I talked before about the MERS issue and MERS rulings causing problems for real estate in Oregon not too long ago. Recently, the appellate court dealt a blow to banks by indicating that the non-judicial foreclosure laws have not been followed for MERS involved properties.  This issue will move on to the Supreme court to set the tone […]

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Well May has ended, yes I know I’m slow getting this data out, and it is time to look at the local market for Salem.  If you talk to most agents you will hear that the  market has improved this year. It’s partially true as home sales have gone up this year.  Home prices are […]

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Dear RE Net

Dear RE Net, Sometimes you just have to say your piece and move on.  So that’s what I’m here to do. There is no point in expending mental energy on something that isn’t going to get resolved as that is time away from friends, family, and whatever gives you passion in your life. Like many […]

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A bazillion years ago in the land of make believe real estate, there wasn’t a thing called buyer agency.  All real estate agents either represented the seller directly or were a “sub-agent” of the seller.    I personally call this submarine agency since these were agents lurking beneath the waters torpedoing buyers with “representation.”  What […]

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The first quarter came to an end a couple of weeks ago which means we have a bit more data to work with regarding home sales.  I know some of you are armed with tax return checks and wondering if it might be time to dive into the real estate market.  So here’s my opinion… […]

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The PR disaster for NAR

In 2007, NAR came out with the now infamous “It’s a good time to buy” campaign.  As home prices tumbled and the bubble had partially burst, NAR came out with the public confidence building campaign to encourage home ownership. This, of course, backfired with consumers and was distasteful to many agents who were sitting down […]

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The Bridge to Salemithia

It has been called the “bridge to nowhere” by local Salem residents, but make no mistake that distinction won’t last much longer.  Local real estate developer, FantaMagic Properties, has purchased the land on Minto Brown Island and plans were recently approved by the city. “We are really excited to see what happens with the development,” […]

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(((3+3)-1)x6)/5=2?

Before there were calculators, there were fingers.  If you needed more than 10, well you had toes for that. Need more than that?  Move onto sticks, marbles, or those highly florescent humongous jaw-breakers, because let’s face it, everyone looks stupid with one of those things in their mouth so you might as well use them […]

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Snark+Genuine=Me

“Aren’t you looking to increase your internet presence?” questioned the voice on the other end of the line. Ah…the tie-down question.  A tie-down question is a pressure technique used to make people answer a question with a yes that would make them sound stupid if they said no.  What business would say no to wanting […]

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All industries have an internal culture and politics that define systems and ways to conduct business.  Most of us don’t care about the internal politics unless it affects us directly.  When I go to the doctor, I want the doctor paying attention to me and  providing service to me.  I’m selfish that way if I’m paying […]

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