Patio of the Week: Backyard fun w FIre Pit and Pizza Oven

By Pete / June 4, 2019

Christina Valencia and Kele Dobrinski know how to entertain themselves in their backyard, whether they’re sipping wine around the fire pit, cooking up pizzas with friends and neighbors or watching their three young sons ride scooters on the patio or dig for worms in the grass. The family moved to Sacramento from “a tiny apartment”… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for May 31.

By Pete / May 30, 2019

Today marks the end of what is traditionally the three busiest Real Estate months of the year. The next SOMLS stats will determine if that is true.  One thing for certain, inventory has increased across all price bands.  Check last week’s stats showing the latest Market Update Info for Jackson and Josephine counties last week.… Read More

10 Top Trees to Grow in Containers

By Pete / May 29, 2019

There are plenty of reasons to grow a tree in a large container. For urban gardens and those with little outdoor space, a potted tree can make a small terrace feel more like a garden and, if you plant a fig or lemon, provide you with fruit as well. In larger gardens, potted trees add… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate May 24

By Pete / May 23, 2019

The SOMLS stats for April are out and overall they show the continuation of a normalizing housing market. For example,  active market listings were up 17% from a year ago, while overall sales declined slightly by about 3%. Last week’s stats in Jackson and Josephine counties indicate what we mean.  Take a look at them… Read More

Choosing Kitchen Cabinetry for Convenience

By Pete / May 21, 2019

Imagine cooking your meals with everything close at hand. Drawers slide open at the press of a finger with pots and pans lined up inside. Spices sit on shelves at eye level. Countertops are clean and uncluttered. A well-organized kitchen centers around storage, and can make your life easier and cooking more efficient. “Design the… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for May 16.

By Pete / May 15, 2019

This was the week the SOMLS housing stats were reported for the February, March and April time periods. The chart below tells us exactly what the market did last month.  Our market is continuing to normalize itself. A normal market is generally a six month supply of inventory. Since last July, we have seen this… Read More

5 Re-Sale Remodels that Increase Value & 5 that don’t.

By Pete / May 15, 2019

Repeat after me: I am the master of my remodel. Perhaps you should say it again, because sadly, it’s not always so. Remodels sometimes have a tendency to develop their own inertia, as decisions lead to new dilemmas, unintended consequences and surprising outcomes. In some cases, these flights of fancy are perfectly acceptable, provided the… Read More

10 Outdoor Living Space You’ll Love

By Pete / May 7, 2019

As delightful as it might sound to spend a long, sunny day lounging in the backyard, the reality often includes more scrambling for shade than enjoying the outdoors. But retreating to a fully enclosed, air-conditioned space like a pool house — while surely welcome on the most sweltering days — doesn’t create the same easy,… Read More

Market Talk! S. Oregon Real Estate for May 2.

By Pete / May 1, 2019

May is generally the single busiest Real Estate month of the year.  The previous four months have given us an indication that we should prepare for an active month of Real Estate activity across the spectrum. In checking last week’s activity we saw nearly 100 pending sales in Jackson County.  Isn’t it amazing how steady… Read More

Six Emerging Bathroom Trends in 2019.

By Pete / May 1, 2019

A glance through the most popular bathroom photos uploaded to Houzz so far this year reveals that many users are inspired by polished industrial looks and fresh takes on classic bathroom design, as well as bathrooms that combine natural wood finishes with crisp white. As for tile trends, hexagonal, elongated subway, large-format shapes and herringbone… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for April 25.

By Pete / April 24, 2019

Spring is my favorite time of year. I have driven all over the area recently and everything is so green and beautiful, fresh and alive. In many ways our Real Estate Market is alive with changing inventory levels, steady interest rates and high demand. It adds up to quite an active market as we head… Read More

9 Shade Structures to Inspire your Patio Setup

By Pete / April 24, 2019

Not only do shade structures offer a welcome respite for sunny patios, they also provide the opportunity to make a stylish statement in the landscape. Paired with complementary furnishings, climbing vines and garden accents, these shaded outdoor areas can feel just as inviting — or more — than rooms inside the house. If you’re looking… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for April 18.

By Pete / April 17, 2019

I was not able to present last week’s Market Talk due to the sudden loss of a family friend — my little dog Riley.  As I cried and remembered a great friend of 11.5 years, I began to wonder how pets play a role in real estate sales?  Do they?  The answer is yes as… Read More

Look at These Sensational New Showers

By Pete / April 10, 2019

This collection of newly built and renovated showers uploaded to Houzz over the past year features many great ideas for updating the look of your shower. Whether the bathroom includes a walk-in shower, a shower-tub combo or a wet room, the designers of these spaces turned to tile, wood, fixtures and custom touches to create… Read More

Market Talk! S. Oregon Real Estate for April 4, 2019

By Pete / April 2, 2019

How many times have you heard some ask, “When is the best time to sell a home.”  We actually have the answer for you on Market Talk.  The best time to list and sell is right now, the first week of April.  See the stats below. We’ve learned this, listing your home in the first… Read More

10 Essentials for Outdoor Entertaining

By Pete / April 1, 2019

Whether you’re a new homeowner setting up your outdoor space for the first time or in the midst of downsizing — or you’re just hoping to streamline your outdoor setup — this guide is a good place to start. If you own only the 10 items on this list (we’ll assume you’re starting with a… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for March 27

By Pete / March 27, 2019

I feel like a cable TV show host this week.  We have so much information to share with you, we don’t have enough time or space. This week we’ll update you on mortgage interest rate; the latest market news, and some terrific Real Estate Shows you don’t want to miss.  Why such optimism in real… Read More

New Summer Breezy Living Room Styles

By Pete / March 26, 2019

If you’re planning a summer vacation to a beach, then you’re probably looking forward to some lazy, relaxing, sun-filled days. But that lifestyle doesn’t have to be confined to one week out of the year. Casual beach style is a great design choice for your living room. Linen-covered sofas, jute rugs, watery color palettes and… Read More