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 Central Washington

Posted by Kari Montoya on Oct 8, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Topics: Central Washington

Whether you are looking to spend more time in nature, advance your career, or start a family (or even a combination of all three!), Washington state is one of the best places in the country to consider living.

It touts several opportunities for outdoor recreation, incredibly beautiful scenery, and bodies of water all over the state. There are also ample employment opportunities, both in some of the major cities in the state and in the smaller towns. Statewide, residents have a strong local focus in their support of farmers markets and mom-and-pop shops. 

Washington is also very invested in its education systems and environmental stewardship. In fact, it is continuously named one of the greenest states with one of the best education systems in the country.

In addition to these many benefits, there’s one more: Central Washington has plenty of land to build on. So, if you are interested in breaking ground in Central Washington but aren’t quite sure where you would like to settle down, here are the top four cities you should consider.

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Popular Custom House Plans in MID COLUMBIA VALLEY

Posted by Kari Montoya on Sep 23, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Mid Columbia Valley

The Mid Columbia Valley is a magical place to live. Full of meandering walking trails through lush greenery, picturesque waterfalls, and opportunities for year round outdoor recreation—it’s clear why they’ve dubbed this area the Pacific Northwest Wonderland. It’s well worth a pinch just to know it’s real. Clearly, living here isn’t the question. The question is: which Adair Homes plan should you choose to build?

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Deciding Where to Live on the Oregon Coast

Posted by Kari Montoya on Sep 20, 2021 9:48:48 AM

Topics: Central Oregon, Oregon Coast, Southern Oregon

From the most northern town of Astoria to the most southern area of Brookings-Harbor, the entire Oregon coast is filled with beautiful sights of the ocean and diverse landscapes. It’s no wonder why more than a million tourists visit the 363-mile stretch every year! 

Visiting the coastal towns provides endless opportunities for relaxation, yet deciding on the best place to build your forever home takes some consideration. Oregon is becoming one of the most popular states to live in for current residents interested in escaping the city as well as those relocating out of state—and there are plenty of good reasons.

In this blog post, we discuss the best towns to build your home along the coast of Oregon. By the time you are finished reading, we hope you have a better understanding of which town you would like to live in.

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Deciding Where to Live in East Valley

Posted by Kari Montoya on Sep 13, 2021 2:51:30 PM

Topics: East Valley

The East Valley of Arizona is perfect for those interested in building a custom home in the larger urban setting of Tempe or in one of the city’s many quieter suburbs. Either way, the East Valley provides access for those interested in all the excitement of a city as well as the beauty of the outdoors, which Arizona has a lot of.

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Deciding Where to Live in Southern Arizona

Posted by Kari Montoya on Sep 2, 2021 2:17:39 PM

Southern Arizona boasts a variety of living experiences, including eclectic downtowns, outdoor adventures, a thriving arts scene, world-renowned colleges and universities, and more. Families, singles, and retirees alike can benefit from the various locations and year-round warm temperatures from nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. 

Whether you’re moving to the area to begin a new job in a big city such as Tucson or interested in the quieter suburbs in the surrounding area, southern Arizona has a lot to offer. While the following list is not exhaustive, some of the best suburbs include: 

  • Green Valley
  • Dove Mountain 
  • Catalina Foothills
  • Sahuarita
  • Oro Valley

These suburbs are close enough to enjoy all that Tucson’s urban living offers: the culture, food, and energy. But they are removed enough to avoid the undesirable aspects, such as traffic, busyness, and student life at the University of Arizona. 

If you’re in the market to build a new home, these suburbs have a lot to offer in terms of property settings. To help you decide where you would like to settle, let's take a closer look at some of the best areas to find land in southern Arizona.

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Deciding Where to Live in North Valley

Posted by Kari Montoya on Sep 2, 2021 2:15:01 PM

The north valley of Arizona is equally perfect for those interested in building a home in the big city of Phoenix or in a quieter, more serene location near Tonto National Forest. The north valley is a beautiful, rapidly growing region of the state and is often referred to as the Valley of the Sun due to the warm temperatures and 300 days of sunshine per year. 

Whether you’re moving to the area to begin a new job in Phoenix’s thriving metropolis, start a business in one of the smaller villages, or enjoy your retirement years in the warm, sunny climate, the north valley is a unique region of the country that has a lot to offer. 

While the area does not have an official separate status, the north valley typically refers to the urban villages north of Phoenix, which include Paradise Valley, North Mountain, Deer Valley, Desert View, and North Gateway. If you’re in the market to build a new home, these villages have a lot to offer in terms of property settings. 

To help you decide, let's take a closer look at some of the best areas to find land in the north valley of Arizona.

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Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Northwest Washington

Posted by Kari Montoya on Mar 26, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Mid Columbia Valley, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value

If you’ve been looking for fresh air and mild winters in an outdoor enthusiasts’ dreamland, you’ve been looking for Northwest Washington. Nestled between three prominent national parks of unparalleled natural beauty, Northwest Washington boasts a robust economic center, a significant art and culture scene, and coffee. Lots of coffee. You’ll also find caring communities and hands-on civic discourse. So grab your mountain bike and a local brew, a laptop and a smile; you belong here. This is a special place to live.

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Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Mid Columbia Valley

Posted by Kari Montoya on Feb 15, 2021 12:36:49 PM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Mid Columbia Valley, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value

The fertile land to either side of the mighty Columbia River has been a destination long before the housing boom of the past few years. This area, crossing through both Oregon and Washington State, boasts stunning natural views up and down the Gorge, bountiful harvests, mild winters, and world-class recreational opportunities. All that, and the housing is still reasonably priced.

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Building in Treasure Valley: Answers to Common Questions and Where to Live

Posted by Kari Montoya on Jan 18, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Homebuilding Tips, Treasure Valley, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, FAQs, sweat equity, value, manufactured homes

If you’ve been dreaming of living in Idaho—you’re not alone! Caldwell, Idaho and the entirety of the Treasure Valley has seen a fantastic revitalization in the past two years. Today, Caldwell is a community transformed—a boom town of sorts! And why? According to the City of Caldwell, part of the growth can be attributed to their focus on small business: “Our Economic Development team is committed to supporting the creation, sustainability and growth of both small and large businesses and entrepreneurs.” With many new businesses flocking to the urban areas, the Treasure Valley has experienced unprecedented growth.

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Replacing the manufactured home on your property with a new custom home in Mid Columbia Valley

Posted by Kari Montoya on Jan 5, 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

As an on-your-lot builder, Adair Homes has the privilege of working with landowners all across the Mid Columbia Valley, determining the best layout and placement for new custom homes. Many of our clients have newly acquired properties that already contain structures, like manufactured homes. These properties can often be purchased at a ‘reduced’ price in comparison to like-properties with stick-built homes, and create an opportunity to live on property while a new home is being constructed. Talk about a two-for-one! Due note, however, that this live-onsite option is not available in all jurisdictions, so be sure to talk to an Adair Home Ownership Counselor about the process.

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