The 10 Most Popular Decks so far in 2020.

By Pete / May 7, 2020

Spring is a great time to improve a deck. And if you’re looking for inspiration, the following countdown of the most-saved deck photos uploaded to Houzz so far this year don’t disappoint. Pops of color, interesting plank sizes and arrangements, cushy outdoor furniture and attractive planters are just a few ideas to get you started.… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for May 1.

By Pete / April 30, 2020

We are six weeks into this COVID-19 economic shutdown. And while overall sales activity is down, Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market is nothing but resilient.  Last week’s stats are following our six-week tracking with some categories up and some down from the previous week.  But make no mistake, these numbers are down across the board… Read More

10 Garden Projects Perfect for a Mother’s Day Gift.

By Pete / April 29, 2020

For the mothers in your life who love to garden or spend time outside, activity-based gift ideas and gestures of service this Mother’s Day can be a great way to show them how much you care. There are plenty of ways to make moms feel pampered this year, whether you’re celebrating together or apart. Dust… Read More

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

By Pete / April 23, 2020

While so much economic activity has been reduced across Southern Oregon, our real estate market seems to be an exception.  Highlights from last week’s activity show fewer listings taken across all three Southern counties, but pending sales and sold properties were actually up from the previous week’s totals.  Check out the latest information below. Our… Read More

Turn your Backyard into a Staycation Haven.

By Pete / April 22, 2020

There’s something irresistible about vacations. Lazing away your days at the lake with a good book. Feasting alfresco in a sun-drenched square. Tasting wines under a balmy sky, the scent of jasmine on the breeze. While regularly jetting off to your favorite locale might not be possible, re-creating its relaxing ambiance at home is. With a little… Read More

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

By Pete / April 16, 2020

For most of March, it seemed Southern Oregon’s Real Estate market was immune from aftereffects of COVID-19.  March was a very good real estate month, then April came around. We are now entering uncharted territory as the virus has caught up with real estate.  Last week’s stats below, show the beginnings of the changing market.… Read More

Mortgage Forbearance – the Ugly Truth for Some!

By Pete / April 15, 2020

When Nicholas Dahl, 36, called Chase Bank to find out about his options for mortgage forbearance at the end of March, an automated voice informed him the wait time would be 43 hours and 45 minutes. Dahl, who runs his family’s art transportation business, hasn’t been able to draw a paycheck since all nonessential businesses in… Read More

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

By Pete / April 9, 2020

During March it seemed the COVID-19 virus didn’t affect Southern Oregon’s Real Estate market much as sales activity, while down from a year ago, remained pretty active.   Now it seems as April begins, we may have entered the beginning of the virus-caused Real Estate downturn.  This also creates opportunities for both buyers and sellers.  The… Read More

Most At-Risk Housing Markets from Virus Aftermath.

By Pete / April 5, 2020

Just about everyone has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic—and the crisis, according to most experts, is only beginning to play out in many parts of the U.S. America now has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. And beyond the devastating human toll, an economic one is looming. The unemployment numbers are staggering, and… Read More

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

By Pete / April 2, 2020

These are certainly unprecedented times in our country and Real Estate is not exempt from it.  We are three weeks into our statewide “stay-at-home” order, yet Southern Oregon Real Estate continues to perform beyond our expectations.  Note last week’s activity below: Notable — the number of new listings held steady from previous weeks; yet, pending… Read More

April’s To-Do Home Checklist.

By Pete / April 1, 2020

With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 16 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring. B. Jane Gardens Things to Check… Read More

Market Talk! S. Oregon Real Estate for March 27.

By Pete / March 26, 2020

I hope this week finds you in good health as COVID-19 dominates our daily lives with changes nobody could have imagined a few weeks ago.  Having said that, Southern Oregon Real Estate is performing at an extraordinary pace.  Even with lockdowns and stay at home orders, last week saw strong activity across all three counties. … Read More

How Are You Passing the Time at Home Today?

By Pete / March 26, 2020

Staying calm hasn’t been easy lately. With the evolving cycle of coronavirus news, many of us are oscillating between serious worry and outright panic. We’re concerned about our loved ones, our neighbors, our community — and wonder if our old way of life will ever return. Phrases that had never entered our minds a few… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for March 20.

By Pete / March 19, 2020

To say these are uncertain times may be the understatement of the year.  Each of us has been affected in one way or another with no end in sight the result of COVID-19 virus.  Real Estate is no different.  We are taking precautions to make sure our client/friend is served and we do it in… Read More

7 Things to Consider when Working from Home.

By Pete / March 19, 2020

A Houzz contributor with over two decades of experience shares her tips on how to work from home during this uneasy time. I’ve spent more than two decades working almost exclusively from home. During that time I’ve written about the home design and remodeling industry for major newspapers, magazines and digital media. Apart from the… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for March 6.

By Pete / March 6, 2020

This week’s biggest story in Real Estate is Mortgage Interest Rates.   It’s dominated talk all week as borrowers are reassessing their situation to take advantage of this unique opportunity to buy, or even refinance your home.  Below are sample rates this week.  A friend of mine has already refinanced a home with a 15-year rate… Read More

3 Top Tile Trends for 2020

By Pete / March 6, 2020

Many new tile products in 2020 feature geometric and floral patterns, a continuing trend. And recent overall design trends like dark walls, muted tones and the color blue have made their way into tile design. “We are seeing lots of large-format tiles. They offer a new, fresh look with an easier installation,” says Cindy D’Alessio,… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for Feb.28

By Pete / February 27, 2020

We watch SOMLS stats closely because they tell us the real story of the current market.  No place else can provide that information. We update our stats each week for you and this column. Once again, while we’re preparing for the Spring Selling Season new listings remain elusive compared to pending sales and sold properties. … Read More