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By Pete / July 30, 2020

The last few months have seen an amazing amount of real estate activity across all three Southern Oregon counties.  However, this past week saw a decline for the first time.  For example, Jackson County’s closed sales dropped from 97 the week before to 58 last week, while Josephine and Klamath counties saw closed sales drop… Read More

10 Fun Outdoor Projects to Fill Summer Days

By Pete / July 30, 2020

As we stay closer to home for the foreseeable future, our homes and gardens are substituting for camps and other summer activities that keep kids, teens and families busy. Looking for ideas to fill the time? Check out these outdoor projects the whole family can enjoy, ranging from easy projects like starting seeds or creating… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for July 24.

By Pete / July 23, 2020

I have been watching the ups and downs of the real estate market for 13 years.   From the depths of the Great Recession to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have never seen so many opportunities that exist at the same time for buyers and sellers, as now.  Take a look at last week’s real estate stats… Read More

8 Ideas from Popular Home Offices.

By Pete / July 23, 2020

For many people, working from home is the new reality. In fact, nothing in recent memory has transformed how we use and think about our homes quite like the sudden, demanding integration of remote work — for adults and kids. And everyone’s needs are different. For some, a slim tabletop to hold a laptop and… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for July 17.

By Pete / July 16, 2020

It’s hard to keep up with all the activity spread across Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market this past week.  Pending sales and closed sales continue to outpace new listings creating high demand across many price ranges.  Take a look at last week’s activity and it remains consistent overall but with buyers paying more as Median… Read More

9 Ideas to Borrow from Spring 2020 Decks & Patios

By Pete / July 16, 2020

If you’re looking for fresh ideas for your outdoor space, take a gander at this selection of the most popular new decks and patios of 2020 so far. From a courtyard covered in vines in San Francisco to a peaceful tropical veranda in Palm Beach, Florida, and a colorful terrace in Madrid, these stylish designs… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for July 10.

By Pete / July 9, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market seems to be changing, almost daily.  So much change that right now, as Summer Sales get into full swing, buyers and sellers both have a unique opportunity to take advantage of this situation.  Last week’s sales stats show a continuing dynamic market with steady activity across all price ranges. Note… Read More

Six Great Ideas from Popular Summer Pools

By Pete / July 9, 2020

If ever there was a spring when homeowners were dreaming of having a private pool, the spring of 2020 was it. Houzz users browsing pool photos were drawn to pool spaces with infinity pool edges, integrated spas, beach design inspiration and nearby grassy areas. And they also checked out the adjacent spaces — many of… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for July 3.

By Pete / July 2, 2020

This Fourth of July Holiday will be one of the most low-key holiday events we’re ever going to experience with COVID-19 back dominating our lives.  Celebrate with distance, and stay safe.  Despite what’s going on in our lives, real estate activity continues to rebound and giving opportunities for both buyers and sellers in unprecedented fashion.… Read More

4 Outdoor Makeovers of Oddly Shaped Lots

By Pete / July 1, 2020

If you’re looking for design ideas for your unusually shaped outdoor space, take a peek at the following gardens that all make the most of challenging starting points. Steep slopes, a narrow side yard and a backyard shaped like a pie slice have all become beautiful, inviting garden spaces thanks to creative design moves. Take… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for June 26.

By Pete / June 25, 2020

Summer is in full swing now and real estate sales are approaching a normal selling season.  However, inventory levels are low and demand remains high in most price categories. Mortgage interest rates are hoving at about 3% for 30 year fixed rates mortgages, and even less for other loans. Check out last week’s sales stats… Read More

9 Ways to Make Your Yard More Fun & Comfortable

By Pete / June 23, 2020

Even as shelter-in-place restrictions start to lift, many people are planning to stay home this summer and forgo summer family activities like summer camps and trips to community pools and movie theaters. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, connect with neighbors or expand your living space, take a look at the… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for June 19.

By Pete / June 18, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market has something for everyone and that is quite an unusual situation to be in.  Sellers are finding low inventory levels mean quick sales and nearly their full asking price.  Buyers, while finding fewer available homes, are now paying interest rates right at 3% or even below.  Opportunities exist on all… Read More

Add Home Wellness Essentials for Healthy Living

By Pete / June 18, 2020

Home ought to be a haven of rest, relaxation and wellness. And while the term “wellness” gets bandied about an awful lot these days, the fact remains that there are some things you can do to help your home work harder to keep you healthy. Read on for 10 essentials that really make a difference,… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for June 11.

By Pete / June 12, 2020

This week’s dominating story in Southern Oregon Real Estate is summed up in three words – Lack of Inventory.  What’s caused it? Why is it happening?  How is it affecting the housing market? We try to answer those questions in this week’s newsletter.  If you look at last week’s SOMLS stats pending sales for all… Read More

How About a Mud-Room Makeover?

By Pete / June 9, 2020

Summer is almost here. And with it come flip-flops, rackets, goggles, damp towels, fishing equipment, hats, bikes — the kinds of things that can wind up in unruly piles if we don’t have designated spots for them. Here are 10 mudrooms that are ready to catch and organize that equipment as soon as it enters… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for June 5.

By Pete / June 4, 2020

Buying and Selling real estate is an art form all its own. Balancing the needs of both parties is key to a successful closing.  In today’s market, supply and demand, plus interest rates are driving activity.  Check out last week’s MLS stats and while closed sales remain about 45% below last year’s level, pending sales… Read More

7 Ways to Create a Neighborly Front Yard.

By Pete / June 4, 2020

Many of us find ourselves living in communities defined not by common acquaintances, knowledge and culture, but by geography or economics. Rather than knowing our neighbors from childhood, we may not know our neighbors at all. To create a sense of community, it’s often necessary to bring people together so they can get to know… Read More