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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.

Celebrate National Do Something Nice Day

Monday, October 5 is National Do Something Nice Day. It sounds like the perfect prescription for a country mired in divisive political battles on so many levels. Besides being good for someone else, and good for the collective mental health … Continue reading

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Tips for How to Win a Bidding War When Buying a House in Lake Oswego

With the current inventory, low mortgage rates and a heightened appreciation for the place we call home, bidding wars are becoming more common here in Lake Oswego. I’ve represented clients in a couple just within the last two weeks. What … Continue reading

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Six Ways You Can Help During This Wildfire Crisis

“How can I help?” That is what many Lake Oswego residents on Next Door, Facebook, and Twitter are asking. And it fits our profile. I remember when our family home flooded back in 1996, neighbors and friends showed up at … Continue reading

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Getting Creative in Lake Oswego During COVID-19

COVID-19 has required individuals and businesses to pivot to respond to the challenges that social distancing presents. In the beginning, my business met the challenge with a new set of protocols including virtual tours, controlled showings with limited access and … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Lake Oswego Is The Best Place To Be Right Now

When the pandemic first hit, it seemed like it was easier for all of us to count our blessings and find gratitude in the little things. Now six months in, and we’re staring at a glass half empty instead of … Continue reading

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10 Things You Need to Know About Lake Oswego Easements

My real estate clients are always delighted to hear that you don’t have to live on Oswego Lake to enjoy it. So are my readers. My blog on “How You Can Enjoy Lake Oswego Without Buying a Waterfront Home” that … Continue reading

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How to Squeeze Some Summer Vibes Out of What’s Left of a COVID Summer Vacation in Lake Oswego

The end of summer countdown has begun. Two more weeks if you have kids in school. Five more weeks if you’re counting until the first day of fall. Either way, time is winding down for taking a few vacation days … Continue reading

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How Covid-19 Has Reshaped the Walkability of Lake Oswego

Pre-Covid, I averaged 7,000 steps a day and many of them were acquired inside a gym. These days I’m racking upwards of 12,000 a day and the bulk of them occur outside on the streets of Lake Oswego. I live … Continue reading

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Housing Value Lures Buyers to Lake Oswego During COVID-19

Wherever I go, people ask, “How’s the real estate market?” That was always the case pre-COVID; it’s especially true now during COVID. With the pandemic taking swings at many sectors of the economy, people wonder, “What’s it doing to the … Continue reading

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Enjoy this Low Risk Summer Activity During COVID-19 in Lake Oswego

NPR recently listed the risk involved in typical summer activities during COVID-19 and ranked going out to a bar or nightclub as extremely high risk. “Nothing makes this a good idea right now,” the authors conclude. But summer happy hours … Continue reading

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