Kari Montoya

My excitement for home building started in a very modern way - binge watching HGTV shows. I graduated from Portland State University in the Spring of 2018, and was honored to start my post-grad career with Adair Homes shortly after. It's a privilege to be a part of a team that cares endlessly about our customers, and helping them achieve their dream home goals. Outside of work, you can find me golfing, camping, reading, or spending time with friends and family.

Recent Posts

Deciding Where to Live in Mid-Willamette Valley

Posted by Kari Montoya on Sep 29, 2021 3:04:07 PM

Topics: Mid Willamette Valley

For those who love the outdoors and seek a peaceful way of living, Mid-Willamette Valley Oregon has something for everyone. With 300 days of sunshine every year and a crispness to the air, residents enjoy the beautiful landscape that includes the Willamette River that courses through the entire valley and three mountain ranges: the Cascade Range to the east, the Oregon Coast Range to the west, and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. 

While several of the counties of Mid-Willamette Valley are in close proximity to cities, including Portland and Salem, many of the communities have a relaxed, small-town feel with friendly, down-to-earth residents. With a welcoming population and plenty of scenic activities, it’s no wonder that homebuyers are taking notice of Mid-Willamette Valley. 

If you are considering calling Mid-Willamette Valley home, you’ll also have plenty to do in terms of leisure activities. Nicknamed "Oregon Wine Country,” this region has 19,000 acres of vineyards and 500+ wineries, providing both pleasure and employment to many in Polk, Marion, Linn, and Benton counties. 

The region also offers many different property settings. Whether you are interested in a small-town suburb or a quiet, remote county, Mid-Willamette Valley has both. 

To help you decide where you would like to live in this gorgeous landscape, let’s take a closer look at some of the best areas to find land within Mid-Willamette Valley.

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Meet the Hankel Family: Building a Custom Mt. Rainier Plan

Posted by Kari Montoya on Aug 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

There are many ‘something specials’ about the Pacific Northwest: lush valley living, outdoor recreation, community gardens, woodsy trails, and hidden waterfalls that surprise and delight. Raising a family in Washington State is a gift—and one that the Hankel Family wanted to take full advantage of.

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The Value of Attending a Building 101 Seminar

Posted by Kari Montoya on Aug 24, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

For years, Adair Homes has hosted a popular in-person Building 101 workshop for those exploring the ins and outs of custom home construction. It’s the perfect place to ask experts anything and everything about new home construction, including: how to finance a build, how to work with a Home Ownership Counselor to design and execute a construction plan, and how to create equity through our unique homeowner-inclusive building process. 

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A New Home Solution in Today's Housing Market

Posted by Kari Montoya on Jul 16, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

Many homebuyers today are wondering how they’ll be able to afford the new home they’re looking for thanks to the soaring residential resale prices. Multiple offer scenarios coupled with a lack of available inventory has led to the perfect real estate storm. There simply aren't enough homes available for the sheer number of buyers on the market right now.

But guess what? There’s another solution.

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What to Know About Countertop Options

Posted by Kari Montoya on Jul 13, 2021 10:11:46 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

Adair's Purchasing Manager, Brent Tompkins, was interviewed by Family Handyman Magazine, where he describes the style and functionality differences in various countertop options. With so many options to choose from in your new custom home, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Get an idea of what material might work best for your family in this new blog!

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The Before & After of a Josephine Craftsman: Customizing Your Home After Move-in

Posted by Kari Montoya on Jul 3, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

Back in 2015, Evan and Jacquelyn Brown built Adair Home’s first Josephine craftsman plan in Tangent, Oregon. The open-concept plan has since become one of our most popular choices. At the heart of this home is the Great Room and Kitchen, all-in-one. It allows a family to be together, and yet, be involved in different activities. “I love being in one room and knowing where our kids are,” says Jacquelyn. "It’s the perfect plan for entertaining friends and family."

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Build Your Dream: Customizing a Tamarack Plan

Posted by Kari Montoya on May 28, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

The Tamarack is one of Adair Homes most often chosen plans; highly liveable and customizable, it allows each customer to make it their own. As every project presents its own celebrations and challenges, it’s fun to take an inside look into one couples homebuilding journey with the Tamarack plan.

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The Excavation Process with Adair Homes Trade Partner, Norwood Excavation

Posted by Kari Montoya on May 27, 2021 8:56:40 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

Dirt moving, as they say in the industry, might sound boring to some—but don’t tell that to any kid who used to love their Tonka Trucks. And, considering how important ‘dirt moving’ is to any construction site—we’d have to say that excavation is one of the most important parts of the entire site development process. Steady, accurate excavation jobs lead to strong foundations, and ultimately, beautiful, well-built homes.

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Pro Team Profile: Wess Roberts, Regional Sales Manager

Posted by Kari Montoya on May 25, 2021 12:56:07 PM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

Wess Roberts, Regional Sales Manager for all of Adair’s Oregon homebuilding sales, is a dynamic leader with a passion for his job. His ability to connect with his team, inspire growth, and exceed goals are why we celebrate him. At Adair, we understand that our employees are our greatest assets. We are better because of the people that we work with. Thank you, Wess Roberts—we acknowledge your leadership and hard work—and we are assured that your experience with Adair has inspired others to greatness, too.

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Working in the Trades: Women in the Construction Industry

Posted by Kari Montoya on May 14, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes, investment home

Did you know that according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise only 10.9% of construction industry jobs? That includes women in the trades and administrative positions! Explored further, the women working in construction are primarily employed in office roles (over 86%), meaning that a mere 2.5% of women in the industry are actually on-the-job tradespeople.

All that to say—when you meet a professional like Lori Erickson, you are meeting a one-in-a-million, beat-the-odds, high-five-her-she’s-awesome kinda gal.

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