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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




Homes Sold December 2013




Steady as she goes for the Central Oregon real estate market. Steady as she goes seems to be the theme of the Central Oregon real estate market this winter.  We aren’t seeing any major moves in home prices or inventory but uncertainty with mortgage interest rates could factor into the market equation over the next […]




Even More Tips for First Time Home Buyers




In step one you selected the real estate agent and mortgage lender you thought were the best fit for you.  In step two you set reasonable expectations for your home search.  Now that you are ready to begin looking at houses it is time to buckle down and get serious. The best way to prove […]




Homes Sold November 2013




Update on November home sales activity in the Bend, Oregon real estate market The number of homes for sale in Bend is still reflecting gains made in the spring despite the seasonal decline.  Inventory is currently sitting 18 percent above where it was at this time last year with 1,794 homes for sale.  If we […]




More Tips for First Time Home Buyers




You started the process of buying your first home by choosing a real estate agent and mortgage lender that meet your qualifications and feel like a good fit.  Before you take off, excited to find the perfect home, step back and set some expectations for your home search.  What you expect to happen during your […]




Is a Fixer Upper Right for You?




Whether you are a handy home owner looking to “buy up” at a discount, an investor looking for a flip or rental, or a first time home buyer looking for an affordable house you can make your own, a house that needs some repairs can present you with a good opportunity to create equity. It […]




Winter May be the Best Time of Year to Buy a House




One thing we could probably all agree on is that winter is not our favorite time of year to move.  From the cold to the potential for snow and rain it just doesn’t seem like the best use of one’s time.  It doesn’t seem like it but there are some advantages to putting on the […]