Redefining your Household

In May of this year I sat down with Mark and Kate to discuss the sale of their home. This was going to be their ‘forever home.’ Since their purchase three years ago, Kate and Mark invested in remodeling the kitchen and opening the floorplan. They planted and cultivated a robust organic garden, filled their… Read more »

No One Told the Residential Real Estate Market…

We are in the midst of an international pandemic and experiencing record-breaking unemployment, and yet the Eugene-Springeld area home sales are up 9.4% at the end of third quarter of 2020, the median home price has risen 10.4% and the price per square foot is up 7.5% over the third quarter of 2019. Counter-intuitively, real… Read more »

Keeping Up is Easier than Catching Up

There is so much urgency in our lives that sometimes we run out of time before addressing what is most important to us. For example, I had plans to visit a friend’s home she had remodeled up the McKenzie River, but I canceled for a second time Labor Day weekend because I had ‘too much… Read more »

Stuff happens…

The moving company was scheduled by the sellers, Janet and Mark, upon hearing the news that the appraisal had come in ‘at value and with no conditions.’ They had been preparing for weeks and they were ready to move from the big family home in the hills to easy-living new construction. It felt good to… Read more »

What Lies ahead in Residential Real Estate Locally?

My crystal ball that forecasts future Lane County residential real estate trends has been requested frequently in recent conversation surrounding the ongoing pandemic-ridden market. There is also curiosity as to what the post-pan­demic market will bring. When asked what I see I begin by reminding my audience that I have not experienced a worldwide pandemic… Read more »

Downsizing: Gifting, Giving and Letting Go

Dear family friends of mine courageously forged forward with the plan to move from their single-family home to community senior living just a couple months ago. At the end of a preparation day, the day before the movers arrived those of us who were helping out sat amongst the boxes and furniture in disarray. I… Read more »

It’s not just a House, It’s a Home

Admit it. Despite warnings of well-meaning friends, you have driven by houses you once owned to see how they look today. It’s like your curiosity about how ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends are doing today. Your former home played a significant role in your life at one time. There was a time when the house was your… Read more »

“I love the house … Just not that much,” says today’s homebuyer

The robust sellers-advantage hous­ing market has resulted in today’s homebuyer being weary and cautious, understandably. Sellers have enjoyed the upper-hand in a market where there are more buyers seeking homes than there are avail­able homes for sale. By many economists’ definitions, a ‘balanced’ market would offer four to six months of avail­able inventory. In Lane… Read more »