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

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

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

Young people say "yes" to Home Ownership

By Pete Belcastro / April 19, 2011

There is no Real Estate Show this weekend due to the KMED Auction.  We’re back on April 30 at 10 a.m. In the meantime, have you been reading that the American Dream of home ownership is dying with the recession, foreclosure mania and so forth.   Do you believe it? It’s every where it seems. Time… Read More

What's Up with Commercial Real Estate?

By Pete Belcastro / April 12, 2011

This Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. on KMED AM 1440, Mark Illsley from CPM Real Estate Services joins Joe Brett for a discussion and update on commercial real estate activity in Jackson and Josephine counties. Why is commercial real estate important? Simple answer, commercial real estate is the harbinger of things to come. If activity… Read More

Water Rights and Irrigation on next Real Estate Show

By Pete Belcastro / April 7, 2011

With all the snow in the mountains and more still predicted, we’re going to have a terrific water year. That means no curtailments but abundant water to share for consumers, recreation, fish and so forth. With so much water, it seems a bit premature to talk about water rights and irrigation season but we’re going… Read More

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