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Oregon is Burning - How Does This Impact Bend OR Real Estate Sales?

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:09

Bend's Air Quality Hazardous

The Sunday issue of The Bulletin, Bend's local newspaper, contained an article on the 2017 Oregon fire season. According to the article, we are on track to at least equal the amount of acres burned in 2015 when over 600,000 acres of Oregon land caught fire. Through last Tuesday, August 29, 58 fires have burned close to 460,000 acres throughout the state.

In Central Oregon, the impact of the fires has resulted in almost daily hazy sky and sometimes dangerous air quality. This morning, checking the USA Air Pollution Quality Index, Bend's index was almost 400 which is considered extremely hazardous.

Sunday evening we traveled up Cascade Lakes Highway to Sparks Lake. Driving on the road, the smoke became progressively thicker the more we entered the mountains. Driving past Mt. Bachelor, the mountain was invisible behind a thick layer of smoke and even the far end of the parking lot was hard to see. When we reached Sparks Lake, the smoke was extremely thick. We parked in the boat launch parking lot with no other vehicles around (Labor Day weekend the lake would typically be filled with campers and people enjoying the outdoors) and walked the 1/3 of a mile on the Ray Atkeson Loop Trail to the vista point which overlooks the lake toward South Sister and Broken Top. This is what we saw:

sparks lake labor day smoke








The normal view from this point is:

Sparks Lake Bend Oregon

Bend Or Real Estate Impacted by Fires

When Bend Brokers show property to perspective buyers, much of what "sells" a home is the view. Our MLS input forms emphasize Cascade mountain, city, river, waterfront, other mountain, and terrain views. When the smoke in the air keeps these views invisible, it is difficult to convince people who do not know the area to trust us - the views are spectacular. When we cannot walk outside without coughing due to smoke, when the elderly and sick are told to stay indoors due to unhealthy air, when windows cannot be opened due to the smoke of burning forests, it is hard to sell real estate. We will follow up in a few weeks with the actual published data on how Bend real estate sales have been impacted by the summer's fires.

Original blog can be seen at Bend Premier Real Estate's blog page.


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Lynnea Miller

Owner/Managing Principal Broker Bend Premier Real Estate.

Lynnea began her real estate career when her husband became a general contractor in 1994. After years of working with her husband and selling many homes "for sale by builder," Lynnea got her real estate license in 2000 and began working at a local brokerage, first as part time Broker and marketing director for the company, and later as full time office manager/marketing director/transaction coordinator, and then as Principal Broker. In 2010, Lynnea started her own brokerage, Bend Premier Real Estate, with the encourage of her husband and several Brokers.

Prior to real estate, Lynnea worked for 9 years with her husband in the ownership and management of 3 retail Bend, Oregon businesses with up to 35 employees. Before moving to Bend in 1985, Lynnea worked in homeowner association property management, being promoted in the space of 1 year from Customer Service, to Property Manager, to District Manager.

Lynnea graduated from the University of Oregon Summa Cum Laude in 1983 with a Bachelors of Science degree and graduate first in her high school class in 1979. Lynnea and her husband have 3 adult children. Lynnea also teaches fitness classes part time, holding an ACE certification since 1990

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