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When I introduce buyers to a neighborhood and a home for sale I advise them to come back at a different time of day, perhaps evening or on the weekend.  I tell them to park their car and walk around a few blocks and get a feel for what is going on, how homeowners are taking care of the homes behi...
02/26/2016
This is a really great list of what to do - or - not do to your house.  A home is the most and largest investment that you will probably make so it is important to think through any updates or improvements.I see so many unpermitted garage conversions.  Sometimes if the home is priced accordingly ...
02/26/2016
In certain markets, like in the Portland, OR market, it makes more sense to rent the home and when our incredible market keeps appreciating, take the appreciation out for a new down payment on the next home.  Flipping denotes a speed factor, real estate investing is a time investment for the futu...
12/23/2015
One of the items that buyer's seem to want not want to pay for is  a video sewer inspection.  Have turned up sewer lines that had shifted, created a "buckle", and were waiting for all the water discharging at the same time (dishwasher, washing machine, perhaps a tub or kitchen sink) all draining ...
11/19/2015
The northwest is known for wood and wood products.  The early Oregon economy was based on timber harvesting, sawmills, and wood pulp products.  Family wealth was created by the trees that they cut down.  It is still possible in Oregon and Washington  to puchase property with harvestable timber.  ...
03/26/2015
Buyers have all kinds of ideas about what the offer should be and how they should go about it.  When I talk to buyers about what the gross amount will be to the seller, it is a very difficult concept for them to understand as they automatically assume that I am working for the seller, which I am ...
01/25/2015
These credit points are so important you should internalize it and  carry it around on your I Phone or in yuor wallet and refer to on a regular basis. Some of the items I always tell my buyers up front, like not opening new credit.  Some buyers I was working with moved in early before closing, be...
08/10/2013
Vinyl windows have been the way to go for quite a few years. Part of the popularity of the window is the reasonable price.  If you can get past the fact that when a fire is started in the house they burn more quickly, how do they perform? When they are installed correctly they can very very energ...
06/07/2013
There are so many different ways to go about refinancing a home. The benefits of an Ira, in place without touching the principle come into play with purchasing a home, or purchasing an investment property.  One can direct the IRA to be used as the real estate investment.   There could be a HUGE C...
06/02/2013
We all think that if we spend enough time doing our research well and try really really hard, we can find an easy solution to our problems.  We want to believe it so much when we find something we fall for it. There is a saying that I learned as a child....."there ain't no such thing as a free lu...
05/15/2013
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