Preparing Your Home to Sell

Kitchen

Once you have made the decision to list your home for sale the next step is to make your home ready to sell.  The two most important pieces of preparing to sell a home are to make it functional and presentable.  These are home improvements that will help your home sell faster and at a better [...]

More Short Sales than Foreclosures in January

One of Many

For the first time since the real estate market came crashing down there were more short sales in a month than deals on foreclosures.  The most recent data available shows that short sales accounted for 23.9 percent of all sales in January while 19.7 percent of sales were foreclosured homes, according to a Bloomberg article. [...]

33rd Cascade Cycling Classic Will Run July 17 – 22

road racers

Bend has long been known as a cycling town because of it’s multitude of roads winding through the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and plethora of trails for mountain bikers to chose from.  Although there are a number of cycling events and races in Bend each year, the showcase for Central Oregon’s love of cycling is the Cascade Cycling Classic. This year the [...]

SOLD: Immaculate 3 Bed, 2 Bath Home, Over an Acre in SW Bend

Bend Oregon real estate for sale in Deschutes River Woods

Traditional Sale!  This is an extremely well cared for one owner home.  If you’re looking for privacy with a park like setting and low maintenance home this one’s for you. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home sits on over an acre giving you plenty of room to roam. Extensive paving recently done with covered parking [...]

SOLD: 2 bedroom Bungalow on Almost an Acre in SW Bend

Bend Oregon real estate in Deschutes River Woods

Sold!!  Search Central Oregon MLS for other houses like this one. Traditional Sale!  This home has both character and privacy.  Nestled on a .75 acre treed lot in Deschutes River Woods it has a lot to offer.  The hardwood flooring and custom pine trim take you back in time while the recently remodeled bathroom and updated [...]

Outdoor Life Names Bend One of Top Fishing Towns

Float Tube at Hosmer

Bend, Oregon is known as a premier destination for outdoor activities (and beer), consistently making top 10 lists for everything from golf to skiing.  This month Outdoor Life Magazine ranked Bend at #8 on their list of the best hunting and fishing towns in the United States. While there are plenty of hunters in Central Oregon, [...]

NorthWest Crossing Spring Festival ’12

Spring Festival in NorthWest Crossing

Becky and I spent a fabulous Saturday at NorthWest Crossing Spring Festival.  This was our first big festival since Winterfest and it didn’t disappoint.  The entertainment was top notch, including:  Chris Barron (lead singer of the Spin Doctors), 2nd Hand Soldiers (a great reggae cover band), Katt and Roots Revolution (the guy can sing), and [...]

After You Apply for a Mortgage, Do Not…

bend oregon home buying advice

….assume that you are in the clear and can do whatever you want with your finances.  Ask any mortgage lender and they can tell you stories about borrowers who have had their loan closings delayed or even terminated because they thought the lender wouldn’t look at what happens to their finances going forward from the application.  Here [...]

Get Your Home Ready for Spring and Summer

Vent Plug

Most people think of spring as a time for cleaning but preparing your home for the summer months is just as important as getting it ready for winter.  Here are some tips for bringing your home out of winter hibernation. Inside Clean or replace the filter on your furnace.  If you are like most people you haven’t [...]

Homes Sold in March 2012

March 2012 Sales

The big news regarding home sales in Bend and Deschutes County last month is there were no real surprises.  The numbers of homes sold and homes for sale held true to historical form with both moving slightly higher in March. An increase in inventory is welcome news for the beginning of the Spring sales season [...]