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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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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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 new year brings optimism of healthy, normal market

By Jason Boone Predicting the future is a fool’s errand. As the last 15 years of peaks and valleys in real estate has taught us, it can be particularly foolhardy to say with any certainty what the year ahead will bring. Yet we all still look ahead to 2016 with a sense of optimism and

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Bend median home price stays strong in October

By Jason Boone The upward trajectory of the Bend, Oregon housing market continued in October 2015, extending a four-year recovery trend from the depths of the Great Recession. Bend’s October median home price came in at a robust $339,500, according to data recently compiled by the Skjersaa Group. The year-to-date median — the number where

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Buying a home rather than renting still the prudent choice for many

By Jason Boone To rent or buy a home is an age-old question. It also happens to be among the most important financial decisions anyone can make. The real estate market in Bend, Oregon, has continued to show strength since the Great Recession has relented. Meanwhile, renting in Central Oregon has proved difficult, with rising

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The Bungalows at NorthWest Crossing walkable, sustainable and beautiful

By Jason Boone The trend in real estate for years has been to build smaller, greener homes in walkable neighborhoods. In fact, in a recent Urban Land Institute survey a majority of Americans expressed a desire to live in compact and mixed-use communities and half of respondents listed walkability as among the key factors in

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3 Costly Mistakes Bend Oregon Home Buyers Make

By Jason Boone Are you planning on buying a Bend Oregon Home this year? Before searching for homes online make sure you avoid making these 3 costly mistakes which most home buyers make. Mistake 1 – Moving Fast Before setting out to search for homes make sure you avoid moving fast by doing your homeowner

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