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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The Price of Real-Estate Experience: About $25,000 – WSJ.com

Interesting article… Does it pay to have a more experienced agent?

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324123004579057500395585922.html

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:44 am
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Bend is Dogtown, USA…but I think we already knew that.

The buzz is true. Our home, Bend, Oregon, has been named Dogtown, USA by Dog Fancy magazine. The decision to award this title to Bend didn’t go without thorough thought.

The city of Bend has a population of 80,000 and a grand total of 27,000 dogs. Almost half the amount of citizens! That’s just dog-tastic! Because of the love of dogs here, it’s only natural that Bend would have a plethora of pet-friendly activities. From the annual 4th of July Pet Parade to 10 different dog friendly breweries, including the newest brewery edition, Crux Fermentation Project. Crux is opening a dog park behind the brewery, so if you feel like getting a cold one, but don’t want to leave your pal behind, there’s a place for him to roam and for you to drink. In addition to the various establishments that allow dogs, you’re more than likely to find walkers, bikers and skaters accompanied by their four legged friends on the daily.

So if you’re a dog person and looking for a place that will not only acknowledge that, but EMBRACE IT, Bend is the place to be.

Find out more pooch friendly activities here.

To recognize this great news (that I’m pretty sure we knew without the title), here are a few pictures of some of the dogs in our lives:

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm
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Best Housing Markets – How does Bend, Oregon rate?

With interest rates at historic lows and home prices headed down as well, now is the BEST time to buy in Bend!

The Best Housing Markets For The Next 5 Years

#2 Bend, Oregon

The time to buy in Bend is now. The market is projected to trough in Q3 before several years of accelerating growth. Home prices are down over 42% from peak.

Read more at www.businessinsider.com

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 11:00 am
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Exports are Key, Port Director Says

Cleme and Andrea attended this event hosted yesterday by City Club of Central Oregon. Very interesting information. Bill Wyatt was to be meeting with President Obama today as he was visiting Portland and the Intel campus. Especially fascinating was just how much is exported to China from Oregon!

Tapping into surging export opportunities to China and other emerging economic powers like India and Brazil may hold the greatest potential for rebuilding America’s sagging economy, especially in export-dependent states like Oregon, according to Bill Wyatt, executive director at the Port of Portland.

During a stop in Bend on Thursday, Wyatt told members of the City Club of Central Oregon that Oregon exported more than $4 billion in goods and services to China last year, surpassing Japan, Canada and Europe. But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what Oregon could be exporting to China and emerging economic powers as the middle class grows and prospers in those nations, he said.

Instead of fearing China, Wyatt recommended making a greater effort to woo Chinese government officials, business leaders, tourists and potential homeowners to Oregon and, in particular, Central Oregon.

With the rise of the middle class in countries like China, India and Brazil, Wyatt said there’s a huge opportunity to expand exports of all kinds of products, ranging from cattle, hay, wheat and other agricultural commodities to lumber, high-tech components for computers, green-energy products such as solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells, unmanned aerial drones, pharmaceuticals and other products grown, designed or built by Bend-area companies.

“Agriculture’s best days are ahead for export markets,” Wyatt said.

He said Oregon’s secondary wood products manufacturers are currently importing large quantities of pine lumber from forest farms in Chile and New Zealand, but if Oregon can overcome severe timber harvest restrictions on federal lands, the state’s timber industry also could experience a major resurgence with growth in the middle class in China and other emerging economic powers.

Read more at www.bendbulletin.com

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm
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