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RMLS Most Available Data For This 2014 Reporting Period

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

October brought an uptick in closed sales to Lane County! The 404 closings represented 15.8% increase over September’s 349 and a 33.3% increase over last October’s 303. It was the best October for closings in Lane County since 2005, when there were 455. Pending sales (370) were also strong this month, a 5.4% increase from September’s 351 and 25.4% increase from last October’s accepted offers. New listings, at 394, cooled 9.6% from September’s 436 but fared 6.5% better than the 370 new listings posted last October

Inventory contracted to 3.8 months in October, and total market time decreased to 88 days.

YEAR-TO-DATE SUMMARY

Lane County has nearly caught up to its 2013 activity. In the first ten months of the year, new listings (5,308) and pending sales (3,504) have increased 4.0% and 3.6% over the same period in 2013. Closed sales (3,259) have decreased 0.2% from the same time last year.


AVERAGE AND MEDIAN SALE PRICES

The average price during the first ten months of 2014 was $236,000, up 4.0% from the same period of 2013, when the average was $227,000. In the same comparison, the median has risen 4.5% from $202,000 to $211,000.

We Have Buyers Looking For These Homes

Hayden Bridge

4+ bedrooms, priced up to $200,000

McKenzie River Valley

Riverfront property, priced up to $1,200,000

Santa Clara, Junction City

Newer, 3+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, 1600+ SF, RV parking, priced up to $350,000

December 2014

5 Holiday Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them

Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you're past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home—and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner.

That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can end your holiday party before it even begins. Thankfully, some of the most damaging mishaps easily can be avoided. We collected five of the most prevalent issues and give you preventative tips to keep your holiday party on track.

Problem: The oven doesn’t heat

For any holiday occasion, the oven is the most important appliance in your house. If it fails to work, the centerpiece of your meal could go from roasted beef, ham, duck, or Tofurky to Peking Duck from the local Chinese takeout joint.

  • There are any number of reasons a stove can break, but one common cause of disaster is easy to prevent. Don’t self-clean your oven until AFTER the holidays. You risk blowing a fuse or a thermostat, and tracking down an oven technician around the holidays can be tough.

Problem: The kitchen sink clogs

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest of the year for plumbers. The prime cause of this clog-a-thon is the mistreatment of drains when cooking holiday feasts. We hope your Thanksgiving went well, and that you avoid clog-a-thons for the rest of the holidays.

How to avoid:

  • Fats and cooking oils can solidify in your pipes, so never dispose of them in your kitchen sink.
  • If you have a garbage disposal, make sure it’s running before anything goes in it, and never feed it any stringy, fibrous, or starchy foods like poultry skins or potato peels.
  • To fix, don’t rely on chemical drain-clearing products that can harm your pipes. Use a snake instead, available for $15 at your local hardware store. Best to keep one on hand.

Problem: The heat goes out

As the party’s host, you’re supposed to hang guests’ coats—not apologize to them for having to keep them on. A lack of heat can stop a holiday party dead in its tracks.

How to avoid:

  • The key to avoiding freezing your party to a standstill is regular maintenance of your HVAC. Every 90 days, a new one-inch pleated furnace filter should be installed. If you haven’t done it in a while, now’s a good time to replace it.
  • Also inspect insulation on refrigerant lines that are leading into your house. Replace them if they’re missing or damaged.

Problem: The toilet stops up

Toilets have a way of clogging up at the worst times, such as during parties and when you have overnight guests. This is especially true if you have a low-flow toilet from the early 1990s.

How to avoid:

  • Don’t flush anything other than sewage and toilet paper down the toilet. And there’s nothing wrong with putting up a polite note to remind your guests to do the same.

Problem: The fridge doesn't cool

Without a properly functioning refrigerator, your meat could get contaminated, your dairy-based treats could go sour, and you may not be able to save your yummy leftovers. To avoid discovering a warm fridge after it’s too late, take these simple precautions.

How to avoid:

  • Get a thermometer for your refrigerator to make sure each shelf stays below 40 degrees and you can be aware of any temperature changes.
  • Also make sure the condenser coils located on the back of the unit or beneath it are free to breathe. Coils blocked from circulating air by cereal boxes atop the fridge, or dirtied by dust or pet hair can prevent a fridge from keeping cool.

Read more at houselogic.com | Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them

 

Salvaged Mudroom

Joanne restores salvaged items to create an attractive, functional mudroom. (03:20)

Read more at diynetwork.com | Salvaged Mudroom

 

 

Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole

Total Time: 9 hrs 15 mins
Makes: 8 to 10 servings
Level: Easy
Ingredients

Casserole:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • One 1-pound loaf Italian-style bread, sliced 1/2-inch-thick
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie puree (not pure pumpkin puree)

Brown Sugar Crumble:

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons), cut into cubes
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
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    Directions

    1. For the casserole: Generously grease a 3-quart casserole dish with the butter. Arrange the bread slices over the bottom of the dish, overlapping them slightly.

    2. Whisk the eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt in large bowl until smooth and well combined. Whisk in the milk and cream. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread slices, making sure that all slices are well coated. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to overnight.

    3. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F.

    4. For the brown sugar crumble: Whisk together the brown sugar, flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add the butter and work it into the dry ingredients with your fingers (or a pastry cutter) until the mixture is crumbly with pea-sized bits of butter. Mix in the pecans.

    5. To assemble: Give the bread slices in the casserole dish a gentle push into the custard, dollop the pumpkin pie puree over the bread slices and sprinkle the crumble evenly over the top.

    6. Bake the casserole until the top is puffed and browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes (it will still be a little jiggly when the casserole dish is tapped but it will continue to cook a bit out of the oven). Check the casserole about halfway through the baking time and tent it with foil if the topping is browning too quickly. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

    Read more at foodnetwork.com | Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole

    Compiled from Google, 2014

 

Quote of the Month

 

"No one has ever become poor by giving."

- Anne Frank

 

 

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