Skilled Construction Workers Wanted!

By Pete Belcastro / June 5, 2015

by Pete Belcastro. It’s really hard to imagine that local construction companies are desperate to find enough skilled workers, or for that matter workers, to fill local jobs.  The demand for these workers has out-paced the supply. On a recent “Real Estate Show” Brad Bennington, CEO of the Homebuilders Association, and Brent Hackwell, Project Manager… Read More

Increase Your Home's Value, it's easy.

By Pete Belcastro / May 23, 2015

We’re always looking for ways to increase the value of our homes.  This following article, written by Jim Remley, Principal Broker at John L Scott Real Estate Southern Oregon.  He points out that is  always doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to increase a property’s value.  Read on!  Thanks Jim. by Jim Remley.… Read More

Marijuana Legalization & Real Estate.

By Pete Belcastro / March 5, 2015

by Pete Belcastro I have found the topic of marijuana legalization to be the topic so far of 2015.  People are talking and not all of it is accurate.  We’ll leave it to the politicians to figure out the legal parts of the law, but when it comes to real estate, that’s a whole other story.… Read More

New Contractors In Medford Housing Market.

By Pete Belcastro / February 28, 2015

by Pete Belcastro. It wasn’t that long ago that Jackson County experienced no new home construction.  Remember 2009?  It was the lowest year for new construction as the Great Recession took hold on our economy and shook it to its core.   We are coming back, however.  Taken Hayden Homes for example. On the Real Estate… Read More

Rental Vacancy Rate – 2%, What's Going On?

By Pete Belcastro / February 23, 2015

by Pete Belcastro. If you think there is pressure on the residential real estate market with low inventories, take a look at Jackson County’s rental market.  According to Laurel Adams, Allcities Property Mgt. and Past President of the Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association reports Jackson County has a 2% vacancy rate.  That means less options… Read More

Real Estate Market is Talking to Us

By Pete Belcastro / February 12, 2015

by Pete Belcastro. The market is talking!  Are we listening?  Are we ready to act?  I ask these questions as the latest SOMLS real estate statistics indicate movement strong enough to warrant a closer look. We’ve been predicting 2015 is going to be a big real estate year.  New construction is coming back strong.  Baby Boomers are retiring and the Rogue… Read More

RVAR says No to Property Tax Change.

By Pete Belcastro / February 2, 2015

Before I became a real estate broker in 2007, I have to admit I never paid much attention to real estate professional organizations like the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors (RVAR).   Since producing our Real Estate Shows for nearly six years, I have come to respect them in ways most of us never think. RVAR… Read More

Value of Home Ownership is Real

By Pete Belcastro / January 21, 2015

I know you’ve heard the statement, “its smarter to own a home then rent one.”  Turns out that’s more true today then ever before.  I came across an article in the “New York Times” while sitting on an airplane that sums up the real value of home ownership as opposed to those who rent. Most… Read More

GMO Free Jackson County

By Pete Belcastro / June 10, 2014

by Pete Belcastro Its been a few weeks since Jackson County voters decided its better living here without GMO agriculture. Since, then I can’t tell you how many people I have had conversations about GMO free and what it means for us in Jackson County.  First of all, I think everyone I speak with is… Read More

Age Friendly Homes are Here to Stay

By Pete Belcastro / April 21, 2014

Sharon and Howard Johnson of Age Friendly Innovations started their second career after discovering they needed to downsize their lives as they retired.   Most of us face that same questions, “What to do when retiring with property that is too big to handle any more. For Sharon and Howard, they decided the move, sell their… Read More

Let's Raise your Property Tax

By Pete Belcastro / April 9, 2014

by Pete Belcastro. That’s the idea behind the latest proposal from the League of Oregon Cities.  This time under the guise of compression, the League is going around Oregon speaking to Rotary clubs and other groups to convince them that Real Market Value and Assessed Value need to be married in a reversal of Oregon’s… Read More

Real Estate Show Medford – Jackson County Levy Vote

By Pete Belcastro / February 19, 2014


Demand for Grape Growing Land Continues

By Pete Belcastro / February 8, 2014

by Pete Belcastro, 541 621 7036 Our state is an agriculture wonderland.  Our lands provide soil that grow and produce vast quantities of products.  In the Rogue Valley that has mostly been pear orchards, but lately vineyards are sprouting all around and no let up is in site. On the Feb 8 Real Estate Show,… Read More

Market Watch and All Cities Property Management

By Pete Belcastro / January 28, 2014

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home.

By Pete Belcastro / January 22, 2014

Buying a home requires a great deal of stamina for those involved.  At a recent office meeting at John L Scott, this discussion took place about what a Buyer needs to ask himself or herself before purchasing a home.  Depending on the answers, you’ll know if Buying is really for you.  Here they are.  Good reading,… Read More

Be a Smart Rental Property Owner

By Pete Belcastro / December 11, 2011

Everytime Laurel Adams comes on the Real Estate Show, we all learn a great deal about what its like to manage rental property.  Laurel, who owns All cities Property Management, is on the front lines of the rental market in Jackson County.   From what she told us on the 10 December radio show on KMED,… Read More

Seeking Healthy Small Lot Woodlands

By Pete Belcastro / May 22, 2011

by Pete Belcastro Paul Showalter has been living among trees all his life. The Natural Resource Technician at the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation Division grew up with a US Forest Service father and can tell you a lot about treess. On last week’s Real Estate Show, Paul brought his unique perspective to a discussion… Read More

Don't be afraid of an FHA Rehab Loan

By Pete Belcastro / May 16, 2011

Each week during the Real Estate Show, there is something that is said that really catches my ear. This past Saturday, (5-14-11) Sandy Boughton from Mortgage Express was our guest and we entered into a discussion about the FHA Rehab Loan. These are loans added to the mortgage to fix up a home to meet… Read More