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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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?
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?
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
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
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?