Open House Sat & Sun, Oct 1 & 2, noon-3:00

I am thrilled to introduce you to my new listing at 4704 Cambridge Ct in the West Lake neighborhood of Lake Oswego.

With the primary bedroom on the main level, it is a wonderful floorplan with a huge kitchen that is open to the family room. The Southern side consists of walls of windows that allow you to enjoy expansive Southern views of the greenspace behind and also across the West Lake neighborhood.

There are 3 large bedrooms plus a bonus room. In addition to the great room, there is a formal living room and formal dining. The primary suite has a fireplace and a huge bathroom with double sinks, a jetted tub, and a custom walk-in shower. There is also a huge walk-in closet.

As part of the Devonshire Home Owner’s Association, the exterior maintenance and landscaping is maintained by the HOA for easy-care living.

Priced at $985,000, it is an opportunity to own a newer home in Lake Oswego with a primary bedroom on the main.

I will be holding it open this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3pm. Please park on Peter’s Rd.

I’m looking forward to seeing you!

Dianne

The Power of 20

Years ago, I realized that the number 20 is very powerful in real estate. It applies both when buying and when selling.

When Buying

I think most people do the bulk of their house hunting online. The Internet is an amazing tool. However, it is also super important to physically visit houses. I think you need to go into them to get a feeling for value. What does $500,000 look like? By the time that you have gone through 20 houses you will have a strong sense of value. You’ll know what feels like a good deal and what feels like it is overpriced.

This does not mean that you absolutely have to see exactly 20 houses. No. In fact, the first house that my husband and I bought was the first house that we looked at. We walked in, fell in love, and made an offer.

20 is simply a good guide and a way to set some expectations for the experience of house hunting.

When Selling

When selling, you need about 20 showings to get an offer. Again, it can happen faster than that, but 20 is a good barometer.

So, if you put your house on the market and you get 20 showings in the first few days, you are going to get an offer quickly.

If the reverse happens and you get 2 showings the first week, and then 2 the next, this means you’re going to be on the market for about 10 weeks to get an offer. If you need an offer more quickly, then you need to drop the price or fix what people are objecting to.

If you get 20 showings and no offer happens, again, you need to drop the price or fix what people are objecting to.

I hope you find this concept useful. As always, thanks for reading the blotter.

Dianne

Market Activity Sept 12-18, 2022

Last week in Lake Oswego there were 14 new listings, 4 of which sold quickly and are represented in this report as pending sales. There were 24 properties that moved to pending status and 14 sold/closed homes.

See below for RMLS details.

New on the Market Sept 12-18, 2022

AddressTypePriceBedroomsBathsSquare Feet
900 Cornell StDetached$495,00031.51300
103 Kingsgate RdDetached$625,00032.51352
27 Partridge LnDetached$699,000322317
918 Lake Front RdDetached$700,00021921
4793 Auburn LnAttached$750,00032.52083
17944 Tualata AveDetached$995,000432325
19125 Olson AveDetached$1,125,00042.53828
1 Juarez StDetached$1,245,00032.53388
17228 Blue Heron RdDetached$1,829,00042.5+.54236
13800 Goodall Rd Lot 1Detached$4,350,00056.15642
13770 Goodall Rd Lot 2Detached$4,395,00054.15933

Pending Sept 12-18, 2022

AddressTypePriceBedroomsBathsSquare FeetDOM
4 Touchstone #95Condo$219,900229848
4 Touchstone #77Condo$240,00032.5135151
4463 Thunder Vista LnCondo$438,00022.517412
113 Touchstone TerrAttached$510,00032.521043
1272 Hide A Way CtDetached$549,0004218163
15450 Stephanie CtAttached$565,00032.5166266
5850 Kenny StDetached$589,0002211726
66 Weatherstone #35Condo$599,90043.5246520
8 Mountain CircleAttached$629,0003213165
1130 Hallinan CtDetached$650,0003214634
18040 Belmore AveDetached$674,90032207737
32 Independence AveDetached$740,00043.134205
18 Partridge LnDetached$780,00043314517
2050 Southshore BlvdDetached$780,00032.5162910
67 Tanglewood DrDetached$799,90042.5314956
490 Boca Ratan DrDetached$824,90032210863
18591 Waxwing WayDetached$875,00032.5214532
2050 Wembley Park RdDetached$1,099,5004218685
19125 Olson AveDetached$1,125,0004238283
2777 Glen Haven RdDetached$1,159,00032.52560102
13504 Streamside DrDetached$1,279,00042.5348631
1625 Cloverleaf RdDetached$2,375,00044385331
864 6th StDetached$2,998,00054.55266124
16561 Maple CircleDetached$3,800,00043.5335630

Sold/Closed Sept. 12-18, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSquare FeetDOM
45 Oswego SummitCondo$240,000$245,0007644
168 Oswego SummitCondo$330,000$315,000138329
4300 Botticelli StAttached$399,900$374,900172142
200 Burnham Rd #103Condo$419,500$419,00076516
4 WeatherstoneDetached$535,000$480,000169241
4266 Woodside CircleDetached$549,900$502,00019448
18690 Wood Duck WayDetached$775,000$775,00018950
5272 Tree StDetached$799,900$810,00019484
5557 Langford LnDetached$839,000$844,500153915
1202 Spruce StDetached$850,000$850,00017063
63 TouchstoneDetached$925,000$885,000308821
1571 HIghland DrDetached$989,000$980,00030003
2600 Dellwood DrDetached$1,600,000$1,525,0003690314
17226 Chapin jWayDetached$2,600,000$2,750,00049301

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Getting a Great Inspection

When buying a house, it is just super important to have a really great home inspection. It’s a big deal to buy a house; probably the biggest investment of your life. You want to get it right.

So who should you hire? How do you know you are hiring a professional who will do the most thorough inspection possible.?

I have come to believe that the expensive inspectors ($700+) are worth every extra dollar. First of all, to successfully stay in business at the higher cost level, they have to do a good job. But even more than that, when you hire an expensive inspector, what you are paying for is time.

A less expensive inspector ($350 or so) has to do 2 inspections to make as much money as the person who is charging $700. In other words, they have a schedule to keep. They have to watch their time to be certain that they can conclude the current inspection, get a bit to eat and find a restroom, drive to the next appointment and arrive on time.

The inspector who is charging more, in my experience, only does one inspection a day. At least this is the case with inspectors that I recommend. If they need time to explore the house more and to figure things out, they have the time.

Along with a thorough inspection, a good inspector will also take the time to teach the home buyer some basics about the house. Things like how to change the furnace filter and how often to clean the gutters.

Along with a general inspection, you should plan to have a sewer scope done and to do radon testing. If it’s an older home, you need to find out if there is an in-ground oil tank. The whole process will cost about $1000. As I said, every dollar is worth it.

Both Linda and I recommend excellent inspectors. Feel free to reach out if you would like more information.

Dianne

Market Activity Aug 29-Sept 4, 2022

The market feels stable to me right now. Numbers are very similar to what they were when I last posted a market activity report two weeks ago. Last week in Lake Oswego we had 10 new listings, one of which sold quickly and appears in this report as a pending sale. We also had 15 properties move to pending status and 18 that closed with finalized sales.

See below for RMLS data.

New Listings Aug 29-Sept 4, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathSq Feet
1475 Cornell StDetached$799,000321599
15443 Meadowlark CtDetached$824,900321895
38 Morningview CircleDetached$825,000432408
5140 Lower DriveDetached$929,995321706
1466 Nelson CtDetached$1,195,00043.53169
16873 Canyon DrDetached$1,980,000443632
55 Eagle Crest DrDetached$2,295,00054.5+.55629
2485 Greentree RdDetached$2,325,000443853
3220 Southshore BlvdDetached$2,790,000333462

Pending Sales Aug 29-Sept 4, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
360 Cervantes CircleCondo$240,000218327
4266 Woodside CircleAttached$519,9994219448
136 Touchstone TerDetached$630,00032.519664
939 Devon LnDetached$730,00032224980
2190 Fernwood CircleDetached$735,00053250715
1202 Spruce StDetached$850,00022.517063
17377 Margorie AveDetached$914,80043265120
17291 Cedar RdDetached$1,149,99954.528729
17244 Fernwood DrDetached$1,150,00042.5261723
4360 West Bay RdDetached$1,185,0004326363
5786 Washington CtDetached$1,199,0004331866
165 Furnace StCondo$1,299,99922.5202339
2211 Fernwood CircleDetached$1,595,00053343117
13615 Westlake DrDetached$1,599,00044.5439667
2420 Palisades Crest DrDetached$1,599,90042.535835

Closed/Sold Aug 29-Sept 4, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
40 Crestfield CtCondo$200,000$225,0006902
45 Eagle Crest Dr #415Condo$240,000$239,000105645
4061 Jefferson PkwyCondo$425,000$352,0001462152
3822 Botticelli StCondo$344,900$371,00011715
5055 Foothills Dr GCondo$429,900$429,9001,25210
3930 Carman DrCondo$439,000$439,000114629
4363 Woodside CircleAttached$581,950$581,950153263
439 Livingood LnDetached$814,000$815,00025406
2 YorkickDetached$975,000$895,50029793
4618 Auburn LnAttached$895,000$898,50027323
12843 Sierra Vista DrDetached$998,900$1,060,00028102
346 Lake Bay CtDetached$1,075,000$1,100,00019003
4996 Cascara LnDetached$1,245,000$1,155,000310625
754 5th StDetached$1,298,000$1,175,00021797
1131 Northshore RdDetached$2,100,000$2,100,00038502
732 2nd StDetached$2,399,000$2,150,000354732
489 8th StDetached$2,100,000$2,150,00036485
17527 Kelok RdDetached$2,150,000$2,285,000466410

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Market Activity August 15-21, 2022

Last week remained strong but with slightly fewer new listings and sales. This is pretty typical for the winding down of summer and vacation time. After school starts I think it will pick up again.

In Lake Oswego there were 16 new listings, 5 of which sold quickly and are listed here with pending status, 14 properties that went pending, and 18 closed sales.

See below for RMLS data.

New Listings August 15-21, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathSq Feet
200 Burnham Rd #103Condo$425,90011765
1755 Mapleleaf RdDetached$789,00032.52123
1265 Rockinghorse LnDetached$875,000432452
17291 Cedar RdDetached$1,199,99954.52872
2211 Fernwood CirDetached$1,595,000533431
13659 Westlake DrDetached$1,625,00043.54422
15784 Twin Fir RdDetached$2,200,00032.53471
14381 Fosberg RdDetached$2,400,00043.55028
1625 Cloverleaf RdDetached$2,495,00043.53853
16511 Maple CirDetached$3,800,00043.53356
3142 Lakeview BlvdDetached$8,000,000455554

Pending Sales August 15-21, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
4 Touchstone #95Condo$219,900229845
45 Oswego SummitCondo$240,000117644
168 Oswego SummitCondo$315,00022138329
12822 Boones Ferry RdCondo$465,00022.5113670
4 WheatherstoneCondo$509,95032.5169241
1000 Bickner StDetached$635,00032.519883
5297 Centerwood StDetached$655,0003217463
2190 Fernwood CirDetached$735,0005325073
5557 Langford LnDetached$839,00022153915
5490 Royal Oaks DrDetached$967,5003217687
1571 Highlands DrDetached$989,0005330003
12886 Sierra CtDetached$1,085,0004331882
33 Westridge DrDetached$1,150,00053.538640
5677 Charles CirDetached$1,225,00042.5 29627

Sold Properties August 15-21, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
4000 Carman Dr D51Condo$314,900$314,9008857
86 Kingsgate Rd H104Condo$355,000$315,00084037
5970 Kennycroft WayDetached$650,000$592,000121281
16875 Fernwood DrDetached$780,000$750,000246028
1435 Ash StDetached$799,900$800,0002,53218
2062 Cedar CtDetached$785,000$820,00018001
7 Da Vinci StDetached$850,000$830,000263117
23 Da Vinci StDetached$839,000$850,00020633
19395 35th CtDetached$849,900$875,00023853
19330 River Run DrDetached$995,000$985,000395557
14 Churchill DownsDetached$989,000$989,00020625
327 3rd StAttached$999,000$1,011,00021234
4121 Wolf Berry CtDetached$975,000$1,050,00026544
17865 Sarah Hill LnDetached$1,099,950$1,110,000287172
13330 Hidden Bay CtDetached$1,149,000$1,225,00030571
100 Leonard St 4-2Condo$1,395,000$1,345,950313768
767 10th StDetached$2,100,000$1,950,0003900303
5001 Park Bluff PlDetached$2,200,000$2,200,000402232

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

The Realtor Code of Ethics

“Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of civilization.” These are the lofty words that open the Preamble of the Realtor Code of Ethics.

I have written about this topic before, but it was many years ago. It’s something I hold very dear and thought it would be a good time to revisit the information.

In 1908, when the National Association of Realtors was founded, real estate was very much the wild, wild West. Unregulated and without licensing requirements, there was a good deal of fraud and a ripe environment for con artists and Naredo wells. Edward Halsey, a chairperson in the NAR in 1908 said “We propose, if we can, to wipe out the riffraff that brings this business into disrepute.”

The Code of Ethics was first written in 1913. It is a living document that is changed and revised as times change. Along with the Preamble, it consists of 4 sections that also include Duties to Clients and Customers, Duties to the Public, and Duties to other Realtors. If I could sum it up simply, it requires that all Realtors be fair and honest in our dealings with all parties to a transaction.

I am really proud of the Code of Ethics. It truly does set a higher standard for my industry. All Realtors are required to take Code of Ethics training every two years. It is at the forefront of how I run by business and how I expect other Realtors to interact with myself and my clients.

Please know that when you are working with a Realtor, you are working with a professional bound to a higher standard.

Moving and Packing Tips

As a Realtor, one of the most educational moments I ever experienced was when I sold my own home and moved with my family to Lake Oswego. We’d had our kids and lived in our prior home for 13 years. I was pretty clueless about how much more complicated our household and possessions had become. I put off packing until about a week before our move. It was a disaster! I was so pressed to get it done on time that I was literally just throwing stuff in boxes! Live and learn, right?

Cardboard boxes and potted plants in empty room. Moving objects are on hardwood floor of new apartment.

Here are some moving and packing tips that I hope you’ll find helpful:

Moving

  1. Start Early. See my comment above. Weeks, if not months, before your move start planning. It will be so much stressful. It will also help prepare your house for marketing.
  2. Get rid of stuff. As we live in our homes, we accumulate stuff. So much of it is neither wanted nor needed. Do you really want to take it with you? Do you want to spend money moving and packing this “stuff”? Get rid of it.
  3. Create a folder. This folder should contain addresses, moving or rental contracts, insurance information, perhaps an itemized list of what you are moving, anything you anticipate in the way of paperwork. Consider creating a hard-copy file. This will be vital if you loose battery charge on laptops or phones
  4. Book early. This helps in two ways: getting the best rates and being assured of availability. Especially in the spring and summer, the moving companies book at least several weeks in advance.
  5. Plan for utilities. This includes both shut off at your old place and start up in your new place. You do not want to be moving into the new house and not have electricity.
  6. Keep essentials with you. A day or two prior to moving pack your luggage: change of clothes, toiletries, etc. Just like when packing for a vacation. In addition, I recommend packing a box of cooking basics like a few plates, cups, bowls, utensils, These would be for an unexpected delay in the delivery of your household goods. Remember to plan for pets and medications.

Packing

  1. Invest in equipment. You’ll need boxes, packing tape, markers, paper towels, garbage bags. If you are moving yourself you’ll need a furniture dolly, furniture pads, tie-down strips and a truck loading ramp
  2. Use the right size boxes. The basic idea is the boxes need to be a weight that can be lifted without straining yourself. Heavy stuff in small boxes (books, etc.), light stuff in big boxes (linens, etc.).
  3. Heavy stuff on the bottom of the box. This will keep the heavy stuff from crushing the light stuff. It will also balance the weight of the box as boxes are stacked.
  4. Don’t leave empty space in the boxes. This will maximize the use of the packing materials, but empty spaces can allow the box to be crushed in transport.
  5. Avoid mixing items from different rooms. When unpacking it will take twice as long if you are running from room to room.
  6. Label each box with what room it is for and a list of the contents
  7. Tape the boxes well. You want a couple of strips across the seams at the bottom and the top, but then do two wraps completely around the box in two places around the top to the bottom and back up to the top again: all the way around.
  8. Take care of your art. You can purchase special boxes and crates for art. Don’t wrap oil paintings in packing paper; it may stick to the paint. Wrap art in bubble wrap. You can also wrap it in bubble wrap, box it, and then place in a second box padded by packing paper.
  9. Kitchen dishes. You can purchase special boxes and packaging for dishes and glasses. They make it all so much easier! If you do end up wrapping with boxes and backing paper try wrapping each piece and then bundling in groups of 4 to 5 pieces and wrapping those together as a bundle with packing paper. Consider packing plates on their sides rather than stacking. Get the boxes with cardboard dividers for glasses. The world of packing materials is pretty broad. Yes, it costs money, but think about the cost of replacing these items. Not to mention, as it is for me, the sadness it would bring to loose special pieces.

I want to give credit to realsimple.com where I got a good bit of guidance for this article.

As always, thank you for reading the blotter,

Dianne

Market Activity Aug 1-7, 2022

The numbers between new listings, pending sales, and sold properties remains fairly balanced, although slightly slower than the last time I did this report. In Lake Oswego last week we had 23 new listings, 5 of which sold quickly and are represented in this report as pending, 18 pending sales, and 13 closed listings.

For most of my real estate career market time has been 45-60 days. Pending sales last week averaged 25 days. That is healthy. Perhaps we are returning to historic normal?

See below for RMLS details

New Listings Aug 1-7, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathSq Feet
122 Oswego SummitCondo$235,00011764
200 Burnham Rd #405Condo$380,000221328
16074 Lake Forest BlvdDetached$599,950321354
19211 Indian Springs RdDetached$825,000422132
17615 Bryant RdDetached$825,000422110
5557 Langford LnDetached$889,000221539
17095 Rebecca LnDetached$925,000332379
4264 Harvey WayDetached$925,000432728
327 3rd StAttached$999,00033.52123
63 Garibaldi StDetached$1,450,00033.54200
542 4th StAttached$1,549,00044.5+.53376
1991 Ridgewood RdDetached$1,550,00042.5+.54993
17527 Kelok RdDetached$2,150,000334664
4956 Park Bluff PlDetached$2,395,00043.54074
4938 Park Bluff PlDetached$2,495,00044.54046
929 Cumberland RdDetached$2,800,00056.55095
13068 Knaus RdDetached$3,289,00055.5+.5+.56512
445 Northshore RdDetached$3,499,00033.53066

Pending Sales Aug 1-7, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
4 Touchstone #77Condo$245,00032.513518
4061 Jefferson PkwyCondo$358,00022.51462152
4300 Botticelli StAttached$374,90022.5172142
5055 Foothills Dr GCondo$429,900$3212522
5054 Foothills Dr 70FCondo$475,00022125224
5 Partridge LnDetached$699,00032.5279425
439 Livingood LnDetached$814,00032.525406
4618 Auburn LnAttached$895,00033.527323
39 Tanglewood DrDetached$899,0004331674
19 TouchstoneDetached$899,0004327892
2 YorickDetached$975,00043.529793
346 Lake Bay CtDetached$1,075,00042.519003
4745 Dogwood DrDetached$1,125,00042.5388723
3151 Alber Spring CtDetached$1,375,00053.539171
100 Leonard St 4-2Condo$1,395,00032.5313768
5014 Upper DrDetached$1,399,00053341622
767 10th StDetached$2,000,00044.5390050
162 Berwick RdDetached$3,295,00044.546576

Sold/Closed Aug 1-7, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
3652 Spring LnCondo$369,000$369,000111711
5225 Jean Rd #207Condo$410,000$385,00014153
17 Da VinciDetached$550,000$614,00018765
100 Leonard St 3-4Condo$699,000$695,00017369
342 Livingood LnDetached$738,000$738,0002,3845
13 Masaryk StDetached$799,000$790,00022195
5115 Firwood RdDetached$849,000$815,000166025
4973 Parkhill StDetached$925,000$900,000223023
139 Del Prado StDetached$1,150,000$1,132,50029554
1535 Pine StDetached$1,150,000$1,150,00023907
1736 Palisades Terrace DrDetached$1,150,000$1,150,000307930
15868 Parker RdDetached$2,100,000$2,085,000367930
17210 Cedar RdDetached$2,785,000$2,775,00035487

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

A Bit About Lake Easements

With the hot weather that we are experiencing, I thought it would be helpful to remind readers about gaining access to the lake via easements.

There are 3 types of lake easements: the Lake Oswego swim park, the Lake Grove swim park, and the individual easements enjoyed by private homes.

The Lake Oswego Swim Park

Located at 250 Ridgeway Rd, this park is open during the 2022 season from July 1 to August 28. It is available for use by any resident within the city limits of Lake Oswego. The park is paid for with tax dollars and there is not a charge for its use once proof of residency is provided. There are life guards on duty and an assortment of water toys to enjoy.

Lake Grove Swim Park

Located at 3800 Lakeview Blvd, this swim park is open for the 2022 season from June 11 to August 21st. This park is owned and operated by the Lake Oswego School District. All students within the the LOSD have free use of the park and access to swimming lessons. If you are not a student within the district, then your eligibility to use the park requires that you live within the boundaries of the old Lake Grove School District. This district was absorbed into the LOSD when the two school districts merged in 1953.

Private Swim Easements

Private swim easements were developed many years ago. Basically a developer of a neighborhood would buy a lot on the lake and deed it to the homes within the neighborhood. There are approximately 3000 houses in Lake Oswego that have access to these easements. Because the easements were developed many years go, the easements mostly benefit older homes. However, when an old house is torn down and a new house is built, the easement goes to the new house. So there are newer homes that do have easements.

The amenities at the easements very quite a lot. There is an easement that is only about 20 feet wide and just consists of a sloping lawn down to the lake. No picnic tables, no amenities at all. Then there are huge easements with boat slips, canoe racks. picnic tables, water toys and all sorts of fun stuff.

If your house has easement eligibility, you need to join the easement. There is an annual fee. The easements are mostly gated and locked. You gain access by joining. These easements are privately run and have their own unique rules and by-laws.

There is usually a waiting list for boat slips and canoe storage. Remember too that you can not put anything in the water without getting it approved and licensed by the Lake Corporation. For information, and to see if your house or possible future house has any private easement privileges, click here.

I do want to acknowledge that there is currently a law suite happening that challenges the private status of the Oswego Lake. It’s been winding its way through courts for years. It also experienced a significant set back a couple of weeks ago when the presiding judge had to step down. This will not be resolved quickly. If the lake is made public, I doubt it will change the status of any of the easements. What will change is that the lake will be available to the public. That access is pretty limited even if it happens because there simply aren’t many spots that the public could get access. I also think that the Lake Corporation would likely still require registration and licensing of boats, canoes, and other water flotation devices.

Hopefully you are staying cool. There’s lots of summer left, perhaps you’ll find time to take a dip in the Lake.

Dianne