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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Second phase of The Bungalows soon to hit MLS as construction commences

By Jason Boone The eight units in the second phase of the The Bungalows at NorthWest Crossing are about to hit the multiple listing service, which is great news for anyone in the market for a beautiful, sustainable home in a walkable neighborhood. The Bungalows, a condominium project that will includes 24 units at buildout,

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Inclusionary zoning will be a hot topic in Oregon this year

By Jason Boone Affordable housing will be a central topic during Oregon’s 2016 legislative session. And inclusionary zoning will be at the forefront. That much is already been made clear in the early weeks of the session. The controversial practice of inclusionary zoning, which requires developers to build affordable housing as part of market-rate housing

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Annual Market Report puts strong Bend real estate market into context

By Jason Boone Last year felt momentous in the Bend real estate market. Sales were brisk for the majority of 2015, and with all the development around town, there was a certain palpable energy. But where 2015 actually fit in the greater context of previous years is another matter. The Skjersaa Group has compiled its

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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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The benefits of a respected full-service agency immense

By Jason Boone During the heady days of the real estate boom, it was not uncommon for home sellers to enlist the help of discount real estate brokers. Back then sellers had all the leverage amid the frenzy, tempting many to look for ways to save on commission. Then the real estate market began to

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2015 ends with a banner month of home sales in Bend

By Jason Boone What was already an impressive year in 2015 ended on a particular high note in December. In fact, an almost shocking number of homes were sold during the last month of 2015, pushing the year into record-breaking territory. How good of a month was it? Through the month of December 214 homes

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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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Affordable housing is a complicated issue that is worth watching

By Jason Boone Affordable housing, or supposed lack thereof, has been a much-discussed subject around Oregon. And Bend has not been immune, with a historically tight rental market, rising rents and a median home price that at last count sat at $321,500. Such market pressures have created a need for affordable housing, and understandably sparked

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