First time Homebuyer Tax Credit

Travis Newton, a local Salem area mortgage broker, emailed me this nice little chart with the information about the Tax Credit. It was nice and simple, so I thought I would share it with you. Feature : H.R. 3221 Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 Amount of Credit: 10% of the cost of the…

Friday Night Funnies – May 2008 Edition

One of the best things we can do is laugh. It’s good for the soul. Sometimes that means laughing at ourselves or sterotypes. Someone shared this video on another forum, and I thought it was funny. It is about 5 minutes long. I’m thinking about trying his excellent techniques with my clients… (c) Copyright, 2008.…

Heading into oblivion..

I like to read Business Week. The latest issue to hit my mailbox, left my jaw dropping. Just Charge That Mortgage by Jessica Silver-Greenberg caught my eye. Apparently using homes as ATM’s during the boom time was not good enough. ChargeSmart,has a new online payment service where homeowners can continue to spend themselves silly. Yep,…

Do you practice what you preach?

Integrity. Do you live by it? Do you say one thing and do another? Do you tell your clients that they have to be on the MLS to sell a house and then put yours up FSBO? Do you recommend an average home inspector for your clients, but hire the “deal killer” ones for yourself…

Employment in Salem, OR

I have been talking with a lot of people about relocating to Salem Oregon lately. I thought I would do a blog series for all of the relocaters about our area. What type of jobs are available here is a very common question. First thing to know, Salem is the state capital of Oregon so…

Nuisance laws

A common question I get as a real estate agent is “what are the neighbors like?” Most of the time I don’t know. I haven’t met them or seen them. What the buyer’s of a home are interested in are whether or not their neighbors are jerks or not. Some states have nuisance laws so…