Thursday, December 21, 2017

REALTORS effect on Tax Reform

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Tax Reform Heads to the President
Lawmakers in the House and Senate passed tax reform legislation today, paving the way for the bill to go to President Donald Trump for his signature. The President has said he intends to sign the bill by Christmas.
NAR worked with members of the House-Senate conference committee to help educate them on how to improve the final bill. After the vote, President Elizabeth Mendenhall issued the following statement:
"The results are mixed. We saved the exclusion for capital gains on the sale of a home and protected the mortgage interest deduction for second homes. Many agents and brokers who earn income from personal services will also see some significant new benefits in their business.
Despite these successes, we still have some hard work ahead of us. Significant legislative initiatives often require fixes to address unintended consequences, and this bill is no exception. The new tax regime will fundamentally alter the benefits of homeownership by nullifying incentives for individuals and families while keeping those incentives in place for large institutional investors.
That should concern any middle-class family looking to claim their piece of the American Dream."
Although the final tax reform bill is far from perfect, it is significantly better for homeowners than previous versions. That’s thanks to the efforts you made. REALTORS® generated over 300,000 emails and telephone calls to members of Congress over two Calls for Action and held countless in-person meetings with legislators, all of which helped shape the final product.
Last-minute changes to the bill include the following improvements:
• Capital gains exclusion. In a huge win for current and prospective homeowners, current law is left in place on the capital gains exclusion of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for married couples on the sale of a home. Both the House and the Senate had sought to make it much harder to qualify for the exclusion.
• Mortgage interest deduction. The maximum mortgage amount for households deducting their mortgage interest has been decreased to $750,000 from the current $1 million limit. The House bill sought a reduction to $500,000.
• State and local tax deductions. Both property taxes and state and local income taxes remain deductible, although with a combined limit of $10,000. Both the House and Senate bills sought to eliminate the state and local income tax deduction altogether.
• Pass-through entities. The bill significantly reduces the effective rate of tax on business income earned by independent contractors and income received from pass-through entities. This change will lower the taxes of many real estate professionals.
Next steps
Enactment of the bill does not end NAR’s effort to reduce the negative impact on homeowners. “REALTORS®’ work on tax issues will continue," says Mendenhall, "and we look forward to joining members of Congress from both sides of the rotunda on that endeavor.”
Access details of the bill.

CREDIT: This is a direct email from NAR (National Association of REALTORS. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Personal Annual Statistics

Not only do I keep detailed records of my sales and other related stats, but so does my company, RE/MAX Integrity.
Tracking my success, or failures, shows me what I'm doing correctly, and what I need work on. It helps me see where my marketing dollars, and advertising dollars should go; and how I should invest my time, and my wealth.

It is essential to set new goals each year, and of course, track your progress along the way.
Here are many of the statistics my company and or I track.

From Nov 14, 2016 to Nov 14, 2017.
I represented 33 sides of a transaction. That is broken up for each Client you represented (buyer, seller, or both).
Nearly 55% of my business comes from repeat Clients, or Referrals from my Clients, or Realtor Referral.
Approximately 18.5% came from websites (Zillow, my personal website, Twitter).
About 9% came from the foreclosures I list.
The remaining 18% comes from a variety of sources, such as mailers, flyers, signs or For Sale By Owners.

Of the 33 sides I represented; 12 were listings, and 21 were Buyers.
Of the 12 listings, 4 transactions were Dual Agency (meaning I represented both the Buyer and the Seller).

Total sales volume was $9,855,269, my goal was $9,300,000.
Average price per house $307,977.

In Jackson County 4,041 single family homes, mobiles in parks or multi-dwellings were sold.

This chart breaks down how quickly homes sell based on days on market (DOM).
Avg SP% LP means how close the home sold to its list price.
Therefore, if you list your home correctly, you will receive 99.14% of the list price, whereas if it sits on the market 91-120 days, you should expect 96.67% of the list price.

Average DOM Breakdown and Average % of Listing Price received on Solds by Market time:
  0-30 Days  31-60 Days  61-90 Days  91-120 Days  120+ Days 
 No. of Listings  2510   596   315   207   413 
 Breakdown %  62.11   14.75   7.80   5.12   10.22 
 Avg SP % LP  99.14   97.36   97.41   96.67   95.94 

To reiterate, make sure you're setting realistic goals, but also goals that will push you to work harder, and smarter.
Hopefully, my growth over the next year is significant. =)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Things to do in Medford Oregon

To view my original blogpost, please check April of 2013. The original blog may contain more links to the various sites.

Please check back periodically, as I do update this list.
Please comment questions of other events, or corrections.


Applegate Uncorked Wine Event (Jacksonville) twice yearly
Art in BloomBattle of the Bones (Central Point)
Brews, Burgers & Bluegrass
Cheese & Wine Tasting (Central Point)
Color Run
Fermentation Celebration
Golf Tournaments
Grape Fair (Talent)
Jacksonville Wine Cruise
Lavender Festival
Mud Run
Oysters & Ales Blowout (Jacksonville)
Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival
Southern Oregon Grape Festival
Relay for Life
Roam the Rogue
A Taste of Ashland (Ashland)
Taste of Summer
Vintage Fair at Barnstormer
Wild Rogue Relay

Family Type Centers

Batting Cages
Family Fun Center
Santo Center
Kid Time! Discovery Experience
Rock Climbing Gym
Trampoline Park - Indoor


Britt Festival (Jacksonville)
Pear Blossom Festival
Shakespeare Festival (Ashland)

Indoor Activities

ABK   (see Family Type Centers)
Bowling AlleysLava Lanes - Roxy Ann Bowling
Craterian Theater
Game Nights   (see 4 Daughters or EdenVale)
Fitness Gyms
Harry & David Factory Tour
Hockey Games
Ice Skating Rink
Line Dancing
Live Theater   (see Craterian Theater)
Movie Theater
Nerf Wars
Parks & Recreation (see Santo Center)
Plays   (see Craterian Theater)
Rock Climbing   (see Family Type Centers)
Rogue Valley Mall   (see Shopping)
Santo Center 
Stand Up Comedy   (see Craterian Theater)
Trivia Nights
YMCA   (see Family Type Centers)

Outdoor Activities

Beaches - Crescent City, CA - Brookings - Gold Beach
Camping - Tent & RV
Dirt Biking
Driving Range
Emigrant Lake Recreational Area
Emigrant Lake Water Slide
Farmer's & Grower's Markets
Flying Kites
Bear Creek Golf Course 
Centennial Golf Club 
Eagle Point Gold Club (Eagle Point) 
Quail Point Golf Course 
Rogue Valley Country Club 
- Stewart Meadows Golf Course 
Stone Ridge Golf Course (Eagle Point)
Gun Club  (see shooting ranges below)
Harry & David Sports Park
Jet Boat Tours 
Hellgate Jetboat Excursions 
Klamath River Jet Boat Tours (Crescent City, CA / Klamath, CA)
Mount Ashland
Mount Bachelor (near Bend)
Mountain Biking
Ocean   (see Beaches)
Oregon Caves National Monument
Rafting / Tubing
Shooting Ranges 
Medford Gun Club 
Medford Rifle & Pistol Club
US Cellular Community Park
Wild Cat Park (Cave Junction)


Golf   (see Outdoor Activities)
Shopping  (see Shopping)
Wineries   (see Wineries)


Doc Griffin Park (Jacksonville - also a seasonal splash park)
Dog Park
Don Jones Memorial Park (Central Point - also a seasonal splash park)
Holmes Park
Skateboard Park (Medford and Central Point)
WaterWorks Park (Redding, CA)

Restaurants   (not a comprehensive list - recommend Yelp)

4 Daughter's Irish Pub -Irish
Back Porch Bar & Grill (Jacksonville)
Bambu -Thai fusion
Bella Union (Jacksonville) - Italian
Buffalo Wild Wings -Wings, BBQ, Sports Bar
Buttercloud Bakery -Bakery, biscuit sandwiches
C Street Bistro  (Jacksonville) -Sandwiches
Capers -Italian
Cicily's Italian Restaurant -Italian
Downtown Market -Sandwiches, soups, salads rotating menu
Erawan Thai Cuisine -Thai
Gogi's Restaurant (Jacksonville) -American
Habaneros -Mexican
Hawaiian Hut (Central Point)
India Palace - Indian
Jasper's -Burgers
Jefferson Spirits -American fusion
Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub -Pizza, salads
Lark's Home Kitchen
Little Brown Jug (Talent)
Liquid Assets Wine Bar (Ashland) -Wine, salads
Luigi's Italian Sandwiches
Misoya Bistro -Japanese fusion
Oh Osaka's -Japanese
Olive Garden -Italian
Onyx (Jacksonville)
Pita Pit -pita wraps
Pomodori -Italian
Porter's -American
Red Lobster -Seafood
Red Robin -Burgers, salads
Sakura Japanese -Japanese and sushi
Sam's Snack Shack -Sandwiches
Senor Sam's -Mexican
Schoolhaus Brewhaus - German
SooRah Korean Cuisine 
Sweet Tea Express -Southern, comfort food
Texas Roadhouse -American bbq
Thai Bistro -Thai
Whiskey River Cafe & Lounge (Central Point)
Wild River Brewing & Pizza
Yellow Basket Restaurant (Central Point)
Zen Zen -Thai


My Daughter's Closet
Pretty In Paint
Real Deals
Rogue Valley Mall
Urban Minx


2Hawk Vineyard & Winery
Academy of Wine
Agate Ridge Vineyard
Belle Fiore
Bridgeview Vineyards & Winery
Caprice Vineyards
Cliff Creek Cellars
Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden
Cricket Hill Winery
Dancin Vineyard
Daisy Creek Vineyard
Del Rio Vineyards
Devitt Winery
EdenVale Winery
Fiasco Winery
Flying High Vineyard (Ruch)
Folin Cellars
John Michael Champagne Cellars
Kriselle Cellars
Ledger David Cellars
LongSword Vineyard
Madrone Mountain Tasting Room
Paschal Winery
Pebblestone Cellars
Plaisance Ranch
Quady North Tasting Room
Red Lily Vineyards
Rosella's Vineyard & Winery
Roxy Ann Winery
Schmidt Family Vineyards
Serra Vineyards
Soloro Vineyard
South Stage Cellars
StoneRiver Vineyard
Troon Vineyard
Umpqua Valley Wine Tasting Room
Valley View Winery
Wild Wines
Woolridge Creek

Breweries & Micro Brew Pubs

Caldera Brewing Company
Common Block Brewery
Portal Brewing Company
Standing Stone Brewing Company
Walkabout Brewery

Coffee & Tea

Bad Ass Coffee Company
Central Point Perk
Dutch Bro's
Good Bean
Human Bean
Limestone Coffee
Peet's Coffee

Bars & Night Life

4 Daughters
Bella Union - (see Restaurants)
The Bohemian Club
Boomtown Saloon
Brickroome (Ashland)
The Edge Nightclub
Granite Taphouse (Ashland)
Howiee's on Front
Howiee's on Main
JVille Tavern
Jefferson Spirits - (see Restaurants) 
Liquid Assets Wine Bar (Ashland) - (see Restaurants)
The Office Gentleman's Club
Rocky Tonk

Monday, July 18, 2016

Review of Onyx Restaurant in Jacksonville, OR

One of my Clients told me about this new place thats "so good" I figured I'd give it a try the next time I went out. That just happened to be the next day... however, I've been there 3 more times since, haha.

It's a little difficult to find if you've never been to the Nunan Estate before.
My first impression was good! It's very well thought out, tastefully decorated and just an enjoyable atmosphere.
I've sat in the main dining room twice, once near the stage. There was a guitarist playing, and he did a wonderful job. The style of the music fit our dining experience well. It was rather loud though, and you couldn't hear much at all from those in your party. I would like it to a little quieter next time.
I sat outside twice. Even if its windy, or breezy, the building shields you from the breeze and its really mellow, and easy to enjoy ones meal.

For entree's, I've had the ribeye, the prawn scampi, the salmon, and the ribs.
Plus I've had all three salads, the caesar, house and foggy beat.
And for dessert the monkey bread, and the chocolate cake.

The ribeye was AMAZING! I'm not a plate-licker, but oh goodness, I asked my friend if it would be rude to lick my plate, she said no, but I still refrained. Hands down, the best ribeye I've ever had. Ever. The mashed potato's were freaking awesome! I liked to soak up the sauce on the plate with the mash, and wow!
The ribs were fantastic as well. They're more on the sweet side, so it was a little much for me, personally because I'm not a fan of sweet... but they hit the spot.
Prawn scampi was generous in prawns and packed full of flavor. Every bite was just a punch of steamy, melted pecorino cheese and herbs. It's making my mouth water typing this.
Adult Mac n Cheese is very good, but it is nearly identical in flavor to the prawn scampi, minus the herbs and prawns. The price difference isn't that much, so I would order the prawn scampi from here on out, because then I get prawns. =)
The salmon was delicious. To me, salmon is just eh, but it sounded so good and I saw it come out before we had ordered, so I decided to go with that. It's so yummy, full of flavor and the sauce that comes drizzled on the plate it tasty for your rice.

I'm absolutely not a fan of beets, but my husband very much is, so we ordered the foggy beat salad. Wow, they don't skimp on the beets. There were so, so many beets, lol. I scooted them to his side of the plate and enjoyed the rest of the salad. They were too ehavy handed on the balsamic, but the salad overall was good. I'd order it again if with my husband, and would ask for some of the balsamic on the side.
The house salad is my favorite. The dressing is very light, and not overwhelming at all. It's quite large and really reasonably priced, $6, Onyx hour only $3. Very flavorful. light and yummy.
The caesar salad is very good too, it has a very good dressing, and is good in size. I wasn't a huge fan of the rye croutons though.

The monkey bread is amazing! The fact it comes with banana flavored ice cream, funny in concept, but it really overwhelms the robust flavor of the bread. I would not get the ice cream the next time I order it.
The chocolate cake was probably one of the best desserts I've ever had. It was really small, so it's not some big ole slab of triple decker cake. It's small, and when you cut into it, it just melts in your mouth. The center is just ooey gooey fudge like cake. There are like... 5-6 different flavors of sauce on the plate, fudge, strawberry, blood orange, raspberry and lemon. I think I might be missing one or two.

The water is flavored with cucumber. The selection of beer on tap is good, but its rather small. The wine menu is alright. It's quite limited but there are several locals like Valley View and Quady North. They have a full bar as well, with some tasty drinks being served up.

The bathrooms are clean, the restaurant is clean. The atmosphere is again, very enjoyable. The waitstaff are all very friendable, personable and do a good job. When they are very busy, its a bit slow moving, but not frustratingly so. Parking is ample, but you should really enter from the northern entrance and exit the southern. I'm guessing there is handicap parking above the restaurant, because there is a driveway up there and some vehicles were parked there, but I have not verified this information.

I should mention the food prices, in my opinion are very reasonable. Burger is $10, ribs $18, ribeye $24, salad $6-$9. Chocolate cake $6 (I think). Monkey bread $8 (I think). For the flavor and the portion, you are seriously getting a killer deal!

All in all, I have recommended many, many people here already. I've been there 4 times, and I will continue to go. I absolutely love the food. I can't really stand bland food, and therefore have really become a regular at a handful of places in the area that serve up flavorful food. Mario, the head Chef and the Owner does an excellent job, and is very nice in all our conversations.

I highly recommend you try it out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Your Beautiful Home Awaits in Eagle Point, OR

54 Greenmoor Dr, Eagle Point, Southern Oregon

This stunning and immaculate 4 bedroom home features a reverse floor plan, with the master suite on the second floor, and the additional bedroom's on the main floor. Four true bedroom's, however one has french doors that would make a splendid den, library, bonus room, or craft room.

Master suite has vaulted ceiling's, a ceiling fan, and beautiful view's of the Valley and lower Table Rock Mountain. 
Large master bath with a walk-in shower and soaking tub, his & her vanities with a makeup bar, and private water closet. And of course a walk-in closet with built-in's. 

The expansive living room features high vaulted ceilings with a ceiling fan, and high-end automatic window treatment's, luxurious carpet and a natural gas fireplace. 

Incredibly large kitchen with more than enough storage, a walk-in pantry and a built-in desk. 
With a natural gas range/oven, travertine floor's and 
a large kitchen island with bar this truly is a cook's dream kitchen! 

Formal dining room with natural hardwood flooring, and french door's leading to the engineered deck, with benches, a fountain and lush, mature landscaping with a timed sprinkler, and drip systems. Enjoy deer and wild turkey's year round in your backyard. 

Oversized attached 2 car garage completely finished with security door to RV / boat parking.

This home is located in a gorgeous Neighborhood in Eagle Point near Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Enjoy the serenity of the suburban location with a short distance to restaurant's, shops and the great outdoors! 

Within an hour of Lake of the Wood's, Applegate Lake and Lost Creek Reservoir, 
enjoy both the City life and Country life at once.

Upgraded fixtures and amenities throughout the home add class and sophistication 
to the already above-grade craftsmanship.

Four bedroom, 2 generous bathroom's, 2,655 sqft on .23 acres in Eagle Point, Oregon 
for the shocking price of $365,000.

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