Real Estate Investing: The Best College Town to Invest in Now

When most people think of Bend, Oregon real estate they likely think of vacation homes.  Bend is, after all, one of the premiere vacation destinations in the state of Oregon.  What many real estate investors may not be considering is that Bend is set to have a four year university by 2015.  That makes now […]

Millennials, The American Dream And Real Estate Investors

Real estate investors have a huge opportunity to make money on the fading American Dream of home ownership. There are approximately 80 million members of Generation Y and they are less interested in home ownership than any generation before them. Survey after survey suggests that these uncertain economic times, in which many Millennials have reached adulthood, are […]

Rental Houses and Dogs

I don’t know what it is about Bend, Oregon but the people who live here love their dogs.  So much so that Bend was named 2012 Dog Town USA by Dog Fancy Magazine.  That’s all well and good but what does that mean for Bend real estate investors? It means, if you are thinking about […]

New Approach to Flipping Houses

House flipping has a new business model:  the model home.  While it has been used almost exclusively by builders in new housing developments, the Baltimore Sun reports that real estate investors who buy, fix then sell distressed properties are beginning to incorporate model homes into their business plan. At least three companies in Baltimore have […]

Top 7 Reasons You Should Invest in Bend OR Real Estate

You have been thinking about investing in real estate for a while now but you don’t know where you should invest.  Should you buy a rental in your home town?  A college town?  Why not invest in Bend real estate?  Why not indeed?  Here are our top seven reasons to buy a rental in Bend. […]

Real Estate Investing: Cash Reserves

Cash reserves are an important part of any real estate investment strategy.  Not having enough cash reserves can mean the difference between a failed investment and a successful one that provides monthly income and long term growth.  It is easy to assume (hope) that tenants will never move and nothing will ever break in your […]

Real Estate Investing: Types of Residential Rentals

No matter what, people always need a place to live and that is a big part of the reason that rental properties make such an attractive investment.  Here are some things to consider when choosing what type of rental property to buy in Bend. Single Family:  Houses are perhaps the most common real estate investment […]

Bend Oregon Vacancy Rates Falling According to Survey

The Central Oregon Rental Owners Association (COROA) 2013 annual rental survey has been released documenting a snapshot of rental activity for houses, duplexes, triplexes/fourplexes and apartments for Bend, Redmond and all of Central Oregon. The survey data is provided by rental owners and property managers from Sunriver to Prineville, La Pine to Redmond and Bend […]

Property Management: Redmond Changes Utility Billing for Rentals

Citing nearly $500,000 in uncollected utility debt, Redmond, Oregon’s City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 28, to make owners of rental homes directly responsible for water, sewer and garbage bills. Apparently not wanting to risk any more uncollected debt, the city made this change effective June 1.  Accounts established prior to June 1 can […]

Encouraging Numbers for Investors

Following up on a post last week about investors buying more homes.  Freddie Mac issued a press release October 17th that lends some numerical evidence as to why investors are buying more homes.  In that release they refer to Census Bureau numbers reporting a net increase of 1.4 million households that moved into rental housing over […]