What do those letters after my name mean?

You wouldn’t go to someone billing himself as a dentist unless you saw the DDS after the name. The same holds for surgeons, optometrists, lawyers and the like. In real estate, the letters that come after a Realtor’s name are important, just as in other professions. In addition to meeting the requirements for becoming a

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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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6 ways a Realtor can help you

By Jason Boone Every piece of data seems to scream that the Bend, Oregon, real estate environment is a seller’s market. The inventory of homes for sale is at a historic low. The median sales price is steadily increasing. Pending home sales numbers indicate there’s no end to the turnover in sight. These conditions imply

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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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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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