Baker City Real Estate New, Pending, Sold Report for March 23 to March 29, 2009

March 31, 2009

The Baker City real estate market remains steadily active for last week. More new listings and four pending sales. Of the two solds that are showing in the report, only one property closed last week. The property on Pocahontas Rd. closed last year, but was not entered into the Multiple Listing Service. Historically, we should be getting increased buying activity through April and May leading into the busiest months for the Baker City real estate market, June through October. Keep checking back for more market information and other helpful information.

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6 Landscaping Tricks That Wow Buyers

March 26, 2009
From Realtor® Magazine
In today’s market, sellers have to work harder to persuade buyers that their property is worth the bite.

Landscape designer Michael Glassman has cooked up a recipe for guaranteed curb appeal. 

1. Add splashes of color. With every changing season, a landscape should provide a new display of colors, textures, and fragrances. “It’s best to use one or two and repeat them,” Glassman says. Example: white iceberg roses that bloom in spring, summer, and fall as a backdrop; in front, a contrasting punch of purple salvia or lavender that will flower at the same time; and as an accent, a crape myrtle tree that provides changing leaf colors in fall and interesting branches come winter. 

2. Size trees and shrubs to scale. These should be planted in the right scale for the house so that they don’t block windows, doors, and other architectural features on the home’s facade. A large two-story house can handle a redwood, Chinese pistache, sycamore, or scarlet oak, but a one-story cottage is better paired with a flowering cherry, crabapple, or eastern redbud. Too many trees cast too much shadow and cause potential buyers to worry about maintenance and costs. 

3. Maintain a perfect lawn. A velvety green lawn demonstrates tender loving care, so be sure sellers’ homes don’t have brown spots. Some rocks, pebbles, boulders, drought-tolerant plants, and ornamental grasses will generate more kudos, especially in drought areas. 

4. Light up the outside. Good illumination allows buyers to see a home at night and adds drama. Sellers should use low-voltage lamps to highlight branches of specimen trees, a front door, walk, and corners of the house. But less is better. The yard shouldn’t resemble an airport runway. 

5. Let them hear the water. The sound of water appeals to buyers, and you shouldn’t just reserve this for your backyard. A small fountain accented with rocks provides a pleasant gurgling sound, blocks street noise, and is affordable. 

6. Use decorative architectural elements. A new mailbox, planted window boxes, and a low fence wrapped in potato vines add cachet, particularly during winter months when fewer plants blossom. Colors should complement the landscape and home. Just don’t overdo it: Too much can seem like kitschy lawn ornaments. 

Source: Michael Glassman, landscape designer, Michael Glassman and Associates, Sacramento, Calif., 

 Barbara Ballinger is a freelance writer for REALTOR® magazine.

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Baker City Real Estate New, Pending, Sold Report for March 16 to March 22, 2009

March 23, 2009

More new listings for the past week in the Baker City real estate market. Only one pending sale and no closed sales during the week, which isn’t that unusual for this time of year. Poor weather during most of the week gave way to a nice Friday and Saturday. This is definitely a great time for buyers; a lot of very nice homes on the market at good prices and interest rates that dipped below 5% for a 30-year fixed mortgage. Those that are in the position to buy may be getting the opportunity of a generation. Come back and check the Baker City real estate blog for news updates and more weekly reports.

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Baker City Real Estate New, Pending, Sold Report for March 9 to March 15, 2009

March 16, 2009

The Baker City real estate market continues to increase in terms of activity. Several new listings have appeared in the last week and pending sales have also shown nice numbers. Closed sales are still lagging behind, mainly due to lender delays. We will keep watching the financial news and the Obama Administration for more news on freeing up consumer credit. Keep checking here for more information!

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February 2009 Baker City Real Estate Market Action Report Now Available

March 13, 2009

The February Market Action Report is now available by clicking the link below. The report outlines the real estate market activity for Baker county for February. This is a great report to see how many homes have sold for February, what the average and median sales prices, number of listings, etc. You will also be able to compare it to past totals. This report is a must to stay informed on the Baker City real estate market.

We are hoping to digest the information and comment on it in a post early next week.

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Baker City Real Estate New, Pending, Sold Report for 2/23/09 to 3/8/09

March 9, 2009

The Baker City real estate market must be getting more active because we didn’t have time to post last week. We apologize and will attempt to make it up to you by providing the last two weeks in this week’s New, Pending, Sold report. We are seeing an increase in new listings, which is fairly typical for this time of year. We are also seeing some pending sales! Closed sales are still lagging, as money is still tight and lenders are swamped with refi requests. We should also have February’s Market Action Report within the next few days. Stay tuned!

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