Repairs Every New Homebuyer Should Make

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Moving can be time consuming… well “life” consuming.  The last thing you need to be worried about is remembering what to check/repair in your new home.  Here’s a great list of reminders to help you down the road:

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  • Make it a point to turn on all of your major appliances and let them run for a complete cycle, especially if your home is newly built to look for leaks.
  • Be sure to read your warranty — don’t wait until an emergency to start familiarizing yourself with your legal rights and responsibilities.

45 Days Later

  • Change the filter on your HVAC system, and vacuum out the air intake vents. Capturing dirt and dust with the right filter can go a long way toward reducing dust.

Six Months Later

  • During summer months, keep an eye out for invasive animals like squirrels, birds and wasps. These pests look for loose soffits and buckled siding as a way to get into your home.
  • Twice a year in the summer and fall, inspect the exterior of your house to make sure rainwater is draining properly.
  • Landscaping should be negatively graded away from the house.
  • Each winter, check to make sure that your pipes are properly insulated against freezing.

Every Year

  • Inspect your roof or have a professional roofer conduct an inspection. Look for missing shingles, gaps in the flashing around chimneys and other hazards. Indoors, check your ceiling for water spots.

Every Two Years

  • Have a professional HVAC contractor inspect your furnace, air conditioner and hot water heater.
  • Inspect exterior paint and touch up as needed.

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm
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Why We Love Bend

Drake Park in early Autumn.

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Coming to visit or want to know why you should?  Below are a few of the  reasons we love Bend and think you will too!
Courtesy of Go-Oregon. For the full article, and details on the surrounding Central Oregon cities, please go to
Located in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Range and edged by Ponderosa pine forest,the city of Bend sits on a high desert plateau, a modest urban hub that is very nearly Oregon’s geographic center and most certainly its recreational heart.  At an elevation of 3,628 feet, Bend’s climate is typical of the high desert plateau,  boasting cool nights and  sunny days to lure in anyone hoping to escape the gray skies of winter (and coastal rains) or revel in warm-weather pursuits come summer. Home to nearly 70,000 souls and counting, it is now Central Oregon’s most populated city and as those looking to relocate will tell you, a prime place to snag a piece of real estate (if you can).

Bend, which takes its name from an easy ford of the Deschutes River, provides convenient access to a variety of natural environments and despite it’s burgeoning population retains a rather atmospheric, small-town feel. To the east is traditional high desert vegetation dominated by junipers and sagebrush. To the west, Forest Service land provides a broad range of recreational opportunities including downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, rafting, camping, fishing, and rock climbing – not surpringly, there are outfitters galore on hand to provide equipment for the sport of your choice, from bikes in summer to skis in winter. Bend has also become a Central Oregon mecca for golf, with one area course recently named by Golf Digest as one of the 10 best in the state.


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Posted on October 17, 2011 at 8:48 am
Dempsey and Phelps | Category: Buying a Home, Home Sales, Real Estate, Second Homes, Uncategorized, Vacation Homes

Lifestyle vs Location

Drake Park in early Autumn.

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When selling a home, the thought was always “location, location, location’. As the market changes so has the focus- lifestyle options are now a priority for buyers and how the surrounding community can affect their decision to buy or not to buy.
Often sellers focus predominantly on their home and the upgrades and amenities. While those features are very important, remember that practically any home can be remodeled. If you’re in an excellent location with easy freeway access, on a low traffic street in a friendly neighborhood, surrounded by retail stores and hot dining spots, it’s time to play it up. Those features aren’t always easy to find.

Of course, here in Bend it’s a quick drive to so many amazing things it’s no wonder we see Bend listed as the 2nd best housing market for the next 5 years!

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 7:48 am
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10 Cities Where Home Prices Will Rise in 2011

We hope Bend makes the list!

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While home prices are expected to continue to fall in most metro areas, Clear Capital’s Home Data Index report says a few cities are already on the rebound and showing some gains in home values.
“There really is this segmentation of these markets occurring where the one-size-fits-all national level numbers to represent all numbers really isn’t valid anymore,” Alex Villacorta, senior statistician at Clear Capital, told MSNBC. “Overall we’re seeing prices start to stabilize going into 2011, but unfortunately some of those markets will stabilize in the downward direction where others will see a sustained recovery.”
Clear Capital takes into account unemployment rates, foreclosure rates, and real estate inventory in its index.
The following is a list of 10 cities that Clear Capital expects will rise in property value in 2011:
1. Washington, D.C.: 6.5 percent price increase
2. Houston: 3.6 percent price increase
3. Honolulu: 3.4 percent price increase
4. Memphis, Tenn.: 3.2 percent price increase
5. Columbus, Ohio: 2.1 percent price increase
6. Dallas: 1.4 percent price increase
7. New York: 1.3 percent price increase
8. Birmingham, Ala.: 0.9 percent price increase
9. Pittsburgh: 0.8 percent price increase
10. New Orleans: 0.5 percent price increase
Meanwhile, Clear Capital reports that real estate markets in Florida and the Western parts of the U.S.—such as cities in Arizona and “Breadbasket metros” like Oklahoma City, Okla., and Dayton, Ohio—likely will see the largest price drops in home values over the year. Virginia Beach, Va., is expected to have the highest drop in 2011, with a 12.8 percent price decrease, according to Clear Capital report.


Posted on February 4, 2011 at 7:50 am
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