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Sunriver Style Trends: Top Kitchen Update Trends of 2018

Kitchen Updates in Sunriver and Central Oregon

Create some space and increase organization. That is on the top of the list of 2018 kitchen updates. 

According to experts at Houzz and their 2018 Kitchen Trends Study, creating space for adequate storage is one of the most important features in updating kitchens as well as the needs for space to work, play, live, entertain and clean. In locations, such as Sunriver, homeowners are gravitating toward kitchens with open space that blend with living areas as well as upgrades such as pull-out waste and recycling baskets, baking sheet organizers, drawer organizers, revolving corner trays and pull-out trays and shelves.

Countertops are also at the top of the upgrade list. Although easy-to-clean and durable granite countertops are still highly sought after, engineered quartz countertops are gaining popularity. Flooring materials that top today's list include engineered wood and laminate in addition to hardwood flooring.

The color trend of kitchens is shifting from warm woods to bright and light white. In Sunriver, many homeowners blend the two for a fresh and modern take on mountain and forest living. Don't forget about cabinet doors. Shaker-style cabinets are most popular as well as flat-panel and raised-panel doors.

Kitchen tech is also on the rise. Wireless and voice-activated appliances and devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home are being brought into the home.


Is the Central Oregon Real Estate Market in Another Bubble?

Opinions vary on when and where it began, but there is little debate over whether the housing bubble had a direct impact on the Great Recession. Many homeowners and previous homeowners turned-renters are still recovering from the sting the economic crisis had on their net worth and retirement goals. Central Oregon, making national headlines frst for rising home prices and then again for the collapse, was affected more substantially than many markets. The last few years' recovery to a growing and active Central Oregon Real Estate market is leaving many begging the question: are we going to see another bubble?


Financially speaking, the U.S. is in a very different state than even a few years ago. Sub-prime lending has given way to far more conservative lending parameters. Taxpayers are feeling some relief as a result of tax reform and home buying incentives such as the Tax Relief Act of 2009 and the home buyer tax credit of 2008-2010.


Rapidly rising home prices are a thing of the past, being replaced by slower, more sustainable growth. From an economic standpoint, I believe we are well insulated from experiencing another housing bubble. Real Estate is cyclical, just like any other large economic factor; prices and inventory will rise and fall over the seasons and years. However, home ownership has been and continues to be a substantial part of an individual's long term savings and wealth-building portfolio. Short-term real estate gains are an unhealthy indicator and something we're very unlikely to see in the upcoming decades.


What does this mean to a home buyer or home seller? Many of the clients I work with are second homeowners/buyers and are cautiously optimistic, and so I recommend educating themselves about how the Central Oregon market is behaving before making a move. 


Compared to this time last year, Sunriver home prices are rising steadily at 3%*. My team and I have represented 20 percent of all sales in Sunriver YTD 2015, and so we can see that the market is trending toward one of balanced inventory and sales levels. Price per square foot is rising -- currently at $202/sf, up from $191/sf this time last year.


If you are a homeowner looking to down or upsize, there is a wonderful selection of homes in all price ranges. Many original owners are realizing some lost equity and selling the homes they've owned for 30 years or more. There is a mixture of vacation rental buyers, second home buyers and a few full-time residents.


If you are a buyer, the sweet spot continues to be at or under $450,000. Seventy two percent of homes in that range have sold this year. As we approach fall, inventory levels remain strong, and many homes are vacant from the busy summer rental months providing excellent buying opportunities. Historically, when we move into the winter months, inventory levels drop signifcantly and selection becomes more limited.


*Local real estate statistics based on information provided by the Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon made available August 2015. Neither the Association nor its MLS guarantees or is in anyway responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activities in the market. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Powell is the top producing Broker at Sunriver Realty, Sunriver's leading real estate company. She has a team of 3 licensed brokers committed to providing the highest level of service to her clients. Michelle's reputation is well deserved, and is known as The Agent Who WILL Get Back To You! You can reach Michelle at or 541. 771.2997. Michelle is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Oregon.


Fly into Sunriver, and Stay for Awhile

Sunriver Airport features Hangar Rentals


Did you know that Sunriver Resort has Managed Airport Hangars?


These large new hangars are privately owned, and they lease the land from Sunriver Resort on a long-term lease. The owners use them for the variety of aircraft owned personally, and the Resort Airport manages the hangars for rental purposes under a contractual agreement with the owners. Both of the new hangars are for rent on a nightly basis for transient aircraft or homeowners, and the airport management schedules the use of the hangars and collect the rental fees at the airport. They can house almost any aircraft that can land at Sunriver Airport.


Sunriver Resort manages one other small hangar in the original Camp Abbott group of hangars. It is perfect for a small, single engine plane. Overnight rental rates start at $75 a night, and go up to $400 a night for a larger jet. There are discounts for multiple-night stays. For more information about the Sunriver Airport and hangar rental, contact Sunriver Resort Airport at 541-593-4603 or 1-888-780-4438.


Come on In! It's the 2015 Open House Weekend.


Come On In! It's the 2015 Sunriver Realty Open House Weekend.


Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7


Open House Weekend


Sunriver Realty invites you to the 2015 Open House Weekend on June 6 – 7, 2015


Purchasing a home is often one of the most important decisions in a person's life and deciding on a particular house comes with many options. Forty five percent of recent buyers used open houses as a way to narrow down their choices and find their dream home.


To assist homebuyers in this process, Sunriver Realty will be holding open houses all weekend long as part of the 2015 Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® Open House Weekend on June 6 – 7, 2015.


For more information, call 541-593-7000, or Click for Sunriver Realty's Open Houses


Culture: The Bend and Sunriver Way of Life

Central Oregon Lifestyle favorites include craft brews and outdoor recreation

The predominate culture in Bend and Sunriver Oregon centers around our love for outdoor recreation and craft beer.

Why recreation? The Cascade Mountains, lakes with its usual sunny weather offers an endless playground for outdoor enthusiast. Recreational activities include downhill skiing at Mt bachelor, cross country skiing, mountain biking, cyclocross, road biking, hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, golfing, rock climbing and the list goes on.

Why beer?  We are part of a larger northwest culture that has a long standing love for craft brews. Founded in 1988, Deschutes Brewery located in Bend, led the charge to begin satisfying our thirst for a local craft beer. Now, we have around two dozen craft breweries in Central Oregon that keep us supplied with a huge variety of traditional and innovative brews. Plus, what could be better after all that recreating?

Now go grab your hiking boots or golf clubs, and go out and enjoy this amazing place we call home.



Sunriver Realty Announces Advanced Virtual Tours

Sunriver Realty offers its customers the most current industry tools that help buyers and sellers alike. We are proud to announce that we are expanding our virtual tour services by utilizing the industry's top virtual tour platform companywide. This will allow for an enhanced online presence of homes listed by our brokers.

What makes our tours better?  The simple answer is that they serve as a useful tool for both buyer and seller.

Sunriver Realty virtual tours allow viewers to expand each scene instantly to a significantly larger size, view property details, view location on a Google Maps, print full-color flyers with photos, and access a built-in mortgage calculator to quickly estimate monthly payments. 

The high-quality tours offer sellers the ability to distribute the link as they see fit via email or social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest which furthers the reach of the listing.

Buyers can delve deeper into each home featured in our virtual tours and find out more information about the home and make researching homes more simple. Buyers also have the ability to share the tour with friends and family. When looking for their next home, they can share with friends the home they are considering or about to buy.

To learn more about virtual property tours by Sunriver Realty and to see a demonstration, Please contact us at 541-593-7000 or Click Here. 

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