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

Cindy Priestly and Don McCoy Market Watch and Aging in Place

By Pete Belcastro / October 8, 2018

A John L Scott Market Watch show with Brokers Cindy Priestly and Don McCoy. We look ahead to the fall market conditions and explore options for seniors to age in place and home construction to serve that need.

Wildfires and Property Insurance with Greg White

By Pete Belcastro / October 3, 2018

Catastrophic wildfires have been devastating to Western states, even deadly. How do property owners protect themselves and what changes may lay ahead as the Insurance industry moves to keep up? Greg White helps us sort out the new normal.

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

Mortgage Interest Rates and the Southern Oregon tour of homes

By Pete Belcastro / September 23, 2018

Guy Giles from Bank 34 updates the mortgage scene and guest Jessica Bennington highlights the SO Builders Assn Tour of Homes for fall 2018

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

Funds for Brownfields: Properties contaminated by prior usage.

By Pete Belcastro / September 17, 2018

Over 400 programs into Tbe Real Estate Show Oregon’s run it’s time to talk Brownfields: properties that are contaminated due to prior usage. Hear this story with Greg Stabek of the Rogue Valley Council of Governments and Len Farr from Stantek Consulting in Portland. They unveil a new program that helps property owners overcome Brownfield… 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

State Senate Dist. 3 Candidates Jessica Gomez and Jeff Golden

By Pete Belcastro / September 10, 2018

Legislative issues of interest to the Real Estate industry come through the Oregon House and Sentate by the dozens each legislative session. Candidates for State Sentate District 3 Jessica Gomez and Jeff Golden joined the Real Estate guys for a discussion on the task ahead for the winner in November.

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

Sterling West Rental Market Update

By Pete Belcastro / September 4, 2018

Time for an update on the Rental Market in Southern Oregon as Danielle Remley and Toni Thomson of Sterling West Property Management return for a 2018 udpate.

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