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As transaction coordinator for Bend, Oregon real estate company The Garner Group, I really feel it when things pick up because action in our sales office keeps me hopping! And lately, I’ve been very busy and noticing some interesting trends:

1. Multiple Offer Situations
My husband, who buys homes, was recently one of thirteen offers on a single property in the $250,000 range. Another agent in our Bend, Oregon office mentioned that she was ready to make an offer on a home, and when she called the listing agent there were 27 offers already made on the property. In fact, four other agents at The Garner Group have run into similar problems recently.

2. Low Inventory
Inventory in MLS is the lowest it’s been in a long time, with only 495 residential listings in Bend, Oregon right now. Last month’s inventory was in the 570 range, so this would indicate that houses are selling faster than agents can list them! (Seems like the perfect time to list a home, yes?)

3. Transactions, Transactions (I’m Busy!)
In January of this year I opened 41 transactions with 38 of those accepted and on schedule to close. To have 93 percent of the transaction written in our Bend, Oregon real estate office come together and close is fantastic. This is compared to January 2010, when I opened more than 30 transactions and only had 13 that closed as scheduled.

Another interesting note: MLS average sales price for 2010 was $191,750. The Garner Group average sales price for 2010 was $320,089. I think that’s pretty awesome and wanted to share! We’re working hard as your Bend, Oregon real estate experts.