Tips to Increase Home Value Before Sale?

Selling a property is not everyone’s cup of tea. Most people have to move mountains in order to get the best price for their property. You have to make sure that your property is in its best condition, so that you can make huge profit from it. The potential buyers tend to offer the price

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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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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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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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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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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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Amid flurry of news, mortgage rates likely to remain low

By Jason Boone The Federal Reserve’s plan for its federal funds rate has been making plenty of news as of late. The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee decided last week to keep the range for the federal funds rate — the rate at which banks charge other banks on overnight loans — steady at between

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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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