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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Pace of development in Bend only quickening

By Jason Boone Bend has changed quite a bit from when I moved here in 2003 from Seattle. Indeed, ask any longtime Bend resident and he or she will tell you: The one constant in this wonderful place is change. The last few years the pace of growth has seemingly been breakneck, and Bend remains

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Central Oregon home market expectedly cools in February

By Jason Boone A leap year and seasonably mild weather made February 2016 in Bend a bit different than in most years. One thing that was typical, though: a relatively slow home sales month in Bend. In February, 125 single-family homes were sold, according to data recently compiled by the Skjersaa Group. That is down

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New apartments in Bend are much needed

By Jason Boone The tight rental market in Bend has hardly been a secret. With vacancy rates that have hovered around 1 percent, it would be impossible for anyone searching for a home to rent to ignore. Thankfully, the market in Bend appears to be reacting with a slew of new apartment projects, including two

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Could a negative interest rate policy affect Bend’s housing market?

By Jason Boone Negative interest rates have been a hot topic of late among those who follow fiscal policy. (And really, who doesn’t?) This is not without reason. Europe had already delved into negative interest policy when the Bank of Japan decided in January to follow suit. After that, you knew it would not take

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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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January another strong month for Bend real estate

By Jason Boone So much for freezing the Bend real estate market this winter. In fact, the local market pretty much started 2016 in the same way it ended 2015: with a record-breaking month. According to data recently compiled by the Skjersaa Group, 155 homes were sold through January. That might not sound like much,

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