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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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?
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?
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?
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