Fred’s Desk

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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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A Very Popular Townhouse Development

A Very Popular Townhouse Development

Timberhill Townhomes seem to fill a special are of interest in the Corvallis area. Interestingly the complex is situated on two opposite sides of Dixon Creek which flows through the middle. Even though it is considered one complex with one homeowners association, each side was built by different builders. Consequently the style and layout of [...]

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Home Selling Season Starts Strong

Home Selling Season Starts Strong

In February, both home sales and prices rose higher than a year ago. After a decisive housing turnaround in 2012, this year looks to improve on recovering market trends. With data representing 52 metropolitan areas, the February RE/MAX National Housing Report shows home sales 2.3% greater than February 2012 and a median price 7.0% higher. [...]

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“Happiness is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”.

“Happiness is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”.

I have a plaque on the wall of my office that says “Happiness is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”. I received a good example of that this week. A few months ago I had the pleasure to the list the home of a dear lady who is a friend of [...]

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Head of RE/MAX International Makes 2013 Predictions.

Head of RE/MAX International Makes 2013 Predictions.

Dave Liniger, founder and owner of RE/MAX has made his predictions for the real estate market in this coming year. Last year industry experts credited him with 85% accuracy for his 2012 market predictions. This year he is shooting for 100%. This short video shows his succinct and precise thoughts on where the market is [...]

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It’s Never Too Early To Think About Downsizing!

It’s Never Too Early To Think About Downsizing!

Tuning in to home purchasing, renovation and dream home programming on TV is appealing to more and more people.  It is both exciting and informative to get a glimpse into other parts of the country and often even other parts of the world and how they deal with housing.  A major lesson I have learned [...]

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What a surprising holiday season.

What a surprising holiday season.

What a surprising holiday season. The market here in Oregon, as in many areas, normally slows down drastically for the holidays. As I normally counsel my sellers to expect things to be pretty quiet during this season they were pretty pleasantly surprised at the traffic they did attract. I had a number of multiple offers [...]

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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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