Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for March 20.

By Pete / March 19, 2020

To say these are uncertain times may be the understatement of the year.  Each of us has been affected in one way or another with no end in sight the result of COVID-19 virus.  Real Estate is no different.  We are taking precautions to make sure our client/friend is served and we do it in… Read More

7 Things to Consider when Working from Home.

By Pete / March 19, 2020

A Houzz contributor with over two decades of experience shares her tips on how to work from home during this uneasy time. I’ve spent more than two decades working almost exclusively from home. During that time I’ve written about the home design and remodeling industry for major newspapers, magazines and digital media. Apart from the… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for March 6.

By Pete / March 6, 2020

This week’s biggest story in Real Estate is Mortgage Interest Rates.   It’s dominated talk all week as borrowers are reassessing their situation to take advantage of this unique opportunity to buy, or even refinance your home.  Below are sample rates this week.  A friend of mine has already refinanced a home with a 15-year rate… Read More

3 Top Tile Trends for 2020

By Pete / March 6, 2020

Many new tile products in 2020 feature geometric and floral patterns, a continuing trend. And recent overall design trends like dark walls, muted tones and the color blue have made their way into tile design. “We are seeing lots of large-format tiles. They offer a new, fresh look with an easier installation,” says Cindy D’Alessio,… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for Feb.28

By Pete / February 27, 2020

We watch SOMLS stats closely because they tell us the real story of the current market.  No place else can provide that information. We update our stats each week for you and this column. Once again, while we’re preparing for the Spring Selling Season new listings remain elusive compared to pending sales and sold properties. … Read More

Take Your Back Yard to the Next Level!

By Pete / February 27, 2020

Who: Micah Dennis of Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design Where: Portland, Oregon In his own words: “Many homeowners want to turn their property into usable living space. New features will pull you outside and keep you there.” In this all-consuming digital age, it’s important to get outdoors and into nature. “My goal has always been for my clients… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for February 21.

By Pete / February 20, 2020

This week’s top Real Estate story has to do with inventory levels. Nationally, available homes for sale are at a 20-year low.  In Jackson County, there are only 619 homes available on the MLS and that is down 26% from a year ago.  So, as you look at last week’s stats, see how new listings… Read More

Transform a Sloped Lot into Beautiful, Usable Space

By Pete / February 19, 2020

Retaining walls and terraces can help make sloped yards more usable, less susceptible to erosion and easier to maintain. But beyond their practical benefits, these constructed elements can also offer attractive design solutions that just aren’t possible with flat lots, including creating natural transitions, revealing picturesque views and showcasing elegant walls, plantings and water features. The following… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for Feb.14

By Pete / February 13, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day to Everyone.  February 14 is also the birthdate of the State of Oregon, back in 1859. Our Real Estate Market continues a slow rise in activity with mixed results last week.  Highlight from the chart below was an increase in new listings in Jackson County, but they continue to lag behind pending… Read More

See the Latest in Cabinet Design for 2020.

By Pete / February 13, 2020

Cabinets are a major part of Design & Construction Week, and this year in Las Vegas brands showcased up-and-coming colors as Shaker and flat-front door styles continued to dominate. Some companies veered from popular white and wood cabinet finishes and displayed dark and dramatic colors, blues and greens, and interesting neutrals. Storage-focused companies also launched… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for Feb. 7

By Pete / February 6, 2020

It’s been quite a Real Estate Week in Southern Oregon.  Interest rates have fallen to the mid-3% range opening up opportunities for buyers across all price ranges. The problem is that inventory levels have fallen to the point where sellers have an edge in negotiations with buyers.   Take a look at last week’s MLS stats… Read More

Turn your Backyard into “Staycation” Haven

By Pete / February 5, 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 Jan 31.

By Pete / January 31, 2020

Seems like January flew by quickly as the S Oregon Real Estate Market adjusts itself to face what we predict will be a busy Spring season ahead. Take a look at last week’s Sales Report and you’ll notice that pending and sold properties are not being replaced with new inventory.  That keeps pressure on pricing… Read More

Outbuildings: New Styles for Sheds & Potting Stations.

By Pete / January 31, 2020

The following nine sheds and indoor potting stations are not your typical backyard outbuildings. Gorgeous details such as vintage copper sinks, checkerboard tile and luxury pendant lighting raise the bar from an aesthetic standpoint, but these sheds and potting stations are not without hardworking elements. Take a look at these dreamy spaces and see if… Read More

Market Talk! S Oregon Real Estate for Jan. 24

By Pete / January 23, 2020

We are off and running for the 2020 Real Estate Market. January is really the beginning of the market season where we start to see new listings coming online. You can see by the Yearly Cycles how consistent the markets are during the course of the year.  So get ready, we’re just beginning the new… Read More

No time to declutter? Try this!

By Pete / January 22, 2020

January can inspire a lot of energy and goal-setting — sometimes, with goals that can be difficult to accomplish, given our schedules. Many of us, for instance, don’t feel we have the time to tackle a whole house declutter. If that describes you, that’s OK! Undertaking just a few projects to pare back your possessions can help… Read More

Market Talk! S.Oregon Real Estate for Jan. 18

By Pete / January 16, 2020

Southern Oregon’s Real Estate Market is off and running in 2020.  Check below to see last week’s sales activity across our three Southern counties.  While it’s not close to summer stats, none-the-less activity for January is pretty robust. Remember, January is the second slowest real estate month of the year in terms of listings and… Read More

Garage Attic Conversion into Teen Hangouts

By Pete / January 15, 2020

An unused garage attic was the perfect opportunity for these Pelham, New York, homeowners to create a space where their three teenage sons could hang out with friends, practice music, do homework and store their sports gear. Designer Kelly Mittleman was brought in to transform the attic into a bright space with shiplap-covered walls and… Read More