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On a weekly basis we bring up to date current information about the real estate market in Medford, Eagle Point, Pheonix and the surrounding areas of Jackson County and Josephine County Oregon.!

Mar 20 2015

Don’t Buy the Biggest House on the Block!


Find out what why buying a smaller home in neighborhood of larger homes makes sense. Watch the below video about 1031 Arrowhead Trail and then call Your Southern Oregon Realtor Jacob Ghena at 541.977.3000

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Mar 20 2015

Save 100k in the Eagle Point Golf Course Community


Like saving money? How about 100k! Watch the below video learn more about an amazing opportunity in the Eagle Point Golf Course Community. Call Your Southern Oregon Realtor Jacob Ghena at 541.977.3000 today!

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Dec 02 2013

Jacksonville’s Victorian Christmas


Jacksonville, Oregon celebrates the holidays and our past with Victorian Christmas.  Sponsored by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce the celebration spans over several weekends starting the weekend after Thanksgiving.  This year the celebration will run from November 30 through December 22. The town is decorated all in natural greenery with white lights and red bows to evoke Christmases past.  But the activities will keep any of today’s visitors entertained.  This celebration is coordinated by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.  Inquiries can be directed to the Chamber Office at 541-899-8118. On weekends there are horse drawn wagon rides, pictures with Father Christmas, carolers in vintage costumes and roasting chestnuts.  The festivities kick off with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Saturday, November 30 at 5:30 pm.  There will also be a festive holiday parade down California Street Saturday, December 7 at 9:30 am.  And where better to do your holiday shopping.  Local shops are imbued with holiday cheer and have everything you will need to complete your holiday shopping.  Most activities run from 11 am – 4 pm during the weekends.

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Dec 02 2013

How to Survive the Holidays


There’s so much to do and so little time or money to do it all! With Christmas about 3 ½ weeks away it’s time to organize your to-do lists so you can enjoy some Christmas peace. In order to pull it off, you are going to need to be a little organized. Fortunately for me my lovely wife (a business and life coach) is here with some tips! 1. Start with the big rocks. Big Rocks are the things that matter.  If you can get nothing else done but these all is well.  Don’t waste your time on things that are not that important to your family. Who cares what that magical (fake) family does on TV—this is YOUR Christmas. The easiest way to make sure you include your family’s Big Rocks is to simply ask them which items are most important to them. 2. No is a complete sentence. Don’t be afraid to say no to something, no matter how great it sounds, if you don’t have the time and/or money to do it.  There is no need to go into elaborate explanations; “No thank you.” is a complete sentence. No, you don’t need to chip in on a gift that’s outside your budget. No, you don’t have to compete for the biggest, brightest holiday home decorating contest. No, you don’t have to buy a gift for everyone who got you one. No, you don’t need to bake every Christmas cookie there is. Stick with your priorities (see step one) and remember, for each “yes” you are saying “no” to something else. That something else is usually to your family (or your Christmas Peace).  We are all limited by our time, so it is important to keep our focus on what matters. 3. Start With a List. With advance planning, you’ll have time to price out the gifts and experiences you are considering without feeling like you need to make a rush decision. Unless you enjoy that urgency and frenzy that is contagious in the malls and super stores when you shop without a list, avoid it and plan ahead.  By preplanning what you want you’ll have more time later to relax and enjoy that Pumpkin Spice Latte. 4. Avoid the trigger points. Are there certain hot spots in your holidays that make it harder to enjoy the time together with your family? Identify these and find ways to reduce the heat. Are you stressed about money? Then get your budget and savings in order. Will cooking a big meal stress you out? Plan some easy dishes you can stash in the freezer or throw in the crockpot (personally I good with take out). Want to make sweet memories (without texting)? Create some guidelines for unplugging and plan for some holiday fun—think adventure!  There are a lot of things going on right in our hometown. Enter the holiday season mindful of what you want to include and what you want to avoid in your celebrations. In doing so, you’ll be able to tell your time as well as your money where to go this year.

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Oct 31 2013

Mistakes Home Owners Often Make With Their House


When it comes to remodeling or taking care of a house, some homeowners make some unrealistic choices. Do not go overboard on the remodeling of your house.  It is so easy to get caught up in the emotional attachment or the designing that you can throw the budget out the window. Be realistic about pet odor.  Animals can be wonderful and bring us great joy.  But along with that they bring odors and hair.  Big or small they all smell and they likely shed as well.  You should have your carpets and furniture cleaned at least every six months and open the windows frequently to help get rid of any pet odors. Do not remove walls unless you verify they are not load bearing.  It can be disastrous if you do not get the help of a professional contractor. Curb appeal separates one neighborhood from another.  Unkempt yards can reduce property values.  Do not be “that” neighbor who does not mow their lawn or trim the shrubs.   Related articles Remove Those Pet Odors With These Quick Tips

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Oct 31 2013

Improve Your Outdoor Spaces


Need Ideas To Liven Up Your Outdoor Spaces?  From Gazeobs to Koi Ponds More and more people are improving the outdoor spaces in their homes.  Mood lighting is a great way to spice up your outdoor area.  Use different color lights around the pool or near the bar. Koi ponds add a touch of life and color to your outdoor area.  When koi are cared for properly they can live up to 200 years! A gazebo is a great place to gather with friends and family.  It can become a great place to retreat to in your own backyard. A poplar option is an outdoor kitchen.  An outdoor kitchen is more elaborate than a grill and table.  Although they require more space they can also be a great place to entertain guests. If you are having a party you have to have music!  Include outdoor sound in your outdoor space and you have a party waiting to happen every weekend if you want to! If you are interested in discussing the value of your home or how you could sell your home and purchase another one email or call us!

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Oct 31 2013

Halloween Is your house haunted by bad smells and strange noises?


Happy Halloween Everyone! Be sure to stay safe and check your candy! If there is a for sale sign in front of your home or if you are thinking of putting one there then here are a few tips to make sure you are not scaring away your potential buyers. I am talking about home maintenance.  Not just the usual home maintenance but some particular important things to consider when selling your home. First open your refrigerator.  Sometimes there is food in the refrigerator that needs to be discarded.  Yes, serious buyer will open your refrigerator and if it smells bad, they will quickly close the door and find another home to tour.  Be sure to remove any thing that could be a science experiment. Squeaky door or hard to open doors is another simple fix.  Just add a little WD-40 or even cooking oil does the trick. If you are thinking of selling your home and would like a professional to help you, call or email us.   Related articles Is Your House a Haunted House? | Halloween Maintenance Halloween around the House Happy Halloween! Haunted House For Sale…

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Oct 07 2013

Halloween – Don’t Scare Away Buyers


Halloween is right around the corner. Halloween is when some homeowners decorate in anticipation for trick or treaters.  If your home is for sale, it is also a good time to reflect on your home decor, so as to make sure you are not scaring away buyers. Light the Way Using solar-powered lights not only helps buyers see their way to your front door, it can also help those Halloween trick or treaters.  Solar-powered lights are easy to use.  They soak up the sun during the day and light up your walkway at night. Make sure your porch light works.  Not only will you need a light on the porch working for those trick or treaters, but when buyers are viewing your home they are likely to do some due diligence and make sure everything works, including the front porch light. Clear the Way This may seem like common sense, but sometimes we don’t notice things when we are used to seeing them every day.  Take a step back from your front walkway.   Make sure there are no obstructions.  If you have a concrete stoop, make sure you have a chemical ice melt just in case of an early freeze. Secure Railings If you have porch railings that are wobbly, you know that it is not safe to lean on them but potential buyers or Halloween trick or treaters may not realize this.  If you cannot fix this yourself, hire a handy man to fix it.  It will make your home safer for potential buyers, Halloween trick or treaters and the rest of your family and friends all year around. Fix the Doorbell Just like the porch light a working doorbell is a quick test for potential buyers.  Halloween trick or treaters love to ring doorbells and shout, “Trick or Treat!”  If yours is broken, either hire an electrician to fix it or install a wireless doorbell in its place. These are just a few Halloween tips for home sellers. If you need more information about how to sell your home I’d love to hear from you and show you how I can help!           Related articles Spooky Yorkshire: Halloween DIY

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Sep 23 2013

Make Your Next Move Easy!


Getting organized for your next move. If your next move is around the corner or clear across country getting organized could remove much of the stress. Moving can be challenging. When standing in the middle of your home and looking around, you begin to wonder, how will you ever get everything in a box and to your new location? It can seem overwhelming. Here are a few pointers to make your next move a smooth move. Create an inventory. Know exactly what you are moving. As you go through each room of your house you may find there are things you do not want to take with you on your next move. Keep the basic necessary items separate. Put the toilet paper and toothbrush and a set of handy tools in a separate box labeled correctly so when you arrive at your new place you will know exactly where these items are. Purge and Donate. When you have decided what you are not taking on your next move, ask your friends or family if they can use any of your unwanted possessions. There are many thrifts stores that could use items to sell for a worthy cause. Donating could even be a tax write-off. Check with your financial adviser on this. Pack similar items together. When you pack be sure to plan. Pack one room at a time and label it accordingly. Limit the weight of each box, so as they are not too heavy to carry. Make sure you use enough packing for your fragile items Make a list. Moving is more than just packing. Getting organized for your next move is more than just packing efficiently. There is also making arrangements for the moving truck and turning on utilities at your new home and many other things that could slip through the cracks when you have a lot on your mind. Make a list and do not be afraid to delegate to other members of the family.I sure hope these tips make your next move smoother. If you have any further questions about moving I am available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Related articles Ten Most Forgotten Items During A Move.. At Home: Surviving a move takes planning Take the Stress Out of Moving

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Sep 21 2013

How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?


Who Pays Real Estate Agents? Many people do not realize how real estate agents get paid. If you are a home buyer it is likely that the home owner has negotiated the real estates compensation in the listing agreement. Many home sellers do not realize that real estate commissions are negotiable. Real estate agents get paid out of the sale proceeds. The commission is added to the purchase price of the agreement. The seller has a seller’s agent and the buyers usually have their own agent. There will be an agreement between the two agents brokerages to determine how the commission will be split before you actually see the property. Real estate agents are not able to work independently. Every real estate agent works for a broker. They receive their checks directly from their broker. Brokers decide the commissions they charge for properties marketed and sold through that brokerage. The commission .is always negotiable, the national average ranges between 4 – 8 percent. The commission is split between the broker and the agent based on an agreement that has been negotiated between the broker and the agent. A seller signs a listing agreement for a specific length of time. The agreement states that the broker will receive a certain amount of commission upon the sale of the house. The buyer’s agent or sometimes called a selling agent actually procures the sale by attracting the buyer for the property. Although the commission is split between two sides of the transaction it is not always an equal split. Sometimes it is 50-50 but it could be 60-40 or 70-30. There are no set standards. If the same brokerage represents both the buyer and the seller than the brokerage will receive full commission. Are you confused yet? Here is an example. If a home is sold for $200,000 and the commission is 7% and if the commissions are split 60% for listing broker and 40% for selling broker than the listing broker will receive $8,400 and the selling broker would receive $5,600. Each of those figures would be split between the respective agents as agreed upon prior to the sale of the property. However, the commission is not paid until the home is sold. If you are interested in learning more about sell your home or buying a home I would be available to answer any of your questions. Related articles Real estate agents: The good, bad & ugly of this commission-only career How To Find A Real Estate Agent Who Has Your Best Interests At Heart A Career In Real Estate: Is It For You? (Part One)

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