Bend, OR Real Estate News

By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Grants Pass, OR)
There's something yummy going on in Bend, Oregon, and it's a screamin' BIG deal to the locals.  I'll let you in on a creamy little secret, if you promise not to call the police! It ain't your typical babe or BFF, but it rivals both, and it's name is Bonta!  It's the most wonderfully delicious gelato I've ever tasted and it's handmade right here in Bend, Oregon. Bonta's incredible flavor challenges the biggies like Talenti and Ciao Bella, but it's small town goodness stands alone in the Pacific Northwest.  Hand-crafted by two artisans, Jeff and Juli Labhart, who found their gelato love by traveling around the world in 365 days.  If the Labhart's romantic journey doesn't grab you, the yummy goodness at the end of your spoon will.  Bonta is sure to be your new BFF or babe on those lonely ...
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By Team Birtola High Desert Realty
(Team Birtola High Desert Realty)
Team Birtola Garmyn is Now a Part of Shark Tank Nation!   Bend, OR– Tune in to ABC’s Shark Tank premiering on Friday Sept. 26 at 8/7c to see Ruben Garmyn and Jim Birtola of Team Birtola Garmyn High Desert Realty side-by-side with real estate magnate Barbara Corcoran. Corcoran is Shark Tank’s resident real estate mogul and a prominent self-made multi millionaire. She is now endorsing a select few of the best real estate minds in the country, Birtola and Garmyn included. Ruben Garmyn and Jim Birtola will appear in a commercial airing during the Shark Tank season premier on Friday September 26th at 8pm, and in several additional episodes throughout the season. Birtola and Garmyn’s company, Team Birtola Garmyn High Desert Realty, is a dominant leader in the real estate industry, providing p...
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By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS
(Grants Pass, OR)
Certain things ignite my senses.  It could be the sun shining brightly on a cloudy day, or a daffodil reaching full bloom, or the smell of French bread baking in an oven.  I'm never lacking for things that make me smile.  Simple things speak to me.  Some more profoundly than others.   While on a recent trip to Bend, Oregon, I found a lot to smile about.  After a 2.5 hour drive along a wooded stretch of highway, I reached my destination with pure delight.  As if the beautiful scenery wasn't enough to ease my cares, the sweet smell of sage and pine trees permeated my nostrils.  I breathed in, and exhaled all that had built up inside me. As I transferred my scant belongings from my SUV to my woodsy cottage, I couldn't wait to jump back into my car and explore this new wonderland.  The smi...
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By Team Birtola High Desert Realty
(Team Birtola High Desert Realty)
Selling your home doesn't have to be a pain.... Are you considering selling your home? Do you want it sold now, in 6 months, in a year? Well, you have come to the right place! We can sell your home in the least amount of days for top dollar! To see what your home could sell for this fall, click the link below! Anyone can say that they are the best in the business, we want to bring you the facts! Check out our past sales on Zillow!    If you have any questions, or would like to get your home on the market today, feel free to give us a call! 541-312-9449   Birtola Garmyn High Desert Realty 101 NE Greenwood Ave Bend, Oregon 97701 541-312-9449 www.bendoregonrealestate.com
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By Team Birtola High Desert Realty
(Team Birtola High Desert Realty)
Reasons to Love Bend, Oregon     Oregon to most people is a far off distant land that never makes the news, gets by-passed on the weather channel, and has been the brunt of many Jeff Foxworthy jokes.  If you actually live in Oregon, especially Bend, you realize the beauty of the state and just how spoiled you are if you have the opportunity to live here, and who else can say “I walked up a dormant volcano on my lunch break.”?   Bend is a unique place with a variety of things to do and see.   You can start your day by eating at a great local restaurant and then travel ten minutes and hop on a paddle board or get an air mattress and take a relaxing float down the Deschutes River through the Old Mill District where you’re likely to see runners, bikers, shoppers, and maybe a rock chuck or ...
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By Team Birtola High Desert Realty
(Team Birtola High Desert Realty)
Dogs are important members of many households and families! During summer we tend to leave our homes for weekend trips and vacations! This is when dogs play an even more essential role in our lives! They become our constant companions, braving the heat, soaking up the sunshine, frolicking in the sand next to the beach or even paddleboarding down the deschutes with their families!    These dogs are having such a blast this summer, you may just be jealous!    Rudi loves going for walks in the summertime... or should we say rides?? Binx likes spending time on the deck soaking up the sun! Cinnamon is ready to hop in the river and cool off! Subi loves spending time at the park in her favorite swing! Rudi loves going for hikes and exploring outdoors! Hercules spends an evening outside to dry ...
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By Team Birtola High Desert Realty
(Team Birtola High Desert Realty)
        Are you ready to sell in the next 30 days....?   If so, great! Zillow recently introduced "Coming Soon" inventory *** ONLY TO THEIR PREMIER AGENTS LIKE US!!! ***   Home shoppers can search for and find properties that are not yet listed on the market, but expect to be listed for sale within 30 days.     What does this mean for you.... You will get a head start on marketing before being placed in our incredible Exclusive Listing program backed by our elite marketing power! Now Zillow’s Premier Agents and you, through Zillow, can gauge buyer interest and test the list price against current market conditions before occurring any days on the market! Your “coming soon” listing will appear on top of all property searches through Zillow maximizing your exposure to more than 81 million ...
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By Team Birtola High Desert Realty
(Team Birtola High Desert Realty)
4th Of July Festivities in Bend, Oregon!   When: July, 4th 2014 Hours: 8am-4pm Where: Downtown Bend in Drake Park Who: Anyone and Everyone Plus Pets!   Bend Pet Parade   Summer has officially begun in Central Oregon and what better way to celebrate than with the 4th of July festival in beautiful downtown Bend. The day begins on Wall street where the dogs, horses, llamas, goats, cows and yes chickens line up with their owners for the annual 4th of July pet parade! Begin your morning with the pancake breakfast from 8am-11am at Drake Park!  The decorating party and line up begins at 9:30am on 520 NW Wall Street which is the Bend La Pine District Admin Building! If you want to bring your horse or other large animal you can line up at the corner of Wall Street and Idaho Street by the Boys an...
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By Team Birtola High Desert Realty
(Team Birtola High Desert Realty)
Dash for Dads, Central Oregon Event | June 15th 2014   When: June 15th, 2014 Hours: 5k (9am) & 1k (9:15am) until 12pm Where: Race will begin at the Bend Pine Nursery Park. Who: Anyone is welcome to attend! Registration: $25.00 (5k - Includes t-shirt) $10.00 (1k) Who to Contact: Lyndsey H Contact Information: lyndseyh@bendurology.com   Second Annual Dash For Dads Run or Walk   Looking for a fun event for this fathers day? The second annual Dash for Dads (a run supporting prostate awareness) may be the event you have been looking for! Make this day extra special by bringing you dad and or your grandfather to this run/walk to honor those who have fought, are fighting or have survived prostate cancer. Courses around Bend Pine Nursery are  fun and accessible to runners and walkers. There are...
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By Team Birtola High Desert Realty
(Team Birtola High Desert Realty)
Bend Beer Camp 2014 Local Event When: June 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Hours: All Day Event! Where: Check in at the Double Tree Cost: $1095 for single occupancy, $845 for double, $595 for day campers   The First Ever Bend Beer Camp  Located in beautiful Bend, Oregon—where we blend our fun, active, outdoor culture into the fine art of Craft Beer enjoyment! Come learn, converse and taste with us!   Join us in Bend, Oregon this June for the first ever adventure beer camp while combining outdoor fun with some of the greatest minds and brands of the Pacific Northwest’s beer scene.   The camp will take place over three nights and four days, promising a full agenda of activities. Campers will be treated to a VIP experience on opening night, which coincides with a local Bend event, the Fermentati...
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By Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE - Bend, Sisters, Tumalo, Redmond
(Cascade Sotheby's International Realty)
Looks like the local residents aren't in agreement of how I should proceed with my latest property showing.    Original photograph of Canadian Geese exploring a property in Tumalo, Oregon, taken by Lisa Broadwater, Broker, GRI; Alpine Real Estate LLC, Bend, OR, 97701. 541-480-0987. All rights reserved and may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission For more images, visit www.CentralOregonHome4You.com.
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By Dave Woodland, Your Bend, OR Friendly, Knowledgable Mortgage Professional
(Signet Mortgage)
Gong Xi Fa Cai! And a Good Year For Real Estate Mortgage Rates!   I love that the Chinese characters for the greeting at lunar new year translate to nothing to do with the change of the calendar. If I have it right (from this site) the greeting is basically “Congratulations and wishing you prosperity!” And so I wish the same for you. May you have great joy and prosperity in this new year! By the way, we are now in the year of the Snake. I asked a mandarin speaking friend about the change from the cherished Dragon to the lowly Snake and learned that many like to think of the Snake as the “Little Dragon”, so we can count on good things for this year as well. One of the economic pundits I follow conjectured that interest rates for the coming year would be quite tame, a good omen for real ...
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By Dave Woodland, Your Bend, OR Friendly, Knowledgable Mortgage Professional
(Signet Mortgage)
Late on Election Eve and I thought I would try to get out the weekly newsletter with some tidbits on the week’s impact on real estate financing rates. (Side note, the clock has already moved to Tuesday on the East Coast prompting this tweet from @staypuft: November 6th, 2012. The best election day 6 billion dollars can buy. #HereWeGo) The news on Friday of jobs creation was received with some fanfare. The initial take was that the jobs created exceeded all estimations. There was a bit of happiness in the markets that lasted for about 2 hours. As you can see from the chart at the right, the uptick in rates (here the US Treasury 10-year note) reversed itself into the late morning trading. As the truth settled in, the better-than-expected number, even with the August/September upward revi...
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By Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE - Bend, Sisters, Tumalo, Redmond
(Cascade Sotheby's International Realty)
  Original photograph of last night's sunset in Tumalo, Oregon, the result of the Pole Creek Fire that is raging in the wilderness near Sisters. Photo taken by Lisa Broadwater, Broker, GRI; RE/MAX Revolution, 625 N. Arrowleaf Trail, Sisters, OR, 97759. 541-549-3333. All rights reserved and may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission For more images, visit www.CentralOregonHome4You.com.
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By Dave Woodland, Your Bend, OR Friendly, Knowledgable Mortgage Professional
(Signet Mortgage)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their much anticipated Jobs Report on Friday. Click here for the full report. Responsible reporting agencies noted that fewer jobs were created (net) than were expected and that the unemployment rate dropped, but largely because of people choosing not to look for work. Irresponsible reporting said that “the sky is falling” or alternatively, that an improvement to 8.1% shows we are “on the right track” or that the jobs created number, while low “is always wrong on the first pass”. I saw examples of all three of these agenda pushers in action, did you? It is easy to be misled by the pundits. That’s why I have summarized a list of key data points about underemployment from which you can draw your own conclusions. I did this once before based on the J...
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By Dave Woodland, Your Bend, OR Friendly, Knowledgable Mortgage Professional
(Signet Mortgage)
An update: Q2 GDP was released today with a disappointing increase to just 1.7% annual growth rate.  The Department of Commerce report and news release can be found by clicking here. As we reported on Monday, the expectation was for this revision of the June quarter number to get us up to about 2.0%.  That post can be viewed by clicking here. Peter Linneman tweeted this morning that the policy intrusions into business development have contributed to this lack of growth.  He argues that less government can spur greater growth in the US economy.  Here, here!
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By Dave Woodland, Your Bend, OR Friendly, Knowledgable Mortgage Professional
(Signet Mortgage)
• It’s all about Jackson Hole - Bernanke and Draghi both • September is Europe’s month • Hints for the QE3 decision – Charts and GDP The past week we saw good progress in improving interest rates. The chart at the right shows the past 3 months of 10-yr Treasury yields. The month of July was all in the 1.4s and 1.5s. In August, on the glimmer of hope that Europe would do “whatever it takes” the US rate popped up to 1.8+%, but has since settled back down to the June norm of ~1.65%. Where will we be in a month? It is all about the central banks. What we hear from Jackson Hole, Wyoming this weekend will have an immediate effect on the rates. First on Friday, Ben Bernanke will speak. All ears are peeled to hear if he gives “The Big Hint” on QE3. The pundits are very well split on whether it ...
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By Dave Woodland, Your Bend, OR Friendly, Knowledgable Mortgage Professional
(Signet Mortgage)
• Rates have Moved But They Are Still Great 3.750% APR ! • Europe has Checked Out for the Month • Some Good Economic Data This Week • FOMC Meeting in September • Woodland Grandbaby! These have been a couple of tumultuous weeks in the fixed income markets and not because of the Olympics. Right before jumping out on vacation, ECB Pres, Mario Draghi (not Bend's own, Ashton Eaton at right) gave a glimmer of hope for Europe by promising to “do whatever is within our power to preserve the Euro as a stable currency.” He then went on boldly to say: “And believe me, it will be enough.” Since that August 2nd speech, rates in the US have edged up slightly as some investors have moved their money back into Europe. Really, on that statement?! Draghi is throwing out promises he cannot keep without t...
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By Sandy and John Kohlmoos
(Cascade Sotheby's International Realty)
  Not Your Daddy’s Golf Club   Blitz 2 The Barrel   Only in Bend Oregon would you have an event like the “Blitz 2 The Barrel”–a ball-busting mountain bike downhill featuring 35 professional riders (by invitation only), racing from Mt. Bachelor to the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in downtown Bend, with $20,000 in prize money at stake.     The course began at Wanoga Sno-park (near Mt. Bachelor), headed down the Funner and COD trails, before crossing Skyline Ranch Road, and entering Tetherow.     Only at Tetherow   While proclaimed “the best course you can play” (Golfweek, 2009-2012), and “#3 of America’s Best New Courses ” (Golf Digest), Tetherow is not your daddy’s golf club! On the evening of the race, as the shadows lengthened and the vibrant colors began to soften, the two-tiered driving ran...
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By Tarris Rogers, Bend Oregon Real Estate
(Cascade Sotheby's International Realty)
Sun Meadow Bend Oregon Homes  Sales of homes in Sun Meadow have done well for 2014.  There are currently 5 Sun Meadow homes for sale and an additional 11 homes that have sold or are currently 'pending' sale.  Sun Meadow homes currently for sale are on average asking $143.93 a square foot.  The average sold price for a Sun Meadow home in the last 6 months has been  $131.69. The outlook for Sun Meadow real estate remains strong as we enter the warmer months here in Bend, Oregon.  So what makes Sun Meadow homes in Bend Oregon so special?  It is a combination of location, features, and quality builder, Pahlisch Homes, who together have created one of Bend's most popular neighborhoods.  You can read on to learn more.   Sun Meadow  A Community of Contemporary Homes For Contemporary Living   S...
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