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Bend Real Estate . . . Sales Dip in September

by John and Sandy Kohlmoos on October 13, 2014

 September . . . The Month of Change

September in Bend always feels like the month of change. Most of the tourists are gone, we’ve got glorious Indian summer days and cool nights, sometimes we even see our first snow.

September 25 . . . first snow of the season at Mt. Bachelor in Bend

Bend Real Estate Market

The Bend real estate market waffled (a technical real estate term) a bit in September. Sales numbers were off 20% from August’s figure; for the first time in 4 months, we failed to reach the 200 sale plateau.

Bend real estate

The median price took a corresponding hit as well–down about 15% to $278,500. Much of the decline could again be attributed to lagging high end sales. But, before we whine too much, it’s important to realize that the sales of existing/used high end homes in communities like Awbrey Butte and Broken Top are being radically impacted by new construction

New construction in Tetherow impacts Bend real estate

in neighborhoods like Northwest Crossing, Tetherow, and North Rim. These new custom homes do not show up in our standard MLS data

Odds and Ends

Distressed properties (short sales and bank owned) continued to be a non factor in Central Oregon, accounting for less than 6% of sales. It seems so strange now to think back to just a few years  ago, when all of us feared the peril of so much “shadow inventory,” and the effect it would have on our Bend real estate market. The issuance of new building permits rumbled on at a near record pace (58 for the month). “Pending sales” hovered right around the 200 unit market, boding well for the months to come.

Also on the positive side, interest rates remain low and unemployment figures are encouraging.

Hillside Park at $1,250,000

The most expensive single family home (on an acre or less) purchased in Bend in September was an “awe-inspiring” four bedroom, 4.5 bath, 4525 square footer in Hillside Park on the Butte.

Hillside Park in Bend

After languishing on the Bend real estate market for more than a year (382 days), the home went for $276 a square foot. It featured 180 degree views–from the eastern buttes all the way to Mt. Bachelor.

Views from the eastern buttes to Mt. Bachelor

It also offered a rather freaky framed view of the Deschutes River though the prominent fire place.

Freaky framed view of the Deschutes River though the prominent fire place

Deschutes River Woods . . . $150,000

A sick-built (I meant to say “stick built”) home at $150,000 in Bend . . . unheard of in this market!

Stick built in Bend for $150,000

The 2/1, 731 square foot cabin in Deschutes River Woods actually sold for more than the list price; and it closed in just 41 days.

Remodeled kitchen in DRW

It was built in 1946 on a sweet .87 acre lot.

Median Price in Bend . . . $278,500

Another winner in DRW! This one . . . neat as a pin; 3/2, and 1561 square fee, featuring a view of the canal and a huge garage.

Neat as a pin in DRW in Bend . . . $278,500

It also sold quickly . . . goes to show that there’s always demand for larger lot (.58 acre) product– at $178/square foot.

$178/square foot in Bend

 What’s Ahead?

Some good stuff happening in Bend this month . . . take a look at our post on October Events and Calendar. It also contains a good article (and map) on the vacation rental controversy presently brewing in Bend.

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