Fishhawk Lake real estate

Trends in Real Estate at Fishhawk Lake Birkenfeld Oregon!

June 16th, 2016

I have been updating my sellers about what these trends are looking like almost weekly, but thought that future buyers and sellers might want to have this information at their fingertips as well.

Several trends are occurring in our Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community (FLRC) in the last few months. The inquiries I have gotten and sales that have happened as a result have been about the lower-priced properties here at Fishhawk Lake, specifically those under $200,000. Properties that are off-the-lake that the lakefront buyers weren’t interested in have almost all been snatched up and there is very low inventory in this price-point.

71517 Fishhawk Road Birkenfeld OR 97016 $169,000

71517 Fishhawk Road
Birkenfeld OR 97016 $169,000

JUST SOLD!!

Another trend I am seeing are the calls about would-be full time residents! People who are getting sick and tired of dealing with the fast-paced growth in Portland, the increasing traffic and the crazy real estate market, pricing many OUT of the market. Add the fact that with more people  working “remotely” from home for a good part of the work week,  I see an opportunity for buyers to look outside of the Portland metropolitan area for property that actually fits into their price range.

A third trend that I’m seeing as a listing agent AND a buyer’s agent is the interest in buying LAND.

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Many are looking towards the future, downsizing, traveling more, not wanting a large home anymore, or just the responsibility of HAVING a home. They want to simplify, or look to build some small cabin in the woods or on Fishhawk Lake for a reasonable sum and they are seeing a plethora of choices of vacant lots with utilities either already hooked up or available. These prices can range from a few thousand to almost $100,o00 for lakefront. I sold a lakefront lot in about a week that was listed at $100,000 and sold (cash) for $90,900. I have also been noticing that there has been some new construction happening here lately, as well. For several years, I didn’t see that.

 

 

 

You, as a buyer, have quite a variety of choices here and no two homes are alike, or vacant lots for that matter! As to sellers, when it comes to mostly vacation homes (still about 80% of them here at Fishhawk Lake), there have ALWAYS been buyers, even during the tough times after 2008, because people who have expendable income are SMART about their money; they have been and continue to be.

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So, you sellers with the $300K+ lakefront homes, don’t be dismayed! Buyers will come and buy–especially with a lower inventory to choose from!!

Are Homeowners Association Restrictions a BAD Thing?

April 24th, 2014

Fishhawk Lake-Are Homeowners Association Restrictions a Bad Thing?

Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no. Often when there is a Homeowner’s Association, potential buyers will make a mental leap to that Gestapo-like mentality and so their questions are all geared around the “restrictions” aspect instead of grasping the idea of it being  more of a guide to keep the values up in that particular community.

Fishhawk Lake is a private lake and does have a Homeowner’s Association. We are not a gated community. The CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) may SEEM lengthy, but as with any contractural and legal document, it contains a lot of “legal-ease” to cover all bases. This is what Wikipedia has to say:

In the United States, a homeowner association is a corporation formed by a real estate developer for the purpose of marketing, managing, and selling of homes and lots in a residential subdivision.

Here is a link to our Homeowners Conditions Covenants and Restrictions. FLRC CC&Rs

Our community at Fishhawk Lake was developed in the late 1960s

and the original developer wanted it as a private lake to fish and enjoy water activities in a quiet country atmosphere. He was a bit ahead of his time, as it was a hidden treasure for many years, slow to find new buyers way out in the middle of nowhere. 

                      First Existing Cabin on Fishhawk Lake Photo by: Gayle Rich-Boxman

Fast Forward….

I certainly enjoy marketing our area at Fishhawk Lake as a lifestyle, not a community that will restrict people from enjoying where they choose to live in a relaxed atomosphere. Having been a part of this private lake community  (and it is a community)for over 16 years and having had my husband be a past president, I’m okay with the rules and regulations. In reality, we just want to keep our community clean and pristine–just like the forests and waters and nature that surround us and is the very REASON why we live here!

                                      Fishhawk Lake in February Photo by: Gayle Rich-Boxman

Here are a few of the CC&Rs that I appeciate:

Oftentimes, homeowner’s fees are exorbitant. Ours are pretty darned reasonable from what my clients say over and over again. It’s once a year, $3277.00 and that includes all Fishhawk Lake amenities including water and sewer and some of this goes towards reserves. I had a fellow from San Diego exclaim  that he pays more than that in a summer and he doesn’t even water his landscape that much!

You can’t rent out your property at Fishhawk Lake for weekends to strangers or put it on Craigslist to cover your mortgage. This keeps our place quieter and safer. There is one way in and one way out…we are secluded and often, as happens with country properties, people who are here only briefly, for a day or two don’t seem to CARE about not throwing trash out the window, because they’ll never be back!  This type of community doesn’t invite that. Family and friends are welcome anytime, though!

We don’t allow certain kinds of fencing or really bright colors on homes. It’s to blend into nature and not block a neighbor’s view of this glorious slice of paradise I call home

Darlene's pontoon.

One of the pristine views on Fishhawk Lake early morn

You won’t see a bunch of dead vehicles lined up in someone’s driveway or a lot of ugly tarps covering God Knows What. There are certain trees that you can’t cut down, like evergreens unless they are posing a hazard of some sort or are diseased.

Lakefront view of a home I sold earlier this year. Gayle C. Rich-Boxman REALTOR® Vernonia Realty www.lakehomesatfishhawk.com

Lakefront view of a home I sold in 2013.
Nice and open!!

                       Fall greenery on Fishhawk Lake Photo by: Gayle Rich-Boxman

These are just some highpoints to consider when looking at Fishhawk Lake…so don’t let the idea of a Homeowner’s Association scare you off. Call me–let’s talk about the POSITIVES of our HOA!

Rainbow over the clubhouse at Fishhawk Lake.

                     Our Fishhawk Lake Clubhouse and Beach “Yoder Community Center” 
                                      One of the amenities that our HOA fees pays for

Here is a link about some common questions about Fishhawk Lake.  Intrigued? Call me for more details!

Gayle Rich-Boxman

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