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Handshakes & Lawsuits

In the ‘good ol’ days’ people may have initiated the sale with a handshake, but history shows that those friendly intentions often ended in bitter court disputes. For as long as real estate has been bought and sold in Oregon, there have been real estate lawsuits. Well over a hundred years of real estate agency […]

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Help!! Frustrated with Multiple Offers?

Buyers ruled the day for 7 years in our area; it was not pretty. Sellers now have their revenge. Anxiety and frustration fill buyers in this brutal ‘sellers market’. Minimal inventory, high prices, swift multiple offers, exasperating negotiations, and long and arduous transactions are the new normal. Buyers need someone to trust, who is trustworthy, and […]

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FSBO or Realtor®?

Option #1: FSBO, Do it Yourself Real Estate Technology and the internet have given buyers more information and control than people have ever had before. This is good. People have always had the opportunity to buy and sell FSBO without professional assistance. Many people have done this without mishap. We believe in expert representation by […]

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Location! Location! Location!

Everyone knows that location is the most important consideration affecting value in real estate. But there is even more to it than that. The most basic principle for understanding and evaluating all real estate is this: All Real Estate is Local. It is very, very local, right down to the individual property. What About Automated […]

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What First Time Home-Buyers Need to Know

A first time home-buyer, according to the traditional industry standard, is one who has not purchased a home within the last three years. Programs for the first time home buyer come and go. There are a variety of programs available with different down payment options and your lender will explain the advantages and disadvantages of […]

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Your Biggest Investment

Homeownership is how many American families begin to accumulate wealth, according to studies by the National Association of REALTORS® and the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. Buying a home should be approached as a long-term investment, providing a build-up of equity over time and considerable tax advantages. Housing is not a quick-in, quick-out investment. When purchased […]

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Buying Foreclosures in Oregon

Perhaps you’ve heard that one of the best ways to get a “steal” or a “great deal” is on foreclosed properties.  It’s no secret that there are great bargains to be had right now. A flood of these foreclosed properties have hit the market and the banks that repossessed them want to get them sold…….quickly. […]

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Do I Need a Realtor®?

You be the judge. Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you […]

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What is a Buyer’s Agent?

A buyer’s agent represents home buyers exclusively, instead of both buyers and sellers. We believe a Bella Casa buyer’s agent provides a distinct advantage for Yamhill County home buyers by offering dedicated, focused, and expert services for buyers alone. There are almost 200 functions that can be identified as responsibilities for a real estate broker. […]

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Understand the Lending Industry

Lenders are the companies that give you the money to purchase a property; they actually fund the mortgage for you at closing. In reality, they will ‘own’ (hold legal interest in) more of the property than you do. Whether the lender is a bank, financial investment brokerage or institution, or a small local company, they […]

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