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One-Story or Two-Story Home? Understanding the Benefits

When purchasing a home, there are many house styles to select from, including Victorian, Colonial, ranch, cottage, Spanish revival or bungalow, just to name a few. The style of the house dictates the architectural look of the building as well as the floor plan. You often see ranch, cottage and bungalow homes as one story places, while Victorian, Colonial and Spanish revival homes have two stories.

So which type of house should you get: a one-story or two-story place? Let’s take a look at the benefits of each floor plan so you can decide on which one would be better for your needs.

One-Story Home Benefits

Easier to navigate

Perhaps the biggest benefit to a one-story home is that all the rooms are at the same level. There are no stairs to navigate, which is great for seniors, toddlers and people with disabilities. If you plan to purchase a home where you will age in, take into consideration your future medical and mobility needs.

Simple to maintain

With everything located closer to ground level, maintenance such as painting the siding, washing the windows and making repairs are simpler as you don’t need to be up high on long ladders to reach upper floors. Maintaining mechanical systems such as ductwork, electrical and plumbing may also be easier as you don’t have to run lines going up walls to reach higher levels in the house.

Faster to leave during emergencies

In case of fire or an earthquake, it is easier to exit out windows if the door is blocked since they are at ground-floor level. So long as the window isn’t blocked by obstacles or plants outside, everyone should be able to exit and meet at a designated safe location.

Two-Story Home Benefits

Better Privacy

Bedrooms are usually located on second floors, so you don’t have to worry about anyone walking along the sidewalk and looking into a bedroom while you are changing your clothes. Another story can also be designed to keep private spaces more separate than public rooms, as people can sleep away from the hustle and bustle of living rooms, kitchens, and entertainment rooms that can get loud.

More Yard Space

Unlike a one-story house with all the rooms spread out over a lot, the rooms are stacked onto other floors. This setup can provide more yard space on smaller lots. Having a bigger yard space is ideal for families with children and for people who love outdoor living spaces.

Great Scenic Views

A two-story house allows you to look out over other homes in the neighborhood. So if you live in a location that has splendid scenic views of the mountain, ocean, forest or lake, you can see everything from second-floor windows without dealing with any impediments.

The right floor plan should fit into your present and future needs as well as lifestyle. Consider all the benefits and then reach out to us at Duke Warner Realty, we’d love to help pick the home that you most desire!

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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!


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