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Colorado leads the nation in home price gains

by Mark Weisman

From June 2014 to June 2015, homes in Colorado appreciated 9.8 percent.That's a higher appreciation rate than any other state in the country, according to a new report by CoreLogic.

Nationally, homes appreciated 6.5 percent during that time span, according to CoreLogic, which is based in Irvine, California."The stronger appreciation was registered in cities with limited inventory and strong homebuyer activity, such as San Jose and Denver," said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic, in a statement.Zillow estimates that there are 16 percent fewer homes for sale in Denver compared with a year ago.

Landscaping Builds the Resale Value of Your Eugene-Springfield Home!

by Anthony von Zaam

Color is the personal finishing touch that pulls a landscape together. It takes time and a bit of money, but the results are worth the effort. Plan color for maximum impact with minimal expense and effort.

Put flower color where you want to focus your attention. To make a small space feel larger, place warm colors (red, orange, and yellow) in the front of a garden and cool colors (blue, green, and purple in the back.

Chryanthemum from Eugene's Rose GardenThe most pleasing landscapes are those where color is uncomplicated. Too many shades and hues do little to enhance a house. Keep the planting in your front yard simple. Generally, a lot of busy color in the front is not a good feeling. Use a single color for a calm appearance.

Color is most effective when snuggled next to something green. Color needs the green backbone behind it to work well, and it should enhance your shrubs. Don’t put annuals out in the middle of the yard. They will get lost without a green backdrop.

A great local location for color inspiration is the Owen Rose Garden along the Willamette River not far from downtown Eugene. Regionally, Portland's famous International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is one of the world's best. Portland has two other rose garden parks: Ladd Circle Park & Rose Gardens (SE 16th Ave & Harrison St.) and the Peninsula Park Rose Garden (700 N Rosa Parks Way). But you don't have to be a master gardener to build value into your own home -- just learn some key tips that pay off, use a little elbow grease and you'll be glad you did!

Mark Weisman has been a realtor with HomeVenture Real Estate Partners since 1995. Contact Mark to find that perfect home with that perfect garden for you and your family: Mark@HomeVenture.com or 541-489-5678

Delta Oaks Area Shopping Keeps Getting Better!

by Nolan Voyd

The Delta Oaks shopping center sits on the North Gilham neighborhood's west edge, with many desirable homes nearby. While it's not technically a neighborhood of the City of Eugene, it's a highly recognizable "landmark" kind of area with a variety of great homes -- in many sizes and prices -- nearby.

For more information about homes in the Delta Oaks area, please call the friendly professionals at HomeVenture Real Estate Partners here in Eugene. Or, to receive an HomeVenture 24-hour home listing update each day on homes available in your price range and specific area, we invite you to use our helpful tool.

The great thing about living near Delta Oaks is that, while it has a great variety of stores and restaurants, they are embedded tastefully into the neighborhood fabric. This is not a "strip" type of development along noisy, busy streets. Instead, residents can enjoy shopping and dining and return to a quiet neighborhood nearby, and in fact it's so walkable that many people skip their cars (or use the excellent bike lanes to ride) to get groceries or enjoy a night out.

Market of Choice at the Delta Oaks Center, Eugene OregonThe anchor of the center is Delta Oaks’ Market of Choice grocery which carries organic, gourmet and conventional foods and has a strong beer, wine and coffee sections; it also has large deli, bakery and supplements departments. Service businesses in Delta Oaks include dental, medical and chiropractic practitioners plus two gas stations.

 

Delta Oaks stores include:
    •    Market of Choice
    •    Walmart
    •    Woodcraft (wood, power and hand tools, project supplies and plans)
    •    Dick's Sporting Goods
    •    Home Depot
    •    La-Z-Boy Furniture
    •    Jo-Ann Fabric Store


Eateries at Delta Oaks include:
    •    Sushi Domo –  Wins praise with its fresh, artfully-made sushi and specialty rolls
    •    Café Yumm! – Delicious, healthy food on the go served in a relaxed atmosphere
    •    Jamba Juice
    •    Subway sandwich shop
    •    Little Caesar’s Pizza

 

What Constitutes "Original Content" online?

by Mark Weisman

As agents move into blogging, and look to build up their website's content in other ways, one goal naturally is to improve search engine standing. However, we commonly hear that in order to get credit from search engines like Google, content must be "original." But what exactly does "original" mean? Since we all use quotes and statistics from outside sources at times, how should we think of the issue of originality?

In terms of each search engine's actual algrorithms, no one knows specifically.

It seems best to make sure that your content is "substantially" original, according to Google. In their words, "Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely match other content or are appreciably similar."

Unfortunately, we have noticed recently that many real estate websites are replicating content from other sites, so that a significant amount of content is "appreciably similar" -- to use Google's phrase -- to existing content. While the effort to provide information and to build page count is on the right track, if your content isn't reworked into your own voice and supplemented with original reflections (or new data), you aren't getting the search engine "credit" that you are looking for.

No doubt, being original takes work -- but the good news is that it might not be as hard as it seems. Here are a couple of ideas. First, you can offer an original take on an existing topic so that, even if you've borrowed quotes or statistics, you put a new, local spin on it. The idea is to reinterpret information for a specific audience you serve, augmenting it with local data and obtaining quotes from local sources.

Better yet, use your own experiences as your resource. Think about it: your email inbox, your recent conversations, your phone calls, all of them are a rich mine of possible topics. What real estate questions have you been asked in the last two months? Each question (and answer) sitting in your inbox is a potential topic waiting to be "mined" into good website content. Make a blog post or custom page about it. Chances are extremely good that if one person asked you something, lots of others have the same question.

Links: This article from Google addresses why originality matters, and how they approach it in general terms.

USB Electrical Outlets

by Mark Weisman

Small home improvements can make a big difference in a home and might affect its saleability. They may not affect resale price (these days it takes a lot to move the needle there) but enough of them could make your home more attractive to a buyer. Electrical outlets that include USB ports are an improvement to consider.

USB-equipped outlets would work great in a home office but also in a kitchen or in bedrooms. These days it's pretty common to find all manner of USB-equipped devices throughout the home. And when you think about it, it's a great convenience to be able to charge devices in more than one place.

The picture to the left shows a Newer Technology Power2U AC Wall Outlet with USB Charging Ports that I found on Newegg.com. As you can see, it has a pair of electrical outlets and a pair of USB ports. These are fairly easy to install, but check with an electrician if you lack experience or training.


 

Car-free Sunday Streets in Southeast Eugene

by Mark Weisman

This Sunday the city of Eugene is going automobile-free on two large portions of southeast Eugene! 

The plan calls for two loops for non-car traffic only so bicyclists or other self-propelled vehicles will have the streets to themselves.. The south loop runs from 27th to 24th between Hilyard to Potter streets, while the northern loop goes from 24th to 19th between University and Agate streets.

Transportation Options Coordinator Lindsay Selser said, “One of the big reasons that we do this is to try and get more people to walk and bike, and so the more people we can get to come out and try it in a really safe environment like Sunday Streets, the easier it is for us to get them out to the new things we’re building."

Beginning at noon, Washburne, University and Amazon parks will be centers for outdoor activities like  hula hoop class, bike registration with the Eugene Police, slacklining, and helmet decorating. Southeast Neighbors will host an information booth at Amazon Park from noon to 4 p.m. as an outreach and educational  event.

One goal of the event is to connect the Fairmount, South University and Amazon neighborhoods. Residents of these neighborhoods are asked to postpone their driving until after 4 p.m. when the event concludes

Please visit the Sunday Streets web page for more details. To see homes for sale in East Eugene or to learn more about East Eugene. Contact HomeVenture for information about homes for sale in East Eugene.

 

Southwest Denver Market Conditions

by Mark Weisman

July's housing statistics for Eugene-Springfield indicate that home sales picked up, continuing a trend that we've seen for a few months. Home values were one part of the real estate market that hasn't improved.

Here are some key data points:

New listings increased by 5.3% in July  compared to July of 2011; this represents a 4.7% increase over June of this year.

Pending sales increased. They were up by a substantial 20.9% over July of 2011 and up 4% from June of this year.

Closed sales increased by 24.1% compared with July of 2011. This is an 18.5% increase over June of 2012.

There were 5.9 months of active inventory, compared with 8.6 months of inventory in July last year, and 6.7 months in June of this year.

July of 2012 saw 1,839 active listings while it took an average of 100 days for listed homes to sell. In June, the average days to sell numbered 135.  

$206,200 was the average home selling price; in July of 2011 the average sales price was $226,200.
These are positive indicators for a market that has certainly seen tough sledding. Let's hope it carries into the fall because the autumns of both 2011 and 2010 witnessed sluggish markets.
Stay tuned because the next quarter or two will reveal whether the Eugene-Springfield can be called "recovered."

Struggling to Meet Your Mortgage? Read This!

by Jack Russell

Need Help Making Your Mortgage?
Come to the Help for Homeowners Community Event on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

If you or someone you know is struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments, than you may want to attend a free event called Making Home Affordable on Tuesday, August 14th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lane Events Center.

If you can no longer stay in your home or you've been turned down for a loan modification, than you don't want to miss this opportunity to learn more about the foreclosure alternatives available to you.

Homeowners will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with loan servicers and housing counselors. If you are interested in attending this event, please note you will need to bring the following documents with you:

*Income documentation or 2 months recent pay stubs
*2 most recent bank statements
*Evidence of mortgage trouble
*List of monthly expenses
*Last 2 years of tax returns
*Utility bill showing your name and property address
*Any documentation you have received on loan modification or request for mortgage assistance

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Lane Events Center
796 W. 13th Avenue
Eugene OR 97402

For more information on this event, please call my office at 541-743-8500. We will be happy to attend the event with you to assist you with any questions you may have.

SnagIt for Web snapshots

by Mark Weisman

Snagit by TechSmith is a great tool for taking snapshots of Web pages, either parts of pages or entire scrolling pages.

This is an example of a Snagit image captured in about 10 seconds of work:

Snagit is a one-time purchase of $50 and can be found here.

Short Sales Surpass Bank Owned Transactions

by Mark Weisman

Bloomberg recently reported that short sales have moved past bank owned (REO) sales for the first time. Apparently, banks have decided that they will earn more on a short sale than by pursuing the whole process of foreclosure. (see link to article at http://tinyurl.com/7mt7f82 )

This is positive for sellers because short sales bring less negative credit consequences effects than foreclosures. This means that, while short sales are tough to endure, life will improve sooner than would be the case in a foreclosure.

The HomeVenture Real Estate Partners Team is well trained, has a great deal of experience and can help both buyers and sellers. In the end, you want a well trained Realtor who can help deals get done, so if you have any short sale questions don't hesitate to contact us today!

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