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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]