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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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Communication!

Communication!

Communication!  How often have we had that word drilled into us.  But do we really get it?  I just finished a transaction that pointed out to me how much we have to concentrate on letting everyone know what is going on.  If the news is bad, if the news is good, if the news is [...]

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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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Home Selling Season Starts Strong

Home Selling Season Starts Strong

In February, both home sales and prices rose higher than a year ago. After a decisive housing turnaround in 2012, this year looks to improve on recovering market trends. With data representing 52 metropolitan areas, the February RE/MAX National Housing Report shows home sales 2.3% greater than February 2012 and a median price 7.0% higher. [...]

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“Happiness is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”.

“Happiness is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”.

I have a plaque on the wall of my office that says “Happiness is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”. I received a good example of that this week. A few months ago I had the pleasure to the list the home of a dear lady who is a friend of [...]

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Head of RE/MAX International Makes 2013 Predictions.

Head of RE/MAX International Makes 2013 Predictions.

Dave Liniger, founder and owner of RE/MAX has made his predictions for the real estate market in this coming year. Last year industry experts credited him with 85% accuracy for his 2012 market predictions. This year he is shooting for 100%. This short video shows his succinct and precise thoughts on where the market is [...]

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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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What a surprising holiday season.

What a surprising holiday season.

What a surprising holiday season. The market here in Oregon, as in many areas, normally slows down drastically for the holidays. As I normally counsel my sellers to expect things to be pretty quiet during this season they were pretty pleasantly surprised at the traffic they did attract. I had a number of multiple offers [...]

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Are cash sales the new norm?!?

Are cash sales the new norm?!?

Are cash sales the new norm?!? Well, not really but they certainly are not the surprise that they used to be.  Even with mortgage rates at still record lows many buyers are electing to put cash that is earning virtually nothing into their real estate investments instead.  It is interesting to note that these buyers [...]

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