Bend Real Estate Blog

Real Estate MonopolyJust about everyone is familiar with the board game Monopoly. We would be quick to pick our favorite markers… the top hat, Scottie dog, thumbnail, or my favorite -  the sports car.  Then we were given a small amount of money to start from the bank.  And for the next several hours we would try to buy real estate, develop our properties with houses and perhaps a hotel or two, collect rent from other players who landed on our developments, and hopefully end up monopolizing the entire board by driving the other players into bankruptcy.  But few people know that today’s modern version of the game has its roots in a game called “The Landlord Game,” developed by a politically liberal woman named Lizzie Magie in the early 1900’s whose primary goal was to point

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Bend Oregon Home SalesJust ask any real estate Broker in Bend how sales have been and they should tell you that Bend home sales remain strong. 2nd quarter statistics reflect continued optimism in the Bend real estate market with single family homes in contract up 8.6% from 2nd quarter 2015. When June 2015 is compared with June 2016, Bend homes in contract are up 24.4%. Home prices are also up - with active prices 13.6% higher than 2nd quarter 2015 and sold prices up 10.8% during the same period. The average sold price of a single family Bend home is now at $212 per square foot and we have only 2 months of inventory based on pending sales. The city of Bend is also months behind in processing building permits and new home construction cannot keep up with the demand.

So what

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Home SalesBend continues to be a destination for many west coast Americans thinking of relocating from an urban setting to one less congested and more conducive to an outdoor lifestyle.  Relative to home prices in the Seattle, Portland, or the Bay area, Bend real estate is still a bargain, although long time residents may find that current price trends are beyond what they ever imagined. When 2016 Bend home sales are compared year to date with sales from 2015, the number of listings sold are similar, but the average sales price is significantly higher. The average year to date cost of a Bend single family home on a lot less than an acre was $381,120 in 2015; for 2016 the cost is $409,787. The median cost in 2015 was $320,000 and in 2016 the median cost is

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Fort Rock Oregon General StoreLocated about an hour's drive south and east of Bend, Fort Rock, Oregon, is an interesting place to spend a day. Besides the fascinating geological formation of the Rock itself, the community has a wonderful collection of original homestead buildings and memorabilia which show what life for the people who lived here 100 years ago. For a $5.00 entrance fee, the Fort Rock Homestead Village is open to visitors to look around in the buildings, see the tools and household products that were used and those with good imaginations can visualize what life was like for these Oregon pioneers. The buildings include a one room school, a church (which can be used even now for weddings and memorial services), a general store, several homes and even an outhouse. A

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3 Sisters view from OverlookCentral Oregon is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. From the fabulous hiking, biking and skiing trails available in the Cascades, to the climbing at Smith Rock, to the many water options available to fish, boat and float on, there is an outdoor activity which should work for almost any person.

One hiking location which may not have had as much attention as others is Whychus Canyon. Located just outside Sisters, Oregon, Whychus Canyon is a 930 acre preserve which was established in 2010 with 480 acres added in 2014. The preserve encompasses 4 miles of Whychus Creek compete with a beautiful waterfall, has diverse vegetation and wildlife and has undergone signification restoration of the forest and stream. Just this year a new .9 mile

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Mt. Bachelor Village SignBuilt in the 1970's, Mt. Bachelor Village retains the amenities and location which made it a popular Bend neighborhood from its inception.  Located in SW Bend off Century Drive, Mt. Bachelor Village offers owners easy access to Cascade Lakes Highway, Mt. Bachelor, and the city of Bend. Some homes are located overlooking the Deschutes River and all owners have access to the community pool, tennis courts and clubhouse. With the recent decision of the Bend City Council to limit vacation rentals within the city limits, Mt. Bachelor Village is a Bend community which retains this option.  Many owners in Mt. Bachelor Village do rent their homes as vacation rentals, when they are not using the home themselves as a vacation home or full time residence.


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Bend Luxury Real EstateBend has been seeing great movement in the luxury real estate market over the past year. What was unsellable in early 2013 is now a popular market, with Bend real estate trends continuing to show an uptick. According to Central Oregon MLS, 2016 year to date sales are up 15% over the same period last year in Bend homes valued over $1,000,000. And the demand is really pushing the value of these homes. The average cost per square foot has jumped over 5% for the same time frame and the days on market has gone down 30%. Bend luxury real estate is selling!


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Most expensive home in the worldIt’s all the talk in Mumbai, but perhaps you haven’t yet heard about this amazing home with a construction cost of nearly 1 billion dollars.  Built for billionaire Mukesh Ambani, this 400,000 square foot “monster house” is 570 feet tall and includes 27 inhabitable floors including 6 floors of parking for 168 vehicles. Some of the more fun features of this amazing home include an ice room capable of creating snow flurries, a ballroom where 80 percent of the ceiling is covered with crystal chandeliers, a 50-seat home theater, 3 floors of hanging plants, 3 helipads, and its own air traffic control system. And to ensure the stability of this massive structure, the home is engineered to withstand an 8.0 richter scale earthquake. And in case you’re wondering

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1552 Ne 5th Street, Bend, ORAs one of the most used real estate websites in Central Oregon, our website can be a good indicator of where the real estate market is headed right now. For example, as home and land prices continue to trend higher, we are starting to see more expensive homes enter into our top 10 most searched properties such as this $479,000 Broken Top condo or this 1657 Nw Mt Washington Drive, Bend priced at $439,750. However, as a general rule, most of the top searched properties are still at the low end with an average price of the other top searched homes just $248,500. All of the top 10 searched homes this week were located in Bend.

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Red doors in BendWhen you drive around Bend, have you noticed there are a lot of red front doors? Although for these homeowners the reasons might be aesthetic, around the world red doors actually have a lot of meaning. The Chinese, for example, believe red is a lucky color and would paint their doors red before the Chinese New Year. Red doors can be an important element of Feng Sui by allowing “chi” to be drawn into the home. Catholics often paint their church doors red to remind people of Christ's sacrifice. During slavery, red doors were used to by the Underground Railroad to show this particular home could provide safe haven. There is even rumor that people would paint their doors red as a sort of “no solicitation” sign to that annoying Fuller Brush salesman… but

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