Fred’s Desk

A Real Estate Blog

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 [...]

Continue reading →

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 [...]

Continue reading →

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 [...]

Continue reading →

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 [...]

Continue reading →

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 [...]

Continue reading →

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. [...]

Continue reading →

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 [...]

Continue reading →

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 [...]

Continue reading →

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 [...]

Continue reading →

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 [...]

Continue reading →