Meet Jackie Zurbrugg

Meet Jackie Zurbrugg, one of our fantastic agents! Jackie is a seasoned real estate broker with immense expertise. She brings her wisdom and know-how to better serve her clients. She truly listens to what her clients want and makes sure to present them with options that best suit their needs and preferences. Jackie enjoys helping her clients reach their goals, and loves to be there at the finish line to celebrate with them at a close. She describes herself as plain and simple with her approach to real estate. It takes great expertise to be able to present the complexity of real estate in a way that is easily understandable. And, this is second nature to Jackie when communicating with her clients.

Meet Jackie Zurbrugg

The Goal

Jackie’s main goal is to make sure her clients are happy in the end with their decisions. This means, if her clients want to take their time, that’s just fine. She is along for the journey to support them every step of the way. A big milestone like the buying or selling of a home sometimes takes time. There are also other times clients just know the house they want right off the bat. The point is, it’s different for everyone. Flexibility is another reason that Jackie likes real estate. She likes being able to go from place to place and meet different types of people. Not only that, she also loves that she’s constantly learning new things. That way, she may better serve her clients with the most up-to-date information in real estate. 

When Jackie isn’t doing real estate, she’s spending time with family and being outdoors as well as keeping up with her three kids. Her family raises a small flock of sheep as well. Jackie has fun trying new things out and would like to learn to play some musical instruments at some point. Real estate is a part of her life though, and we are proud to have her a part of our team. If you’re looking into buying or selling real estate, Jackie is a great person to help lead the way to make your real estate dreams come true.

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Trust Your Marbles

Trust in your real estate broker is crucial to have when making major life decisions. At BST Realty LLC, we have long-term relationships with our clients, because we know that trust may take some time, too. Perhaps it’s because you’ve had some less than desirable experience in the past before working with us. That’s okay. We understand the importance of building trust. It’s a foundational block to making sure that your transaction goes as smoothly as possible. As Brené Brown puts it, trust is a bit like adding and subtracting marbles from a jar. Now, if you’re new to hearing this idea, let’s elaborate a bit more on how to trust your marbles.

Trust Your Marbles

When you’re with someone, and they do something that demonstrates trust to you, you add a marble to that jar. It could be that they remembered an important day in your life, or they came through for you when you were having a tough time and needed someone to listen. It’s about showing that you’re reliable. It’s also about confidentiality. And, this goes both ways. You wouldn’t want your friend to talk badly about you, but you also wouldn’t want to necessarily hear your friend talking about others either, right? At BST Realty LLC, we do our best at representing our clients without getting into needless gossip. It’s about making sure our clients have all the information they need to make the most informed decisions. There are so many ways to build trust.

Each time someone demonstrates that you can trust them, you drop another marble into the jar. And, sometimes those jars become full! If you have jars full of marbles, that’s wonderful. If your jars aren’t that full, we are also here to help with that! Ethics is important to us, and we love building relationships that last. In other words, we are in it for the long haul. If you’re looking to build a trustworthy relationship with a brokerage, then look no further. Let’s talk, and get started on this grand real estate journey together!

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Holiday Tradition

Each year in December, people ring in the season by celebrating with a holiday tradition or two. Perhaps it’s hanging the calendar to countdown how many days until Santa arrives. Others it’s lighting the first candle of the Menorah. Dancing, storytelling, and African drumming could also be how you celebrate. In Silverton, one of the traditions is the lighting of the Christmas tree in the middle of town. Many families come out to see Santa Claus give the signal to light the tree. A simple but very momentous moment for all the kiddos to experience. However you may celebrate, it’s truly a special time of year.

The Silverton Christmas Tree

At BST Realty LLC, we love how the people that make up our community are unique. Each person has a different way of thinking that makes all our lives that much richer. We have offices in Keizer and Silverton, so if you’re looking for another festive holiday activity, the Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display is also an amazing sight to behold. Our agents also bring different qualities and experiences to the team. And, this makes us that much more knowledgable when serving up simply the best service to our clients. During the holidays, we also give back to our community in different ways. It makes us feel good to help out families that may need a boost during the holidays by getting things like clothes and toys for the kiddos.

Our community is so very important to us. And, maybe it’s the wintertime that makes us think a bit more inward about what we’re doing in the world, that makes us also want to express our love and gratitude outward during the holidays, too. At BST Realty LLC, we hope that you have a wonderful, and are also ringing it in with joy come the New Year!

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Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before. | MyKCM

Experts predict that with buyer demand being extremely strong, home sales are about to surge. It appears we may soon see a somewhat uncharacteristic increase in homes for sale. Like most industries, residential real estate has a seasonality to it. For example, toy stores sell more toys in October, November, and December than they do in any other three-month span throughout the year. More cars are sold in the U.S. during the second quarter (April, May, and June) than in any other quarter of the year.

Real estate is very similar. The number of homes sold in the spring is almost always much greater than at any other time of the year. It’s even labeled as the spring buying season. Historically, the number of buyers and listings for sale significantly increase in the spring and remains strong throughout the summer. Once fall sets in, the number of buyers and sellers typically drops off.

Last year, however, that seasonality didn’t happen. The outbreak of the virus and subsequent slowing of the economy limited sales during the spring market. These sales were pushed back later in the year, and last fall and winter saw a dramatic increase in home sales over previous years. The only thing that held the market back was the extremely limited supply of homes for sale.

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What About This Winter?

Some experts thought we’d return to the industry’s normal seasonality this winter with both the number of purchasers and houses available for sale falling off. However, data now shows that neither of those situations will likely occur. Buyer demand is still extremely strong, and it appears we may soon see a somewhat uncharacteristic increase in the number of homes coming to the market.

Buyer Demand Remains Strong
Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before. | MyKCM

The latest Showing Index from ShowingTime, which tracks the average number of monthly showings on available homes, indicates buyer activity was slightly lower than at the same time last year but much higher than any of the three previous years (see chart below):A report from realtor.com confirms buying activity remains strong in the existing home sales market:

“New housing data shows 2021’s feverish home sales pace broke a yearly record in October, . . . with last month marking the eighth straight month of buyers snatching up homes more quickly than the fastest pace in previous years. . . .”

Buyer activity for newly constructed homes is also very strong. Ali Wolf, Chief Economist for Zondarecently reported that Stuart Miller, the Executive Chairman of Lennar, one of the nation’s largest home builders, said this about demand:

“There is still a great deal of demand at our sales centers with people lining up and not enough supply.”

The only question heading into this winter is whether the number of listings available could come close to meeting this buyer demand. We may have just received the answer to that question.

Sellers Are About To List – Right Now

Instead of waiting for the normal spring buying market, new research indicates that homeowners thinking about selling are about to put their homes on the market this winter.

Speaking to the release of a report on this recent research, George Ratiu, Manager of Economic Research for realtor.com, said:

“The pandemic has delayed plans for many Americans, and homeowners looking to move on to the next stage of life are no exception. Recent survey data suggests the majority of prospective sellers are actively preparing to enter the market this winter.

Here are some highlights in the report:

Of homeowners planning to enter the market in the next year:

  • 65% – Have just listed (19%) or plan to list this winter
  • 93% – Have already taken steps toward listing their home, including working with an agent (28%)
  • 36% – Have researched the value of their home and others in their neighborhood
  • 36% – Have started making repairs or decluttering

The report also discusses the reasons sellers want to move:

  • 33% – Have realized they want different home features
  • 37% – Say their home no longer meets their family’s needs
  • 32% – Want to move closer to friends and family
  • 23% – Are looking for a home office

Data shows buyer demand remains unusually strong going into this winter. Research indicates the supply of inventory is about to increase. This could be a winter real estate market like never before.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of buying or selling, now is the time to have a heart-to-heart conversation with a real estate professional in your market, as things are about to change in an unexpected way. Contact one of our experienced agents to get started today.

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Meet Brianna Brookfield

Meet Brianna Brookfield! She is one of our wonderful agents! Brianna is also BST Realty LLC’s Office Assistant at our Keizer office. She does a fantastic job of making sure her clients achieve their goals. One of the ways she does this is by giving them the space they need to truly think about what they want in a home. She listens carefully to what her clients want and need in the buying or selling of a home. Brianna says that good communication skills are key to making sure her clients get to where they want to be. She leads with an honest approach, so that way her clients may make the most informed decisions on their real estate journey.

Brianna’s pathway into real estate started with her sister, Brittney Black, who is also a Managing Principal Broker with BST Realty LLC. Brianna saw what her sister was doing and the welcoming atmosphere of the team. And with this, she became interested in becoming a Broker herself. As an Office Assistant and Broker, Brianna is able to understand the in-depth nature of what goes into a transaction. This knowledge is so valuable not only to her clients but also in supporting our team!

When Brianna isn’t doing real estate, she enjoys her time outdoors. She especially loves to scuba dive and has explored the Pacific Northwest as well as more tropical places like Hawaii. This inherent need to explore and experience new things translates well into her role as a Real Estate Broker. We are so proud to have her on our team. If you’re thinking about taking the “plunge” into buying or selling real estate, give Brianna a call! She’ll help you navigate the waters to achieve your real estate dreams.

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‘Tis the Season

December is right around the corner, and people are getting ready for the holidays. At BST Realty LLC, we get into the holiday spirit by supporting our community in different ways. One of those ways is to give gift boxes to students/families who may need a little help this year. The idea is simple, pick out a tag on the Christmas tree at our Keizer Office, and fulfill someone’s wish list. ‘Tis the season, and in a way, you could think of yourself as Santa Claus. I mean, why do you think Santa always looks so jolly? It’s because Saint Nick is going around the world giving presents.

Tis the Season

Presents can take so many different forms. And, when it comes to people who may be in need, it just makes sense that the generosity of the holidays is shown through serving our community. We adore our team, our clients, and our community. You make us who we are, and we help one another shine. Our team is comprised of some very talented individuals who also have big hearts when it comes to helping out one another. We strive for simply the best service when it comes to our clients. Because, when our clients flourish, we do too. When we think about all the people in our community, we are so thankful.

This holiday, think about how you’re going to celebrate and support your community. At BST Realty LLC, we think about who needs support as well as making sure we support local businesses and organizations. Another simple way to spread more holiday cheer is to remember to shop local. Whether you’re donating to a non-profit or buying locally, we hope that it warms your heart. We are grateful to be a local business that serves so many. And, we are looking forward to all the holiday festivities to come. How might you be like Santa Claus this year?

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Thankful for Our Community

During the holidays, it’s easy to get lost in the details. But, one of the ways to zoom out and view the bigger picture is to do good things for others. It not only helps lift them up but lifts up everyone involved. The goodness a person feels inside after helping someone that is in need is irreplaceable. Taking a moment to look outside ourselves opens up a completely new world of possibility. At BST Realty LLC, we are so thankful for our community. Each year, we give back in many ways. It’s because we believe that when we help others, the entire community benefits. Are there ways that you give back to your community?

Thankful for Our Community

Holiday Giving

We have a lot of things happening during the holidays. And, if you’d like to be involved, too, here are just a few ways! At the Keizer Office, we’ll have a tree to hang donation tags from the Keizer Chamber for local youth that need items in the community. Also, there is a Shangri-La donation tree, too, that’s better for if you’d like to donate online. So many ways to give, it’s sometimes hard to choose. But, here’s a hint, go with your heart.

It’s not just the holidays that we think about our community. A portion of what we earn goes back into the community through the year. To wonderful organizations like the Warrior Battalion and Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA). We’re proud to be a part of our community and to support one another. At BST Realty LLC, hope that your holiday is plentiful. And, that your heart is filled to the brim with gratitude like ours.

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Rainbows are Everywhere

In the pacific northwest, we are no strangers when it comes to the rain. Some people welcome it, while others would rather have a bit more sunshine on the horizon. With the rain sometimes comes rainbows. A rainbow can add a bit of hope to an otherwise dreary day. Did you know that rainbows are everywhere? It’s just the way the light hits the angles just right in the sky that makes them visible. At BST Realty LLC, we want to make each experience as magical as a rainbow. There can be some rainy days, but there is always that hope that a beautiful thing will occur to get you to where you want to be. There are endless possibilities when it comes to your home journey, and we are here to guide you.

Our agents’ expertise helps clients in whatever stage of life they may be in. For first-time home buyers, it could be just learning what it entails to become a homeowner. For experienced sellers, it could mean examining priorities with how they’d like to make the next move. Our agents also bring unique experiences that make them specialists in a particular field. Some of our agents know residential through and through, while others specialize in rural properties. In addition to this, other agents understand what means to buy and sell commercial properties. The point is, we have so many talented agents, that you are bound to find one that matches what you’re looking for in a real estate broker.

So, the rainy days are here. But, that doesn’t mean your real estate journey has to stagger. Even though the market may be slower, it’s still a great time to look for homes or strategize a plan for the future. At BST Realty LLC, we are here to make sure that you reach the goals you have set. And, we are here to advocate and support you at every point in the journey. There may even be a rainbow to greet you at the end.

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What gives?

Sometimes, when it comes to the holidays, things can begin to feel a bit stressful. There is planning to see family from afar, tackling a homemade dish you may have never cooked before, or trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone. You get to a point where you think, “What gives?” The real question though is, “Who gives?” It’s the people that make up our community and support it. And, when zooming out to view the bigger picture, one can plainly see there is a lot of love out there. At BST Realty LLC, we are all about supporting our community. As a local business, we get how important it is to make sure the people closest to you feel safe and comfortable in their lives. This is the effort we provide for our clients, too.

Buying a home can be an emotional rollercoaster. It can also be an adventure where learning and growth happen. It’s a big milestone, so it makes sense that people may be emotionally invested in what may be their potential home for years to come. At BST Realty LLC, we are here to help you navigate the real estate process, alleviate the worries you may have, to make it a more enjoyable experience. Our agents are experts in the field and will help you at every step in the journey. Plainly put, we love helping people reach their goals and then some. It goes back to the idea that when our community thrives, so do we.

Selling a home can also bring up emotions. Maybe it’s a home you’ve raised a family in. Or, perhaps you spent a lot of time remodeling it on your own. Either way, we can have some attachments to a home that tugs at our emotions. That’s okay. We are here to listen and make sure that you achieve your goals as well. We want to make sure that although you may have a teary-eyed goodbye when you shut the door, that you are happy with the outcome. And, you are looking forward to what is ahead in your real estate journey. Give us a call, and let’s figure out a plan in which we can best support you and your dreams.

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Hitting the Trail

Fall is showing off its beautiful colors and signaling a transition into the colder winter soon to come. In the Willamette Valley, we aren’t strangers to the changes of the seasons. And, like real estate, there will always be ebbs and flows with how the market goes. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or an experienced seller, it’s never too late to start up a plan with us. At BST Realty LLC, we are experts in the field and will help you strategize. Hitting the trail and achieving your real estate goals is our specialty. And, quite honestly, it’s our honor to serve you.

The inventory is sometimes a bit slimmer in winter. However, that doesn’t mean that it may not work out to your advantage. If you’re a buyer, there may be fewer people looking for a home, and that means less competition when it comes to offers. If you’re a seller, you may also get more of a chance to shine, since there may be fewer homes on the market. Many homes go on the market in spring and summer. It can be for many factors, like it being easier when school is out for summer. Although, the colder months may offer you a diamond in the rough for possibilities with your home dreams.

At BST Realty LLC, we have a talented team of agents. Each agent offers a unique set of qualities to best serve you. We support one another as a team, and this tight-knit group offers a collective knowledge that is hard to beat. If you’re thinking about buying or selling during the fall and winter months, let’s talk. The same goes for if you’re thinking about the future. Whether it be this week or a few years, we are here to help you plan out and strategize to reach your real estate goals.

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