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

Take Your Back Yard to the Next Level!

By Pete / February 27, 2020

Who: Micah Dennis of Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design Where: Portland, Oregon In his own words: “Many homeowners want to turn their property into usable living space. New features will pull you outside and keep you there.” In this all-consuming digital age, it’s important to get outdoors and into nature. “My goal has always been for my clients… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for February 21.

By Pete / February 20, 2020

This week’s top Real Estate story has to do with inventory levels. Nationally, available homes for sale are at a 20-year low.  In Jackson County, there are only 619 homes available on the MLS and that is down 26% from a year ago.  So, as you look at last week’s stats, see how new listings… Read More

Transform a Sloped Lot into Beautiful, Usable Space

By Pete / February 19, 2020

Retaining walls and terraces can help make sloped yards more usable, less susceptible to erosion and easier to maintain. But beyond their practical benefits, these constructed elements can also offer attractive design solutions that just aren’t possible with flat lots, including creating natural transitions, revealing picturesque views and showcasing elegant walls, plantings and water features. The following… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for Feb.14

By Pete / February 13, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day to Everyone.  February 14 is also the birthdate of the State of Oregon, back in 1859. Our Real Estate Market continues a slow rise in activity with mixed results last week.  Highlight from the chart below was an increase in new listings in Jackson County, but they continue to lag behind pending… Read More

See the Latest in Cabinet Design for 2020.

By Pete / February 13, 2020

Cabinets are a major part of Design & Construction Week, and this year in Las Vegas brands showcased up-and-coming colors as Shaker and flat-front door styles continued to dominate. Some companies veered from popular white and wood cabinet finishes and displayed dark and dramatic colors, blues and greens, and interesting neutrals. Storage-focused companies also launched… Read More