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2008 

  Have you noticed that for the past ten years kids showing up at your front door have no clue about Halloween tradition? Ask every kid who rings your doorbell tonight what "trick or treat" means. Every one of them will say (cutely, unless it's one of the neighborhood teenagers who usually don't ...
10/31/2008
  A lot of people who move to Bainbridge immediately propose that the Agate Pass Bridge be closed, if not destroyed. It's quiet on Bainbridge, and in fact the bridge makes it less of an island. There's a lot of traffic across the bridge, some drivers heading to the Bainbridge ferry to Seattle, ot...
10/29/2008
I was asked last evening if I thought it was a good idea to look for foreclosures in this market. I have to say that in my experience it is certainly possible to help a distressed homeowner facing foreclosure if you know what to do. And it is certainly possible to buy a foreclosed home at auction...
10/24/2008
Here's a notice I received from Chase. I pay the card balance in full each month. Chase hates this. Here's their reaction (I'm excerpting the relevant clauses--the rest is predictable legalese about what they'll charge per month/day for late payments). IMPORTANT NOTICE OF CHANGE IN TERMS EFFECTIV...
10/22/2008
Here's a notice I received from Chase Here's a notice I received from Chase. I pay my monthly card balance in full. Chase hates this. Here's their reaction (I'm excerpting the relevant clauses--the rest is predictable legalese about what they'll charge per month/day for late payments). IMPORTANT ...
10/22/2008
To understate the situation, it is strong buyer's market. A land parcel in Poulsbo sold the day it was listed for 28% less than the asking price. This in an object lesson. If you're a buyer, make an offer--you might pick up a great bargain. If you don't have to sell, you might consider taking yo...
10/20/2008
I think we all agree that our industry in general is culpable for allowing homesellers to set (and often obtain) asking prices that are simply unsustainable. Prices are now falling, and they're falling fast. We'll hit bottom and we'll return to a reasonable market.  But it's not just sellers who ...
10/19/2008
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I love humor, particularly satire. Having said that, I wonder whether it is a wise decision for any candidate for public office to take time and thought away from perhaps the most important political campaign in fifty years. Do we really want a leader to be one of the guys, to be just like us? Or...
10/19/2008
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Here's the scenario. An absentee owner invites an agent to list his home below market before it goes into foreclosure. He insists on using an attorney friend to negotiate any offer. Before an offer can be submitted, the home goes to the bank. Neither the owner nor the attorney notifies the listin...
10/17/2008
All of us are concerned about the housing market, buyers, sellers, brokers, and homeowners. Because many homes were put on the market before the downturn in the economy, prices are clearly too high for today's buyers. And because the island doesn't have a normal turnover of homes, the supply exce...
10/16/2008
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