Can I Trust My Woodburn Realtor?

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Most Realtors Are Thankfully Law Abiding

Before entering into a business relationship, it’s helpful to know your real estate agent is nice, patient, available when needed…and honest. So while many of us assume we’re ‘safe’ in the hands of our doctor, attorney or pastor, what about your Woodburn Realtor? For the audio format of this presentation, click here, or use the player below.

Due Diligence
Sadly, as seen in this news report, not all real estate agents are trustworthy. However, some preliminary work has already been performed by the state of Oregon confirming a real estate agent is sufficiently trustworthy to work with the public. These include a state screening, which involves a criminal background check, fingerprinting and mug shot.  This data is submitted for review by the Oregon Real Estate Agency (OREA), which also provides regular updates about investigations in their insightful publication Oregon Real Estate Agency News Journal.  

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John Dillinger Proved Robbers Wear Ties

Of special note is the OREA ‘Administrative Action’ section, which provides information about decisions regarding Oregon real estate violations. The resulting consequences to untrustworthy real estate agents could include a reprimand, license suspension, license revocation and/or a civil penalty. So while no screening process is foolproof (as witnessed by crimes committed by doctors, attorneys and other professionals), the state of Oregon does considerable due diligence to vet real estate agents.

As part of the application process to become an Oregon real estate agent, any felony and misdemeanor convictions and arrests must be disclosed. The disclosure requirement is fairly high, because in addition to any criminal activity, also requiring disclosure are any administrative proceedings, plus civil and even financial issues. For example, if a prospective Oregon real estate agent has an unsatisfied judgment or bankruptcy, each must be disclosed.

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Whom Can You Trust?

A Matter of Trust
Trust is an important factor when buying or selling real estate. Thankfully, trusting your Woodburn Realtor is not super risky. That’s because consumer surveys consistently reflect a high level of satisfaction with Realtor performance.  One study by Forbes magazine revealed 96% satisfaction for the real estate industry. So if many real estate agents were dishonest, we could expect that figure to be much lower. 

This doesn’t mean blindly signing off on every suggestion one receives from their Realtor. But obsessively hand wringing over transaction minutiae is one sure way to make the process less enjoyable. A recommended approach is for Woodburn homebuyers and homesellers to carefully read all documents, ask plenty of questions and work with a recommended professional with a solid track record. 

Trust For Homesellers
Looking at trust from a seller’s perspective, for starters there’s significant trust needed to deal with buyers. For instance, trust is needed to allow strangers in your house. There’s also trust in taking your property off the market, in the hope a sale will go through. And trust in finding a replacement home.

Trust For Homebuyers
Trust is needed for homebuyers, too. Trust is necessary in working with a lender and that the discomfort of prequalifying will be worthwhile. Trust they’ll find a home they like and can afford. Trust their lender will come through.

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Trust For Both Homebuyers & Homesellers
So what do homebuyers and homesellers share in common? Trust. And there is perhaps no greater trust that Woodburn homebuyers and sellers have in common than in their Realtor.

After all, your Woodburn Realtor is someone you expect to be there to help navigate your way through what is frequently the largest financial transaction of a lifetime. Similar to an attorney or priest, Realtors are expected to keep confidences.

But let’s first look at a few situations which underscore why it’s important to be able to trust your real estate agent.

  1. Trusting your Realtor means you don’t have to second guess suggestions you receive. Let’s take pricing your home, for example. If you can’t trust your agent to provide meaningful comparable home activity information, how can you possibly expect him or her to advise you once an offer comes in?
  2. Trusting your Realtor means you can breathe easier with less stress. Buying or selling a home is considered to be a particularly stressful activity. In addition, most homebuyers and homesellers don’t want to take on real estate as a second job, especially when making a house move. So expect that by having your bases well-covered by a professional you can believe, you’ll find the entire process far less taxing. If a Realtor is ‘pushy’ and won’t listen to your concerns, it’s likely a good time to find a new one.
  3. Trusting your Realtor means you can access his or her reliable resources.
    Speaking of taxing, if you need recommendations for an experienced 1031 tax exchange professional, or real estate attorney, or home inspector, or mortgage lender, or home repair contractor, expect those recommendations to be even more valuable from a trustworthy agent. 
  4. Trusting your Realtor means you can focus. There’s usually enough to deal with throughout the course of any real estate transaction. Dealing with lenders, appraisers, inspectors, contractors, title companies and the like can be overwhelming. As a result, you’re more likely to be far more effective if you can concentrate on what you’re best at, while having your real estate agent handle what he or she is best at.
  5. Trusting your Realtor means more time. Just like you can expect to have more time to go fishing if you hire a contractor to build your new deck, working with a trustworthy real estate agent allows you to do other, more enjoyable tasks than scheduling a home inspection, constantly dealing with escrow details, or meeting an appraiser.     
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Chemical Equation for the Explosive Called TNT

Relationship Chemistry
Trust is easier when there is good ‘chemistry’ between a Realtor and their clients. When seeking an agent to refer for out of area homebuyers or homesellers, there are many things I can readily confirm. These include an agent’s years in business, designations earned, coverage area, plus areas of specialty like homes, farms or commercial property. 

As a result, I’m frequently able to locate a very good Realtor to ‘match’ with an out of state homebuyer or seller and it’s not always difficult.  That said, the one challenging element to know with certainty is the ‘chemistry’ that even a highly qualified, out-of-area Realtor will have with a new client.

People are different and that includes real estate agents. Most times relationships work out swimmingly with the referred agent. On rare occasions, it doesn’t work out. But going in and at least on paper, the homebuyer or homeseller who interviews a previously unknown, yet vetted Realtor, knows the agent is qualified and experienced, along with some important other facts about him or her. Plus, knowing these facts up front is typically less risky than taking a ‘shot in the dark’ with an unknown agent.

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Does The Company Matter?
Because agents are independent contractors, the individual Realtor is who typically matters most. After all, you don’t expect a faceless corporation to answer your late night question, or go over the details of your settlement statement. For example, I don’t care that much about what hospital I go to, but I want to have a say in the surgeon who will do the operating. Similarly, it’s the individual agent who is in a position to make the most difference, whether from a small or large office. However, longevity of a real estate firm can be helpful in determining that they are probably doing something right.  So if a company you’re considering has been in existence for half a century or more, they’re likely not a ‘fly by night’ outfit.  

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Alternative Agent Finding Methods
One of the ‘dirty little secrets’ about real estate online or via magazines is that they’re paid ads. Realtors frequently buy what are known as ‘leads’ online. Examples include Zillow and even Realtor.com. Sometimes this is done by the agent buying incoming inquiries regarding a specific zip code. Sometimes, the agent pays for better placement on a real estate website page in order to stand out.

If you decide to use a magazine or the Internet to locate an agent, it may be best to consider that as a first step of information gathering. Promotional materials can be misleading and if carefully crafted, can leave out a lot of important information. For example, if an agent is brand new, he or she may focus on how many agents their company employs, personal community involvement like donations to charity, or sponsorships. While these may be nice facts, they may not have a lot to do with the agent’s proficiency, professionalism, or trustworthiness. 

Referrals Are Built on Trust
One good way to find a trustworthy Realtor is to ask people you trust and get a referral. The ‘proof is in the pudding,’ so if your friend or family member is happy with a specific real estate agent, there’s a good chance for a similar repeat performance.

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What Color Hat Does Your Realtor Wear?

White Hat or Black Hat?
One area where certain real estate agents are sometimes revealed to be wearing either a ‘white hat’ or ‘black hat’ is in the area known as ‘dual agency’ or ‘disclosed limited agency.’ This is a situation when an agent with a listed property also works with the buyer. To be clear, most Realtors are aboveboard and honest, continually looking out for their client’s best interests.

That said, the challenge to some agents comes when the agent attempts to ‘elbow aside’ other buyers, their agents and/or offers, in order to push his or her offer through. Why on earth would a Realtor push hard to get their offer accepted, since it’s all about simply selling the house, isn’t it? Not exactly. That’s because if the listing Realtor also sells your home, they typically get paid more.

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Agency Pamphlet

Dual agency is well known as a potential minefield among ethically challenged agents and as a result, the State of Oregon, National Association of Realtors and Oregon Association of Realtors all have rules in place to help prevent its abuse.

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Dueling with Dual Agency
In Realtor circles, the topic of dual agency has proponents and detractors. As a result, don’t expect every real estate agent you run into to have the same opinion. In reality, dual agency can be a very good thing, as seen in our previous article titled “5 ‘Insider Oregon Real Estate Tips.’ There, the topic Having A ‘Double Agent’ Can Be A Good Thing ranks as item #1  out of the five items listed. The advantages to having an agent on both sides of a real estate transaction are clear.

The result, good or bad, can significantly depend on your agent’s trustworthiness. For example, hurriedly accepting the first offer can work out. That’s because sometimes the first offer is the best offer. Alternatively, acting without as much available information as possible sometimes comes at significant expense to the seller, who may be urged to quickly accept the offer their listing (seller’s) agent has written. The problem is that the listing Realtor can be expected to reasonably know how much activity there is on the property for sale. Again, trust is key here.

Plus, given the amount of agent and buyer activity, along with the quality of inquiries (such as highly motivated, qualified buyers), the seller’s Realtor may have even heard comments from other agents about possible future offers. So by pushing his or her own offer, is the listing Realtor providing the seller with all known information in order to truly serve the seller’s best interest? Sometimes the only person to seemingly know the answer is the listing agent. This Harvard Business Review article notes why this can be a problem:

“Take cheating. Claremont McKenna psychologist Piercarlo Valdesolo and I have conducted many experiments on the topic, and one surprising (if disheartening) result we have found, time and again, is that 90% of people—most of whom identify themselves as morally upstanding—will act dishonestly to benefit themselves if they believe they won’t get caught. Why? Anonymity means no long-term cost will be exacted. Even more startling is the fact that most of those who cheat also refuse to characterize their actions as untrustworthy; they rationalize their behavior even while condemning the same in others…”

More than once, an honest real estate agent working with a highly qualified and motivated buyer has inquired about a property, even written up that buyer’s offer, only to have the listing agent hurriedly put together his or her own offer and submit it to the seller in order to ‘tie up’ the property (and presumably make more money), before other offers can be considered. It’s a fact of the real estate business and as a result, unethical agents develop a reputation and are often viewed warily by others in the business.

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The ‘Commission Effect’
If all these elements don’t sufficiently complicate the task of finding a trustworthy Realtor, there is also a phenomenon you might call the ‘commission effect.’ This is outlined in a previous article titled ‘5 little Known Realtor Insider Tips:’ Realtors Can Calculate Their Paycheck by Viewing a Property Listing Sheet. This means that for agents truly focused on maximizing their payday, you might expect them to guide you toward homes that pay a higher commission structure. However, the listing sheet is typically only seen by multiple listing members. Thankfully, most Realtors simply don’t do business in this manner.

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The Bottom Line
President Ronald Reagan sometimes used the term ‘Trust, but verify’ during his high level negotiations. This old Russian proverb could be a  helpful approach to grant you peace of mind in finding a trustworthy agent for your next real estate transaction. Do your research and ask family and friends for Realtor references. Be open and forthright, then make your best decision based on relevant, reliable information for your situation.  

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Finding Your Woodburn Real Estate Superhero

To adults and kids alike, superheroes seem to have time-tested appeal. Some think it’s because they look different. Indeed, some superheroes dress uniquely. Others believe superheroes represent the ‘good guy’ and these days, we can always use more good guys and gals.  Yet others suggest that superheroes are in the rescue business and we all have an area in our lives where we could use help. Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable that superheroes hold a unique place in our imagination.

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Clark Kent Could Have Easily Passed As A Realtor

Do Real Estate Superheroes Exist?
Fighting bad guys is an expected vocation for a superhero. So how could there possibly be real estate superheroes? And would they use x-ray glasses to view inside homes to find potential problems, carry an anti-kryptonite pen to protect against real estate ‘evil doers,’ or hold their trusty multiple listing lockbox keycard in a utility belt? 

The Realty Reality
While not superhuman, some real estate agents stand far apart from others. And when hundreds of thousands of dollars are literally on the line during your next home sale or purchase, chances are you’ll feel better throughout the entire process when working with a truly ‘super’ Realtor. But is it possible to easily locate a terrific Woodburn real estate agent that’s not only experienced, but also dedicated, plus recognized for excellence among his or her peers? You’re about to find out.

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‘Superhero’ Defined
Superheroes are considered to be more than mere heroes, in part because their achievements transcend what is humanly possible. Superheros are often portrayed as heroes with extraordinary, superhuman powers. So while no Realtor is superhuman, in comparing performance, it’s clear that sometimes a single real estate agent can outperform several other, less productive Realtors.  There are different reasons why this is true and part of it relates to the ‘Pareto principle,’ better known as the ’80-20′ rule, where 20% of a group is frequently responsible for as much as 80% of the results.

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Some Superheroes Have a Handy Utility Belt

What’s In Your Utility Belt?
Effective Realtors are more likely to avail themselves of advanced tools on behalf of their buyer and seller clients.  But it doesn’t stop there. That’s because in addition to ‘high tech’ expertise like sophisticated monitoring of real estate activity for their clients, a ‘superhero’ Realtor also combines it with ‘high touch.’ This means they help buyers and sellers with access to not only their own specialized experience and knowledge, but also to an often vast and diverse network of other experienced professionals, such as reputable mortgage lenders, roofers, 1031 tax deferred exchange experts, electricians, surveyors, title companies and repair firms.

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“Luke…I Am Your Appraiser”

But Why Even Hire A ‘Superhero?’ 
In considering the use of your own Woodburn real estate ‘superhero,’ it helps to understand what they’re able to achieve better than other Realtors. After all, why use a ‘superhero’ when any old hero will do?

To begin, it’s helpful to understand that an agent is your representative. He or she advises and acts in your best interest, which includes ‘fighting’ on your behalf. So who or what might a real estate ‘superhero’ fight?  Enter the real estate ‘super villain.’ In Woodburn real estate, you’re not likely to run into comic book characters or movie baddies like Darth Vader, Lex Luthor or The Joker. Instead,  the kind of ‘super villain’ behavior you’re more likely to encounter is both real and potentially ‘deal-killing.’

The potential list of treacherous adversaries is long. Issues that could put the kibosh on your real estate transaction (while potentially costing you a lot of money) include dry rot, deferred maintenance (think leaky roof), a poor home inspection, title report issues, a low appraisal or a picky loan underwriter. If you’re a homebuyer, you can add certain challenging homeseller attititudes to the potential list of transaction implosions and if you’re a homeseller, you might include certain ham-fisted home buyer attitudes. The bottom line is that in order to deal with a multiplicity of potentially detrimental factors affecting your home purchase or sale, it’s clearly best to be prepared. And when you’re knee deep in transaction challenges, that’s not the time to wish you were working with someone more qualified.

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It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s The CRS Realtor
There are literally millions of real estate agents and as you might expect, not all of them are the same. As with any profession, experience, proficiency and dedication to clients can vary widely.

Most Realtors are indeed capable of providing good service, reasonable counsel and some helpful information. The fact is however, that some Realtors have considerably more experience, training and better results. It’s also undeniable that CRS designees are equipped to provide their home buying and home selling clients with advanced real estate insights, knowledge and competence. CRS holders hold an average of double the experience of Realtors without the Certified Residential Specialist designation. This illustrates a clear track record with elite standing.

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Realtors Holding the CRS Designation Outperform Those Who Don’t

But what differentiates a real estate superhero from other real estate agents? Here are a few examples.

X-Ray Vision
Because CRS Realtors are experienced and complete far more transactions than the average agent, many times they see can through and avoid problems, before they occur. This helps prevent missteps from an agent’s ‘on the job training.’ 

Benefits Beyond A Single Transaction
Another key benefit to working with a CRS Realtor is their networking advantage. So whether you expect to buy or sell in Oregon, or if you’ll have a real estate transaction in another state, the CRS referral network is a proven way for you to connect with another ‘high caliber’ Realtor who holds the CRS designation. 

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Speaking of High Caliber: Faster Than A Speeding Referral
The CRS organization has an entire system devoted to a virtually seamless referral system for buyers and sellers who seek a super Certified Residential Specialist Realtor. For example, I recently received a phone call from an Idaho CRS agent working with buyers from Oregon. These buyers found their ‘perfect’ Idaho home and needed to sell their Oregon home in order to purchase the Idaho property. The Idaho CRS Realtor suggested they work with a local CRS agent to most effectively sell their Oregon home. Mere minutes upon receiving a phone call from the Idaho CRS agent, I was in contact with these Oregon homeowners, then proceeded to list and successfully sell their property, all in short order.  

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Only 3% of Realtors Have Attained The CRS Designation

You May Never Have Met A CRS
It’s hardly surprising if you don’t recall ever meeting a Certified Residential Specialist. A CRS Realtor is in the top 3 percent of real estate agents in the United States. That means 97% of the Realtors you’re likely to run into aren’t a CRS. So what makes working with a CRS so much better?

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Clinical Specialization Meets Bedside Manner
To put the topic of Realtor proficiency in another context, if your 5 year old has a broken arm, do you want a pediatric orthopedic specialist to examine, accurately diagnose, then properly set the youngster’s bone, or would any young intern fresh out of medical school be your first choice?  After all, both are doctors. A similar principal applies to selecting an agent. The surprising thing here is that in choosing your next Realtor, it typically costs the same or less to go with the professional having more experience and proficiency. 

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Commitment
Similarly, there’s an understandable difference between an agent who just received a real estate license and one who has been diligently working full time in the field for decades. But taking it another step beyond mere experience are those who hold  accreditation for advanced real estate performance. The CRS designation isn’t easy to earn. It involves what is usually a multi-year advanced course regimen, plus documented real estate production and typically years of ‘in the field’ real estate experience. These recognized levels of education, training, production, time-tested experience  and provable success amount to a higher standard of achievement.  

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A Bundle of ‘Keys’ to Your Next Real Estate Transaction
To most homebuyers and homesellers, one key to a Realtor’s stellar real estate performance is consistent performance. Another is experience. Yet one more is education. The advantage to you as a homebuyer or homeseller in working with a CRS Realtor is that you get the entire bundle of keys and reduce your chances of being ‘locked out’ in your next transaction. 

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The Answer:
While the usual term for CRS is Certified Residential Specialist, some might consider agents holding this esteemed real estate degree as being more of a Certified Real Estate Superhero. That’s because it takes a lot to attain the CRS designation and the positive results of working with a CRS designee speak for themself. Some have even compared CRS credentials as akin to the CPA of real estate.

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Roy Widing, CRS Realtor

It’s Your Move
What if there was a way you could locate a real estate ‘superhero’ for your next Woodburn transaction? Thanks to the CRS referral network, there actually is an easy way to find a ‘super’ Realtor, no matter where you live. Perhaps the simplest is to contact a CRS, like Oregon Real Estate Podcast host, Roy Widing, CRS with Certified Realty. If you’d like to reach a CRS Realtor in a different state or region of the United States, Roy can connect you with a number of qualified Certified Residential Specialists near you and at no charge. From there you can interview one or more CRS Realtors and make your own decisions. 

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What James Bond Can Teach You About Woodburn, Oregon Real Estate

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With That Suit & Tie, James Bond Resembles A Well-Mannered Realtor

Compared to the life of famed superspy James Bond, buying or selling Woodburn, Oregon real estate is dull and monotonous, right? Au contraire. You might be surprised to see how such a comparison actually sizes up.

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Not So Mundane, After All
How could the seemingly routine tasks associated with Woodburn real estate possibly compare to the life and adventures of ultra-suave Agent 007? Initially, it seems like a ridiculous question. Of course Bond’s life is far more treacherous, risky and ‘on the edge,’ right? As we’ll soon learn, not exactly. Buyers and sellers of Woodburn real estate have a lot more in common with the famous spy than first meets the bullseye.

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Woodburn Real Estate is More Daring Than You Might Think

Deceptively Daring
Many actors have played Agent 007 in film, yet each brings to the Bond character their own unique imprint on the multi-faceted Bond persona. But while each person playing 007 is unique, in each iteration of the well-known agent we recognize Bond’s uncanny ability to ‘land on his feet’ and ‘avoid being bested,’ while inching (or sometimes speeding) toward his well-defined goal. Let’s examine some of the super spy’s cinematic character traits and how they might relate to your next Woodburn, Oregon real estate transaction.

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Spies & Realtors Both Use Photography to Their Advantage

Turning The Tables
To Woodburn, Oregon homebuyers and homesellers, ‘landing on your feet’ might not equate to jumping from a high rise building. Instead, it might mean effectively dealing with endless surprises…like a low appraisal, or poor home inspection.  It’s helpful to understand that one of Bond’s classic techniques is to shift bad odds to his advantage. Your way to ‘avoid being bested’ may not mean beating the tables at Monte Carlo like James Bond. Instead, it might be skillfully negotiating the terms of your Woodburn real estate transaction. And to a Woodburn homebuyer or homeseller, Agent 007’s ‘inching to his goal’ could simply mean patiently completing key tasks in order to close the sale. It’s nice to know that unlike the production of a Bond film, Woodburn homebuyers and homesellers typically complete their ‘mission’ substantially under budget and in a relatively short time span, with no loss of life or limb. This makes you arguably ‘better than Bond.’

Diamonds Are Forever…And So Is Real Estate
Here are some factors that make the so-called ‘average’ Woodburn, Oregon homeseller or homebuyer more daring than even Agent 007. 

Risk
Agent 007 is frequently seen as daring and a tremendous risk taker. But while it’s true some of Bond’s actions are potentially perilous, it’s helpful to realize that his risks tend to be thoughtfully calculated. 007 is usually well-armed, whether that means carrying his Walther PPK, or preparing mentally for the task at hand. If he’s without a gun, James Bond is able to adapt and improvise, like using a fire extinguisher in the middle of a firefight to provide cover and escape.

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You Don’t Need A Gun to Effectively Buy or Sell Woodburn, Oregon Real Estate

Charmingly Disarming
But if James Bond gets into a ‘jam’,  he usually has his trusty sidearm to help take care of business. Yet using a small caliber handgun to get your way is not an option for Woodburn homebuyers and homesellers. As a result, your options are limited to less obviously coercive means than Agent 007 can wield. Requiring the use of ‘wits, not weapons’ takes certain things off the table for you, since Woodburn real estate demands non-lethal resourcefulness. By having to use safer and more creative methods of persuasion, it’s fair to say that once again, the ‘average’ Woodburn, Oregon homeseller or homebuyer is arguably ‘better than Bond.’

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It’s Wise to Effectively Manage Risk

Casino Royale
For an example of Bond’s risk reduction techniques, have you ever seen Agent 007 gamble great sums of his own money on a dice throw? The usual answer is ‘Not a chance.’ That’s because Bond virtually always plays with his government’s money, not his own. Yet you, as a Woodburn homebuyer or homeseller, are laying your very own hard-earned capital on the table.  So once more, in comparison you can arguably be seen as ‘better than Bond,’ or at least more daring.

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Even Agent 007 Might Find Woodburn Real Estate Challenging

Woodburn Real Estate Tip #1 From James Bond: Maintain Humor
A superspy like Agent 007 doesn’t  constantly walk around like a tough guy. It’s actually quite the opposite.  Bond knows how to work a room and deliver a well timed joke. ‘Breaking the ice’ to disarm and/or relax the other side with a joke takes some guts…especially when someone means you financial or physical harm.  

Savoir-faire
Savoir-faire is a French term that roughly means: knowing what to do in any situation. Those with savoir-faire respond appropriately in a wide variety of circumstances. One dictionary reference suggests savoir-faire as demonstrating “a polished sureness in social behavior.” In other words, classic James Bond behavior, whether it’s disarming a bad guy, nuclear device, or flawlessly ordering the right item off a French menu.

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Ordering in French is an Acquirable Skill

Savoir-faire can be adapted to Woodburn real estate, where a wide variety of ‘tough to predict’ situations occur with surprising frequency.  For sellers, this could mean having a buyer’s loan fail, possibly due to buyer disqualification like a credit score drop, or job change. Or perhaps your home needs a new roof and there simply isn’t sufficient equity to pay for it. Or there’s rampant dry rot. Or severe mold. You get the idea.

Using 007’s Savoir-faire for Woodburn Homebuyers and Homesellers
A prepared and practical approach to problem solving is what both James Bond and successful Woodburn homebuyers and homesellers bring to the table.  Agent 007 is able to adapt and navigate in almost any environment, whether he finds himself in a high-stakes casino in Monaco, a posh ski lodge in the Swiss Alps, or a poor fishing village in Asia, Bond knows what to do. When buying and selling Woodburn real estate, you can adapt and navigate in different environments, too, including such changing factors as housing inventory (which can indicate if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market) and fluctuating interest rates.

Just realize that no matter how things appear, some factors and outcomes are not completely determinable and sometimes virtually unknowable. For example, let’s say you’re selling your Woodburn home and have three offers on the table to consider. In this scenario, let’s suppose all buyers appear well-qualified and each offer is very similar to the others. Which one do you decide to accept? Which will actually close? Which buyer will be reasonable to work with? Which lender will have even-handed underwriting and not require needless delay or costs?  Working with your Realtor, you can reduce risk, perhaps by focusing on how much each buyer is willing to pay, their down payment (where a larger down payment makes it easier for them to get a loan) and even the earnest money deposit and time to your closing date. Such an analysis can help boil things down to those that might make the most difference.

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Woodburn Real Estate Tip #2 From James Bond: Have a Backup Plan
The key is to limit your downside risk by making the best decision possible under the circumstances and remain alert. For example, if after accepting one offer on your Woodburn home, the buyers begin loudly complaining about minor issues, have your Realtor stay in touch with other prospective buyers who expressed interest. That way, you keep the door open for a ‘Plan B’ and later, possibly a ‘Plan C’ if initial buyers bail on your home sale.

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James Bond Defines Debonair

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Agent 007 is often described as debonair. How can that term possibly apply to your next Woodburn real estate transaction? There are varied definitions to the term debonair, but related terms include courtesy, graciousness and having a sophisticated charm. These traits can be powerful and disarming when dealing with the other side on a home sale. An example of courtesy might mean allowing buyers to schedule a tour before closing for measuring room dimensions or determining paint colors. Being gracious could mean as a buyer you allow the home sellers an extra day to move out, particularly if their moving van broke down. Sophisticated charm might mean leaving a box of chocolates or champagne after you sell a home for when your homebuyers finally move in.

Small details perhaps, but such activities are often long remembered. If after moving out, you remember leaving priceless heirlooms in the attic of your former home, imagine how much nicer it will be to request the return of your precious items from the current owners with whom you’ve been civil and friendly. They are also more likely to even contact you if they find something you mistakenly left behind.

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Woodburn Real Estate Tip #3 From James Bond: Secrecy
There’s good reason undercover agents are also known as secret agents. ‘Don’t let them see you sweat’ is an adage Agent 007 works with aplomb. So you don’t want to lose out on your home purchase and are willing to substantially increase your offer, yet don’t want to overpay? Keep those cards discreetly close to your vest and understand that by doing so, you’re modeling James Bond, who can definitely keep a secret. He’s a spy, after all. 
 

Humility
Though James Bond can swagger with the best of those who hold the ’00’ license to kill designation, he’s usually discrete and avoids attention or bragging about his prowess. Such meekness is supremely beneficial in situations to disarm adversaries, while catching them off guard.  Agent 007 doesn’t often talk about how many people he’s put in the hospital, or his annual income. Simply by observing him, it’s clear Bond has gravitas.

Courage
Having courage when buying or selling Woodburn property doesn’t mean you don’t feel fear. It does involve pushing that fear aside to rise above whatever obstacle you are facing. Agent 007 pushes himself out of his comfort zone to face serious fears on a daily basis. This gets him used to feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable. As a Woodburn homeseller or homebuyer, once you desensitize yourself to fear, it will become easier to perform courageous acts, like counter-offering that offer you really don’t want to risk losing, or agreeing to substantial repairs in order to pass a home re-inspection and close the deal.

Be Patient
In the middle of a real estate transaction, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. To be successful, it helps to have a well defined plan executed with patience. You also should allow sufficient time for your plan to work. For example, if you’re a Woodburn homeseller who doesn’t receive an offer in the first few days on the market, understand that if you’ve already examined the latest market data and the average market time is measured in months and not days or even weeks, realize your anxiety may be premature. Keep cool.

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‘Q’ Is On Bond’s Team to Keep Him Out of Trouble

Consult A Woodburn Real Estate Expert
When buying or selling Woodburn real estate, it doesn’t hurt to have an experienced Realtor as your own ‘Q’ to keep you out of difficult situations. An experienced Woodburn real estate broker is someone who has been ‘over the road,’ thereby saving you needless expense, time and worry.
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So rather than having Bond’s sidekick ‘Q’ demonstrating gadgetry and armory (like a blowtorch on Bond’s Aston-Martin convertible), Woodburn, Oregon residents can rely on the calm, cool and collected experience of a proven Realtor to more successfully navigate pitfalls sometimes found in Woodburn real estate. 

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Do You Have Questions About Woodburn Real Estate?
For a free consultation, contact our WoodburnHomes.com sponsor, Certified Realty using the contact form below, or call them at 800-637-1950.

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SOLD: Woodburn Elegance

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This now-sold and elegant home has tremendous ‘curb appeal’ and is located in Woodburn’s desirable Henry’s Farm neighborhood.

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Woodburn, Woodburn Homes, Woodburn Real Estate, Woodburn Properties, Henry's Farm, 97071The spacious master bathroom has both a soaking tub and shower, plus attractive tile flooring.

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Located in a low traffic neighborhood, the home has forced air natural gas heat and is also plumbed for natural gas in both the kitchen and for a patio BBQ. 

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Additional features include a natural gas fireplace and central air conditioning.

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Den/office is a possible 3rd bedroom, but needs a closet.

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This attractive home is priced to sell at $309,900.

Woodburn, Woodburn Homes, Woodburn Real Estate, Woodburn Properties, Henry's Farm, 97071View the slideshow video tour of this lovely Woodburn, Oregon home by clicking here or on the YouTube icon below.

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Thinking about selling your Woodburn home? Get results by contacting Realtor Roy Widing with our WoodburnHomes.com sponsor, Certified Realty. Call Roy at 800-637-1950 or use the convenient form below.

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Why Most Woodburn Homesellers Hire A Realtor

There are many good reasons why Woodburn, Oregon homesellers hire a Realtor, including the handful of sellers who first try the ‘for sale by owner’ or ‘FSBO’ route.

Hear the audio podcast version of this presentation by clicking here or the link below.

Here are ten of the most common reasons why Woodburn area homesellers hire a Realtor to get the job done right.

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‘For Sale by Owners’ Need to Wear Many Hats

1. Selling Your Woodburn Home ‘By Owner’ Means Taking on a Second Job.
Most homesellers are busy. So before attempting to sell property on your own, first ask yourself if you’re prepared to wear some extra hats. That’s because in addition to (1). preparing your property for market and (2). finding a replacement dwelling, along with (3). the task of actually moving, selling your home involves (4). abundant planning, (5). serious paperwork, (6). negotiation skills, (7). accurate scheduling, (8). diligent research, (9). considerable legwork (if done right) and (10). a lot of just plain toil. Woodburn Oregon, Woodburn Real Estate, Woodburn Homeselling, Woodburn Homeseller

2. Legalese, Sometimes with Different Rules for Each County and/or Municipality.
Realtors use continually-updated forms written by experienced real estate attorneys designed specifically for regional transactions, with clarity and simplicity in mind. Such documents include important protections for both buyer and seller. While no document is perfect, Realtor forms include key clauses, like for home inspections and appraisals, along with arbitration/mediation mechanisms. These time-tested documents help prevent potential issues, while at the same time deterring ‘nuisance’ litigation.

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3. More Accurate Pricing When Buying & Selling.
These days the average Woodburn resident moves about every 6 years years or so. As with any activity, it’s easy to get rusty. Realtors are in the real estate market all day, every day. This means an experienced real estate agent can provide significant market awareness to help you price what’s likely to be your single largest investment.

Armed with access to multiple listing, sales and tax data, Realtors provide significant pricing experience and real life insights, whether you want to know what the property you’re selling is worth, or once you sell, how much to offer on the home you’re buying.

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We all deal with subjectivity from time to time. Does your home smell? Perhaps you’ve gotten used to having multiple pets in your small home, don’t notice the mold growing in your bathroom, or haven’t realized how gloomy your living room appears. One role of a Realtor is to be helpfully honest. That means being truthful if there’s something you as a seller don’t see (or smell). 

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Most Homesellers Don’t Like A Rapidly Exiting ‘Conga Line’ of Mum Buyers

Far better to be forewarned and forearmed by your Realtor, than witness a rapidly exiting ‘conga line’ of mum homebuyers who don’t want to offend you. Or perhaps you don’t think disclosing settling water in your basement each Winter is a big deal. The reality is that disclosing such a potentially material fact is something dutiful agents will advise in order to keep you out of much hotter water after the sale. 

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5. Junk the Junk.
Have you ever studied a real estate earnest money agreement (also called an EMA or purchase agreement), or seller’s ‘net sheet?’ Over the course of a transaction, it’s easy to accumulate an abundance of ‘junk’ fees. Count on your Realtor to go over such forms with you and assist in pre-emptively warning you. An experienced agent knows what’s ‘routine’ and what’s not.

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6. Marketing.
Even if a seller has a sense of what his or her home is worth, effectively reaching the the widest number of buyers increases your opportunity to find more motivated and qualified buyers, even creating a ‘bidding war.’ The simple act of listing your Woodburn home with a Realtor means your property is immediately promoted on a host of proven, effective home marketing venues. But it doesn’t stop there. Successful Realtors use many different tools to reach buyers for your specific property. As a Woodburn homeseller, also make sure your agent holds memberships in both of our regional multiple listing systems, one based in Portland and the other in Salem, since we’re located equidistant between these crucial homeselling systems. Otherwise, you risk having reduced market coverage for your property.

Connecting your property with the right buyer might mean the difference between a fast close at full price (or higher), compared to a continuous stream of ‘sale-fails’ where your property is needlessly taken off the market by buyers who were marginally qualified. 

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Calm Seas Never Made a Good Captain…or Realtor.

7. Experience.
There is simply no substitute for ‘hands on’ real estate experience. If your home hasn’t sold, at what point should you consider a price adjustment? How much of a price adjustment is necessary? Is there something other than price causing my property not to sell? These are not new questions to an experienced agent, who can help address these and other important questions.

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When it Matters, Experience is Good to Have on Your Side.

It’s comforting in especially difficult situations to rely on an experienced Realtor, who is the duly able real estate ‘captain’ of your transaction. When the need arises, most consumers prefer an experienced surgeon or pilot, so it’s understandable to want experienced representation with the important task of selling your home. It’s also helpful to know that a professional real estate agent makes the entire home selling process appear easier than it is.

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Most people are nervous and ‘en garde’ when buying or selling a home.

8. Negotiation Skills.
If you’re like most consumers, you dread negotiating when buying a car. Consider how much higher the stakes are with your home sale. You want an experienced hand on your side. 
While real estate transactions are optimally a ‘win-win’ situation, it’s realistic to expect some friction. If you haven’t considered homeselling as a kind of ‘war,’ check out this unique perspective on the ‘battle’ of selling your home. 

The best way to navigate through a potentially difficult transaction is to be represented by one who has been over the road before. So whether you’re in negotiations with a ‘bargain hunting’ buyer, or experience an unpleasant ‘surprise’ in a home inspection, or get hit with a seriously low appraisal, each unique situation presents an opportunity for difficulty, or reaching common ground. Your Realtor can assist in ‘end gaming’ your best strategies and in dealing with a wide variety of buyer personalities.

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Having a Realtor ‘Buffer’ Between Buyer & Seller Can Avoid Headaches

9. The ‘Buffer Effect.’
Having an agent represent you makes it easier to maintain civility between ‘warring’ parties. Ever say something you regret? An experienced Realtor can often use more constructive language to accomplish what might otherwise be considered an emotional and/or provocative comment.

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Hiring A Realtor Makes Sellers More Money: Click above image to enlarge

10. More Money.
National Association of Realtor statistics reveal that homesellers who use a Realtor actually net considerably more at closing than those who don’t, even after taking into account paying a commission. Consider that when banks (which are renowned for watching the ‘bottom line’) sell their foreclosed homes, they hire an expert, a Realtor. From a financial standpoint, it really does ‘pencil out’ to hire a Realtor. 

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Local Realtor Roy Widing

Thinking about selling your Woodburn area property? Contact Roy with Certified Realty, Oregon’s choice since 1950, using the form below for a free consultation.

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10 Reasons Why Woodburn Winter Homeselling is HOT

Woodburn Homes, Winter Homeselling, Winter Homeselling, Woodburn Winter HomesellingWhile there is a case to be made for homeselling in each of Oregon’s four seasons, Winter is one of the most powerful times Woodburn sellers can place their home on the market and for ten very good reasons.

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  1. Price & Market Time. Statistics show homes sell faster and for more money in Winter. One way to understand this phenomenon is by considering a motorist with a flat tire in bad weather. That motorist has an urgent need and is less likely to haggle, or even seriously consider less expensive options, in order to meet an immediate need. Woodburn Winter homebuyers can experience the same kind of urgency and this helps to explain the premium that homes can command during the real estate ‘off season.’ Another way to look at the Winter market dynamic is if you want to buy snowshoes in July (at least in Woodburn), expect to pay more, since availability is typically lower. Woodburn Homes, Winter Homeselling, Winter Homeselling, Woodburn Winter Homeselling
  2. High Quality Buyers. Because home touring is generally less convenient, there tend to be fewer ‘Looky-Loos’ during the Winter. This means Woodburn’s Winter homesellers have fewer buyers tracking dirt into their house, with less energy spent preparing for real estate ‘Tire-Kickers.’Woodburn Homes, Winter Homeselling, Winter Homeselling, Woodburn Winter Homeselling
  3. Less Seller Competition. Let’s face facts: It’s convenient to sell in the Spring and Summer, especially around Woodburn. The weather is usually better, flowers are blooming and with plenty of homebuyers looking, it’s a ‘target-rich environment.’  Yet while it’s easier and more convenient to sell in sunny weather, this convenience often comes at the cost of increased competition from other sellers. Conversely, Woodburn Winter homesellers can expect fewer like-minded sellers competing for buyers. Just like the successful contrarian investor who sells when everyone else is not, avoiding a ‘herd mentality’ can pay off with a higher price and faster sale. Woodburn Homes, Winter Homeselling, Winter Homeselling, Woodburn Winter Homeselling
  4. Higher Buyer Motivation. Is your idea of a fun time getting into a car on cold drizzly nights to look at houses? Probably not…unless you just got a job transfer. Or a nice raise. Or you received an inheritance and want to get out of your tiny apartment. It’s helpful for prospective Woodburn Winter homesellers to know that corporate relocations are common in the first quarter.  Plus family changes can occur anytime and estates are settled year around.
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  5. The Hunt for Red December: Get a ‘Jump’ on the New Year’ s Competition. The best time to get your Woodburn property on the market could be when everyone else isn’t. Placing your home for sale in Winter gives you access to hyper-motivated buyers who have made homebuying a New Year’s resolution. That way, when these eager homebuyers begin their ‘hunt,’ your house will be a prime ‘target’ as visible as Rudolph’s nose. So if your home is market-ready and available to tour leading up to the New Year, expect to tap into this highly focused ‘pent up demand.’
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  6. Your Home Looks Inviting During the Holidays. Who doesn’t enjoy the happy glow of a Christmas tree or other holiday decorations, along with the pleasant smell of fresh-baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon buns, or a vanilla candle? Homes often look their most inviting during the holidays.
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    And given the pleasant, even emotional attachment so many have during that time of year, expect some homebuyers to fully embrace the holiday theme of ‘Peace on earth, good will toward men.’ As a result, such positive feelings can spill over into the home selling process and make it easier.
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  7. Your Lawn & Landscaping is Virtually a Non-Issue. Forget to mow your lawn? No worries. Some Woodburn area homebuyers won’t care if they tour your property and it’s covered in snow, raining hard, or after sundown. Buyer landscaping expectations can be quite reasonable during Winter months around Woodburn.Woodburn Homes, Winter Homeselling, Winter Homeselling, Woodburn Winter Homeselling
  8. When Your Home Sells, You May Buy With Less Competition. Few Woodburn area homesellers stop to consider that given good timing with their sale, their own future home purchase may also benefit from similar, unique seasonality. So depending on a variety of factors in the market where and when you buy, homesellers can sometimes take advantage of lower Winter activity levels to successfully negotiate with a motivated seller. This is because some sellers place their home on the market during Winter not for convenience, or desire to maximize their selling price, but from genuine need. In other words, they are highly motivated. Such homesellers could therefore provide a good buying opportunity.
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  9.  Fewer people relocate in Winter, so this means you’re likely to have an easier time booking a mover.
    Competition for moving companies can be challenging during the real estate ‘high season.’ As a result, expect less difficulty scheduling your moving company when you sell in Winter.
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  10.  You Can Dictate Which Days & Times Are Available for Showings. As a Woodburn homeseller, you typically have control over tour times and dates for your home. This includes during Winter months. Given holiday-related gatherings and events, buyers are likely to understand their need to schedule their tour of your home. Your Realtor can help by specifying days and times your home is available for showings. For example, you could have your house available for tours on Saturdays from 2 to 5pm, weekday mornings after 9:00am, or between 5 and 8pm weekday evenings.

Thinking about selling your Woodburn house this Winter? Use the convenient form below to contact veteran Realtor Roy Widing, host of the Oregon Real Estate Podcast for a FREE consultation!

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New Woodburn Estates Listing

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This charming Woodburn Estates home was just listed by our sponsor, Certified Realty.

It features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and wood floors currently protected under carpet, with nearly 1,000 square feet of living space.

Also included is air conditioning, covered patio, double garage, forced air natural gas heat, a newer roof and water heater. This home is priced to sell at $139,950.

For more information, contact Roy with Certified Realty at 800-637-1950 or use the convenient contact form below.

 

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Woodburn Home Prices Grow

A new report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) confirms that Woodburn, Oregon home values continue on the upswing. Home prices are up 12.1% over the past year, with the number of home sales up 28.1% in May, the most recent month recorded.

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Helping to explain our pace of more than 1% annual home price increases is a relatively low regional supply of homes. Because a home supply lasting between 3 to 6 months is frequently cited as a ‘normal,’ our regional home inventory figure of 2.6 months suggests Woodburn area home sellers now have a slight advantage.

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Thinking about selling your Woodburn area property in this terrific seller’s market? Contact Certified Realty for a free market analysis to find out what your property could sell for by using the convenient contact form below, or call (800) 637-1950.

 

 

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Sold: Custom Woodburn Estate

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This now sold and stunning 2,160 square foot custom home offers the best of town & country.

Thinking about selling your Woodburn area property? Our sponsor, Certified Realty sold this property for full price and in only 10 days, with multiple offers!

Don’t just list your property. Work with a proven Woodburn specialist and sell it for top dollar.

For details on how to sell your Woodburn area property faster-and for top dollar-call Roy with Certified Realty at 503-682-1083 for a FREE consultation, or use the convenient contact form below.

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This beautiful property includes a peaceful rural location with 2.5 level ‘horse friendly’ acres and a Mt. Hood view.

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A partial list of features includes 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, forced air natural gas heat, gas fireplace, kitchen skylight, high quality cabinets, plus flourishing touches throughout.  

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Additional features include Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, a 24×36 4-stall barn with water and center aisle, a ‘tiny house’ in back with kitchen cabinets, sinks, bathroom & sleeping loft.

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The home includes Hardiplank siding and an extra long-life architectural composition roof.

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Also included is an above ground swimming pool, a super-size garage with work area, pull-down attic access with great storage capacity.

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For more information, contact Certified Realty, our WoodburnHomes.com sponsor using the convenient form below, or call Roy with Certified Realty at (503) 682-1083.

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Woodburn Housing Strengthens

Fresh figures were just released on Oregon’s real estate market by the Regional Multiple Listing Service, or RMLS. To put the results in a nautical vernacular, we remain ‘steady as she goes.’

Woodburn, Woodburn Oregon, Woodburn OR, 97071, Woodburn Homes, Woodburn Real Estate, Woodburn Houses, Oregon WoodburnHere’s a summary of our regional markets, including Portland, Salem and Woodburn.

Portland Metro
Let’s begin with greater Portland, where our backlog of home supply is unchanged at 1.8 months.

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This means our housing supply remains well below the oft-suggested ‘normal’ range of 3 to 6 months, especially when compared to years past. When the pipeline of homes is this low, it suggests we remain squarely in a ‘seller’s market.’

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Along with housing inventory, home prices are another helpful indicator of market direction. The above chart is evidence of greater Portland’s sustained price growth, providing more confirmation of a ‘seller’s market.’ 

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View the entire new free real estate report on your Portland area town or neighborhood by clicking here or on the Market Action image above.

Salem Metro

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Greater Salem is also experiencing stable growth, as evidenced by little change in a relatively modest housing supply of 3.9 months as seen above, matched with an overall trend of increased home prices, seen below.

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Click here for the free latest complete Salem area real estate report, which includes Woodburn, or on the Market Action image below.

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Given our location between Salem and Portland, Woodburn experiences a mix of both markets. The bottom line is that Woodburn home values have risen 13.2% over the past year. As a result, it’s safe to say that for now at least, we appear to remain on an upward trend. Click here and view page two for specifics about the latest Woodburn housing figures.

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Thinking about selling your Woodburn property in this hot seller’s market? Whether you live in Woodburn or somewhere else, our WoodburnHomes.com sponsor, Certified Realty can help with a free consultation, provide information on your Oregon property’s value, or simply answer questions about steps in the home selling process.

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Woodburn Housing Blossoms

New figures were just released on Woodburn real estate and like a blossoming flower, they’re pretty to look at. Let’s begin by seeing what’s changed most dramatically.

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Inventory
Helping Woodburn home prices is a markedly decreased regional inventory of homes. An oft-quoted ‘normal’ home inventory range is 3 to 6 months of supply. Our region has just dipped below this and is trending toward inventory more commonly found in a ‘seller’s market.’ This reduction in competing homes for sale indicates a trend toward more buyers than sellers. This typically helps boost prices.

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There’s a lot more to like in this new Woodburn real estate report, including the 9.9% increase in Woodburn home prices over the past year. Woodburn’s rate of home price increase dwarfs the surrounding area increase of 5.6%. As a result, Woodburn home prices are clearly growing better than average.

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Like This Photo Courtesy of Wooden Shoe Tulips, Woodburn Home Values are Blossoming

But There’s More
As noted in the table above, with a reasonable 56 day average house marketing time and a healthy $192,700 average selling price, it’s clear that Woodburn real estate is performing nicely. 

It’s All Here
Read this latest housing report, with Woodburn details on page #2 from the Regional Multiple Listing Service by clicking here or on the image below.

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Thinking of Selling?
Right now there are fewer homesellers competing for a growing number of Woodburn homebuyers. Given indications suggesting a ‘seller’s market,’ plus buyer-friendly low interest rates, this could be a terrific time to sell. Don’t delay. If competing inventory and interest rates jump, then ‘the bloom is off the rose.’

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Woodburn Homeselling: Easy As Waltzing, 1-2-3!

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While real estate can seem complicated, there is a logical progression helpful to selling an Oregon home and it’s truly as simple as 1-2-3. The process between buyers and sellers is routinely described as a kind of dance, so let the waltzing begin.

Fundamentals
There are plenty of related tasks associated with any real estate transaction, yet the key process that gets homesellers a workable offer can be simplified to three primary steps. Then, once a mutually accepted offer is in hand, the phase to close the sale begins. But the fundamentally crucial elements start long before that. Curious? Here we go:

1. Online activity ——-> 2. Showing activity ——-> 3. Offer Activity

This process looks simple and in a way, it is. So let’s break it down further.

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The Home-Selling Waltz, Step by Step
First, it’s helpful to realize that buyers generally behave in somewhat predictable phases.
This means they routinely go to Step 1 before Step 2, or Step 3. There is very little skipping around. For example, it’s uncommon for a buyer to start at Step 2, or leave out any steps. You’ll soon understand why.

Another important element to consider is when a homeseller’s efforts ‘stall’ at a certain step. Depending on a variety of factors, there is usually a good reason, which can be diagnosed by a Realtor experienced with key specifics of online buyer activity. 

Step 1. Online Activity
Recent statistics show that more than 92% of homebuyers search online for their next home, often before they even contact a Realtor. And though approximately 90% of homebuyers hire a real estate professional, they frequently continue their search online, while their agent matches properties to fit their needs. 

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Even Batman Doesn’t Have This In His Utility Belt
Homesellers have a useful tool in their utility belt, since online buyer activity can be monitored to evaluate buyer response, or lack of it. That valuable tool is a daily report on buyer activity for your specific property.

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As a result, your Realtor can provide you with regular updates on buyer Internet activity for your home and from a variety of sources. Some of these key sources include Realtor.com and the local multiple listing service. This data gauges if your property’s popularity is really ramping up, falling fast or simply ‘meh.’

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Realtors who invest wisely in their business frequently subscribe to these proprietary services and can easily track your home’s online popularity to determine buyer response.  

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Step 2. Showing Activity
The jump from online home searching to touring inside homes is a significant one. Since agents commit considerable time and effort and are usually paid only after a buyer purchases a home, this typically means touring buyers have also been pre-qualified by a lender. In other words, we’re now in the realm of a qualified home purchaser, who is ready, willing and able to buy. Research shows that the typical home buyer searches for 10 weeks and views 10 homes.

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Step 3. Offer Activity
The final leg in this three step journey is when an offer is written and submitted for the seller’s consideration. By writing an offer, this step also helps to confirm that the property is likely priced within a reasonably market-friendly range. For example, wildly over-priced homes don’t usually get much more than ‘low-ball’ offers, if any. 

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The End of the Beginning
There is still plenty to do after Step 3, but an acceptable offer places the process into the remaining phases of a real estate transaction. These can include things like escrow, home inspection(s), a preliminary title report, appraisal, loan documents and closing.

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Spacious Woodburn Estates Home!

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This just-listed home located in the Woodburn Estates senior community is spacious and affordable, with many updates, too. 

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Features of this roomy 1,192 square foot home include gleaming hardwood floors and landscaped backyard, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, plus a new roof, new air conditioning, new efficient forced air gas furnace and new gas water heater, too.

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With a list price of $149,900, this home is certain to sell quickly.

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Woodburn Home Values Soar

A recently released real estate market report confirms serious, sustained growth in Woodburn home prices.

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Woodburn Home Prices Have Wings

Over the past twelve months, Woodburn home values have risen by 15.5%, or better than 1% a month.

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Click here or on the image below for the complete report with detailed information on Woodburn home sales. Make sure to check out page two for specifics on our Woodburn real estate market, such as the average days on market and average selling price.

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Woodburn Home Sold

Our sponsor, Certified Realty recently sold this attractive home in Woodburn’s Tukwila neighborhood and can sell yours, too. Unlike so many properties that languish on the market unsold, this property had a sale pending in just three weeks!

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Tukwila Elegance!

This just listed 4 bedroom home in Woodburn’s elegant Tukwila community is move-in ready and priced to sell at $299,900.

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With four bedrooms and 2,750 square feet of living space, this home is spacious and terrific for entertaining.

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This lovely home features three bathrooms, tile countertops, built-in vacuum system, wall-to-wall carpeting, hardwood entry, plus a low-traffic neighborhood. 

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Also included is a super-sized air conditioning unit, triple garage, gas fireplace and efficient forced air gas heat, plus a roomy deck overlooking Tukwila’s gorgeous OGA golf course.

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Click here or on the image below to view the full color flyer of this fine property.

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Is Your Woodburn Home Next?

This attractive Woodburn home on 2+ acres now has a sale pending, thanks to our WoodburnHomes.com sponsor, Certified Realty.

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Our Sponsor Sold This Woodburn Home & They Can Sell Yours, Too!

Located minutes from town on Meadow Lane, this property features a spacious well-maintained home, level fenced land, plus a roomy barn and garage, too. 

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This Woodburn Property Now Has A Sale Pending. Contact Certified Realty To Sell Yours Next!

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Woodburn Home Values Remain Strong

New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) confirm Woodburn’s sustained home price growth.

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The average Woodburn home sales price is now $180,600, an increase of more than $3,000 since last month alone. However, patience is being demanded of Woodburn homesellers, since RMLS statistics reveal the average days on market is now a leapyear-esque 366. 

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Regional Home Price Chart

As seen in the above regional home price chart, Woodburn appears to be experiencing less volatile price swings than other areas throughout the Willamette Valley. For example, in contrast to Woodburn’s solid home price performance, North Keizer experienced a -4.8% average year-to-date price change. 

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Homeselling Without A Realtor Can Hurt You When Buying

Woodburn’s real estate market is more competitive than in years past and it’s now a bit akin to a footrace.

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Woodburn’s housing market is becoming competitive

But it’s not just Woodburn. Real estate is heating up throughout the Willamette Valley. For example, instead of the usual 8.9 month backlog of homes in the most recent month tabulated, our regional housing supply has now been reduced by roughly 1/3 .

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Months of regional home inventory

As a result of what could be moving toward a ‘seller’s market,’ home buyers throughout Woodburn and beyond are competing for fewer available homes. So if you’ll be buying a home anytime soon, make sure your offer is competitive. One way to do this is to hire a Realtor when both buying and selling. Curious about why this is important? Then read on.

How To Do It And Why
While most home buyers need to sell their current property in order to buy another home, to be taken seriously by most home sellers, it’s crucial to have at least a pending sale on your current property before making an offer. As a result of this competitive market environment, it can make a difference to have a Realtor represent you when both buying and selling. You’re about to see one example why.

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Advantage: Realtor

Transparency
To convince a home seller that your offer is the best, a key factor is transparency. That’s because if you’re buying a home, there are likely to be other buyers also interested in the same property. Put yourself in a seller’s shoes. Before taking their property off the market, most sellers want assurance that an offer is likely to actually ‘close.’ As a result, they expect a certain amount of credible information to determine the likelihood of success.

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Nice properties frequently attract multiple buyers

What Not To Do
Recently some ‘for sale by owner’ sellers were also purchasers.  But they seriously hurt their odds to purchase the house they wanted by not hiring a Realtor to sell their property. Why? Since these buyers were selling ‘by owner,’ no reliable information on their unlisted property’s sale was available for the Realtor representing the seller of the house they wanted, to confirm their ‘pending sale’ status. Did they really have a ‘pending sale’ so they could proceed to purchase? Or was their ‘sale’ more of a handshake, riddled with contingencies? With no Realtor involved in a buyers’ sale transaction, it can be difficult to verify much at all.

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Oregon’s natural beauty attracts many homebuyers

These ‘for sale by owner’ buyers did one thing right, as they hired a Realtor to represent them in making an offer. But due in part to their alleged ‘pending sale’not being managed by a Realtor to confirm the home inspection, appraisal, and buyer’s financing had been dealt with properly, along with what could have been unknown contingencies in their sale transaction, the ‘for sale by owner’ buyers’ offer was rejected.

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Put your best foot forward. You’ll be later rewarded by being able to put both feet up!

Put Your Best Foot Forward
Unlike those unsuccessful home buyers, you can put a good ending on your next transaction. The best solution when buying and selling a Woodburn home? Be competitive and hire an expert Realtor. Speak with experienced Realtors who specialize in Woodburn properties by contacting our WoodburnHomes.com sponsor, Certified Realty at 503-682-1083 or use the convenient form below.

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Woodburn Real Estate Blossoms

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New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service known as RMLS reveal a recent uptick in Woodburn area home inventory. Usually when the housing backlog rises, this means that prices decline. Yet, despite there being more homes for sale, year-to-date Woodburn home prices have grown markedly.

Woodburn Area Real Estate By The Numbers
Marion County home inventory remains significantly higher than neighboring counties and recently experienced a 17% housing backlog increase.

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Regional Home Inventory

Regional home inventory is now at 6.1 months. This figure is considered by some real estate experts as close to ‘parity’ between buyers and sellers, where it is neither a ‘buyers’ or ‘seller’s market. 

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As seen in the above table, Woodburn home prices are up 20.3% over the past year.

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Regional Home Price Chart

Click here or on the Market Action image below for the complete latest greater Woodburn area real estate report.

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Check out page #2 of the report for specific information, like average selling price and days on market, for other nearby towns and neighborhoods.

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Woodburn Home Prices Up

New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service known as RMLS show a 20.3% annual increase in Woodburn home prices over the past year. With an average selling price of $177,200, Woodburn’s housing market is returning to what some describe as the ‘pre-2008 bust’ boom.

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Making this phenomenon even more remarkable is that price increases usually don’t coincide with a rise in home inventory. Yet, our region has seen a recent increase to 6.1 months of housing backlog.

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Regional Home Inventory in Months

View the complete report on Woodburn homes by clicking here, or on the Market Action image below. Make sure to check out page two of this report for interesting specifics, like the average sale price and market time for Woodburn and other nearby towns.

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Woodburn Mini-Farm!

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Home Exterior

This just listed mini-farm features a wonderfully updated 4 bedroom home.  Priced at $399,900, the property is ‘move-in’ ready. Remodeling is already done, along with many updates.

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Remodeled Kitchen

Other features include a quaint barn, cement floor shop and plenty of land for horses and other farm animals on 2.25 acres.

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Living Room

Located on a peaceful country lane, the home features a new roof in 2013, granite counters, two water heaters, remodeled kitchen and bathroom, plus a covered patio and extensive pavers, too.

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Patio View

Also included is a detached double garage, 20×22 cement floor shop with power and 22×40 barn attic for storage.

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Barn Attic Storage

This one-level home features nearly 2,000 square feet of living space, with a fireplace in the master bedroom.

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Master Bedroom

The acreage is fenced, cross-fenced and terrific for horses and other farm animals.

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Spacious Barn with Shop, Attic & Garage

This property includes a fruit orchard, berries, walnut tree and more!

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Aerial Acreage View

This property is shown by appointment only. Click here or on the image below to view the full color flyer for this fine property.

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Woodburn Real Estate: What To Expect In 2015

Feature article by Realtor Roy Widing

Predictions on Woodburn’s real estate market are difficult to make with accuracy. Take, for example, local weather forecasts. Even when armed with technology like detailed satellite images, plus wind, barometric and temperature data, weather forecasters can get it wrong…and that’s for predictions merely a week or two away!

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Accurately Predicting Weather & Real Estate Trends Seems Easy

Predicting Woodburn’s Real Estate Trends
Now imagine the difficulty in predicting real estate market activity a full year into the future. Along with seasonal influences, other challenges in real estate forecasting include changing interest and employment rates, ever-shifting home inventory levels, plus a myriad of lending regulations and the mysteries of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, just to name a few.  Little wonder, then that some view real estate predictions as akin to flipping a coin or using a dart board.

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Although Fun, Darts Are A Poor Choice For Accurate Real Estate Forecasting

Real Estate Forecasting: What Can Work
While not foolproof, one generally helpful tool for predicting future real estate trends can be past real estate trends. Major unpredictable shifts occasionally occur, but the key word here is occasionally.

For example, the Great Recession that hit Woodburn and the rest of the country starting around 2007-2008 was our nation’s worst economic downturn since 1929.  Thankfully we haven’t seen such financial meltdowns every year, or every decade, or even every half century. So aside from similar cataclysmic shifts, a certain degree of real estate predictability is possible. 

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Regional Home Price Chart Including Woodburn

Reasons For 2015 Woodburn Real Estate Optimism
Several factors are coming together to provide for an optimistic New Year in our area. As you’ll see, some factors are under federal control and others occur locally, but each has an impact on Woodburn real estate. So if you’ve held off selling your Woodburn area home, here are four of them that portend a good 2015: 

1. Credit Scores Loosen
Most homebuyers need a home loan, generally known as a mortgage. The good news is that mortgage credit is becoming more available as lenders loosen credit requirements.

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Credit (FICO) Score Requirements Have Loosened

2. Lower Down Payments
Government-sponsored loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently brought out a 3% mortgage option. If conventional lenders also start offering similar low-down payment choices, this could bring more first time homebuyers into the market. This vital Oregon homebuyer group has long been under-represented, with their levels at the lowest since 1987.

3. Consumer Optimism
Recent figures from the National Association of Realtors confirm homebuyers are now more optimistic. This includes our area. When it comes to single family homes, the ‘Confidence Index’ chart below shows most states now have a majority level of optimism in their region, including ours.

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Orange & Red = Strong Single Family Home Consumer Confidence

4. Home Inventory Drops
Thanks to the reduced level of local new construction, home inventory in our region is lower. Due to seasonality, our most recent survey shows a reduction in properties for sale. Fewer properties means more of a seller’s market. 

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The Bottom Line
If you’ve held off selling your Woodburn home because you were ‘under water,’ or concerned about the market being too low, now is a good time to consider re-evaluating.

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Many Woodburn Homeowners Are No Longer ‘Under Water’

Woodburn’s real estate market has changed. Experts predict regional home price growth to continue at a steady, albeit slower pace through 2015. This seems likely, given Woodburn’s hard-to-sustain 21.5% year-to-date home price increase, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service. For Woodburn, expect between 3% to 6% in 2015 home price appreciation.  

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Woodburn Home Prices Skyrocket

Recent figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service also known as RMLS confirm significant price growth for Woodburn homes. Click here or on the image below for the latest full report on Woodburn real estate, with price information located on page 2.

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The latest year-to-date average home price change for Woodburn is now 25.5%. This means the average Woodburn home has been increasing at a rate of more than 2% per month over the past year.

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The substantial increase in Woodburn home values is assisted by a decline in regional housing inventory. Our area would now ‘run out of homes to sell’ in 6 months. This is our lowest backlog of housing in a year.

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People Make Woodburn Special

Thinking about selling your Woodburn, Oregon home, lot or acreage? This could be a great opportunity, as Woodburn home prices are definitely up.

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Woodburn Real Estate Update

Fresh statistics on Woodburn, Oregon real estate confirm a trend of faster home sales, with prices up overall.

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Recent information released by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) show the average market time to sell a Woodburn home is now 34 days.

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Woodburn’s Average Home Market Time Is 34 Days

The average selling price for a Woodburn home is $173,700, an 8.9% increase over the past year.

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New Woodburn Real Estate Figures Released

Fresh statistics on Woodburn, Oregon real estate were just released by Ticor Title Company. For this latest report on our Woodburn real estate market, simply click here or on the image below.

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Woodburn Real Estate News

A brand new report on Woodburn area real estate was just released by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS).

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This new report reveals Woodburn’s year-to-date home value appreciation is now 8.9%, trailing greater Salem’s average of 12.2%.

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The average price of a Woodburn home is now $173,700. This compares with the greater Salem area’s average price of $211,300. The average market time for a Woodburn home is now 34 days. This is brief by historical standards, especially given our region’s plentiful home supply of 7.5 months.

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Regional Home Price Chart

The above blue line shows the average home price change for properties throughout our region. Home prices are making a comeback.

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Thinking about selling your Woodburn home? You could sell your Woodburn home and be in your next home by Christmas.

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Why Use A Realtor, In 30 Seconds

A very informative, but brief article was recently released in a national real estate journal. In just two images, it explains why the vast majority of home sellers work with a Realtor.

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The infographic on the left shows the huge percentage of homesellers who hire a Realtor.

The infographic on the right shows why. Homesellers average a 25% higher selling price with a Realtor.

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Woodburn Real Estate Market News

A new report on Woodburn real estate was just released by Ticor Title Company. This local survey confirms a significant upward price trend for Woodburn homes over the past year.

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According to this new report, the median list price for a Woodburn home is now $221,400. And the average market time to sell a Woodburn home? That figure is now at 98 days. View this new Woodburn real estate report here, or click on the image above.

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Thinking about selling your Woodburn home and curious what it could sell for? Now could be the perfect time. Woodburn home inventory is low right now, meaning less competition among sellers.

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September’s Sold Woodburn Homes

According to the Regional Multiple Listing Service, 14 Woodburn homes have sold so far this month. The sold prices range from less than $73,000 to $276,000.

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View photos of these recently sold Woodburn properties and their selling prices by clicking here, or on the image above. 

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