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Hi All! It's been a while since I've written.  Summer has been heating up and I've been much busier lately.  With the mortgage market in upheaval I can't say that busier has meant anything more than harder, but still-busier. Part of why I haven't written anything is that there really hasn't been ...
07/22/2008
I have been looking for input from people lately about what goes into their decisions about where to live.  Obviously there are some regular items that need considering: number of bedrooms, bathrooms, garage space, yard, floor plan, kitchen arrangement, schools, and so forth.  Price is definitely...
04/25/2008
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Hi All!Well, things are picking up!  We have more people buying, as well as more to choose from.  As I mentioned in a previous posting, I compare active listings to homes under contract and come up with the percentages that let us know whether we have a Buyer's or a Seller's market.  I break thes...
04/14/2008
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Hi All!99 out of 100 times, when someone asks me what I do and I tell them I am a Realtor (NOT a real estate agent, which is different and something for next time), 99 out of 100 times the response is, "How's the market doing"?  I understand the question, because 1, it can keep the small talk goi...
03/25/2008
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Talking Ethics There are a number of interesting articles out today concerning bank CEO salaries to discuss whether these people were perhaps paid too much money considering how the lending markets have tanked as of late. Gee, you think?  Of course, it's not just bank bigwigs that got fat off th...
03/07/2008
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  Thurston County is still alright! According to our local newspaper today, while surrounding counties (let alone states) find prices dropping (note the avoidance of using disastorous adjectives there), Thurston County median home prices are actually up 4% from last year! See, things aren't all ...
03/06/2008
Well, the Feds and six major banks have released a 30 day respite for mortgage holders 3 months behind on their payments in order to help them restructure their loans. So how will this affect the market-and these owners? Right now it's very hard to tell.  Details are slim, but the cynic in me sa...
02/12/2008
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Have you heard of the REX agreement? REX & Co. make sure to emphasize that this is not a loan, but an agreement to share in the profit or loss on the equity gained in your home for money up front that is interest and payment free.  Sounds nice, as everyone like money now while not having to pay u...
02/07/2008
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I often have discussions with Realtors regarding lending.  Many of my collegues do not want to be involved in the lending process as it is personal and private, but I have to disagree.  Even though there is always a threat of liability in our litigious society, I feel it is my duty to assist my ...
02/06/2008
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As many of you have probably heard, one of our fellow Realtors was murdered during an open house this weekend in Victoria.  Our thoughts go out to her and her family during this time.This brings up the obvious issue of safety.  When we advertise our whereabouts in local papers (often with our pho...
02/05/2008
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