Eugene, OR Real Estate News

By Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant
(Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA)
Are you one of the people that took a sub-prime loan because it was easy? Are you now in trouble because the loan payments are progressing more rapidly than your ability to pay? Are you one who the FHA Secure loan was designed to help? If you are, contact me today. If you are worried about this happening in the near future, you should still call me today. If your payments were made on time prior to the adjustment being made, you may qualify for an FHA Secure loan even if you are delinquent today.  
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By Bobby Stevens, Realtor, Eugene, Oregon
(Windermere Real Estate/Lane County)
One big challenge for homeowners is finding the right company or person to work on their homes. Just getting a call back can be difficult, and the best contractors are booked in advance. Look to your Realtor for help here. We refer and employ many contractors in the course of our business – let us use our relationships to your advantage. The issue of unlicensed contractors has been getting a lot of press in Lane County lately. A Contractors license means that a minimum of one person in a company has passed a state exam (primarily covering business management and compliance with law), and that the company can qualify and pay for a bond and liability insurance to protect the homeowner. It makes no attempt to ensure quality of any trade. Lots of people do their own work, or get help from f...
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By Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant
(Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA)
Every year the Eugene/Springfield area Rotary clubs sponsor the Great Rotary Duck Race to fight child abuse in Lane County. This year's constest will be October 4, Alton Baker Park, Eugene OR. In 1988, the incoming presidents of the Eugene/Springfield Rotary Clubs agreed to have a community-wide fundraiser and to make a difference in our communities. The Duck Race was unanimously adopted by the area Rotary clubs as a fun vehicle to attract and hold public attention and support. The proceeds of the first two races were earmarked for the Community Substance Abuse Consortium. The following years, intervention and prevention of child abuse was the rallying cry. The annual Duck Race in October has become a great event in the area with the involvement of hundreds of Rotarians making it possib...
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By Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant
(Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA)
I did an earlier blog on down payment assistance programs (DPA) and how they can be used to help first time homebuyers get into their first home, especially with the tie in to a FHA loan. HUD has been trying to get rid of these programs for some time and nearly got it done before Nehemiah took them to court and got an injunction stoping the rule from closing down the DPAs. Now, a new rule has come up that will effectively close the DPA loophole. To stop this for happening, please follow this link to Nehemiah where you can tell your story about how DPAs have helped you or your clients get into their dream home. We have about a month to keep this rule from going into effect. Please be active in this call to arms and forward it to everyone you know that can help: http://capwiz.com/nehemia/...
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By Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant
(Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA)
According to one of my information programs fixed mortgage rates are down slightly this week over last week while adjustables are up slightly to no change. At the same time, both of them are down substantially from last year at this time. Continued pressure on the economy may continue to drop rates. It is my feeling the biggest wild card out there is energy. If oil starts up again and fuels (pun intended) inflation, we could see bond sales falter. If that happens, rates will go back up. If, however, oil prices stabilize and the economy sees a leveling, and the Fed increases the discount rate, bond prices could go up bringing rates down. It will continue to be an interesting market. Hang on for the ride.
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By Jose Delgado
(Opes Advisors, INC.)
Attention all you Carlos Mencia  fans, I have some great news for you! Mark your calendars for October 8th, 2008. Carlos Mencia will be coming to Eugene. Carlos will be at the Hult Center for the Perfoming Arts in the Silva Concert Hall, show starts at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets now before they are sold out! I've got mine do you have yours? I'll make it easy for you, click here to get your tickets.  
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By Bobby Stevens, Realtor, Eugene, Oregon
(Windermere Real Estate/Lane County)
Now that the days are getting longer and (hopefully) warmer, it’s a great time to get outside and care for the exterior of your home – and not just for appearances sake. Curb appeal is one of the critical factors in creating desire when it comes time to sell your home, and deferring the maintenance chores below can end up costing you a lot more than giving up a weekend or two! 1. Get the gunk off (and out).After the leaves fell in the fall you cleaned out your gutters, right? Well, most homes benefit from at least three cleanings – fall, mid-winter, and again in spring to remove storm debris. First get out the leaf blower and tackle the roof, then scoop the leaves (or if you live among the evergreens, that thick carpet needles) out of those gutters. If you don’t like heights, hire a qua...
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By Dave Koester
(Rain Dance Real Estate)
We are happy to announce the successful launch of our own new real estate blog. This is in addition to a recently added chat feature which allows customers to contact us for "Live Help" during business hours. We are using our new blog to provide consumers with more information and help them make the right choices concerning the real estate market in Eugene Oregon and our surrounding community. Just to be clear, we in no way are unhappy with our ActiveRain blogging opportunity. We will continue to seek out and use all tools which mesh with our business model.
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By Bobby Stevens, Realtor, Eugene, Oregon
(Windermere Real Estate/Lane County)
  With a 167% increase in foreclosures from 2006 to 2007, Nevada tops the list of the hardest hit states in the nation. Two Las Vegas Realtors have taken their show on the road in an effort to make a dent in the down market. Wayne Newton would be proud. Sin City Realtors Barbara and Marshall Zucker noted that 40% of all home sales in their market were foreclosures. Seeking to help their clients find the bargains, they bought a bus, dubbed it the “Vegas Foreclosure Express” and begin offering tours of repossessed homes. They screen houses, select the best, and take their clients, 24 at a time, on ten minute tours of each property – the real estate version of speed dating. Along the way, they offer onboard counseling on finance and home buying. It would appear that they are raking in the ...
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By Team Thayer Key Realty Group Inc, We will sell your house faster for more money
(Key Realty Group Inc.)
 I have a home that is now a pocket listing in Thurston at 7443 A st Springfield 97478. The house is 1768 sq ft with a 1/4 acre lot. Built in 1983 3bed 2 bath with a huge 500sq ft deck in the fenced private back yard. Over-sized two car garage, and RV parking.  I have taken it off the RMLS to and removed almost all of the Realtor fees to bring the price down to $218900. I am doing this to help some friends in trouble! You can see the house on my web site @ www.teamthayer.com  This home is in excellent condition but sold as is due to the price. All  serious offers must have proof of funds.Justin ThayerTeam Thayer Keller Williams (Eugene Springfield)www.teamthayer.com541-543-7287 
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By Team Thayer Key Realty Group Inc, We will sell your house faster for more money
(Key Realty Group Inc.)
 Another example of people getting the deal of a lifetime. Shawn and Lena Liles Just closed on a 1612 Sq ft home built in 1992 with an oversize garage insulated shed, and large deck witha view in The Thurston Hills. I negotiated $210000 all closing costs paid by seller. Starting price was $235000.  This home also had a brand new 30 year roof. The seller provided clean T&D and whole home inspection before closing. Julie Kaanapuu with McKenzie funding was able to secure them 100% VA financing. Amiee Demuth at Western title did a perfect job as usual closing the escrow. Weather your an investor or a first time buyer like the Liles family if your not buying up this market your missing the best opportunity in 30 years.Justin ThayerTeam Thayer Keller Williams (Eugene Springfeild)543-7287www.t...
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By Team Thayer Key Realty Group Inc, We will sell your house faster for more money
(Key Realty Group Inc.)
  This last month I had a major change in my team. Our assistant took another job. At first I though this would be a major set back to our business.  I immediately decided not to fill the position right away and do every aspect of my business myself.  This ended up being what  I really needed to take my business to the next level. I spent the first few weeks working 12hrs day playing catch up but in the process of doing everything myself I ended up learning everything top to bottom. I then had some of the most profitable ideas in my career. I was able to double my leads, and cut my monthly expenses over $3000. This has been a wonderful learning experience for me. I will from now on always be in charge of every aspect of my business. If you are running a team spend a week as your assista...
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By Team Thayer Key Realty Group Inc, We will sell your house faster for more money
(Key Realty Group Inc.)
Most people assume that a short sale means a bank is in trouble and needs to sell fast. The fact of the matter is the banks have very deep pockets but are are willing to cut their losses in some situations. A common way for them to do this is actually forgiving a portion of the loan to sell a property at it's current market value if indeed the value is less than what is owed. In short the bank is willing to sell the home for less than what is owed. This is a not an easy task. Banks do not like to loose money. A short sale can be a great deal for a buyer if the property needs repair and the new buyer is able to bring the value up after doing the work. There is a misconception that the banks need to sell these homes quick. Nothing is further from the truth. The fact is the bank will make ...
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By Dnullarcy Usher Martin
(Cypress Marketing Group, Inc.)
This daily fluxuation is killing me!  I never paid so much attention to the mortgage interest rates until the last 6 months.  I watched 700 Club Monday when I was on the treadmill and couldn't believe they were saying the words "depression" and "recession".  UGH.  Nothing like scaring everyone into their cave so they won't buy a home AT ALL this year!   Why don't they talk about how low the interest rates are comparatively?  To get a mortgage interest rate in the 5's has been a rare thing the last 15 years that I have been in real estate.  It is a GOOD THING!  Every buyer should be jumping on board!  (Unless they have lost their job, of course.) *sigh*On a good note, we had 22 groups through the model home office this last week at Greenbrier Meadows out here in beautiful, quiet West Eug...
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By Dave Koester
(Rain Dance Real Estate)
We field many requests for commercial real estate. The newly formed Eugene Commercial provides a starting place to meet your commercial real estate needs. They do more than just typical leasing and sales. Their staff offers a myriad of technical and practical experience in all aspects of commercial real estate analysis and research for the Eugene area. They specialize in Market Value Analysis, Highest and Best Use Analysis, Land Planning, Location Analysis, Site Selection, and Asset Management.The members of Eugene Commercial achieve to understand your business requirements and personal taste, and translate them into the ideal business space. They believe in a long term view of business success. Although Eugene Commercials official responsibility is complete when your lease is signed or...
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By Team Thayer Key Realty Group Inc, We will sell your house faster for more money
(Key Realty Group Inc.)
This weekend I held an open house on a subdivision of 36 new homes I have listed. A Realtor came through with a younger looking couple. The Realtor advised me that the where just looking at a less expensive home in the neighborhood and that our prices where out of their budget but they wanted to take a look. Right away I could see as did my wife that they loved the home. This particular model was $254000 and they where only qualified for $239000. I told the couple if they really loved the house they could write an offer and I would do everything in my power to make it happen. At that time thier Realtor spoke against the idea insisting they could not afford it and pretty much talked them out of it right there. I would like to say I was suprised  but I was'nt. Time and time again I watch ...
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By Team Thayer Key Realty Group Inc, We will sell your house faster for more money
(Key Realty Group Inc.)
  I have spent  a career on studying  the art of sales  negotiation. It appears many Realtors fail to realize they are in a sales profession. When it comes down to the brass tacks the Realtors who sell the most homes make the most money. Why is it some Realtors are failing while others seem to be successful no matter what the market is doing. I have found it is a combination of effort and sales skills. Sales skills should be studied like every other skill needed to be a Realtor. There is a ton of Realtor training out there but so little on basic sales skills. Following up with every agent who shows your listing is key. Sales is a numbers game. The more showings the more likely to get an offer. Multiple offers will net your more money than one loan buyer chipping away at your clients equ...
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By Dnullarcy Usher Martin
(Cypress Marketing Group, Inc.)
I definitely identify with "Active Rain" since Eugene, Oregon is known for it's rain.  The Oregon Ducks have webfeet!  The best weather here is between May and October.  If I could just go to Arizona from Nov-April, that would be great!  Born and raised here in Lane County, I have seen Eugene grow from a quiet, mellow town to a bustling little city.  We are second only to Metro Portland.  I believe our population is over 160,000 now.  The best thing about Eugene is it only takes 15-20 mins. to get anywhere around here.  Our sister city, Springfield, is also growing with a new HUGE hospital and great companies like Symantec Software. This area has a lot of computer industry.  Hynix computer chip manufacturer, dozens of software companies and PSC Scanners. I lived in Alameda, Calif. for a...
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By Dnullarcy Usher Martin
(Cypress Marketing Group, Inc.)
I am the on-site sales agent for JLS Custom Homes at Greenbrier Meadows in West Eugene, OR.  We have 92 home sites that we started building on in June 2006.  We are more than half way sold out but still have 41 homes priced from $239,950 - $320,950.
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By Aaron Garcia
(Coldwell Banker Advantage One Properties)
Seller Tips Choosing your real estate professional is, perhaps, the most important decision you will make when selling property. I believe the more you look around, the more you will see the value of working with me.However, no matter whom you choose, these simple tips will help you sell your home more quickly and efficiently.Seller TipsMake first impressions count.   Without a doubt, a visually appealing house will attract buyers, who can't help but respond to the look and "feel" of a home. Take time to carefully prepare for showings. Don't forget the following:· Cut the grass· Remove any clutter from the yard· Trim hedges· Weed gardens· Wash steps, windows, railings, doors, etc· Paint if needed• Remove unnecessary clutter from garages  Scrub, dust and fix up the works.  Buyers will no...
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