First-time Home Buyers

May 15, 2012

Portland Real Estate Foreclosure Myths

Since mass foreclosures started hitting the Portland real estate market around the time of the real estate downturn, many misconceptions about foreclosures have been floating around.  The myths and rumors were spread and many Portland real estate buyers tried to understand what was real. Many misconceptions have come and gone, we still ...

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May 8, 2012

From the Buyers Side - The Short Sale Process

Just like a traditional or equity real estate transaction, a Portland real estate buyer will make an offer to the seller. And as it is in a traditional sale, the seller may not entertain an offer unless it is written, has earnest monies and pre approval letters included. The seller then ...

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May 5, 2012

Portland Buyers Agents: Looking Out For the Buyers Best Interest



Before buyers were able to use their own representation, all agents in the transaction represented the seller. Regardless of what broker the agent worked for, they were a sub-agent for the seller. So, even if you thought you were being represented you were not. Sort of like having ...

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Oct. 6, 2011

Benefits of Using a Buyer's Agent When Buying Portland Real Estate


There are some common misconceptions when you are buying Portland real estate.  Two that come to mind are that you can either do a better job yourself in sourcing a home for sale,  or that you are going to get a better deal if you approach the listing agent ...

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May 19, 2011

Dual Agency vs Buyers Agents

How using the agent who is listing the house you want to buy can cause a conflict of interest.  Here are a few reasons why using a Portland Buyers Agent will help you get on equal ground with the seller.

When you work with a real estate agent to help you ...

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May 12, 2011

How To Prepare To Purchase Portland Real Estate

These days many potential home buyers ask how to best prepare for a home purchase in the next year or two. There are many other ways to prepare but I am just going to touch on a couple of general topics.


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April 13, 2011

Six Myths About Using a Portland Buyers Agent

What You Really Need To Know About Buyers Agents Before You Buy Portland Real Estate

When talking about using a Portland real estate buyer agents, there seems to be a big gap between perception and reality .  Internet, TV  and other media headlines are just a few sources of confusion. Buyers ...

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March 16, 2011

Price vs Cost of Portland Real Estate

Even if Portland Real Estate Prices Stay the Same, It Could Costs More to Wait.


I see many Portland real estate buyers are standing on the sidelines waiting for home prices to hit rock bottom. They are afraid of getting in the game thinking that the prices will be ...

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March 1, 2011

Things to Consider When Buying Portland Real Estate

While there are many points to take into effect when you are looking at Portland Real Estate, I wanted to list a few here to think about.  These may be obvious but I am pointing them out anyway.


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Sept. 27, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Home in Portland NOW!

I recently came across this article in the Wall Street Journal.  With all of the negativity in the media about the housing market, it was refreshing to see that some journalists are seeing a silver lining.  For those of you in secure financial positions, this really is a fantastic time ...

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