Home Buyers: Don’t Sabotage Your Deal

Buyer beware!  We have all heard that phrase so many times that it has become second nature to be wary of someone selling something.  It is good advice for sure but home buyers should also beware of ways they can sabotage their purchase of a house.  It is easier than one might think as some overzealous home […]

Investor Friendly Realtors: How to Find Them




Real estate investors are a different breed of home buyer and as such they need a different breed of Realtor®.  There are many factors that go into the purchase of an investment property that the buyer of a primary residence and her agent wouldn’t even think of considering.  For example, someone buying a home for […]




Even More Tips for First Time Home Buyers




In step one you selected the real estate agent and mortgage lender you thought were the best fit for you.  In step two you set reasonable expectations for your home search.  Now that you are ready to begin looking at houses it is time to buckle down and get serious. The best way to prove […]




More Tips for First Time Home Buyers




You started the process of buying your first home by choosing a real estate agent and mortgage lender that meet your qualifications and feel like a good fit.  Before you take off, excited to find the perfect home, step back and set some expectations for your home search.  What you expect to happen during your […]




Tips for First Time Home Buyers




This is the first installment of multiple posts aimed at helping first time home buyers. Buying your first home is a big deal and it is one you should be prepared for.  It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of shopping for your first house and overlook some simple steps that can […]




Winter May be the Best Time of Year to Buy a House




One thing we could probably all agree on is that winter is not our favorite time of year to move.  From the cold to the potential for snow and rain it just doesn’t seem like the best use of one’s time.  It doesn’t seem like it but there are some advantages to putting on the […]




The Value of Real Estate Agents for Buyers




  It is easy to think that buying a home is something that can be done without a real estate agent.  After all, we live in the information age and have access to all the current listings (we think).  Examples of purchase contracts can be found with a quick Google search and county assessors provide online […]




Home Buying: Existing Home in an Unfinished Development




You finally found it!  Your dream home.  There are three bedrooms with the master on the main floor.  A huge bonus room and a fenced yard for the kids to play in.  The kitchen is bigger than you hoped for and it doesn’t need to be updated.  The house is in the perfect part of […]




Banks Slower to Foreclose




  The number of foreclosures last month in Oregon fell below 1000 for the first time since February 2008 according to ForeclosureRadar.  The number of properties sold back to the bank were down 34.7%, while properties sold to third-party investors fell 17.8% from June.  This drop in foreclosures doesn’t appear to be because there are fewer […]




FSBO Founder Uses Realtor to Sell His Home




A few weeks ago I wrote a post about using a Realtor® to help you buy a home.  I have been planning on writing a post about using a realtor to help sell your home but then I found this story from the Wall Street Journal explaining that one of the founders of ForSaleByOwner.com used a realtor […]