Fred’s Desk

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Struggling With Social Media

Struggling With Social Media

Let me say first that I am not really a very “social animal”.  While I am quite vocal and somewhat animated in my opinions and observations once aroused I am really, by nature, a rather quiet person.  I have never enjoyed large social gatherings unless I am lucky enough to find one or two more [...]

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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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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 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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