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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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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Selling your home over the winter holiday season.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.  Selling your home over the winter holiday season.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS takes on a new meaning if you are attempting to sell your home over our rather extended winter holiday season. The nearly automatic, knee-jerk reaction is that it is common sense to pull your home for sale off the market during this busy, emotional time of the year. I often counsel [...]

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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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We joined the Nation’s #1 network for listing disrtibution

We joined the Nation’s #1 network for listing disrtibution

I am always looking for new ways to improve my marketing program.  Recently I affiliated with “List Hub” which is the nation’s #1 network for listing distribution.  For a long time I have made sure that all my listings are posted to my own website, Remax.com, Realtor.com, Zillow.com, Homes.com and Willamette Valley MLS system.  Subscribing [...]

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The weather’s heating up and so is the Real Estate market.

The weather’s heating up and so is the Real Estate market.

The weather’s heating up and so is the Real Estate market.  I had one buyer out last week that by the time they came into the office 3 or the 7 homes we were going to look at had just received an accepted offer and were now off the market.  Talk about a turn around.  Couple [...]

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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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Corvallis and Surrounding Areas Market Statistics for April 2012

Corvallis and Surrounding Areas Market Statistics for April 2012

I know I keep tweeting articles about the national real estate economy and perhaps you are tired of hearing about it by now. However, I feel like there are so many recent years of bad economic news that it still excites me to be able to counter all that doom and gloom! For the month [...]

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It’s So Much Better When We All Get Along!

It’s So Much Better When We All Get Along!

I am continually amazed at the “win at all costs” attitude that springs up from time to time with fellow Realtors and/or their clients.  There are some Realtors in my Corvallis workplace that are somewhat notorious  for that attitude and I expect and am prepared to deal with that philosophy from them but more often [...]

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