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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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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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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. . .and the Federal Reserve Bank award for Most Improved, goes to OREGON!

. . .and the Federal Reserve Bank award for Most Improved, goes to OREGON!

The economy is improving across most of the nation but Oregon has recently been singled out as having the most improved overall economy. As this Yahoo News article points out most parts of the country have recaptured most of the losses during the recent financing industry created recession but we, right here in Oregon, have [...]

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Why There is So Little Prefabricated Construction in This Area of Oregon

Why There is So Little Prefabricated Construction in This Area of Oregon

I am asked sometimes why there is so little prefabricated construction in this area of Oregon. My response, always, is that I have the same question. I suspect that the answer is that locally it is pretty much synonymous with manufactured housing intended mostly for parks being brought onto a piece of land on wheels [...]

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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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“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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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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