Another Bubble or Sustainable Growth?

It’s been less than 5 years since Central Oregon’s real estate market was considered one of the most dismal housing markets in the nation. Foreclosures and short sales were the norm, and it wasn’t unusual to see your neighbors loading up the moving truck in anticipation of the auction block. Today, Central Oregon’s market is on the opposite end of the spectrum. The nation’s rising star of Facebook’s “Top 10” lists, including Best Place to Raise Kids/Retire, Best Place to Bike/SUP/Golf/Fish, Top Ski Towns in the World, Best Place to …. You get the picture! REAL ESTATE IS BACK!!! According…

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When Those “Upgrages” Hurt Your Home Value

There are always home improvement projects beckoning your attention. Updating counter-tops, painting out cabinetry, replacing worn carpet, getting rid of that old vinyl flooring in the kids bathroom and adding tile. All of these are affordable ways to freshen up your living space and possibly even add value. But what projects are just too much and can actually hurt the value of your home and maybe even make your home difficult to sell? Buyers are looking for a house that they can make their own. Be cautious of anything too personal, which might be construed as “funky.” Avoid bright colors,…

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