Corvallis, OR Real Estate News

By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Corvallis, OR has a comparably stable real estate market. Our inventory is limited and has always been. Ask somebody who bought a house here in the 70s to 90s and you get this answer a lot: “there was nearly nothing on the market”. This has not really changed. In any given price category there is always just a handful of homes to choose from once you have narrowed down your criteria.  Yes, our prices went down and in some categories still have not reached bottom but we have multiple offers in some instances now and it is safe to assume that we are either there or close. Buyers are recognizing that. Nevertheless every so often I get a request to rent or lease with option to buy  for my listings and therefore thought it would be interesting to investigate how the rent vs buy comparison in...
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Published on Thursday, March 22, 2012 Corvallis Public Schools will be closed for spring break Monday through Friday, March 26-30. Classes will resume on Monday, April 2.The school district’s administrative offices and the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation also will be closed to the public during this time. The central office will reopen for business on April 2 according to its regular hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations through the foundation may still be mailed to:Corvallis Public Schools Foundation1555 S.W. 35th St.Corvallis, OR 97333Online credit card donations also may be processed on the foundation’s Web site at www.cpsfoundation.org.  Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. Parents should register their child for kindergarten at their neighbor...
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People are always asking us, "how's the market"? Right now judging how the market is making adjustments depends on many factors which we continually track, a few of them being: Sellers' willingness to lower their price to compete with distressed properties What is happening in the lending world The amount of inventory (number of homes for sale available to buyers) Foreclosure rates which in turn affect inventory Buyer concerns about the high foreclosure rate and what that means for a home purchase as an investment The methods that banks use to deal with foreclosed homes which are leading to overpriced repossessed homes  What does this mean for people who live in Corvallis, Oregon? The relative stability of home prices   along with the lowest foreclosure rate in the state, make for a uni...
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Naturalist Adventures  Meet at Avery Park Rose Garden, Avery Park in Corvallis 1210 SW Avery Park Dr, Corvallis These free community events are a chance to come learn or share your knowledge about nature in the Willamette Valley. This experience is free, and the idea is to look at birds, flowers, animal tracks and all kinds of other things. These nature walks are slow-paced and casually structured. Bring along a hat, rain gear and shoes that can get muddy. Binoculars are always advised. Please, no dogs. Activities are geared toward adults but children may enjoy them too*. Every third Sunday of each month. Bad weather: Rain, snow or cold will not prevent us from going out and enjoying nature. Remember to dress for the rainy and/or cold weather. If conditions are dangerous for road trave...
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Lisa Sanders, M.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and a clinician educator in Yale's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency program. She writes the popular "Diagnosis" column, which appears monthly in the New York Times Magazine. This column was the inspiration for the award winning medical drama House M.D., on which she currently serves as technical adviser. Dr. Sanders' presentation will discuss physician-patient relationships as illustrated in her best selling book, Every Patient Tells a Story. There will also be a public reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Lisa Sanders 03/13/2012 (tomorrow!)Time: 7:00 PMLocation: LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium875 Southwest 26th Street, Corvallis
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Homes rank second behind vehicles as the highest greenhouse gas emitters in theU.S., responsible for 17 percent of totalU.S.carbon dioxide emissions, according to the EPA.   There is a growing, segment of theU.S.housing market being referred to as net-zero-energy homes, many of which use solar energy to achieve net-zero energy use vs. consumption, and thus achieve a year-end positive energy generation-to-use balance. It turns out the Northwest is leading the charge of what is considered to be a national change in how people think about power.  In 2009,U.S.homeowners paid an average $2,200 for energy use in their homes, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. A growing number of homeowners are taking it upon themselves to not just lower, but erase that cost. This rising trend of supe...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Corvallis           Price Range Active Listings as of 3/5/2012 Sold Listings Last 6 Mos. Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 2 0 0.00 * * $100,000 - $149,999 3 6 1.00 3.00 237 $150,000 - $199,999  20 23 3.83 5.22 106 $200,000 - $249,999 35 55 9.17 3.82 108 $250,000 - $299,999 33 41 6.83 4.83 127 $300,000 - $349,999 22 24 4.00 5.50 150 $350,000 - $399,999 24 19 3.17 7.58 149 $400,000 - $449,999 7 7 1.17 6.00 144 $450,000 - $499,999 12 2 0.33 36.00 212 $500,000 - $599,999 6 4 0.67 9.00 125 $600,000 - $699,999 3 2 0.33 9.00 200 $700,000 + 4 3 0.50 8.00 186   171 186   5.52 159
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Slowly but surely it comes. Foreclosures in Corvallis, OR have been an intimate affair so far and judging from the NODs (Notice of Default) for the last two years it will stay that way. You read an occasional NOD, but that is it, the rate is minimal compared to what is going on in most other markets, especially locally in Albany, OR. But in the last few days I have seen two new listings that were bank owned. One was a notorious listing last year, on the market as short sale forever and in really poor shape with one of my clients breaking through the rotten deck planks during a showing. It is now bank owned and back on the market.  We (hopefully all) know what shadow inventory is and what it means for a local RE market when it is hitting. It can drag overall prices down if it represents ...
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Just for Fun – Rancho Mirage  This distinctly contemporary design features a long, deep swimming pool that extends beneath a raised portion of the house, while lower floors of the house enjoy underwater views through portals. We included a photo to show you this interesting home unlike anything inBentonCounty. In the living spaces this means filtered blue light, a welcome alternative to the harsh desert rays. The interior is spacious with three bedrooms and six bathrooms spread over 4,300 square feet.  27 Grand View Ct [Sotheby's]
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Are you facing the dilemma of replacing your bathtub? Here is an overview with some tips on the pros and cons of different materials as well as some commentary on price. The idea of this post is to help you narrow your search and be less overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on this chore.   You might be surprised to find that you have more options than you would have thought. Which one you ultimately choose is going to come down to a combination of how you want the tub to look, comfort, ease of maintenance as well as cost.   Fiberglass,also known as FRP, is going to be the least expensive bathtub material. The advantages are low cost, lightweight, ease of installation, and a finish that can be repaired. Some realities if you go this route: fiberglass tubs are thin, they flex and don't ...
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According to Capital Economics, the housing crisis may end this year. A report was released Tuesday indicating that the loosening of credit requirements by banks will play a role. CE explains that the average credit score required to attain a mortgage loan is currently 700. While this is higher than scores required prior to the crisis, it is consistent with requirements we saw one year ago. Additionally, a Fed Senior Loan Officer Survey found credit requirements in the fourth quarter were consistent with the past three quarters. However, other market indicators point not just to a stabilization of mortgage lending standards, but also a loosening of credit availability. Banks are now lending amounts up to 3.5 times borrower earnings. This is up from a low during the crisis of 3.2 times b...
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Register Now for Friday Fun Club! Need a great place for your children to spend the early release Fridays? Join us at the Osborn Aquatic Center for the Friday Fun Club. The program includes swim lessons, youth sports, recreational games, arts & crafts, snacks, and field trips. Register for individual days or full sessions. Drop-ins are also welcome. Busing is available from each elementary school to the Osborn campus. Early Release Fridays, 2 pm to 6 pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5th Session 2 Dates: Friday Jan. 6 - Friday March 23 Full Session Fee: Resident: $200.00 Non-resident: $250.00 Drop in Fee: Resident: $20 Non-resident: $25 To enroll online, click on the "Register Online" button below. Or call Osborn Aquatic Center at 541-766-7946 or the Parks and Recreation Office at 541-766-6918.  ...
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Corvallis Public Schools Foundation Spring for Kids Run/Walk 03/10/2012 Time: 9:00 am (2K) and 9:05 am (5K & 10K) Location: Corvallis School District Administrative Offices 1555 SW 35th Street   Corvallis, Oregon 97330   You are invited to the 9th annual Corvallis Public Schools Foundation SPRING FOR KIDS RUN/WALK, Saturday, March 10, 9:00 am (2K) and 9:05 am (5K & 10K). Kick off springtime in Corvallis and sign up today to support Corvallis public schools! With the continued support of founding sponsor Woodstock’s Pizza and our other event sponsors, this year’s race will be bigger and better than ever! In addition to the 5K and 2K events, a 10K race is being included. There is a new start location adjacent to the 509J Administrative offices with three new race routes in the Country Cl...
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Saturday, Feb. 25th, 1-5 p.m. First Congregational Church West Hills Rd. Discover the abundance of food available in winter and how to use it! Free event! Child care provided. Sign up today Call 541-753-3115   1-2 – Panel Discussion Panelists include: Annette Mills – the big picture of how eating locally benefits the economy Jean Marr – what it takes to change your habits Matt Bennett – using local foods in cooking Dr. Virginia Shapiro – meeting your nutritional needs while eating seasonally   2-2:30 – Food Tasting & Community Fair Samples & recipes featuring local ingredients Cookbooks & gardening books from Grassroots Bookstore Growing tips from Schmidt’sGardenCenter Community groups to get you activated   2:30-4:15 – Workshop Sessions Growing greens year round Food preservation Nutr...
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What To Do In The Garden Sat. March 4, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. Spring is finally arriving and there are so many fun things to do in the garden. Don't know where to start? Afraid you might be forgetting something? No worries! Join Garland for March's "WTDITG" as Nursery experts help to keep your garden on task to explode this spring and summer. FREE, and open to the public. Little Sprouts: Sat. March 10, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. Even the little ones like to get their hands dirty. This month's Little Sprouts we are starting flower and veggie seeds. Each Little Sprout will learn about the starting and care of seeds and will be able to bring home some to start for their own garden. But that's not it alone! This month's Little Sprouts participants will be planting the first Little Sprouts Raised Garden ...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
The 70s brought us a lot of things we are not that enchanted with anymore, one of them being the  SPLIT LEVEL. A lot of complains go with them, floor plans that do not work well, dark and dingy kitchens, small windows, tiny entrance. They do not look great on pictures, monolithic and boring. What can you do change things? Actually, quite a bit! Here are some suggestions for enhancement that bring some swing into things: 1: Split Entrance: being one of the worst problems, these homes' doors open up to a tiny entrance floor that often is barely wide enough to accommodate two adults and a coat hanger. Solution: move the front door out and create a larger entrance foyer with a coat closet. This also breaks up the facade and creates some visual interest. 2: The Façade: add interest to a mono...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
There is no shortage of opinions on what sells a house. Before we start let's level the playing field. Let's say all houses you look at are in a price range that is adequate, nothing completely out of whack. Pricing of course plays a part but I have too often seen other components being much more important to fall in love. Location is paramount but I see very often that 2 or 3 locations in Corvallis, OR can be of equal benefit to a client and therefore, again, other features are more important. These 10 points (in no particular order) in my opinion sell a house: 1.     Light: When people enter a house and it is bright, they love it. If it has big windows that offset even a dreary Oregon winter day, that is a winner 2.     Cleanliness and order: A house that is well cared for and tidy, u...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Every buyer who has school aged children asks this question: Which school district is this home in. And very often this is a moving target as those districts can change. Here is a great new tool to find out which district a home is in: http://www.education.com/schoolfinder/   It will help you and your client to identify the correct district and to take the guess work out of this issue.  
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