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

Turn your Backyard into a Staycation Haven.

By Pete / April 22, 2020

There’s something irresistible about vacations. Lazing away your days at the lake with a good book. Feasting alfresco in a sun-drenched square. Tasting wines under a balmy sky, the scent of jasmine on the breeze. While regularly jetting off to your favorite locale might not be possible, re-creating its relaxing ambiance at home is. With a little… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for April 17.

By Pete / April 16, 2020

For most of March, it seemed Southern Oregon’s Real Estate market was immune from aftereffects of COVID-19.  March was a very good real estate month, then April came around. We are now entering uncharted territory as the virus has caught up with real estate.  Last week’s stats below, show the beginnings of the changing market.… Read More

Mortgage Forbearance – the Ugly Truth for Some!

By Pete / April 15, 2020

When Nicholas Dahl, 36, called Chase Bank to find out about his options for mortgage forbearance at the end of March, an automated voice informed him the wait time would be 43 hours and 45 minutes. Dahl, who runs his family’s art transportation business, hasn’t been able to draw a paycheck since all nonessential businesses in… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for April 10.

By Pete / April 9, 2020

During March it seemed the COVID-19 virus didn’t affect Southern Oregon’s Real Estate market much as sales activity, while down from a year ago, remained pretty active.   Now it seems as April begins, we may have entered the beginning of the virus-caused Real Estate downturn.  This also creates opportunities for both buyers and sellers.  The… Read More

Most At-Risk Housing Markets from Virus Aftermath.

By Pete / April 5, 2020

Just about everyone has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic—and the crisis, according to most experts, is only beginning to play out in many parts of the U.S. America now has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. And beyond the devastating human toll, an economic one is looming. The unemployment numbers are staggering, and… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for April 3.

By Pete / April 2, 2020

These are certainly unprecedented times in our country and Real Estate is not exempt from it.  We are three weeks into our statewide “stay-at-home” order, yet Southern Oregon Real Estate continues to perform beyond our expectations.  Note last week’s activity below: Notable — the number of new listings held steady from previous weeks; yet, pending… Read More

April’s To-Do Home Checklist.

By Pete / April 1, 2020

With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 16 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring. B. Jane Gardens Things to Check… Read More

Market Talk! S. Oregon Real Estate for March 27.

By Pete / March 26, 2020

I hope this week finds you in good health as COVID-19 dominates our daily lives with changes nobody could have imagined a few weeks ago.  Having said that, Southern Oregon Real Estate is performing at an extraordinary pace.  Even with lockdowns and stay at home orders, last week saw strong activity across all three counties. … Read More

How Are You Passing the Time at Home Today?

By Pete / March 26, 2020

Staying calm hasn’t been easy lately. With the evolving cycle of coronavirus news, many of us are oscillating between serious worry and outright panic. We’re concerned about our loved ones, our neighbors, our community — and wonder if our old way of life will ever return. Phrases that had never entered our minds a few… Read More