Interior Design, Luxury Homes, Real Estate, Uncategorized, Vacation Homes

Fall In Love With Luxury

“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.”

Georgio Armani

Fall in love with the latest in luxury in the Global Luxury Magazine February issue. Take a private tour of luxury homes in an easy-to-navigate online format. Simple enter keywords such as city name or property features to instantly locate luxury homes that most inspire you. The Global Luxury digital magazine showcases the finest homes in the Pacific Northwest.

Global Luxury Magazine – Vol 20 No.2

Home Fun, Home Maintenance, Living Green, Recycle, Uncategorized

Living Green Issue

Brought To You By: Dempsey | Phelps

Have a Happy, Zero-Waste Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day brings flowers, chocolates, cards, and all of the unnecessary waste that comes with them. Here are some ideas to have a sweet, thoughtful holiday without the trash.

Homemade Goodies: If your valentine loves chocolate treats, try making some yourself. You can make heart-shaped sweets with cookie cutters, or add natural food coloring for red, pink and white desserts. If you don’t enjoy baking, stop by the grocery store and fill a reusable jar with bulk chocolates. Tie a colorful bow around the jar for a festive touch.

Experiences: The memory of a shared experience will last much longer than a physical trinket. Surprise your special someone with tickets to a concert, or treat him or her with a trip to an art gallery or museum. You can also pack a plastic-free picnic for the two of you and, based on the weather, enjoy it inside or outside.

Thoughtful Gestures: If you want to give your significant other flowers, look for some that are locally grown and skip the plastic wrapping. Or, buy a small houseplant that your valentine can enjoy longer than cut flowers. Writing a note on recyclable paper instead of a store-bought card is another meaningful way to say “I love you” while also reducing waste.

3 Upcycled Products for Home Renovations:

If you’re planning to remodel your home this year, ask your contractor to research using eco-friendly materials. Here are three products to consider, according to

Carpet made from plastic bottles
Manufacturers are developing new ways to produce rugs and carpets that have a positive impact on the environment. For example, Mohawk Industries has the world’s largest manufacturing facility to upcycle plastic bottles into carpet fibers.

Reclaimed snow fencing
Snow fencing in northern states is often made from durable high-altitude pine. As highway crews replace sections of fencing, some companies are repurposing the old wood to use for flooring, interior trim, accent walls, and other residential products.

Recycled glass countertops
For a sustainably produced countertop that’s easy to maintain, look for options made from recycled glass. The glass is typically mixed with Portland cement and non-toxic pigments, resulting in a tough surface that is presealed, stainproof and heatproof.

Living Sustainably From 8 to 5:

Practicing a sustainable lifestyle during business hours can be tricky, especially if your company doesn’t have a designated program in place. However, even small steps can make a positive impact on the environment and your coworkers.

Start by bringing a reusable water bottle and travel coffee mug for your drinks throughout the workday.

Pack your lunch in a glass or stainless steel container, complete with silverware and a cloth napkin. Consider keeping an extra set of silverware and a reusable straw at your desk so you’re prepared for any impromptu, lunch meetings or office gatherings. Reduce the amount of paper you use by requesting digital copies of documents. If you need a physical copy of something, set your printer default to double-sided.

If you’re an employer looking to make your company more sustainable, consider switching to energy-efficient light bulbs throughout the office, and reduce waste by making recycling bins easily accessible for employees. For coffee and snacks in the break room, try to support local vendors and consider stocking up on reusable or compostable plates and cutlery. Eliminating plastic promotional items from your marketing efforts is another way to reduce your footprint.

Most importantly, lead by example. People in your workplace may be far more interested in adopting sustainable options if they see how painless it is for you to maintain.

Keep Hardwoods Shiny with Natural Cleaners:

Simple, homemade solutions can keep your hardwood floors shiny without introducing harsh chemicals and toxins into your home. Start by sweeping, vacuuming or dust-mopping your floors to remove dirt, and then try one of these options.

Vinegar and water: To effectively clean most hardwoods, mix ½ cup of distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. Vinegar is tough on grime, but use it sparingly – an excess amount could erode the wood’s sealant. Hardwoods shouldn’t be exposed to too much water either, so avoid over-saturating them by thoroughly wringing out your mop.

Vinegar and oil: If your manufacturer’s instructions discourage using any water on your hardwoods, add equal parts distilled white vinegar and olive or vegetable oil to a spray bottle. Close tightly and shake to mix well. Spray your floor with the solution, and then mop. Finish it off by buffing the floor in circular motions with a microfiber cloth.

Black tea: Tea adds a subtle stain to your floors, which can help cover scratches and bring out the natural beauty of the grain. Boil ½ gallon of water on the stove and add 8 tea bags. Steep for 10-15 minutes, and then allow the liquid to cool. Dip a rag into the tea and wring it out until damp, not soaking wet. Test the solution in an inconspicuous area of your floor first. If you like the color, continue with your rag or mop moving in the direction of the grain.

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Bend Homes, Buying a Home, Moving, Oregon, Properties, Real Estate, Second Homes, Uncategorized

Single Level Duplex

1507-1515 SE Riviera Dr | Bend, OR  97702

Single level well-maintained duplex in SE Bend near Ponderosa Park and public transportation. Each unit features a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom floor plan with a large living room, updated flooring in kitchen and dining area and oversized single car garage. Units could easily be converted into one unit for generational or extended living through the shared kitchen wall. Low maintenance xeriscape landscaping with large fenced backyards with raised garden beds and patios.

6 Bedroom | 2 Bath | 2082 sqft | .19 acres

MLS #202000625

Bend Homes, Buying a Home, Home Sales, Moving, Oregon, Properties, Real Estate, Second Homes, Selling a Home, Uncategorized

Buying or Selling in 2020

A new year is like a blank sheet of paper… anything is possible. While you may have already resolved to eat less and work out more, or to spend less and save more this year if you’re also looking to buy or sell a home in 2020, or simply to keep the house you have in tip-top condition, consider adding these to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

15 Resolutions


If you want to own your home faster and save money to boot, make just one extra mortgage payment a year and you’ll shave years off the term of your loan and thousands in interest.

Even though the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, mortgage rates are still historically low. If you have an adjustable-rate loan or just want to lower your existing monthly payment, consider refinancing.

You love your home but it’s awfully needy, requiring constant care, feeding and upkeep. To ensure your house gets the love it deserves, draw up a list of the annual maintenance chores that need doing then tackle one or two each month.

You take pains to create a beautiful home, like a page out of a magazine, so why not ensure its safety for you and your family? Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test their batteries regularly. Similarly, check your house for radon, a colorless and odorless gas linked to lung cancer deaths. Make sure your house can freely breathe; proper venting to the outside will help prevent mold growth and other health hazards.

Are you still overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home before Christmas added even more? You don’t have to go all Marie Kondo on your house, but getting organized and losing what you don’t use will go a long way to make you and your home happier in 2020.

home sellers

Most home buyers (The National Association of Realtors say 77%) who make an offer will get a home inspection to determine the condition of your house, and then use that knowledge to negotiate pre-close repairs or a lower price. Be proactive and get your own inspection so you can remove or address issues that may be obstacles to selling your house.

Most home searches today begin online, with mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) fast becoming the norm. Hire the Dempsey Phelps team, internet-savvy brokers, to make sure your listing is optimized for web viewing and mobile apps. We include a good description, accurate data and high-resolution photos to show your home to its best advantage and attract the most buyers.

Prep your house for a quick sale. Fix things that don’t work, touch up paint, update your landscaping, de-clutter and de-personalize, and deep-clean everywhere (that includes the cobwebs near the ceiling, the baked-on oven mess, the grungy bathroom tile, etc.). Consider hiring a stager to give your home professional panache. According to NAR, 46% of buyers say they are more likely to tour in person a staged home they saw online.

Educate yourself about your local real estate market; have the Dempsey Phelps team run comps to learn which properties are selling and which are languishing. Then work with the Dempsey Phelps team to reasonably – and competitively – price your home. Don’t assume a hot market guarantees multiple offers or a quick sale. Realistically set your expectations.

No question, selling a house is an emotional process. For most of us, our homes are where precious memories are made and we’re sentimentally attached. But the minute you list your house it becomes a product, one that will be poked, prodded and picked over by a fickle buying public. Be sure you’re truly ready to cut the cord so your emotions don’t get in the way of selling your home.

home buyers

Want a great mortgage? You’ll need good credit. Know your FICO score (740+ gets the best loan rate) and take steps to repair or boost a low score (below 620) by paying your bills on time and paying off your credit cards. Plus, buying a home takes cash – you’ll need money for a down payment, closing costs and loan fees. If you haven’t started already, now’s the time to save, save, save. Then save some more.

Get and keep handy documents you’ll need to apply for a home loan; they include your W-2s, copies of your tax returns, credit reports, pay stubs, bank account statements, divorce or child support payments, etc.

Shop around for the best loan with the best terms. Talk to multiple lenders because government programs (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA), banks and credit unions all have different terms. Find out too if you’re eligible for any state or local home buyer programs, many of which offer down payment help or mortgages with 3% down.

Not only does having a pre-approval letter from your lender indicating how much mortgage money you qualify for, making it easier to house-sho in your price range, being pre-approved also strengthens your position as the buyer, improving the odds of your offer being accepted.

Rely on the Dempsey Phelps team, qualified & experienced brokers, to help you find the home of your dreams. Trust us, your real estate professional, to help you navigate negotiating and closing your transaction, as the new TRID rules have significantly changed the home-buying process.

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Oregon, Properties, Ranch Properties, Real Estate

New Listing on 34 Acres

9337 SW Willard Road | Bend, OR 97701

3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1632 sq.ft. | 34 acres

Amazing Privacy!! This 34-acre property is adjacent to public lands for quiet and solitude, for star gazing and reflection. Direct access to the Millican OHV trail system and the badlands for dirt bike and ATV riding right from the house. Large wrapping porch for sunny days or watching snow storms move in from the southwest.

The 3 bedroom and 2 bath home has been appreciably updated in the baths and kitchen with all bedrooms upstairs and second level balcony off the hallway. The downstairs beamed ceiling offers character with a cozy freestanding gas stove for comfort in the inviting great room.

This property features a barn, storage building, two-car detached garage and a separate building perfect for an office or workout room. This property also offers potential with lots of room for horses, cattle or even a goat or two.

MLS #202000595