Buyer Questions to Ask after a Home Inspection!

By Pete / October 18, 2018

(How many times do we see this issue crop up.  A home inspection reveals a number of items that may need correcting before close of escrow.  What do you do? What should you ask to be repaired by the seller? Don’t get caught in the home inspection bubble, read more below from this article fon… Read More

S Oregon Real Estate Forum, October 17, 2018

By Pete / October 16, 2018

Property tax statements are in the mail and should be arriving to thousands of property owners in the next few weeks. These statement will provide you with a new Real Market Value, established by Jackson County officials,  as of January 1, 2018.  The overall Real Market Value is up.  We know because Dave Arrasmith, Jackson… Read More

Stylish Shelving Ideas for Your Home Office

By Pete / October 15, 2018

(How important is a home office to you?  Many homes have space for an office, but many look awful and you wouldn’t want to spend much time in it. I found this article that makes the home office a place to work and to spend time in.  From Houzz Magazine. Pete) When it comes to… Read More

S Oregon Real Estate Forum, October 10, 2018

By Pete / October 10, 2018

A headline in the Tuesday edition of the Mail Tribune declared, “Real estate turns to a buyers market.” Is that true?  Well, not so fast my friends. If you drill down deeper in the latest MLS stats, a different story appears.  The market is stabilizing. Let’s start with September Comparisons. What does this mean? For… Read More

Before and After: 6 Bedrooms That Offer Function and Style

By Pete / October 9, 2018

(We don’t normally talk about bedrooms much even. We do, however,  we spend a lot of time in them. Here is an article that takes a look at bedrooms and ways to mix in new ideas to meet modern needs) Pete Bedrooms are private spaces, which sometimes means they get ignored while renovating efforts focus… Read More

S Oregon Real Estate Forum, October 3, 2018

By Pete / October 2, 2018

Were you ever so happy to see it in rain in the Rogue Valley as we experienced last week? It was enough to cool things off and hopefully help put out the final wildfires remaining.  Southern Oregon’s Real Estate market continues its adjustments. INSURANCE ISSUES AFTER WILDFIRES.  We learned an awful lot about fire insurance… Read More

5 Popular Flooring Types and How to Clean Them

By Pete / October 1, 2018

(I recently had new flooring installed at my new home. Its wonderful.  But any of us don’t have a clue as to what type of flooring is in your home and don’t know how to properly care and clean them.  I found this article that really simplifies this dilemma.Pete)  From Houzz Magazine. Between kids, pets,… Read More

S Oregon Real Estate Forum, Sept. 26, 2018

By Pete / September 25, 2018

With one week to go in September, S Oregon Real Estate Market, while cooling a bit, remains pretty active especially across certain price bands. Lots of new listings are coming on line giving buyers a bit more negotiating power.  However, only 18% of sellers, nationwide, are giving buyer concessions.  That means 82% of sellers are… Read More

7 Questions Before Buying a Kitchen Appliance

By Pete / September 25, 2018

(At some point we all need to purchase new kitchen appliances for our home.  Here are some questions to consider before your next purchase and I bet you hadn’t thought of what you need to know.) If you’ve attended a dinner party recently, you might have noticed that everyone ended up elbow-to-elbow in the kitchen.… Read More

S Oregon Real Estate Forum, Sept. 19, 2018

By Pete / September 19, 2018

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market finds itself in a state of flux as Autumn rolls in. MLS statistics show stark differences at various price points and locations around Jackson and Josephine counties. See more below. Local officials from the Rogue Valley Council of Governments announced on last week’s Real Estate Show, they have been awarded… Read More

Fall Planting Ideas for Porches, Balconies and Small Gardens

By Pete / September 16, 2018

(I always seek out articles that you might find useful on various topics. This time, its Fall outdoor planting. These are high impact easy care celebrations of Autumn with color, texture and seasonal accents. Fall doesn’t have to be a colorless time around your home. See what can be done by reviewing this article from… Read More

S Oregon Real Estate Forum, September 12, 2018

By Pete / September 11, 2018

Its been quite a week in S Oregon real estate with activity across the price and location spectrum.  We also had an opportunity to talk real estate issues with Jessica Gomez and Jeff Golden, candidates seeking to become a state senator this November. This seat is currently held by Sen Alan DeBoer.  Watch the show… Read More

7 Living Rooms that Re-Think the Fireplace Wall.

By Pete / September 11, 2018

How many times have you wondered what to do with that old fireplace in your home? We don’t use them often anymore and our lifestyles have changed enough to make them almost obsolete.  But there is hope for fireplaces and their walls.  This article I found on Houzz Magazine will have you re thinking the… Read More

S. Oregon Real Estate Forum, September 5, 2018

By Pete / September 5, 2018

Hello Friends – We have a big show planned for this Saturday.  Its the first joint appearance of the election season for senate candidate Jeff Golden and Jessica Gomez.  They are vying to replace Sen. Alan DeBoer.  We’ll be talking real estate issues with them and hope you[ll join us.  If you have questions on… Read More

Avoid These Plants to Help Keep Your Garden Fire-Safe

By Pete / September 3, 2018

After a hot, dry summer, wildfires are a top concern among those living in at-risk regions. We’ve talked about design strategies for landscaping for fire safety and what plants to choose to help prevent fire from spreading through a landscape, but what about the plants to avoid? A fire-fuel-rich landscape of highly flammable eucalyptus, unmaintained dry grasses andresin-filled juniper The key to… Read More

S Oregon Real Estate Forum, for August 29, 2018

By Pete / August 29, 2018

Hello Friends: School is back in session, Fall sports season begins this week in earnest, agriculture harvests are underway and hopefully the smoke will leave us. Yes, it’s a busy time of the year and real estate is no exception. On last week’s Real Estate Show, (KCMX AM 880) Jackson County Sheriff Nate Sickler joined… Read More

S. Oregon Preservation: Two Most Endangered Places Making Progress

By Pete / August 26, 2018

Last week, Restore Oregon’s Preservation Programs team visited southern Oregon to monitor easements and see the progress on two of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places, Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point and the Medford Elks Lodge. The Butte Creek Mill Foundation is more than halfway to its $2.5 million fundraising goal! The mill is formally taking shape with logs… Read More

S. Oregon Real Estate Forum, August 22, 2018

By Pete / August 21, 2018

by Pete Belcastro, Principal Broker, John L Scott Southern Oregon Hello Friends….. Do you believe that Jackson County residents are aging? If you said yes, you’d be right.  In fact, the latest stats show that more than one in five residents is 65 years and older and that affects our housing market in many ways. … Read More