Fred’s Desk

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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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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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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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“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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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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