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Autzen Stadium Receives North Side Face Lift

by Galand Haas

On Friday, Jan. 18, the Oregon Board of Higher Education said yes to a proposed $5 million renovation for Autzen Stadium on the campus of the University of Oregon, and will be funded primarily by long-time U of O benefactor and co-founder of Nike, Phil Knight and his capital contracting company, Phit Too, LLC.

The plan calls for improvements to the stadium's accessibility features, addressing problems like the human bottleneck on the north side created by the pre-game and post-game rush to and from the parking lot.

To accomplish this lofty goal, as well as to bring the structure in line with the current Americans with Disabilities Act's requirements, the approved recommendations include removing current ramps on the stadium berm's north face, re-grading a section of it and replacing it with a series of new and better ramps. In addition, a 20-foot concrete switchback and new stairs will be added in order to facilitate the efficient and safe flow of fan foot traffic. Once the facelift on the north side is completed (making the steep hill and its inherent difficulties fade into oblivion like visiting football teams at the home of the Ducks), fans of all ages, able-bodied or otherwise, will have easy, free-flowing access to their seats.

But these are not the only big changes woven into the details of the renovation project. It will also include several aesthetic improvements. As the finishing touches are made on the soon-to-be berm-less north side of the stadium, crews will start trucking in more than 30 live trees. They will arrive already mature and stretching 35 to 40 feet tall. The varieties will include Douglas fir, giant sequoia, coast redwood, incense cedar, Canadian hemlock and western red cedar.

To keep these trees company on non-game days, contractors will carve two gullies for streams to bubble and splash around their roots. Complete with moss-blanketed basalt stones, these man-made waterways will enhance this pleasant and beautiful nature scene.

According to the Register-Guard, the $5 million bottom line for these new renovations is twice the amount of money ($2.5 million) it took to complete all of the construction on Autzen Stadium back in 1967, its inaugural year. In 2002, the stadium underwent a major, $90 million renovation that added 12,000 seats and 32 skyboxes, increasing the stadium's maximum seating capacity to 54,000.

Oregon Ducks Football - The pride of Eugene, Oregon

by Galand Haas

Autzen Stadium - Eugene, OregonSince 1894, the University of Oregon’s football program has been wowing fans, while providing plenty of life-long memories for Oregon Ducks supporters. Today, the high-flying Ducks are one of the fastest and most talented teams in college football, as they continually put up winning seasons and make prestigious bowl appearances. Their biggest achievement came last season, as the Ducks won all of their regular season games (12-0) and made their first ever appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. Although the game was lost in the final seconds to Auburn by a score of 22-19, the Ducks still were able to inspire a national audience by displaying their tenacity, resilience and heart.

This year the Ducks look to recreate the success of the past against a slew of tough foes in the Pacific-12 Conference. Oregon got off to a rough start, losing its season opener against LSU 40-27, but bounced back with a 69-20 win over Nevada. With 11 regular season games left, there is still plenty of time to make a run at another conference championship and bowl bid.

LaMichael James, one of the notable stars and leaders of this year’s squad, is coming off an incredible 2010 campaign. Last year, he rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and scored 22 touchdowns, winning the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back and finishing third in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Autzen Stadium, located in Eugene, Oregon, and its almost 60,000 Ducks fans were roaring on September 10th as Oregon hosted its first home game of the season. Autzen, one of the loudest and most exciting places to watch a college football game, may make it hard for fans to hear their friends next to them, but they will be able to hear plenty of unified GO DUCKS chants from the faithful in yellow and green.

Winter Preparation

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

This years Civil War football game takes place this coming Saturday between the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis.  Never has this game meant more.  A win by the Ducks most likely puts them into the National Championship game and a win by the Beavers makes them bowl eligible.  It should be fun!!!!

Each year I see a large number of home inspections and as a result I also see problems that occur over and over again.  Many of the problems I see can be easily remedied with a little bit of precaution.  One problem that is very frequent in our area is that of moisture under homes.  Our local climate leads to moisture problems under homes and in many cases standing water may exist for parts of the year.  Home inspectors do not want to see any water under under homes, but most builders will disagree with this as long as the home has adequate ventilation underneath. Far too many times I see homeowners who block their foundation vents during the winter months thinking they are saving on heating bills.  This practice is actually very harmful and one that you do not want to do.  Maintaining adequate air flow under your home is extremely important, especially during the wet months of Fall, Winter and Spring.  By blocking air flow you will trap water vapor under the home and make the perfect climate for mold to grow and for dry rot to take hold.  Sealing the crawl space from ventilation can also trap other harmful gases such as radon.  So, if you have been thinking about blocking those foundation vents, think again.  

Have An Awesome Week!

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

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Price: $219,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Sq Ft: 1557
Immaculate home with fun floor plan in wonderful neighborhood. Featuring a light & bright kitchen with eat bar, open dining area, large vaulted living room with slider to deck & backyard. Each bedroom is nicely sized, fresh paint & great storage. Th...



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

Should I Sell My Home Now?

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Congratulations to the University of Oregon Duck football team for yet another milestone and their new #1 ranking in the BCS Poll. The Ducks are now #1 nationally in all polls.  

One of the questions that I hear on a daily basis is, "should I sell my home now?"  This is a question that of course varies significantly from person to person, but here are some things to consider if you are contemplating the sale of your existing residence.

1. Your home has lost value over the past several years, this is a known fact.  Your home most likely lose even more value over the next one to two years and it may be as many as 5-7 years before you reach back to the value that your home has today.  If you don't need to sell and you can wait this out, then maybe selling today is not best for you.

2. If you are selling and buying again in the same area, you are trading apples for apples.  In fact if you are upgrading to a larger more expensive home, chances are that the new home you are buying has taken a larger price hit than the one you are selling.  

3. Mortgage interest rates remain at historic lows.  This means that if you sell and buy again in this market then you can take advantage of these low rates. They won't hang around forever.

4. Long term, home ownership remains a great investment.  In these times of economic chaos there are few places that you can place your investment dollars that will have the security and the long term return.  

5. If you are selling in one market and moving to another, there is a chance that the market you are moving to may have taken a larger price hit than the one you are leaving.  This is something worth checking into, because many major Real Estate market areas have taken huge hits on home prices and it just might be a situation that you can easily take advantage of.

The decision to sell a home in this market is a large one for most people, but there are some advantages for many people that they may never see again.  If you are considering the sale of your home and would like some professional advice, please contact me.  I would be more than happy to go over the plus's and minus's of your particular situation with you.

Have An Awesome Week!

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

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5950 Barger Drive
Price: $310,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Sq Ft: 3222
Wonderful, spacious house with attached studio/office with potential separate living area. Huge living room with fireplace, fantastic dining area, large kitchen, a light & bright upstairs master, large bonus, utility room, covered porch, beautifully...



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 10/29/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The Oregon and Oregon State football teams win again!  Congratulations to the University of Oregon for being #4 in the nation this week.

The Real Estate market continues to be headline news around the country.  Here in Eugene and Springfield we continue to have a slower market, but we certainly are fairing better than other parts of the country.  As I have repeatedly stated, this is a fantastic market for home buyers and they should be taking advantage of it.  As with the sellers market the buyers market will not last forever.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 8/27/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Yeah!  High school and College football begins this week.  It is that time of year again!!

Nationally, the housing market rebounded slightly last month.  This is a good sign that maybe the worst is over.  It is uncertain as of yet as to how much impact the troubled home mortgage industry will have on home sales. My experience to date is that home loans are very available.  There is a slightly lower selection, but we have had very few problems in finding great financing for our home buyers.

It is crucial that if you are purchasing a home or refinancing a home that you use a lender with many financing options.  If you make the wrong lender choice right now it could be costly.  If you are looking for a top lender with a good loan selection and competitive rates, please e-mail me and I Will provide you a list of the lenders we have found to be outstanding in this current market.

Have An Awesome Week!

 



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

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