How to Handle the “California Exodus”

Have you been feeling it too?

There isn’t as much room on the highways.  More and more, it seems like there are WAY more people in line for Dutch Bro’s? You’re favorite hiking trail is just somehow flooded with more traffic than ever before? 

Don’t worry: you’re not the only one.

As of 2018 the influx of “transplants” has been a double-edged sword for the Pacific Northwest (Oregon more specifically). Some people have already been referring to this phenomenon as “The California Exodus”

As the name implies; a majority of  California residents are beginning to trickle on upward to the PNW for numerous reasons. First and foremost; the cost of living, in this article it outlines the main financial benefits of not living in the surrounding states. However the biggest and best gap is between that of California & Oregon.  Most folks are also looking for a cooler climate and a reduced crime rate. 

According to this poll; Oregon has consistently beat our neighbor in both of those respective fields. On top of that, these last two or three years. The cinematic industry has been filming more of their blockbuster’s out here in the PNW. Anywhere from critically-acclaimed cult classics to a slew of  T.V series in the area.

So how does ANY of this knowledge actually benefit locals who have been in here their whole lives? 

One of the key benefits; would be the rise in property value and the amount of purchasing power when looking to sell your home. Now this would also drive revenue on a state level to enact new construction and re-work state sanctioned zoning laws to be more lenient with developments.  

Secondly; you know what to expect. You see, as a resident myself I would much rather have the cost of living remain as stagnant as possible if it’s not going to lower. However, you can’t fight change. 

So the most important point I would like to make when working with “transplants” is to educate them on the community’s LOVE for nature and it’s undying desire to keep it around for as long as possible.

Other than that, buckle down and get ready for what is to come.

I wish you luck in all your endeavors.

-Ruben “Benny” Alcala 


The Future of Real Estate

It’s Difficult to Imagine what the Future may look like 10 years from now.

Considering all of the different factors at play; Global Climate Issues, Political Unrest, Technology Growing Faster than Us & a general disconnect from each other on a communicable level.

Whose to know if we will finally have those flying cars we were promised or if it becomes a scene out of your favorite post-apocalyptic movie.

What we DO know is that no matter what may be going on. The NEED for a home will always remain.

So the question arises;

How is Real Estate going to work 10 years from now?

Many believe that the need for an agent will ultimately be wiped away by automation and development of Artificial Intelligence and the overhaul to develop the “Perfect On Stop Shop” website where all you have to do is click on a picture of a home, enter your credit info like you would an Amazon order and *POOF* your home can be moved into the next day.

The delve into a dystopic mindset regarding the future is easy to do when you see it form in front of your eyes.  However, lets look at the more realistic (and hopefully more positive) approach to what is in store for us.

Virtual Reality Tours

Imagine being able to show a listing without even having to the location?

VR Tours are becoming a reality and the immersion of this technology can also be useful when swaying out-of-state/international buyers. Check out this Tour of Amsterdam to get an idea of how that may benefit you in the future. 

Eco-Friendly Housing

With the pressing need to reduce carbon emissions and overall consumption. The push to have ECO-Friendly Housing is must. In the wake of upcoming policy changes regarding tax cuts/rebates for remodeling your home into a more energy efficient dwelling . A flood of new housing opportunities will mean that your know-how of what those laws may be will definitely come into play 3-10 years from now.  

Along with the trend of communal housing and tiny homes. The new housing market will have to be tailored towards our knowledge of Tenancy Laws. 




Common Misconceptions About Buying A Home

Buying a New Home is seen by many as a Big Step in their lives.

So for some; it goes without saying that we make this task into a Herculean feat. Especially if you’re a First Time Home Buyer. 

I mean there are SO MANY QUESTIONS!

Who do I talk to first? How do I get approved? Where should I live? Who pays for what? And the list goes on…

Rest assured; we have taken this into consideration and have compiled some valuable resources that will make the process go as smoothly as possible. 

The beauty of being a First Time Home Buyer in Oregon is all the resources available to assure that you can get the home of your dreams! This stems from the desire to grow commerce and overall improve the culture & lifestyles of those who already live in this beautiful state. Along with nurturing and welcoming new additions to our community.

Such as the Oregon Housing & Community Services Corporation & Oregon Home Ownership Stabilization Initiative which both play a HUGE role in assisting Home Owners & First Time Buyers alike by giving them access to local lenders and vendors when necessary.

Another obstacle most folks hit is not knowing which lender to work with! That ultimately comes down to you, however we would be more than happy to help you find the right lender for you! If you would like us to reach out to them, EMAIL US!

Not to mention that some people just don’t think owning a home is worth it. This is primarily due to the idea of having to pay a mortgage over a 15 – 30 year period. As opposed to paying rent the rest of their lives. So to help with that click here to see the numbers yourself! Feel free to plug and play until your heart’s content.

More times than not; you will see that in the long run you will be saving more than you ever would renting. Simply based off the fact that rent will continue to rise as the cost of living does. Where as a mortgage payment will stay fairly consistent with the times and your home will also begin to accrue equity!


What is Equity? You may be asking, no need to worry. We got you covered! In a nutshell; Equity is an asset, so it’s a part of your total net worth. You can take partial or lump-sum withdrawals out of your equity at some point if you need to, or you can pass all the wealth on to your heirs. The reality is that the possibilities are limitless with what you can do with Equity. 

There is a plethora of information for you to make the most educated decision you can. We have compiled only a small fraction of the resources available to help you make the next step in life more enjoyable. 

After all, we want you to live the life you deserve!

With that being said; thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Here are some last minutes tips! 


Oregon, The Place To Be.

To many of it’s residents the state of Oregon is a great place to live. From it’s countless miles of nature to explore. Such as; Skinner’s Butte, Mt. Pisgah, Buford Park, the Dunes in Florence, to a plethora of hiking trails that will always lead to a breath taking waterfall or two.  Even the city life has much to offer as cities like; Portland & Eugene are in the midst of ushering in the modern age by incorporating technology seamlessly from its public transit to its libraries & restaurants.

Not to mention the overall consciousness of the environment & community. In recent years; the state of Oregon (Eugene in particular) has extended the olive branch to assist with the nation’s homelessness issue. Along with being a spearhead for developing renewable energies and living by its motto to “Keep Oregon Weird” has welcomed a wealth of cultural diversity & established it as a hotbed for innovation.

There is no doubt that this is a great place to raise a family and build a foundation for yourself. Whether you are a business person, philanthropist, artist, or just a hippie passing through. Oregon has a place for you.

So it goes without question why our state has been ranked 2nd in the country for the most “Inbound Moves” since 2015 & more specifically Lane County has been the 4th most desirable county to live in as of 2017.

Don’t just take my word for it, feel free to see for yourself! 

My sources will be below: 

Top 25 Counties To Live In As Of 2018


The Second Best State for Inbound Movers


Thank you for taking the time to read this!

We hope that you have a great day!

Feel free to look at our listings and contact us today if you are wanting to move out here soon!

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You have landed on this page because you had an interest in either Buying or Selling a home.

(At least that’s we’re hoping for.)

Well Keep Your Head Up!

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We specialize in getting Expired Listings Sold and going the extra mile for each and EVERY one of our clients.

This Blog will also be a great source of information to determine REAL TIME changes in the market. 

We will be Updating this weekly and look forward to seeing you next week!

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