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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 Football 2012 Wrap-up

by Galand Haas

It was a terrific, unprecedented 2012 football season for the Oregon Ducks – and it even impacts North Gilham real estate in Eugene, believe it or not. That’s because Coach Chip Kelly, a resident of the North Gilham neighborhood, is moving to Philadelphia to become the head coach of the NFL’s Eagles so his home will soon be on the market.

But enough real estate talk for the moment – let’s recap the season and take a look at some of the real estate covered by the Ducks in 2012, this time measured in yards and touchdowns instead of square feet. The Ducks played in their fourth straight BCS bowl game and conquered every opponent on the schedule, except pesky Stanford. Oregon ended the season by handily defeating #5 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, showing the Wildcats the unstoppable speed that toppled so many opponents. Overall, the Ducks posted 12 wins and racked up incredible offensive numbers.

The explosive Ducks offense, led by redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota (who would go on to be named 1st team All Pac-12 quarterback), scored fast and put a strain on scoreboard operators all season. Here are some of the Ducks national stats for 2012:

  • Scoring Offense: #2 (644 points, 49.54 points per game, 84 touchdowns)
  • Rushing offense; 3rd (4098 yards and 48 touchdowns)
  • Total Offense: 5th (537 yards per game)
  • Passing efficiency: 7th
  • Red zone offense: 12th

When redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota was named starting quarterback, who could have foreseen that Mariota would be the Pac-12’s best signal caller and 7th in passing efficiency nationally? Evidently, departing coach Kelly and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich – now Head Coach Helfrich, by the way – knew what they had. Still, Mariota’s incredible composure all year was impressive.

Let’s look back at some of the 2012 season’s great memories:

  • In the opening game, against Arkansas State, Marcus Mariota leads the Duck offense to 7 consecutive touchdowns.
  • In the Pac-12 opener against Arizona – historically a close matchup – the Ducks destroy the Wildcats, 49-0.
  • Against Washington State the Ducks again win big (51-26) behind Kenjon Barner’s 195-yard, 3-touchdown performance. This was heartening for Barner, who was knocked out cold in Pullman two years ago, sustaining a bad concussion and missing a chunk of the season.
  • The next week against Washington, the Ducks won 52-21, once again completely dismantling a Husky team that thought it could hang with the Ducks. Bad dogs.
  • The Ducks won an amazing score-fest in Los Angeles against USC, defeating the Trojans 62-51. Senior Kenjon Barner had a career game, running for 321 yards and three TD’s.
  • Behind Mariota’s mind boggling 6 touchdown passes, Oregon cleaned Cal’s clock in Berkeley, 59-17.
  • Against Oregon State, the Ducks again cruised, this time beating their arch rival 48-24 in Corvallis.
  • In the Fiesta Bowl vs. Kansas State – a team that Oregon had figured to play for the national championship until both teams lost on the same weekend – human highlight DeAnthony Thomas ran back the opening kickoff 94 yards and the Ducks never looked back, winning 35-17.

Oregon finished the season ranked #2 for only the second time in school history, matching the accomplishment of the Joey Harrington-led 2001 squad.

Looking Ahead

In 2013, the Ducks look loaded on offense, with 17 of the top 22 players returning. On defense, the Ducks have to replace outstanding linebackers Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso, but have a strong cast of returning players. New coach Helfrich is innovative and well liked by the players, and Oregon will likely be ranked in the top 5 to start the year. Go Ducks!

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!

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AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

Eugene and Springfield Real Estate market remains tough!

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

 

Congratulations to both the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers.  Both teams won their football games on Saturday and will now square off on December 3 to battle each other for the Pac 10 championship and the Rose Bowl game.  It's exciting stuff for the state of Oregon.

The inventory of homes for sale in the sub $250,000 range continues to decline.  This price range is where the buyer activity has been and currently is.  There just are not enough homes in this price range to meet demand at this time.  Many of the homes that are on the market in this price range are also either bank owned properties or with sellers needing to do short sales.  For sellers who have homes in this price range it is good news as the market has changed to being a sellers market in these lower price ranges.

The market remains sluggish over $300,000 and is almost non-existant when you get to the $700,000 range and above.  Don't look for any changes in the upper end housing market soon.  In fact this market will continue to be extremely soft and values may continue to decline for another year or two.  If you are going to need to sell a in the upper end price ranges, you are better off to do it now than to have the false expectation that waiting until Spring may bring a better market and higher sale price for your home.  Just the opposite will most likely be true.  

Remember, if you are interested in knowing your homes current market value you can log onto the web site www.forhomesellers-nonSmartZip.com and get a FREE approximate home value analysis by e-mail.  (Service only good for Lane County, Oregon).

 

Have An Awesome Week!

 

 

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

 

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Price: $365,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 1 Sq Ft: 1652
Classy country home on acreage with park-like setting in the Mckenzie River Valley featuring hardwood floors, spacious living room with fireplace, large dining room & kitchen with laundry access. Large bedrooms & lots of storage. Master bed includes...



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

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Eugene and Springfield Real Estate market remains tough!

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

 

Congratulations to both the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers.  Both teams won their football games on Saturday and will now square off on December 3 to battle each other for the Pac 10 championship and the Rose Bowl game.  It's exciting stuff for the state of Oregon.

The inventory of homes for sale in the sub $250,000 range continues to decline.  This price range is where the buyer activity has been and currently is.  There just are not enough homes in this price range to meet demand at this time.  Many of the homes that are on the market in this price range are also either bank owned properties or with sellers needing to do short sales.  For sellers who have homes in this price range it is good news as the market has changed to being a sellers market in these lower price ranges.

The market remains sluggish over $300,000 and is almost non-existant when you get to the $700,000 range and above.  Don't look for any changes in the upper end housing market soon.  In fact this market will continue to be extremely soft and values may continue to decline for another year or two.  If you are going to need to sell a in the upper end price ranges, you are better off to do it now than to have the false expectation that waiting until Spring may bring a better market and higher sale price for your home.  Just the opposite will most likely be true.  

Remember, if you are interested in knowing your homes current market value you can log onto the web site www.forhomesellers-nonSmartZip.com and get a FREE approximate home value analysis by e-mail.  (Service only good for Lane County, Oregon).

 

Have An Awesome Week!

 

 

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

 

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39640 DEERHORN RD
Price: $365,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 1 Sq Ft: 1652
Classy country home on acreage with park-like setting in the Mckenzie River Valley featuring hardwood floors, spacious living room with fireplace, large dining room & kitchen with laundry access. Large bedrooms & lots of storage. Master bed includes...



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

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Home Inventories Decline

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

 

Congratulations to both the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers.  Both teams won their football games on Saturday and will now square off on December 3 to battle each other for the Pac 10 championship and the Rose Bowl game.  It's exciting stuff for the state of Oregon.

The inventory of homes for sale in the sub $250,000 range continues to decline.  This price range is where the buyer activity has been and currently is.  There just are not enough homes in this price range to meet demand at this time.  Many of the homes that are on the market in this price range are also either bank owned properties or with sellers needing to do short sales.  For sellers who have homes in this price range it is good news as the market has changed to being a sellers market in these lower price ranges.

The market remains sluggish over $300,000 and is almost non-existant when you get to the $700,000 range and above.  Don't look for any changes in the upper end housing market soon.  In fact this market will continue to be extremely soft and values may continue to decline for another year or two.  If you are going to need to sell a in the upper end price ranges, you are better off to do it now than to have the false expectation that waiting until Spring may bring a better market and higher sale price for your home.  Just the opposite will most likely be true.  

Remember, if you are interested in knowing your homes current market value you can log onto the web site www.forhomesellers-nonSmartZip.com and get a FREE approximate home value analysis by e-mail.  (Service only good for Lane County, Oregon).

 

Have An Awesome Week!

 

 

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

 

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39640 DEERHORN RD
Price: $365,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 1 Sq Ft: 1652
Classy country home on acreage with park-like setting in the Mckenzie River Valley featuring hardwood floors, spacious living room with fireplace, large dining room & kitchen with laundry access. Large bedrooms & lots of storage. Master bed includes...



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

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Monday Morning Real Estate Update 11/5/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

What a gorgeous day Saturday was for the Oregon football game.  Congratulations to the Oregon ducks for their new #3 ranking in all of the polls.

The Real Estate market continues to become more of a buyers market in the Eugene and Springfield area.  The good news for sellers is that the decline seems to be slowing and we are starting to see an increase in the number of buyers out there looking.  It just simply is the best time possible to think about buying a house and many home buyers are discovering this fact.  Look for the market to rebound as more buyers get active at purchasing homes.  Parts of California are already starting to see this trend.

Have An Awesome Week!

 



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 3/12/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Wow! 75 degrees on Sunday. It was a new record high temperature for that date! Congratulations to the Oregon ducks men's basketball team for winning the Pac 1o tournament and now moving on to the NCAA tournament.

The home sales statistics are in for last month.  There were 558 new homes hitting the market.  This was in comparison to 510 for the same month in 2006.  There were 257 closed sales, which was the exact same number as February of 2006.  The average time on the market increased to 76 days.  This is compared to 55 days during the same month of last year.  The average sales price was $243,700, which is up from $236,600 for February of 2006.

As you can see the largest difference from a year ago is the time it takes a home to sell and the average sales price. So there goes the thought that we have a bad RealEstate market here in the Eugene and Springfield area.

Have An Awesome Week!

 

 



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 3/19/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Congratulations to the Oregon ducks men's basketball team for advancing to the Sweet 16.  Good luck Friday against UNLV!!!

The Real Estate market here in the Eugene and Springfield area remains in kind of a holding pattern.  There just has not been any significant change one way or the other in weeks.  The only thing to watch at this time is the slow down in the number of homes hitting the market for sale.  This could be a trend or maybe it is just a lull before the Spring rush.  I will keep you informed as we move ahead.

If you are considering selling your home, you can receive a FREE home market value analysis by e-mail simply by logging onto www.forhomesellers-nonSmartZip.com and entering in the details on your home.

Have An Awesome Week!

 

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