Buying

Oct. 14, 2019

A Buyer's Agent for 2019

What is so important about a buyer's agent? 

A Buyer's Agent for 2019

I posed a question to friends and family about how they bought their first or subsequent home and whom they used. Nearly all said they used the help of a buyer's agent. Here's what they said:

"I was ...

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Oct. 4, 2019

How to Avoid Sticker Shock on New Construction

How to Avoid Sticker Shock on New Construction

So, you’ve been looking at buying new construction. That’s great! Builders and developers have been hurrying to keep up with the supply and demand of new construction. About 54% of home buyers will consider new construction if the home meets their requirements and their budget. If you've been considering ...

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Sept. 16, 2019

Portland Buyer's Agent

Do I really need a buyer's agent to purchase a home?

If you're new to the real estate market you may not be aware that there are typically two agents involved in every real estate transaction; the listing agent and the buyer's agent. While the listing agent ...

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Sept. 16, 2019

Benefits of Using a Buyer's Agent

Now let's see the same scenario with the buyer's enlisting the help of their own buyer's agent.

(Read the first part of this scenario here)Benefits of Using a Buyer's Agent

 

The buyers enter the open house and quickly inform the listing agent they are already working with a buyer's agent ...

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Sept. 2, 2019

What's the Difference in Price Between Vancouver and Portland?

Currently, as of the publishing of this post, the average home price in Portland is $417,000 and the average home price in Vancouver is $323,000. Quite a big difference for folks looking for a single-family home. In addition, the market is now hotter in Vancouver than it is ...

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July 25, 2019

How Do I Know How Healthy an HOA Is?

How Do I Know How Healthy an HOA Is?

If you are considering buying a home in a homeowners association it's important to know the health of that Association before finalizing the purchase. The homeowners association maintains consistency with the properties, helps manage communication between homeowners, and has a set of bylaws and rules that all homeowners must ...

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July 22, 2019

10 First Time Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

I heard a saying one time, "you can't make all the mistakes in the world you have to learn by other peoples". And it's a great thing because if we learn from the mistakes of others we can avoid them ourselves. If you're considering buying a new ...

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July 3, 2019

Does the Highest Price Offer Always Get Accepted?

The real estate market in Portland is on fire right now. There are a lot of homes and condominiums to buy as well as a lot of buyers on the market. We've seen a few homes sell for over asking price and multiple offer situations. Because of this, buyers ...

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July 1, 2019

Can the Seller Be Present During a Buyer's Inspection?

Does a does the seller or homeowner have to leave the property when the buyer conducts the home inspection?Can the Seller Be Present During a Buyer's Inspection?

There is no law that requires sellers or homeowners to leave their property during an inspection. While this might be the legality behind it, the social aspect of it is quite ...

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June 26, 2019

10 Great Questions to Ask When Buying a House

10 Great Questions to Ask When Buying a House

Buying a home can be exciting and a little scary at the same time. You want to get the best deal and you want a home that you're going to love for years so in doing so, here are some common questions you might want to ask yourself.

#1 ...

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