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Lane County Real Estate

RMLS Most Available Data For This 2015 Reporting Period

MAY HIGHLIGHTS

Closings were strong this May in Lane County! Closed sales, at 411, represented a 28.8% increase over the 319 closings posted in May 2014 and a 7.6% increase over the 382 closings posted last month, in April 2015. The last May when there were more closed sales was in 2007, when there were 429 closings posted for the month. At 41 closed sales for the month, Florence posted more closed sales than any other May since 2007, when RMLS™ started keeping a separate record.

Pending sales (552) cooled 0.9% from April’s 557, but showed a 19.7% increase over the 461 offers accepted in May 2014. Similarly, the 672 new listings were 2.2% below the 687 new listings offered in April but 2.8% better than the 654 new listings offered in May 2014.

Inventory in Lane County decreased slightly to 3.3 months in May. Total market time decreased to 82 days in the same period.


AVERAGE AND MEDIAN SALE PRICES

Comparing 2015 to 2014 through May of each year, the average sale price rose 2.8% from $230,100 to $236,500. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 2.9% from $207,500 to $213,500.

We Have Buyers Looking For These Homes

University Area

Priced up to $200,000

McKenzie River

Priced up to $200,000

Eugene, Springfield

2+ bedrooms, 1200+ SF, 1/2+ acre, priced up to $425,000

JULY 2015

7 Ideas to Help You Use Your Outdoor Space More

These ideas will transform your outdoor space into an oasis you may never want to leave.

When your mom told you to turn off the TV and play outdoors already, she knew what she was talking about. Hanging outside is good for our mental and physical well-being.

As adults, having an outdoor retreat adds an economic component: Upwards of 80% of homebuyers said patios and front porches are “essential” or “desirable,” according to the “What Buyers Really Want” survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

So how come when we move into our dream home, we hardly ever use our decks, porches, and patios?

An anthropological UCLA study, described in the book “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century,” blames our fascination with digital devices — tablets, computers, televisions, games — for keeping us cooped up. The UCLA research participants spent less than half an hour each week in their outdoor space. And these were Californians.

So this summer let’s make a pledge to pay more than lip service to outdoor living so we can be happier, create lasting memories, and generally take advantage of what home has to offer.

1. Go Overboard on Comfy

When you step into your outdoor space, your first sensation should be ‘ahhhh’. If you’re not feeling it, then your space is likely lacking the comfy factor. Comfy is easy to achieve and can be as low cost as you want. Start simple with a cushion or two or even a throw. Some other simple strategies:

  • Make sure your outdoor seating is as cushy as your indoor furniture. Today’s outdoor cushions aren’t the plastic-y, sweat-inducing pillows of the past. Plus, they can handle a downpour and spring back once they dry.
  • Lay down outdoor rugs so you’re just as comfortable barefoot as you are inside.
  • Give yourself some privacy. Create natural screens with shrubs, bushes, or even bamboo reeds. Or install prefab screens from your local home improvement store.

2. Create a Broadband Paradise

Our devices and electronics have conspired to keep us on lock down. Since we’re not about to chuck our digital toys, boot up your outdoor space so you can keep texting, posting to Instagram, and watching cat videos:

  • Wireless outdoor Wi-Fi antennas provide an extra boost so you can stay connected.
  • A solar USB charging station keeps your gizmos powered.
  • Wireless speakers make it easy to bring your music outdoors, and mask a noisy neighborhood.
  • An all-weather outdoor TV lets you stay outside for the big game.

3. Blur the Line Between Indoors and Out

Creating a seamless transition between your home’s interior and exterior isn’t as simple or low cost as adding comfort, but it’s the most dramatic and effective way to enhance your enjoyment of the space. Plus, it can increase your home’s value.

  • The most straightforward, cost-effective solution: Replace a standard door opening with sliding or glass French doors.
  • Use the same weatherproof flooring, such as stone tile or scored concrete, outside as well as in the room leading to your backyard oasis.

4. Light the Way

When the sun goes down, don’t be left groping for your wine glass. Outdoor lighting dresses up your home’s marketability and appeal (exterior lighting is buyers’ most wanted outdoor feature, according to the NAHB study), makes it safer, and lets you spend more time outside.

  • Use uplighting to highlight trees, architectural details, or other focal points.
  • Add sconces or pendant lights to make evening entertaining, grilling, and reading easier.
  • Illuminate walkways, rails, and steps with landscape solar lights.
  • Hang fairy or string lights to set an enchanting tone.

5. Make Your Mark

Let your style dominate your backyard space. In fact, make your outdoor retreat an ongoing project where you can hone your DIY skills.

  • Paint a faux rug with your favorite colors.
  • Create a path made with colored glass, brick, or other interesting found materials.
  • Craft a one-of-kind outdoor chandelier.
  • Build a pizza oven, custom seating, or other feature you crave.
  • Add personal décor that makes you happy.

6. Don't Give Anyone an Excuse to Stay Inside

Your outdoor space will magnetically draw family and friends if it has features they find appealing.

  • A fire pit is a proven winner. Food and fire have brought humans together since the dawn of time.
  • Give wee ones the gift of magical thinking with an outdoor playhouse.
  • Add whimsy with a chalkboard fence that both kids and fun-loving adults will enjoy.
  • Add a doggie window in your fence to entertain Spot. Installing a dog run may even boost your home’s value. FYI: It’s been said that pets are one of the top reasons why people buy houses.

7. Rebuff the Elements

Hot sun, rain, wind gusts, and bugs are the archenemy of good times. Here are tips and strategies to help you throw shade on Mother Nature:

  • Install an awning, canopy, or pergola. It’ll make it easier to read your Kindle or iPad and keep you dry during a summer shower. Look for products with polycarbonate panels, which block UV rays, too.
  • Rig glass fence windscreens to the keep your BBQ fires burning.
  • Screen in your porch or deck against bugs. But screening will be for naught if you forget the slats between wood planks. Cover the floor with outdoor carpet or staple screening to the underside of floorboards.

Read more at houselogic.com | 7 Ideas to Help Use Your Outdoor Space More


10 Quick and Easy Party Menu Ideas

Entertaining expert Meg Allan Cole gives ten universally applicable and simple menu ideas that will be a big hit at your next party. (02:22)

View more on HGTV's video channel | 10 Quick and Easy Party Menu Ideas

 

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta and Mint

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

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper cored and cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 eggplant (about 1 pound), cut across into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 medium zucchini (about 8 ounces each), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Directions

1. Arrange the vegetables in a single layer on a tray or work surface. Lightly spray both sides with olive oil cooking spray. Preheat a grill or grill pan over a medium-high heat. Grill the vegetables in batches until both sides are nicely charred and the vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes for the pepper, about 8 minutes for the eggplant and onion, and about 6 minutes for the zucchini. When the vegetables are cool enough to handle, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to a large bowl.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and oregano. Pour over the vegetables and toss. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Gently stir in the tomatoes and mint. Divide the salad between 4 plates and sprinkle with the feta.

Read more at foodnetwork.com | Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta

Compiled from Google, 2015

 

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