Author Archives: Expert Properties

What doesn’t sell in a hot market?

Southern Oregon, as well as most of the nation, is experiencing a record low inventory of homes for sale. Matched with strong demand, prices are being driven up. One would think that all properties on the market are faring well, but it always goes back to supply and demand –...

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Accidental Investors

I just left the title company where our clients picked up a $61,000 check – the proceeds from selling their house. What makes this such a great story is how young and financially smart this couple has been. I first met this twenty- something couple, two and a half years...

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Las Vegas – The Adult Disneyland

We just got back from a week long real estate conference in Las Vegas. We hadn’t been there in a while and I was quickly reminded of what man has built in the Nevada desert. It’s a strange combination of fantasy hotels, 5-Star restaurants or buffets, carnival rides, gambling, world-class...

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The Tipping Point

We just posted four articles to our blog (expertprops.com/blog) from major publications – all focused on Southern Oregon. One article has Ashland listed, and another has Jacksonville listed, as the top towns in the US to visit. The other two both talk about our wine industry – one noting the...

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5 Mistakes Sellers Make!

According to a 2014 survey by the National Association of Realtors, 83% of people view their home as a good financial investment. Not only is their home the biggest single asset they own, it’s also filled with family memories — the average seller has lived in his house for a...

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Real Estate Prices Rise to Near Record High

When you look at home values, you get a better picture if you look at long-term trends and not short-term trends.  Quarterly, home prices go up and down, but yearly growth and long-term growth give you a much better picture of where the market is going. Home values in Jackson...

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Let’s Talk Real Estate – What Women Want

This may sound like an article in Cosmo but it’s not…, it is a male realtor’s point of view after years of showing couples homes and observing what women tend to focus on vs. men. The National Association of Realtors say women account for 85% of the home purchase, so...

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9 Ways to Prepare for Winter

Now that the leaves are falling, you know snow and freezing temperatures are soon to follow. Here are 9 good ideas that we need to get done before winter to prevent costly home repairs. 1. Prevent Plumbing Freezes – Protect your outdoor faucets A ruptured pipe can ruin your home...

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Ten Reasons Why Real Estate is a Superior Investment

Do you have enough for retirement? Financial planners usually use the “25 Times Rule” to determine how much a portfolio should be worth for someone to safely retire. If you need $50,000 a year to live on when you retire, then, using the “25 Times Rule” you should have $1,250,000...

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To Own or Not to Own. That is the Question?

Rental Market: The rental market has gone crazy in the past few years with three interrelated trends that have impacted the rental market and have caused rents to skyrocket in Southern Oregon and throughout the United States. The first is the rapidly growing population. There has been very little building...

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3 Things We Learned In Panama

We recently had an unexpected opportunity to visit Panama, a country we only knew for the canal, Panama hats, the Van Halen song and recent tax evaders. What we found were ships of all types lining up to sail through the canal, a rain forest, and the perfect place to...

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The Quiet Roar!

I just left a private tour of the historic 1100-seat Holly Theater in Medford and I couldn’t help to think how this area has grown and what an amazing combination of live theater, wineries and outdoor activities we offer.  No wonder we were just voted one of the “10 Best...

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Home Prices Increase By Over 55%

Over the last 5 years the median price of real estate in Jackson County has increased 55.6%! What makes these numbers even better is that most of the price increase has come in the last three years, as 2011 and 2012 weren’t great years for real estate values. Homes are...

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Christmas in France

After a ten hour red-eye flight from Salt Lake City, we arrived in Paris in the middle of the day. Getting through customs and walking through a packed airport during the Christmas holidays can be overwhelming, but a packed airport where few speak English is even more overwhelming.  You learn...

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What is Your Home Worth?

Home prices are rising as our economy continues to improve; retirees are retiring in droves and millennials are moving out of their parents’ basements and into the housing market. Housing demand is strong and the inventory of homes is low, so home prices are being driven up. So how do...

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Reverse Mortgages- Funding Your Retirement

Most people don’t know what a reverse mortgage is, and because reverse mortgages are a relatively new idea for seniors in the United States, there is a lack of understanding. The reality is that reverse mortgages may be an answer to one of the biggest economic problems facing us in...

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