Federal Cuts: More Setbacks to Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis

Federal Cuts: More Setbacks to Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis

As reported in last week's article, the affordable $100,000-$350,000 home price range has had the largest demand and greatest inventory declines for the past two years.

Don't Sabotage the Sale of Your Home

A recent article I read addressed the many ways some sellers sabotage the sale of their homes.

New Rent Control Law in Portland: A Lesson for Bend?

Many people lack sympathy for landlords jacking up rents to the max in areas with close to zero vacancy rates. Housing involves real people with real lives, and the current housing environment is not very healthy for affordable home ownership or rental.

First Time Buyer Challenges for the Coming Year

According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, first-time buyers comprised 32 percent of the nationwide home sales in 2016.

Bend Real Estate Statistics for 2016

The Beacon Report, which is based on real estate statistics from our local MLS, recently came out with December 2016 figures which allow some interesting comparisons to last year's Bend single family residence sales of 1 acre or less.

Tight Credit Woes

As a result of the housing crisis, tighter credit standards have made it difficult for buyers with less than stellar credit to get a mortgage even though many, if not most renters are paying more than they would for a mortgage. This increases the demand for rental housing which contributes to our skyrocketing rents.

Another Report Ranking Bend-Redmond #1

Bend has once again caught national attention. According to the Milken Institute 2016 Best Performing Cities Report, the Bend-Redmond area was ranked first in the U.S. Best-Performing Small Cities index, up from last year's ranking at eighth place.


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