What are a buyer’s options after receiving a home inspection report?

After having your offer on a home accepted, a common next step is to have a home inspection. Rare is the home that will yield an inspection report that doesn’t call for attention to at least some non-trivial matters. A buyer has two primary ways to respond to an inspection report. One is to submit

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How to find a lender that’s right for you

If you’re in the market to buy a home, you’re probably in the market for a mortgage, as well. Here are some suggestions on choosing a lender. Know your options for obtaining a mortgage. You’re not limited to a bank with nationwide branches or one of the big online lenders. Credit unions and regional banks

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3 real-life examples showing why a Realtor is vital

I’ve written before about the importance of hiring a professional, competent Realtor when buying or selling a home. At a time we can seemingly get any sort of professional expertise imaginable — legal, medical, home improvement — via a rudimentary Internet search, some people might not grasp the value of having an experienced, knowledgeable Realtor

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Warm weather sparks the Bend housing market

By Jason Boone Anyone can see the difference in Bend when spring weather finally hits. The trees begin to bud, flowers bloom, the grass quickly turns from dormant brown to lush green, and the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Range pop under the clear, blue sky. The atmosphere of the town also changes. Yes, we

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Foreclosure market in Bend not nearly what it used to be

 By Jason Boone Prospective homebuyers still often ask me about foreclosures. Certainly the question makes sense. In the wake of the housing bust, foreclosed properties dominated the real estate market, both in Bend and throughout the nation. For many bargain hunters, foreclosed homes became an obvious avenue to buy a home at below market rates.

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Buying a home in Bend a bit different

By Jason Boone As just about any longtime resident will tell you, living in Bend can seem like a dream. We are lucky to live in a beautiful place that puts just about any adventure sport within minutes of any Bend front door. It’s a wonder the area managed to stay a secret for so

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Despite hike, relatively low mortgage rates likely to continue

By Jason Boone The news was hardly surprising last week when the announcement came that the Federal Open Market Committee would be hiking the target range of the federal funds rate a quarter point. After seven years of a zero-interest policy, such a move from the Federal Reserve had been rumored for months as the

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Key signs suggest that we are not in another real estate bubble

By Jason Boone Home values have grown significantly since the depths of the Great Recession. There is no denying that. Here in Bend, Oregon, the monthly median price has grown from a monthly low of $166,000 in November 2011 to $339,950 in October. For anyone who lived through the tumultuous times after the real estate

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NorthWest Crossing neighborhood enjoying a strong home sales year

By Jason Boone By most any measure this has been a very good year at NorthWest Crossing, easily among the most talked about neighborhoods in Bend, Oregon. For those of us who live in town, we know the buzz that has surrounded the unique live-work development on Bend’s westside for years. The development was built

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