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Comment Archives: stories: Culture: Take Me Home

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 angieslist.com, servicewhale.com, homeadvisor.com.

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

Re: “Housing Bubble Concerns

dont poot. don't ever poot.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Robert Boone on 07/20/2018 at 2:03 PM

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

https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/documents/circulars/26_18_6.pdf

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

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.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Peter Gramlich on 04/27/2018 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Community Land Trusts to Help Housing Affordability

Nick,
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 korlandtrust.org. 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 awarren@korlandtrust.org.

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: https://bendadu1.eventbrite.com

Ill be giving a free book talk about Backdoor Revolution on Thursday https://www.facebook.com/events/1971162636466736/

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!! http://myeasysolarplans.com/visit/diyhomeenergy/

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

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

real start level homes have never been built in Bend/Central Oregon. Its always been easier to just have them buy a trailer. at least thats how the owners of bend feel about it.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by vandownbytheriver on 05/24/2017 at 11:19 PM

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

The housing crisis is critical to Bend's future. If we don't fix things, Boulder, Colorado, with an average price of over 600,000 dollars is what we can look forward to, and people like teachers and firefighters priced out of the market completely.

However: rent control is a terrible idea. What we need is more supply. This is something that pretty much all economists, whether they lean left or right agree on.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by David N. Welton on 02/28/2017 at 2:42 PM

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

To Joe from Portland -If a Portland councilor, in this case Chloe Eudaly, proposes a rent control measure and it does not have enough support with the rest of the council, it is a failed attempt. The fact that the new law incentivizes some landlords to limit rent increases to under 10% to avoid financial penalties makes it a form of rent control. The article is very clear here and the source article from OPB elaborates further:
"The Portland City Council has recently enacted a new law as an attempt to deal with what has been called a housing emergency. Councilors first attempted to pass a rent freeze, which failed, but the new law seeks to have the same effect by requiring landlords to provide relocation assistance to tenants under certain circumstances. In a nutshell, if a landlord raises rents by more than 10 percent, and if this raise forces the tenant to move, the landlord will be required to pay the tenant between $2,900 and $4,500 for relocation assistance. The amount is dependent on the size of the original lease. It's designed to cover moving costs, first and last month's rent and security deposit for the tenant's move. "

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Posted by Marija Peče on 02/23/2017 at 11:29 AM

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

"Councilors first attempted to pass a rent freeze, which failed, but the new law seeks to have the same effect by requiring landlords to provide relocation assistance to tenants under certain circumstances."

This is not true on two counts. City Council never formally discussed a rent-freeze or held a vote on it or anything. It was shot down by City lawyers before it got to that stage. Secondly, the relocation assistance in no way "freezes rent". Landlords are absolutely free to raise rents. There are just now costs of business (and temporary at that) that reflect the needs of community.

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Posted by Joe From Portland on 02/23/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Bend Real Estate Statistics for 2016

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Posted by ChristopherKrauss on 02/07/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Another Report Ranking Bend-Redmond #1

If you download and read the actual report it appears Visit Bend played a role. Pay to Play? Not sure. Also a keynote speaker for a Bend 2030 annual event was an author.

Posted by Questions on 01/12/2017 at 7:41 PM

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