Builders say regulations make up $84,000 of new home’s price

By Jason Boone Many businessmen and businesswomen are certain that government rules and regulations result in higher prices for consumers, even if they can’t put a finger on precisely how much those regulations cost. Now, a study by the National Association of Home Builders has put a dollar sign on government oversight of new home

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Inventory down, median price up in April

By Jason Boone An already tight housing market in Bend, Oregon, got tighter in April. Through the end of April, the inventory of houses for sale in the Bend market was 2.1 months, according to data compiled by the Skjersaa Group. The inventory of 2.1 months is the lowest in the time period covered by

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East-side developments: One subdivision complete, another receives green light

By Jason Boone West-side real estate news and developments in Bend, Oregon, attract considerable attention, so much so that it can be easy to overlook what’s going on elsewhere in town. But prospective homeowners who want to enjoy so much of what makes Bend desirable — its lively downtown, easy access to the Deschutes River,

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Fed rate stays steady, which should keep mortgage rates low

By Jason Boone Not that it was altogether unexpected, but the Federal Reserve voted on Wednesday to stand pat with its key federal funds rate. Still, such a move (or lack thereof) probably will be cause for relief for anyone worried that they might have missed their chance of grabbing a mortgage at a historically

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Chamber Forecast offers optimism about Bend’s future

By Jason Boone Some folks around town have recently expressed some worry about the fate of the Bend real estate market. For some, the rise in single-family home prices seems a little closer to the days leading up to the Great Recession than feels comfortable. That makes some sense. Nobody wants to relive the scary

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The growth of Bend’s ever-changing west side will take some planning

By Jason Boone The westside of Bend has long been a hotspot in Bend real estate, popular with both longtime residents and new arrivals to this fast-growing town on the High Desert. This is no accident, of course. The west side has much appeal. The majority of Bend’s historic homes rest on the west side.

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Brisk sales in March lead to tighter market in Bend

By Jason Boone Buyers are off to a brisk start to the year apparently, leaving an almost historically tight market for single-family homes in Bend. How tight is the market you ask? Through the month of March, the Bend market offered up about 2.3 months of inventory, according to data recently compiled by the Skjersaa

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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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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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