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“Oh Somewhere in this Favored Land . . .”

by John and Sandy Kohlmoos on March 18, 2017

Oh Somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,

The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light . . .*

Maybe not in Bend (at least not the sun part). Perhaps a bit of a Snowmageddon 2017 hangover . . . whatever the reason, the Bend real estate market in February performed much like it did in January. But, we shouldn’t blame the mediocre performance just on the weather . . . maybe it’s the President’s fault!

Shredding Pilot Butte at sunrise. Photo by Jon Tapper.

The skiing continued to be all time!

Bend in February

The big story in Bend real estate continued to be the dearth of available inventory (just 2.5 months overall), with the subplot of disappearing affordable product. Check out the second row of the chart below . . .

February 2017 sales in Bend

that’s the new “low end!” Bend has become an extremely difficult place for first time buyers to find a home. For contrast, look at this chart from just four years ago (February 2013) when 34 homes sold for less than $200,000.  (and we didn’t even include a “luxury” category).

Feb 2013

We all should have bought then!

Anyway, we saw the purchase of 132 homes (single family residential on less than an acre) in February; only 169 were pended.

Significant Home Sales in Bend

What constitutes a notable sale? It’s simple . . . just means that “Team Kohlmoos” made them. There were a couple of good ones in February.

Home in Broken top sold by Sandy Kohlmoos

A wonderful 4/4.5, 3070 square foot,  single level home on Broken Top’s first fairway that went for $895,000 or $292 per square foot.

New construction in Mirada in Bend

Great new construction . . . another single level in Mirada on Bend’s eastside. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, and 1544 square feet; it sold at $315,600 or $205 per square foot.

Median Price in Bend

Median price sank a bit in February . . . to $356,289; down from $370,000 the previous month.

For that price, one would be lucky to find something like this newly constructed Hayden Home in Monticello Estates.

Hayden Home in Monticello Estates in bend

Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2250 square feet. Quality counters, stainless appliances, air-conditioning, and a fenced backyard. What more could one want? And at $158 per foot.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land . . .

Also, a great location near Pine Nursery in SE Bend.

The Luxury Market . . . $2,200,000

Four homes in Bend sold for more than a million dollars. The winner was a big one . . .  a stunning NW style home with remarkable views of the Deschutes River.

$2,200,000 on the Deschutes in Bend

The four bedroom, 5.5 bath, 8247 square foot (you read that right!) home went for a cool $2.2M or $267 per square foot.

It featured an open-beamed great room with soaring fireplace; a gourmet (there must be a more descriptive term!) kitchen with all the great stuff. Radiant floor heating throughout and wonderful outdoor spaces.

Soaring fireplace in Bend

As an aside, this home languished on the market for 844 days (originally listed at $2.95M) . . . showing just how difficult this price point is in Central Oregon.

Riverfront in Bend Oregon

Affordable Bend . . . $194,900

Wow! A turnkey home (albeit on a tiny lot) in Bend for under $200,000 . . . the only one this month!

Under $200,000 in Bend

2/2 and 1000 square feet . . . a sort of great room design with new laminate flooring, the house went for $195 per square foot. Sure, the lot was postage stamp-sized (in Realtor speak that’s “easy maintenance”), but the location was convenient . . . next to Kiwanis Park and adjacent to the train tracks in the Stratford Park neighborhood.

Conveniently located adjacent to the train tracks in Bend

Nevertheless a home in Bend for under $200,000!

What’s Ahead?

As if I’m a seer or a psychic, in this section, I normally try to make up something profound, like:

  • Interest rates will rise slightly
  • More inventory will hit the market as we approach spring
  • New construction will continue to boom
  • No slow down in in-migration
  • Price increases will be minimal (if at all)

However, this month I haven’t really a clue.

*My apologies to Ernest Thayer

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