Surprised…Really??

Sometimes I am surprised that people are surprised. According to a December 8th article by Market Watch, a high number of modifed mortgages are re-defaulting.  They were surprised??  Really?? According to the OCC statistics, which looked at loans modified in the first quarter and second quarter of 2008, 36% of borrowers had re-defaulted by being…

Rising in the rankings…

It’s been no big secret that many people don’t feel too fondly for their real estate agents. Gallup does a survey every year about professionals, integrity, respect…you get the idea.  Essentially, what professions are the most respected and what are the least.  They released their annual study at the end of November. Agents are not…

I’m naming names…

Any real estate agent that has worked with a buyer doing a VA (Veteran’s Administration) loan can tell you that they are not always the smoothest of transactions. I won’t go into details… Oregon is fortunate that we have the ODVA loan program. The Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs has an amazing loan program for…

A gem

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I had a little break from blogging as I am working on a new blogging platform. I will be converting over to WordPress here soon, but your feed should still work just fine. If for some reason it doesn’t work, just click on www.SalemOregonRealEstateHomes.com and get…

Cuckoo on Cocoa Puffs??

Okay…what the heck is going on here in Oregon? I think we have a little sugar high going on or something. We currently have our Salem folks trying to “sell” their home via one line entry contest…we had the folks in Yachats have you try and win their home…and now… another contest. This one is…

Agents call it…we’re near the end.

Obviously I am a real estate agent so what happens in the real estate market is important to me. I don’t like making long term predictions about our market since, well…lots of things can happen between now and then. The Boston Herald reported the results of a survey conducted by Campbell Communications indicating that 52%…

Sign of the times

As I clicked on eBay this morning to check and see some items I was watching, I got the ad for a 10% coupon. 10% off if I purchase via paypal. Integrated into everything I looked at was the little bar showing the 10% off price to entice me to enter the bid. Later this…