Month: October 2018

Bend Relocation Services

Brick House Property Management is now offering full service relocation services at a flat rate of $600. We understand moving is stressful and we’re here to make the process easier for you.

Right now the real estate market is BOOMING in Bend. It is the sixth fastest growing city in the nation according to the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau. Bend is home to much more than ski resorts and hiking trails. The city of Bend provides a unique landscape of forests transitioning to the high desert. Many visit for its craft microbreweries and recreational activities, although many choose to stay and call this place their home. Bend provides unique real estate opportunities. You can have a house on the the river overlooking the Cascade mountain range or a cabin in the Deschutes National Forest.

It can be difficult to find a rental home in Bend. The vacancy rate hovers just below 2% for rentals while the population has continued to steadily grow by nearly 5% each year since 2016. More than a third of people that live in Bend rent. This number is expected to increase as homeownership is at a record low.

Whether you’re moving from out of the county, out of state, or from elsewhere in Oregon, Brick House Property Management will provide you with a comprehensive game plan to make sure your move is smooth and easy. We’ll explain the moving process step-by-step and give you a competitive advantage in assisting you with finding housing options. Our agents are Oregon natives from both the Portland metro area and Bend and its surrounding areas. We provide in-person viewings, video walkthroughs, and high quality photos of our properties. If you don’t see a home that you’re looking for on our site (click here to view available homes), we will find the perfect one for you. We will guide you through the financials and rental application process for both long term and short term rentals.

What are you waiting for?

Give our agents a call today to get started!

For more information about our Relocation Services, click here. 

Read our Welcome To Bend Infographic for more information about one of the most beautiful cities in America. 

Bringing It to the HOA Board

Strategies on playing a bigger role in your HOA.

You live in an HOA. You have a great idea. You’re not on the board, and elections are months away. What next?

Present it.

Presenting a good idea, whether to a board or to a boss or to anyone else in the position to approve it, isn’t about them. Or you. It’s about the idea.

A good idea needs a spokesperson. And if you’ve come up with the idea, that spokesperson is you. If you can imagine the concept and how it will benefit your community, paint that picture in your presentation. Or, if you can count the ways it will profit your community, tally it up and explain how the numbers will help.

And before you present your idea at the next board meeting (in the agenda as “Other” or “Discussion” or “Comments,”), contact the board secretary and ask if your idea can be featured as a main topic of the meeting.

On the day, you might be nervous. Understandably so. Who wouldn’t? That’s why advice about picturing audiences in their underwear exists. But better than that, picture your idea. In full regalia.

Give your idea wings and a voice, and it can fly.

Have multiple great ideas that you think can improve your community? Consider running for a board position in your HOA come election time or joining a committee. You can be instrumental in helping to plan the community-wide spring BBQ, to renovate the community center, to redesign the common area landscaping, to review and update the association’s architectural guidelines, to create the association’s 5-year plan and to get involved in any number of other important endeavors.  All it takes is a few hours of your time each month and a commitment to your neighbors.

There’s a lot to be gained from volunteering your time: new friends, new skills, recognition by your neighbors and—perhaps best of all—an improved community.

Contact the association manager or a member of the board today. Welcome to the neighborhood!