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Weekend in Oregon

I spent last weekend with the family at my parents' house in Central Oregon. I suppose the big thing was the discussion my dad called with all of my siblings, my sister-in-law, and of course my mom, about what to do with the house now that they are moving to a condo in Portland. The upshot of the discussion is that they'll hang onto it for another year, after which my brother will probably buy it. That works for me, because it means we'll still be able to do family gatherings there, and I do love that place. Strange how these things work out, because if they'd been ready to sell before the housing market crashed, there's no way in hell my brother would've been able to afford it.

Other than that it was the usual family entertainment, with little Celine (my niece's daughter) who is now mobile, providing the main show. Yesterday I went for a 7.5 mile hike with my sister, niece, and nephew-in-law. We walked through beautiful high desert terrain out to a point where you can see the beginning of Lake Billy Chinook, where the Crooked, Metolius, and Deschutes Rivers enter and only the Deschutes leaves. Didn't see much wild life, although Jake heard a warning buzz from an off-trail rattlesnake, which of course did its job of scaring the bejeebus out of him. Saw a zillion wild flowers. Managed to not get badly burned, although I did get a couple of blisters from my newish hiking boots. I may post a photo or two later once I've had a chance to download the handful I took and have a look at how they turned out.



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May. 14th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
if they'd been ready to sell before the housing market crashed, there's no way in hell my brother would've been able to afford it.

Why not? If you're selling property privately to a family member, and not putting it on the market, what's to prevent you from charging whatever price you find mutually satisfactory? (Or even if you do sell it on the market, but a private family sale minimizes the mercenary motive of squeezing every last drop of profit out of it.)
May. 14th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hm. This is perhaps getting too far into private matters, but I'll just say that the agreement amongst us is that the house should be sold for market value.
May. 14th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
If the house has great sentimental value for most branches of the family, as The Old Family Homestead, or whatever, I should think you'd have considered the idea of forming a (Family) Corporation to buy it, with some family members purchasing more shares than others, perhaps, the Major Shareholder residing there and the others having (proportional) visiting-rights. (Okay, I suspect your family doesn't operate with that kind of Formality, but it still might be worth talking/thinking about -- and I'm quite certain your Family does a _lot_ of talking/thinking about practically everything.)
May. 14th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Well, we'll see how it develops going forward, but I think we arrived at a plan that we all agree with.

It's not the Old Family Homestead, by the way, and I was actually kind of surprised to realize how long my parents have had it, because I think of it as relatively new. The thing that brought it home to me, so to speak, was when we were reminiscing about how my youngest nephew, now towering over all of us at 6'2" or so, used to be able to walk under the overhanging countertop on the kitchen island just like my one and a half year old great niece can now.
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