Corvallis, OR Real Estate News

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You are invited to dress up and come to the play! AshbrookIndependentSchool, located here in Corvallishas a play coming up, tomorrow through the 29th. They are doing Robin Hood, and since this school has students from ages 3-14, it ought to be interesting. The school is on4045 S.W. Research Way. You can call 541-766-1063 for more information. See below for show times. The description of the play from the school’s website says: Venture into Sherwood Forest with a cast of talented young actors fromAshbrookIndependentSchool. Spend time with Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Sword fights! Disguises! Archery! Robin will do whatever it takes for fairness, justice, and Maid Marian. The rollicking countryside of medievalEnglandis brought to life by Ashbrook students and staff from pre-school throug...
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When you're off fighting a war, you deserve a break. Have you recently been called up for active duty? Are you preparing for a long-term deployment that may affect your ability to meet legal or financial commitments? Or are you nearing the end of your active duty service? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," it’s particularly important that you understand your rights—and responsibilities—under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Congress initially passed legislation at the start of World War II called the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) to provide protection to those called to those in the armed forces.  Enacted in 1940, the SSCRA was updated after the Gulf War in 1991 but was still largely unchanged as of 2003.  The SCRA was written to clarify the l...
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An art exhibit entitled Fingerlicking Good:  Art About Food begins today and runs through May 26th at The Arts Center located at 700 SW Madison Ave in Corvallis. Any Tuesday through Saturday you can check it out between the hours of noon- 5 pm. The exhibit is geared toward all ages, but it is especially targeted at elementary and middle school aged students. The focus is on the visual interest of specific foods and food production environments.   Foods we eat can be as simple as an egg, or as complicated as a multi-ingredient, many-step creation like a highly-decorated cake. Food production environments can range from the little radish patches many of us grew as children, through large agricultural conglomerates which steer engineering of food products. A range of foods and environments...
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  It has been 10 years since they came to Corvallis, but tonight they are back:  The Harlem Globetrotters. The fun happens tonight at Gill Coliseum located at 660 SW 26th Street at 7:00 pm. Depending on where you sit, ticket prices range from $18-$75. One of the players, Jacob ‘Hops’ Tucker was invited to the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest and won it with the world watching on ESPN. If you have children or grandchildren this evening, why not pack them up for an experience they will not forget?    
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According to the National Association of Realtors' Survey of Buyers in 2011, most people ultimately find their home because of something they saw on the Internet. Real estate brokers and yard signs continue to be important information sources, and print media continues to drop each year as a useful source of information to buyers. These facts (see detailed chart below) inform how marketing is done for your home when you list with Results Realty. We will be very concerned about massive online exposure for homes we list, and we have great working relationships with other Realtors which helps get as many showings as possible. Depending on your situation, we may or may not recommend open houses. You will not see a lot of newspaper or magazine advertisements from us simply because they don't...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
What are the signs that we have hit bottom and are starting to bounce back? One of the strongest signs: multiple offers! We have experienced this a lot in the last few weeks, buyers clearly see that there is enormous value here and one of my buyers lost out yesterday even with above asking offer and very strong terms. As sad it is for them, I am happy to see this! So if you are thinking about listing your house, go for it! Look for a strong agent, your house needs to be presented as good as possible, with first class pictures, staging, in great condition.  Find a broker who is willing to heavily invest in your property! Have a pre-sale inspection and fix everything, go for some good landscaping measures. When you show you have value you will receive excellent offers now.    
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  What is the current economic climate, including data with relevant indicators in Corvallis Oregon? We have some great information to share with you which shows the uniqueness of our small but accomplished community. The first column of data shows what is happening in Corvallis. The second column shows the national average. Note that Corvallis has nearly double the number of professional and related occupations as other cities in the nation. This points to us being not only a college town, but a town rife with educated people who live and work here year round. The unemployment rate in Corvallis is 6.70 percent (U.S. avg. is 9.10%). Recent job growth is Positive. Corvallis jobs have Increased by 2.09 percent. Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 28 minutes.   Eco...
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Corvallis, Oregon Ranked #3 Best Green Cities in the Nation (Sperling's Best Places to Live) The City of Corvallis is one of 25 applicants from around the country to be awarded an EPA grant as a Climate Showcase Community. The grants assist communities in setting up programs to reduce carbon emissions. The City will use the grant funds for "Energize Corvallis," a joint project with the Corvallis Environmental Center, OSU-Benton County Extension Service, and The Resource Innovation Group, a non profit social science research organization based in Eugene. Related to efforts for environmental sustainability is the culture of Corvallis, a place where many people ride their bike or walk to work. 2010 - Bicycling.com ranked our city as one of the most bike-friendly small cities in the United ...
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A Few Remarkable Facts About Corvallis   1. Corvallis, Oregon was Ranked #5 Most Secure Places to Live 2011 (Small Towns) Farmer's Insurance Group ranked Corvallis the fifth most secure place to live in the small towns category for 2011. Factors included crime, weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, and more. The data was compiled by www.bestplaces.net 2. There are only about 23.2 students per teacher in Corvallis. 3. According to rankings by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico in 2011, Corvallis outperformed Seattle and Portland on economic output, personal income, and prevention of violent crime. 4. Additionally, the same source found that Corvallis holds the distinction of leading the nati...
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The Portland Business Journal recognized Oregon employers in 2010 for their employee wellness programs. The City of Corvallis was #5 in the top 10 list with 500-1499 employees. Healthiest Employers' program was created to recognize those companies that proactively shape the health of their employees. The award measures wellness leadership in six categories: 1. Culture and Leadership Commitment 2. Foundational Components 3. Strategic Planning 4. Communication and Marketing 5. Programming and Interventions 6. Reporting and Analysis  
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As part of an ongoing series of blog posts, we will share compelling reasons why Corvallis, Oregon is a great place to live, work and play. But don't take our word for it. Our sources are reputable third parties, and Corvallis has won many awards. Think how many cities there are in America! For us in Corvallis to be #20 for creating a great business environment, that's saying something! If you have a business and are considering relocating to the area, take heart, and contact us regarding your real estate needs. Below is the source information regarding the award. In October 2011, the Washington Post Capital Business named Corvallis as the #20 best city for independent businesses. Following is what was posted on their site: 25 Best Cities for Independent Businesses 20. Corvallis, Ore., ...
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On April 21, 2011 the Cascades to Coast subsection of the American Water Works Association held its fourth annual Best Tasting Water competition. Corvallis tap water won the first year of the competition in 2008. Over the next two years, the award was won by EWEB in Eugene and Violia in Sweet Home. In 2011 the title was returned to Corvallis. The competition is open to all water utilities from the coast to the Cascade crest and includes Lincoln, Benton, Lane, Linn, Deschutes, and Crook Counties. As the winner of the sub-section, Corvallis tap water is qualified to compete in the regional competition for Oregon, Washington, and most of Idaho, and the winner of that competition is invited to compete internationally.
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
The answer is yes BUT very, very few. Corvallis did not have completely through the roof prices during the boom years and now has not completely on the bottom prices either. In essence it is on lots of market levels an already balanced market again. Inventory is not amazingly high, prices are in average about 13% lower than in 2008 (Jan 2008 compared to Jan 2012). If you bought a house in Jan 2008 for 450000, chances are it is now selling for under $400000. But compare that to areas where homes have lost 40% of their value… We are experiencing foreclosures but in very small numbers. The weekly foreclosure list shows 8 properties in foreclosure. We have as of today (4/8/2012) 156 residential listings on MLS (not included residential w/ acreage that is only listed in its own category). Th...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
 How much home can you get in Corvallis OR for under $200000?  As always, it depends, on location, condition and size. The SE of town and Adair Village will offer some nice choices for under $200000.  You can get a 1500 sqft 3bed/2bath home in SE of town for $160000 or a 1200sqft 3/2 house in the NW for $189000 albeit on a busy street.  Adair offers prices around 200K for a newer home  (year 2000 and younger) with 3 bed/ 1.5 or 2 baths. If you do not need a lot of space you might find something in the popular NW of town but it will be either on a busy street and/or rather small, most likely under 1300 sqft and it will most likely be in need of some TLC and/or updating. The best lower price range in Corvallis that gives you lots of options is up to $250000 for a 3/2 home on 0.18 ac and ...
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Tomorrow Night! On April 6 Rainbow Dance Theatre returns to Corvallis for one night only, presenting its newest dance theater event, Mystery and Magic. This is the first full-evening appearance in Corvallis by the popular dance troupe since 2008. Truly a dance-theater event for the 21st Century, RDT’s Mystery and Magic employs awe-inspiring aerial circus arts, puppetry, computer-animated projections, inter-active sets and the latest electro-luminescent technology along with the RDT dancers’ athletic virtuosity to create a feast for the senses. Corvallis audiences have come to expect the unexpected from this dance troupe and the performance on April 6 will be filled with humor, pathos and non-stop surprises. Rainbow Dance Theatre will showcase four of its most recent dances in this fun-...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Corvallis           Price Range Active Listings as of 3/30/2012 Sold Listings Last 6 Mos. Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 2 0 0.00 * * $100,000 - $149,999 3 5 0.83 3.60 268 $150,000 - $199,999  16 25 4.17 3.84 102 $200,000 - $249,999 32 60 10.00 3.20 110 $250,000 - $299,999 33 36 6.00 5.50 121 $300,000 - $349,999 22 24 4.00 5.50 163 $350,000 - $399,999 19 19 3.17 6.00 145 $400,000 - $449,999 9 9 1.50 6.00 122 $450,000 - $499,999 9 3 0.50 18.00 179 $500,000 - $599,999 7 4 0.67 10.50 151 $600,000 - $699,999 4 2 0.33 12.00 200 $700,000 + 3 2 0.33 9.00 175   159 189   5.05 158
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
So you found the ONE, your dream home. You had a pre-approval from a bank and are starting the loan process. The bank gives you a list of things they need, all seems to be just fine. And then all hell breaks loose. The bank starts to run amok or so it seems. They are asking for documentation of the documentation. They are questioning deposits. They want copies of copies. All of a sudden it is not your loan officer you are talking to but somebody who sits 3000 miles away. The whole process starts to be the equivalent of a prostate exam. Is that necessary? Do you have to take this? What to do when banks go bad? First and foremost, ask your broker for a recommendation. Most brokers who do a lot of business have  tried and proven connections to lenders. They know who consistently delivers, ...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Reading clients when they are not clearly communicating is not always easy. And when different vibes (or none at all) are coming from two people, it makes it even harder. Interestingly, very often, those two people do not even know of each other what their thoughts are. Men often do not say a lot and keep their thoughts to themselves. Women say something and want to be polite. Both is not helpful for a buyer's agent who is on the quest to find the perfect home for them. Here is my advice about how to find criteria, together, to lay the foundation for a successful house hunt: Find a time together when you both can relax and are undisturbed. That can be at home, at a nice dinner or even a walk in the park. If you sit down together have a glass of wine or a good cup of tea, whatever relaxe...
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By Results Realty
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It is a good idea to find out what buyers are looking for in your area and see how your home matches up to their expectations. Generally, today's buyers are looking for a home that is well-located, in good condition and is priced right for the market. It's difficult for most sellers to accept the reality of today's home-sale market, whether they bought at or near the peak and will lose money selling today, or bought decades ago but are still stuck at 2006 prices. One thing we sometimes hear from sellers in initially consulting with them is that they are aware that home prices had dropped quite a bit over the last five years. But they feel that their home hadn't lost any value. It's hard for homeowners to divorce themselves emotionally from a home they've enjoyed. This is understandable,...
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