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The Future of Building

The Future of Building

A renewable shift, powered by wind and sun
When imagining the future, the younger me dreamed of living like the Jetsons: flying cars, robots and gadgets performing every daily task. Instead we'll likely see fewer hyper-futuristic homes and cars, and more solar panel-lined roofs and wind turbines.

The Consequences of Deferred Maintenance

When it comes to property, it pays to keep up with fixes
Deferred maintenance is the exercise of postponing repairs and regular maintenance on real property or personal property in order to save costs. More often than not, failing to perform necessary, preventative services or repairs will result in asset deterioration and will ultimately have a big impact on the value of a home and its ability to sell.

To iBuy or not to iBuy?

An alternative way to sell your home, but it might not be for everyone
We know you've seen those recognizable signs claiming, "We Buy Your Home 4 Cash" or "Cash Now For Your Fixer." The premise behind this business model: individuals or private groups of investors will purchase a home quickly, with cash, well below market value, and then fix it up and resell it for a nice profit.

Rising Interest Rates and Values

Do rates really affect your property values?
Do the rising interest rates have an effect on the market value of your property? The short answer is yes.

Green Building: A Smart Investment?

The mention of "green building" may invoke different thoughts, dependent on your beliefs of climate change. Doing better for environmental reasons has been one of the biggest motivators to stepping outside of conventional building techniques.

A Statewide Rent Control Bill

Does it make sense?
A rent control bill, SB 608, is currently being considered by the Oregon Legislature, after being approved by the Senate Housing committee Feb. 4. It's aimed at making Oregon the first state to legislate statewide rent control.

Microsoft Pledges $500 Million For Seattle Affordable Housing

Microsoft recently revealed it's pledging $500 million for affordable housing in the Seattle, Wash. area. The company will commit $25 million in grants and subsidies to address homelessness, $250 million to low-income housing developers, and $225 million in below-market rates to workforce housing developers.

Co-Living Development

Dormitory style housing coming to larger cities
The affordable housing crunch is bringing out innovators trying to come up with solutions. In many larger U.S. cities, our local problems are magnified—so I like to look at what they're doing.

Talks of Recession Surfacing with Government Shutdown

Worries expressed about housing market
This past week, numerous headlines have emerged about prolonged government shutdowns leading to a recession. With the 2008 recession still fresh in everyone's mind, the word "recession" makes people think of another housing recession.

December Statistics Mix of Up and Down for Bend

Sales volume down over last year, median price up
According to December 2018 Central Oregon MLS statistics for Bend single family residences (excluding condos and manufactured homes) on 1 acre or less, the market cooled down again, with sales volume decreasing by about 16 percent from December 2017. The median sold price increased slightly from $433,143 in November 2018 to $438,632 for December 2018.

No Crystal Ball For 2019 Real Estate

The unseasonal market slowdown this summer gave me an eerie feeling similar to what I felt before the last recession, but it's a much different scenario than it was back then. Many buyers are speculating that prices will drop and that a correction is on the way.

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