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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




Should Real Estate Investors Pay Cash Or Finance?




We previously discussed how much cash someone might need in order to buy a rental property and that got me to thinking about a question many real estate investors are faced with when making a purchase decision:  Cash or finance? For many of us it isn’t even an option.  We have to finance because we […]




How Much Cash Do I Need To Invest in Real Estate?




We have all heard about the cash investors that have been in the news so much over the last few years.  Based on those news reports it sounds like the only way a person can become a real estate investor is if they are fortunate enough to have piles of cash.  The good news is, […]