Mt Bachelor Makes MSN's Top 10 List

Ski Mt Bachelor in Bend 

MSN's "Top 10 Hippest Ski Areas You Rarely Hear About" article includes Mt Bachelor here in Bend. Roughly 20 minutes from Bend, Mt Bachelor is one of the only mountains that you can ski 360 degrees. In the past couple of days the ski area has received well over a foot of fresh snow, yet Bend has been dry. Another reason I love living in Bend! There aren't many places that receive as little amounts of snow as Bend, but have a ski resort 20 minutes away that gets a ton of snow every year.

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Breweries in Bend Oregon

CRUX brew pub in Bend
CRUX Brewery in Bend

Bend is known for many things, it's sunny weather, mountains, rivers, scenery, outdoor recreation, lifestyle, and OF COURSE IT'S BEER!  The craft brew craze has taken over in the northwest, and Oregon is on the map for it's production of craft beer.  And we have some of the best breweries right here in Bend.  Lately, it seems like a new brewery is popping up every few months. Normally you wouldn't associate beer with tourism, but our breweries are getting so much national attention that people are coming in flocks to see the breweries in person. So much so, that Visit Bend made a Ale Trail Beer Tour, that includes a smart phone app. 

Our Breweries

In no particular order, below is a list of the Central…

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Bend Foreclosure Deals

Although foreclosures aren't dominating our Bend real estate market like they used to, there are still opportunities to score a bank owned home in Bend.  Currently there are only 16 on the market, but they sell really quick.  There are currently 19 REO's pending sale, (REO means Real Estate Owned by the bank, and is another term for foreclosure).  We're starting to see more REO activity, and I think we'll see more listings hitting the market throughout the next few months.  I don't think it's going to be the big surplus that some have talked about, and the foreclosures shouldn't have a big impact on our overall market prices. 

Even thought it's a foreclosure, it doesn't mean it's a good deal.  Some of the banks have put listings…

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A Winter Day Trip to Elk Lake Lodge

Snowmobile to Elk Lake Resort

Yesterday I decided to load up the old snowmobile and saddle up for a ride to Elk Lake Lodge for lunch with some friends.  We parked at the Vista Butte Snow Park, (a pull off parking area a few miles before Mt Bachelor), unloaded the snowmobiles, and geared up for the ride.  It's a short 4 mile ride to Dutchman snow park, which is the closest snow park to Elk Lake.  We elected to park at Vista Butte, because Dutchman fills up fast and can be challenging to find a spot for a truck and trailer.  

From Dutchman, it's an 11 mile ride on a groomed trail to Elk Lake Lodge.  It's a beautiful ride with views of Broken Top, Bachelor, and the Three Sisters along the way.  You'll also see the frozen Sparks and Devil Lakes.

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Bend Area Neighborhoods

Search By Neighborhoods

I've started to create pages for all of the popular neighborhoods in the Bend area.  Each page includes homes for sale in the area and information about the neighborhood.  Visit my Bend neighborhood page to view the various pages that I've created so far. These include subdivisions such as Broken Top, Awbrey Glen, and Aspen Lakes.  Keep checking back for more information on each area.  I plan on visiting each subdivision this spring and producing videos for each of the areas.

If you're looking for a home in a one or more particular subdivisions, please contact me to set up automatic e-mail notifications for new listings matching your needs in your specified neighborhoods.  This is the best way to…

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It's 2013? Already? A look back at Bend home sales statistics for 2012

Happy New Year! It seems like 2012 flew by for me.  2012 included a busy year of real estate business, the birth of my second child, and I'm yet another year older (and it's showing by grey hairs and less hair on top).  Besides the birth of my son, the thing that will stick in my mind when I think of 2012 is "the year the market turned in Bend".  We saw signs in 2011 that the market was rebounding, but statistics didn't prove this until 2012.  Sales were up in early 2012 and continued through the entire year, leaving us with our current inventory of around 2.5 months worth of homes in Bend.

Happy New Year From Bend Oregon real estate

Housing market statistics for Bend

All statistics are from the Central Oregon MLS and…

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