Holiday Househunt Hysteria: Hot or Hoax?

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?

Lessons My Prisoner Clients Taught Me

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

The Many Faces of Oregon

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

How Multiple Buyers Change Everything-A True Story

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

How To Take Advantage of Your Realtor

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

Should You Buy A Celebrity Home?

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?

Stop Waiting for Your House to Sell

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

I Have An Offer On My House – Now What?

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?

How 2 Realtors Become ‘Policemen for a Day’

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’

How Much Will It Cost to Sell My Home?

 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?

Finding Your Real Estate Superhero

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

Oregon Real Estate’s Magic Number

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

10 Reasons Why Homesellers Hire A Realtor

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

Dancing The ‘Two Transaction Tango’

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’

5 Winning Homebuyer Tactics For Any Market

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

7 Strategies to Sell Your House Sooner!

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!

The ‘Art of War’ for Homesellers

“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, it's helpful to realize that as a homeseller, you are in a … Continue reading The ‘Art of War’ for Homesellers

What’s An Oregon Acre Worth?

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?

3 Questions Your Oregon Realtor Can’t Answer

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?

The Power of Oregon Seller Financing

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

3 Steps To An Oregon Home Sale

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

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door: Stigmatized Properties

'...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

Is Oregon a Buyer’s or Seller’s Real Estate Market?

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?

Farm Selling Basics

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