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.

Winter is a Good Time to Sell a Home in Bend

Winter in Central Oregon might not seem like a good time to sell a home given the weather and the holidays, but it is actually much better than it seems. The weather this winter has definitely created challenges for buyers to view properties; when everything is covered in snow it makes it hard to fully view a home.

Year in Review for Bend and National Housing

What is happening in the national housing market appears to be very true for Bend as well. According to the Beacon Report for December 2016, based on November MLS statistics, prices for Bend single family homes have increased by about 16 percent for the period of November 2015 to November 2016, but housing inventory has not improved and appears to be problematic for the coming year—coupled with other factors.

Tiny Homes for Retirement

Tiny home living is often considered to be an alternative housing option for younger people—but in actuality, between 30 and 40 percent of tiny home dwellers are age 50 or older. The biggest appeal is cost.


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