Entries by DeAnna Sickler & Dyan Lane

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

It’s probably not a big surprise to anyone reading this column, to hear the air quality in Southern Oregon has been having a huge impact on our community. There have been outdoor adventures continually postponed or even canceled, family visits rescheduled and sports activities moved indoors. But even among the ash, it is possible to […]

Getting Your Home Market Ready

If I had to guess, our team shows over 300 homes a year. As we walk through properties, whether we are previewing them for clients or showing them to the potential new owners, there are definitely a few things sellers can do to set their property apart from their competition. We are always surprised when […]

Timing is Everything

Recently, Dyan and I, our husbands, along with two close friends were able to carve out a couple days from our hectic schedules and plan a three day rafting trip down the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. It’s been a tradition for the last couple of years and it just so happened […]

On The Move

There is no question the market is hopping and more and more For Sale signs are popping up. We are interviewing for listings every week and glad to report it looks like more inventory is in our future. Compared to this time last year, the inventory across our county is greater. Fortunately, Buyer appetite is […]

The Essence of Community

If someone asked you what makes Ashland so special, what would you say? Because the houses are relatively expensive, the lots are not as big, and the parking stinks. Of course not. You’d likely share that given its small population; it’s packed with culture, diversity, life and love. We often find ourselves showing property to […]

Give and You Shall Receive

As we are well on our way into the New Year, it is natural to self reflect on the past while also beginning to plan for the future.  We each have financial goals, family dreams, business dreams and the list goes on.  But the real question is, “Are we actively planning our time?”  Time can […]

What’s in a Name?

With the major holiday season behind us and things settling down, we find ourselves scheduling more and more listing appointments, as Sellers get prepared to list their homes. It’s a good reminder to everyone the importance of aligning yourself with the right Broker. In our opinion, it can literally make or break your deal and […]

Authenticity

In our never-ending pursuit to be the best versions of ourselves, we find ourselves focused more and more on the importance of authenticity. In a day and age where people can take on the persona of just about anybody they want, we find it even more valuable when we find ourselves surrounded by genuine people. […]

The Power of Pricing

With the steady incline in home prices, we are starting to experience the ramifications of home sellers overpricing their homes and then waiting too long to make the proper adjustments. When our market started to rebound and properties in the Rogue Valley were selling at top dollar, it didn’t take long for homeowners to become […]

The Art of Dual Agency

For those of us familiar with the ins and outs of a real estate practice, we are aware there are a few different types of agency relationships that can exist within a real estate contract. There are Buyer’s Agents, Seller’s Agents and Disclosed Limited Agents. The first two are pretty obvious who they represent, but […]

All A Matter of Perspective

Sometimes when we are so determined and focused on an aspect of our lives we operate more like a horse with blinders on and less like humans.  There can be the most magnificent sunset but when we sit inside in our living room that beauty isn’t as clear or breathtaking. It is so important to […]

What Really is our Work?

We’ve all been asked the question, “So what do you do for a living?” and we have all jumped right into what we do to make a living. After all, it’s a pretty harmless question and most definitely a conversation starter.  “Oh, I sell real estate, I’m an accountant, I stay home with my children, […]

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is probably my favorite season.  Just as bulbs bloom this time of year is seems like hope does too. There is hope for new dreams to blossom and the tides to turn into ones favor. It is so enjoyable watching people venture outside and soak up the sun on the days when the rain […]

A Little Grace Goes A Long Way

I can’t think of a time where showing a little grace was ever a bad idea. The last few weeks have been downright brutal in the real world, at least from our perspective. Escrows are falling for reasons that simply don’t make sense. Appraisals are coming in at 15-25% under the contract price and the […]

Let the Dice Roll

We had the absolute honor of celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday in Las Vegas this past weekend with our husbands.  Six couples ventured out of the gray skies of the Rogue Valley and into the sunny skies of Nevada. One of my favorite things to do in Vegas is to people watch and start conversations […]

Much to be Thankful For

With 2016 behind us, it only seems appropriate to reflect on the last year. The real estate market experienced some incredible activity and as of mid-December the Medford and Ashland John L Scott offices have closed more than $720 million for 2016. That equates to over 2,350 transactions by our two offices alone and there […]

What We Need is Love

Some would say, “All We Need is Love” and while I am not convinced it’s ALL we need… it’s is definitely needed, particularly in times like now. The world as we once knew it has changed and don’t think for a minute it happened on a Tuesday night a few weeks back. As we celebrate […]

Marriage…it isn’t for the weak

This past week my best friends celebrated their 14 year wedding anniversary.  DeAnna’s husband had the most beautiful and obnoxious flower arrangement delivered to our Ashland office.  There were 14 gorgeous dark pink roses and another 14 of the most stunning double lilies.  The darn thing was so big and heavy that the gal delivering the […]

Great Expectations

We don’t think it is any secret that along with interest rates, the inventory levels are still quite low. This undoubtedly creates an increase in “value” because the demand currently exceeds the supply. However, as real estate professionals who have been in this business a combined 25 years we caution home sellers against unrealistic expectations. […]

Blessed are the Peacemakers

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  – Edmund Burke Instead of pouring time into a space reserved for our thoughts on the current real estate trends, we are dedicating this space to those who paid the ultimate price. Five men lost their lives to a […]

We See You

Do you ever wonder if the world notices when you’re kind? Do you wonder if your little baby steps of doing your part are really making that much of a difference in our world? Among all the chaos and tragedy, we want to reassure you that we see you. The self-satisfaction that comes from doing […]

Where Did All the Houses Go?

We have been patiently waiting for the spring inventory to hit, and typically we see a large influx of new listings just after Spring Break. As we have touched upon in the past, our local sellers believe that the spring is the best time to sell… Once the flowers start to bloom, the inventory “blossoms” […]

Humble and Grateful

I recently celebrated my 40th birthday on a fly fishing trip to South America. Knowing how difficult it can be to ever truly disconnect from the hustle and bustle of raising a family and running a business, my husband spoiled me with a gal pal trip to Argentina. My buddy Rachel and I took a […]

FSBO – To Be Or Not To Be

Many of us know someone who knows a person who has tried to sell their home without the help of a Realtor. Heck, why wouldn’t you give it a shot… after all, Realtors are so expensive! Seems logical, right? Well… maybe not. Without the help of a Realtor, you very well may end up leaving […]

Leaving Behind a Legacy

We had the honor of attending a retirement ceremony this past month. After 38 years of service, the Medford Chief of Police hung up the handcuffs and emptied his office. For those of you who have never attended a police or military retirement celebration, they are quite an ordeal. Parts are filled with laughter as […]

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Another year has come and gone and what an incredible year it was. We often reflect on our many blessings, and in this new year we will be doing much of the same. In 2015, our closed sales volume more than doubled from the year before. We aren’t exactly sure how the heck that happened […]

A Thankful Heart

This holiday season, it’s hard to not look back on the past six years and smile. So clearly that I can see myself walking through the back door of my home after a long shift at the police department. My husband had just put our daughter to bed and he had this look of fear […]

There’s No “I” in Team

With another record month on the books, we have recently been approached a number of times from people wanting to know, “What’s the secret to your success?” Most of the inquiries were from other agents hoping to pick up a few pointers for improving their production, but a few were from local business owners. Dyan […]

Keeping It Real Estate

There is Still Time! We can’t count the number of times in the early fall when we have had clients say, “I know we missed the selling season….. but, we really would like to try and sell our home.”  It seems there is a false illusion that spring and summer are the only times to sell […]

Bigger Is Sometimes Better

By DeAnna Sickler Over the years, we have all heard the saying “bigger is better,” and we are starting to think that whoever came up with that just might be on to something. There was a time when being at the top was our only goal, but as we grew as mothers, wives and women, we […]

John L. Scott Real Estate – Living in Southern Oregon – Golden Rule

Golden Rule By Deanna Sickler As mothers of young children and wives of police officers, it’s fair to say we have thick skin. Without it, we simply wouldn’t survive. Mainstream media and the uninformed population consistently offer their “Monday morning quarterback” commentary to every law enforcement move made across the United States. So by default, […]

The Time is Now

No matter how much you brace yourself in life and no matter how much you try to prepare for the future, life throws you curve balls and on occasion it even knocks you off your feet.  Sometimes it is news you never expected and sometimes there are experiences you didn’t think would hurt so much. […]

A New Year…A New Hope

This past year was filled with such joy and precious memories.  I look back and I can’t even begin to count all my blessings.  It’s not like there wasn’t heartache, tragedy and obstacles to overcome because there were.  But I surrounded myself with people who rallied behind me, who lifted me up and I was […]