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Central Oregon- The Pet-Friendly Place To Be

One of the greatest perks of living in Central Oregon is the seemingly limitless number of places that are pet friendly. So pet-friendly, in fact, that it’s often harder to find a place that isn’t. Despite this neighborly environment, though, it can still be difficult navigating a transition between homes while taking care of your furry friends. Below are some tips and recommendations on where to go when moving into your new Central Oregon home with a pet so you’ll be left satisfied and happy.

Stay

Moving into a new home is stressful enough. Adding a pet into a mix can make it overwhelming. The best option when moving is to send your furry friend on vacation, whether it be to a kennel or a friend’s house. If you’re looking to pamper them, a kennel might be your best bet. Below is our favorite kennel in the Central Oregon area.

Bend Unleashed

Play

One of the best things you can do during moving sounds a little counter-intuitive: take a break. The stress of moving can often be unbearable if you don’t make sure to take some time for yourself during the process. So what should you do with your “me” time? Take your furry friend out to play! Multiple locations along the Deschutes River provide a haven for pets and their owners, not to mention the countless parks scattered throughout the high desert. Below are some of our favorite places to take our furry friends.

Sloux Camp, Riverbend Park, and Overturf Park.  

Eat

While most restaurants in Central Oregon, and Bend especially, are dog-friendly, a few stand out to us for going above and beyond when it comes to caring for our furry companions. Whether it be offering water bowls upon arrival, or even little snacks if your pet is hungry, below are our favorite restaurants to visit if you have a pet in stow.

10 Barrel

McKay Cottage

Deschutes Brewery

 

 

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How to Host a Successful Open House

One of the most crucial things to do when selling a home is to host an open house. Whether it’s a newly built home or was lived-in previously, it’s of the utmost importance that it be ready to impress potential buyers. Hosting an open house isn’t just unlocking the front door and setting out some fresh baked goods, though. There are important key steps one must take to ensure that the home is presented in the best way possible. Follow the tips below and your home will be sold in no time!

Declutter

If you were only able to do a single thing in preparation for an open house for your Central Oregon home, decluttering is the move. Buyers no longer want to browse lived-in homes. They want to see a home that is clean, tidy and ready to be moved into in minutes. Only leave out the bare necessities in each room and cram everything else in the garage or in storage.

Get rid of odors

Next on your to-do list should be to sterilize your home of any foreign smells. No two homes smell alike, so any potential buyer walking into your home is going to smell something different from what they’re used to. Instead of banking on hope that your house smells appealing, scrub the floors, shampoo the carpets and air out every room to start fresh. From there, use some sweet-smelling cleaning solutions or bake some cookies in the oven to get your home ready to go.

Improve the curbside appeal

Last, but certainly not least, is improving your home’s curbside appeal. First impressions matter, and if the first thing a potential buyer sees is a dead lawn, poorly maintained landscape and peeling paint, you can bet they won’t return to see the home a second time. Take a day to prepare the front of your home for potential buyers by cleaning up the lawn and landscape. Remember, creating a warm setting with a mat at the front door and setting out some potted plants can do wonders. Nothing gives a home new life like full and colorful plants.

If you make sure to follow these three key tips, your open house will be sure to dazzle any potential buyer that walks through the front door!

 

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Buying A House When You Are Young: Start Saving Money Early

Owning a home when you are 25 years old? Probably sounds like an impossibility since you are just leaving a 4-year college at 21 and have a mountain of student debt, right? All while you are looking for a better-paying job where you can put your new degree to good use. Yet there are people across the country who are purchasing a house early on in their adult lives. It takes hard work and perseverance, yet you can do it if you start saving early and have a plan of action in place. Here are several tips you can use to make your home ownership dreams come true.

Look into an IRA and 401K

It sounds strange to be thinking about retirement planning before getting a high school diploma. Yet many young adults are working part-time jobs at this age and have fewer debts that they have to worry about. So it is an ideal time for an 18-year-old to open an IRA and put away some money. Once they graduate and start a job, they can also begin placing money into a 401k that will give them even more financial stability in the future while they learn the importance of saving early and saving often.

Make Reasonable Sacrifices

You don’t really need to purchase the newest car, pay for the most expensive apartment, or eat the pricey takeout food every single day. There are expenses in your life that can be eliminated or lessened by the money choices we make. Getting an older car, taking public transportation, renting a smaller apartment, and limiting take-out food purchases can help you save more money that can be placed toward a future home purchase. Even simply saving $50 a month can allow you to have an extra $600 a year. Multiply this by 8 years, and you can effectively save up to $4,800 that can be placed toward the down payment of the house.

Buy a Home Within Your Means

One of the biggest problems is that people buy homes that they can’t financially afford. They want the most extravagant house they can get early in age as they believe it is the only house they will ever buy. Yet you have to understand how your salary, debts and home ownership costs can dictate the type of property that you can afford to purchase. Sometimes this means you have to cut back on your expectations and look for lower priced homes with less amenities, even fixer-uppers, to get the right house that fits within your means.

You can own a home as a young adult. By planning early, you can decide on the right path that leads to home ownership based on your particular financial circumstances. Give us a call, any one of our Duke Warner Realty brokers would be happy to walk you through the process of getting started.

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Duke Warner Trend Report June 2019

Summertime is in full swing and the real estate market is as active as ever. With the beautiful weather and a variety of summertime fun to be had, Central Oregon is a great place to invest in real estate and settle down. Active listings continue to remain steady and both Bend and Redmond have quite a few options if you are looking to buy a home. Our trend report offers insight into last month’s activity, which is a great resource for upcoming trends we might see during the rest of July and into August.

July 1st Inventory and June Activity

With 560 active listings as of July 1st, the Bend market offers a variety of great homes for those of you looking to buy a home. Both Bend and Redmond’s current listings have some gems that won’t last long in this market. Redmond’s active listings as of July 1st showed 194 homes overall. The numbers have been consistent and encouraging all year, and this summer is continuing the trend, with the combined active listings for Central Oregon at 754.

June was a busy month for the Redmond market, showing 106 homes sold, 96 new homes on the market and 96 homes pending. The bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $325,100 -$425,000 price range, showing 75. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 55 active listings and the $525,000 & up price range showed 45 active listings.

For Bend, the numbers in June illustrate the busy market and show us that real estate activity is going strong. There were 11 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 99 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 100 in the $425,100-$525,000 range and 51 in the $525,100-$625,000 price range. As you can see from our Market Trend Report, there were quite a few homes available in the higher price ranges as well, showing 102 active homes in the $925,100 & up price range.

With the thriving market, buyers look for competitive pricing as they compare properties. If you are selling your home and considering pricing for your property, we encourage you to consult with your Duke Warner Broker for educated advice. Our brokers will share their expertise and let you know how to price according to the market trends and current housing competition. At Duke Warner Realty, we can help you plan, sort out the details and get you started on your home buying or selling journey.

Sold and Pending Listings

Bend had 277 pending homes in May, and 247 in June. These numbers remain consistent and tell us buyers and sellers are on the move. For sold listings, there were 232 in May and 236 in June. In Redmond, we saw 105 sold listings in May, and 106 in June. As expected, we continue to see great numbers in the Central Oregon real estate market!

Looking Ahead          

As many of us know and appreciate, Central Oregon is a special place to live. Both Bend and Redmond markets are active and full of options for buyers in all price ranges. As you consider your options and look ahead, whether you want to buy or sell a home, keep us in mind for your real estate ventures. Our professional brokers can offer great insights as you navigate your next home experience. 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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Tips for Summertime Lawn Care

After you’ve found your dream house, moved in and unpacked, you may want to turn your attention to the yard and your lawn. Living in the high desert can be tricky when it comes to upkeep and care for your lawn. A dry climate requires more watering and the heat can burn the grass if it isn’t properly cared for, so to combat the heat and stress of summer, lawns need the proper amount of fertilization and water to thrive. Keep in mind that an excess of water or fertilizer can be just as harmful to the grass and environment as an application of too little. Summertime lawn care may vary slightly based on soil type, but for the most part, the basics are straightforward. Mowing, watering, weeding and fertilizing are the four major topics of care that will help to make your lawn the perfect spot for outdoor parties, family BBQs, and other summertime fun activities. The following tips offer some easy summertime lawn care;

Keep your mower blade sharp and high:

Most grass varieties perform better with a higher mow. Tall grass grows deeper roots with those roots reaching moisture that is farther down in the soil. A clean cut is also important, so make sure you keep your mower blades sharp. A dull blade can shred grass, making it lose moisture and turning shredded tips brown in color. This can give the appearance that your lawn is dead, which is not the look you want for those summertime parties in your new neighborhood!

Don’t over water and water in the morning:

Watering your lawn between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. is the most efficient time. Less water is lost to evaporation in the morning hours and your lawn has time to dry off before nightfall. A lawn that stays wet during the night encourages disease. Most turf grass varieties perform well with a half inch of water twice a week or one inch per week. Be sure to not water daily, this can kill your grass quickly!

Control weeds:

The best weed control is often keeping a healthy lawn and regular mowing. Summer annual weeds germinate from seeds and grow to maturity. These weeds typically germinate at the end of spring or the beginning of summer, die after the first frost, then reappear the following year. To stop weeds before they begin growing, you can apply a pre-emergent herbicide that will prevent weeds such as crabgrass and other grassy weeds from germinating. Remember to always read and follow label instructions before applying any chemical to your lawn. Be sure to use pet and kid-friendly products if you have either, some of the products on the market can be extremely harmful to animals and humans.

If you are currently looking for a new home in Central Oregon and want to find the perfect place with a great lawn, the brokers at Duke Warner Realty can help you find the perfect place to call your own!

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Duke Warner Trend Report May 2019

Central Oregon Trends

The busy market in both Redmond and Bend continues to give buyers a variety of options for purchasing a home. The active listings continue to remain steady as we settle into the beautiful Summer we are having here in Central Oregon. Our trend report offers some insight into last month’s activity, which is a great resource for upcoming trends we might see during the rest of June and into July.

June 1st Inventory and May Activity

With 491 active listings as of June 1st, the Bend market is buzzing with options and opportunity. Our brokers are excited with the market activity and ready to represent you. Whether you are buying or selling a home. Both Bend and Redmond’s current listings offer a variety of homes to choose from if you are looking to buy a home. Redmond’s active listings as of June 1st showed 209 homes overall, which is great for this time of year. The numbers have remained steady for many months and so far, this Summer is proving just the same, with the collective active listings at 700 for Bend and Redmond combined.

May was a busy month for the Redmond market, showing 105 homes sold, 151 new homes on the market and 126 homes pending. The bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $325,100 -$425,000 price range, showing 65. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 53 active listings and the $525,000 & up price range showed 32 active listings.

For Bend, the numbers in May showed us that there are plenty of homes to choose from this season. There were 12 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 93 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 76 in the $425,100-$525,000 range and 44 in the $525,100-$625,000 price range. As you can see from our Market Trend Report, there were quite a few homes available in the higher price ranges as well, showing 73 active homes in the $925,100 & up price range.

Buyers and Sellers

With the steady market, buyers look for competitive pricing as they compare properties. If you are a seller and you are considering pricing for your property, we encourage you to consult with your Duke Warner Broker for great advice. They will share their expertise and let you know how to price according to the market trends and current housing competition. Our realtors can help you plan, sort out the details and get you started on your home buying or selling journey.

Sold and Pending Listings

Bend had 275 pending homes in April, and 277 pending homes in May. The continued climb reaffirms what we’ve been seeing for several months now, people are getting into action and buying homes! For sold listings, there were 177 in April, and 232 in May. In Redmond, we saw 82 in April, and 105 in May. As predicted, we continue to see great numbers in the market!

Looking Ahead          

Central Oregon is a wonderful place to live. Both Bend and Redmond markets are active and full of options for buyers in all price ranges. As you consider your options and look ahead, whether you want to buy or sell a home, keep us in mind for your real estate ventures. Follow our monthly trend reports to stay current with local real estate numbers. Our professional brokers can offer great insights as you navigate your next home experience. 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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Preparing for a Home Inspection

Home inspections are a big part of the house selling and house buying process. They can either help a sale price or hurt it, all while making the property feel more attractive to a buyer or even less attractive to a buyer. Receiving an offer on your property is a big deal, but most offers hang on the results of the inspection, which is why it’s important to be prepared for the inspection. Here are Duke Warner’s top tips for inspections.

Cleanliness

If you’ve been showing your house, you know the importance of a clean house. You cringe every time a bit of dust gathers, or the clutter piles up, because you know it’s only a matter of time before your Bend Realtor calls and you have a moment’s notice to straighten up. Our advice is to do a huge deep clean of the house before showings start, so that when more showings are scheduled, and it’s finally time for an inspection, you’re already ahead. By doing a deep clean of the house, you could discover a few small projects that might increase your value. Some of these projects might be best to tackle head on, and some might be best to leave for new owners. If it’s a simple cracked tile or loose fence post, it’s easy enough to fix, so you should.

Your Functioning Utilities

In order to complete your inspection, your inspector will have to check all utilities, like the stove or refrigerator. Anything that will be included in the sale of your home, will need to be checked and approved. Turning the power off on them, might result in a rescheduled or incomplete inspection, and it could cause a delay in the sale process.

Make sure that any utilities that will need to be checked, will be accessible. If you’ve been storing boxes in the way of the water heater, be sure to clear them, so an inspector can gain access. If the inspector can’t get close enough to inspect them, chances are they’ll call a specialist in, which takes more time, and can also delay the sales process.

It’s important to keep pilot lights lit on gas stoves, furnaces, water heaters and more. Inspectors often aren’t covered for the liability of lighting them themselves, so could wind up costing you more money and time.

All Access

Inspectors need to check all areas of the home and property. So if you have a dusty attic or backyard shed, that need some care, now is the time. Make sure that inspectors have easy access to places like this around the house, garage or basement. All parts of the property need to pass inspection, so be sure that the inspector has keys to all areas of your home.

It’s important to note if you’ve had any major repairs done, like a new roof or any remodeling, as it can make a difference in your price point for real estate in Bend Oregon. Have any recent records of work, ready for the inspection.

As you’re preparing, remember that no house is perfect, and most inspections come back with a few things to improve upon. If you spend the time preparing for an inspection, most suggestions won’t be a surprise.

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Duke Warner April 2019 Trend Report

The steady market in both Redmond and Bend continues to give buyers a plethora of options for purchasing a home. The active listings continue to climb as we settle into the beautiful Spring we are having in Central Oregon. Our trend report offers some insight into last month’s activity, which is a great resource for upcoming trends we might see in May, June and July.

May 1st Inventory and April Activity

With 398 active listings as of May 1st, the Bend market is buzzing with options and opportunity. Our brokers are excited with the market activity and ready to represent you, whether you are buying or selling a home. Both Bend and Redmond’s current listings offer a variety of homes to choose from if you are looking to buy a home. Redmond’s active listings as of May 1st showed 181 homes overall, which is great for this time of year. The numbers have remained steady for many months and this Spring is proving just the same, with the collective active listings at 579 for Bend and Redmond combined.

April was a busy month for the Redmond market, showing 82 homes sold, 122 new homes on the market and 110 homes pending. The bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $325,100 -$425,000 price range, showing 59. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 54 active listings and the $525,000 & up price range showed 30 active listings.

For Bend, the numbers in April showed us that there are plenty of homes to choose from this Spring. There were 12 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 73 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 60 in the $425,100-$525,000 range and 53 in the $525,100-$625,000 price range. As you can see from our Market Trend Report, there were quite a few homes available in the higher price ranges as well, showing 68 active homes in the $925,100 & up price range.

With the steady market, buyers look for competitive pricing as they compare properties. If you are a seller and you are considering pricing for your property, we encourage you to consult with your Duke Warner Broker for great advice. They will share their expertise and let you know how to price according to the market trends and current housing competition. Our realtors can help you plan, sort out the details and get you started on your home buying or selling journey.

Sold and Pending Listings

Bend had 206 pending homes in March, and 275 pending homes in April. The continued climb reaffirms what we’ve been seeing for several months now, people are getting into action and buying homes! For sold listings, there were 149 in March, and 177 in April. In Redmond, we saw 65 in March, and 82 in April. As predicted, we continue to see great numbers in the market!

Looking Ahead          

Central Oregon is a wonderful place to live. Both Bend and Redmond markets are active and full of options for buyers in all price ranges. As you consider your options and look ahead, whether you want to buy or sell a home, keep us in mind for your real estate ventures. Our professional brokers can offer great insights as you navigate your next home experience. 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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Duke Warner March 2019 Trend Report

Trend Report

Welcome Spring! We are officially out of the winter months and deep in Spring weather, the market trends are gearing up for what we think is going to be a busy summer. Despite the rainy weather, people are shopping and selling homes. First of all, the numbers look great for this time of year. Our trend report shows the steady market in both Redmond and Bend. It continues to encourage and motivate our brokers & clients alike. Check out the details below and let us know if you have any questions or comments. Or if you want to schedule a time to meet with one of our highly qualified brokers. Make this Spring memorable by finding your dream home or selling your current residence. We have incredible homes for potential buyers and talented agents ready to sell your current home.

April 1st Inventory and March Activity

With 357 active listings as of April 1st, the Bend market is thriving with options and opportunity. Redmond’s active listings as of April 1st showed 170 homes overall, which is great for this time of year. The numbers are encouraging and with the active market throughout the winter months, we believe Spring is going to be no different.

March was a more active month for Redmond than it was in February. Showing 65 homes sold, 78 new homes on the market and 88 homes pending. Also, the bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $225,000 – $325,000 and $325,100 -$425,000 price range. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 55 active listings and the $325,100 – $425,000 showed 62 active listings.

Similarly, in Bend, the numbers in March show us that there are plenty of homes to choose from right now. In March, there were 19 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 83 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 69 in the $425,100-$525,000 range and 46 in the $525,100-$625,000 price range. As you can see from our Market Trend Report, there were quite a few homes available in the higher price ranges as well, showing 64 active homes in the $925,100 & up price range.

With the steady market, buyers look for competitive pricing as they compare properties. If you are a seller and you are considering pricing for your property, we encourage you to consult with your Duke Warner Broker for great advice. They will share their expertise and let you know how to price according to the market trends and current housing competition. Our realtors can help you plan, sort out the details and get you started on your home buying or selling journey.

Sold and Pending Listings

Bend had 158 pending in February and March finished with 206 pending homes! A big jump that indicates action in our local market this Spring. For sold listings, there were 108 sold in February and 149 in March. In Redmond, we saw 48 in February and 65 in March. We continue to see great numbers in the market!

Looking Ahead          

Central Oregon is a wonderful place to live. Both Bend and Redmond markets are active and full of options for buyers in all price ranges. Consider your options and look ahead. Certainly keep us in mind for your real estate ventures. Whether you are buying or selling, we can help! Our professional brokers can offer great insights as you navigate your next home experience. 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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Homeowners Associations; The Pros & Cons

Homeowners Association Law relates to the creation and enforcement of organizations and their rules that manage and community associations and help to maintain their appearance and value. Most homeowners’ associations (HOA’s) and condominiums are made up of a common residential asset managed through a chosen Board of Directors. Membership is mandatory upon the purchase of real estate situated in the association. State laws, local bylaws, and organizational rules all relate to the management of the community.

If you’re looking for properties in neighborhoods, chances are you’ll come across more than a few homes that are within HOAs. As mentioned above, typically if you buy a property within an HOA, the membership is mandatory.  While there are both pros and cons to living within an HOA, ultimately you’ll want to buy in a neighborhood that serves your needs best. Duke Warner brokers are here to help you figure out what’s best for your lifestyle.

Cons

Buyers don’t like the idea of being told what they can or cannot do with their own property. If you fall under that type, then living in an HOA might not be for you. HOA’s limit parking availability and they can require that certain decorations must be up or down at various times of the year. Running a business out of your home? You will want to check with any potential HOA’s that represents properties you like. Some HOA’s have strict rules about running business from your home. Not all HOA’s are the same, but it’s important to check with the regulations before you buy.

Fees can be a big part of why people don’t want to buy within an HOA. Some HOA fees can be on the higher end or lower end, it just depends on how they’re managed. The monthly HOA fee is something most buyers aren’t eager about. It depends on how you weigh the added benefit if the regulations within a neighborhood, and how they affect the ongoing value of your home, versus the cost of ongoing monthly or yearly payments.

Benefits

One benefit of living within an HOA is that the overall appearance of your neighborhood is better. Living within an HOA means that higher standards are set for the appearance of properties. Lawns must be mowed, houses must be painted, houses can’t be painted in wild colors, etc. Some HOAs are formed by the developer and are run by a Board of Directors. As houses within the development sell, the Board of Director’s transitions over to a Board of Elected Residents. Some HOAs opt to have a management company run them, so residents aren’t responsible for meetings and organization. It’s best to keep HOAs within residents, because most residents are invested in their own neighborhoods.

Living within an HOA ensures that all homeowners take care of their homes. It also helps keep the value of homes higher, as neighborhoods look cleaner and stay well-maintained. It also ensures that the proper steps are taken when dealing with any issues in the neighborhood. If your neighbor’s dog is barking, or there have been one too many loud parties, rather than starting a spat between neighbors, the HOA can be notified and will handle the situation.

Decisions, Decisions

Know what you’re looking for in a property, and choose whether an HOA is right for you. It is an important decision when buying a home. Research the HOA that manages the neighborhood you are interested in and read the fine print. HOAs are typically beneficial, but it’s important to know what you are getting into by joining. If you’re looking for higher standards within your community, and want your neighborhood in Bend, Oregon to appear well-maintained, an HOA is right for you. If you want more freedom to do what you want with your home, it’s better to look in neighborhoods that don’t have managing HOA’s. At Duke Warner Realty, we are committed to helping you navigate questions you might have when purchasing a home. Whether it’s within a neighborhood with an HOA, or not. Give us a call today!