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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

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

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for June 19.

By Pete / June 18, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market has something for everyone and that is quite an unusual situation to be in.  Sellers are finding low inventory levels mean quick sales and nearly their full asking price.  Buyers, while finding fewer available homes, are now paying interest rates right at 3% or even below.  Opportunities exist on all… Read More

Add Home Wellness Essentials for Healthy Living

By Pete / June 18, 2020

Home ought to be a haven of rest, relaxation and wellness. And while the term “wellness” gets bandied about an awful lot these days, the fact remains that there are some things you can do to help your home work harder to keep you healthy. Read on for 10 essentials that really make a difference,… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for June 11.

By Pete / June 12, 2020

This week’s dominating story in Southern Oregon Real Estate is summed up in three words – Lack of Inventory.  What’s caused it? Why is it happening?  How is it affecting the housing market? We try to answer those questions in this week’s newsletter.  If you look at last week’s SOMLS stats pending sales for all… Read More

How About a Mud-Room Makeover?

By Pete / June 9, 2020

Summer is almost here. And with it come flip-flops, rackets, goggles, damp towels, fishing equipment, hats, bikes — the kinds of things that can wind up in unruly piles if we don’t have designated spots for them. Here are 10 mudrooms that are ready to catch and organize that equipment as soon as it enters… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for June 5.

By Pete / June 4, 2020

Buying and Selling real estate is an art form all its own. Balancing the needs of both parties is key to a successful closing.  In today’s market, supply and demand, plus interest rates are driving activity.  Check out last week’s MLS stats and while closed sales remain about 45% below last year’s level, pending sales… Read More

7 Ways to Create a Neighborly Front Yard.

By Pete / June 4, 2020

Many of us find ourselves living in communities defined not by common acquaintances, knowledge and culture, but by geography or economics. Rather than knowing our neighbors from childhood, we may not know our neighbors at all. To create a sense of community, it’s often necessary to bring people together so they can get to know… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for May 29.

By Pete / May 28, 2020

It’s official, the Summer vacation season has begun and with Phase 1 reopening people are returning to S. Oregon. Some are here to purchase real estate.  And why not, mortgage interest rates are hoving around 3% for a 30-year conventional loan. Overall, sold properties are down about 40% from a year ago this week, but… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for May 23.

By Pete / May 21, 2020

Welcome to Memorial Day Weekend! It’s going to be like no other we’re ever going to experience, amidst COVID-19.  It should also be a busy weekend for real estate activity.  We have April housing stats available and overall real estate activity was down by about 40% overall.  Check the April comparison below. Compare real estate… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for May 15.

By Pete / May 10, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market is performing better than most anyone would have expected with COVID-19 hit us in March.  Now as Southern Oregon counties begin to re-open what should we expect the real estate market to do?  Check out last week’s stats and you’ll notice that new listings are not keeping up with pending… Read More

Home Improvement Projects to Avoid during COVID-19 Pandemic

By Pete / May 10, 2020

AleksandarNakic/Getty Images Quarantine means spending way more time at home—and for some people, that also means noticing everything you want to change about your space. But is now a good time to take on a major renovation project? Probably not, experts say. “If you’re not already in the middle of a renovation, I don’t think… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for May 8.

By Pete / May 7, 2020

It appears that Southern Oregon’s three counties are going to be re opening businesses under Oregon’s Phase Plan. That is going to allow more buyers into the market with more individual movement.  One problem is that inventory is not keeping up with demand despite the COVID-19 shutdown.  Check last week’s stats now from the new… Read More

The 10 Most Popular Decks so far in 2020.

By Pete / May 7, 2020

Spring is a great time to improve a deck. And if you’re looking for inspiration, the following countdown of the most-saved deck photos uploaded to Houzz so far this year don’t disappoint. Pops of color, interesting plank sizes and arrangements, cushy outdoor furniture and attractive planters are just a few ideas to get you started.… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for May 1.

By Pete / April 30, 2020

We are six weeks into this COVID-19 economic shutdown. And while overall sales activity is down, Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market is nothing but resilient.  Last week’s stats are following our six-week tracking with some categories up and some down from the previous week.  But make no mistake, these numbers are down across the board… Read More

10 Garden Projects Perfect for a Mother’s Day Gift.

By Pete / April 29, 2020

For the mothers in your life who love to garden or spend time outside, activity-based gift ideas and gestures of service this Mother’s Day can be a great way to show them how much you care. There are plenty of ways to make moms feel pampered this year, whether you’re celebrating together or apart. Dust… Read More

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

By Pete / April 23, 2020

While so much economic activity has been reduced across Southern Oregon, our real estate market seems to be an exception.  Highlights from last week’s activity show fewer listings taken across all three Southern counties, but pending sales and sold properties were actually up from the previous week’s totals.  Check out the latest information below. Our… Read More