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December
27

Find the Perfect Coworking Space in the New Year

Coworking Pacific Northwest

Working from home has become increasingly common, particularly over the last year and a half. Will you be working remotely in 2022? Whether you work full-time, or only a couple of days a week, it's important to minimize distractions and maximize productivity. And sometimes it's difficult to do that in your house.

What you need is a coworking space in your neighborhood. Thankfully, you'll find many of these spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here's what to look for when considering a coworking space for your 2022 remote work.

Benefits of a Coworking Space

A coworking space is an office environment where independent workers, such as freelancers, startups, and anyone else who doesn't work in a fixed location, can come to get things done. Workers typically pay an hourly fee, bringing their laptops and working surrounded by others in similar situations.

Coworking spaces provide many benefits that working from home doesn't. For instance, it offers a better work/life balance. When you work and live in the same location, it can feel like you're always on the clock, even when you're not working. Likewise, when you are working, you can be plagued by household chores that need to be done.

By working in a different location, you can keep your personal and professional business separate. It also helps eliminate the distractions that your home brings with it. In a coworking space, you won't be tempted to sneak off to watch TV in the middle of the day, answer personal e-mails, scroll through social media, or do chores, while you're supposed to be working.

By eliminating those distractions and putting you in a "work" frame of mind, coworking spaces tend to make people more productive than they would be simply working from home. However, it only works if you're able to find the right space for your needs.

What to Look for in a Coworking Space

First, look at what the space provides. A reliable Internet connection is a must, as well as outlets for charging your phone, laptop, or other devices. You may also need access to a printer or a scanner. Most spaces also have computers you can use on-site, in lieu of your own device. There may be other amenities that are important to you as well. Is there a kitchen, with snacks and a coffee pot? Private conference rooms for meetings and presentations?

Next, consider the environment. Does the space have enough lighting? Is the temperature comfortable, or is it too hot, cold, humid, etc.? The decor and general aesthetic of the space are important too. Find a place that looks friendly and inviting.

And one of the most important aspects of coworking is the community. Who else works there regularly? Even if you're not working with them directly, you're spending a large chunk of your day with them, so it's important to be sure you feel comfortable around them and will get along well with them. Coworking can also often lead to networking opportunities, connecting with like-minded people, and helping one another. So find a community you feel comfortable in.

Other Factors

A good coworking space provides variety for different working styles. It also gives people the freedom to switch environments throughout the day, depending on their mood and their current needs. This flexibility has been shown to increase productivity.

It's also important to look at the location. Portland and Seattle have many coworking space options to choose from. Ultimately, you want to find a space that's near your house, that you can get to and from easily. The stress of a long or difficult commute can make working difficult, negatively impacting your productivity before the day even begins.

Finally, look at your budget. Look at what different coworking spaces in your area charge, whether it's per hour, per week, or per month, and compare it to how much you're willing or able to spend. How much does the cost of being in that space cut into the amount you'll earn while working there?

What they offer for the price is also important. Maybe you're willing to spend a bit more on a place that has a coffeemaker, or comfy couches. Make a list of your needs, and the amount you're willing to spend. Then, compare spaces to see which one is the best fit.

If you're looking for a home near a coworking space or a home with an office for your remote working lifestyle, our brokers can help you find the perfect option. Contact us to learn more!

December
20

How to Sell Your Home in 2022

2022 Home Sale

If you've been thinking about selling your home, there's never been a better time to do it. Home prices have been surging to unprecedented highs all year. 

Many experts believe this trend will continue into 2022, so there is still plenty of time to capitalize on it. The good news is that selling your home is easy with the right professionals to guide you. Our helpful guide will walk you through the process one step at a time.  

  • Find a Broker 
    Finding a qualified real estate broker should be the first thing on your to-do list when preparing your home for the market. There are ways to sell your home independently these days, so some people decide to skip this step. This may sound like a good idea at first, but many of them come to regret that decision later on.  

    A real estate broker will take care of pricing, listing, and marketing your home – all of which you would otherwise have to do on your own. Their help will save you a lot of time and stress, and their expertise ensures that you get as much money as possible from the sale of your home.
     
  • Prepare Your Home for Sale 
    To get the best results when selling your home, you have to treat it like a product in a store: presentation is key. Here are a few things to do before your agent creates an official listing for your home.  
    • Declutter your space.
      Whether it's piles of half-read books, drinkware, or an impressive collection of chargers for your electronics, we all have some degree of clutter around our homes. When trying to sell your home, these things will only get in the way. Put them away and out of sight to keep the space clean, impersonal, and easy to navigate.
    • Switch to a neutral decor.
      Your home decor may match your tastes exactly, but it probably won't appeal to buyers. Do what you can to make the space look as neutral as possible. Remove posters and personal photos, store away any eclectic bits of furniture, and consider painting any rooms with bright or unconventional wall colors.
    • Get up to date on your maintenance tasks.
      Make sure that everything around the house is in good working order and looks presentable. Creating a maintenance schedule can help you stay on top of tasks if you think your home might be on the market for a while.  

  • Get Ready for Showings 
    Once you've drummed up some interest in your home, it's time to start showing it off to prospective buyers. Your broker will handle all the arrangements and scheduling considerations, so there's no need to worry about that. Instead, focus on getting your home and family ready.  

    Make sure you keep on top of your cleaning and have a place to go during showings. This can be difficult with kids, but it helps if you have a friend or family member living nearby who you can visit on short notice. 

  • Review Offers 
    After your home has been on the market for a while, you can move on to the fun part: reviewing your offers. The current market is extremely competitive for buyers, so you might have multiple offers to choose from. You might think it makes sense to just choose the highest one, and that may end up being true. However, there are a few other factors you should think about when weighing all of your offers.  
    • Are your buyers pre-approved by their bank? If they are, you can cut the closing process down by several days.
    • Have they asked for any concessions? 
    • Have they asked for a buyer's contingency?
    • What is the timeline on their offer? 

  • Close the Sale 
    Once you've decided which offer you will accept, it's time to let the buyers know and start working to finalize the deal. You'll have to take the home off the market, but you won't receive your funds right away. You will need to give the buyer time to inspect the property and decide if they really do want to go ahead with the purchase.  

    After financing matters are sorted out, you'll need to sign the title and escrow documents to finalize the sale. Once the buyers have been recognized as the official new owners and your money has been transferred to you, the process will be complete.  

  • Get Ready to Move 
    Remember, there is more to selling your home than completing the transaction: you also have to find a new place to live.  

    Whether you have another property ready to move into or plan to stay with friends or family for a while as you scout out a new place, you'll need to have all of your belongings cleared out before the new owners take possession of your home. If you need to go house-hunting yourself, with the right agent to help you, you're sure to find the right home for you.  

Selling your home could be your next big adventure in life - are you ready to get started? Our brokers can help you sell your current home and find a new one that suits your needs. Contact us today. 

December
6

Bend: One of the Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home

Bend Vacation Homes

Chances are that over the last eighteen months, your home has also become your workplace. So what do you do when you need a getaway? Our brokers share the many compelling reasons why Travel + Leisure just named Bend, OR as one of the "8 Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S."

What Makes Bend So Wonderful?

  • Beautiful Weather
    Bend has the highest average number of sunny days in Oregon. While the Pacific Northwest has a rainy reputation, Bend averages 11 inches of rainfall per year, less than one-third of the national average of 38 inches. According to BestPlaces, the most comfortable months in Bend are July, August, and September, which is prime vacation time.

  • Outdoor Playground 
    No matter what your choice of outdoor activities, you'll find it within convenient access in Bend. Are you an adrenaline junkie? Mt. Bachelor, just 20 miles away, is one of the top spots for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. If you prefer a more moderate pace, there are plenty of trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Water lovers have the Deschutes River and nearby lakes for swimming, fishing, boating, and paddle sports.

  • Charming Downtown Area
    Bend's quaint, delightful downtown area is essentially unchanged since the city was founded in 1905. Instead of skyscrapers and national retailers, you'll see historic buildings, charming independent shops, and an eclectic mix of restaurants. For those times when you want the big city, Portland is only a three-hour drive away.

  • Easy to Navigate
    Leave the car at home. With a Walk Score of 90 out of 100, Bend earns the coveted designation of "Walker's Paradise." The city is also a recent recipient of the SILVER level award from the League of American Bicyclists, which is given to communities deemed most bicycle-friendly. 

  • Stunning Scenery
    When it comes to visual surroundings, variety is definitely the word for Bend. Its prime location between the desert to the east and mountains to the west means you're treated to an endless display of picturesque landscapes. You may find yourself becoming an early riser just to see the sunrises, and there are few things more romantic than a sunset in Bend.

Things to See and Do in Bend

  • Mt. Bachelor - 13000 SW Century Dr., Bend, OR 97702
    At 9.065 feet, Mt. Bachelor isn't the tallest mountain in Oregon, but it's definitely the most popular, with nearly half a million visitors per year. Mt. Bachelor's skiing season runs from mid-November through May, making it one of the longest in the country, but it's also active during summer when people head out for hiking and mountain biking.

  • Drake Park - 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend, OR 97701
    Downtown Bend is home to Drake Park, a scenic spot alongside Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River that's perfect for a brisk walk, fishing, or some time with a good book. The park is also a gathering spot for events such as Bend's July 4th celebration. Pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables. Park hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Bend Ale Trail
    The Pacific Northwest is one of the major outposts of the craft beer movement, and in Oregon, Bend is second only to Portland in quantity and quality of breweries. Founded in 2010, the Bend Ale Trail was first in the West and second in the nation. The trail is divided into seven distinct territories, encompassing more than two dozen breweries. Get a digital or old-school passport and win prizes for each territory you complete.

  • Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall St., Bend, OR 97703
    Dubbed "Bend's Living Room," the Tower Theatre is the epicenter of the city's cultural and entertainment scene. Events cover the full spectrum, including concerts, movies, plays, and dance. The calendar for 2022 includes Judy Collins, "Friends: The Musical Parody," and "The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute." 

  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School - 700 NW Bond St., Bend, OR 97703
    In Bend, when someone talks about going "back to school," it's a good thing. McMenamins Old St. Francis School is a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse converted to a lively entertainment complex including a hotel, brewery, pub, movie theater, and concert hall. When you visit, be sure to check out the broom closet on the third floor of the Art House for entry to a secret bar!

Which of the amazing Bend homes for sale is your perfect vacation getaway? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for friendly and knowledgeable help with your search.

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