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3 Simple Summer Decorating Updates for Your New Home

One of the best parts of moving into a new home is having the opportunity to decorate and outfit your home with the latest trends. Some people like to do seasonal updates throughout their home, while others like to stick with a basic décor and supplement with little pops of color here and there. Essentially you have a brand-new canvas to work with when you arrive in your new digs, so the possibilities are endless. Summertime is a perfect season to revamp furniture, add a fresh coat of paint to a room, change the curtains and maybe even incorporate some fresh foliage in different areas of the house.


A fresh coat of paint gives a room an instant freshness and can even be a pop of color if you decide to just paint one wall. Summertime is a great season to throw a bright color on a wall, match a bit of the décor to the wall color and liven up communal areas where you and your loved ones will be spending the most amount of time this summer. Paint is an easy update that doesn’t cost a fortune and it’s a project that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.  

Plants or an Herb Garden

An herb garden is a perfect addition to your kitchen because the herbs are readily available for your cooking needs and if potted, you have an instant garden that looks beautiful on your counter top or sink. Plants are also a wonderful addition to any room, bringing the freshness of a living organism and the pop of color to the room, it’s hard to go wrong. The summer lends us a fantastic selection of flowers to choose from and so many people like to have a fresh-cut bouquet in their homes to bring a little outdoor beauty, indoors.

Wall Hangings, Rugs & Accessories

Just like a coat of paint, a rug or wall hanging can completely change the feel of a room. Perhaps you don’t want to spend time painting, but you want a fresh look for the warmer seasons, maybe a splash of color that can be the centerpiece of the room? A new rug or wall hanging can give you the fresh update you are looking for without having to commit to a more permanent update. A little bit of color can go a long way and with rugs, throw pillows and wall hangings, so give it a try and see what works.

Each season brings with it, the chance to enjoy the comforts of home while celebrating the weather outside. Simple décor updates can make your home look and feel brand new and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it.


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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



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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.


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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4 Factors That Influence a Home’s Value

The value of a home is based on what buyers in the market are willing to pay for a home. It is important to remember that every buyer is different, so considering a few critical factors can help you identify what influences your home’s value. When looking to sell a home, sellers want to consider what makes their home stand apart, what makes it more desirable than the one for sale down the street.