Well Water Quality in Oregon

I was recently asked about arsenic streaks in my area. Arsenic is a natural element that occurs in soil and rocks. Most people hear the word arsenic and immediately become concerned. I work with a lot of buyers purchasing small acreage properties here in Salem, Oregon so am familiar with well testing. In Oregon, the…

Soft Market Property Scores

It’s no big secret that insurance companies have rated certain areas or neighborhoods a better risk in terms of lower payoff than others. Home insurance policies will be cheaper for some neighborhoods vs. another based on this risk factor. Countrywide Homes Loans, and some other lenders are starting to do the same thing. They created…

Win a home…

Well the market is down and so sellers are desperate to come up with novel ways to try and sell their homes. This has to be the most interesting way I have seen so far. These sellers are holding an essay contest, and will award the house to the winner. It costs $200 to enter.…

Is your neighborhood healthy?

Location, Location, Location… Located in a desirable neighborhood…scream the typical real estate flyers. What exactly is “location” or a “desirable” neighborhood? I like to refer to it as neighborhood health. Agents know it when we see it, but we really don’t like to talk about the dynamics, as the dreaded “steering” word inevitably pops into…