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By Pete / July 30, 2020

The last few months have seen an amazing amount of real estate activity across all three Southern Oregon counties.  However, this past week saw a decline for the first time.  For example, Jackson County’s closed sales dropped from 97 the week before to 58 last week, while Josephine and Klamath counties saw closed sales drop… Read More

10 Fun Outdoor Projects to Fill Summer Days

By Pete / July 30, 2020

As we stay closer to home for the foreseeable future, our homes and gardens are substituting for camps and other summer activities that keep kids, teens and families busy. Looking for ideas to fill the time? Check out these outdoor projects the whole family can enjoy, ranging from easy projects like starting seeds or creating… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Rates Fall to 2.75%

By Pete Belcastro / July 30, 2020

Wow, Mortgage Interest Rates now make it possible for buyers to purchase a larger, better home. Join Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema along with Mutual of Omaha’s Guy Giles to learn how mortgage rates, at really historic lows, are driving buyers to the market seeking an upgrade in their housing. Rates have fallen to 2.75%… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for July 24.

By Pete / July 23, 2020

I have been watching the ups and downs of the real estate market for 13 years.   From the depths of the Great Recession to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have never seen so many opportunities that exist at the same time for buyers and sellers, as now.  Take a look at last week’s real estate stats… Read More

8 Ideas from Popular Home Offices.

By Pete / July 23, 2020

For many people, working from home is the new reality. In fact, nothing in recent memory has transformed how we use and think about our homes quite like the sudden, demanding integration of remote work — for adults and kids. And everyone’s needs are different. For some, a slim tabletop to hold a laptop and… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Opportunities for Buyers & Sellers.

By Pete Belcastro / July 23, 2020

Let’s Go is the name of a new marketing campaign undertaken by John L Scott Southern Oregon. You may have seen some of it in print or social media or on TV and radio. Tiffany Rodgers Wilkerson, Dir of Business Development at JLS, joins Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema on why spend money on marketing… Read More

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By Pete Belcastro / July 18, 2020

Having fertile soil and clean water are important components of our S. Oregon economy. How we manage those two items is another issue and that’s why Kora Mousseaux, of the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, joins us on this episode to explain. JSWCD has programs and assistance for both urban and rural property owners… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for July 17.

By Pete / July 16, 2020

It’s hard to keep up with all the activity spread across Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market this past week.  Pending sales and closed sales continue to outpace new listings creating high demand across many price ranges.  Take a look at last week’s activity and it remains consistent overall but with buyers paying more as Median… Read More

9 Ideas to Borrow from Spring 2020 Decks & Patios

By Pete / July 16, 2020

If you’re looking for fresh ideas for your outdoor space, take a gander at this selection of the most popular new decks and patios of 2020 so far. From a courtyard covered in vines in San Francisco to a peaceful tropical veranda in Palm Beach, Florida, and a colorful terrace in Madrid, these stylish designs… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for July 10.

By Pete / July 9, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market seems to be changing, almost daily.  So much change that right now, as Summer Sales get into full swing, buyers and sellers both have a unique opportunity to take advantage of this situation.  Last week’s sales stats show a continuing dynamic market with steady activity across all price ranges. Note… Read More

Six Great Ideas from Popular Summer Pools

By Pete / July 9, 2020

If ever there was a spring when homeowners were dreaming of having a private pool, the spring of 2020 was it. Houzz users browsing pool photos were drawn to pool spaces with infinity pool edges, integrated spas, beach design inspiration and nearby grassy areas. And they also checked out the adjacent spaces — many of… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Dynamic Summer Market

By Pete Belcastro / July 9, 2020

Hopefully, the main COVID Real Estate Months are behind us when sales and listings were down about 50% from the previous year. Not any more. Join Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema as they explore the changing S Oregon Real Estate Market. And is it changing, almost weekly we are seeing more listings, more pending sales… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Mortgage Rates Fuel the Market

By Pete Belcastro / July 8, 2020

Mortgage interest rates are the fuel driving S.Oregon’s Real Estate Market today. Guy Giles and Michael Ronchette, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage joins with Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema for a look at how these rates are affecting the market and new loan products that buyers can take advantage of. With interest rates in the 3%… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for July 3.

By Pete / July 2, 2020

This Fourth of July Holiday will be one of the most low-key holiday events we’re ever going to experience with COVID-19 back dominating our lives.  Celebrate with distance, and stay safe.  Despite what’s going on in our lives, real estate activity continues to rebound and giving opportunities for both buyers and sellers in unprecedented fashion.… Read More

4 Outdoor Makeovers of Oddly Shaped Lots

By Pete / July 1, 2020

If you’re looking for design ideas for your unusually shaped outdoor space, take a peek at the following gardens that all make the most of challenging starting points. Steep slopes, a narrow side yard and a backyard shaped like a pie slice have all become beautiful, inviting garden spaces thanks to creative design moves. Take… Read More

S.Oregon’s Real Estate Show-Taxes After COVID-19 Ends!

By Pete Belcastro / June 26, 2020

Billions of dollars of stimulus money have been dispersed. As Glenn Cunningham, CPA and Finacial Advisor at Nagel and Padilla in Ashland, tell us “there is no such thing as a free lunch” when it comes to this money. He joins Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema for a discussion on how 2020 taxes are going… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for June 26.

By Pete / June 25, 2020

Summer is in full swing now and real estate sales are approaching a normal selling season.  However, inventory levels are low and demand remains high in most price categories. Mortgage interest rates are hoving at about 3% for 30 year fixed rates mortgages, and even less for other loans. Check out last week’s sales stats… Read More

9 Ways to Make Your Yard More Fun & Comfortable

By Pete / June 23, 2020

Even as shelter-in-place restrictions start to lift, many people are planning to stay home this summer and forgo summer family activities like summer camps and trips to community pools and movie theaters. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, connect with neighbors or expand your living space, take a look at the… Read More