What Should Bend Oregon Homeowners Do To Get Ready For Spring?

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Spring is officially here for Bend Oregon Homeowners but one common mistake that they will make is not getting their homes ready for spring and they will many times be met with costly repairs because of their lack of preparation.

In today’s post we are going to cover the top things all Bend Oregon Homeowners can do to get your home ready for spring so you can embrace the warmer months ahead.

What Should Bend Oregon Homeowners Do First?

The first thing Bend Oregon Homeowners should do when getting their home ready for spring is to check their homes outdoor plumbing by doing this:

• Replace old hoses
• Check and replace broken sprinkler heads
• Test sprinkler system and look for obvious signs of damaged pipes
• Check drip irrigation systems and make sure they are fully functional
After the outdoor plumbing to the home is checked homeowners should check the indoor plumbing by verifying that their water heater isn’t leaking and that the home doesn’t have any leaking pipes as well.

What to Check inside Your home

Stepping inside the home the first things that all Bend Oregon Homeowners should check are their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as well because, these detectors can save lives and it’s worth spending $10 on batteries to make sure they are functioning right in the event you really need them.

Exterior Checklist

Last of all, but most important, Bend Oregon homeowners should not forget to check the important exterior features of their homes like their gutters to make sure they are free of debris, air conditioning system to make sure it’s functioning at 100% capacity and any wood fences or wood piles to insure that they are free of termites or pests that come out in the spring.

To learn more tips that Bend Oregon homeowners should follow to get ready for spring contact me today by calling (541) 383-1426.

 

Realtor.com Confirms That Home Listings Rose In February

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The January 2014 Bend Oregon Real Estate market was “cooler” than usual but thankfully it picked up in February, following the same pattern as the rest of the country.

Thanks to a recent report from Realtor.com we know that inventories of homes for sale across the United States actually rose by 10% in February 2014, compared to the same time last year, and with 1.7444 million units for sale across the United States, more sellers are feeling optimistic that it’s the right time to list their home for sale.

Median Home Price Nationwide

Across the United States the median list price for a home is $199,000 and that’s 7.6% higher than the same time last year.

Right now the median age of inventory is 114 days and that statistic also increased by 6.5% as well.

In a recent interview Steve Berkowitz CEO of Move, Inc. said this about the state of the housing market across the United States: “Overall, these figures indicate a continued reinforcement of steady gains and market stabilization that we’ve been watching since late last summer”.

The Right Time to Sell

Not only are homes coming onto the Bend Oregon Real Estate market sooner this year compared to years past, more sellers are also increasing the asking prices for their homes as well so when both factors are evaluated the market is looking ripe for any seller who has been looking for the perfect conditions to sell their homes.

To learn more about the latest Bend Oregon Real Estate market news, or to view homes for sale in Bend and across Central Oregon, contact me today by calling (541) 383-1426.

Where Do I Start Looking To Buy A Home In Bend?

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BEND – Home buying can sometimes be a mix of excitement and frustration because, you know that it’s the right decision that you want to make for yourself and your family but you don’t know where to get started.

In this post were going to cover steps to that you should take so you can find a home for sale in Bend and save the time, money plus hassle of having to do everything yourself.

Step 1 – Find a Realtor

The first step towards finding a home in Bend that’s for sale is hiring a Real Estate Agent. You will want to work with a Realtor because; he or she will have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as a variety of other contacts to help you find the home that’s perfect for you.

Step 2 – What “Exactly” Are You Looking For?

Every home buyer knows what they want in a home and also what they are willing to settle for. Before you start your home search you should come up with your list of what you want and what you and your family is willing to settle for because, this approach will help you to stay clear during your home search especially if you find a home that could be great after you do some remodeling work to it.

Step 3 – Get Prequalified For a Mortgage Loan

Another important thing that you need to do before searching for a Bend Oregon Home is to get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan because, pre-qualification means that you will know what homes you can really afford and not face the disappointment of finding the right home only to realize later that it’s out of your price range.

For more tips on the home buying process in Bend, or to view the latest homes for sale in the area, contact me today at (541) 383-1426.

One Big Mistake That Bend Oregon Homeowners Shouldn’t Make In 2014

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2014 is here and with a brand new year many Bend Oregon Homeowners are planning on selling their homes to either move into a bigger home, or downsize, and one common mistake that the average homeowner in Bend will make when it comes time to sell is going cheap when it comes time for them to get repairs made to their home before they list it.

Bend Oregon Homeowners: Cheap Is Not a Good Idea

Even though most Bend Oregon Homeowners will want to do right by their homes and hire the most qualified contractor, painter or professional craftsman to work on their home, some homeowners will choose the cheapest person possible.

A cheap home repair contractor is typically someone who just recently started their business and they don’t have that many references, so they will quote lower prices in the hopes of being able to win more business.

Always Investigate a Home Repair Company First

Before hiring any home repair company, or contractor, every Bend Oregon Homeowner should always investigate that company online using websites like the Better Business Bureau or searching for feedback online because, a company that’s been in business for a while will have some amount of feedback online even if it’s good or bad.

Ask For Referrals from Friends and Family

If you don’t want to go online to search for a home repair professional for your Bend Oregon Home the next best solution is to ask your friends or family members if they can recommend a company to you.

Asking for a referral from your own network of family and friends first, so you can find someone you can trust, will eliminate the need to do all of the “digging” when it comes time to making sure that you’ve found the right home repair company.

To learn more tips for Bend Oregon Homeowners, or to view the latest homes for sale in the area, contact me today by calling (541) 383-1426.

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