes you exhale immediately.  For some it’s biking, beach combing, fishing, kayaking or hiking, but the collective draw is the farms.  Picking berries, stone fruit and flowers, hayrides, summer concerts, sipping wine and beer while dining on food cart delicacies and leaving with food grown by hardworking local farmers.  Summer isn’t complete in Portland without a day on Sauvie Island.

This year I had the ultimate pleasure of helping very dear friends of mine realize their dream of owning a farm on Sauvie Island. It was a complicated and emotional transaction for all, but the end result was relieved and happy clients!  Kruger’s Farm is now owned by an amazing local Sauvie Island family and has been renamed Topaz Farm.  Kat and Jim are two of the smartest, hardworking people I know and their vision for the farm is going to blow your mind.  Think farm-to-plate brunches and dinners, sipping wine, beer, local coffee or strawberry rhubarb lemonade while shopping in the farm store that features their own produce, as well as other Sauvie Island and local products.  They have in-house chefs that create pasta, kale chips, pastries, pies, sandwiches, otter pops, etc., for the farm store using their produce.  They use organic farming practices and plan to be an educational farm.  They’ve partnered with the Sauvie Island Center to create camp and field trip opportunities for our schools.  They are creating a bee wheel garden (the first of its kind on the west coast) and have all kinds of plans for future enrichment programs.  They’ve accomplished all this just since they purchased the farm in January.  Can you imagine what the future holds?!!

Of course COVID-19 has changed a few things, but visiting a farm and getting outside isn’t one of them.  Don’t we all need a change of scenery!  There are some things that are on hold right now and Topaz Farm is following a very strict COVID-19 policy to keep their customers and employees safe.  Follow them on Instagram or Facebook to stay up-to-date on berry picking calendars, farm-to-plate dinners and possibly a creative summer concert series.

When you visit Topaz Farm you will likely meet the whole family.  Their daughters Maggie and Odessa work right alongside of their parents.  Kat’s brother, Peter is working tirelessly to build all sorts of new farm features (clever mobile farm store displays, new pens for the animals, etc).  I know they will be pleased to make your acquaintance (tell ‘em we sent ya!)

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting the farm on opening day, May 27th.  Enjoy some of the photos from our visit.



Need to Sell During a Pandemic? Learn How We Did it With This Home.

Many people wonder if it is a good time to sell during this pandemic. Is it safe? Are houses still selling? How does it work?

The latest statistics show that although there are fewer homes listed for sale, Portland’s real estate market is still robust. The great news is, home inventory and interest rates are still quite low, and depending on motivation, people either desire or need to change their living situations.

So how is it different now? As real estate brokers we are seeing an increased need for comprehensive marketing strategies that include agent only video tour, 3-D video, and floor plans. We are all using a no touch policy, safe practices such as wearing masks and gloves, wiping down surfaces and physical distancing.

Here is a recap of my currently pending listing:

  • When it came time for these sellers to move, I walked through the home and made notes regarding what to do to prepare for sale. This was done while the seller was working outside in his oversized yard. 
  • I reached out to my team of contractors and coordinated, interior paint throughout, carpet to be installed, power washing, gutters to be cleaned, professional yard maintenance and a deep cleaning. Everyone did their jobs on different days. Then I wiped down high touch areas after interior work was done.
  • When the home was ready, I lightly staged the home, and last but not lease my cleaning team made the home safe for potential buyers to take a look.
  • The photographer used protective gear while taking photos and video.
  • Instead of an open house, I offered 3-D walk through tour (Matterport Tour) and the home’s very own website for easy online viewing.
  • When buyers wanted to see the home in person, appointments were booked with ample time between to allow everyone space.
  • When the right offer came along, all paperwork was filed electronically. This is a service we have been using for years and are quite familiar with.

All this work has been done during the “shelter in place” order! Real estate is considered essential, and people need to sell or purchase for many different reasons during Covid-19.

Are you looking to invest in a home? Whether you are a first- time home buyer or adding to your real estate portfolio, I will provide exceptional professionalism, well-informed service and guidance through your sale or purchase.