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Three Tips to Keep Your Home Clean and Healthy

As the month of March wears on, COVID-19 continues to tighten its grip on the world as more and more countries report their first cases of the novel virus. Drastic measures have been taken to slow its spread, from the cancellation of major sport seasons to hundreds of colleges shutting down, but new cases continue to pop up in the United States at an exponential speed. While the virus does not pose any major threats to the majority of the population, it’s vital that everyone takes certain precautions to prevent the disease’s spread. Consider the following suggestions to keep your home sanitary and your family healthy.

1.) Pull out the disinfectant wipes

One of the best ways to keep your home clean is to use disinfectant wipes — a lot of disinfectant wipes. Your hands touch hundreds of surfaces a day and spread germs between all of them, so the best way to keep those germs from spreading in your house is to routinely disinfect. Wiping down the surfaces in your home once or twice a day should normally be enough, but in the midst of a viral pandemic, it wouldn’t hurt to wipe everything down a little more often.

2.) Bleach the floors

Perhaps the only part of your body that collects more germs throughout the day than your hands is the bottom of your shoes. At the very least, you should stop wearing your shoes in the house if you haven’t already. From there, make sure to clean your floors with a mixture of bleach and water. If you’re cleaning hardwood floors, though, make sure to use vinegar instead of bleach so you don’t damage the flooring.

3.) Pour up some hydrogen peroxide

One of the most effective ways to kill rhinoviruses — or deactivate them since viruses aren’t technically alive — is to use hydrogen peroxide. Pour some of the liquid onto your bathroom or kitchen surfaces and let it sit for 15 minutes to maximize its effects. At the end of the 15 minutes, all you have to do is scrub down the area and rinse it with some water. 

By following these three tips, you will be able to keep your home clean and safe as a sanitary haven. Remember that following suggestions like these aren’t only important to prevent getting a disease yourself, but also to limit the spread to other people who might be more susceptible.

 

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Duke Warner Trend Report for February 2020

Duke Warner Trend Report for February 2020

Looking back to this time last year, we are seeing similar trends with the active real estate market here in Central Oregon. Our monthly Trend Reports offer valuable insights by reviewing last month’s market activity and delivering the most accurate statistics we can, based on our research. The information we share can be an informative resource for any future trends you might see as we finish out March and head into April.

March 1st Inventory and February Activity

With 230 active listings as of March 1st, the Bend market has a nice variety of homes for those looking to buy. The number of active listings dropped in February, but that is on-trend for this time of year, and as the weather starts to warm up, we will most likely see those numbers start to increase. Redmond’s active listings, as of March 1st, showed 120 homes overall. History tells us that the numbers for both Bend and Redmond are both consistent and expected for this time of year. As we head into March, we are seeing the combined active listings for Central Oregon at 350 homes.

February numbers increased for the Redmond market, showing us 52 homes sold, 107 new homes on the market and 109 homes pending. The bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $325,100 -$425,000 price range, showing 40. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 28 active listings, the $425,000 – $525,000 range had 22 actives, and the $525,000 & up price range showed 32 active listings.

For Bend, there were 3 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 51 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 39 in the $425,100 -$525,000 range and 31 in the $525,100 – $625,000 price range. The $625,000 – $725,000 had 24 active listings, the $725,000 – $825,000 had 17 actives and the $825,000 – $925,000 showed 23 active homes listed. As you can see from our Market Trend Report, there were homes available in the higher price ranges as well, showing 58 homes in the $925,100 & up price range.

In our Central Oregon real estate market, buyers often look for competitive pricing as they consider properties. If you are selling your home and trying to price your property, we encourage you to consult with your trusted Duke Warner Broker for seasoned, expert advice. Our brokers will share their variety of experience, excitement, and deep market knowledge while they work for you.

Sold and Pending Listings 

In February, Bend had 233 pending homes and Redmond had 109. These numbers increased from January and that increase tells us both buyers AND sellers are active in the market. For sold listings in Bend, there were 135 in January and 127 in February. In Redmond, we saw 70 in January and 52 in February.

Looking Ahead          

As we approach Spring 2020, we want to remind you that our team of real estate experts are always available and happy to help guide you in the home buying and selling journey. Central Oregon is a beautiful place to live and no matter what stage of life you are in, there is something for everyone in the real estate market. As you consider your housing needs, start to plan and look ahead, whether you want to buy or sell a home, keep us in mind for your real estate ventures. Our wonderful team knows how to price properties according to the market trends, and our love of the industry is reflected in our willingness to work hard for our clients.

Give us a call today and let us help you get started! We can be reached at 541.382.8262 or send us an email at info@dukewarner.com.

 

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Topics to Address With Your Realtor

We understand that finding a realtor that understands exactly what you’re looking for in a property can be a challenge. Make sure you schedule a meeting and sit down with your broker, so that you do understand each other. It’s important to make a list of the features of a home that you can’t live without, that you would prefer, and things that you don’t want in your ideal home. Take the time to sit down and go over what they should know and what your top priorities are. If your broker understands your needs, wants and dislikes, they’re much more likely to find the perfect property for you, and not waste time showing listings that you’re not interested in.

Location, Location, Location

It can be easy to forget when house hunting, but where you buy a house in most areas determines where your kids go to school. If you have a preference over the schools in the area that you’re looking to buy in, it’s important to tell your broker that. Even if you don’t currently have kids, it’s still something important to consider.

If having easy access to amenities, like grocery stores, theaters, shopping, restaurants, etc. is important to you, your broker needs to know that. It’s important for your broker to understand whether you want to be within walking or driving distance from cultural centers like this. If this is a like, but not a requirement it could influence the listings your broker wants to show.

How is it Heated?

Something that can easily be forgotten when house hunting is how a home is heated. If the way a home is heated is something that truly matters, let your broker know. This may make a difference if you’re looking for properties in a colder or warmer climate. If you have a preferred method of heating, especially if it’s a deal breaker, tell your broker.  Be sure to check the heating system in place before you make an offer, or you could wind up with an expensive home to heat.

Design Layout for Ease & Comfort

Design and layout are important for many people when they are house hunting. If layout is a top priority, whether you have a specific need or you just prefer certain styles, your broker needs to know. They need to know if you want to look at split level homes, or if you only want to see single level homes. If you want an open floor plan, a formal dining room, etc. your broker can show you properties that pertain to your wants and needs, if they know what they are.

Sitting down with your agent and mapping out specifics will save you a lot of time. For example, if you only want to view urban homes, or stick to rural areas that fit your family’s needs, if a pool is a must, your agent needs to know. Consider your lifestyle, imagine yourself and your family in your day to day and decide what part of town works to best support the way you live. Giving your agent these insights will help narrow down your search and hone in on the perfect property to fit your needs.

Things to Consider

When discussing your price range with your agent, let them know which things you’re willing to pay more for and which things you are willing to sacrifice. If your budget doesn’t have any wiggle room, they should know this from the start. If they find you a home with everything that you want, but it’s out of your price range, your broker needs to know where you draw the line. Make a list of your wants, needs and ideals, so your broker understands what your goals and limits are for your home search. Reach out to the Duke Warner broker you trust most, and discuss what you want in a dream property or home. Feel free to give us a call at 541.382.8262 or check us out online at https://www.dukewarner.com/.

 

 

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Common Mistakes Made During a Home Remodel

A big complaint among homeowners during a remodel is the endless number of things you have to manage and stay on top of. In fact, the overwhelming stress can be so bad that there is a term coined for it: homeowner meltdown. Avoid the curse associated with home remodels and mitigate your stress by learning from the mistakes listed below. If you do, you might be able to escape your Central Oregon home’s remodel unscathed.

Forgetting Water-Resistant Floors

Time and time again, homeowners excitedly install new hardwood floors in their home but forget to consider the perils of water damage in the kitchen and bathroom. While hardwood is certainly the better alternative to carpet in a room where water is likely to spill onto the ground, it still presents its own number of challenges. Ensure that the flooring used in your Central Oregon home’s kitchen, bathroom or laundry room are all water-resistant in order to avoid any unnecessary future costs.

Eyeballing Measurements

This one may sound like common sense, but it’s a more prevalent issue that you might think. Eyeballing the dimensions of an area where a new appliance is to be installed is one way to ensure that an awkward gap is left next to the appliance. Even worse, an appliance can bump into cabinets or the wall if the dimensions of its total functionality isn’t taken into consideration. Take the time to find a measuring tape and map out exactly how a new appliance is going to fit in a space.

Disregarding Color Coordination

This mistake is especially heinous in the eyes of Central Oregon realtors because it is a mistake that doesn’t cost anything to avoid but can bring down your home’s value when you try to sell it. When picking out new paint, appliances and fixtures for your remodel, inspect their color in person and try your best to recreate the environment they will be in once incorporated into your home. Gold fixtures will never match a silver appliance, and even a brown coach might not match stained wood window shades if the shades of brown are too different from each other. By comparing colors of new additions to your home to each other in person and evaluating how the colors work together before purchasing, you will make sure that the remodel looks seamless by the time it’s done.

While it might take a little more time out of your day to avoid the mistakes listed above, the payoff makes it worth it. Your remodel won’t just look great, but you will save yourself loads of stress as well.

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Duke Warner Trend Report for Central Oregon January 2020

With the possibility of an early Spring ahead, we head into the last of the winter months with a healthy and active real estate market here in Central Oregon. Our monthly Trend Reports offer valuable insights by reviewing last month’s market activity and delivering the most accurate statistics we can, based on our research. The information we share can be an informative resource for any future trends you might see as we finish out February and head into March.

February 1st Inventory and January Activity

With 246 active listings as of February 1st, the Bend market has a nice variety of homes for those looking to buy. The number of active listings for Bend dipped last month, but that is on-trend for this time of year, according to years past. Redmond’s active listings, as of February 1st, showed 134 homes overall. The numbers for both Bend and Redmond remained consistent in January and as we head into February, we are seeing the combined active listings for Central Oregon at 380 homes.

January numbers for the Redmond market show us 70 homes sold, 74 new homes on the market and 79 homes pending. The bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $325,100 -$425,000 price range, showing 50. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 31 active listings, the $425,000 – $525,000 range had 19 actives, and the $525,000 & up price range showed 34 active listings.

For Bend, the numbers in January dropped slightly from December, however we still saw a healthy variety of homes to choose from. There were 3 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 56 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 53 in the $425,100 -$525,000 range and 34 in the $525,100 – $625,000 price range. The $625,000 – $725,000 had 27 active listings, the $725,000 – $825,000 had 23 actives and the $825,000 – $925,000 showed 25 active homes listed. As you can see from our Market Trend Report, there were homes available in the higher price ranges as well, showing 59 homes in the $925,100 & up price range.

In our Central Oregon real estate market, buyers often look for competitive pricing as they consider properties. If you are selling your home and trying to price your property, we encourage you to consult with your trusted Duke Warner Broker for seasoned, expert advice. Our brokers will share their variety of experience, excitement, and deep market knowledge while they work for you.

Sold and Pending Listings

In January, Bend had 186 pending homes and Redmond had 79. These numbers remain consistent and tell us both buyers AND sellers are competing for available properties. For sold listings in Bend, there were 206 in December and 135 in January. In Redmond, we saw 69 in December, and 70 in January.

Looking Ahead          

As we embrace the upcoming final six weeks of winter and look forward to Spring 2020, we want to remind you that our team of real estate experts are always available and happy to help guide you in the home buying and selling journey. Central Oregon is a beautiful place to live and no matter what stage of life you are in, there is something for everyone in the real estate market. As you consider your housing needs, start to plan and look ahead, whether you want to buy or sell a home, keep us in mind for your real estate ventures. Our wonderful team knows how to price properties according to the market trends, and our love of the industry is reflected in our willingness to work hard for our clients.

Give us a call today and let us help you get started! We can be reached at 541.382.8262 or send us an email at info@dukewarner.com.

 

 

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Open the Space Up in Your Home With These Design Trends

The world of home design is dynamic and amalgamous—it’s always changing. New trends seem to pop up overnight and old trends are constantly making reappearances, often making it difficult to navigate them all. When buying a new Central Oregon home or remodeling a current one, consider these hot design trends that are drawing the eyes of homeowners across the country for their ability to open up the space in your home.

Open Shelving

What’s better than being trendy? Being trendy while saving money. Open shelving is a design trend heralded for its ability to open a kitchen up and add a rustic flair to your kitchen design. The design is more common in older homes, as it was a favorite among 20th century homeowners for its efficiency—there are no cabinet doors to open. It also gives you a chance to display your dishes in a casual way. Just be careful when choosing the exact design for your open shelving, because it can occasionally look unfinished if not incorporated correctly into the rest of the room’s design.

Projectors

One of the most important—and controversial—features in a family’s living room is the TV. So important, in fact, that some choose to design their entire living room around the electronic. While a TV is an important entertainment feature for any Central Oregon home, there is an alternative that’s being touted as a way to take away emphasis from the screen. Projectors provide a great alternative to televisions to host large-format screenings of films and televised events and, if installed correctly, are easier to draw attention away from when not in use since the projector screen can be rolled up.

Sliding Barn Doors

Similar to open shelving, sliding barn doors provide you a great opportunity to open up your home. This design trend is extremely popular for its ability to turn two rooms in one—and vice versa—by simply sliding a door open. Although sliding barn doors are traditionally seen as a more rustic feature, there are numerous ways to incorporate it into any home’s design. When considering this feature, be wary of its shortcomings—poor soundproofing and an inability to lock. These issues can be mitigated with special designs, though, so it should be no issue to install them in a room that occasionally needs to be quiet or needs more privacy.

These design trends are all great ways to transform your home into a more open space. If hosting parties and dinners in your home is important, these designs will do wonders! 

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How to Stay Sane During a Kitchen Remodel

Remodels aren’t easy. Ask any friend or family member about their experience and you are likely to get a groan in response. The reality is remodels can consume your entire life and end up costing much more than you first expected. When it comes to kitchen remodels, though, it can be even more consuming. Follow the tips below to ease the burden of managing a kitchen remodel and by the end of it, you might just be wanting to remodel your Central Oregon home again.

Establish a budget and stick to it

The first thing you must do with any remodel is establish a budget. Overspending is perhaps the biggest mistake homeowners make during their first remodel, and some keep making the same mistake over and over. When planning the kitchen remodel for your Central Oregon home, evaluate whether you want a low-, medium- or high-end kitchen remodel and stick to the costs you first outline for the remodel. Don’t forget to consider the neighborhood you’re in either, as a high-end remodel may not end up making sense in a low-income neighborhood or vice versa.

Keep functionality in mind

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a kitchen remodel, so it’s of the utmost importance that you remember the purpose of what it is you are remodeling. Sleek countertops and innovative appliances are great individually, but you must keep in mind the space that you are working with. Consider how the components will function together and whether their addition to your kitchen will get in the way of its ability to be what it is—a kitchen. An easy way to do this is to apply the 11 foot triangle rule: the distance from your stove to your sink to your refrigerator should add up to 11 feet or less. If you are having trouble trying to navigate what parts of your kitchen to update and how they will work with its functionality, speak with one of our Duke Warner brokers so they can help you settle on a plan that works.

If it works, don’t change it

Kitchen remodels often reach the inordinate prices they do because homeowners move their appliances when they don’t need to. Relocating appliances in a kitchen often requires additional plumbing and electrical work that will send costs sky high in a matter of days. Avoid these unnecessary costs by leaving appliances in their existing locations unless it’s detrimental that they be moved. Updating appliances themselves and the spaces around them can have just as large of an impact as if you were to redo the layout of your kitchen. So, in other words, don’t reinvent the wheel.

Avoid the exhaustion many other homeowners feel by the end of their kitchen remodel by following these tips. By the end of it, you will be feeling better than most and maybe—just maybe—might consider remodeling again soon.

 

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Duke Warner Trend Report for December 2019

Happy New Year Central Oregon! With the holidays behind us and the winter storms peeking around the corner, we are starting the year off just right, according to local real estate trends. Market activity is holding steady, showing averages maintaining for this time of year. In our monthly Trend Reports, we offer valuable insights by reviewing last month’s market activity. This information can be an informative resource for any future trends we might see as we finish out January and head into February.

January 1st Inventory and December Activity

With 280 active listings as of January 1st, the Bend market has a good selection of homes for those looking to buy. The overall number of active listings for both Bend and Redmond have dipped slightly, since last month, but that is on-trend for this time of year, according to years past. Redmond’s active listings, as of January 1st, showed 134 homes overall. The numbers for both Bend and Redmond remained consistent all year, in 2019, and December’s numbers agreed with that trend. As we head into this new year, we are seeing the combined active listings for Central Oregon at 414 homes.

December numbers for the Redmond market show us 69 homes sold, 59 new homes on the market and 77 homes pending. The bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $325,100 -$425,000 price range, showing 48. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 42 active listings, the $425,000 – $525,000 range had 21 actives, and the $525,000 & up price range showed 33 active listings.

For Bend, the numbers in December dropped slightly from November, however we still saw a healthy variety of homes to choose from. There were 4 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 80 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 74 in the $425,100 -$525,000 range and 39 in the $525,100 – $625,000 price range. The $625,000 – $725,000 had 34 active listings, the $725,000 – $825,000 had 22 actives and the $825,000 – $925,000 showed 28 active homes listed. As you can see from our Market Trend Report, there were quite a few homes available in the higher price ranges as well, showing 82 homes in the $925,100 & up price range, which remained the same as November numbers for that price range.

In our Central Oregon real estate market, buyers often look for competitive pricing as they consider properties. If you are selling your home and trying to price your property, we encourage you to consult with your trusted Duke Warner Broker for seasoned, expert advice. Our brokers will share their variety of experience, excitement, and deep market knowledge while they work for you.

Sold and Pending Listings

Bend had 127 pending homes and Redmond had 77, in December. These numbers remain consistent and tell us both buyers AND sellers are competing for available properties. For sold listings in Bend, there were 167 in November and 206 in December. In Redmond, we saw 87 sold in November and 69 in December.

Looking Ahead          

As we lean into 2020 and start thinking about the next several months in the real estate market, we like to remind Central Oregon that our team of real estate experts are always available and happy to help guide you in the home buying and selling journey. Central Oregon is a beautiful place to live and no matter what stage of life you are in, there is something for everyone in the real estate market. As you consider your housing needs, start to plan and look ahead, whether you want to buy or sell a home, keep us in mind for your real estate ventures. Our wonderful team knows how to price properties according to the market trends, and our love of the industry is reflected in our willingness to work hard for our clients.

Give us a call today and let us help you get started! We can be reached at 541.382.8262 or send us an email at info@dukewarner.com.

 

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Busting the Most Common Home-Selling Myths

Selling a home is no easy feat. In fact, it can easily become one of the most stressful experiences you will ever have to endure. So why are there so many myths and misleadings facts out there about how to best sell a home? In the era of “alternative facts,” it can be difficult to discern sound advice from shoddy suggestions, so the key is to have a foundational knowledge of what’s true and what isn’t. Below, we’ve listed the three most common myths to look out for when selling your next home.

You Must Sell in the Spring or Summer

Much like the undying myth that chewing gum takes seven years to digest, homeowners continue to think that homes can only be sold in warmer seasons. While it’s true that the spring and summer are optimal times to put your home on the market, failure isn’t inevitable if you sell during the fall or winter. In fact, there are some hidden benefits to selling your home in the fall and winter.

Competition can be stiff in the warmer months and it’s easy for your home to get lost in the dozens and dozens of listings that pop up in Central Oregon. If you sell your home in the fall or winter, there is less competition that allows your home more opportunity to shine and provides you with more negotiating power. Additionally, homebuyers are more willing to make a deal and close quickly in colder months, thereby reducing the amount of time your home sits on the market.

It’s Just Like Reality TV

Anyone that’s watched HGTV — or similar reality TV — knows how easy selling a home can be made to look. The entire process is cut down into an episode that’s 40 minutes or less and much of it is often scripted, so viewers aren’t provided a real look at the length or complexity of the selling process.

In reality, the selling process is much more than just a showing and a few phone calls. According to Zillow, the average American home sits on the market for 65 to 93 days, so things move much slower than portrayed in the media. Additionally, the closing process can sometimes even last more than a month. Speaking with a licensed real estate agent can circumvent this issue, as you can prepare a more realistic timeline of how events will play out.

It’s Cheaper to Sell Without an Agent

While it’s true that real estate agents come attached with commission fees, it’s misleading to think that they make the selling process more expensive. Real estate agents oversee a number of responsibilities, from legal negotiators to professional marketers, all which are best approached with experience. An assessment recently performed by the National Association of Realtors even found that the average FSBO home price was $185k while homes sold by realtors had an average prices of $245k. Commission fees may exist, but a quality real estate agent will more than make up for the cost with a higher selling price.

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A New Year’s Check-up for Your Home

In the spirit of making resolutions and starting the new year off with a bang, we thought a home maintenance list would fit right in. Whether you rent or own, this check list is a great place to start the year out right. It is also a great place to start if you are looking to sell your home this winter, as you will want to make sure everything is in working order before you list. Here in Central Oregon, winters are typically snowy, icy and cold. We’ve had a pretty mild season so far, but that doesn’t mean a storm isn’t right around the corner. Reviewing this list and updating some basics in your home, will help ensure a safe and warm rest of the winter. The following four suggestions will help keep your home safe year-round.

Check HVAC Systems

We rely heavily on our HVAC systems to keep our homes warm during the winter. It’s not very often that we will want to shut the entire system down, in fact, whether it’s summer or winter, most of us have our systems running all the time. Taking a few minutes to have your system inspected is worth the brief chill you might feel while the heat is turned off. Making sure to ask the specialist to inspect and clean the dryer vent is also very important and something they will routinely do. Every year, roughly 3,000 house fires in the US are attributed to dirty dryer vents. Avoid this and ensure you’ll be breathing clean filtered air by calling for an inspection today!

Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A great New Year’s home maintenance item is to change out the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It makes it easy to remember if you do it at the beginning of each new year, and you are protecting your most important investment, you and your family. We have all experienced the annoying beep from a low battery in a smoke detector, and while it seems harmless to just remove the battery, a lot of times those batteries don’t get replaced. Order your batteries online, take an hour and walk through the house replacing each detector. It is worth the effort!

Inspect Your Deck & Railings

The extreme temperatures between summer and winter in Central Oregon can be hard on wood decking and railings. If your deck isn’t covered in snow, take a spin and review the wear and tear. Replacing part or all of the structure might be necessary for safety as well as aesthetic.

Clean Those Gutters

You may want to hire a professional for this task, depending on your level of comfort on a ladder. Some homes have easy access to the gutters and drainage systems, but others might be too high for someone to reach without proper ladders and harnesses. Packed gutters can lead to water damage, so get those pine needles and leaves cleared out before the next snow storm hits!

As you make your list of resolutions and goals for 2020, don’t forget to take care of your home to-do’s. Whether you plan to list your home or just start the year off right, you will rest easy knowing you’re safeguarding your most important contents in your home. From all of us at Duke Warner Realty, we wish you a Happy New Year!