Vacation Rentals vs. Long-term Rentals in Bend Oregon




Real estate investors in Bend are fortunate to have a way to make money on their investment properties that isn’t available in many cities.  Because Bend, Oregon is well known as a vacation destination, investors can turn the properties they plan on holding long term into vacation rentals.  A good vacation rental in Central Oregon […]




Looking to Buy a Home? Plan on Owning it




Buying a home sets the stage for owning it and as obvious as that might seem, many home buyers fail to recognize it.  They get caught up in the excitement of buying a home and don’t consider their long term needs and goals as part of the home buying process.  As a result, they often […]




Investor Friendly Realtors: How to Find Them




Real estate investors are a different breed of home buyer and as such they need a different breed of Realtor®.  There are many factors that go into the purchase of an investment property that the buyer of a primary residence and her agent wouldn’t even think of considering.  For example, someone buying a home for […]




Mistakes Borrowers Make After Applying for a Mortgage




Getting approved for a mortgage is no small feat these days.  At times it can feel like you have to jump through one hoop after another, chasing down bank statements, pay stubs, tax returns and even copies of deposited checks. All that paperwork is vital to getting approved for a mortgage but once you are […]




Real Estate Investing: Is Location Important?




Location, location, location!  That familiar real estate phrase referring to the three most important factors in real estate.  We have all heard it and many of us have even repeated it but it often doesn’t get the consideration it should from real estate investors.  Getting the best possible deal has consumed many rental buyers leaving […]




Homes Sold January 2014




Big up-tick in Central Oregon pending home sales during January. Last month we talked about the potential of there being a psychological barrier to would-be home buyers created by rising interest rates.  After looking at Central Oregon real estate market activity during January that may not be the case.  The year-over-year drop in sales during […]




Financial Reasons to Buy a Home




To a large extent, the decision to buy a home is an emotional one.  Life events, like getting married, having children or landing a dream job are exciting times and often lead to serious consideration of buying a home.   The National Housing Survey released quarterly by Fannie Mae suggests that this is not uncommon […]




Tips for Buying a Great Rental Property




Finding a great rental property to buy isn’t molecular biology but it shouldn’t be taken lightly either.  There are a lot of factors that can come together to create a snowball effect that determines whether or not you make money on your investment.  Here are a few tips to keep that snowball from running you […]




Mistakes Renters Make




We all make mistakes from time to time.   Some mistakes don’t cost us anything while others can mean losing thousands of dollars.  For tenants, mistakes often fall into the losing money category.  Whether you are new to being a tenant or just haven’t rented in a very long time, avoiding the mistakes listed below […]




Why The Final Walk Through of Your New Home is Important




New homes are looking pretty attractive to buyers in Bend, Oregon right now.  What makes new construction attractive is the competitive pricing compared to existing homes and, of course, the fact that everything is new.  It is easy for buyers to think that “new” would mean there would be no problems with the house.  Unfortunately, […]