In Central Oregon our most common riverfront properties are found on the Big Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers. Both of these rivers are regulated by a series of dams the largest being the dam that holds back the water for Wickiup Reservoir. A common question from buyers looking at river front property in La Pine, […]
How Does Your Home Garden Grow?
Gardening is more than a popular trend, it’s also just plain fun to grow food at your home. Touted as a step towards self sufficiency, gardening can save you money and has other perks, such as the fact that homegrown veggies and herbs simply taste better. If you’re a novice gardener but would still like […]
Will Your Home Weather Winter Storms Well
Though we haven’t yet gotten to Thanksgiving, many parts of the country are already experiencing winter storms. Now is a good time for getting ready for snow outside your home. You don’t want to be caught unprepared by the first big snowstorm. Make sure that your gutters and down pipes are clean and free of […]
Do you Want to Buy an Older House?
With many older neighborhoods experiencing revitalization, an older home might be a smart investment. So, whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to flip a house for cash, an older home in an established neighborhood might be perfect for you. Here are some things to think about when comparing an older home to a new […]
How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 3)
The last in our series, preparing for emergencies in your new home means taking extra measure to protect your investment. Surviving a disaster is just the first part. Recovering takes longer and requires more advance planning. Start by designing your home to help you survive. Here are suggestions to get you on your way. Prepare […]
Should You Buy a Second Home?
Having a second home in a favorite vacations spot can be a great investment or an expensive luxury. A beach cottage or mountain retreat is enticing while both interest rates and home prices are low. How do you decide if it’s right for you? Make it your retirement home If your second home is in […]
Professionals Answer: "How Do I Increase My Home's Value?" (Part 2 of 3)
A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your home. In general, however, if you’re willing to spend a little bit on some minor […]
Holiday Decoration Safety
Each year, fire departments across the country respond to home and structure fires caused by holiday decorations. In a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2011 showed an annual average of 230 structure fires that began with lights and decorations on Christmas trees and another 150 fires caused by holiday lights. Injury, […]
Is Adding a Skylight a Good Investment?
During the gray and cloudy days of winter, a bit of sunshine can make a huge difference in how you feel about your home and yourself. The physical and psychological affects of daylight are well documented. You could leave the drapes and blinds open, but then you lose privacy and the thermal insulation they provide. […]
Should "Hidden" Costs of Buying a Foreclosure Keep me from Buying One?
While the housing market in most places certainly has improved and the number of foreclosed homes on the market has decrease, they will always be foreclosed homes available for purchase. Because of popular television show on house “flipping” and investment real estate, however, many buyers have unsubstantiated ideas of what buying a foreclosed home entails. […]