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Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Commercial RE Reaction

By Pete Belcastro / May 23, 2020

Southern Oregon Residential Real Estate sales were off by about 40% during April. Other businesses suffered much more. We wanted to know what is happening with commercial real estate activity in Southern Oregon? So Scott King, of Merits Commercial Real Estate, joins us on this week’s show to share what has happened to commercial and… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for May 23.

By Pete / May 21, 2020

Welcome to Memorial Day Weekend! It’s going to be like no other we’re ever going to experience, amidst COVID-19.  It should also be a busy weekend for real estate activity.  We have April housing stats available and overall real estate activity was down by about 40% overall.  Check the April comparison below. Compare real estate… Read More

Nine Peaceful Garden Scenes that Inspire Serenity.

By Pete / May 20, 2020

Many of us are turning to gardens — even if they’re just tiny ones on a balcony or a collection of potted houseplants — as a means of finding a moment of peacefulness. What sparks this feeling for you may be different from the next person, whether it’s views of a sun-dappled patio or the… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show: Response to COVID-19 & Spring Sales Activity.

By Pete Belcastro / May 14, 2020

The Rogue Valley Association of Realtors is spearheading efforts by local Realtors to comply with COVID-19 restrictions even as Jackson/Josephine counties reopen. Tina Grimes is CEO of RVAR and the Southern Oregon Multiple Listings Service (SOMLS). She joins Devin Zupan, President of RVAR on this program to share what buyers and sellers need to know… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Rental Housing Market Update.

By Pete Belcastro / May 10, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Rental Housing Market has been hit by the COVID-19 shutdown and prior to that SB608 which changed landlord/tenant laws. Danielle Remley, owner of Sterling West Property Management joins up with Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema for an update on current rental market conditions. What’s going on with rents? Are renters given rent relief?… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for May 15.

By Pete / May 10, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market is performing better than most anyone would have expected with COVID-19 hit us in March.  Now as Southern Oregon counties begin to re-open what should we expect the real estate market to do?  Check out last week’s stats and you’ll notice that new listings are not keeping up with pending… Read More

Home Improvement Projects to Avoid during COVID-19 Pandemic

By Pete / May 10, 2020

AleksandarNakic/Getty Images Quarantine means spending way more time at home—and for some people, that also means noticing everything you want to change about your space. But is now a good time to take on a major renovation project? Probably not, experts say. “If you’re not already in the middle of a renovation, I don’t think… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for May 8.

By Pete / May 7, 2020

It appears that Southern Oregon’s three counties are going to be re opening businesses under Oregon’s Phase Plan. That is going to allow more buyers into the market with more individual movement.  One problem is that inventory is not keeping up with demand despite the COVID-19 shutdown.  Check last week’s stats now from the new… Read More

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

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show. Mortgage rate hysteria.

By Pete Belcastro / April 30, 2020

Mortgage Interest Rates are driving sales with rates in the low 3% range for a 30-year fixed mortgage. Hear more about what’s really happening with rates and how buyers might want to take advantage of them during our current shutdown. Others may want to refinance their current property. Guy Giles, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage connects… 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

Business shutdown taking a toll on S.Oregon economy, jobs and real estate.

By Pete Belcastro / April 29, 2020

How is COVID-19 shutdown affecting Jackson & Josephine counties businesses? A lot, according to Brad Hicks of Medford Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, on this edition of Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show. Without jobs and a vibrant economy, real estate sales are also affected by this business shutdown. Hear the latest from Brad as he… 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

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show. Buying and Selling During a Shut-Down.

By Pete Belcastro / April 18, 2020

Everything has changed in the way business is being conducted. Real Estate is no exception and despite hardships, activity is taking place. Rick Harris, Past President of the Oregon Association of Realtors and the Harris Group at John L Scott Ashland, joins Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema for a discussion on the “new” ways buyers… 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