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Interested in a Fixer Upper?

If you’ve ever day dreamed about fixing up a property and turning it into you dream home, it might be time to consider purchasing a “fixer-upper.” Perhaps you’ve wondered if doing it is a good idea or not? Talk to your Bend Oregon Realtor. We’re here to break down some of the reasons you should consider taking the plunge into overall heaven.

Great Deal

Reason one is that most run-down homes, in need of renovation are great deals. While most people look at them and say, it’s not worth the work, you’re different. If you’re willing to put the work in, and the time and money, you could stand to get a great deal on a property in need of a little love.

Just for You

If you’ve ever wanted to create a living space just for you, then fixing up a home is right up your alley. If you would ideally like to have everything done to your taste, but can’t afford to build a home from the ground up, it can be a better idea to renovate a home. While building a home costs much more than the purchase of a home, buying a fixer upper and adding in a renovation budget, often costs much less. It can also take far less time, and stress.

The other added benefit in making an out of date, run down or just older home, completely yours, is that you’re not starting from scratch. Rather than building a new home, you get to redesign an existing one. You get to choose how to preserve the character or history of the existing fixer upper. You never know what you’re going to find behind the drywall, perhaps original brick? Maybe you’ll find old wooden doors, that just need a little TLC before being incorporated back into the design of the home.

Be realistic

It’s important to set realistic goals for yourself while considering a project like this. While you may think you can do it all on your own, it’s highly unlikely that you can or are even legally allowed to. Some projects involving plumbing, electricity, etc. will need licensed professionals to do the work. So it’s important to consider your renovation budget, and factor in what it will cost to pay contractors to do the rest.

Take Away

Talk to your Bend Oregon Realtor, about any potential properties ready for renovation or flipping. They might just have the perfect place for you. A home that’s a little run down, but in a great location, could prove to be your dream home after a little work.

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Oregon Getaways for the Weekend

A perk of living in Bend is its easy access to a gamut of getaway locations that range from Portland and its quirky atmosphere to Ashland and its oenophilic culture. And while Bend may be a vacation hot spot itself, every person needs a change of pace, no matter how in love they are with their Central Oregon home. Using the guide below, find your next weekend getaway within the comfortable confines of Oregon.


World-famous for the annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), Ashland has grown from a sleepy community in the Rogue Valley to a flourishing city drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. If you make the trip between the months of March and October, be sure to attend a production at one of the repertory theaters and grab a quick bite to eat at one of their premiere restaurants like Larks or Mezcal. If you have time to spare, also try and stop by one of the wineries tucked away in the hills around the city.


In Sisters, you’ll feel like you entered a time capsule from the 1800s. With Wild West facades stretching throughout the main part of town, you’ll truly feel like a cowboy throughout your visit. With access to renowned outdoor destinations like Black Butte, Tam McArthur Rim and Suttle Lake, there’s an endless number of ways to fill your day with fun. When coming back from a hike, make sure to stop by the famous Sno Cap Drive In for a juicy double cheeseburger and delicious Oregon huckleberry milkshake.

Hood River

Sometimes regarded as the wind surfing capital of the West, Hood River has transformed into one of Oregon’s premiere destinations in the past decade. Countless restaurants and boutiques fill the streets in downtown Hood River, all overlooking the beautiful Columbia River below. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend apple picking or adrenaline-flooded weekend of windsurfing or paddle boarding on the river, Hood River caters to anyone looking to escape the monotony of their everyday routine.

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Duke Warner Trend Report for August 2019

With Back-to-School activities and the slight shift in weather, it’s starting to look a lot like Fall in our part of the state. In Central Oregon, the active listings remained steady during the month of August. Both Bend and Redmond markets continue to provide great options for potential home buyers. Our market trend report offers valuable insight into last month’s activity and is also a great resource for any upcoming trends we hope to see during the remainder of the month and into October.

September 1st Inventory and August Activity

With 545 active listings as of September 1st, the Bend market has a bounty of wonderful homes for those looking to invest. Both Bend and Redmond’s current listings have one-of-a-kind homes that won’t last long this season. Redmond’s active listings, as of September 1st, showed 211 homes overall. The numbers stayed consistent and encouraging all summer long. As we dive into Fall, we are seeing the combined active listings for Central Oregon at 756.

August was a busy month for the Redmond market, showing 104 homes sold, 128 new homes on the market and 109 homes pending. The bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $325,100 -$425,000 price range, showing 70. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 47 active listings and the $525,000 & up price range showed 38 active listings.

For Bend, the numbers in August continued to illustrate a thriving and steady market. There were 11 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 115 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 120 in the $425,100-$525,000 range and 68 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 100 active homes in the $925,100 & up price range.

In this kind of steadfast market, buyers 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 experience, knowledge and excitement while they work for you. Duke brokers know how to price properties 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 280 pending homes in July, and 245 in August. These numbers remain consistent and tell us buyers and sellers alike are on the move. For sold listings, there were 243 in July and 252 in August. In Redmond, we saw 100 sold listings in July, and 104 in August. 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 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 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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How to Sell a Home With Pets

It can be hard work to sell a home. Even harder is selling a home whose residents had pets. No matter how much we love our furry little friends, it doesn’t change the fact that your home likely sustained some damage as a result of the pet living there. Don’t fret, though! By following a few key tips below, you can have your home looking pet-free in no time.

Deep clean

This should come as a no-brainer. If you are selling your Central Oregon home, it should be deep cleaned prior to any showing no matter what. If pets lived in the home, then the deep cleaning must be prioritized. Strong odors often come about as a result of having pets, so start there when cleaning. This may mean you have to shampoo your carpets, steam your floors and vacuum every square inch of your home. It will all pay off in the end, as your home will be spotless and for once in your life, you might not have to deal with your pet’s shedding hair for a few days.

Clean the yard

If you have an outdoor pet, or a pet that spends time outdoors around your home, there is sure to be a sign they were there. Take an afternoon to pick up any droppings in your yard and tidy up any messes that may have been created as a result of your pet. The difference between a clean yard and a messy one can often be the difference between a home that sells and a home that sits on the market.

Move the pets out (for a little bit)

While you might love your pet immensely, prospective buyers probably won’t. So whenever you show your house to a buyer, make sure to take your pets on a mini vacation to the park or the kennel. It’ll give you an excuse to get yours pets out of the house while also boosting your chances at selling your home. There’s also an endless number of pet-friendly places in Central Oregon, so it shouldn’t be hard to find something to do for a few hours. If you want more tips on showing your home, check out our blog titled “How to Host a Successful Open House.”


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Three Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent When Selling

As everything continues to digitize, from photo albums to travel guides, more and more jobs are becoming obsolete. There’s one job, though, that we know can’t be supplemented by some app. Real estate agents are the lifeblood of real estate, and without them, you could end up buying a Central Oregon home that’s not a fit for you or sell your home for much less than it’s worth. Below are some of the most important reasons to use a real estate agent:

List the right way

No one understands the real estate market better than our Duke Warner real estate agents. In Central Oregon’s real estate market, the agents who have been part of the growing communities in Bend and Redmond have experience and insights that can help you make educated decisions. By working with a real estate agent, you are ensuring that your home lists at the right price based on what fits the market. Don’t try to take on this responsibility on your own, or shell out the job to some online app, because you run the risk of listing your home for much less than it’s worth.

Improve your home’s presentation

With the thousands of homes a real estate agent sees over the course of their career, you can be sure that they know how to best present your home to prospective buyers. It takes more than a quick cleaning of your home to prepare for a viewing, so why not leave the stress of being ready to an experienced and licensed agent that knows what they are doing.

Boost your buyer exposure

There is no better way to boost the exposure of your Central Oregon home than by hiring a real estate agent. They make sure that your home is advertised everywhere, and more importantly, they make sure potential buyers see what you see in your home, which is tough to do on a website. At Duke Warner Realty, our agents pay close attention to the ever-changing market trends and they stay progressive with their marketing techniques. Give us a call or send us an email today and we can get you started on your real estate journey whether you are buying or selling a home.