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2007 

Last Wednesday I did a national radio show and talked about the mortgage industry and how they could fix a lot of their own problems by taking simple and logical steps. I also stated that the government shouldn't bail them out or the problems will just continue.Here is the MP3 from show recorded ...
08/31/2007
The home buying process can be a very tricky thing, if you don't know what you are doing. There are contracts and timelines to meet and you need someone who does this everyday to make sure these timelines are met or there could be costly things missed. Did you know most lawsuits that happen in re...
08/31/2007
Just because you are purchasing a new construction home, doesn't mean that it doesn't have problems that an inspector may find. Some of these new homes are built so fast, that things are missed or just not done up to code. Do you need proof of this? Read the contracts and see for yourself. A lot ...
08/30/2007
Today, I was looking on Craigslist to find out what the going rate was for rentals in an area before either I, or an investor, purchase a property in that area for a possible lease option. Then, what do I see on rental after rental?NO PETS ALLOWED! This is absolutely stupid if you want to get you...
08/29/2007
>OK - I admit it. As a ex-dj, I have very strange taste in music. My three favorite artists are Elvis, The Beatles and Kiss. Don't ask how those three work together, but my kids do love the Kiss pinball machine we have in the garage.Well, after trying with my first two kids, and not quite getting...
08/28/2007
Today, I was showing a condo in the condo conversion project I am selling, when a buyer came up and asked what the crime is like here. I started to give the NAR scripted result to this question, and low and behold, a police officer comes driving through. This doesn't look to good and I am thinkin...
08/28/2007
Now that I have your attention, I am serious! I don't care if you are a rehabber or an experienced investor, I still want you to get an inspection! An inspector is a licensed and bonded professional whose job it is to find problems with a property that most investors are not looking for. To this ...
08/28/2007
Everyone has had something in their life that they didn't expect to happen, and the same thing may have happened to you, to cause you to have to file for bankruptcy. But, that is no reason to keep beating yourself up and telling yourself you are not good enough to own a home. You are just as good...
08/28/2007
Most condo conversion in the Portland area are done in 3 phases, and if you are in the first phase you can have great appreciation over the first year of ownership. You see, when an owner does a condo conversion project, the owner does it in three stages to set up momentum for himself. The first ...
08/27/2007
When you purchase a home that the loan required to finance the purchase is more than $417,100, this is called a jumbo mortgage and is a higher risk to a bank. This means that a home requiring a jumbo mortgage also comes with higher interest rates. This $417,000 limit is set by Freddie Mac and Fan...
08/26/2007
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