Just Listed in Bend, Oregon!
3Beds/ 2.5 Baths | 1,888 SF | 0.10 ACRE Lot | Built in 2005 | Offered at $549,950
This lovely home situated on a private corner lot boasts an excellent NE location close to schools, shopping, restaurants, and Pine Nursery Park! Step in the front door to a spacious entryway with soaring vaulted ceilings and beautiful wood floors that run throughout the first floor. Enjoy an open greatroom floorplan full of natural light, with upgraded kitchen that offers solid surface countertops, butcher block island, full tile backsplash, gas range and pantry. Upstairs you will find nicely appointed bedrooms as well as a large bonus loft that is perfect for a play room or office space. The fully fenced backyard has terraced gardens and two new raised beds for growing veggies. Come see this house today- it won't last long!
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3Beds/ 2 Baths | 1,673 SF | 0.19 ACRE Lot | Built in 2018 | Offered at $394,950
Owner's pride shows in this impeccably maintained single-level home in the quiet community of Deer Ridge. Walk through the front door into a spacious entry with high ceilings and elegant pre-finished white oak wood flooring. An open concept floorplan offers a comfortable great room with cozy gas fireplace, separate dining area and plenty of windows for natural light. The beautiful kitchen is full of upgrades! Knotty alder cabinets, full tile backsplash, ss appliances, quartz countertops & generous sized island in chiseled edge granite. Situated at the back of the house, the well appointed Owner's Suite boasts excellent separation of space, a large walk-in closet, double vanities, tiled shower and soaking tub. The private fully fenced backyard includes a large covered patio, in-ground sprinkler system, fruit trees, berry bushes and raised veggie bed with drip system. Schedule a showing today- this beautiful home won't last long!
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Mother's Day Local Gift Guide
Mother's Day is less than a week away, but don't panic! We've done all the work for you and have some fantastic local gift ideas that will be sure to make any Mother feel like a Queen Bee! Click on the photos for website links and more info. Enjoy!
Photo used in this blog post are from individual business websites.
Buying a home for the first time can be exciting, stressful, emotional, and at times you may wonder how you are ever going to get those keys in your hand. Before you are ready to take the leap and begin house hunting, there are a few easy steps that you can take to get things started on the right foot and expedite your journey to home ownership. These things can be done ahead of time, so when you find the right house, you can make a move fast!
1) Meet with Several Lenders
Even if you are still a couple of years out from starting your home buying adventure, it is a great idea to meet with a few different lenders in your area. They can help you zero in on some financial goal setting to get you ready to buy. Your lender is a vital component to the home buying process, so it is important that you choose a lender that you enjoy working with. Some lenders are laid back, others are high energy- when you find one that matches your personality, you're ready for the next step.
P.S. If you're not sure where to start, I have several excellent lenders to recommend.
2) Get Pre-Approved
When you decide on a lender, they will work with you to decide on the right loan program as well as go over what you can comfortably afford. They will go over monthly payments, down payment amounts, closing costs, etc. Your lender will then give you a pre-approval for the max amount that you can spend. If you don't have enough work history, too low of a credit score or your debt-to-income ratio is too high, your lender will give you some goals to work towards in order to be eligible to get a loan in the future.
3) Select a Realtor
You are going to spend a lot of time with your realtor, so it is very important to choose a someone that is experienced, professional, and has a personality you enjoy. Ask around to see if any of your friends or family have someone they would recommend. Don't be afraid to meet with several realtors before choosing someone to work with- just make sure you are clear with them that you are interviewing several realtors before you choose someone. If you start working with a realtor and aren't happy with their level of service, be honest with them about your expectations. If you don't see eye to eye, communicate that you would like to stop working with them BEFORE you start working with another realtor. We only get paid when you close on your house- no hourly or salary wages here! So even though we love to assist buyers, it is disappointing to find out they are working with 2 or more realtors at the same time. Believe it or not, this happens more often than you would think!
4) Start Your House Hunt!
Your Realtor will set you up with an MLS search that gives you immediate notifications when new homes come on the market with your criteria. If you are new to town, make time to drive around to get a feel for different neighborhoods. Better yet- take a walk to get a better feel for the areas. Attend open houses, drive by potential listings that you are interested in and stay in touch with your realtor.
5) Shop for Home Owner's Insurance
Your Realtor should have several recommendations for you to explore. It's a good idea to ask your friends and family who they are using as well. Many times, you will receive a bundle discount if you use the same insurance for automotive.
6) Other Things to Remember:
- Make sure you don't quit or change jobs, buy a new car, or splurge on a big vacation or new furnishings until your house closes.
- If you go to an open house, tell the realtor holding the open house that you are already working with a realtor and hand them your realtors business card. If they are aware that you aren't looking for a realtor to represent you, they will let you explore the house without trying to be pushy or offer their services to you.
- It's easy to get wrapped up in the emotions, especially when an offer doesn't get accepted or a seller isn't cooperating. Keep the end goal in mind, envision keys in your hand and stay the course.
- No question is a dumb question! Real estate can feel like a different language and we are always happy to explain the process.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to get started with your own house hunt. If you know a first-time home buyer that is hesitant to get started, please send them my way. I absolutely love assisting first-time home buyers navigate the ins and outs of the home buying process.
Let's grab a cup of coffee and chat real estate!
- Molly Maphet
5 Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal
You know what I'm talking about- there are houses that you drive by without so much as a second glance, and then there are those memorable ones that make you feel like you're coming home. That's called Curb Appeal! Below are 5 easy ways to add curb appeal to your home.
1. Update Your Mail Box
Before someone even comes up your driveway, they are scanning the street for addresses. Have an easy-to-read address on a nicely maintained mailbox for a great first impression.
2. Hang An American Flag
Nothing says the American Dream like a regal flag fluttering in the crisp fall breeze. It also says apple pie, football games, and cozy fires in the evening. It's the trifecta!
3. Buy A New Doormat
I'm a big fan of functional decor. If this winter is as cold and snowy as last year in Central Oregon, a new doormat to help kick off the snow is a no-brainer. These adorable doormats from Wayfare.com are a quick and affordable pick-me-up for your front porch.
4. Install New Porch Lighting
Lighting is important not only for safety, but to help you find those darned keys that are somewhere in the bottom of your purse. These cute lights below are sure to spruce up your front porch!
5. Invest in a New Front Door
This may be a little bit more of a splurge, but along with gaining some serious curb appeal, you also score on safety and energy efficiency. New doors can range anywhere from $200 and up, however, if you already have a good quality door, it may just need a paint job to brighten your entryway.
Photo Source: www.Decorpad.com
Other items to boost your curb appeal could be flowers or greenery in flower pots, a cute wreath on the door, or patio furnishings. Remember- when choosing some of your bigger ticket items like lighting or a front door, keep in mind your style and overall look to make sure it is consistent with your home's style: Craftsman, Mediterranean, Modern, Traditional, Rustic/Cabin, etc.
- Molly Maphet
October Market Report
We saw record numbers in Central Oregon this summer! It's all about Supply and Demand, and thus far we are experiencing lots of demand as builders have been working hard to keep up. I know what you are all thinking... "Is a bubble on the horizon?" I've heard mixed reviews and personally think that although we are seeing a slight softening in the market this fall, we will still see strong sales prices this coming year as Bend and Central Oregon continue to become "found" by those looking for the quality of life that is provided here.
With that said- fall, winter and early spring are excellent times for buyers to take advantage. Many people don't want to go house hunting or move during the holidays and cold weather, but for those hardy folks that don't care about a little snow, there is opportunity for a great find and some more negotiating leverage.
As a fourth generation Oregonian and resident of Bend for the past 20 years, Molly Maphet has a deep knowledge of the market and local communities. She loves spending time outside with her husband and young son, and will rarely turn down a good cup of decaf coffee.