Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty announces new lending partner, Academy Mortgage

Portland, Oregon (January 31, 2018) – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty announces a new partnership with Academy Mortgage to provide lending services to brokerage clientele. Academy is Oregon’s fastest growing mortgage company according to 2017 CoreLogic Data. Academy lenders will have a presence in all Cascade Sotheby’s offices in Oregon and SW Washington to better serve homebuyers with leading mortgage options.
“Academy Mortgage’s presence in the Pacific Northwest and reputation for A+ service and products align perfectly with the Cascade Sotheby’s brand,” says Michael Kosmin, chief operation officer, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “Academy is one of the top independently owned purchase lenders in the U.S.-they close home loans quickly and efficiently while making our clients feel comfortable every step of the way.  Their affiliation with Cascade Sotheby’s will be a huge asset to our clients.”
According to Academy Mortgage, unlike banks and mortgage lenders that consolidate operations and service offsite, Academy has the distinct advantage of being a direct lender, which means all loan processing, underwriting, closings, and funding are handled at local branch offices. Branch offices – and now lending representatives at Cascade Sotheby’s offices – have the tools and resources in-house to expedite these processes, resulting in a proven track record of closing loans as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“We are honored and privileged to partner with this great company and these amazing industry leaders – the partnership provides a unique synergy as both companies have experienced a tremendous amount of growth and momentum in the Oregon and SW Washington market,” says Patrick Welberg, Pacific Northwest Regional Manager of Academy Mortgage. “Cascade Sotheby’s also shares our commitment to giving back to the local communities in which we do business-we are looking forward to partnering with this excellent brokerage on community services initiatives as well.”
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty franchise owner and CEO, Deb Tebbs, was the first on the West Coast to secure a Sotheby’s International Realty franchise to launch in Central Oregon in 2006. In 2015, she was awarded the franchise for Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty brokerages in Portland, Lake Oswego, SW Washington and the Oregon Coast. Portland is the last metro market in the nation for a Sotheby’s International Realty real estate presence.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, which exceeded $1.3 billion in closed sales in 2017, continues its innovative approach to uniting extraordinary lives with extraordinary homes building on these statistics:

  • $30 million in company revenue in 2017
  • 325% sales growth from 2015 to 2017
  • More than two times the market share in Central Oregon than closest competitor
  • More than 250 brokers across Oregon and SW Washington
  • More than 80 new brokers signed in 2017 alone
  • Average price point for Cascade Sotheby’s agents is 33% higher than other agents in Portland and SW Washington
  • 11 offices in Oregon and SW Washington

About Academy Mortgage

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2016 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. It is the company’s mission to become 1st CHOICE in delivering the dream of sustainable homeownership by inspiring hope and building prosperity in the lives of its employees, homebuilders, real estate agents, and in the communities that it serves. Academy is headquartered in Draper, Utah; has more than 330 branches and 3,200 employees across the country; and is licensed to originate loans in 49 states and Washington D.C.

About Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

Harnessing the worldwide recognition and prestige of the Sotheby’s name, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty expertly represents the most distinctive properties at every price range. The firm’s 11 strategic locations throughout Oregon and southern Washington form the most expansive luxury real estate network in the Pacific Northwest. Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty brokers are masters of their craft, combining local expertise and global connections to artfully unite extraordinary places with extraordinary lives. The firm achieved a billion dollars in sales in the first 11 months of 2016, joining only 25 Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates in the world with this distinction. Exceptional service, continual innovation, and unrivaled market knowledge continue to set Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty apart as an industry leader.

Culver: A Beautiful Area to Live in Central Oregon

With a small population of nearly 1,500 residents, Culver could be overlooked by someone moving to Central Oregon. However, the town is in a gorgeous area, close to the stunning Billy Chinook Lake and The Cove Palisades State Park. It’s also situated between two national forests; the Ochoco National Forest is to the east, and the Deschutes National Forest is to the west. With these beautiful places in the neighborhood, you’ll have plenty to do around Culver throughout the year.
Billy Chinook Lake is one of the main attractions that brings visitors to Culver. The lake was formed by the Deschutes, Crooked, and Metolius rivers, as well as the Round Butte Dam. The dam and lake provide electricity for homes all over the state, including the Culver area.
Surrounded by tall canyon walls, the lake is known for its scenic beauty and comfortable size. It’s more than 7 miles long and has 75 miles of shoreline, giving everyone space to have fun, even in peak season.
The lake is an especially popular destination for fishing. You can catch a wide variety of fish in its waters, from Bull Trout and Rainbow Trout to Kokanee and Small Mouth Bass. Of course, you can also enjoy other water activities, like boating, skiing, and kayaking. You can even rent a houseboat to tour the lake in total comfort.
Best of all, since Central Oregon is a high desert, you’re guaranteed to have sunshine for most of the year. You can go to the lake every week and enjoy blue skies and a lovely sunset.
The lake is gorgeous from above, too. If you go hiking in The Cove Palisades State Park, which surrounds the southern part of the lake, you can get beautiful views of the blue-green water. The state park also has spacious, quiet campgrounds with rental cabins, tent sites, several beaches, and a store with food and supplies. You can take a trail to the canyon rim, watch bald eagles flying, and end the day with a campfire meal or a dinner at Cove Palisades Resort.
If you fall in love with the views from Cove Palisades State Park, why not buy a home overlooking the lake? For example, this lovely 5-bedroom home has incredible lake views in many rooms. You can wake up and see, straight from your bed, a sunrise over the water. Or you can host an evening barbeque on the back deck and watch the stars appear over the canyon.
Custom Home on Lake Billy Chinook
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For a home that’s right next to Cove Palisades State Park, check out this 3-bedroom Craftsman with views of the canyon. It has a swimming pool and patio, so you be outside even on the hottest days to gaze at the canyon.
Lake Billy Chinook and Cascade Mountain Views
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Culver itself is a nice town to be close to, as well. Despite being a small farming community, it draws a lot of visitors several times a year for events like the Crawdad Festival in August and the annual drag-boat race at Haystack Reservoir.
For the Crawdad Festival, visitors come for the food, festivities, and activities in Culver throughout the day. Events include a scenic morning Bicycle Poker Ride, a fun parade, a Chuck-Wagon Cook-Off, and a big Cajun Crawdad Meal. Between the events, you can browse a range of vendors, play games like Bingo, hang out at the beer garden, and listen to live local music.
The drag-boat race is another popular event that brings both professional and amateur racers to the town. In fact, anyone with a boat can show up for the race. The atmosphere is welcoming and family-friendly, perfect for every experience level. In other words, if you want to feel what it’s like to push your boat to its max speed, here’s your chance!
This positive atmosphere is exactly what you can expect from Culver. Every newcomer to the town is welcomed. It may not be big, but it offers a lot of beauty, comfort, and friendliness.
View more information about this wonderful area and see real estate listings in Culver on our community page.

Portland Homes for Sale with Beautiful Backyards

There are so many wonderful reasons for living in the city; everything is fairly close, more job opportunities, a wide selection of schools, and the endless entertainment and food options are a nice benefit. Having a nice, private outdoor area and backyard to go home to at the end of the day is an added luxury when living in the city. Whether you’re single, have a family, or simply enjoy entertaining guests, having a great outdoor space is always a plus and sometimes even a must-have when buying a house.
Portland, Oregon has a wide variety of homes that offer all the benefits of living in the city but also have beautiful, landscaped outdoor areas for your family and friends to enjoy. Here is selection of CSIR properties in Portland that have a great backyards.

Riverfront Home

With a private, walled courtyard entrance, this stunning home is located right on the Willamette River with beautiful views. This estate has an open concept with large wood beams throughout, a gourmet kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and a guesthouse for entertainment. The outdoor space is breathtaking; features include a soaking pool, large patio, a full kitchen off the backyard, river access, and tons of privacy that will make you forget that you live in the city.
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Portland Bungalow

Stroll to the Multnomah Art Center from this cute, 4 bedroom bungalow in Southwest Portland. With the perfect balance of old charm and new finishes, this home not only has a beautiful flow inside, it has a wonderful backyard. Features include, hardwood floors, bright open concept, new appliances, covered patio, and plenty of outdoor space for entertaining outside.
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Beautiful Restored Craftsman

This is your chance to live in the heart one of Southeast Portland’s most walkable neighborhoods, in a beautifully restored craftsman-style home. Features include 6 bedrooms, large galley-style kitchen, wonderful front porch, and a bonus office area opening up into a private backyard. Enjoying your outdoor space with family and friends will always be a delight in this lovely home!
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Stunning Cape Cod

Located in Northeast Portland, the beautiful landscaped front lawn and outdoor space will catch everyone’s eye. While entering the home, you will find an open concept living space flowing into the beautiful kitchen and dining area with modern sleek finishes. Featured out back is a 2 car garage with an attached workroom, large patio, and lots of yard space to entertain.
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Wonderful Portland Home

Enjoy the ease of this stylish, move-in ready home in Forest Heights. Features include vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and living space, a large master suite on main level, gas fireplace, and a finished basement. This home may be close to downtown, but you will have the luxury of having a quiet, private backyard along with a covered deck.
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Tudor Charmer

Full of 1940’s charm, this home is situated on a beautiful piece of property and is minutes from parks, shopping, and transportation. Features include 3 bedrooms, updated finishes in every room, wood-burning fireplace, and a finished basement. The huge bonus of this home is it’s outdoor space; brick patio out back, matured foliage, and a beautifully landscaped backyard perfect for BBQs and gardeners, an all around cozy feel for you and your family.
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Farms and Ranches with Mountain Views For Sale in Oregon

Oregon is fortunate enough to have it all when it all when it comes to landscapes and the outdoors. You can enjoy everything high deserts, forests, mountains, oceans, and more, all within a few hours of each other! Farms and ranches are everywhere in Oregon and they are able to meet many wants and needs when it comes to a certain lifestyle for your family. Whether you have livestock, crops, or simply enjoy the acreage, outdoors, and peacefulness that comes along with it, you can certainly find that opportunity to buy your own land here in Oregon. Here is a list of farms and ranches for sale in Oregon that have beautiful mountain views. Contact one of our offices today if you’re interested in learning more about owning a farm or ranch in Oregon. Visit our farm and ranch community page to see many more incredible listings around Oregon.

R & B Ranch

This is a once and a lifetime chance to live in one of the most luxurious and premier properties in the Northwest, with magnificent views of the Cascade Mountains! Features include over 500 acres of property, a main home that is over 14,000 square feet, a large guest house, a manager’s home, an indoor and outdoor recreation area for horses, a beautiful barn with individual stall, and much, much more!
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Box S Ranch

This beautiful, secluded ranch sits on 280 acres of fields, riding trails, 2 stocked ponds, and has a large guest home, barn, and the perimeters are entirely fenced. The main home features 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, a large stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, decks, and patios, and a 4 car garage. Enjoy mountain views and privacy while only being a short drive from Bend.
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Stoneybrook Ranch

Stoneybrook Ranch is located on 79 acres in Powell Butte, Oregon with gorgeous views of the Cascade Mountains. Throughout the home are many natural, rustic, and stone elements, making the home cozy and welcoming. Features include 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a bright open concept, attached 3 car garage, inviting front porch, and a beautiful back deck with great views. Also included is a large barn with 8 stalls, runs, tackroom, hay barn, shop, and 60 plus acres of water rights for hay and grazing livestock.
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Majestic Thunder Ranch

Located in Oakridge, only 35 miles from Eugene, Majestic Thunder Ranch features 171 acres of incredible land that’s surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range. This home is beautifully finished on the outside including a two car garage, workshop, a front patio, and a large deck out back with beautiful views. The property includes an equestrian facility, spacious bunkhouse for guests, 10 RV hookups, and thousands of dollars in farm equipment. Features in the main home include 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a nice open concept, and a beautiful kitchen. This ranch is a great opportunity to have mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, and golfing all in your very own backyard.
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Cascade Mountain Views

With 168+ acres of irrigated farmland and 178+ acres total, this incredible Oregon farm includes a variety of crops; fallow, alfalfa, grass hay, and pasture. The property also includes pivots, wheel lines, and hand lines. Along with beautiful Cascade Mountain views, this farm features a barn with 4 horse runs, shop, hay barn, machine shed with storage room, tack room, and covered corral with cattle equipment. The home itself is 3 bedrooms, has a wonderful open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, granite counters, and hickory cabinets throughout.
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Custom Home on 10 Acres

If you’re looking for a little less acreage than a farm or ranch, check out this custom home in Central Oregon. Located just south of the heart of Bend, this luxurious property features tile, stone, and wood finishes throughout as well as heated floors. The master suite is located on the main level, the property is beautifully landscaped, and the wraparound decks offer outstanding views of Central Oregon. A bonus guest living quarters is above the 3 car garage that also has an RV bay, stalls, and tack room. Enjoy a night by the fire pit or grilling on the outdoor island with your friends and family.
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Portland Homes for First Time Buyers

While ringing in the New Year, you and your family might’ve been thinking about buying your first home. House hunting can be tricky which is why the experienced brokers at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland, Oregon are dedicated to helping you find the perfect first home and make the experience of buying it less stressful. Portland is a fun and growing city with tons of opportunities for work and play, perfect for first time home buyers. Here are a few homes for sale in Portland that just might be the perfect price and location for your needs.

Kenton Charmer

This adorable 2 bedroom home is located in North Portland and is within walking distance to dining, shops, and parks. Features include a bright open floor plan, single car garage, fenced backyard, crown molding, and beautiful cosmetic finishes.
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Woodstock Bungalow

Enjoy your first home experience in this sweet 3 bedroom, 1950 Portland bungalow. With its original floors, fully developed trees, and a completely updated kitchen and bath, this home is filled with classic charm. Features include a gas fireplace, a beautiful pergola with a fully landscaped backyard, and an unfinished basement, perfect for a workshop or adding your own ideas to the house.
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Wonderful First Home

This 4 bedroom ranch-style home meets a beautiful modern twist. You’ll notice all of its beautiful modern elements, large windows, wood floors, and a wonderful fireplace. The kitchen has been completely upgraded and features sliding doors that take you out back to your large fenced backyard. This home is move-in ready and also at a great price point, possibly being the perfect residence for a first time home buyer.
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Newer Home, Great Location

A quick commute from the heart of downtown Portland, this newer 4 bedroom home is located in a desirable, SW Portland neighborhood facing a lush nature preserve. Features include stainless steel appliances, granite tile countertops, spacious two car garage, and two fireplaces, one located in the living room and the other in the master bedroom. The home has easy access to the MAX as well as Highway 217 and 26.
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Beaumont Village Bungalow

Newly remodeled, this 3 bedroom 1 bath bungalow is an absolute gem. Gorgeous cosmetic updates have been added and the home also features a kitchen, a large bonus room upstairs, a beautifully fenced backyard, a wraparound deck with hot tub, and so much more! Enjoy living in a wonderful Portland neighborhood within walking distance of a lot of things to do.
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Walk Score of 85

Cozy up in this super cute 2 bedroom corner lot home in southeast Portland. This residence has easy access to major roads, great restaurants, and plenty of shopping. Features include refinished wood floors, a wood burning stove in the living room, large master suite, fenced backyard, beautifully matured trees, and a covered deck, great for entertaining with friends and family.
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