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Take the Path Off the Green Lakes Trail to Find this Hidden Gem

Moraine Lake Three Sisters Wilderness

We have hiked the Green Lakes trail into the Three Sisters Wilderness many times over the years we have lived in Central Oregon. Located off the Cascade Lakes Highway, the hike to Green Lakes is among the most popular in the Cascades and is well worth the experience; we have blogged about this hike in the past -  see our Green Lakes Blog. Today, however, we took the path to the left at roughly 2 miles into the Green Lakes hike and walked another 1.5 miles to find Moraine Lake.

The path from the Green Lakes trail took us through old growth forest with beautiful trees and absolute silence. It is the end of October and the normal summer crowds have disappeared so the quiet was well

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Redmond OR Real Estate Sales Continue Upward Trends

Redmond Oregon Single Family Home Sales

Redmond single family home sales on less than an acre are still showing growth. Unlike Bend where the September data showed a decline compared with a year ago, Redmond Oregon home sales figures for September are up. The following compares Redmond single family home sales from September 2018 with September 2017:

  • Numbers of homes for sale up 2.7% to 224
  • Numbers of homes sold up 4.9% to 86
  • Numbers of homes pended up 2.4% to 84
  • Average price per square foot on sold homes up 8% to $190
  • Average number of days on market down 9.3% to 98
  • Months of inventory based on closed sales unchanged at 2.7
  • Average active price up 4.9% to $403,000
  • Average sold price up 6.5% to $344,000*
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Bend Or Single Family Home Sales Are Slowing

Bend real estate trends

We wrote a blog a few weeks ago in which we noted that it appeared that Bend Oregon single family home sales were slowing when compared with the year before. This blog, "Is the Central Oregon Real Estate Market Slowing Down?"  looked at inventory levels and showed that there was an uptick in the number of single family homes in Bend, Redmond and Sunriver for sale from the same 12 month period the year before.

The September statistics have now been published for Bend home sales and it appears that the slowing trend is continuing. When September 2018 Bend single family home sales on less than an acre are compared with September 2017, the following change can be seen:

  • Homes for sale down 5.8% to
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Why Are People Moving to Bend - is it the Lifestyle or the Jobs ?

Sunrise in Bend Oregon

In an article published 10-1-18, thrillist.com has ranked the top 25 American cities for local economic growth. According to WalletHub, the financial advice site, they compared 515 cities of various population sizes using 15 key data points such as working-age population growth, job growth, poverty rate decrease, median housing price growth and building permit growth. According to this analysis, Bend Oregon ranks 4th in the country.

Does Poverty With a View Still Pertain to Bend?

We know Bend is booming, but having a strong economy contributes to a vibrant community such as what Bend has experienced since coming out of the recession. People moved here traditionally for the

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Numbers of Central Oregon Single Family Homes for Sale Up

Bend Oregon Real Estate

One of the key components on the health of a real estate market is the inventory levels of the homes selling. In a balanced market, there are 6 months of supply.  In Central Oregon, there has been a great lack of inventory for several years in most of the cities which has led to a seller's market with rising home values, multiple offers and in some cases, a certain desperation for buyers to find a home.  Full price offers or even offers over asking have been the norm at certain prices for a while.  However, there appears to be a shift happening in much of Central Oregon with the number of single family residential homes available for sale rising.

The following chart shows the last two

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Redmond Real Estate Values Have Been Discovered!

Redmond OregonThe word is out and Redmond Oregon has been found to be a great town where people want to live. Often thought of as an affordable option to Bend, Redmond residents have tremendous pride in their town and enjoy the lifestyle of this wonderful Central Oregon community.

The August 2018 Redmond OR real estate statistics have been published and the amount of increase in the sales figures is significant. The following data compares August 2018 single family residential home sales on less than an acre with that from August 2017:

  • The numbers of homes for sale up 9% to 242*
  • The numbers of homes sold up 12.4% to 100
  • The numbers of homes pended up 23.9% to 109
  • The average price per square foot up
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Bend Single Family Home Prices Still Rising

Bend Home Price Trends

The figures from August, 2018 Bend real estate sales are published and the price of a Bend single family home continues to go up. While the trend upward in the asking price of a Bend home appears to be leveling off, the sold price is still rising with the average price per square foot now at $255.  The following data compares August 2017 sales of Bend single family homes on land under an acre with those from 2018:

  • Number of active homes for sale down 6.4% to 619*
  • Number of homes sold slightly up .8% to 255
  • Number of homes pended up 8.7% to 238
  • Months of inventory based on closed sales down 7.7% to 2.4
  • Average days on market down 11.8% to 90
  • Average price per square foot up 5.8% to
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Bend Homes for Sale Vs SoldBend Or Real Estate

 

Home values in Bend have changed considerably since coming out of the great recession. What was unheard of in 2011 has become common with Bend million dollar homes selling regularly and contractors willing to build spec homes at this price point. Bend home sales have been impacted by lack of inventory for many years, but with the rise in Bend home values, many of the lower end buyers have been priced out of the Bend market and have instead purchased in outlying areas.

We are seeing a transition in the Bend real estate market and a slight increase in inventory.  The following graphs show twelve months of sales/new listings in 4 different price ranges for Bend single family homes over the past 3 years:

Bend Oregon Real Estate Trends

 Bend Oregon Real Estate Trends

Bend

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Bend Premier Real Estate Bend OktoberfestBend Oktoberfest September 21-22

One of Bend's most unique fall festivals is Bend Oktoberfest celebrated in the middle of September. Besides being the main fundraiser for Downtown Bend, Bend Oktoberfest offers "great beer, delicious food, silly games and feats of strength."  Starting Friday, September 21 at 3:00 pm, the festival will include the Stein Hold Competition, the Chicken Hat Hunt, the Bend Beer Choir, the Tricycle Races and the most popular event - the Weiner Dog Race. There will be something for every Central Oregonian to enjoy!

Bend Premier Real Estate is pleased to be the Title Sponsor for Bend Oktoberfest this year. Having our main office in Downtown Bend, it is a perfect fit for us as we support fully the fundraising efforts for the

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