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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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’
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!
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
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?