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Wonderland Express is a Wonderful Celebration

2017 Wonderland Express Volunteers

Each year, a special holiday party is held. The guests are families in need who have been identified by family advocates in Central Oregon. On Saturday, Dec. 10, 2017 several Sunriver Realty brokers volunteered for the 16th annual event. 

The event offers a buffet holiday meal, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, family photos, toys, hats and scarves for children, hay rides, visits with the Sunriver Fire and Police departments and an ice cream sundae bar. Parents and guardians also receive gift cards for groceries. The event is also an opportunity for families to set aside their troubles and concerns and share the wonder and magic of the season with one another.

If you would like to learn more about Wonderland Express, call 541-593-4405 or visit 

Wonderland Express is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible (tax id # 20-0036466) with 100% of the funds raised going directly toward the event.


Pets on the Move

Moving With Pets - Sunriver Realty

Pets are known to be loyal. That trait makes them particularly sensitive to changes in their environment. A move into a new home can be particularly distressing to a pet. Here are some tips on how to help your furry friend adapt to your family's new home:

1. Update your pet's tag with your
new address.
Make sure your pet's collar is sturdy and correctly sized. The tag should also include your mobile number and e-mail address so that you can be reached during the move.

2. Request veterinary records.
Ask your current vet to send your pet's medical history directly to the new vet. Have their contact information handy in case of emergency or if the new vet has questions.

3. Keep a week's worth of food and medication with you.
You may want to ask for an extra prescription refill before you move. Take the same precaution with special therapeutic foods.

4. Seclude them from chaos.
Keep your pet in a safe, quiet room on moving day with a clear sign posted on the door. There are many light, collapsible travel crates available, but ensure it is well ventilated and sturdy enough for stress-chewers. Also, introduce your pet to the crate before the trip.

5. Prepare a pet first aid kit.
Include your vet's phone number, gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for use on bandages, nonstick bandages, towels, cotton swabs, antibiotic ointment (without pain relief medication), and 3% hydrogen peroxide.

6. Play it safe in the car.
Use a crate or carrier in the car, securing it with a seat belt. Never leave your pet in the bed of a truck, the storage area of a moving van, or alone in a parked vehicle. If you're staying overnight, find pet-friendly lodging beforehand and have kitty litter or plastic bags on hand.

7. Get ready for takeoff.
When traveling by air, check with the airline about pet requirements or restrictions and whether you must purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you.

8. Prep your new home.
Set up one room with everything your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, scratch post, and toys. Keep windows and doors closed when your pet is unsupervised, and beware of small spaces where nervous pets may hide. If your old home is nearby, give the new home owners or neighbors your phone number and a photo of your pet, in case your pet tries to return.


8 Tips to Guide You on Your Home Search

1. Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you'd be willing to spend each month for housing.

2. Be realistic. It's OK to be picky, but don't be unrealistic with your expectations. There's no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.

3. Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can't afford.

4. Don't ask too many people for opinions. It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision on your own.

5. Decide your moving timeline. When is your lease up? Are you allowed to sublet? How tight is the rental market in your area? All of these factors will help you determine when you should move.

6. Think long term. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? Are you interested in owning a second home for vacation purposes or as a rental? This decision may dictate what type of home you'll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.

7. Insist on a home inspection. If possible, get a warranty from the seller to cover defects for one year.

8. Talk with a broker at Sunriver Realty. Hiring a real estate professional who specializes in buyer representation is invaluable. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer's representative is working only for you. Buyer's reps are usually paid out of the seller's commission payment. All of the brokers at Sunriver Realty are licenced in the State of Oregon and understand the unique nature of homes in Sunriver, Bend, Caldera Springs, Crosswater, Vandevert Ranch and Three Rivers South.


Fly into Sunriver, and Stay for Awhile

Sunriver Airport features Hangar Rentals


Did you know that Sunriver Resort has Managed Airport Hangars?


These large new hangars are privately owned, and they lease the land from Sunriver Resort on a long-term lease. The owners use them for the variety of aircraft owned personally, and the Resort Airport manages the hangars for rental purposes under a contractual agreement with the owners. Both of the new hangars are for rent on a nightly basis for transient aircraft or homeowners, and the airport management schedules the use of the hangars and collect the rental fees at the airport. They can house almost any aircraft that can land at Sunriver Airport.


Sunriver Resort manages one other small hangar in the original Camp Abbott group of hangars. It is perfect for a small, single engine plane. Overnight rental rates start at $75 a night, and go up to $400 a night for a larger jet. There are discounts for multiple-night stays. For more information about the Sunriver Airport and hangar rental, contact Sunriver Resort Airport at 541-593-4603 or 1-888-780-4438.


Are Reverse Mortgages A Good Idea?

In retirement, income options often include savings over the course of a person's career, stocks and bonds, inheritances, and in some cases, home equity. In cases where homeowners have a high percentage of equity in their homes, a reverse mortgage may be a viable option for retirement income.



A reverse morgage serves as a regular payment system to the homeowner based on their home equity. The money the homeowner borrows is payed to them in certain terms such as monthly payments, lump sum, or line of credit.



Reverse mortgages can allow homeowners to turn the equity of their property into cash without having to sell the home or repay the loan. Borrowers have to be 62 or older and own their home with no more than a small mortgage that could be paid off with the proceeds from the reverse mortgage. The loan is not repaid to the lender until the owner moves or dies.


Before entering into a reverse mortgage agreement, homeowners should consult with trusted advisors and learn everything about the pros and cons of these mortgage products. 


Please beware, ARRP is reporting, "Many took out loans too soon and depleted their home equity early on in retirement, leaving them unable to pay their annual property taxes and insurance. As of late last year, about 58,000 reverse mortgages — nearly 1 in 10 — were in default."


Culture: The Bend and Sunriver Way of Life

Central Oregon Lifestyle favorites include craft brews and outdoor recreation

The predominate culture in Bend and Sunriver Oregon centers around our love for outdoor recreation and craft beer.

Why recreation? The Cascade Mountains, lakes with its usual sunny weather offers an endless playground for outdoor enthusiast. Recreational activities include downhill skiing at Mt bachelor, cross country skiing, mountain biking, cyclocross, road biking, hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, golfing, rock climbing and the list goes on.

Why beer?  We are part of a larger northwest culture that has a long standing love for craft brews. Founded in 1988, Deschutes Brewery located in Bend, led the charge to begin satisfying our thirst for a local craft beer. Now, we have around two dozen craft breweries in Central Oregon that keep us supplied with a huge variety of traditional and innovative brews. Plus, what could be better after all that recreating?

Now go grab your hiking boots or golf clubs, and go out and enjoy this amazing place we call home.



What a buyer should consider when touring an open house

Touring Open Houses can be a fun way to look at properties, consider where you may want to live, what you "must have" or "like to have" in a home and whether to buy now or wait.  Plus, visiting open houses is a great way to confirm your requirements for living space, desired room arrangements and to generate ideas for new construction or remodeling a home. Here are few suggestions to consider when touring open houses.


Neighborhood – The Sunriver and Three Rivers South area is composed of a wide variety of communities with lifestyles that can vary slightly from one location to another. From permanent residents to second home owners, from families to empty nesters, the area communities attract a varying mix of owners.  Check out the neighborhoods security, proximity to schools, work, major thoroughfares, shopping, entertainment, medical services, churches, parks and recreation. Take notice or inquire about desired community amenities such as walkways, bike lanes, community pools and electronic communications that service the community.  


Age of the Home – Newly constructed homes like you find in Caldera Springs should meet the more recent building code requirements.  Consequently,  newer houses are in general more energy efficient, fire safe, require less maintenance and have more innovative use of space compared to older homes. Older homes are usually found in established neighborhoods like Sunriver with more mature landscapes, can be less expensive per square foot and may provide characteristics that express a certain desired charm or individuality not found in newer homes. 


Exterior of the Home – Take note of architectural features, views from the property, quality of construction and finishes. And be sure to observe location privacy, landscaping, fencing, deck or patio, storage shed or shop, hot tub, driveway, plus the overall look and feel of the home exterior.


Home Interiors – Consider how the functionality of the Interior floor plan may fit your lifestyle and your furniture. Are you comfortable with multiple stories, reverse living or would you prefer single level living? Note kitchen size and layout, number of bedrooms and baths, master bedroom location, closets and storage, eating and dining areas, living areas, laundry room, flooring, fireplace, window treatments, heating and air conditioning.


Parking – Most Sunriver area neighborhoods restrict road side parking and you will need adequate drive way, garage or carport space to accommodate your vehicles.  Although most days are filled with lots of sunshine, our winter weather can be extreme with snow, ice, and very cold conditions.  Consider a garage If you plan to live or use your home during the winter months. How about RV parking? Many properties in the Three Rivers South have RV parking or storage and while a few communities disallow RV parking or provide neighborhood RV parking areas for homeowners.


Asking Price - Major factors that influence a home's value are property location, size of the home and the amenities offered within the neighborhood and community. Numerous other factors beyond economic conditions may influence price such as home styles, property special features such as views and up graded finishes.


Once you make the commitment to purchase property, you will want to expand your possibilities well beyond a few open houses to find the right neighborhood with your perfect dream home at the right price.  Most properties on the market are not open to the public and you will be better served to work with an experienced licensed real estate broker familiar with the area to help you sort through the variety of neighborhoods and the many available homes for sale that best fit your needs, lifestyle and budget.


Peddling to The Paulina Plunge

Discover one of Central Oregon's best kept secrets at The Paulina Plunge: a daytrip that combines a guided mountain bike tour with refreshing playtime in waterfalls and cool glides down natural rock waterslides. This is an amazing experience that offers the perfect combination of sightseeing, exploration, and play.

The Paulina Plunge is a must-do when visiting the Sunriver area, and this company is a preferred outfitter with Sunriver Resort. Start your one-of-a-kind experience with a 25 minute shuttle ride from Sunriver to the drop off point. As you embark on the adventure, your professional naturalist guide will offer a detailed interpretation of the region including geology, archeology, ecosystems, and local history during the six mile novice downhill mountain bike ride. While coasting down the smooth dirt forest trail, you will be close to the shimmering waterfalls of the stream. Your group will visit up to six pristine waterfalls, ranging in height from 10 to 40 feet. And here is where it gets better... Along the way, there are two natural waterslides where the tour will break for riders to slide down, explore, and play in during the traditional Paulina Plunge. This amazing experience pairs nature's amazing design with recreational excitement as you slide down the smooth natural rock slide into the cool waters below. The group will then break for a sack lunch near the water. The Paulina Plunge experts take all the worry out of the trip by providing everything you'll need for the day, including high-end single speed Redline mountain bikes, youth mountain bikes, Allycat Tandem bikes for parents to tow younger riders, helmets, and a day pack per family. This is an amazing experience that offers the perfect combination of sightseeing, exploration, and play. It's perfect for all active age groups, from four years old and up. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Sunriver Resort concierge. Get on out and take The Paulina Plunge!


Top 10 Reasons to Love the Sunriver Area

The Sunriver area including Caldera Springs, Crosswater and Three Rivers South is a great place to relax and play. There are few places that claim "it has it all"... and I would argue that Sunriver, Oregon is certainly one of them. Here are the top 10 reasons to love Sunriver and the surrounding area.

  1. Location, location, location! Sunriver and Three Rivers South is a diverse mix of neighborhoods located in expansive pine forests, mixed with pristine rivers and meadows.  The area is surrounded by vast stunning National Forest, parks, mountains, buttes, lakes and rivers.  The wilderness experience is only a few minutes from home and yet, we are just the right distance away from the best little city of Bend, Oregon.  Central to the area is the unincorporated city of Sunriver and Sunriver Resort which offers all of the services and amenities of a large community and a full service resort.
  2. Weather is exceptional! Central Oregon boasts 300 days of sunshine annually! Summers are mild with high temps in the low 80s, perfect for summer outdoor activities. Our winters are mostly sunny with some brisk temps on the coldest days. Most of the snowfall is in the higher elevations and hangs around through Memorial Day weekend. We often have those perfect days where you can snow ski on Mt. Bachelor in the morning and get a round of golf in during the afternoon. 
  3. Wildlife is everywhere! From deer, elk, raccoons, geese and squirrels to song birds, raptors and large variety of fish species. Wildlife is a key attraction to the area and there's not a day that goes by where you can take a moment to enjoy a view of the animals that live around the community.
  4. Some of the best golf in the West! We are so fortunate to have the convenience of several fantastic golf courses in the Sunriver area.  Crosswater, a Bob Cupp designed course has received a host of national golf awards and is a regular stop on PGA tours.  Meadows, designed by John Fought is real mix of tree lined holes and open fairways. The Woodlands, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course, is regarded by many as Oregon's finest championship golf course.  Caldera Links is a family-friendly nine-hole course at Caldera Springs that makes the game of golf approachable for all family members.
  5. A Fisherman's Paradise!  Catch a trophy sized Brook Trout on the upper Deschutes, fish year-round on the Fall River for Browns, Rainbows and Brook Trout, chase big Browns in East Lake located in Newberry National Park, try to hang on to huge Rainbows as they strip your line in Crane Prairie Reservoir and even watch rgw kids learn to fly fish in Caldera Springs Obsidian Lake.
  6. Biking & Cycling Paradise! Whether you prefer the occasional leisurely ride on the 40 plus miles of paved bike paths in Sunriver's and Caldera Springs', or you prefer to take advantage of the many road cycling and mountain biking routes that makes Central Oregon a Biking Mecca - there's a two-wheeled adventure for everyone. For road cyclists, try the Sunriver Loop through the Cascade Scenic Lakes Highway. For the off road enthusiast, check out Mt. Bachelor's Lift Served Down Hill Bike Park.
  7. Water Adventure! Sunriver is blessed with an incredible number of pristine, navigable rivers and lakes that provide endless opportunities for boaters, floaters and paddle boarders.  From kayaking the Little Deschutes and Big Deschutes, paddle boarding Obsidian Lake, whitewater rafting the Big Eddy thriller, canoeing the many Cascade lakes or simply cruising up and down the big Deschutes in a party pontoon boat - there's a floaty of some sort in your future.
  8. Best skiing and snowboarding in the Northwest!  Nearby Mt Bachelor features more than 3,700 acres of lift-accessible terrain with 3,365 feet of vertical drop.  The average snow fall on Bachelor exceeds an incredible 460 inches a year which provides endless powder days and a long season ending Memorial Day weekend. Besides great ski conditions, the park has 10 lifts, 7 of which are high speed chairs that help you spend most of your time on the snow.  If you are into Nordic skiing, Mt. Bachelor provides miles of groomed trails and the longest Nordic ski season in North America. 
  9. Endless scenic hiking & snowshoeing! Central Oregon bosts more than 1,500 miles of trails in the Deschutes National Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, and LaPine State Park. Plus, we have the convenience of walking and snowshoeing along the Sunriver and Caldera Springs trails. A few of the favorites, South Sister for extreme hiking and great views, or more relaxed hiking or snowshoeing on the Fall River and Deschutes River Trails.
  10. Ten reasons really isn't enough - the endless fun that surrounds the area can't be quantified in a list. But for the sake of the "Top 10" title, in to the number 10 spot we also love ice skating at the Sunriver Village Ice Rink, sledding at the Sunriver SHARC, sightseeing on the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, caving or spelunking in the local lava tubes, horseback riding at the Sunriver Stables, snowmobiling throughout the Deschutes National Forest, indoor and outdoor tennis and spa treatments at Sage Springs Club & Spa, star gazing with the really cool telescopes at Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, camping and picnicking next to the lakes or streams.... the list goes on. 

When the play day is over, gather with friends at one of the Resort's or Village's restaurants and bars. Relax and enjoy a Central Oregon craft beer, settle up any fishing or golf bets, revisit the day's adventure and plan the next activity. Sunriver, Oregon is living the dream! What do you love about the Sunriver area?   

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