A series of blog posts for home buyers.

What are closing costs?

Purchasing a home here in Salem Oregon is a huge investment and many people save for a down payment, but forget about closing costs. Recently, the real estate document recording fee was raised from $11 to $26.  A $15 increase.  These funds would be mostly used for affordable housing projects.  With that recent news, as…

AHS Class Action Settlement

Home warranties… AHS or American Home Shield is a large provider of home warranties here in the US.  Home warranties have long been popular with real estate agents to reduce the risk of claims against we agents for misrepresentation…A home warranty will take care of it, many agents assure themselves. I have never been a…

Chinese Drywall Potentially Causing Problems…

Apparently in Lee County Florida, they are starting to investigate Chinese Drywall as causing failure of air conditioning systems and potential health problems.  I have no idea if this problem exists out here in Oregon, but for folks with newer construction homes, watch for air conditioning problems and a quick call to the builder may…

Landslide Hazards in Salem Oregon

On Wednesday in Portland a house slid down a hill about 300 feet, crashing into the house below it. Oregon has landslides every year due to our clay soil and rain. In this case, we haven’t had a lot of rain lately, but they think a broken sprinkler line or sewer pipe may be the…

Don’t forget to budget

It’s been all over our news. Natural gas prices are going up, and I mean going up. For those of you just starting to think about home purchase and enamored with those large 3,000 sq foot homes, you might want to recalculate your budget. For NW Natural Gas customers, it could be a 35% to…