When you're ready to enjoy some outdoor fall fun near Portland, it's hard to find a better place than Sauvie Island to spend a day. With a unique collection of farms, trails, parks, and natural areas, Sauvie Island is an outdoor lover's dream. Fall is a great time to visit some of the farms on Sauvie Island with the family, enjoy fun, seasonal activities for all ages, and explore the great outdoors. Our brokers have all of the details on some of the best Sauvie Island fall activities for you to enjoy this year.
Did you know that Washington ranks second only to California for wine production in the United States? Several wineries are located near Bainbridge Island homes for sale, where the climate is more ideal for grape-growing than in some European wine regions.
Enjoy quality wine along with the beautiful scenery at these top Bainbridge Island wineries, just a ferry ride away from Seattle homes for sale
Last year, personal finance website WalletHub awarded Portland the title of America's top foodie city. This comes as no surprise to our brokers, who love to explore Portland's culinary landscape with these delightful food tours. Get a true taste of what the local area has to offer when you sign up for one of these tours.
For Chad Estes, success is about relationships. And in 2022, he even worked on his relationship with himself. To the question "How do you manage your time?" he answers, "I block my time a lot. And this year I've tried to add more 'me time.'" He's spending more time at the gym and scheduling quiet time for himself. He's earned it.
Over the years in Portland, Chad and his partner Rey have fostered four children. When those children went back to their homes, Chad became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for children in his community. Every child in the Oregon foster system is entitled to a CASA advocate and the need is great. Only one child in ten has a CASA advocate assigned to them and, as Chad puts it, "It's a challenging program. You interact with the child a lot, but it's required that you remain objective. You submit a monthly report to the judge about the child's needs, not necessarily their wants."
Chad and Rey became involved with a local elementary school through their foster children and for numerous years before COVID they hosted a major July 4th fund raiser for the school. "It became a big deal," Chad says. "We had ponies, face-painters, everything we could think of to make it fun. And we raised thousands of dollars for the school to provide supplies for the kids who needed them." That felt good, he says, and he applies that feel good attitude to his work as a realtor.
When he's working with a buyer, Chad does everything he can to assure they're getting what they need. "Even if they've fallen in love with a nightmare property," he says, "I'm going to make sure they know what they're getting into and try to steer them toward a property that will work for them." Chad is in it for the long haul, and that's where his approach works best. "I'm casual; I'm relaxed. I don't want to turn and burn. I want to know all about the property, so I can help my client get what they need."
"Most of my work is from repeat clients," he says. That, he asserts, is because he doesn't just sell them a house; he stays with them. Every client is individual, and Chad takes the time to get to know them. When he sees something he knows a client would like to have, he gets it for them. "One year, I dropped off a deicer at 100 clients' doors before a storm and strapped my card onto the bags." His partner works at a nearby hospital, and Chad delivers cupcakes there once a month. "I do these things because I want to be nice, and I get leads at the same time."
His advice to agents, new or established, is "Don't overspend on marketing and advertising. Just be authentic, participate in your community, and the leads come in." He says he'd rather spend $800 on gifts and cards for his clients than on advertising. It took Chad a couple of years to build his network. Then, he says 'the ball started rolling on its own.'
His strategies clearly work. Chad's industry awards include National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals Top Agent In the United States and the only one in Oregon. Top Agent in Oregon overall. Coldwell Banker International President's Club Elite Member 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. (Top 5% internationally. Roughly 94,000 agents in 2019). Naglrep Top agent 2019. Realtrends Oregon's Top agents list: 2017, 2018, 2019
Navy Federal Credit Union preferred Broker. Coldwell Banker Luxury Property Specialist.Cartus Certified Relocation agent.
Chad admits his methods require extra effort. "I have a database of over 1,500 birthdays and anniversaries and I send out handwritten holiday cards to my clients every year." It pays off. And it's all about cultivating genuine relationships.
The Emerald City is home to its fair share of culinary legends, and our brokers know you'll need a good meal to keep your energy high when you're visiting Seattle homes for sale. For an unforgettable twist on an American classic, you shouldn't overlook this city's take on the good, old-fashioned burger.
Do you want to save money while enjoying everything Portland has to offer? Our brokers have a suggestion or two that may be just what you're looking for. Portland's vibrant community has plenty to offer, and you can fill a weekend near Portland homes for sale without spending a single cent.
Let's take a closer look at some of the many fun and budget-friendly places you can enjoy around Portland:
Situated on the highest of Seattle's iconic seven hills, Queen Anne is known for its remarkable buildings and landmarks. In fact, the neighborhood is named for one of its more prominent architectural styles.
When our brokers want to show off Seattle to visitors, these memorable landmarks are on the viewing list.
Portland homes for sale are smack dab in the middle of one of America's most unique and vibrant cities. Portland has long been known for following the beat of its own drum, and you'll find this reflected in all the city has to offer – from businesses to nonprofits, historic sites, and parks.
You truly can explore Portland every day for a year and only scratch the surface. Our brokers think that's one of the most exciting parts of living in The City of Roses, but it can also be a lot to take in. So, we have a selection of just a few local "hidden gems" to get you started.