Fishhawk Lake Real Estate Keep a Journal of Your Home and Make a Buyer Happy!


When we bought our lakefront home from friends, they had an extensive “journal” that they handed us. It was very organized and included extended warranties,brand names of window treatments, who they used for putting in the flooring, etc. all neatly categorized and in a ringed notebook.
Get Your Ducks in a Row!

ducks in a row

Since then, I have kept every receipt of repair work, new purchases (like the new part for the central vacuum system), housecleaning receipts, maintenance agreements for the heating/cooling systems, pest control,  everything pertaining to it that would be of interest to a new buyer. 

What it did for us, when we purchased this lovely lakefront home was to have ONE PLACE to go for repair phone numbers, contacts, a running history of the home and the age of certain appliances, etc., AND showed how well maintained the home had been! 

Very powerful ammunition when the time comes for a buyer to be getting serious about making an offer or after an accepted offer and during/after a home inspection. It is the optimal papertrail since the buyer eventually will be on their own with this home that you’ve taken such good care of. 

Choose one place to be able to easily retrieve it to add new receipts, etc. Maybe even put tabs in for easy access, categorizing the different aspects of the journal, making it even simpler for the buyer to look at (like “Extended Warranties”).  If it is in a place that you always use, it will make it that much easier to stay on top of  keeping those items of interest organized and available. I keep mine in a bottom drawer near where I keep my other papers by the phone. 

ducks in a row in the lake

This will be such a great way to let your buyer know that your home has been loved and cared for and you have something to support that and pass along for a seamless transition!

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My New Client Watched Me Canoeing and Contacted Me!


Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-My New Client

Watched Me Canoeing and Contacted Me!

Back in 2012, I took a canoe ride…by myself. With my husband’s little point&shoot camera that I decided to use for video-taping, I tried my hand at it. 

Hey, it’s not so easy video-taping while rowing on a lake! 

It was a lovely spring day in May and I just needed to clear the cobwebs, so I indulged in a calm little Fishhawk Lake Foray.

Well, today my brand new buyer who lives in Colorado, but mostly travels all over the country for his job, took the time to watch this video on my Google YouTube site (and a couple of others) and when I told him that I was the one who took it, he seemed genuinely PLEASED and surprised!

Hey, when you live and work in the same place and you’re out in the middle of nowhere….you just 

Get’er Done!

And it paid off, because he contacted me! Now, we’re getting him pre-approved with my favorite lender so that he can have his own place, his own boat and we’ve already discussed that there’s great fishing here!!

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This Stray Dog Joined a Racing Team and Crossed the Finish Line with Them


This is SUCH an inspirational story!!!

TwistedSifter

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It all started with a meatball. Arthur, a stray dog from Ecuador, caught sight of the adventure racing Team Peak Performance during their race through the Ecuadorian jungle at the Adventure Racing World Championships. After receiving a meatball, he never left them again.

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TEAM PEAK PERFORMANCE
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Arthur Foundation
Photograph by Krister Göransson

Arthur followed the team through deep mud, in kayaks through rivers, and all the way across the finish line in the world championship. He ate, he slept, and he fought like a regular team member. A team that started as four, was suddenly now five.

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TEAM PEAK PERFORMANCE
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Arthur Foundation
Photograph by Krister Göransson

The Adventure (AR) World Series is a gruelling 430-mile (692 km) endurance race through the Amazonian rain forest. Athletes must hike, kayak and bike their way to the finish over a span…

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2014 in review My FishhawkLakeRealtor Blog


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. I had a pretty good sum of viewers this year! The most frequent place that buyers and sellers and those who were simply CURIOUS about Fishhawk Lake, mostly found it through my website: http://lakehomesatfishhawk.com/ Click on it for Fishhawk Lake Real Estate).

My blog about little Fishhawk Lake and me  has gone global! Check out the link below to see who’s looking at us and see what the most popular posts were for 2014.

Winter on Fishhawk Lake 2008 Photographed by Gayle Rich-Boxman

Winter on Fishhawk Lake 2008 Photographed by Gayle Rich-Boxman

(See below for the full report).

See you in the New Year for more successes at Fishhawk Lake! And thanks for stopping by!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Bryozoans- A Moss Animal that Shows How Healthy Fishhawk Lake is!


Bryozoans- A Moss Animal that Shows How Healthy Fishhawk Lake is!

Fishhawk Lake-Bryozoans-Who Knew??

Last night, we had our new neighbors over to get to know them. One of the questions that came up was about some gelatinous gob of goo they saw while on a kayak trip this last weekend on Fishhawk Lake. I have seen this and I swore that it was eggs waiting to hatch that would become some of our resident salamanders who are both land-dwelling and aquatic. 

Salamander

Salamander

I, however, was wrong! In doing some research online, my neighbor, Bobby found that instead they are called Bryozoans.

Bryozoans

Bryozoans

(This was exactly what I saw one day on the dock by one of our boatramps).

Bryozoans

Bryozoans

 

Not very attractive name or look, but interesting nonetheless. He found a link called “PondPros Blog” and it was addressing a question that a customer had about using their products safely with this “thing” that he took pictures of. Turns out that they are freshwater Bryozoans and this was how they were defined according to the blogger’s aquatic experts. 

Bryozoans are colonies of zooids that function together to outcompete other creatures for a similar food source.  They are filter

feeders that areClose Up of Bryozoan
not finicky in their feeding habits.  They filter the water and consume whatever microorganisms pass through their filter.  These may include bacteria
(both good and bad), protozoa, amoeba, planktonic algae, zoo plankton and the
spores or young of these various organisms.

They do not consume non-living wastes that pass through the filter; only living organisms are taken up as food.  It appears that they can only exist and thrive in oxygen rich and food rich environments.  They also require a fairly clean (no turbidity from clay/silt) water.  One other limiting factor would appear to be
depth.  A researcher noted that freshwater bryozoans were limited in his observation to around 6 feet of depth.

Commonly called a “moss animal”, here is what Wikipedia had to say:

[bryozoans] are a phylum of aquaticinvertebrate animals. Typically about 0.5 millimetres (0.020 in) long, they are filter feeders that sieve food particles out of the water using a retractable lophophore, a “crown” of tentacles lined with cilia. Most marine species live in tropical waters, but a few occur in oceanic trenches, and others are found in polar waters. One class lives only in a variety of freshwater environments, and a few members of a mostly marine class prefer brackish water. Over 4,000 living species are known. One genus is solitary and the rest colonial.

They are called zooids because they are not a completely independent animals. One of the positives mentioned above is that Fishhawk Lake must be an oxygen rich environment with it being a clean, turbidity-free environment, because these are being found here. Fishhawk Lake is our community’s water source, so when we see these creatures in our waters, I think it’s a good sign! Here was another positive that we can assume, as written in ProPond’s blog:

In light of these observations, First of all, bryozoans appear to be beneficial to removing unwanted organisms from the water, so elimination of them would likely be detrimental to the aquatic environment. 

So, leave them be if you see them, they’re a good moss animal to have around! (Yet, something ELSE in our little community to talk about while on Fishhawk Lake!)

*This one’s for you, Bobby…thank you and glad you are my newest neighbors!* 

 

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Bryozoans- A Moss Animal that Shows How Healthy Fishhawk Lake is!


Bryozoans- A Moss Animal that Shows How Healthy Fishhawk Lake is!

Fishhawk Lake-Bryozoans-Who Knew??

Last night, we had our new neighbors over to get to know them. One of the questions that came up was about some gelatinous gob of goo they saw while on a kayak trip this last weekend on Fishhawk Lake. I have seen this and I swore that it was eggs waiting to hatch that would become some of our resident salamanders who are both land-dwelling and aquatic. 

Salamander at Fishhawk Lake-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

I, however, was wrong! In doing some research online, my neighbor, Bobby found that instead they are called Bryozoans.

Bryozoans on a stick(This was exactly what I saw one day on the dock by one of our boatramps).


Not very attractive name or look, but interesting nonetheless. He found a link called “PondPros Blog” and it was addressing a question that a customer had about using their products safely with this “thing” that he took pictures of. Turns out that they are freshwater Bryozoans and this was how they were defined according to the blogger’s aquatic experts. 

Bryozoans are colonies of zooids that function together to outcompete other creatures for a similar food source.  They are filter

feeders that areClose Up of Bryozoan
not finicky in their feeding habits.  They filter the water and consume whatever microorganisms pass through their filter.  These may include bacteria
(both good and bad), protozoa, amoeba, planktonic algae, zoo plankton and the
spores or young of these various organisms.

They do not consume non-living wastes that pass through the filter; only living organisms are taken up as food.  It appears that they can only exist and thrive in oxygen rich and food rich environments.  They also require a fairly clean (no turbidity from clay/silt) water.  One other limiting factor would appear to be
depth.  A researcher noted that freshwater bryozoans were limited in his observation to around 6 feet of depth.

Commonly called a “moss animal”, here is what Wikipedia had to say:

[bryozoans] are a phylum of aquaticinvertebrate animals. Typically about 0.5 millimetres (0.020 in) long, they are filter feeders that sieve food particles out of the water using a retractable lophophore, a “crown” of tentacles lined with cilia. Most marine species live in tropical waters, but a few occur in oceanic trenches, and others are found in polar waters. One class lives only in a variety of freshwater environments, and a few members of a mostly marine class prefer brackish water. Over 4,000 living species are known. One genus is solitary and the rest colonial.

They are called zooids because they are not a completely independent animals. One of the positives mentioned above is that Fishhawk Lake must be an oxygen rich environment with it being a clean, turbidity-free environment, because these are being found here. Fishhawk Lake is our community’s water source, so when we see these creatures in our waters, I think it’s a good sign! Here was another positive that we can assume, as written in ProPond’s blog:

In light of these observations, First of all, bryozoans appear to be beneficial to removing unwanted organisms from the water, so elimination of them would likely be detrimental to the aquatic environment. 

So, leave them be if you see them, they’re a good moss animal to have around! (Yet, something ELSE in our little community to talk about while on Fishhawk Lake!)

*This one’s for you, Bobby…thank you and glad you are my newest neighbors!* 

 

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Fishhawk Lake-Greasy Spoon Road-A Bit of History About the Name


Fishhawk Lake-The Story of Greasy Spoon Road

 The legend is this from storytelling being passed down through the locals and from some research I did back in 2011 and an old railroad history website.

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 This particular set of logging roads (a mile away from Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community) have been around since the 1800s. They stretch from Fishhawk Road clear to Astoria, a coastal city an hour away, all gravel and dirt, windy and high in elevation, with fingers of dead ends that branch off in a few directions.Greasy Spoon sign

According to longtime, generational logging neighbors, there was an Asian family that set up a simple cafe/diner/camp cookhouse somewhere up off of Greasy Spoon Road (actual location unknown) to feed the loggers. At one time, there was some kind of railroad that passed through (remnants of it are still in Birkenfeld Oregon off of Neverstill Road), with one of its stops at Thompson Siding, the location of where our current clubhouse is and old railroad trestles are buried under the lake. Logs were shipped by railroad, or by horses, earlier on. 

These fellas worked long hard hours, toiling in the forestlands and it is still a very physically demanding job. I am sure that hunger was a big part of their daily demand, and feeding scads of starving loggers took copious amounts of cheap food FAST. 

If any of you have eaten at a “greasy spoon” (I did while in college after closing up my boyfriend’s bar nightly and it was the only place open after 2am), it’s basic food with plain ingredients and involves lots of lard, butter (if you’re lucky) or bacon grease! This is my definition. Wikipedia didn’t have any definition, but instead shot me over to “diner”, breakfast, and nothing much else. Maybe I should define it and send it to them?? I did find something that put the phrase “greasy spoon”  into “wobbly terms” (love that!), which is defined as this:

Wobbly lingo is a collection of technical languagejargon, and historic slang used by the Industrial Workers of the World, known as the Wobblies, for more than a century. Many Wobbly terms derive from or are coextensive with hobo expressions used through 1940s.

Origin and usage[edit]

 

Words and phrases in Wobbly lingo may have different meanings in different contexts or in different geographic areas. The “lingo” developed from the specific needs of the organisation as well as the experiences of working-class people. For several decades, many hobos in the United States were members of, or were sympathetic to, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Because of this, some of the terms describe the life of a hobo such as “riding the rails”, living in “jungles”, dodging the “bulls”. The IWW’s efforts to organise all trades allowed the lingo to expand to include terms relating to mining campstimber work, and farming.

Any way you look at it, the term does amuse the senses and seems to please all who hear it or read it when I use it as an adjective or noun while mentioning it from photos I’ve taken up there or a hike, or run that I’ve made up Greasy Spoon Road. I have had endless opportunities to take photos throughout the days and seasons and I never get the same shot twice. It even spurned a poem from my soul recently Quiet After a Forest Rain. 

Greasy Spoon Memorial Day 2010

Kasa My Golden Retriever up on Greasy Spoon Rd morning of 4.13.14-copyrighted all rights reserved Gayle Rich-Boxman 2014Greasy Spoon morning in August 2014

Greasy Spoon sunset in the trees 2014-04-29 19.25.25

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Kasa on Greasy Spoon in the fall 2014-10-09 18.34.20 (1)

Logging still goes on today, along with hunting (much to my dismay) and a few other manly activities, but mostly it’s just there for folks to take a jaunt

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or an ATV ride if they feel so inclined and it is always a perfect venue for photo ops. Be sure and take a knowledgeable friend or a GPS, because it will be quite easy for you to get lost if you don’t know your way. If you get up high enough, you can see the Columbia River in all of its splendor!

Columbia River from Greasy Spoon Rd-Gayle Rich-Boxman 7.12.14 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

OR: you can come along virtually with me and never get lost!

Gayle Rich-Boxman

REALTOR® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
“Your Gateway to the Lake!”
(Fishing, boating, swimming, wildlife,& so much more!)
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Fishhawk Lake Fall Fotos!


Fishhawk Lake Fall Fotos for Fun!

Our lakefront view

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Fall trees at Fishhawk Lake Gayle Rich-Boxman 2011   www.lakehomesatfishhawk.com

A maple on Fishhawk Road

The view from the bridge over Fishhawk Creek facing the Lake

autumn leaves on Greasy Spoon Road

Autumn leaves on Greasy Spoon Road 

Berg farm in autumn

The Berg Farm on Fishhawk Road

Peacock at Cascadian Nursery

A peacock with an autumn backdrop at Cascadian Nursery

fall on Fishhawk Road Schoenky lot

A peek at the lake from Fishhawk Road Autumn 2007

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 The fall “foto” of Fishhawk Lake that I use for my website and business cards.

Originally posted in ActiveRain 9/25/2014 by Gayle Rich-Boxman.  

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Fishhawk Lake-Sheds for Vacant Land or Property with Established Home


Fishhawk Lake Real Estate- Sheds for Vacant Land or Property with Established  Home 

Often when people are looking at buying vacant land here at Fishhawk Lake, they want to know what kind of building they can put on it until they decide to take the step to actually put a home on the property. First off, you don’t ever have to build. You can camp on it til the cows come home if you’d like! (But, no cows or chickens or goats allowed, sorry). You can leave a motor home for sixty days per year on the property. 

If you want to put a shed on it, you can go up to 96 sq. ft. We just bought a vacant lot and put this darling barnstyle shed on it–so cute! It was built off-site and brought in. Old Hickory Sheds is who we worked with.

 

Tuff Sheds are another option. They are quite functional, and both come with either gravel in a level foundation or concrete, your choice. Both can come with windows, shelving, etc. They will also level the shed once it arrives. 

If you own a home at Fishhawk Lake, you can have any size shed you want. We built a doggie condo for our Golden Retrievers about a year and a half ago, 

Doggie condo at Fishhawk Lake

and with this type of design or any that you build, you will need to go through the Fishhawk Lake Architectural Committee.  It is supposed to match the home as closely as possible. 

With any kind of structure whether it’s on vacant land or on the property with the home that you already own at Fishhawk Lake, you will need to present plans, setbacks, roof color and type, and a rough sketch, but it doesn’t need to be to scale. I can get you in touch with the head of the Architectural Committee if you have more specific questions prior to a purchase.

I’ve done it all, from buying a vacant lot to the largest home on Fishhawk Lake so let me be your 

“Gateway to the Lake!”

Call me today!!

Gayle C. Rich-Boxman real estate expert for Fishhawk Lake

 REALTOR® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905

Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Reserve and  Community

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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Finances versus Desires-Getting Creative in Buying Property


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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Finances versus Desires-Getting Creative in Buying Property

When Real Estate Isn’t About the Money

(Even Though It Is)

There are those buyers who will pinch every last dime out of a transaction and come away the only winner. 

These are not the buyers I’m talking about. 

The buyers that more often come along are the ones with a strong wish, desire or driving force that is creating a need for a property that they don’t currently have. It’s not just driven by the budget, but by an emotion. 

It could be one of these:

I want to be 10 minutes from my work”. 

“I want an ocean view”. 

“I want to live out in the country, in wide open spaces with no close neighbors”. 

“I want to live on a lake so that my grandkids can enjoy what I had as a child”.

These buyers may start out with a budget. But, the savvy realtor has to look at these buyers and first determine: who is the decision maker? Is it the spouse with the champagne taste or the other spouse with the beer budget? Who is driving the bus and who is just along for the ride? 

If the realtor really pays attention to the ultimate wishlist, then the buyers may end up falling in love with that particular property that gives them the WOW factor that they were seeking, but is above their current budget. 

It happens!

If the WOW factor has hit them between the eyes, then it certainly could have the same kind of effect on others down the road when it comes time to sell that same property. They may be spending more now, but they could also be buying that gem that will be a great investment because they saw the worth that others will see, too. 

Of course, there is the buyer who goes for the Pygmalion in the community; that diamond in the rough that they can get for a steal. Then that may be the driving force. The POTENTIAL. At a great price. 

But….let’s get back to the buyers who have found their dream property, yet it’s going to require more money. The “buy in” is that the realtor has given them what they were seeking emotionally, now it’s time to get creative with the money. Unless they’re paying cash, they will need a great loan person with creative solutions. Do they have other assets they could sell? Any stocks that they could liquidate?  Do they have an equity line-of-credit? Could they borrow against a 401K (not necessarily the best solution)?  If it’s a vacation property could it become a rental? A good loan expert can offer some wonderful ways to get creative at a potentially low interest rate and it could even offer some tax benefits. 

Years ago, before I knew I would be in real estate, my husband and I found Fishhawk Lake. We ended up buying a lot, just after we’d bought a brand new tent trailer. We figured we’d camp on our lot for a few years, then build. Then the almost- brand new, custom-built home next door went into foreclosure (this was long before the whole mortgage debacle). It was a gorgeous 2-story chalet.71291 Northshore Drive Birkenfeld OR 97016

The price was reasonable, but still more than we could manage. But, we wanted it! We told our realtor at the time to throw out a ridiculously low price to the bank. He said they’d never go for it. They immediately dropped the price $20,000 in a counter-offer. We got busy, quickly selling the tent trailer and my husband’s Corvette. A little more finnagling financially and we walked into our vacation home with about $20,000 equity! And it had only had one owner for about a year. Later, our vacation home became our full-time home and then I became a realtor and ended up selling it TWICE after we purchased it, in 2003! Now it has full-timers who absolutely LOVE it. (Just like we did). 

When people have a strong emotional desire that they’ve had for years, they decide that they want to fulfill it and the realtor delivers, it’s amazing what buyers will do to make it happen. 

Let me help you get creative with fulfilling your dreams!

 Gayle C. Rich-Boxman
REALTOR® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
“Your Gateway to the Lake!”
(Fishing, boating, swimming, wildlife,& so much more!)
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