Interested in Flipping Houses in Eugene?

The investor market in Eugene is generally highly competitive when a good fixer hits the market. Usually, a  fixer is defined as a home that needs some repair or updating before someone can live in it. A good fixer would be a property that the repairs and closing costs would still leave the house flipper 10-20% profit after they sell the property. If the property will cover your expenses and leave room for a profit, we call that penciling. If you can find a home that pencils in a desirable location then you have identified a great fixer. Generally when a great fixer hits the market you will be competing with multiple offers, it is important to keep a cool head when navigating these waters and remember what price it will pencil at. There are a few ways to make your offer stand out other than over bidding, work with a real estate agent you trust to explore these options.

There are risks involved when taking on a fixer project. When creating a budget be sure and have a licensed contractor look at the property and give an assessment before you assume you have all the information, also have an inspection period in the contract. Even if they are selling the home as-is you can still back out and get your earnest money back if the inspector discovers damage too costly to repair. When listing your fixer after repairs remember that homes that stay on the market too long can create a black hole in expenses, leaving you with an extra mortgage and tax payments. Work closely with a realtor to establish comparable sales in the area to ensure your property will sell quickly and at top dollar. Before making an offer on a property make sure that it has room for a profit after you subtract you expenses from the estimated listing price. Many of the fixers that go on the market don’t pencil, and you will get burned in the process. To learn more about the investor market in Lane County feel free to reach out to me and make an appointment.

 

Before and After Photo of a recent remodel done by Contractors Unlimited LLC

 

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 10:15 pm
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The Best Chicken-Fried Steak North of the Mason-Dixon Line

As a southern boy I’m always on the lookout for a good chicken-fried steak. After a friend recommended I go to Jazzy Ladies Cafe I rounded up the family and headed over.

We were greeted right away by the hostess who was very attentive and friendly, it has been awhile since I have been in a restaurant this hospitable. We were given our menus and told to order at the counter when we were ready. I noticed that they did have several gluten-free and dairy free options for those with allergies, and mostly use organic ingredients. The best part was everything is made from scratch!

Once we ordered our food came out in a timely fashion, and boy oh boy, we were not dissappointed. Jazzy Ladies Cafe uses a fresh cut of  tenderized steak, dips in their homemade batter and cooks it when you order it. You can certainly tell the difference in the freshness and the flavor! Not to mention the sausage gravy was just like the one my Grand’ma used to make. Clearly someone here cares about creating a quality dining experience. My only suggestion to future diners is if you are looking to have the chicken fried steak experience be sure an call ahead, they tend to sell out of it before they close at 3pm.

Have a look at their menu and see what else you may enjoy! http://jazzyladiescafe.com/menus.html

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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A New Italian Restaurant in the Whiteaker- Bari Trattoria

A couple of friends and I decided to visit the latest restaurant to open in the Whiteaker, Bari Trattoria. We were seated immediately without a reservation, and the wait staff got our drinks and appetizers to us quickly. We ordered the Wood Fired Mixed Olives and Calamari for our appetizers. For the main course my friend Sheila ordered the Spaghetti Marinara with Meatballs, Chris ordered the Smoked Pork Ragu, and I ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo with Smoked Chicken.

We were all very happy with our meals, the chicken was was tender and filled with smoke flavor. The noodles were handmade in house and you could taste the difference! Keeping true to their name they have a great mixologist on staff that had several intriguing house cocktails on the menu.

They also have a great Tuesday night special that none of us had a chance to try 1 slice and a beer for $13. Perhaps the best part of the evening was when they brought out our bill, and even after the 4 cocktails we added to the meal our bill was only $82. Great food, great prices, great location! I will definitely be back! Click here for more info http://baritrattoria.com/

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm
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Date Night at Cafe Soriah with Chef Ib

My fiance’ Erika and I decided to visit Cafe Soriah after meeting Chef Ib the owner and table side chef. We came in on a Tuesday around 6pm and were seated right away. The staff was very attentive despite how busy they appeared to be. At the recommendation of the Chef I chose the Steak Diane, a Beef tenderloin, in burgundy brown sauce with mushrooms, scallions, Dijon mustard and garlic. My fiance’ chose Souvlaki, a smaller plate of skewered marinated beef tenderloin grilled and served with tzatziki. My Steak Diane was out of this world, it reminded me of a gourmet salisbury steak. Erika loved her entree’ as well, along with her beet salad she said it was the perfect portion.

Chef Ib is dedicated to bringing the Mediterranean experience into every meal and uses lots of local fresh ingredients. If you would like to see him in action I recommend you stop by tonight! For a list of everything they have to choose from visit their website http://cafesoriah.com

Chef Ib, hard at work

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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A New Pizzeria in the Whiteaker- Wheel Apizza Pub

I visited the new pizzeria in the Whiteaker Saturday night of the soft opening with my fiance’ and her friend visiting from out of town. As many of you know Steve Mertz the creator of Tacovore is tackling his next project a New Haven pizzeria with a focus on new school craft beer. Needless to say I was excited!

When we arrived they had a similar set up to Tacovore, you get get in line to order before you sit down. The staff was very friendly and greeted us as soon as we walked in. We ordered the Kale Caesar, Cheese Polenta Cakes, and the Sausage and Pepper pizza, two of their hand crafted soda’s Erika got the Berry and I got Lemon.

We received our food right away and the pizza was served with a rustic char on the crust. It was clear that they were using higher end ingredients, and that all the ingredients were fresh with an emphasis on locally sourced products. The flavor was out of this world, I haven’t tasted pizza this fresh before. The combination of sausage and red pepper practically exploded in my mouth! I did not have a beer that night, but the shop was certainly a buzz with delight as patrons discussed pairings and beer selections. The pizzeria also boasts handmade cocktails and wine if beer isn’t your preference.

The only problem I foresee for this new restaurant is where they are going to fit all the customers when they start to get busy. It is quite a bit smaller than Tacovore, but I assume it will be just as popular. Some nights it might be easier to order take-out! Visit their website to learn more http://thewheelapizzapub.com/

The soft opening at the Wheel Apizza Pub was a huge hit

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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The Best Biscuits and Gravy in Lane County

If you have never been to the Backstage Bakery in Cottage Grove you are in for a treat! I am a southern boy, and I have been looking for a long time for someone who does biscuits and gravy the right way. The Inhat Brothers have their recipe down to a T!

There menu is also loaded with other delicious items, but I drive all the way to see them when I am craving a good B&G! If you have any places that you think would compete with them please leave a comment below I would love to hear your experience!

To see a full selection of there menu click here http://places.singleplatform.com/backstage-bakery-and-cafe/menu?ref=google

The best biscuits and gravy in Lane County!

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 11:58 pm
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Cottage Grove Treasures- The Historic District

As someone who used to work in Cottage Grove I am very familiar what this town has to offer. To this day it is still one of my favorite Daycation spots. When I go I usually like to hit up the Backstage Bakery for breakfast because they have “hands down” the best biscuits and gravy in Lane County. The Inhat Brothers definitely don’t mess around when it comes to creating a menu your grand’ma would’ve been proud of. You will find all of your favorite classics on there, including a great cup of coffee!

After breakfast, head over to one of my favorite vintage stores 5 Flying Monkeys, their prices and collection can’t be beat. They have a unique blend of antiques and funky thrift store items that will keep you busy for hours. Next door is the Crafty Mercantile an original shop for those of you who love creating your own arts and crafts at home. Not only do they have everything you need to stay busy in the studio, they also provide plenty of inspiration, and work space in the store. If you are a bookworm you are in luck Cottage Grove has 3 of the coolest bookstores in the area. Kalapuya Books is located next to the Backstage Bakery, Bookmine across the street also doubles as a jewelry store and plant shop. Not even a stones throw away is a friendly priced used bookstore called Books on Main.

For lunch I will usually go to Jack Sprats a great little cafe that I think is one of the true hidden gems in Cottage Grove, or Buster’s Main Street Cafe. They both have excellent Reuben sandwiches, and they are only about 2 blocks away from each other. After lunch I like to drive by a few of their famous covered bridges before heading home https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/trip-ideas/scenic-drives/cottage-grove-covered-bridge-tour-route/

There are many other great places to visit in Cottage Grove, this is just a few of my personal favorites. Please visit the CG Chamber of Commerce to find out more information about all the great places it has to offer http://www.cgchamber.com/

So the next time you are planning a day trip, consider our neighbors to south and visit one of these hidden treasures!

 

The Historic District of downtown Cottage Grove is one of my favorite Daycations in Lane County

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 11:07 pm
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The 5 Best Burgers in Eugene/Springfield

I was a little surprised when I saw the Best of Eugene Weekly article that  boasted the 3 best burgers in town, and none of my favorites made the list. So I decided to create my own list, I would love to hear about your favorite burger in the comment section below!

  1. The Meiji Burger– Under valued because of it’s size the Meiji Burger is my personal favorite. It is served on an English Muffin with Japanese pickles, lettuce, onion, and house-made fries. You can taste the quality of the ingredients they use, including the 100% Organic Grass-fed Angus beef! https://www.izakayameiji.com/#menu

My personal favorite the Meiji Burger!

2. The Chow Burger– They have their meat ground fresh everyday, and also bake their own buns. Not to mention they pay homage to the Simpsons with their original name “Moes”. They infuse their bacon with maple syrup, to make every burger a foodies’ delight. If you are a fan of the Artisan Burger you have to try this place! https://openmenu.com/restaurant/d52f5540-8a01-11e2-823b-00163eeae34c

The Chow Burger uses maple marinated bacon on their burger. You can even order a plate of bacon!

3) The Planktown Burger– I always get the Bacon Irish Cheddar Burger, it comes with an 8 oz patty with bacon, Irish cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickled onion and creamy horseradish sauce. If you haven’t been to Planktown yet I would make plans to go tonight!  http://planktownbrewing.com/menu.html

Make sure you bring your appetite if you want to tackle the Planktown Burger

4. The Board Burger– Michael Autry the owner of Board Restaurant describes their burger as knee deep cattle beef, aged cheddar, arugula, red onion and chipotle bacon jam on a brioche. Be sure and save room for their potato wedge fries with the house made chipotle ketchup! http://www.boardrestaurant.com/menu/

The Board Burger won the Best Burger in Eugene last year from Yelp users

5. The Cornucopia Burger– This burger could have easily been higher on the list, most of you already know they boast the best burger in Eugene via the Eugene Weekly’s “Best of” readers poll. My favorite burger on their menu is the Jeros Bacon Cheese Burger with crisp bacon, your choice of cheese, red onions, and mayo it is a force to be reckoned with! Visit their menu to see the full list of their famous burgers https://www.cornucopiaeugene.com/menu/#award-winning-burgers-vurgers

The Cornucopia Burger won the “Best of” from the Eugene Weekly this year

To see who the other winners were in the Eugene Weekly Best of 2017 visit http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20161103/lead-story/best-eugene-readers-poll-2016-2017

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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20 Favorite Oregon Hikes

With so much beauty surrounding us sometimes its hard to know where to go when you want to go for a certain type of hike, here a few different hikes and what they are most known for.

Best Hike for KidsSweet Creek Falls Trail (Near Mapleton / Central Oregon Coast)

Best Waterfall Hike McKenzie River Trail (Central Oregon)

Best Historic HikeFort Stevens (Astoria, North Coast)

Best Oregon Coast HikeCape Perpetua (Yachats, Central Coast)

Best Hike in the MountainsSouth Sister (Central Oregon)

Best Multi-Day HikeThree Sisters Loop (Central Oregon)

Best Snowshoe HikeOdell Lake Overlook (Central Cascades)

Best Hike in the Portland Area HikeEagle Creek Trail (Columbia River Gorge)

Best Salem Area HikeSilver Falls State Park

Best Hike in the Eugene AreaTire Mountain (Oakridge, Central Cascades)

Best Hike in the Bend AreaSmith Rock State Park (Redmond, Central Oregon)

Best Hike in Eastern OregonSteens Mountain

Best Hike in Southern OregonOregon Caves (Cave Junctuion)

Best Challenge HikePacific Crest Trail from Ashland to Bridge of Gods in Hood River (Mt. Hood/The Gorge)

Best Day Hike on the PCTRosary Lakes (Crescent, Central Cascades)

Best Hike to ExploreTillamook Head, start at the trailhead located in Ecola State Park (North Oregon Coast)

Best Hike for Hot SpringsUmpqua Hot Springs (Southern Oregon)

Best Hike for BirdingZumwalt Prairie Reserves (Enterprise, Northeast Oregon)

Best Alter-abled HikeOregon Garden Resort (Williamette Valley)

For these and other great adventure ideas go to https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/trip-ideas/

 

A view of the Three Sisters

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 2:43 am
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