We Love Our Community

We want to give a big thanks to all the people who wrote down their appreciation to our COVID heroes. We love our community. At BST Realty LLC, we believe in supporting community and love that so much gratitude and admiration were shared on the love notes to COVID heroes that we had posted on our office window. We are a proud affiliate of the Homes for Heroes program that supports our heroes as well. It means that people in our community like firefighters, nurses, teachers, and police officers may be able to save some money on the purchasing or selling of their homes. If you’re curious about this program, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always glad to listen to our clients’ needs and wants, so we may serve them.

we love our community
All the wonderful notes left from our community to our community.

Although Valentine’s Day has long passed, we want to continue with the sentiment of love and support for our community. We are stronger when we work together. We give many thanks to the firefighters who have been on the front lines to keep us safe from wildfire. To the medical care professionals who have worked so hard to keep us safe. To our teachers, we thank you so much for your adaptability in the classroom, whether it be online or in-person. And we thank our police officers for protecting us. All of our heroes are leaders in our community.

Our Silverton office window filled-up with loves notes to our COVID heroes.

What will you be doing with spring rolling in? How might you share your gratitude with someone who has helped keep you safe? Or, perhaps someone who is struggling? These stories of support also keep our community strong. At BST Realty LCC, we will continue to champion on community, because we believe in it. We are a local business that supports in many different ways. And, we are here to serve you and your family as well when it comes to making big decisions with buying and selling your home. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, let’s talk. Let’s figure out the best way for you to continue to thrive in your community.

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Horseback Riding

As the days get colder, the forest gets greener. Sometimes it’s the perfect time to go on a hike when you need a little solace from your day to day routine. Because, there are just less people out on the trail. Other times, it may be a great day to take a horse on the trail and go horseback riding. If you don’t know, Silver Fall State Park has some great horse trails. Whether you’re a hiker or a horseback rider, it’s fun to see these wonderfully beautiful creatures out on the trail.

Horseback Riding
Horseback riding on the trail at Silver Fall State Park

Getting back in the Saddle

Did you grow up on a farm as a kid? Are you thinking about getting back in the saddle as it were? Fond memories of getting your saddle ready and moseying about on the farm with your pony may be popping into your mind. Or, perhaps you had a lesson or two in the past. Maybe you’d like that feeling of working with horses in the outdoors again. Then, Silver Falls Lodge offers just the thing. They offer guided horseback rides from late spring to early autumn. You may also be thinking now’s the time to get more serious, then the Whitewind Farm in Mount Angel may be a place for you to check-out. It provides riding lessons, boarding, and much more.

Hitting the Trail

In the Willamette Valley, there are so many choices out there to explore. Our job is to make sure you get what you’re asking for, and that the journey there is smooth and as enjoyable as possible. A bit like taking a horse out on the trail. At first, it may be a bit intimidating, maybe because you haven’t ridden for a while. At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we are here to smooth out the bumps in the road, so that way you can enjoy the ride. So, give us a ring, and let’s start the real estate journey together.

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Meet Melissa Boyd

Meet Melissa Boyd
Meet Melissa Boyd
Melissa with her adorable pugs in the sunshine.

Meet Melissa Boyd! If you’re looking for an agent that takes her clients’ needs seriously by truly listening, educating, and being there above and beyond – then Melissa is your person. When Melissa walks into a room, you know that she’s not only a genuinely caring person, but also an educator at heart. This is a wonderful thing to have, especially with first time home buyers who are trying to navigate the intricate layers of real estate. From buying a home for your first time to selling a home in order to downsize, Melissa has the expertise to help serve you in your real estate journey.

Melissa teaching a 1st Time Home Buyer Class at our Keizer office.

Born Educator

Melissa is a born educator. She’s taught from Mississippi to Oregon, and from elementary school to university. This variety of perspectives in teaching eventually led Melissa to real estate. She applies her teaching skills when working with clients, too. Melissa determines what previous knowledge her clients have in real estate, and goes from there. She also encourages her clients to do a drive-by of homes they are interested in, and to get a feel for the neighborhood. She’ll ask them, “Can you see yourself bringing home groceries? How does that feel?” It’s important to do this, because as we all know, how you feel about a place is a pretty good gauge on whether you should move on to another home of interest, or perhaps this is the home for you and your family.

When it comes to the details and marketing skills, Melissa has you covered. Melissa uses her master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition and previous Technical Writing teaching expertise to better serve her clients. This comes into play when the smallest details matter most in a contract, and also makes for providing great marketing skills for her Sellers. Whether you’re a Buyer or a Seller, Melissa uses her stealth educator skills to better serve you.

Caring for Community

Meet Melissa Boyd
Melissa takes care of her clients, and that means safety first…sprinkled with some fun, of course.

Melissa goes the extra mile with her clients. During the pandemic, Melissa has been checking-in on her clients to make sure they’re doing okay. She’s even helped some of her clients with an appointment they may need to get to or making sure they get food deliveries to their home. Because, that’s just the kind of person Melissa is. She really cares about the people in her community.

Melissa having fun with other agents on our team for the bocce ball tournament for charity!

Our agents at Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC are here to serve you and your unique needs in real estate. We are also an affiliate for the Homes for Heroes program, which helps teachers and other essential workers in the buying or selling of their home. We are so lucky to have Melissa, and all of our wonderful agents as a part of our team. Give us a ring if you’re thinking about making that next move, whatever it may be. We are here to help you on your real estate adventure.

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Meet Sheldon Lesire

Meet Sheldon Lesire

Meet Sheldon Lesire, one of our wonderful agents at Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC! Sheldon uses his knowledge of home loans and background as an educator in his real estate expertise. Growing up, Sheldon would hear his dad talk about his work in home loans. Later on Sheldon started working with kids in Junior High at Eugene Field, and realized he loved working in education.

Meet Sheldon Lesire
Sheldon celebrating a closing on a home with his client!

A career path in special education

Sheldon’s career path veered in the direction of education. He learned while going to college that 80% or more of youth sent to juvenile detention centers may qualify to be in special education. From that point on, Sheldon sought out to make sure students were getting the support they needed so they would be more likely to succeed in life. That’s why he chose the professional path of special education.

Joining the Team!

Sheldon eventually bought a home in Silverton and no other than Dixon Bledsoe was his real estate broker. Dixon noticed how Sheldon’s background was so perfect for real estate, that he asked him to come on board! Sheldon thought about it, and realized it was aligned with what he was doing in life, and moved toward becoming a real estate broker. When asked how Sheldon thinks his professional background in education aligns with real estate, he said, “It’s all about people and being able to explain fairly complicated concepts. It’s also really important to be connected to the community and have a problem solver’s attitude.” With real estate, sometimes things don’t go as they’re anticipated, however Sheldon says that’s just a part of it, “We can’t just throw our hands up and it’s done. We’ve got to be creative and tackle things one by one.”

Sheldon having fun celebrating a close with his clients!

Since March, there have also been some changes with how education and real estate are conducted. Sheldon works for Silver Crest School, a part of the Silver Falls School District. He noticed more growing pains with the school system in general, because some students benefit much more with in-person classes. The good news is that there have been some changes in fall to accommodate for students who really need that in-person teaching experience.

Achieving Your Goal

Sheldon also noticed that real estate seemed very well suited for an online platform, and has adjusted well. Some of the most rewarding things about both real estate and teaching are when he sees someone get that look on their face that shows, “I’ve got it!” Sheldon reflects on how it’s, “the best thing in the world,” when a person he’s working with achieves their goal.

At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, we are proud to have Sheldon on board as well as our many stellar agents. We are a proud affiliate of Homes for Heroes, and teachers are just one of the groups of essential workers who may qualify for this home program! As we have discovered with Sheldon, we have agents that are multi-faceted with a lot of valuable experience to offer when working with their clients. We’re here to help you in the buying and selling of your home, and to make the process as seamless as possible. Give us a ring, and let’s start talking about how to make that happen!

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Your Personal Oasis

Your Oasis

Waterfalls are a huge part of the Willamette Valley. From Silver Falls to Shellburg, and all the gems in between, we are so thankful to be surrounded by the majestic beauty of nature. Silver Falls State Park is just a short jaunt from Silverton and the Salem area. Even though it’s rainy out, it could be one of the best times to go explore it. The greens become brighter, and you still have a chance to experience those big beautiful yellow leaves of the maple fall down to the ground. The Willamette Valley has so many things to offer. At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we are here to show you around to the home you’ve been dreaming about. We want to help you find your personal oasis.

Your personal oasis
Winter Falls in Silver Falls State Park

Our Approach + Homes for Heroes

We approach real estate with the strength and peace that a waterfall brings, and we aim to have the process as smooth as possible. That way, you can focus on the things that matter most and begin creating memories in your new home. Did you know that we are also an affiliate with the Homes for Heroes program? If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a program designed to support essential workers like firefighters, teachers, and more. We love supporting our community, and this is just one of the ways we say, “thank you,” for the important work that you do.

Your personal oasis
A path lined with ferns and the leaves of fall.

If you find yourself wandering about one of the many places that have waterfalls, just take a moment and be. It’s a wonderful feeling to be in the presence of a waterfall, and it’s just one of the many things we are thankful for in Willamette Valley. At Silver Falls State Park, Winter Falls is a mere dripping spring, and now you can see it in full form. Winter Falls is situated between North and South Falls. It’s a great little spot if you’d like to do a half loop around the park.

You may think of your home as your personal oasis, too. And, we’re here to help you get to that oasis. Give us a ring, and let’s have a conversation about what you’re envisioning for your future home.

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Exploring Local Farm Stands

Red Wagon Farm dog

The Willamette Valley has so many things to offer, including a strong agricultural community. At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we believe in supporting local businesses. Exploring local farm stands is just one of many ways to get to know your community more. Farmers provide fresh produce and other wonderful items to choose from, and they’re just downright adorable.

Exploring Local Farm Stands
A friendly little greeter to help you choose your pumpkin.

Have you heard about The Red Wagon Farm? You may have seen The Red Wagon Farm in specialty stores. This is where you have access to wonderfully fresh produce and delightful pickled things like different types of sour kraut. Not only that, but farm fresh eggs that are produced by chickens fed with organic feed. This time of year though, you’ll probably see bright orange and yellow from all the pumpkins and gourds! This is a special place just off one of the country roads near Silverton. If you’re thinking about making the move to the country or somewhere else in the Willamette Valley, then give Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC a call. Our brokers are here to help guide you in your real estate adventure.

Exploring Local Farm Stands
So many pumpkins to choose from!

Taking a little drive down country roads is a way to get to know the area, and be greeted with brilliant colors of spring. Of course, this time of year you may see the bright greens from rain and the orange and yellow ushering in more of autumn. Exploring local farm stands are a great way to find that perfect pumpkin and also those warm fuzzy feelings you get by supporting local and being in a serene place, this is just one of the many places you can go. And, who knows, you may even make a friend or two along the way.

Exploring Local Farm Stands
And, if you’re a fan of decorative gourds and spaghetti squash, then this is the place!

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Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery | MyKCM

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery. With more U.S. states reopening for business this summer, and as people start to return to work, we can expect the economy to begin improving. Most expert forecasts indicate this economic recovery will start to happen in the second half of this year. As we get back to work and the financial landscape of the country begins to turn around, many experts also agree that real estate has the potential to lead the way in the recovery process.

According to Ivy Zelman of Zelman & Associates:

 “Housing will fare better than expected during this severe downturn.”

In addition, CNBC notes:

How Your Tax Refund Can Move You Toward Home Ownership

“Mortgage demand from home buyers shows unexpectedly strong and quick recovery…The quick recovery has surprised most forecasters.”

Robert Dietz, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says:

“Overall, the data lend evidence to the NAHB forecast that housing will be a leading sector in an eventual economic recovery.”

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery | MyKCM

One of the big reasons why housing has the potential to be such a driving force is the significant impact it has on the local economy. This impact is particularly strong when a newly constructed home is built and sold. According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average new home sale has a total economic impact of $88,416. As outlined in the graphic below, this is a combination of income generated from real estate industries, expenditures, and new home construction.With so many unknowns today, especially in the wake of a worldwide pandemic, one known factor is the bright spark the housing market can play in local and national recovery. Buying and selling a home goes well beyond personal growth and satisfaction – it supports our economy as a whole.

Bottom Line

According to experts, the economy will begin to recover in the second half of this year. With real estate as a driver, that recovery may start sooner than we think.

Real Estate Economic Recovery

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Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in Homebuying

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey | MyKCM

When the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s called a “seller’s market.” The advantage tips toward the seller as low inventory heats up the competition among those searching for a place to call their own. This can create multiple offer scenarios and bidding wars, making it tough for buyers to land their dream homes – unless they stand out from the crowd. Here are three reasons why pre-approval should be your first step in the homebuying process.

1. Gain a Competitive Advantage

Low inventory, like we have today, means homebuyers need every advantage they can get to make a strong impression and close the deal. One of the best ways to get one step ahead of other buyers is to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you make an offer. For one, it shows the sellers you’re serious about buying a home, which is always a plus in your corner.

2. Accelerate the Homebuying Process

Pre-approval can also speed up the homebuying process, so you can move faster when you’re ready to make an offer. In a competitive arena like we have today, being ready to put your best foot forward when the time comes may be the leg-up you need to cross the finish line first and land the home of your dreams.

3. Know What You Can Borrow and Afford

Here’s the other thing: if you’re pre-approved, you also have a better sense of your budget, what you can afford, and ultimately how much you’re eligible to borrow for your mortgage. This way, you’re less apt to fall in love with a home that may be out of your reach.

Freddie Mac sets out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

Local real estate professionals also have relationships with lenders who can help you through this process, so partnering with a trusted advisor will be key for that introduction. Once you select a lender, you’ll need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

Freddie Mac also describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you’ll be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or Cash Reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

While there are still many additional steps you’ll need to take in the homebuying process, it’s clear why pre-approval is always the best place to begin. It’s your chance to gain the competitive edge you may need if you’re serious about owning a home.

Bottom Line

Getting started with pre-approval is a great way to begin the homebuying journey. Let’s get together today to make sure you’re on the fastest path to homeownership. Contact one of our preferred lenders and get pre-qualified today!

Dreaming of a new home in 2020? Contact us today!

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First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year

First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year | MyKCM

In the latest Housing Trends Report, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) measured the share of adults planning to buy a home over the next 12 months. The report indicates the percentage of all buyers that will be first-time buyers looking to purchase a home grew from 58% in Q4 2018 to 63% in Q4 2019.

The results revealed,

“Millennials are the most likely generation to be making plans to purchase a home within a year (19%), followed by Gen Z (13%) and Gen X (12%)…Prospective buyers in the youngest two generations are primarily first-time buyers:  88% of Gen Z buyers and 78% of Millennial buyers are reaching out to homeownership for the first time in their lives.”

With a high demand from first-time homebuyers and a shortage of inventory in the current market, selling your existing home this year might be your best move. Why? Because when homebuyers begin their search, they’re not all looking for new construction. Many are eager to find a little charm and character in a place to call home – possibly yours.

In fact, according to the same study, there is a significant demand for existing homes:

“In terms of the type of home these prospective home buyers are interested in, 40% are looking to buy an existing home and 19% a newly-built home. The remaining 41% would buy either a new or existing home.”

With showing activity up among buyers and more new construction coming to market, as a homeowner, you have the opportunity to sell your existing house now and move up into a new one, or downsize into a home that better fits your current and ever-changing needs.

Bottom Line

Not all buyers are looking for a newly built house. If you’re ready to take advantage of low mortgage rates and a high demand for your existing home, let’s get together to determine how we will market the charming details of your current house to potential buyers.

Dreaming of a new home in 2020? Contact us today!

Silverton: 503.874.4666
Woodburn: 503.446.5411
Keizer: 971.339.5244

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Biggest Issues Facing The Housing Market

Inventory……Interest rates…..Appreciation

The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next Year

The housing market will be defined by three things…

This coming year the housing market will be defined by 3 things- inventoryinterest rates, and appreciation.  But the biggest issue the housing market will face in 2020 is an inventory shortage.  There aren’t enough homes on the market for buyers, especially on the lower end of the market. This is a topic that has come up frequently within the past several months.

Based on what is forecasted, we know that interest rates are projected to remain low

Based on what is forecasted, we know that interest rates are projected to remain low and that appreciation is expected to continue as we move into 2020.  Additionally, the upcoming election will provoke many unique perspectives on the health of the US housing market. The challenge will be understanding what is actually happening and how you can best position yourself if you are thinking of buying or selling your home.

Here are several perspectives to consider on the inventory issue facing housing next year:

According to realtor.com:

“Despite increases in new construction, next year will once again fail to bring a solution to the inventory shortage that has plagued the housing market since 2015. Inventory could reach a historic low as a steady flow of demand, especially for entry level homes, and declining seller sentiment combine to keep a lid on sales transactions.”

Diana Olick at CNBC:

“Inventory has been falling annually for five straight months, after it recovered slightly toward the end of last year, due to a spike in mortgage rates. Rates began falling again by spring of this year. Homebuilders have been increasing production slowly, but it’s not enough to meet the increasingly strong demand.”

George Ratiu, Senior Economist with realtor.com

“As millennials — the largest cohort of buyers in U.S. history — embrace homeownership and take advantage of this year’s unexpectedly low mortgage rates, demand is outstripping supply, causing inventory to vanish. The housing shortage is felt acutely at the entry-level of the market, where most millennials are looking to break into the market for their first home.”

Bottom Line

The most important thing you can do is understand what is happening in your local market. You may not be able to avoid some of the issues brought on by low inventory, but you can be educated and prepared. Let’s connect and discuss the options that make the most sense for you and your family.

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