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Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, w Mayor Chris Luz, Phoenix on the future of his town.

By Pete Belcastro / October 23, 2020

How does a community recover from a disaster? That’s the main question we put to Phoenix Mayor Chris Luz on this episode of Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show. The Mayor shares his experience during the fire of Sept 8 and the efforts underway to begin the cleanup and recovery the community will need. Luz joins… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Maneuvering in a high-demand, low-inventory housing market.

By Pete Belcastro / October 17, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market remains at a pretty consistent level this past week with pending and closed sales remaining high. On this week’s episode, Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema concentrate on how buyers and sellers are maneuvering through this high-demand and low-inventory housing market. Get some of the latest strategies Pete and Alice use… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for October 16.

By Pete / October 15, 2020

It’s amazing how steady Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market really is week in and week out.  We’ve seen a leveling off of activity in some areas but overall demand remains high while inventory has his historic lows in our market.  Take a look at last week’s stats.  They bear out the consistency in the market… Read More

Designer Lighting Ideas for the Perfect Fall Patio

By Pete / October 15, 2020

A beautifully designed patio has a sense of magic. It draws you in and makes you want to linger as nature works its charms. It’s a backdrop for family memories — think s’mores nights and starlit movies — and, especially now, a much-needed escape. While many elements contribute to the perfect patio, a truly organized… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show – Property Taxes & Your Home Value

By Pete Belcastro / October 11, 2020

Property tax statement are due out in a few weeks. Most everyone will see an increase in those taxes and most everyone will also see an increase in their Real Market Value. Jackson County Assessor Dave Arrasmith joins Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema for a wide ranging discussion about property taxes, valuation increases across the… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for October 9.

By Pete / October 8, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market held steady this past week with closed sales up slightly from a week ago.  The biggest issue facing the market is lack of inventory, which as you can see below in last week’s stats, show less than 300 residential listings in Jackson County.  I have never seen it that low… Read More

10 Ways to Save Money on Landscape Renovations.

By Pete / October 8, 2020

As with any large-scale renovation, the costs of a landscape remodel can quickly add up. With the right design moves and decisions to stretch your budget, you can pull off the look and feel of your dream garden without letting the budget get out of hand. But where it can make sense to save —… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show – JLS Market Watch, Real Time Real Estate

By Pete Belcastro / October 3, 2020

Are recent wildfires effecting Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market? If so, what are the effects for buyers and sellers in the market? Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema are real time real estate agents working with buyers and sellers in this uncertain market where demand exceeded supply even before fires destroyed 3,300 homes. Pete and Alice… Read More

Six Home Upgrades Buyers want in the COVID era.

By Pete / October 1, 2020

 by Lauren Sieben | Sep 24, 2020 If you imagined 2020 was the year you would finally list your house for sale, you may have hit the brakes on those plans when the coronavirus pandemic arrived. But now, we’re more than six months into the COVID-19 era with no clear end in sight. As many… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for Sept. 25

By Pete / September 24, 2020

It’s been more than two weeks since wildfire struck S.Oregon in both Jackson and Klamath counties. Homes destroyed, lives changed, neighbors helping friends, cleanup starting, rebuilding our communities, however, still a long way off.  The week of the fires saw real estate activity slow considerably.  This last week things rebounded to include these: 1) Jackson… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Responding to Wildfire Challenges

By Pete Belcastro / September 24, 2020

How will we respond to the loss of more than 3,200 housing units to wildfire? That question is among a wide variety of related topics on this edition of Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show. Brad Bennington, CEO of Southern Oregon Builders Association talks about the challenges facing us just to rebuild lost inventory. He in… Read More

Realtor Wildfire Relief Fund for Homeowners & Renters

By Pete / September 24, 2020

REALTORS® Relief Foundation Grant OAR has secured $500,000 grant for housing relief through NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation for the Oregon wildfires disaster. Who should apply? Any full-time resident and U.S. citizen or legally admitted U.S. resident who has lost their home to the Oregon wildfire disaster and is in need of support for either of… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for September 18.

By Pete / September 17, 2020

This should be a joyous time of the year, with football, school starting and fall festivals all over Southern Oregon.  But not this year.  Our Rogue Valley is in mourning after wildfires destroyed more than 2,500 homes on Sept.  My own personal home in Phoenix was one of those thousands lost.  Neighborhoods have disappeared as… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Realtors Respond to Wildfires.

By Pete Belcastro / September 17, 2020

More than 2,500 homes have been lost to wildfires in Jackson and Klamath counties. The loss of housing on those affected will be felt for years to come as communities to rebuild. But how should we do that? How are Realtors responding to this crises and how will it effect the rest of Southern Oregon’s… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Fires Disrupt Lives/Destroy Properties

By Pete Belcastro / September 15, 2020

You know all about the fire situation in Southern Oregon and how it has disrupted life throughout our region. This episode of the Real Estate Show has Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema talking about their experiences from the fires and how we can respond to them when we begin to rebuild what is left. Join… Read More

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Show, Mortgage Rates Drive Market Boom!

By Pete Belcastro / September 4, 2020

One year ago mortgage interest rates hovered around 5%. Today those same rates have dropped to below 3% and that is driving a real estate market boom in Southern Oregon. Guy Giles, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage joins Pete Belcastro and Alice Lema for a discussion on how buyers and sellers can both take advantage of… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for Sept. 4

By Pete / September 3, 2020

When Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market talks, we need to listen and she is talking to us a lot over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.  What is the market telling us?   How about four quick things; 1) interest rates under 3% are driving more buyers into the market; 2) low inventory of available housing is… Read More

To-Do’s; Your September Home Check List.

By Pete / September 3, 2020

From the first days, which probably still feel like summer, to the last, when you may notice that first chill in the air, September is a time of transition. Get your home ready for the season ahead by ticking off these to-dos, from adding cozy layers to scheduling necessary maintenance — and then curl up in… Read More