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

Market Talk! S. Oregon Real Estate for March 20

By Pete / March 19, 2019

Spring has officially arrived in the Rogue Valley and with it begins the three busiest real estate months of the year.  Check out last week’s MLS stats and see how the market is doing. Look at the pending sale totals. What is the best Week of the Year to List a home?   You may think… Read More

New Small-Deck Designs for Outdoor Living

By Pete / March 19, 2019

When deck space is at a premium, efficient design and smart styling can make what could be a cramped outdoor area an inviting one. From investing in disappearing railings to choosing hanging planters over ones that take up floor space, there are plenty of ways to make the most of a compact deck. Read on… Read More

Warm & Bright Laundry Room Makeovers.

By Pete / March 6, 2019

We talk a lot about room make-overs but the laundry room? Yes, its true these rooms can make your home feel warm and bright with a make over you probably never thought about. Laundry Room at a Glance  Who lives here: A family with three daughters Location: Minneapolis Size: About 150 square feet (14 square meters) Designer: Sarah Martin of Beautiful… Read More

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

By Pete / February 27, 2019

Thank you for spending some time with us this week.  We hope you learn something about the local market that helps you be a smart Real Estate consumer. We are approaching some of the busiest real estate months of the year. In Oregon, the next few months look promising  for property sales as our state… Read More

5 Tips for Buying & Using LED Lights

By Pete / February 25, 2019

A flood of new LED products has made choosing a lightbulb more confusing than ever. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Simply follow these five steps to select the the right LED bulb for you and get better light in your home. 1. Choose Your Brightness Most LED bulbs available to the consumer are… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for Feb. 21, 2019

By Pete / February 20, 2019

Good news for the summer is that our local reservoirs are filling, with what looks like plenty of snow to make a good water year.  Emigrant Lake is now 40% full, Howard Prairie approaching 30%.  Now if they can fill Hyatt Lake, currently at 14% capacity, then we will have plenty of water for all… Read More

East Steps to Protect your Home from Water Damage.

By Pete / February 20, 2019

There’s nothing less musical to a homeowner’s ears than the steady drip of unwelcome water or the sudden whoosh of a burst pipe. The resulting damage can be extreme. “Part of it is the financial damage — ranging from $6,000 to much, much higher — and part of it is the element of time needed… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate, February 14, 2019

By Pete / February 13, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.  With the crazy weather around us, please drive with caution. The snow is wonderful! Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market had an active past week. Closed sales were down as you can tell from the chart below. Early each month we receive the latest SOMLS stats which give us a comparison to… Read More

How Technology is Making its way to your Kitchen!

By Pete / February 12, 2019

Many of us spend all day with our computers and cellphones constantly within arm’s reach, so it may not be surprising that these items are now working their way into our kitchens. Some homeowners renovating their kitchens are choosing to upgrade electronics in these spaces, and among this group, home assistants and dedicated kitchen tablets… Read More

Market Talk, S Oregon Real Estate, February 7, 2019

By Pete / February 6, 2019

The Market is Talking and we’re right on top of it with the latest weekly stats.  As you look at the cart below, note the large jump in pending and closed sales from the week prior. Certainly shows an active real estate market with lots of activity taking place.  In following these stats, note we have… Read More

Balance Form and Function in Your Backyard

By Pete / February 6, 2019

Who: Angela Kelly of Stepstone Where: Los Angeles In her own words: “Concrete is among the oldest building materials. Made from sand, rock and cement, it’s naturally occurring and found anywhere in the world. The possibilities of what you can accomplish with precast concrete are astounding.” Whether you use your backyard primarily for pool parties, barbecues or basketball games,… Read More

Market Talk, Real Estate for January 31, 2019

By Pete / January 30, 2019

Welcome to this week’s Market Talk — a gathering of information about Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market. Here at the end of January we’re beginning to see a bit more available inventory coming on the market.  Interest rates have remained steady over the last few weeks leaving opportunities for both buyers and sellers. HISTORIC PRESERVATION: … Read More

Re-thinking the Dining Room Experience

By Pete / January 30, 2019

A dining room remains a desirable home feature, whether it is a distinct room or integrated into an open plan. Shapes and sizes of dining tables, chairs and furniture need to be considered so personal movement is not impeded when the room is fully in use. Table and seat heights tend to be standard but all… Read More

S Oregon Market Talk for January 24, 2019

By Pete / January 23, 2019

People ask me all the time about Real Estate information, the latest stats and advice on related matters.  So I hope this weekly column serves at least part of that purpose. I enjoy putting it together because you get a ground level look at the real estate market from an active Realtor  I hope you… Read More

Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

By Pete / January 22, 2019

Whether you have a simple powder room or a master en suite, functionality should be at the heart of your bathroom remodel. Read on to learn tricks for gaining storage, improving lighting and drainage, and more to ensure that your renovated bathroom stands the test of time. 1. Plumbing Residential plumbing typically uses 1½-inch pipes for… Read More