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Protecting your home in fire-dependent areas
The proof of human-caused climate change is indisputable, especially this year. Global warming has been a normal occurrence throughout time.

Market Update and June Statistics

Inventory remains low and median pricing continues to rise
The June 2021 data is in and as expected, it once again demonstrates extremely low inventory, driving demand and increased median home prices. The inventory showed a very slight increase in June; however not enough to make even the slightest dent in the buyer demand.

Market Temperatures

A welcomed shift to cooler conditions
Central Oregon recently endured the hottest temps of the year as the Pacific Northwest experienced record-high temperatures. There are now some signs of relief as temps dip into the upper 90s.

Seller's Disclosures: Truth in Real Estate

What items need disclosure when selling a home?
Every property has idiosyncrasies, and certainly, every home is not perfect. It's highly likely at some point during homeownership something has occurred that will need to be disclosed when selling the property.

Water Conservation at Home

Simple steps for everyone
The vast open skies and long, beautiful days of playing in the sunshine are top reasons many live in and simply love Central Oregon. Everyone has heard that Bend has 300 days of sunshine a year—maybe a slight exaggeration, but not far from the truth.

Escalation Clauses Versus Terms

What is the best approach in a seller's market?
In a market that is incredibly tight with buyers competing for properties, how does one compete to get an offer accepted? One tactic is the escalation clause.

Chill Out

Tips for a cool + comfortable home
Central Oregonians can always beat the summer heat with trips to the rivers and lakes; however, that refreshing relief doesn't have to stop at home and doesn't have to break the bank with high electric bills. There are ways to keep a home cooler and more comfortable, while reducing energy consumption.

Buyers: That Love Letter to the Seller May Not be the Best Idea

"Pick Me" letters create liability issues for all involved
The housing market is one of the most competitive we have ever seen—at least since the National Association of Realtors started keeping records in the late 1960s. Buyers are literally doing anything they can to give them the advantage when submitting offers to purchase a home.

Sustainable Spring Cleanup

Detoxifying your home
The last few chilly days are soon to be behind us, and the warming temperatures bring flowering plants and trees as Central Oregonians emerge from their winter slumber and begin to gravitate toward the outdoors. Winters can be harsh here, and it takes some spring cleaning and maintenance to get homes in tip-top shape so they can be enjoyed thoroughly, inside and out.

Reading the CC&Rs is an Essential Task in the Homebuying Process

Know before buying
Covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) are generally not considered to be scintillating reading material. While it's a laborious task, it's a crucial part of the homebuying process when considering purchasing a home in a planned community.

Ditch the Millenium Mansion

A smaller way to affordability and energy efficiency
In today's crazy-hot real estate market, home sale prices continue to escalate to record-high prices, making it almost impossible for many to afford to buy a home. So how can we get to a more affordable home?

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