Fred’s Desk

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Buying vs. Renting

Buying vs. Renting

Those of you who have known me for some time know that I am never short on opinions.  I am however very comfortable saying that perhaps those opinions might only be important to myself.  However, most of them are obtained by years (too many to mention) of observation and working in the real estate market.  [...]

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. . .and the Federal Reserve Bank award for Most Improved, goes to OREGON!

. . .and the Federal Reserve Bank award for Most Improved, goes to OREGON!

The economy is improving across most of the nation but Oregon has recently been singled out as having the most improved overall economy. As this Yahoo News article points out most parts of the country have recaptured most of the losses during the recent financing industry created recession but we, right here in Oregon, have [...]

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What The Heck Is Mid Willamette Valley Real Estate Market Doing Anyway?!?

What The Heck Is Mid Willamette Valley Real Estate Market Doing Anyway?!?

Good question and no matter who I talk to no one seems to have a great handle on it.  Last year was a record breaker for me.  I helped more families buy and sell homes in the Corvallis and Willamette Valley area than any other year in my 40+ years of real estate practice.  I [...]

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Have You Seen Enough Of The Wrong Homes?

Have You Seen Enough Of The Wrong Homes?

When I am in my initial consultation with buyers we always talk about the process of viewing homes and how I can most conveniently accommodate their schedules.  Sometimes the search is a quick one but more often than not it is a process that will take multiple outings to find just the right home. It [...]

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Balance, are we finally finding balance!?!

Balance, are we finally finding balance!?!

Balance, are we finally finding balance!?! To me one of the major signs of a healthy market is balance. We all know the old axiom of supply and demand. When one is out of balance there is an unevenness in the marketplace. That almost always leads to stronger than normal trends. Since coming out of [...]

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Remax National Housing Report

Remax National Housing Report

As expected the clowns in Congress did effect the housing market at least slightly.  After a fast a furious summer both locally here in the Willamette Valley Area of Oregon and nationally, sales were booming with many (or most) areas regaining most of their turn-down losses.  As we edged closer to fall things began their [...]

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Corvallis Housing Costs

Corvallis Housing Costs

I had an interesting conversation earlier today that caused me to stop and think about some of the area housing issues.  An old acquaintance stopped by the office this morning.  She said she wanted to talk about Corvallis housing costs.  She is working with a group that is examining just why there seems to be [...]

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Corvallis prices have really turned around.

Corvallis prices have really turned around.

Corvallis prices have really turned around. Nearly all price ranges now have gained back or exceeded their pre recession values. The upper end is still a bit challenged but there is renewed interest there too. Each month Remax International puts out their housing report. You can read more about the national scene in the June [...]

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No One Wins All The Time.

No One Wins All The Time.

I had a difficult closing this past week.  It was one of the rare experiences for me in my career of 35 years that I had a seller actually lose money!  I know it was not my fault but even after all these years I have never learned to take the emotion out of transactions.  [...]

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It’s Never Too Early To Think About Downsizing!

It’s Never Too Early To Think About Downsizing!

Tuning in to home purchasing, renovation and dream home programming on TV is appealing to more and more people.  It is both exciting and informative to get a glimpse into other parts of the country and often even other parts of the world and how they deal with housing.  A major lesson I have learned [...]

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