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The Housing Market in Eugene and Springfield

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

There is some good news for our housing market in the Eugene and Springfield area.  We had another month of increased home sales.  For October of this year closed home sales were up by 14.4% over 2010 and Pending sales were up by 7.3% for the same time period. New listing were down again and were off by 18.1%.  A personal observation on listings notes that the majority of the new listings are distressed sales and that those homeowners who do not have to sell are making the choice not to sell in this market.  This has actually created a short supply of homes in some areas, especially in the price ranges of $175,000 and below.

Closed home sales fell in October from September by 7.4%, but pending sales were up by 18.3% for the same time period.  The number of new listings hitting the market fell by 9.2% for the same time period.

There is currently 7.6 months of active inventory of homes for sale.  The average sales price declined again and fell by 2.9% from October of last year and now rests at $203,800.  The average time it is now taking for a home to sell is 141 days.

As long as mortgage interest rates remain constant and home inventories continue to decline, this trend should remain fairly constant.

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Being Thankful

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

I hope that you have a wonderful week and a fantastic Thanksgiving Day!  With all that each one of us deal with in our lives it is important that we stop and think about the things that we should be thankful for and also to simply remember to say thank you to others!  

Have An Awesome Week!

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Lane County Covered Bridges

by Galand Haas

A covered bridge is, not surprisingly, a bridge with a cover over it. Covered bridges are typically constructed of wood; however, some of the relatively new covered bridges have been built out of metal or cement, and often have glass windows on their sides.

Initially designed for protection from bad weather, covered bridges have become popular for their vintage beauty and old-fashioned ambiance.  

Lane County, Oregon stretches from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Cascade Mountain Range in the east, a distance of about 100 miles. Amid the vast county’s cities and towns, ranches and forestland you will discover twenty of these magnificent structures, which tops all other counties west of the Mississippi River.

While each bridge has its own unique charm, seventeen of the twenty can be found on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.

Speaking of lists, all twenty of Lane County’s covered bridges are listed below, along with the date they were built. But first, in order to get started on our tour, here are some highlights of two bridges chosen at random:

Wildcat Bridge, Built 1925

Spanning 75 feet over the rushing, bubbling waters of Wildcat Creek, Wildcat Bridge has a sparkling coat of white paint and was constructed with a long, narrow opening on its west end so that drivers can easily spot oncoming traffic.

Wildcat Bridge is reached most easily from Eugene by taking Oregon State Highway 126 about 30 miles west of the city, toward the Pacific Ocean, and following the Whitaker Creek/Clay Creek Recreation Area turnoff to Siuslaw Road. Take Siuslaw Road to Austa Road (approximately 200 feet), travel under the overpass to the bridge.

Wildcat Creek meets up with the Siuslaw River near Wildcat Bridge, and there’s a boat landing on Austa Road that allows fishermen and other boaters easy access to the water.

Goodpasture Bridge, Built 1938

Goodpasture Bridge spans 237 feet over the mighty McKenzie River, which is almost three times the length of Wildcat Bridge.

Named after a family of settlers who put down routes near the present-day hamlet of Vida, Goodpasture Bridge is an architecture lover’s dream come true. It was built with ten Gothic-style louvered windows on both of its sides, as well as false end beams and semi-elliptical portals.

And if you’re in Eugene over the holidays, it’s worth it to take the roughly 30-mile drive to Goodpasture Bridge (off Highway 126 east of Vida) and check out the lights and decorations festooned about the structure.

As promised, here is the complete listing of Lane County’s covered bridges. For much more detailed information, as well as photos and a map, check out Lane County’s electronic Covered Bridge Brochure.


  • Belknap Bridge, 1966
  • Cannon Street Bridge, 1988
  • Centennial Bridge, 1987
  • Chambers Bridge, 1925
  • Coyote Creek Bridge, 1922
  • Currin Bridge, 1925
  • Deadwood Bridge, 1932
  • Dorena Bridge, 1949
  • Earnest Bridge, 1938
  • Goodpasture Bridge, 1938
  • Lake Creek Bridge, 1945
  • Lowell Bridge, 1928
  • Mosby Creek Bridge, 1920
  • Office Bridge, 1944
  • Parvin Bridge, 1921
  • Pengra Bridge, 1938
  • Stewart Bridge, 1930
  • Unity Bridge, 1936
  • Wendling Bridge, 1936
  • Wildcat Bridge, 1925

Cascade Raptor Center

by Galand Haas

Founded in 1987, the Cascades Raptor Center is a non-profit raptor rehabilitation hospital and nature center in Eugene, Oregon, that strives to foster an understanding of birds of prey and why it’s crucial to preserve our forests and wildlife.

Along with education, the primary mission of Eugene’s Cascades Raptor Center is to rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately release ailing, wounded and orphaned raptors (birds of prey) and other wildlife. The center accomplishes this with the latest state-of-the-art medical treatment and care.

The Cascades Raptor Center houses 60 birds of prey from 33 species, including:


  • Barn Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Northern Pygmy Owl
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Northern Spotted Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Snowy Owl
  • Western Screech Owl


  • Turkey Vulture


  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Osprey
  • Hawks
    • Cooper's Hawk
    • Ferruginous Hawk
    • Northern Goshawk
    • Northern Harrier
    • Red-shouldered Hawk
    • Red-tailed Hawk
    • Rough-legged Hawk
    • Swainson's Hawk


    • American Crow
    • Black-billed Magpie
    • Raven


    • American Kestrel
    • Merlin
    • Gyrfalcon
    • Peregrine Falcon
    • Prairie Falcon


    • White-Tailed Kites


    The Cascades Raptor Center not only brings these majestic creatures into local schools and to some particular public events, but also has a beautiful home on a shady, peaceful hillside on the southeast side of Eugene that’s open to the public.

    The Center’s hours and admission fees are as follows:

    • Public Visitation: Tuesday - Sunday
    • Winter Hours: (November - March), Noon – 5:00 p.m.
    • Handler Talks: Sat & Sun @ 1:00 p.m.
    • Summer Hours: (April - October), 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Admission Fees:

    • Adults: $7
    • Teens/Seniors: $6
    • Children under 12: $4
    • FREE to Members Click to Join

    Groups: Call 541-485-1320 for an appointment and special rates

    The Cascades Raptor Center’s mailing address is: 32275 Fox Hollow Road in Eugene, OR 97405. Click here for directions to the center.

    Today's Real Estate Market

    by Galand Haas

    Good Monday Morning!

    Today's Real Estate market certainly offers many challenges to anyone who is trying to sell a home.  Not only are prices lower, there are fewer buyers and in most cases the competition is heavy.  I have found that in this market a home seller must do everything possible to stack the odds in their favor.  Of greatest importance is pricing.  Homes that are not priced competitively just don't sell.  Second in importance is appearance.  Homes that are staged and in good repair have a huge edge over those that are not.  Of importance are exterior and interior paint, home furnishings, no clutter and upgrading appliances, carpets and window coverings, etc.  The better the home appears and the more updated the home is the easier it will be to sell.  In this market this is money in the sellers pocket.  My advice to most clients is to consult with a professional stager or home decorator before putting their home on the market.  A few dollars spent getting professional help can bring huge rewards down the road.  As I tell all sellers, "in todays market you are not only in a price war, but you are also in a beauty contest".  


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    Eugene, Oregon Real Estate Market Update

    by Galand Haas

    In the interest of providing you with accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information on the real estate market in Eugene, Oregon, here are some vital statistics taken from the real estate aggregating website Trulia:

    • Average Listing Price (week ending 10.26.2011): $288,777, down 0.3% ($821) compared to the prior week
    • Median Sales Price: $204,950 down 4.7% ($10,050), based on 388 home sales from July to Sept., 2011
    • Average Price Per Square Foot: $152, down 3.2% compared to the same period last year
    • Number of Sales: 388, +3.5%


    These dollar amounts and percentages might seem self-evident, but just to be clear, here’s a paraphrasing Trulia’s definition of these terms:

    Average Listing Price
    This is based on daily average prices for the most recent week on new and resale houses listed on Trulia, which says it updates these prices weekly.

    Median Sales Price
    This is the median residential sales price for the latest 90-day period for which sales are available to the public. It is the price at which 50% of the homes sold for more than the median price and 50% of the homes sold for less than the median price. Median sale price is restructured each week as fresh sales data is released.

    Average Price per Square Foot
    This is determined using sales from the most recent 90-day period and kept up-to-date weekly from the latest transaction data available via public record sources.

    Perspective Is Reality

    In order to put the above numbers into the proper perspective, you need to compare them with the numbers for some of the other cities near Eugene. Once again, we turn to the real estate website Trulia for these figures (for more details, click on the city):

    Nearby City Median Sales Price Average Listing Price
    Springfield $153,800 $246,292
    Coburg $109,250 $183,776
    Creswell $149,900 $246,329
    Junction City $149,450 $262,548
    Harrisburg $124,900 $218,964


    What Do All These Stats Mean To Me?

    If you are or think you might soon be buying or selling a home in Eugene, use these facts and figures as a base on which to make well-informed decisions about property transactions. Information is power, after all, and empowerment gives you confidence.

    And when it comes to the amount of time, money and, let’s face it, emotion involved in home sales transactions, regardless of whether you’re the buyer or the seller, you want all the power and confidence you can get.

    Current Home Trends in Eugene/Springfield

    by Galand Haas

    Good Monday Morning!

    First time home buyers continue to make up the majority of home sales in the Eugene and Springfield area.  Affordable homes in the price ranges below $200,000 are continuing to be the most desireable homes on the market.  This is also where we are seeing the lowest inventory numbers at this time.  Also many homes in this price range are distressed properties, which means they are either bank foreclosures or short sales.  Most likely the demand for these homes will continue strong in the future as well and inventiries may also remain low.  

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