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Comment Archives: stories: Culture: Take Me Home

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Opportunity Village in Eugene is completely different as they are very small, garden shed size, temporary shelters-100 s.f. or less, no plumbing or electricity-basically just homeless shelters. The community in this article has normal style homes about 250-400 s.f. that are not trailers or variations of a garden shed and look much nicer and are a truly affordable community. I'd love to see something like this set aside on the east side for land just added to the UGB instead of developing west side for rich peoples housing or another park. I love the concept of the tiny home, but realistically the homes on wheels and the small garden shed size homes look tacky compared to these.

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Posted by Marija Peče on 11/15/2018 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Thanks for the heads up, Ali!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 11/13/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Good idea yet this is Bend Oregon pretending to be Aspen Colorado, so this will never happen as reducing developers profit and having a livable city for all people is beyond what Bend will ever allow.

Posted by anonmous on 11/13/2018 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Even closer to home, Eugene recently completed a similar community of 22 tiny homes in the Whiteaker area called Opportunity Village, the latest from SquareOne Villages:

Posted by Ali Gartlan on 11/10/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “It's Still Better Better to Buy than Rent

For the past 50 years, the typical home price cycles have been 7-10 years and the current cycle started in 2012 and our most recent cycle before the meltdown was 17 years.

Posted by Yolanda Ljubimir on 10/19/2018 at 11:14 AM

Re: “It's Still Better Better to Buy than Rent

Recessions happen every 10 years on average. The Great Recession started in 2009. The yield curve is a good predictor, and it's heading towards negative. Whether the next cyclical recession is in 2019 or 2020, you'd be better served to keep saving your money for a down payment immediately after the housing market crashes. Buy low, sell high. Like the above comment notes, a principal broker is not going to give this advice as it doesn't serve their interests.

Posted by Loki227 on 10/08/2018 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Home Improvements Outpacing New Home Construction

It seems to me that now projects to improve homes are ahead of new construction because the country's economy has fallen over the past 15 years, and not everyone can afford to build a house now. Naturally, to improve the old house is several times cheaper than to build a new one, because the improvement of houses skipped the construction of new houses. Moreover, now it is very cheap to do a small cosmetic repair, especially if you know where to find cheaper contractor - on such sites as,,

Posted by Michael Bilenko on 08/30/2018 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Housing Bubble Concerns

dont poot. don't ever poot.

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Posted by Robert Boone on 07/20/2018 at 2:03 PM

Re: “New VA loan option is good news for vets

This is the link to the new guidelines posted by VA in April 2018 and will provide other useful links.

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Posted by NICK NAYNE on 06/07/2018 at 8:42 AM

Re: “New VA loan option is good news for vets

Where can we find the new guidelines?

Posted by Fluchangle on 06/01/2018 at 1:12 PM

Re: “504 Lot Subdivision Planned for Redmond

Peter -- this is a column on real estate, for which we enlist the help of local experts. If you have expertise in this area, you're welcome to submit stories, too.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/01/2018 at 6:40 PM

Re: “504 Lot Subdivision Planned for Redmond

Why is a 'principal broker' writing a story for the Source? I love how this guy is a fan of 'government moving forward to help alleviate our housing crisis'. Yeah OK. Isn't that a euphemism for saying development shouldn't pay for itself? It's the classic hypocrisy: man we love government when it picks up the tab for private interests but drown it in the bathtub when it moves to help the public. Come on, Source. Ax this bozo and bring on a high schooler instead.

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Posted by Peter Gramlich on 04/27/2018 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Community Land Trusts to Help Housing Affordability

My name is Amy Warren and I am the co-founder and Executive Director of Kor Community Land Trust in Bend. You can find us at I share your enthusiasm for the CLT model. We are a young, grassroots non profit organization created with a focus on affordable homeownership and sustainability. We just got recommended by the City of Bend's Affordable Housing Committee for funding to purchase our first trust property. If you would be interested in doing a feature on our organization, you can reach me at

Posted by Amy Warren on 03/05/2018 at 8:17 PM

Re: “The Backdoor Revolution: The Book

Thanks for the article.

Im bringing the full-day intensive ADU Class for Homeowners to Bend for the first time on March 10th. If youre considering building an ADU, check out the class.

Ive taught this class to thousands of homeowners and real estate professionals in Portland, and am super excited to bring it to Bend with help from the Environmental Center.

Learn more and register here:

Ill be giving a free book talk about Backdoor Revolution on Thursday

Posted by Kol Peterson on 02/21/2018 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Housing State of the Union

It's an artificial shortage. The country just doesn't give a darn about anyone but the well off. Government needs to step in, starting from Washington DC on down. We have trillions for the military but ZERO for people working two jobs and still can't make it. The poor frequently pay at a higher tax rate than the well to do. The crazies have taken over, and they expect everything to be peachy keen.

Posted by Dave Morgan on 02/15/2018 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Prices Up, Inventory Tight

This is crazy. The construction industry should be ashamed of themselves and so should the city of Bend. There is no excuse other than they want poor people to be out of sight, BUT BE ON THE JOB - ON TIME! America has gone to the dogs. Unfortunately those who would like to move to more humane environs are SOL. Foreigners don't want us. They think we're all packing AR-15's.

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Posted by Dave Morgan on 02/15/2018 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Hemp Homes?

Not if the Deschutes County Commissioners have a say about it. You'll go to jail for recycling and using anything hemp.

Posted by deschutesbags on 02/07/2018 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Deciding If Tiny Home Living Is For You

I love the cost and the concept but I don't know if my wife would want to live in such a small home.
Power Companies Do NOT Want You To Know This!!

Posted by Todd Lavergne on 07/27/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Out of Reach 2017 Report for Oregon

I am not trying to argue that affordable housing in the West is not an issue, but I do like accuracy in reporting. Thus, I need to point out that it appears the math in this article is not accurate - unless you are expecting one person to rent a 2 or 3 BR, which seems extravagant. For instance, using your figures, if a $16.48 wage is needed to rent a 2 BR in Bend and the mean renter wage is $13.06/hour, if you put two of those wages together for 2 people living in a 2BR house, you now have a combined wage of $26.12 - plenty to rent the 2BR place. If the couple shares a BR instead, they can take their $26.12 combined hourly wage to rent a 1BR at only $8.67 of their combined wages.

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Posted by Math Lover on 07/14/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Why Aren't There More Starter Level Homes Built?

Completely misses the basic point that you can't build an affordable home if you don't have inexpensive land and low permit fees. When you pay 100k for a lot and 25k for permits, 400k is the finish line. Can't be affordable when land is a premium....

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Posted by Smiley on 05/31/2017 at 8:17 AM

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