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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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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My 10-Step Marketing Plan

In order to be successful in this competitive market you have to have a plan. To capitalize on your investment to it’s fullest potential that plan has to be educated and grounded in facts. The facts are this is a sellers market in Lane County (May 2017), but if your home isn’t marketed properly you could still be missing out on it’s full potential. Here is a fool proof plan that I have experienced a great deal of success with.

1. Listing in RMLS– When your home is listed in RMLS it automatically populates to online websites such as; Zillow.com, Realtor.com, and Trulia.com. This is a way for Realtors to view your home and buyers who are still unrepresented to find your home through personal searches.

2. Signage– Another basic building block of a proper marketing plan is a yard sign with information regarding the property.

3. Open Houses– Most agents will do at least one open house, I generally tend to do one open house a month until the property has a pending offer.

4. Pricing– This is a key strategy for any home sale, you can test the market with a higher price if you are not in a rush to sell your home, or you can price it to move quickly. I prefer to create a very educated price point, due to market trends and comparable recent sales in your area.

5. Staging– The theories on staging are numerous. Curb appeal is by far the most important component of staging in my opinion. Without it some people may not even get out of their car to see the house. Many homes show well simply being vacated and cleaned thoroughly. For a more luxurious home you may want to consider a professional stager that will fill your home elegant furniture and beautiful decor for a monthly fee.

6. Newspaper Ads– If you list with me I will always include an add in the Register Guard with your open house times listed. This will ensure that your open house will be a success.

7. Parade of Homes– There is a weekly tour of new homes on the market that is attended by the top Realtors in Lane County. If you list with me I will personally present your home at the Parade of Homes and coordinate your home to be open during the Parade hours.

8. Windermere Weekly Meetings– Here at Windermere we have a slight advantage over the competition, with 140 agents on staff we are the largest realty team in Lane County. Once a week we assemble to discuss buyer needs and new up and coming listings. Many times our listings get sold in house before they even hit the open market.

9. Social Media– One of the perks of being a member of the Eugene Area Board of Realtors is having access to their social media group. When I list your home I will post it on their Facebook page where over 800 Realtors from Lane County will have the chance to view it. as well as utilizing the Windermere Facebook page.

10. Knocking– Knocking doors is an ancient art form, but a highly effective way to communicate still. I will knock in the general vicinity of your home and let your neighbors know that your home is coming on the market and when your open house will be taking place.

 

LoopNet/Hotlinks– For all of my Commercial/Investment properties I post all of my properties to LoopNet and Hotlinks so all local and area investors will be notified of your listing.

 

Long story short, I have a dedicated plan for selling your home quickly and at top dollar, if you would like me to perform a market analysis for your home reach out to me today and I will do my best to ensure you have the right information at the right time to make a great decision.

 

Your friend in real estate, Vince Casey

 

Posted on May 3, 2017 at 12:34 am
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The Eugene Housing Crisis (and 3 questions that go along with it)

Many of you have heard that Eugene is in a housing crisis, so what exactly does that mean from a consumers point of view? Well, to break it down there simply aren’t enough houses on the market. To put it into perspective, of all the homes in the Eugene/Springfield area only .6% of them are available to purchase at the moment. Between investors holding onto their property, the city not expanding the urban growth boundary, and native Eugenians not wanting to move, we essentially have the biggest shortage of property on the market in our city’s history. In 2016 we actually saw the number of houses available for sale dive down below 600 homes at one point.

What Does That Mean if I’m a Buyer?

Basically what this means if you are a buyer is you have to now, more than ever, be proactive and even aggressive in certain buying situations. when looking for a home you need to have your preapproval letter in hand, down payment funds readily available, and find a Realtor to begin working with. Once you have determined your search parameters with your Realtor (price, location, number of bedrooms, etc) they can begin an RMLS search for you and send you emails each time a house meeting your criteria comes on the market. Make it a daily routine to check your emails first thing in the morning with your cup of coffee. Once you see something you like, call your Realtor to view the property that same day. If you feel a property is the right one do not hesitate to submit an offer as soon as you can. Some properties are in more demand than others, and there could be other buyers submitting offers as well. Be prepared to put your best foot forward with your Realtor to structure your offer to be as appealing as possible.

(Pro Tip: Include a note as to why you love the seller’s home in the offer. Many sellers are attached to their home. If they can relate to why you love their property as well it may give you a slight emotional advantage over someone who wants it strictly for investment purposes)

What Does This Mean if I’m a Seller?

If you are selling your home this may be the most your home has ever been worth. In the past year, prices in the Eugene market increased on average 8.1%. To put that increase in terms of value a $230,000 home that increased 8.1% last year would now be worth $248,630. If you would like to know the current value of your home, reach out to a local Realtor and ask for a comparative market analysis. This is a process that compares a list of homes recently sold in your area and gives you a rough estimate as to what the total value of your home is. Once you know the estimated value of your property you will then be able to decide if selling is right for you at this time.

Is Now a Good Time to Make a Move?

Whether you are buying or selling right now is a good time to make a move . Especially with the Annual Percentage Rates starting to trend upwards, it is a good idea to get your rate locked in as soon as you can. I promise you this is not a scare tactic, it is just simply the way things are. As your friend in the real estate business I want you to always be ahead of the curve. That way you can always make the right decision at the right time. Always feel free to reach out to me with any questions, I promise to shoot straight with you in layman’s terms you can understand.

Your friend in the real estate business, Vince Casey

 

References-

RMLS- Regional Multiple Listing Service

Trendgraphix

Larry Kendall- Author of “Ninja Selling”

Elliott Wood- President of Eugene Association of Realtors, Owner/Principal Broker at Windermere Real Estate/Lane County

Dave Kammerer- Branch Manager at Summit Funding

 

Contact me at vincecasey@windermere.com

or by phone at (541)868-4559

visit my website http://vincecasey.com

 

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 12:39 am
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