One reason buying or selling a home is different than other transactions is because with real estate, egos are sometimes involved. We often hear about the importance of 'curb appeal,' or making a home look good from the street. Yet the 'curb appeal' that could be a deal-maker or deal-breaker in your next real estate … Continue reading The New ‘Curb Appeal:’ Curbing Your Real Estate Ego
Pandemics can provide unique home buying opportunities. That's because market disruptions often propel motivated home sellers to action. Yet outbreaks like the Covid-19 virus don't automatically favor home buyers. So what's the real scoop on buying a home during the Covid-19 pandemic? Do home buyers have more, or less of an influence in today's real … Continue reading Homebuying In A Pandemic
Some effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Oregon real estate include inconvenient home showing protocols, elevated lender caution, higher unemployment (meaning fewer buyers), plus a reduction in the number of homes for sale. Through it all though, many homebuyers and homesellers continue to work together in closing transactions. Hear this podcast by clicking here or … Continue reading What Oregon Homesellers Can Expect in 2020
As we move through Spring, 2020 in the current Covid-19 environment, many are wondering how Oregon real estate is being affected by the Coronavirus and what to expect ahead. Hear this episode by pressing the 'play' button below. https://episodes.castos.com/Helpful-Interesting-Information-on-Oregon-Real-Estate/3-Scenarios-to-Coronavirus-Recovery.mp3 Some good news is that properties continue to sell in Oregon. This has been assisted by … Continue reading 3 Scenarios to Coronavirus Recovery
Listen to the audio podcast edition of this feature article here: https://episodes.castos.com/Helpful-Interesting-Information-on-Oregon-Real-Estate/Pandemics-And-Oregon-Real-Estate.mp3 Given present concerns about the COVID-19 or Corona virus, many Oregon home buyers and home sellers are concerned about how it may affect their next real estate transaction. Related questions include "Will I be able to get a loan?" to "Are buyers … Continue reading Pandemics And Oregon Real Estate
Those fortunate to live near parents, friends or family members are often faced with a dilemma. That question is 'At what point should I help Mom, Dad or Uncle Joe move into housing that's more appropriate?' The process of this often tricky situation can look quite different from person to person, depending on those involved. … Continue reading Helping Friends & Family Downsize
Why the Market Price is Your Best Price As with many areas of life, real estate, too raises a question of balance. Price too low and your net proceeds are less at closing. Yet price too high and you may never close. So what's a seller to do? Click here or below for this informative … Continue reading How Your Home Price And Market Time Are Related
Click here or the 'play' button below for this Oregon Real Estate Podcast episode. https://episodes.castos.com/Helpful-Interesting-Information-on-Oregon-Real-Estate/Real-Estate-Soft-Landing-Or-Crash.mp3 Oregon real estate isn't always easy to predict. Given such ever-changing conditions, some words to describe our housing market can sound like lingo from other industries with constantly shifting events—some catastrophic—like aviation. Although housing markets are axiomatically 'grounded' compared to … Continue reading Oregon Real Estate Soft Landing-or-Crash?
This re-broadcast of a popular true episode illustrates the far-reaching impact of what Realtors call 'stigmatized property,' sometimes known as a 'haunted house:' While at work one day, I received a phone call, then quickly recognized the caller as a client I assisted with a home purchase months earlier. I soon detected serious concern in … Continue reading Buying A Haunted House
Many homesellers either hope to sell fast, or for the highest price. Yet there's a way to help you accomplish both of these goals. How is this possible? The secret is getting homebuyers to compete for your property. Curious? Find out more...in this edition of the Oregon Real Estate Podcast! https://episodes.castos.com/Helpful-Interesting-Information-on-Oregon-Real-Estate/Power-Homeselling-4-Steps-to-Winning-with-Multiple-Offers-.mp3 Click here or on … Continue reading How Power Homesellers Create Bidding Wars
Weather can affect Oregon real estate transactions in ways you may never have considered. What kinds of issues can arise in Oregon's four uniquely distinct seasons and are you prepared to deal with them? Find out more in this insightful Oregon Real Estate Podcast episode by clicking here or on the 'play' button below. … Continue reading How Weather Affects Oregon Homebuyers & Homesellers
Most of us are interested in avoiding hassles. Selling your house is no exception. But what about selling a home that could use some work, before you put it on the market? Concerned about the grind of preparing your property for sale? You're not alone. Don't fret about the work ahead! You have options. … Continue reading How To Sell Your Home With Minimum Hassle
Most residential real estate transactions are ultimately successful, meaning they actually 'close.' Such a 'happily ever after' scenario has sellers receiving their money and buyers, their new house. However, given the many steps along the way, many real estate transactions have a few 'bumps in the road.' Sometimes it's a home inspection defect. At … Continue reading The Perfect Home Sale: Fact or Fairy Tale?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZtbdLtuOzY Purchase 'The Art of War for Home Sellers' at Amazon here. “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War Click here or on the 'play' button below to hear the audio podcast of this presentation. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/The-Art-of-War-for-Homesellers.mp3 The 'Home Front' Without being overly dramatic, … Continue reading The ‘Art of War’ for Homesellers
We all like thank you notes. Here's an excerpt of one such note I received not long ago. I enjoyed serving this client every bit as much as my assistance was appreciated. If you could use help with the challenges of Oregon real estate, please contact me for a free consultation with the contact form … Continue reading The Caring Difference
'When's too soon to list my house for sale?' is a common homeseller question Realtors are asked. To be clear, there are many factors that influence a good time to sell. When considering the best time to sell your home, several factors stand out. One is the amount of homeseller competition based on predictable seasonality, … Continue reading When’s Too Soon to List My House for Sale?
The most recent Regional Multiple Listing Service housing report shows a marked increase in competing housing and a moderation in home prices. A 'normal' housing inventory ranges between 3 and 6 months, where neither homebuyers or homesellers dominate. This latest uptick to 3.3 months in housing supply now places greater Portland in a more typical … Continue reading Portland Area Housing Moderates
Can You Handle the Truth? A famous, oft-quoted movie line is 'You can't handle the truth.' Yet have you ever considered how that statement might relate to hiring a Realtor? In other words, since agents provide information that can help your bottom line, are you interested in being informed with the truth, or might you … Continue reading Can You Handle An Honest Real Estate Agent?
Common wisdom suggests Oregon home sales should decline during the holidays. At first glance, this makes sense, given Oregon's gloomier weather, less daylight and for many, a general aversion to adding yet one more task to an already overloaded holiday schedule. However, there's a compelling case that the time surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's is … Continue reading Holiday Househunt Hysteria: Hot or Hoax?
Perhaps you've seen TV shows and movies about life behind bars, or read prison-related books. But regardless of the many prison stories in the media, the simple fact is that most people have never been incarcerated. As a result, one common question about prison life is if it's very much like how it's portrayed...or is … Continue reading Lessons My Prisoner Clients Taught Me
In Oregon, what some might call a lifestyle, others may consider a mindset or demographic. Each of these terms is an attempt to describe characteristics of those who live here and to put a 'face' to them. Why does this matter? Because arriving at a better understanding of Oregonians provides a better sense of what … Continue reading The Many Faces of Oregon
Whether you're a homebuyer or homeseller, the presence of more than one buyer competing for the same property changes everything, including a change in behavior between all parties involved. Given what is usually a decided shift in control, buyers typically become more competitive. Why? Because fear of loss can be a powerful motivator. And while it's possible … Continue reading How Multiple Buyers Change Everything-A True Story
A common saying states 'Knowledge is power.' Have you ever wondered what kinds of information others may have about you and would you like to find out what they know? You may not have considered how much insurers know about you, your home, or car, but the insurance industry holds quite a bit of information … Continue reading Inside the Insurance Industry’s Secret CLUE Report on You
Gaining Advantage When buying or selling a home, any advantage could be helpful to make your decisions easier and more profitable. Few are more experienced and better positioned to provide homebuyers and homesellers with a meaningful advantage than an expert Realtor. That's because seasoned real estate agents hold access to a literal wealth of information, which … Continue reading How To Take Advantage of Your Realtor
When paint time arrives, did you know some homesellers risk leaving 'money on the table' later by not taking advantage of 'market-friendly' house paint colors, to more effectively attract homebuyers? What is it about house colors that can make a real difference to those buying a home? Is the adage true that paint properly applied … Continue reading How House Color Affects Your Selling Price
Did you know the profession of real estate agent consistently ranks as one of the most stressful occupations? Yet, some Realtors seemingly deal with stress as if their work is a breeze. Ever wonder what their secret is? Burnout What is it that causes some real estate agents to 'burn out?' And as a homebuyer … Continue reading Realtor ‘Stress-Busting’ Tips for Homebuyers & Homesellers
Welcome to Oregon Perhaps you recently experienced a job change, or maybe you're simply seeking something different and have decided to make a move. If your final stop is Oregon, you're not alone, since it's a common destination. But Why Oregon? You might have heard about Oregon's livability (having three of the top 50 places … Continue reading What to Know When Moving to Oregon
President Herbert Hoover. Grammy Award nominee Gino Vannelli. Double Nobel laureate Linus Pauling. Renowned chef James Beard. Neo-classical composer Ernest Bloch. Authors Beverly Cleary and Walt Morey. Actors Sally Struthers, Frank Cady and Ginger Rogers. What do the people on this diverse list have in common? Celebrities all, they have each called Oregon 'home.' A Brush … Continue reading Should You Buy A Celebrity Home?
Hear the audio podcast presentation of this article by clicking here or on the 'play' button below. https://episodes.castos.com/Helpful-Interesting-Information-on-Oregon-Real-Estate/Differences-When-Selling-Country-vs-City-Homes.mp3 Out In The Country There's something not only different, but truly special about being 'out in the country.' The sense of natural beauty, privacy and stillness is difficult to find anywhere else. The song 'Out in … Continue reading Differences When Selling City vs. Rural Homes
Especially during a 'hot' real estate market, it's understandable how some homesellers may wonder "Why isn't our house selling?" Some homesellers wait longingly, certain that if the sale of their property is 'meant to be,' a buyer will appear. But now, given a plethora of ways to gauge the popularity and market-friendliness of any listed … Continue reading Stop Waiting for Your House to Sell
Selling a home usually involves a considerable amount of planning. And like many activities, with homeselling there is a beginning, middle and an end. So somewhere approaching the mid-way point in the homeselling process and well before you reach the 'finish line' of closing, you'll receive at least one offer. But what happens then? Questions … Continue reading I Have An Offer On My House – Now What?
Who's Got A Secret? On many Realtor property listings, there are one or more sections reserved for 'private remarks.' This private information is usually intended for real estate agents. What are these 'private' remarks and do they include information potentially helpful to buyers? And why are these remarks private? https://episodes.seriouslysimplepodcasting.com/Helpful-Interesting-Information-on-Oregon-Real-Estate/Secrets-Your-Realtor-Knows.mp3 Find out in this edition … Continue reading Secrets Your Realtor Knows
Working as a real estate agent presents some interesting situations. Here's one story you probably haven't heard before. It includes my being deputized, or 'sworn in,' since a local, short-handed police force is about to commence a house eviction. Click here or on the 'play' button below for the complete audio podcast presentation. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/How-2-Realtors-Become-Policemen-for-a-Day.mp3 This … Continue reading How 2 Realtors Become ‘Policemen for a Day’
A common homeseller question is 'How much will it cost to sell my home?' Hear the audio podcast presentation of this article by clicking here or on the 'play' button below. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/How-Much-Will-It-Cost-To-Sell-My-Home.mp3 Multiple Factors As with the sale of most things, there are a few factors for homesellers to consider. One of the usual seller costs … Continue reading How Much Will It Cost to Sell My Home?
Before entering into a business relationship, it's helpful to know your real estate agent is nice, patient, available when needed...and honest. So while many of us assume we're 'safe' in the hands of our doctor, attorney or pastor, what about your Realtor? Find out here, or use the audio player below for this edition of the … Continue reading Can I Trust My Realtor?
To adults and kids alike, superheroes seem to have time-tested appeal. Some think it's because they look different. Indeed, some superheroes dress uniquely. Others believe superheroes represent the 'good guy' and these days, we can always use more good guys and gals. Yet others suggest that superheroes are in the rescue business and we all … Continue reading Finding Your Real Estate Superhero
Compared to the life of famed superspy James Bond, buying or selling Oregon real estate is dull and monotonous, right? Au contraire. You might be surprised to see how such a comparison actually sizes up. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/What-007-Can-Teach-You-About-Oregon-Real-Estate.mp3 Click here or on the play button above to hear the audio podcast of this article. Not So Mundane, … Continue reading What James Bond Can Teach You About Oregon Real Estate
TMREI: Too Much Real Estate Information Sometimes absorbing the sea of Oregon real estate information is more like drinking from a fire hydrant. Yet, out of all the seemingly helpful real estate data bandied about, there is one especially helpful number, which when understood, can provide near-magical clarity to both homebuyers and homesellers. What Is It? What is this … Continue reading Oregon Real Estate’s Magic Number
There are many good reasons why homesellers hire a Realtor, including the handful of sellers who first try the 'for sale by owner' or 'FSBO' route. Here are ten of the most common reasons why homesellers hire a Realtor to get the job done right. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/10-Reasons-Why-Homesellers-Hire-A-Realtor.mp3 Hear the audio podcast version of this presentation by … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Homesellers Hire A Realtor
Realtors must follow many rules and according to consumer satisfaction surveys, real estate agents generally do a good job. Realtors are trained to abide by applicable state and national real estate laws, follow accepted business practices and the Realtor Code of Ethics, which is considered a higher standard of duty. Yet as in other professions, sometimes … Continue reading Why Does My Realtor Do That?
Simultaneous/Consecutive Home Transactions Selling one home and buying another are frequently linked activities. In this article and podcast, we reveal how to maximize the efficiency and minimize the bother when simultaneously home buying and home selling. Click here or on the 'play' button below for the audio version of this presentation about homebuying while homeselling. … Continue reading Dancing The ‘Two Transaction Tango’
While there is a case to be made for homeselling in each of the four seasons, Winter is one of the most powerful times sellers can place their home on the market and for ten very good reasons. Click here or the play button below for the audio podcast presentation of this article. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/10-Reasons-Why-Winter-Homeselling-Is-Hot.mp3 Price & Market … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Winter Homeselling is HOT
Regardless of the kind of market you find yourself in when buying your next home, there are key tactics buyers can use to make the process both more successful and considerably less stressful. What are these key homebuying tactics and how can you use them to navigate your next home purchase to a successful close? … Continue reading 5 Winning Homebuyer Tactics For Any Market
Homeselling Strategies There are key strategies for homeseller success. What are these strategies and as an Oregon homeseller, what is it that you might need to know? As an Oregon homebuyer, you may find it helpful to view the following insights on the homeselling process with an 'insider's' view. Strategies that Benefit Homesellers There are … Continue reading 7 Strategies to Sell Your House Sooner!
One frequent Oregon real estate question buyers and sellers ask is 'What's an acre worth?' When you think about it, this question is not so different than 'What's a car worth?' That's because each situation has significant variables. Click here or the 'play' button below for the audio podcast presentation of this article. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Whats-An-Oregon-Acre-Worth.mp3 With … Continue reading What’s An Oregon Acre Worth?
When making the biggest financial decision of their lives, many homebuyers and homesellers understandably ask their Realtor to provide a professional opinion on a range of topics. Some common questions include if adding a bathroom will boost resale value, should wallpaper be removed, if re-painting will help, how long a home has been for sale, if sellers should leave when their home is being shown, or if a home shows better when ‘staged.’ These and many other questions are typically addressed with aplomb by an experienced Realtor. However, with other, less benign questions, agents are trained not only to be cautious, but simply refuse to answer them. Is it because the Realtor doesn’t have an opinion? Maybe, but maybe not. Often the reason is because rules don’t allow it. What are these rules that might gag an otherwise conversational, if not super-chatty (or at least engaging) real estate agent to go mum?
While most Oregon homebuyers use traditional loan providers like banks, mortgage brokers or credit unions, there are solid reasons (and a very helpful alternative) for purchasing a home without them. Buyers avoid traditional lenders for a variety of factors and when they do, one mechanism they frequently turn to is known in our area as … Continue reading The Power of Oregon Seller Financing
Hear the audio podcast presentation by clicking here or on the 'play' button Selling an Oregon home can sometimes seem overwhelming and complicated. Yet there is a logical framework to the entire process. Once grasped, this knowledge makes the task less daunting. Easy As 1-2-3 There is a usually a linear progression to selling an Oregon … Continue reading 3 Steps To An Oregon Home Sale
'...that long black cloud is comin' down, I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door...' Bob Dylan Listen to the podcast version of this article by clicking on the 'play' button below. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Oregon-Real-Estate-Podcast-Stigmatized-Properties.mp3 Every experienced Realtor has them: Stories rarely shared with clients that involve particularly unnerving moments in an agent's real estate career. And, … Continue reading Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door: Stigmatized Properties
As with any occupation, there are 'insider tips' in local real estate. Exactly what are these little-discussed pointers and how can they benefit non-Realtors?
http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Oregon-Real-Estate-Podcast-Episode-3.mp3 Two common real estate terms are ‘seller’s market’ and ‘buyer’s market.’ What exactly do these terms mean and how do they apply to Oregon's current real estate climate? Click on the above audio player to hear this insightful podcast on Oregon real estate. First, let's define a 'normal' real estate market. Terms like equilibrium and … Continue reading Is Oregon a Buyer’s or Seller’s Real Estate Market?
This helpful podcast from experienced Oregon Realtor Roy Widing outlines the basics of farm selling. http://certifiedrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Podcast-2.mp3 Does the prospect of selling your farm seem overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be! Click on the above media player for the 8 key steps to a successful farm sale. Click here to view the show notes for this … Continue reading Farm Selling Basics