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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



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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



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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.


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.