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As a Former County Commissioner for 16 years and a Union County resident since 1962, I have gained considerable knowledge of La Grande, Union County and Eastern Oregon. I enjoy working with the public and sharing my experiences both in my public life and my Real Estate career for both Buyers and Sellers. I focus on assisting them to make informed decisions for their real estate needs.

If you are a first time buyer or an experienced investor, you will find useful information on how to choose the “right” property, making an offer, negotiating, financing, mortgage rates, moving, and everything involved in making an informed real estate decision in today’s market. If you want to stay on top of the market place for properties in Union County area, including the city of La Grande, I would highly recommend that you sign in as a user into my MLS (multiple listing service) data base system. I recommend this to all my clients. They very much appreciate being the first to know of a new listing when receiving an e-mail from me of a property that fits their search criteria. This is some of the new technology in the business, and it’s easy to get yourself setup. If you want me to put you in my e-mail alert system, I would be happy to do that, also. Click Here for Email Alerts

If you are re-locating to our area, my web site contains much information regarding Union County communities of La Grande, Island City,Summerville, Imbler, Cove, Union, Elgin, Baker City and North Powder. I also offer information on the Baker County communities of Haines,Sumpter and Durkee. This comprehensive online tool offers direct access to the latest properties for sale. Featuring extensive community information, types of property information, including Farms, Ranches, Small acreage, Commercial, and answers to commonly asked real estate questions for buyers and sellers, and more, you’ll find everything about Union County Real Estate within one easy source.

If you currently own property and are thinking of placing it on the market, this site contains information about preparing your home for sale, pricing your home appropriately, marketing it effectively, going through the inspection processes, and receiving a timely market evaluation. What is more important to know and understand for a Seller is that 92% of the Buyers are using the Internet to search for properties. Internet marketing of your property has never been important as it is today. I spend a considerable amount of time to provide the most comprehensive Internet marketing strategies for Sellers to maximize the exposure of their property on the net. more

Here’s a little history of the area. The Grande Ronde Valley is a very rare valley that is completely surrounded by mountains with the Grande Ronde River flowing through the valley. At on point in the valley history, the it was once large lake until the river eventually cut a path through the mountain rock that is located at the north end of the valley about 4 miles north of Imbler. You can see a good view of the river from Oregon Highway 82 between Imbler and Elgin. Geologist today can identify where the shoreline was along the mountain slope. As time went on after the lake disappeared, a large sand ridge began to take shape from the north winds blowing dust and sand during the winter months. When the settlers first came here in the 1860’s, there was a small lake located on the south end of the valley called Tule Lake. The lake stretched from the Cove area to just southeast of La Grande and into what is called today the Ladd Marsh area. As time went on and settlement started to occur, the local residents worked with the State of Oregon. They began to create a ditch to slowly drain the lake and to ease the flooding of the Grande Ronde River, which occurred in the spring. Somewhere between the 1920” and 1930” the ditch became the Grande Ronde River. The old river channel began to fill up and somewhat disappear over time. The old timers would say that the original Grande Ronde River was 100 miles long as it winded its way through the valley.

Another unique feature of the Grande Ronde Valley is the Sand Ridge which is about 15 miles long and about 4 miles wide with small rolling hills. The Sand Ridge was built up over the years from the North wind and erosion. The North wind is strongest during the winter months. The Sand Ridge begins just south of the Cove Highway and ends along the creek bank of Willow creek which flows near Summerville. It’s about 3 miles north of Imbler. The sand ridge has some of the better soils in the county for growing high value crops.

Most of the small acreage property is located along the edges of the Grande Ronde Valley. The west side of the valley in the Summerville area has pine and fir tress along the slope of the Mt Emily range. This is an area that is sought out by Buyers looking for small acreage properties.

The north end of the county offers a mixture of timber land and farm land. You can easily find property that has a mixture of timber with tillable ground. Parcels of land sizes can be 10 acres to 1,000 acres or more. The main access roads for these lands are Palmer Junction, Good Road, Yarrington Road and Oregon Highway 82. This area receives about 22 to 24 inches of rain annually, and yes, they do get more snow in the wintertime.

The South end of the County offers a different drainage basin, called the Powder River Basin. This area of North Powder receives about 12 to 15 inches of rain annually, and has good farm and ranch pasture ground. The ranged land has the sagebrush ground for cattle grazing.
Any house for sale, property for sale, commercial property for sale, or land for sale in Union County, Baker County, or Wallowa County as well as the La Grande, Joseph, Baker City, Union, Imbler, Cove, Elgin, Haines, Halfway, Wallowa, Lostine, and Enterprise areas is drawn from the MLS database in real-time. Houses for rent and apartment buildings to rent are listed by John J. Howard and Associates.
The content relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the IDX program of the RMLS™ of Portland, Oregon. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Valley Realty are marked with the IDX logo, and detailed information about these properties includes the names of the listing brokers. Listing content is copyright © 2014 RMLS™, Portland, Oregon. Disclaimer: All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified.

IDX Data Last Updated: Jul 5, 2015