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For the thousands of monthly  visitors  looking for real estate listings you will   immediately  notice it's a new website but as you continue to dig deeper you will also notice many great changes. I would say the biggest change is the responsive design which basically means you now can view this site from any devise and it will render wonderfully, whether you are using a desktop or laptop PC, tablet or smart phone.

With roughly 50% of computer sales this year expected to be tablets this is a huge upgrade and will make searching for real estate listings more enjoyable and will keep more people using our website.

Many new visitors will appreciate that we no longer require registration to view

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staging-to-sellAre you planning to put your home up for sale? If you want to get your home sold quickly and at a reasonable price, it is essential to take the proper steps to prepare it for sale. While making any necessary repairs and upgrades is certainly one step in this process, it is also important to stage your home for sell. By staging your home, you prepare the home in a way that makes it more appealing to the potential buyer while also helping the buyer envision himself living in your home. Fortunately, staging a home is a relatively simple process and you don't have to spend a whole lot of money to do it. Whether selling Austin real estate or a home in Eugene, if you implement these 5 simple staging tips, you will dramatically improve your chances of getting

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older-homeFor those who are interested in saving a bit of money, purchasing an older home rather than a spec home or a new construction home may be the best way to go. Not only do older homes typically have a lower asking price, but they are often located in well-established neighborhoods with plenty of community amenities, mature trees and other perks. Whether looking at Nashville real estate or a home in Florence, there are several things that need to be considered before purchasing an older home. After all, while an older home may be cheaper to purchase upfront, there could be some hidden costs that make purchasing an older home the more expensive option.

Making Upgrades

One potential downside to purchasing an older home is that you may need to invest a

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Hybrid Real EstateIn Lane County, Oregon a new Real Estate Brokerage came on the scene 3 years ago. In fact this month marks their 3 year anniversary… Congratulations Bryan & Kelly Ranstad for having the foresight to open Hybrid Real Estate  , you have the fastest growing real estate brokerage in the State of Oregon. You have the 2nd most Agents of any real estate brokerage in all Lane County, which encompasses a vast area including the Eugene / Springfield area and clear over to Florence on the Oregon Coast. You have created an environment where Real Estate Brokers are able to run “their” businesses the way they see fit. The business model is different in the way that counts the most: Financial. No more paying for national or regional advertising. The money I was paying

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Yep. Rates are still the same, as shown below. However, they were moving up this afternoon based on the more optimistic view of the European debt crisis as of today's deal, struck by the leaders of the 17 countries that make up the Eurozone, (those countries using the euro as their currency). These countries have established a plan to integrate the budgets of all 17 to help stabilize those member countries that are in jeopardy of defaulting on their debt. Europe is not out of the woods yet, but it did help the stock markets this afternoon.

FHA loan limits are back to where they were before October 1st. At that time they were lowered back to loan limits from about three years ago. On November 18th HUD realized the error of their ways and started the

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ADT Authorized DealerOne of the most crucial parts of real estate, which is often overlooked, is home security. After all, when you're looking for a new home, you want to make sure, above all else, that you will be moving yourself and whatever family you might have to a safe and secure environment that will become a comfortable and reliable place of residence. The best way to go about ensuring that this is the case is probably to sign up with a home security company such as ADT  . Here are a few examples of some of the benefits that you can receive from such a company, and some of the specific security tools that they will provide you with.

o The first thing that most people consider with regard to professional home security is basic alarm systems. In fact, this may be

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blue_moon_2010_new_years_eve_348Mortgage rates are just a bit higher this week over last, as shown below. New claims for unemployment were down significantly this week and that has hurt the bond market. There are no guarantees that next week's rates will get better, though we expect the “after holiday” markets to be much more stable than the past two weeks. We'll hope for the best, and yes; rates are still fantastic!

I know you've heard the rumblings of changes that are taking effect tomorrow (01/01/10) in the mortgage finance industry. These changes mainly affect the disclosure process from us, your mortgage professionals, to the borrowers. However, because of these changes it appears there will be an impact on how you do business as well. The differences may be many, and they will

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8000_tax_credit_238Rates are just a bit better than last Friday, as shown below. The Univ of Michigan's highly watched Consumer Confidence report came in much lower than expected today, but it didn't seem to have an effect on the markets. However, I'm sure the retailers are paying attention, and are no doubt, nervous to say the least.

There's a lot of talk right now about the strength, or lack thereof, of the US dollar. There seems to be some unspoken plan to keep the dollar value low to entice the rest of the world to buy US goods and participate in our market trades. For many investors outside the US with stronger currencies it makes perfect sense. For our markets this is not necessarily a bad idea in the short term. However, having our currency remain weak in the long

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home-buyer-tax-credit_289As shown below mortgage rates are about the same as last Friday. Seems you're seeing that on a fairly consistent basis over the last few months. The employment report was issued this morning by the Labor Dept, and it came in even worse than expected. Unemployment is up to 10.2% nationally which is the worst since April of 1983, also in that report were figures that show worker productivity was up substantially. This means that if the GDP grew in the last quarter as it was reported, then it was done with fewer workers than before. We'll skip the actual stats because the concept is very evident.

If companies can run at full or increased capacity with fewer workers, they are not going to start hiring new workers until they absolutely have to in order to

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uncle_sam_tax_credit_285Both the House & Senate passed an extension and expansion of the homebuyer tax credit. This could be signed by President Obama as early as tomorrow morning. Below is a summary of the new home buyer tax extension and modifications.

  1. T he $8,000 tax credit will be extended and available for first-time purchases through April 30, 2010.
  2. A new $6,500 tax credit will be available for repeat buyers who purchase between December 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010. To qualify for this provision, buyers must have used the home sold or being sold as a principal residence consecutively for 5 of the previous 8 years.
  3. Prospective purchasers with binding contracts in place as of April 30, 2010, will be given until June 30, 2010 to close on their new home.
  4. Income
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