Fred’s Desk

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Just What The Heck Is Escrow Anyway, And Do I Need It?

Just What The Heck Is Escrow Anyway, And Do I Need It?

First thing to address here is that there are different functions in different parts of the country.  Since I have always worked my 43+ years on the west coast I am going to address that approach.  Here we deal with both Escrow companies and Title Companies.  Actually they are most often, but not always, the [...]

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It’s Actually Easier to be Honest!

It’s Actually Easier to be Honest!

I often tell people that I am not smart enough or quick enough to be an effective liar. To me it is a real talent but not one that I aspire too. It takes a lot of “smarts” to efficiently remember who you have told what and be able to continue on with a thread [...]

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One Too Many Real Estate Courses!?!

One Too Many Real Estate Courses!?!

There are very specific rules for Realtor continuing education.  They make great sense.  There is a lot of confidence placed in licensed real estate agents. Continuing education is one way to try and keep all these practitioners up to date and best equipped to serve their buyers and sellers.  BUT there is another kind of [...]

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Coming Soon! – Really?

Coming Soon!  – Really?

New ideas aren’t in themselves a bad thing. Heck, everything was a new idea once.  Sometimes, however, it seems like in the real estate industry we look like hacks and sly operators with some of the schemes we try.  Real estate marketing is mostly about getting attention.  Marketing IS important.  We owe it to our [...]

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Pocket Listings: No Matter How Much Things Change, Things Still Stay The Same

Pocket Listings: No Matter How Much Things Change, Things Still Stay The Same

I guess no matter how much things change, things still stay the same.  What I mean by that is in real estate there is always some new technology, new ideas of how to find and keep existing clients and how to conduct an ethical real estate career.  Believe, me I am not longing for yesterday [...]

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What makes a good home inspection?

What makes a good home inspection?

Every once in a while one of my buyers has a home inspector that they have had recommended to them by a friend or relative.  That is rare.  Most often my buyers look to me for ideas.  I was taught early in my career to always give at least three names and let the buyers [...]

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Did You Get Your Owner’s Manual?

Did You Get Your Owner’s Manual?

  I have been helping people buy and sell homes so long now that I remember when there was no such thing as a home inspector.  There were only pest and dry rot inspectors, the “termite/carpenter ant guys!”  When home inspections first became available it was sometimes hard to talk a buyer into paying more [...]

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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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Latest on Flood Insurance Time Bomb!

Latest on Flood Insurance Time Bomb!

For a long time it has been obvious that National Flood Insurance has not kept premiums at a level to pay for the program. Recent huge storm losses have sent it into the red. Something has to be done. Many of these claims are from innocent victims of climate change and some are from stubborn [...]

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