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Buying A Home In Retirement

Retired and Buying a home? What you need to know

Retirement has always been a tricky thing to plan for. There are so many variables depending on overall health, finances and more. If you’re retired and considering buying a home or vacation property, there are some important things to consider first.


Depending on your current age and the age of any partners you may be purchasing the home with, you need to plan what your mortgage payment will be and how long it will last. Standard homebuyers opt for a 30-year mortgage because often that makes a monthly payment more affordable. Depending on the fluidity of your financial situation a 30-year mortgage might be your only option, and if it is, you should consider what age you’ll be when that 30 years is over.

A better option would be to go for a shorter term mortgage, like a 15-year. Again, depending on your financial situation, this is also tied to how much you can put down on the house and how much you can afford to pay in a monthly situation.

Depending on your age in relativity to your health, which is a hard thing to plan for, you may also want to consider the financial situation that your kids are in. If something ever were to happen to you or your partner, you would have to consider who would be financially responsible for the property and mortgage.

One of the benefits that many people look forward to in retirement is no monthly mortgage payment, because they anticipate that they will have paid off their house or property by then.

A great idea to consider if you do have a house that’s close to being paid off, and you’re looking for a vacation property: invest in something smaller. If it’s a vacation home, try for a condo or a small house. Look for something you can invest in for a lower price, and possibly make money on. If it’s a condo in a desirable location, you could rent it out for the portion of the year that you don’t use it, same with a lakeside property.

Housing needs

You need to consider what your housing needs might be. Perhaps you want to invest in a smaller property that will eventually become your main residence. Consider one-floor options, consider location to amenities. It can be hard to plan for your retirement age with so many factors up in the air, but it could save you a headache later if you plan and consider these things now, when you’re house hunting.

Take away

Consider what sort of monthly payment you want to be responsible for when you’re retired. If you’re taking equity from one home to another, buying a new property may not present the same challenges as buying an additional property might. Consider the location of your new home or property, consider the layout. Plan ahead and you could make quite the smart investment.

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Duke Warner January 2019 Trend Report


Now that we are seeing some true winter weather, we might expect to see a significant dip in the market trends, but that’s just not the case. Follow our monthly trend report to stay up to date with the local market trends and fluctuations. In December, we saw a continuation of a steady market in both Redmond and Bend and that carried over into the start of the new year. January’s numbers were encouraging in Bend and Redmond alike. We closed out 2018 with an active market in Bend and Redmond for sellers & buyers and continued that streak through January. The Central Oregon market looks promising as we slowly ease out of winter and look forward to the Spring months ahead.


The number of active listings in Bend dropped slightly from 398 in December to 356 in January. Redmond had 182 active listings in December and then a few less with 176 active listings in January. The numbers in January for Bend show us that there are plenty of homes to choose from. There were 18 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 78 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 86 in the $425,100-$525,000 range and 37 in the $525,100-$625,000 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. If you’d like, ask your Duke Warner broker to review a market trend report so you can feel confident in their knowledge of local buying and selling trends.

Sold and Pending Listings

Redmond’s market had fewer price reductions in January than we saw in December and almost double the amount of pending homes at of the end of January, showing 72 pending. Redmond’s new, active listings stayed about the same, showing 59 in December and 58 in January.

Bend had 137 pending homes in December, and it increased a bit to 159 pending in January. For sold listings, we’ve seen a slight drop during the winter months with December showing 160 sold homes in Bend and 125 sold in January. We saw 63 sold listings in December, for Redmond’s market and 46 in January. We are seeing a slight fluctuation in the market which is normal for this time of year. Winter weather came a little bit later this year and as we look towards the coming months, we can expect the markets to reflect the changing seasons ahead.

Looking Ahead          

Central Oregon markets have remained steady and full of options for buyers in all price ranges. As you consider your options and look ahead for new investments, changing homes or just following the market trends, keep us in mind for all your real estate needs in 2019. For a deeper understanding of the local market trends, consider reading back through our past trend report archive, there is a lot of great information provided. Give any one of our skilled brokers a call and let us help you with your next housing adventure. You can see our current listings on our website at


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Choosing the Right Neighborhood

Central Oregon has grown quite a bit over the years and with that growth, we’ve seen everything from new neighborhoods to new businesses nestled in a neighborhood, new subdivisions and lots of options to buy when you are house hunting. We’ve all heard it said many times, location is everything, and we don’t disagree! There are many things people are willing to overlook when it comes to buying a home, whether there aren’t as many bathrooms as you’d like, or some of the bedrooms are downstairs while others are upstairs. Sometimes the home we want doesn’t have a big enough yard, or it’s got too big of a yard and we dread maintaining it during the warmer months. Most of the little things are preference issues that we can usually live with if it’s the perfect house otherwise.

Location on the other hand, isn’t something most people want to overlook. For most house hunters, location is the most important factor when looking for a home to buy. We’ve come up with a few tips to consider when picking your perfect home to buy.


Choosing your home has less to do with the actual home itself and more to do with the location of the home. Homes can always be altered, remodeled, changed. But a neighborhood is permanent and so you’ll want to research the neighborhood before buying a home. Safe neighborhoods are important not just for you and your loved ones, but it’s also important for the resale value of the home. Thinking like a seller might seem like a far-off concept but keeping it in mind will help you down the road.

Do a little research about previous crime in the area, introduce yourself to neighbors and ask them what they think about their neighborhood, notice who is out walking~ are there children playing in the neighborhood park? These things will be great indicators to whether or not the adults in the neighborhood trust the surrounding area and the people in it.


Check out the amenities the neighborhood offers, perhaps there is a pool, park or store within the neighborhood. Drive or walk around the neighborhood and make note of current building or homes for sale. If you can, find out what future development is scheduled, this will indicate continued growth in the neighborhood which will increase the value of the home you purchase.


There are a lot of neighborhoods that are centrally located to grocery stores, coffee shops, auto shops and more. Try to find a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle, so you don’t have to make long commutes for your groceries, medical help and ideally, for your job. Spending less time in your car and more time at home is the ideal for most people, so finding a home centrally located to your daily needs will support your life with convenience and accessibility.

A great example of a centrally located neighborhood is the Brookswood development south of town in Bend, Oregon. Not only does the neighborhood have schools nearby, there is also a grocery store and many other small businesses located within the neighborhood itself.


Buying a home that is in a good school district is important, even if you don’t have children or your children are already grown. Good schools increase the value of surrounding homes and land. Research shows that buyers inquire about the school district often when looking to buy a home. Accessibility to schools is also a key factor for home buyers, for example they want to know if there is transportation for children within or near the desired neighborhood.


Resale value is an important factor to consider when buying a home, even if you don’t plan to sell anytime soon. Knowing the facts about the neighborhood can be solid indicators of how desirable your home or lot will be in the future.

As mentioned above, the home you are interested must be one you feel fits your needs, but the location is the most important factor when looking to buy a home. Doing your research, asking your broker to provide specific stats about the other homes surrounding the one you are interested in and checking out the neighborhood itself will help you make the best decisions when buying your home. Our local brokers in Bend, Oregon, are here to help, so feel free to contact us at if you’d like more information or want to tour some neighborhoods today.

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4 Real Reasons We Seek Home-ownership

Ask several homeowners the reason why they bought their properties, and you will receive a variety of different reasons. You will find that many of them based their decisions on financial reasons, such as wanting to avoid rising rental prices, seeking to take advantage of the tax benefits, or they desire to build up equity for a nest egg during retirement. Yet there are many emotional factors that may be the real reasons why a person decided to own a home, as we have listed 4 of those reasons below.

Need More Space for a Growing Family

As your family grows larger, you simply need more space. You could be running out of room for the spouse, the kids and all of your pets in your old place. Purchasing a house will allow you to pick the right place that will offer enough space for your present and future needs. It also provides you with more options in changing the home so you can have enough room for your entire family.

Have More Freedom to Do Whatever You Want

Unlike an apartment or rental house, you can’t knock down a wall if you want to have a more open floor plan or when you want to build an addition because you have an elderly parent who needs personal care. Buying a property allows you to renovate it to your heart’s content. You can have all the features and amenities you want that will fit into your lifestyle. You can remodel the home to fit into our interior design style while gaining the peace and comfort you desire.

Obtain Long-Term Stability and Security

When you find the neighborhood that feels right for you, you don’t want to leave it. Owning a home allows you to become a part of the community, as you build social relationships that can strengthen the neighborhood. You are also able to move to an area that offers the best of what you are looking for in shopping, schools and employment stability.

You Get to Have More Privacy

Another great aspect about buying a home is that you don’t have to deal with other tenants or landlords any longer. Your family won’t have to listen to loud banging noises from other apartments, or yearly inspections conducted by the landlord who is peeking into every nook and cranny of the rental home. You finally gain the privacy you desire that cannot be found when you rent a place to live.

Homeownership May Be Right for You

There are many valid reasons why you may want to buy a home. Homeownership can be a big lifestyle change and an emotional investment. Think about the reasons why you are looking to buy a home, then consider all the advantages and disadvantages. Sit down with the entire family and discuss your options. Then speak with an experienced realty company that can help you obtain financing and search for a property that will fit into your needs as well as your budget.

Call your Bend Oregon Realtor today.