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How to Limit the Risk of Investing in Real Estate

“No risk, no reward.”  That phrase has been applied to everything from play calling in sports to starting a business to investing in real estate.  It suggests that if risk is not taken then there will be no reward.  That may be true but it does not mean that we have to sit back and accept […]

Should I Sell Or Rent My Home?

Your current home is the first home you ever purchased but you are ready to move up to something a little more “comfortable” and now you wonder, “Should I sell my home or rent it?”  Here are some things to consider when searching for an answer to this question. Would the listing description for your house be […]

Tight Rental Market in Bend, Oregon Leads to Rising Rents and Few Vacancies

Over the last three years the Bend rental market has shifted dramatically from one with an ample supply of rentals and moderate demand to one with a shrinking supply of rental units and a growing demand for those units.  Over that time the vacancy rate in Bend went from a reasonable 5.17% to an unbelievable .66% (yes, two […]

Homes Sold May 2014

We are nearing the peak of the real estate selling season in Bend, Oregon and it looks like it is shaping up to be a good one. Inventory is already out-pacing last year’s numbers which is a good thing but it appears demand is still pressuring prices upward.  In Bend we have just under four […]

Home Buyers: Don’t Sabotage Your Deal

Buyer beware!  We have all heard that phrase so many times that it has become second nature to be wary of someone selling something.  It is good advice for sure but home buyers should also beware of ways they can sabotage their purchase of a house.  It is easier than one might think as some overzealous home […]

HOA’s and Rental Properties, What Investors Should Know

Often real estate investors get caught up in whether or not a house being purchased as a rental will make money.  How much will it rent for?  What are the expenses associated with this property?  Necessary repairs will cost how much?  While Home Owners Association (HOA) dues may be factored into the expense side of […]

Cash on Cash Return and Why it is Important to Real Estate Investors

One popular metric for measuring the performance (present or future) of a real estate investment is Cash on Cash return.  Cash on Cash Return gives an investor a rate of return on the amount of cash invested in a given property.  While this is not a perfect measure of return on investment it is a […]

How To Influence Sellers in a Multiple Offer Situation

For most of the last year in Bend, Oregon the real estate market has favored sellers because the number of homes for sale has been so low.  This is called a seller’s market and in a seller’s market good homes often receive multiple offers within a short time after being listed.  Multiple offers are great […]

Homes Sold March 2014

  The Central Oregon real estate spring selling season is off to a fast start this year. Inventory has been lagging for most of the last twelve months creating a seller’s market where demand from buyers has given sellers the opportunity to ask higher and higher prices for their homes.  Just last March, for example, […]

Homes Sold February 2014

Once again history is repeating itself in the Bend real estate market this year.  Historically January is the low point for home sales and February is the low point for inventory.  Continuing this trend means that the number of home sales should rise through July and inventory should peak in August. Looking at daily activity […]