sisters: McKenzie Highway Once Again Closed for Repairs - 07/27/09 06:54 AM
On a drive from Sisters to Eugene last Thursday, I was surprised to see that the McKenzie Highway was still closed. Usually, the scenic route -- part of the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway -- opens in mid-June and remains open until late fall.
The historic old wagon road is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike (to learn more, read my blog post detailing highlights along the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway). But because the road is so narrow, so winding and so high (elevation: 5,325 feet), it's too difficult to maintain in the snowy winter months, and … (1 comments)

sisters: Wordless Wednesday: Fire on the Mountain - 07/08/09 03:56 AM

Original photograph of the Black Butte II Fire taken by Lisa Broadwater, Broker, GRI; RE/MAX Town & Country Realty, 178 S. Elm, Sisters, OR, 97759. 541-549-3333. All rights reserved and may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission For more images or information about Central Oregon, visit

sisters: June 2009 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Sisters, Oregon - 07/07/09 04:49 AM

Only minor changes from May to June in the Sisters real estate market. Inventory continued to increase (from 198 to 212, with the bulk of the new listings in Homes on Acreage) while sales remained in the double digits (14 pending and closed sales).
However, there wasn't as much activity in the above-$300,000 markets as there was in May, and the overall high volume of inventory continues to be a long-term concern for sellers.
Here are a few June highlights of the Sisters market:
LISTING ACTIVITYActive Residential Listings in Sisters:  212 (122 Single Family Residences; 90 Residential with Acreage)Contingent Residential … (0 comments)

sisters: A Typical Day in Downtown Sisters, Oregon - 06/17/09 12:33 PM

 Original photograph taken by Lisa Broadwater, Broker, GRI; RE/MAX Town & Country Realty, 178 S. Elm, Sisters, OR, 97759. 541-549-3333. All rights reserved and may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission For more images, visit

sisters: A Memorable New Symbol for Sisters, Oregon - 06/13/09 07:55 AM
Earlier this week -- just in time for the hallowed Sisters Rodeo  weekend -- a towering new symbol for our fair city rode into town.
He's known as "The Wild Stallion," and he's the creation of renowned local artist Lorenzo Ghiglieri. Located in the center of town across the street from Lorenzo Fine Art, Ghiglieri's gallery on Highway 20 (aka Cascade Avenue), the Stallion is one of the first images that visitors encounter now as they travel through Sisters from the south.
Talk About Memorable First Impressions...A spectacular 13-foot-plus bronze specimen of equine wonder, the Stallion has literally been stopping traffic … (0 comments)

sisters: May 2009 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Sisters, Oregon - 06/08/09 06:08 AM
In May, the Sisters real estate market began to pick up a little steam, with the number of sales (contingent, pending and closed) up in both the Single Family Residence and Homes on Acreage markets. Pending sales saw the biggest increase, from three SFR pending sales in April to six in May and from two pending Homes on Acreage sales in April to four in May. Another encouraging sign: For the first time this year, there has been an increase in the number of sales above $300,000. Previously, both SFR listings and Homes on Acreage had only one or two sales … (0 comments)

sisters: SOLD: Unique Private Retreat on Acreage in Sisters, Oregon - 06/01/09 11:16 AM
Type: Residential with acreageLot size: 9.54 acres Location: Sisters, OR Price: $649,000 MLS No.: 2904884
Some listings are just special –- this is one of those. Located on a 9.54-acre pine-tree-dotted property southwest of Sisters, it’s really a world unto itself. It’s the kind of place where, once upon a time, families would have gathered throughout the year for an idyllic retreat. That's because just about everything you need is right here (including a treehouse)!
The first thing the property has going for it is the location itself –- just a couple of miles from downtown Sisters but far removed from the … (1 comments)

sisters: “Slick” New Dining Spot in Sisters - 05/22/09 08:10 AM
Much has been made recently about the struggles of the downtown Sisters business community. Last year, the town was classified a "severely distressed community" by the Oregon Economic & Community Development Department, which arrived at the designation after analyzing data in four areas: percentage of the population with a bachelor's degree age 25 or higher; unemployment rate (any community above 8 percent is considered "distressed); percentage of the population below poverty; and per-capita income. Sisters qualified for the moniker in all four areas, making it "severely" distressed, as opposed to simply "distressed."
This year, the rest of Deschutes County joined Sisters … (2 comments)

sisters: April 2009 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Sisters, Oregon - 05/14/09 07:10 AM

The Sisters market saw only subtle changes from March to April, with a minimal increase in inventory --which remains high -- and a slight increase in sales activity.
Days on Market changed little also, for both Single Family Residences and Homes on Acreage. Meanwhile, the Average price for listed SFR listings increased slightly (from $500,457 to $508,622), and the Average price for Homes on Acreage decreased from $981,523 to $949,320.
Here are a few April highlights of the Sisters market:
LISTING ACTIVITYActive Residential Listings in Sisters:  180 (100 Single Family Residences; 80 Residential with Acreage)Contingent Residential Sales in … (0 comments)

sisters: A Dubious Top 10: Oregon Foreclosure Update - 04/30/09 07:42 AM
Well, our fair state is used to finding itself included in Top 10 lists, but here's one we would have preferred to have been excluded from. According to RealtyTrac's U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for the first quarter of 2009), Oregon now has the 10th highest foreclosure rate in the country.
We still have quite a ways to go before catching up with the number one culprit, Nevada -- where one in every 27 housing units received a foreclosure filing (that's more than five times the national average). In Oregon, one in every 153 homes received a foreclosure filing. Two of our … (0 comments)

sisters: March 2009 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Sisters, Oregon - 04/08/09 04:52 AM
In March, the spring-market listing surge continued in Sisters, with a significant increase in inventory in Single Family Residences (from 78 to 98), with the biggest jump in the $550,000-$599,999 range (from 8 to 14 listings). Luckily, there was only a minor increase in Homes with Acreage (homes on one acre or more), which is already flooded with inventory (there's a three-year supply!).
Once again, sales in both categories remain sluggish, with all pending and completed sales below $420,000.
Here are a few March highlights of the Sisters market:
LISTING ACTIVITYActive Residential Listings in Sisters:  171 (98 Single Family Residences; 73 … (0 comments)

sisters: February 2009 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Sisters, Oregon - 03/14/09 12:16 PM
In February, it appeared that Sisters sellers were already anticipating the spring market surge; there was an increase in inventory in both Single Family Residences and Homes with Acreage (homes on one acre or more).
Unfortunately, there wasn't a comparable increase in sales -- in fact, there was a slight decrease in sales, from a total of four pending sales and seven completed sales in January to one contingent sale, two pending sales and three completed sales in February.
On the plus side: Average Days on Market for both categories of Active Listings were slightly down from January's numbers.
Below … (0 comments)

sisters: New Post Office Opens in Sisters, Oregon - 03/02/09 10:13 AM

After two years of planning (and, at times, spirited debate), the new post office opened in Sisters this morning. It's been a long time coming: The move was first announced in 2007, after the USPS determined that the existing site on Fir Street couldn't meet the future needs of the community. The Postal Service broke ground on the site last summer.
Many residents were initially put off with the idea of moving the post office from the south side of town (the hub of downtown activity) to the north side (the town's industrial hinterland). But after an unsuccessful pitch from … (0 comments)

sisters: December 2008 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Sisters, Oregon - 01/23/09 06:15 AM

Central Oregon received its first big snow in December -- just in time for Christmas. Meanwhile, the Sisters real estate market continued to cool. It was nice to see yet another dip in the number of listings (down from a summer high of 243 in July to 132 in November). No one should be too surprised to find a slight decrease in the number of sales (from a high of 11 in June and July to seven in December).
Below are a few December highlights of the Sisters market.
LISTING ACTIVITYActive Residential Listings in Sisters:  132 (73 Single Family Residences; 59 Residential with … (0 comments)

sisters: Christmas Greetings from Central Oregon - 12/25/08 07:01 AM

Well, we've weathered two snowstorms since last week, and it looks like the third is on its way tonight. Definitely a white Christmas here in Central Oregon!
The photo for the card above was taken on Tuesday, just outside the boundary of one of my clients' horse properties in Sisters. I encountered a large herd just after showing the property to a couple who gamely  forged through a foot of snow to survey several outbuildings. A beautiful sight to behold.
Merry Christmas to all,..

sisters: New Expanded Ray’s Food Place Opens in Sisters, Oregon - 11/12/08 05:42 AM
This morning at 7 a.m., under unusually threatening skies, the new Ray's Food Place opened in Sisters (just a block from the old Ray's). And what a scene it was! When I arrived at 9 a.m., the place was packed with folks checking out the new digs.
As required by city code, the store boasts an 1880s frontier-type façade; however, Sisters has never before seen a Western scene quite on this grand a scale: 43,500 square feet, to be exact. That's almost twice the size of the former Ray's.
In truth, the center's block-long sprawl is a bit daunting, although the store's … (6 comments)

sisters: Sisters Fine-tunes its New Housing Plan - 10/28/08 10:21 AM
At last Thursday's monthly Realtor meeting with Sisters Planning Director Eric Porter, consulting planner Susanna Julber discussed some of the details of the new Sisters Housing Plan.
The plan is part of the city's Comprehensive Plan Policy (which was adopted in 2005) and is designed to ensure that Sisters' long-range plan includes an adequate supply of affordable housing.
The goal of the Housing Plan is "to explore and recommend how one in 10 of all new housing units built in the City by 2025 can be made affordable to families with low incomes."
Here in Sisters, that's no mean feat. Nationally, … (1 comments)

sisters: September 2008 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Sisters, Oregon - 10/15/08 12:55 PM

We've had a busy summer in Sisters, but it's still definitely a buyer's market, with expansive inventory in both single family residences and homes on acreage. However, we did experience another slight dip in the number of listings (down from 243 in July to 212 in September). And that decrease should continue into the winter months, when many buyers opt to hibernate, and sellers either pull their homes off the market or wait until spring to list.
Here are a few September highlights:
Active Residential Listings in Sisters:  212 (127 Single Family Residences; 85 Residential with Acreage)
Pending Residential Sales in Sisters:  7 (4 SFR; 3 RW)
Residential … (2 comments)

sisters: Sign of the Times in Sisters: Detour Ahead - 10/01/08 10:28 AM

No, they haven't begun the reroute of Highway 20 so that it bypasses downtown Sisters, although her downtown streets are dotted with orange cones these days. In case you've recently traveled through town amid the maze, you've probably wondered what exactly is going on. Well, a couple of things: first, an ongoing sidewalk improvement project is in the works; and the confusing five-way intersection at Cascade, Cedar and Larch is being reconfigured into a simpler four-way set-up.
But the discussion about exactly how to handle the ever-increasing traffic that funnels through town on its way to other Central Oregon locales is about to heat … (1 comments)

sisters: August 2008 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Sisters, Oregon - 09/17/08 05:50 AM
The August 2008 real estate statistics for Sisters, Oregon showed more of the same summer story here in Central Oregon: Buyers are in charge, with more than 230 residential listings to choose from and numerous options in just about every price point, from $200,000 to $2 million and up. However, a slight dip in the number of listings from July to August (from 243 to 232) may provide sellers a bit of a break. As we approach the winter months, that number should continue to level off.
Here's a closer look at what's happening in the Sisters real estate market:
InventoryIn August, … (0 comments)

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