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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Buying vs. Renting

Buying vs. Renting

Those of you who have known me for some time know that I am never short on opinions.  I am however very comfortable saying that perhaps those opinions might only be important to myself.  However, most of them are obtained by years (too many to mention) of observation and working in the real estate market.  [...]

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Valuing Teachers

Valuing Teachers

What Value Do We Attribute to Educators?? Is it just lip service or do we back that up with salaries commensurate with that level of trust and importance.  This article argues, that we don’t: AMERICA’S EDUCATORS CAN’T AFFORD HOMES: WHAT NOW? I will let that article argue the point but then wanted to follow with [...]

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“What goes around comes around!”

“What goes around comes around!”

“What goes around comes around!”  What does that even mean?  I am kind of equating it to Karma.  You earn what you get.  At least sometimes that appears to be true.  Many years ago I sold a property to a young woman, who at the time was probably the youngest person I had ever sold [...]

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Building a Better Envelope

Building a Better Envelope

No, I am not talking about office supplies.  I am talking about houses and the “building envelope” that contains that house.  If you are like me you hear a lot about green building.  I have to admit that I have not kept up with the newest techniques.  I tend to deal more in resale housing [...]

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“Location, Location, Location”, or is it?

“Location, Location, Location”, or is it?

We have all seen and heard this oft quoted phrase in relation to real estate values.  While there is some truth to that it misses an all important fact. PRICE CURES ALL!  While location is a prime consideration in searching for or pricing a property, it isn’t everything.  Here in Corvallis everyone has their favorite [...]

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Freshen It Up!

Freshen It Up!

Even though I love Christmas and probably am excessive in my home decorations I love seeing those decorations come down almost as much as I do putting them up!  I love changes, new beginnings, new ways of seeing or looking at things.  It is interesting to me how just changing a few things around in [...]

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Got Some Haulin’ To Do?

Got Some Haulin’ To Do?

Repeat and referral business has been the backbone of my real estate business for as long as I can remember. I really try to provide the best service I can for my clients and in appreciation they constantly come back and then refer me to friends, family and relatives.  I have been doing this so [...]

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So, what’s the summer bringing in the Willamette Valley Real Estate Market??

So, what’s the summer bringing in the Willamette Valley Real Estate Market??

So, what’s the summer bringing?  Spring was hot as pistol for real estate sales in the Corvallis area.  One month, as I reported earlier, I had three offers put together that were either $10,000 or $11,000 over list price.  In each case it took that for the buyer to be successful.  Are we to expect [...]

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Well, the secret’s out, inventory is short and multiple offers are getting more and more common.

Well, the secret’s out, inventory is short and multiple offers are getting more and more common.

Well, the secret’s out, inventory is short and multiple offers are getting more and more common. There’s another little secret though, that is not so well known. This involves what is called in the industry “pocket listings” or properties that the seller wants to sell but the agent hasn’t really put the home out there [...]

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