Coats for Kids Campaign 2017

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Thanks to our generous clients at the Kimmel Family Foundation, our office was able to help distribute coats for students in need in our own neighborhood for the Coats for Kids Campaign!

Below is some more information from KDRV News Watch 12.

 

Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids is one of NewsWatch 12’s most impactful campaigns each year. It connects kids in need with winter coats donated by members of the community. Community members can drop off new or gently used kids’ coats at locations in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties. The coats are then cleaned and distributed to a variety of agencies so they can get the coats into the hands of kids in need. The campaign starts Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 19.


Cold Weather Directly Impacts a Child’s Ability to Learn

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 8:23 pm PDT by Kate Houston
Updated: Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 8:29 pm PDT
 
 

Medford, OR. — Fall is in the air which means temperatures are beginning to drop. Many children in Southern Oregon do not have coats to keep them warm during the cold season. 

Kids at Jackson Elementary School in Medford have outdoor recess three times a day. It is important for the students to have time to run around, but they also need to be warm. 

“It’s super important that they’re outside, and that they’re getting that fresh air, that exposure, and brain break. But it is also equally as important to be warm, otherwise they don’t want to go outside,” says Behavior Specialist for Jackson Elementary School, Monique Strain. 

So far, Jackson Elementary has requested 446 coats from NewsWatch12’s Coats for Kids campaign. That is almost as many kids as they have at their school. 

The school says kids who are too cold become frustrated, angry, and have a hard time focusing during class. 

“Having these basic needs met or not met directly affects how a child learns, and then in my department their behavior,” says Strain.

Strain says that these basic needs are the foundation for student’s success. The school says the community that attends Jackson Elementary comes from a 90% poverty rate. They say they have the privilege of serving these kids, and the Coats for Kids campaign directly impacts each family and how the kids feel.

“One word, amazing. There is nothing cooler than having kids come down and receive. If you just think of the basic idea of being able to receive in general it’s a good idea. It feels good, the kids feel great,” says strain. 

Our Coats for Kids campaign is going on until October 19th. Drop-off sites are in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties. For a full list of sites go to our “community” tab on kdrv.com. 

 


NewsWatch 12 Rolls Out Barrels for Annual Coats for Kids Campaign

Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 4:22 pm PDT by Newswatch 12 Staff
Updated: Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 4:28 pm PDT
 
 

MEDFORD, Ore. – NewsWatch 12 is rolling out barrels for its annual Coats for Kids campaign.

Starting Monday, residents will see donation drop off sites in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties. There are over 50 locations.

Donations are already underway and barrels are being filled with new or gently used winter coats for kids.

“I think it’s a great campaign because I know that a lot of people can’t afford their coats for their kids and I was a single mom and struggling and so when I see that the coats are being available for the kids in school, it really makes me happy,” says Teresa Ashcraft.

“There was a time, where if it hadn’t of been for the kindness of others, my oldest boy wouldn’t have had a coat, so when I saw you guys on the news this morning, I said I have to go,” says June McKiernan.

NewsWatch 12 is collecting kids coats of all sizes and all of them will make a difference for a child in need.

To see a list of drop off locations, click here.

 

 


Posted on October 11, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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Shady Cove Citywide Clean Up Day 2017

SHADY COVE CITYWIDE CLEAN UP DAY 2017

Attention Shady Cove Residents! Take advantage of Shady Cove’s Citywide Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Sponsored by the City of Shady Cove and Southern Oregon Sanitation.

 

Acceptable Items:

  • Household Refuse
  • Yard Waste (no plastic bags, no stumps, and no limbs larger than 2” in circumference)
  • Scrap Metal
  • Wood Products (w/o nails or staples)
  • Fencing Material
  • Old Furniture

 

Prohibited Items:

  • Commercial Refuse
  • Paint
  • Tires
  • Insecticides
  • Appliances
  • Fluorescent Light Fixtures
  • Computers/Monitors
  • Hazardous Waste

 

Limit:

1 pickup load or one 4’x 8’ trailer per household for Shady Cove Residents ONLY.

Clean up


Posted on April 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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We Have Buyers But Need Listings

Listings

Current market conditions make it a great time to consider selling your home. Buyer demand is at an all-time high, resulting in multiple offers and less time on the market for sellers. Home values are expected to see continued growth, while interest rates are expected to increase slowly, ensuring continued demand. Whether you’re considering selling your home or just curious about its current value, contact your Local Hometown Realtors for a no-obligation; free Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) at (541) 878-2249.

Here is a recent article from the Medford Mail Tribune regarding current inventory.

Residential inventories have plunged to the lowest level since Southern Oregon Multiple Listing Service began tracking them in 2007.

On Jan. 31, there were 660 single-family houses on the market, down 18.1 percent from a year ago.

“We have buyers, but there is hardly any inventory,” said Mike Malepsy, principal broker at Windermere Trails End Real Estate in Shady Cove.

Houses often attract quick attention when they become available. Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31, sales picked up 10.3 percent, with 600 transactions during the period.

The average time for existing Jackson County houses to sell during the past three months dropped below six weeks, while median prices forged ahead in most local zones. Southern Oregon Multiple Listing Service figures show the county median selling price rose 8.3 percent during a three-month period ending Jan. 31 to $246,950, up from $227,950.

Malepsy said 2016 was his best sales year in a decade, but he could have sold many more if there were more sellers.

“We have a real mix out here with high-end riverfront properties and mobile homes on a lot. The demand continues. There is a lot of interest, just nothing to sell.”

There are fewer options for buyers with particular desires, but with the buildout of the local water system, more construction is in the offing.

“I think we’ll see more people looking this year,” Malepsy said. “Hopefully, there will be more options for them.”
Countywide, new-construction prices escalated, reflecting a greater willingness to build high-end homes. The median sales price for houses marketed through SOMLS rose 13.7 percent to $321,280 from $274,465.

Talent continues to absorb Ashland’s overflow demand. That’s reflected in the $301,750 median sales price, a 22.7 percent jump in the past year. In the past five years, Talent’s median has more than doubled from $145,000 in 2012.

“Talent has room to grow, where Ashland is really strict within city limits and focusing on high-density housing,” said Scott Lewis, a past SOMLS president and an agent with John L. Scott Real Estate in Ashland. “You will pay premium for a home with any kind of yard in Ashland.”

He recently listed a 50-year-old, 1,624-square-foot house with a pool on Clay Street for $440,000.

Phoenix, where there are fewer sales, saw its median bump up 23.1 percent to $278,750.

East Medford, where more than 30 percent of sales took place in recent months, saw its median price climb 7.4 percent to $273,400, up from $254,500. January trends indicated pricing will continue to rise.

“People want to live here, and the Rogue Valley still has a favorable housing affordability index rating by a fair margin,” he said, noting median prices and median household income remain in step.

The median price for a rural home in Jackson County was $375,000, which rose 19 percent from $315,000 a year ago.


Posted on March 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm
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Why It Pays to List Your Home in Winter

Why It Pays to List Your Home in Winter

Are you waiting until Spring to list your home? Check out what this article from REDFIN says…

List home in winter

If you’re listing your home now, use these ideas to make a great cold-weather impression.

Should you put your home on the market now? Unless you need to sell (say, you’ve purchased your next home or are relocating for a job), “timing always depends on supply and demand,” says Indianapolis real estate agent Christine Dossman.

 

To understand your local climate, check the number of days on the market for current and recently sold listings. If most are sitting for more than 60 days, it’s safer to wait until spring, when more buyers will emerge. Yet “if properties are selling quickly, take that as a green light to list,” says real estate broker Peggy Yee of Vienna, Va.

If you do move forward, these strategies will help make your home a hot seller this winter.

Price It Right

The quieter winter market brings special pricing considerations. Unlike in spring, when there are more shoppers—and it may make sense to price low to try to generate a bidding war—you’re less likely to receive multiple offers.

Winter is also a bad time to test the market and list high. If the house doesn’t sell, you may need to drop below market value to nab a buyer before new properties appear in spring and make yours look stale by comparison.

The upshot: Take a conservative approach and price at market value, Yee advises. Check closing prices of comparable properties sold in the past 30 days, then eye current list prices to make sure your home won’t look overpriced.

Schedule a Tune-Up

Winter buyers are particularly attuned to issues related to heating and maintenance. Get your furnace, HVAC, and roof inspected, and make any necessary repairs. Also on your to-do list: Clean the gutters, change air filters, and weather—strip the windows.

Many cold-weather house hunters will also be thinking about heating costs. Consider low-cost upgrades like insulating the attic or installing energy-efficient windows, which can slash utility bills, says Brendon DeSimone, author of Next Generation Real Estate.

Brighten Your Home

Snow and gray skies make for a gloomy first impression. Warm up curb appeal with basic landscaping, and add inexpensive cool-weather plants like holly to invigorate outdoor space. Fix chipped paint, caulk windows, and repair cracked window seals, which can cause condensation that freezes over and creates an eyesore.

Offset the season’s poor natural light by painting your house off-white throughout—it sets a consistent color palette and makes the space feel larger, says Sacramento interior designer Kerrie Kelly.

And create a sense of warmth throughout the home, starting with the living room, where staging can have the greatest impact, according to a National Association of Realtors report. Items like a throw blanket can set the tone since “people are in winter mode,” says Annette DeCicco, a New Jersey regional sales manager at Berkshire Hathaway. Just don’t tie the space to a specific religion or belief, advises Kelly. To stay neutral, use such seasonal touches as stacked wood by the fireplace rather than holiday decorations.

As always, de-clutter and depersonalize. Put away family photographs so that buyers can see themselves living in the home; instead display pictures that show what the property looks like when the temperature is warmer, like the garden in full bloom or the backyard in the summertime. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean buyers can’t appreciate what your home has to offer year-round.

 

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Posted on December 8, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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Shoes for kids in need at Shady Cove Elementary

32-PAIRS OF CHILDREN’S SHOES FOR CHILDREN AT SHADY COVE ELEMENTARY!

 

Shoes for kids at Shady Cove Elementary

We are very happy that our office, could use a portion of our Windermere Foundation funds this year to provide shoes for children at Shady Cove Elementary & Shady Cove Middle School. Enriching the neighborhoods in which we live and work is an integral part of how we do business. That is why we donate a portion of our commission from every transaction to benefit the Windermere Foundation.


Posted on November 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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November Maintenance Guide

Prepare your home for winter with this helpful maintenance guide from Porch.com
 

 

This article originally appeared on Porch.com

Written by Anne Reagan

 

November is full of autumnal celebrations, falling leaves and changing weather. For some regions, snow might already falling and winter wind storms threatening to knock out power. This is the right time of year to keep preparing your home for winter like purchasing snow supplies, testing your generator and keeping the gutters clear of leaves. Be sure to keep your home safe this fall by keeping up with your weekend projects and to-dos.

 

Inside the home

Call and schedule a plumber: The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers due to garbage disposal issues, clogged drains, dishwasher problems and toilet troubles. Do yourself a favor and schedule a plumber to come in and fix issues prior to the busy holiday.

Clean dryer vents and duct system: Thoroughly blowing out the dryer duct system is important to help make your appliance function better as well as reduce the risk of dryer fires. The incidences of this type of fire increases in the winter months so get this task done this month.

Test smoke alarms: Thanksgiving turkey dinners and distraction from entertaining guests mean more accidental cooking fires. Add to this the assortment of unattended candles and fires in the fireplace and you have a recipe for danger. Stock up on fire extinguishers and check the batteries in your alarms.

Get winter storm ready: November wind storms can easily knock out power. Check and replace the batteries in your flashlights and place them in easy-to-find areas of the home and service your backup generator system. While you’re at it, stock up on extra water and canned goods just in case.

Call and schedule a heating service pro: Make sure your heating unit is in good working order and change the filters every 3 months.

Add appropriate leftovers to the compost bin: Big meal preparations can often lead to valuable compost material. Check our composting tips here.

 

Outside the home

Purchase snow removal equipment: This is a great month to stock up on de-icers, shovels and other snow and ice equipment. If you regularly use a snow blower, be sure you have it serviced before the snow falls.

Call and schedule a gutter cleaner: November brings downed leaves, needles and branches which can quickly clog your gutters and downspouts. Protect your roof and foundation by having clear gutter drains. And make sure you use common sense when climbing your ladder – hire a pro if you can’t do this yourself.

Stock up on firewood: If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, make sure you have plenty of seasoned wood. Seasoned wood is wood that has been dry for at least a year. Unseasoned wood can produce more smoke or creosote buildup within the chimney.See our video about how to build the best fire in just 60 seconds.

Keep lawn clear of leaves: Continue to rake leaves and remove heavy, fallen branches off of the lawn this month as wet leaves can suffocate the grass blades. Rake leaves and compost them or use them as mulch around shrubs and bushes in the yard.

 

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Posted on November 11, 2015 at 10:01 pm
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5 Things to Consider if You’re Behind on Your Mortgage

 5 Things to Consider if You’re Behind on Your Mortgage

Posted October 26 2015, 11:00 AM PDT by Richard Eastern

Posted by Richard Eastern

mortgageFinancial setbacks like the loss of a job or large medical bills can make it tough to make ends meet. If you find yourself behind on your mortgage payments, it helps to be proactive.  It’s also good to know that federal and local agencies, even banks, are working to help those who are behind on their mortgages from going into foreclosure.

If you are behind on your mortgage, here are 5 steps you can take.

1)  Call your lender as soon as possible.

As uncomfortable as that call can be, the problem will not go away by avoiding your lender. If you are having trouble making your payments, the sooner you contact your lender, the more options you will have. Some homeowners postpone communicating with their lender for so long, that foreclosure becomes the only option.  Don’t let that happen to you.

2) Talk to a housing counselor.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a list of approved nonprofit housing counselors, who will provide free counseling for homeowners who are behind on their mortgages. They’ll go over options and suggest next steps. Call HUD at 888-995-4673 or visit the HUD site to find a counselor in your area.

3)  See if you can lower your mortgage payment.

You might be able to refinance or do a loan modification to make your monthly payment more affordable. There are a number of programs available depending on your circumstances. A HUD housing counselor or your lender can help you explore your options.

4)  Find out if you qualify for a short sale.

A short sale is an alternative to foreclosure when a homeowner needs to sell and can no longer afford to make mortgage payments. The lender agrees to accept less than the amount owed to pay off a loan, rather than going forward with a lengthy and costly foreclosure process.

Although every homeowner’s situation is unique, the basic criteria for qualifying for a short sale are:

  • You need to sell your home.
  • You owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth.
  • You have a personal financial hardship that will prevent you from making future payments. (Examples of hardship include loss of job, divorce, death of a spouse and medical emergency or illness.)

In most instances, a short sale makes more sense than foreclosure. In general, when you want to obtain a loan to purchase a property in the future, more opportunities will be available to you if you do a short sale. Find out more about how short sales work.

5) See if you qualify for cash incentives tied to a short sale.

Several programs offer cash incentives to homeowners to do a short sale in order to avoid foreclosure.

The federal government’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program might provide $3,000 in relocation assistance to homeowners who do short sales.

Lenders, including Chase and Bank of America, have paid significant cash incentives to encourage sellers to do a short sale and avoid foreclosure. In the past few months, we have had homeowners receive checks from their lender at closing in amounts that range up to $35,000. And these large incentives are not restricted to owners of high-end properties. The owner of a short sale property that recently sold for $164,000 received a check for $25,000. The checks are given for relocation assistance and can be used however the homeowner sees fit. There are no restrictions.

It’s important to note that the seller incentive is determined by the investor, so not every lender is paying incentives. However, if you are considering a short sale, it’s a good time to find out if you qualify.


Posted on October 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm
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Should you buy or should you rent?

SHOULD YOU BUY OR RENT?

Do you dream of owning your own home? Or are you happy to rent a place where a landlord takes care of all your home issues? There are pros and cons of both renting and owning your home. Here are some issues to consider if you are on the fence:


Posted on September 9, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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The Windermere Foundation Wildfire Fund

To help support those families that have been affected by wildfires this year, please consider donating to The Windermere Foundation Wildfire Fund.

Posted in Windermere Foundation by Christine Wood
 

 

We are deeply concerned about the ongoing impact of wildfires throughout the Western United States this year. Eastern and Western Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Western Montana have been hit particularly hard by rampant wildfires this summer. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 65 known fires are raging throughout the states we serve, displacing thousands of families.  We have heard that many of you wish to support the emergency relief for those who have lost their homes.

 

 

The Windermere Foundation is now accepting donations to support the families that have been affected by wildfires. We will disburse donations to organizations that are serving local families based on the region you designate or by your billing zip code. One hundred percent of the funds designated to the Windermere Foundation Wildfire Fund will go to local organizations that are providing immediate assistance to those who are affected by the fires.
 

You can donate online at: https://store.windermere.com/content/FoundationWildfireFund Anyone can make a donation through this fund, so please feel free to share this email with your friends and family.
  
Our hearts go out to everyone who is affected by these terrible fires.
 
Thank you for your support!


Posted on August 25, 2015 at 7:44 pm
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Oregon Summer Vacation

Camping, hiking, boating, tide pooling…we have it all right here in Oregon! What are you looking forward to doing this summer?

The Oregon State Parks Guide for 2015-2016 was just released. Download a copy and start making those summer plans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted on April 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm
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