Keller Williams Mid Willamette real estate agent

Keller Williams Mid Willamette real estate agent
Steve Frisbie is a licensed real estate agent in the State of Oregon. REALTOR®. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tips on buying a dishwasher.....

  • How to Buy a Dishwasher

    When you buy a dishwasher, hone in on the model that’s got the right combination of size, features, performance, and price. Read
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kitchen remodel? Here's a few thoughts about getting a new wall oven....

  • How to Buy a Wall Oven

    When deciding on a new wall oven, here’s what you need to know about features, style, price, and performance. Read
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis has something happening nearly every weekend it seems...

This last weekend I was out for a drive and happened by the Benton County Fairgrounds and they had an Antique auto show and swap meet going on.  It piqued my interest enough to stop by and check it out.  

The fairgrounds seems to have events nearly every weekend these days.  I've been to the Saturday Market that they host during the warmer months on several occasions, they also host an indoor market much of the winter.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Is it the strongest Seller's Market ever?

I just saw this little blurb (click here), on, about rising home prices.  I thought I'd pass it along.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Here's some pretty current Corvallis real estate statistics, from April 2017...

Here's a chart of local Corvallis real estate data we're given at work on a monthly basis that I like to share on the blog.

I've been posting these stats for the last few months, but I've never really taken time to explain them in case they are not self-explanatory.  I'll discuss the categories first, this will be very basic, it's my take on things, so others may interpret the charts differently ...

 Active houses are for sale... and available. This year we have a real shortage of active available homes compared to last. Inventories have been running low for months now in comparison to the same time last year. The list of active homes is pretty much constantly changing every day.  Many homes coming on the market are changing status from active to under contract in a very short time.

 Pending homes, in this case I believe, are still technically not sold, but they were active and now are under contract and in the process of working through escrow, so they are basically not available unless the sale falls through.

Pending to active ratio is an interesting one. It basically is a measurement of homes in process of going through escrow to homes which are active and available.  When you compare this years numbers to last year's numbers, there is in general a higher ratio of pending to active homes this year than last... despite low inventories, what we have is selling in good numbers.

Number sold... pretty self explanatory.  Homes have changed ownership. Despite the relative shortage available homes recently, we've had about the same number of sales occur during this period that we did last year.

List to price ratio... Homes this year are pretty much being sold at, or very near, asking price in most cases.  It looks like last year there were a few more "deals" out there.  I know from what I've seen recently that there are a fair number of homes entering little bidding wars and selling for above asking price.

The average days on market is interesting.  In most cases homes are selling faster this year.  Now looking at the numbers someone might think that properties are sitting for 2.5 to 4 months.  That's generally not the case.  The days on market is taken from the day it hits the market til the day it closes.  Unless a home is bought cash outright, it can take quite a while to work through a sale. A home could very feasibly hit the market, have an accepted offer that day or a few days later, and still take another 60 or so days to work through the whole process.  If a home sale falls through, it all starts over again. "Days on market" doesn't necessarily correspond to days available for purchase. Overall, homes do seem to be moving faster this year.

Average $ per square foot is sort of an indicator of where the market is heading price-wise.  The numbers can be skewed at any given point it time or price point, but over time if that number is going up house prices in general are probably going up.

Well, that's my simple interpretation of the numbers anyway. It seems to be a good time to be a seller, buyers seem to be out there and homes are selling. Please click here if you'd like to see last month's numbers.

If you or someone you know has been thinking about selling a home, give me a call or email me. I'd be happy to answer any questions and be of help to you.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Here's a couple ideas on how to spend a tax refund....

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Yummm... Tacos.... Went to Taco Vino in Corvallis for the first time this week....

Corvallis has a bunch of great taquerias these days. A new one opened up recently and my wife and a friend who's my unofficial "over-eating partner" (we like to pig out at times) both wanted to go check it out.  I thought I'd write a bit of a report.

Taco Vino is a slightly more upscale taqueria than most we have here.  They feature hand made yellow corn tortillas and some unique offerings as far as fillers go.  I'm pretty much a carnivore, but they offer jerked jackfruit and habenero tacos that I am going to have to try.

 When we lived in Hawaii we had a long driveway and there were 3 or 4 rather scrawny jackfruit trees on our property by the local road/trail that serviced the neighborhood. in 14 years we never did eat those things.  It took us two or three years to discover we had them (we were eating the mangoes and the avocados right off the bat) and when we finally discovered them we'd try to let them get up to size, but when they'd hit 8-10 pounds they'd disappear- likely our neighbors or people who'd scrounge the neighborhood for fruit.  They are sort of like a very bumpy watermelon sized grenade looking thing filled with a fruit that apparently tastes kind of bubble gummy. I never tried it so I can't really describe it well. You should look it up, it's interesting.

Anyway, it was delicious.  We went for the tacos, they run in the 3.50-4.50 range in price. They do have 8-10 micro brews on tap as well as a full bar, and more food than just tacos. Salsas are pretty much incorporated into the taco fixings, they do have some interesting house made sauces (you can barely see them at top of the photo above).  I suppose I should mention where it is... It's downtown on the corner of First and Monroe.

Real estate market stats for Lebanon Oregon from March 2017...

Here are some stats from Lebanon that were passed out at work last month.  There were a lot of pending and sold properties earlier this year despite the overall number of active listings been down.  It's a good time to be a seller it appears.  If you have real estate needs, please contact me.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Just how disruptive are various home remodeling jobs????

I thought this was a neat article.  We have considered doing a few things around the house, it's nice to have a bit of an idea how long things can take and how much they'd impact your daily life....

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Moving time! What are some of the first things I should do in my new house?

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Monday, April 10, 2017

A visit to Spiritopia in Corvallis Oregon...

I was driving from Albany to Corvallis a couple of Saturday's ago and decided to take Granger Road into town (Granger road gets one off of Highway 20 and to the Lewisburg road/Highway 99  junction quite quickly from Albany) and noticed a sign streetside that Spiritopia was open for tastings that day.  I'd never been there, so I decided to stop in.

Spiritopia is a craft distillery which produces several varieties of liqueurs. I stopped in primarily to see what they produced, "somehow' I was talked into a couple of tastings. I found myself partial to a couple of their ginger liqueurs, but there are several to choose from.

Vivacity Spirits,another producer of small batch spirits, is located in the same small industrial complex. It didn't happen to be open at the same time that day, but both locations offer tours of their distilleries during drop in hours.

To get to both distilleries from Corvallis, just head up 99w to Lewisburg road and turn right.  Lewisburg road to the east becomes Granger road.  The distilleries are located in a small industrial building complex just past Mountain View Elementary School.  I don't know if they keep regular hours or not, it's probably best to call ahead.

Here's another possible tax deduction...

  • Are Mortgage Points Tax Deductible?

    When you took out a mortgage to buy your home, did you pay points? You may be able to deduct that prepaid interest on your federal tax return — but only if you meet a long list of rules. Read

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

American Pickers Oregon plays on the History Channel this Monday April 10th..

I got hooked on this show a couple years back, it's a fun show if you like "old stuff", man cave stuff and such.  Apparently Mike and Frank, the show's stars/hosts came to Oregon back in September.  They apparently spend a good portion of this week's episode up in the Salem area. It should be fun.
Here's a link to a story about this week's episode. Click me!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Oregon State University Women's Gymnasts advance to the NCAA Championships...

I thought I'd pass this along.  Congratulations to the team.

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A little information on some property tax exemptions....

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Here's some real estate statistics from Albany, Oregon from March 2017...

In my work with Keller Williams Mid Willamette I get access to statistics which I've received permission to pass along. Here's some from last month. Links to previous months and Corvallis stats will be posted below.

If you have any real estate needs, please contact me.

Click here for Corvallis stats from March!
Click here for February stats for Albany!

Those pesky property taxes... here's some hints if you want to try to reduce them...

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For another post on property taxes, click here.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Here's some home projects you can have your kids join in on....

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Here's a seasonal lawn care schedule....

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