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Lane County Real Estate

RMLS Most Available Data For This 2016 Reporting Period

DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Closed sales ended on a strong note this December in Lane County. Closings, at 394 for the month, were 36.3% ahead of the 289 closings posted in December 2014—this was the strongest December for closings in Lane County on the RMLS™ record.

Pending sales (276) fared well in December, ending 20.5% ahead of December 2014, although 21.4% behind the 351 offers accepted last month in November 2015. New listings (211) ended 3.7% cooler than the 219 new listings offered in December 2014 and 33.2% cooler than last month in November 2015 (316). Inventory decreased to 2.2 months in December.

YEAR TO DATE SUMMARY

Activity ended ahead this year compared to last year. Pending sales (5,071) rose 28.3%, closed sales (4,864) rose 27.2%, and new listings (6,385) rose 10.0% this year compared to 2014.

AVERAGE AND MEDIAN SALE PRICES

Comparing 2015 to 2014 through the end of each year, the average sale price increased 3.4% from $235,600 to $243,500. In the same comparison, the median sale price increased 3.8% from $212,000 to $220,000.

We Have Buyers Looking For These Homes

Southwest Eugene

2+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, 1100+ SF, condo/townhouse, priced up to $190,000

River Road and Santa Clara

3+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, 1450+ SF, priced up to $240,000

Ferry St Bridge, North Gilham, East Eugene

3+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, 1500+ SF, priced up to $325,000

FEBRUARY 2016

8 DIY PROJECTS THAT (SURPRISE!) REQUIRE PERMITS

Set yourself up for a financially successful year.

Permit requirements. They’re just more ways for the city to nickel-and-dime you to death, right? And the city’s being too invasive by caring whether you want to replace your overhead light fixture with a ceiling fan, right again? Understandable feelings, yes, but before you get too worked up, realize that cities usually have solid reasons for requiring permits.

"Obtaining a permit means that someone knowledgeable will review your plans and help spot mistakes before you begin the work,” says Rick Goldstein, an architect and co-owner of MOSAIC Group in Atlanta.

If you’ve made improvements without a permit, don’t be surprised when you get a big, fat denial letter from your insurance company when something happens and you want to cash in.

You know the phrase “You don’t know what you don’t know”? Well, that’s the way it is with permits. That ceiling fan might be too heavy to hang from a box designed for a simple light fixture, especially when it’s going full blast and vibrating. You don’t want the fan falling on you during some serious REM sleep!

You might know that finishing the basement requires a permit, but you might be surprised to learn that these eight DIY projects, depending on your jurisdiction, typically require a permit too.

1. Putting in a gas stove

Many people are making the switch from an electric to a gas stove. Depending on where you live, gas could be much cheaper. And if you’re a foodie, a gas range is simply de rigueur. But if done incorrectly and the gas leaks, it could kill you. So yay for permits here. This project seems pretty straightforward, but it’s really not. Regarding windows, you need a permit to ensure emergency egress requirements are met in case first responders need to get in. Also, if windows and doors aren’t properly installed, water could get into the house. And can you say (or smell) mold.

2. Replacing windows or doors

This project seems pretty straightforward, but it’s really not. Regarding windows, you need a permit to ensure emergency egress requirements are met in case first responders need to get in. Also, if windows and doors aren’t properly installed, water could get into the house. And can you say (or smell) mold?

3. Building a deck

When dreams of outdoor living beckon, first call the permit office … the codes, they are a changin’. For 2015, the International Residential Code, which many locales follow, has about four new pages added — just since 2012.

If your deck isn’t structurally sound, or if you used untreated lumber that decays, your deck could collapse, and that could really interfere with your meditation mantra. And don’t even try to guess how to meet building codes for railings. Be safe and get that permit.

4. Putting up a fence

“Building a fence requires a survey and a permit,” says Rick Goldstein. The reason for this is usually to ensure you aren’t violating city ordinances by building a too-high fence in your residential subdivision or choosing one with barbed wire in the middle of the city. If you build a fence without a permit, you might be slapped with a stop-work order.

5. Installing a storm shelter or safe room

If you want protection from tornadoes (and hurricanes), you might consider installing a shelter. But unless you design and construct this room to FEMA specs, your shelter might not be so safe.

Another benefit of getting a permit before building your shelter is that you can register it. “If there is a tornado in your area, first responders will know who has storm shelters and where they need to look for you in case you get trapped inside,” says Blake Lee of F5 Storm Shelters in Tulsa, OK.

6. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom

Fun. Fun. Fun. But picking out granite for your countertops and finding just the right fixtures and cabinetry are not all you need to do. If you neglect to get a permit for major remodeling work, you might not be able to easily sell your home.“If an inspector catches this kind of thing, or if a bank wants to make sure it’s covered against all liability and demands to see the permit before funding a mortgage, this can potentially be a major time and money sink to rectify,” says Kimberly Wingfield, a Philadelphia real estate agent and DIY fanatic.

7. Installing new electrical wiring

Your house in the historic district simply isn’t wired for all your gadgets — but an amateur electric wiring job could cause a fire. This project definitely needs a permit.

8. Replacing a gas water heater

Surely you can replace your old water heater without a permit, right? Nope. Although many DIY enthusiasts do it all the time, if it’s done wrong, a fire or flood could ensue, or if gas escapes … kaboom. The potential for serious injury here is pretty great.

Besides the preinspection, a permit also means that an inspector looks over your completed job to ensure it was done properly. Be confident in the knowledge that the work you’ve had done is up to code — and minimize the potential for home sale complications down the road — and get those permits.

Read more at msn.com | 8 DIY Projects That (Surprise!) Require Permits


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Chicken Marsala

Total Time: 40 min
Makes: 4 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces crimini or porcini mushrooms, stemmed and halved
  • 1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

 

Directions

1. Put the chicken breasts side by side on a cutting board and lay a piece of plastic wrap over them; pound with a flat meat mallet, until they are about 1/4-inch thick. Put some flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly.

2. Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large skillet. When the oil is nice and hot, dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess. Slip the cutlets into the pan and fry for 5 minutes on each side until golden, turning once – do this in batches if the pieces don't fit comfortably in the pan. Remove the chicken to a large platter in a single layer to keep warm.

3. Lower the heat to medium and add the prosciutto to the drippings in the pan, saute for 1 minute to render out some of the fat. Now, add the mushrooms and saute until they are nicely browned and their moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Pour the Marsala in the pan and boil down for a few seconds to cook out the alcohol. Add the chicken stock and simmer for a minute to reduce the sauce slightly. Stir in the butter and return the chicken to the pan; simmer gently for 1 minute to heat the chicken through. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Read more at foodnetwork.com | Chicken Marsala

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