Coats for Kids Campaign


September 17, 2018 through October 25, 2018

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As part of Windermere’s long-standing commitment to help those in need, our offices throughout Southern Oregon will be teaming up with KDRV to collect children’s coats. We invite you to join us in the effort. Help us share the warmth this winter by bringing new or gently used child-sized coats to our office weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Click here to view the other drop off locations located throughout Southern Oregon.

Posted on September 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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Matthew Gardner’s 2018 Housing Forecast

Matthew Gardner’s 2018 Housing Forecast

Posted January 5 2018, 12:00 PM PST by Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate

Windermere is fortunate to have Chief Economist Matthew Gardner on staff to provide valuable analysis of the economy and housing market. Matthew recently completed his national forecast which details his predictions for the 2018 housing market.



Posted on January 5, 2018 at 11:52 pm
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School Supplies for Shady Cove School

Each time one of our agents buys or sells a home, a portion of the commission is donated to the Windermere Foundation. We are happy that we can use these funds to support our local community. This money will go a long ways in supplying school supplies to students at Shady Cove School who would not be able to afford it otherwise.


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Posted on November 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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Thanks to the Windermere Foundation, our office was able to purchase 30-pairs of shoes for students at Shady Cove Elementary & Shady Cove Middle School. Windermere understands the importance of giving back to our community. 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 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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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 


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


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



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

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



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


This article originally appeared on

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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