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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for January 2015

Greetings: It was a sad day for many of us last Friday when our Governor, John Kitzhaber, resigned. He recognized that the issues surrounding him and his girlfriend had become a distraction in getting the business of running our state government done. I have known John since he practiced medicine in Douglas County and supported

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for December 2014

Greetings: Happy New Year!!! The Hummel clan, all eleven of us, gathered in Colorado over the Holidays to celebrate, in fine fashion, Christmas at Adam and Jamie’s house in Grand Junction. Then it was off to ski the mighty Rockies in Beaver Creek, yes we found ourselves in Beaver country even in Colorado. We all

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for November 2014

Greetings: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your families! I am certain that you are all looking forward to this season as we celebrate the Birth of Christ and enjoy one another’s company, especially with family and friends. Cathy and I are flying to Colorado to be with our children

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for October 2014

Greetings: The voters of Douglas County and Oregon have cast their ballots, and while some were pleased with the results, we have those voters that were not. I was extremely impressed that over 70% of eligible, registered voters in Douglas County cast their ballots. This turnout is a true testament that we in Douglas County

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for September 2014

Greetings: First off, I want to encourage all of you to vote! Regardless of your frustration with the lack of progress in Congress, the lack of getting things done in Salem or in county government, it is your right to exercise your vote; that is how our democracy works. It really frustrates me that so

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for August 2014

Greetings: Even though the real estate market continues to be mixed nationwide the West is one of bright spots in real estate closed and pending sales. We always monitor pending sales because they lead to close sales. Most economists that follow the real estate market believe that this fall will be strong in terms of

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for July 2014

Greetings: Our real estate activities have been mixed this year so far. We have seen spurts when activity have been insanely busy then it slows but it never stops. The two biggest causes is the lack of inventory in the price ranges from $150,000 to $250,000. The other reason is that the buyers are having

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for July 2014

Greetings: I just celebrated my 50th class reunion here in Roseburg this past weekend! Yes, the class of 1964, met 4 days in a row. We visited with one another and shared stories of our high school days and what we have been up to over these past 50 years. Mostly the discussion centered around

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for June 2014

Greetings: We hosted our 9th annual Golden Apple awards where we recognized some 32 teachers that teach in our Douglas County schools for their achievements in education. So far we have recognized over 285 teachers for their commitment in helping the students of Douglas County realize their dreams. I feel very humbled by their many

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Douglas County Real Estate Market Trends for May 2014

Greetings: The national economy seems to be recovering more slowly than anticipated. Most economist predicted that we would see a 3-5% increase in the GDP by now but because of the sagging real estate recovery that has not happened. As many of you recall, the robust economy that we all saw in 2000-2007 was due

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