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Lane County Real Estate

RMLS Most Available Data For This 2014 Reporting Period

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

January’s increase in pending sales ushered in a rise in closed sales this February in Lane County. The 214 closed sales represented a 22.3% increase over the 175 closings from January, although the number is two less (-0.9%) than last February’s 216. Pending sales (254) fell 12.4% from January’s 290 and 24.4% when compared to last February’s 336. New listings, at 351, fell on both counts as well—a 10.7% decrease compared to January’s 393 and a 22.9% decrease compared to last February’s 455. Overall, the year-to-date numbers for new listings, pending sales, and closed sales are slightly cooler than in 2013.

Total market time rose to 129 days in February, and inventory fell to 5.7 months.

AVERAGE AND MEDIAN SALE PRICES

Prices are steadily rising in Lane County. Comparing the average price of homes in the twelve months ending February 28th of this year ($227,200) with homes sold in the twelve months ending February 2013 ($203,100) shows an increase of 11.9%. In the same comparison, the median has increased 13.8% from $180,000 to $204,900.

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April 2014

A GARDENING CHECKLIST FOR SPRING

Gardens start to come alive this month, and if the weather cooperates, it's a time to plant, water everything and take care of the lawn. In some areas, April brings the first signs of winter's end; in others, it's the gateway to hot, summery weather. But in most climates, it's the magical month when gardens start to come to life. Remember to adjust gardening tips to fit your own growing season — but most important of all, wait until the last frost date to put tender plants in the ground.

Greenhouses

Here comes the sun, which means that greenhouses are starting to heat up. On warm days, be sure your greenhouse is well-ventilated. Give more regular care to greenhouse plants by stepping up your watering and fertilizing schedule. Also make sure to check your greenhouse thoroughly for pests.

Container Gardens

Even beginning gardeners can brighten up a terrace, patio, deck or windowsill with containers tumbling with flowers.

  • Use hanging baskets, pots of all sizes and planter boxes — or ask the kids to help you paint old pails or coffee cans — for clusters of color.
  • Fill containers with bulbs and bedding plants to be transplanted in warmer weather, or make permanent plantings.
  • Spark up potted shrubs and trees by surrounding them with dashes of perennial color.
  • Group cactus plants of different heights and shapes, or try your hand at a container bonsai garden.
  • Apartment dwellers, if you haven't made a windowsill herb garden, what are you waiting for?
Watering

Don't let your garden dry out before it even hits full stride. Get into the rhythm of watering regularly early in the season to ensure happy, healthy plants.

  • Set up a watering system to minimize the work of regularly watering your garden beds. Make sure a hose or watering can is accessible in areas that you will water often throughout the growing season.
  • In container gardens, make sure that your geraniums, pansies and other container plants are getting enough water.
  • This is an ideal time to check on the moisture of plantings at the base of evergreens or under eaves. These are often left parched, even in rainy climates.
Weekend Projects

Carpenters and carpenter wannabes: Lots of garden projects are easy enough for beginners. Try to devote one weekend of each spring month to building projects, and beautify your garden with simple or elaborate embellishments.

  • Make a simple entry trellis to frame your walkway with a shower of climbing roses.
  • Garden paths, from basic steppingstones to brick or timber steps to colorful flagstones, can meander cottage-style or lead directly to a meditation pond.
  • Add benches to frame your deck or patio, or build a bench to encircle a large tree for dappled shade in summer.
  • For vertical variety in your container garden, make a pot trellis for creepers or climbers to cling to — you'll even have time to spare for building raised vegetable beds or a wall trellis for clematis.
Lawn Care

Want the greenest lawn on the block? Well, start now or forever hold your peace with a less-than-lush lawn.

  • Between now and May, after grass is well-established, give the lawn a light raking before fertilizing.
  • Choose a spring fertilizer that contains moss killer if moss is a problem.
  • You can now overseed your lawn (using about one pound per 300 square feet) to help fill in bald patches and fight the return of weeds and moss.
  • If your lawn has begun growing in earnest, you can also aerate it now, making it more absorbent and reducing summer water needs.
  • Start cranking up your mowing schedule and put those grass clippings to work. Adjust your mower to cut only one-third the length of its blades, then leave the clippings on the lawn. They'll feed the growing grass much-needed nitrogen as they break down.
  • Make sure newly sown grass is getting enough moisture.
Planting Trees and Flowers

In some areas, the time has passed for transplanting large shrubs and trees, but in many climates you can still plant deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, perennials, hardy annuals and rock-garden perennials such as yarrow, rock jasmine and small dianthus.

  • Geraniums and fuchsias that have spent the winter in hiding should be repotted for a fresh start.
  • Midspring is also a good time for planting dahlias, most lilies and gladioluses for summer blooms, but hold off a bit longer on sensitive canna lilies and tuberous begonias.
  • If you haven't planted or set out berries yet — blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries — now's your chance. Just be sure they have plenty of water.
Vegetables

In most areas, April is the real start of the outdoor vegetable garden, especially perennials such as asparagus, although it's probably still not warm enough to plant heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and squash.

  • Wait until the end of the month to plant corn and beans, but you can put potatoes, onions, radishes and other root crops in the ground now — or anytime. Before transplanting, start hardening off cool-loving greens and root-crop seedlings such as cabbage and lettuces, carrots, chard, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Place planters of root vegetables in a shady, wind-protected area, moving them daily for more sun exposure.
  • Until a few days before planting time, bring the planters back indoors at night.
  • If it's warm enough at the end of the month, start sowing seeds directly into the soil.

Read more at realestate.msn.com | April Gardening Checklist

 

How to Update Your Outdoor Space for $200

Designer Taniya Nayak gives us some tips on updating any outdoor space quickly and affordably.

Read more at hgtv.com | Designer Looks for Less than $500

 

 

Pork Chops with Apples and Garlic Smashed Potatoes

This 4-star rated recipe comes courtesy of Food Network Kitchen. This company-worthy meal is deceptively simple to prepare. Baby potatoes, garlic and buttermilk make the mashers flavorful without lots of added fat.

Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy
Ingredients
  • 1 pound small fingerling potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 1/2 -inch-thick boneless pork loin chops (5 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

 

Directions

1. Put the potatoes and garlic in a saucepan, cover with cold water and season with salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and continue cooking until tender, about 15 minutes. Cover and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, rub both sides of the pork chops with the sage, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat, then add 1 teaspoon olive oil and sear the chops until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the skillet and add the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the onion and apples and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the cider.

3. Return the chops to the skillet. Cover and cook, turning once, until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Return the potatoes to the pan; add the buttermilk and mash, adding cooking liquid as needed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the pork chops, onion and apples. Drizzle with the pan juices.

Read more at foodnetwork.com | Pork Chops with Apples and Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Compiled from Google, 2014

 

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