Fred’s Desk

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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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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 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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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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Following the Herd

Following the Herd

I am continually surprised to see how fear leads some to cowering in the background while others step out and move ahead.  As the end of our recession becomes increasingly tangible it is interesting to see how investors across the country are buying up homes for rentals.  What do they know that most others don’t?  [...]

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Add Up Another Internet-Email Hoax!

Add Up Another Internet-Email Hoax!

Fear mongers continue to spread the rumor that the new 3.8% tax in the health care reform bill will suck the equity right out of your house! It goes on to say that the National Association of Realtors is fighting this provision. Neither of these statements are true but it they are sure to ignite [...]

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College Towns Rule!

College Towns Rule!

There has been a lot in the press over the last 4-5 years about how small college towns have fared well during the recession. Right here in Corvallis has been a great example of that. We have been mentioned in national articles numerous times as one of the small hot spots (well maybe hot spot [...]

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The West Heats Up!

The West Heats Up!

As financial news speaks more and more to a housing recovery I always think about how that relates to me, my clients and the local housing market in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and more specifically Benton County and Corvallis. Having been a full time realtor in Corvallis for over 32 years I have seen [...]

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