Real estate sales continue momentum

Residential real estate sales  are continuing their upward spiral in Yamhill County, with pending sales up 34.7 percent for March 2013, compared to March 2012, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service.

In all, 132 pending sales and 92 closed sales were reported for the month. Year-to-date, 319 pending sales have been reported, up 28.6 percent, and 210 closed sales.

The year-to-date average sales works out to $238,700, up 10.3 percent. The median sales price was to $187,000.

There were 555 active listings in March, 132 of them new.

Year-to-date, RMLS also reports three closed commercial property sales at an average price of $255,000, 18 sales of land at an average price of $161,400 and four closed multifamily unit sales at an average price of $238,100.



Fidelity National Title Group’s CEO, Raymond Quirk, has announced appointment of Tracy L. Beck of McMinnvillle to the position of regional manager for Division 2.

Beck will continue in her role as vice president and county manager for the Ticor Title Company Willamette Valley. In addition, she will assume regional responsibilities for Fidelity operations in Coos, Clatsop, Columbia, Jackson, Josephine and Yamhill counties.

She will report to Jeff Knudson, executive vice president for Division 2. He is based at corporate headquarters in Santa Barbara, Calif.



Jill Faughender has been named vice president and human resources director at First Federal by President Marshall “Rocky” Wade.

Faughender has over 30 years of banking experience, 28 with West Coast Bank. She most recently served as West Coast’s senior vice president and human resources manager.

She holds an associate’s degree from the College of the Redwoods and senior professional certification in human resource management from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Wade also announced the naming of Matt Baker as company controller.

He most recently served as vice president and controller for Northwest Bag. He also has almost nine years of experience with financial institutions.

Baker is a graduate of Newberg High School and Oregon State University. He also holds a master’s degree from Oregon State.

First Federal has been locally owned and operated as a mutual financial institution since 1922. The home office and Baker Creek branch are located in McMinnville and there are also branches in Amity, Carlton, Newberg and Sheridan.



A movie series titled “Flix on the Tin” is slated for four successive Friday nights this summer, starting the Friday of July 19.

The movies will be shown on the back of the historic Buchanan-Cellers Building in the Granary District. The Granary District and McMinnville Parks & Recreation are teaming up to sponsor them.

The movies will be family-friendly. They may be viewed at no charge.

“It has been a long-term vision of mine to create an outdoor venue at our property that could host family-friendly activities,” said Margaret Legard, owner of Buchanan Cellars.

“In a time when local governments are facing tightening budgets, we are fortunate we can partner with area businesses to continue to offer these kinds of activities in our community,” said Anne Lane, who manages the McMinnville Senior Center for the parks department.

Co-sponsors are the R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar, Ruby Cakes Bakery, McMinnville City Club, CM Design, McMinnville City Club and Tropical Sno.

Other businesses or institutions interested in participating are asked to contact Lane at anne.lane@ci.mcminnville.or.us or Kelly McDonald of the Granary District at kelly@granarydistrict.com.



Downtown McMinnville’s monthly Art & Wine Walk will be held Saturday, April 20.

By picking up an Art & Wine Walk passport and having it signed at one or more of the businesses they visit, participants qualify for a drawing for a gift certificate.

The roster of businesses includes 4 Elements Yoga Shop & Studio, 3rd Street Pizza, Anthony Dell Cellars, Atlas Décor, Currents Gallery, Found Objects, Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli, Inner Oasis Center, Jack of All Beads, Lori Wallace-Lloyd - Classical Art Atelier, McMenamins Hotel Oregon, NW Food & Gifts and the Willamette Valley Wine Center. Several of them have special activities planned, and some will be hosting artists and/or serving refreshments.



PaintCare will celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22. Since the program began in 2012, approximately 1.25 million gallons of latex and oil-based paint have been collected in Oregon, and the program has expanded to California.

McMinnville has a collection site at the Sherwin Williams paint store, 570 N.E. Highway 99W.



Orchards Bistro, which closed its restaurant on Third Street in McMinnville, has moved operations to Salem. It is now open for business at 1255 Lee St. SE, Suite 200.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday for Cellar Ridge Construction. It will be held in the Granary District.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday for Seacret. It will be held at the chamber office, 115 N. College St.

Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at mwalker@newsregister.com or 503-687-1272.



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