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Rick Bean has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) designation by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI).  The CNE® is earned by real estate professionals after successfully completing formal negotiation training from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.  Agents who receive this certification are in the top 1% of all agents nationally.

With professional negotiation skills, agents are able to help clients obtain better results in the sale or purchase of their home.  CNE® agents have a powerful competitive edge because of their ability to 1) communicate effectively to uncover more information, 2) help clients understand their options, 3) work collaboratively with others, and 4) resolve deadlocks.  CNE® agents have a thorough

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There is a new listing status on the RMLS called Short Sale Pending (SSP) on March 15, 2012.  This new status was needed for the vast amount of short sales on the market in the Portland Metro/Vancouver area - about 26% of all active listings currently are short sales.  

What has been happening, that was a real problem, was that our buyer clients would find a home online that they would fall in love with and then find out that it was a short sale that already had an offer on it.  There would always be a big emotional let-down when they would find out that someone else already had an offer on it.  This new status, SSP, covers that, so that the listing agents of short sales, who have received offers on their listings, would change the status from "Active"

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The reason why I bring this up is, I have been helping a fellow agent with her client in searching for a home. We found a great home that met all of their needs and we were preparing an offer when we ran into a snag with the lending company they had been  working with. They were not able to get the pre-approval through their underwriting department! Someone else closed on the house that they had spent over a year looking for. It ended up being a very sad affair. It is importnat to have a Real Approval in hand, not a verbal one. You can find Mortgage Lenderes on my website.
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You are not alone.  Short sales can be good deals, but require patience on your part.  You can anticipate waiting a minimum of four to six months for a response from the lien holders.  If the wait time is shorter than that, consider yourself lucky.  Once you get a response, usually it will be a counteroffer, increasing the purchase price.  If you are not in a hurry and do not mind waiting an additional month or three, then counter offer back at the price you are willing to pay.  We are seeing short sales being negotiated lower than the bank's initial counteroffer.  You have to have reasoning though... do not expect to get a $300,000 house for $225,000, without good solid evidence to support your price point, which involves several pages of researched

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Savings Tips

Several Estimates Save a Bundle

Although many people don't bother to get several estimates before signing up with a moving company, moving company prices vary considerably and you can save a bundle. Consumer Reports recommends getting at least three estimates before selecting a mover.

Tax Deductions

Did you know that some of the expenses of moving are tax deductible? If you'd like to get any of the following expenses claimed against your tax, read on and see if you qualify.

  • Cost of transportation or hauling from old to new residence.
  • Cost of packing, crating and unpacking.
  • Cost of shipping your car.
  • Cost of moving the pets.
  • Cost of the trip to the new residence which includes lodging but not meals

Take into account

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Yes, it's still possible to create great curb appeal when it's cold and gray outside.

 

During summer months when gardens are in bloom and the sun is shining bright, curb appeal comes naturally to many homes. But when the autumn chill turns to winter cold and the sun sets earlier in the day, it becomes more difficult to create that inviting exterior look that grabs buyers from the curb.

Fortunately, it is possible to create striking winter curb appeal without expensive or complicated exterior changes, says Charlene Storozuk, a home stager and designer with Dezigner Digz in Burlington, Ontario—a city that averages 51 inches of snow per year. It just requires a little creativity.

She and other home-design experts offer these eight tips:

1.

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Looking for a new home? Is this your first time buying? Your sixth purchase? Do you know or remember how the process goes? Do you look for properties first? Call a Realtor? Or get a preapproval for a loan first? About how much will your closing costs be? How much are inspections and should you even get one.

If you would like to receive a FREE book that is a quick reference on the entire process of buying a home as well as an organizational folder to store flyers of homes of interest and later a permanent folder to store all your loan and escrow papers send us a quick email and we will send you a FREE no-obligation Buyer's Kit.

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Real estate ads are usually full of acronyms and terms that are unfamiliar to first-time buyers. Here's a cheat sheet to let you in on the lingo.   4B/2B -- four bedrooms and two bathrooms. "Bedroom" usually means a sleeping area with a window and a closet, but the definition varies in different places. A "full bathroom" is a room with a toilet, a sink and a bathtub. A "three-quarter bathroom" has a toilet, a sink and a shower. A "half bathroom" or powder room has only a toilet and a sink. assum. fin. -- assumable financing closing costs -- the entire package of miscellaneous expenses paid by the buyer and the seller when the real estate deal closes. These costs include the brokerage commission, mortgage-related fees, escrow or attorney's…
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After months of diligence and patience, Larry and Wendy found their forever home in Camas. We started their search in Beaverton but after months of not finding the right fit we moved their search to Washington. Larry and Wendy relocated from Anchorage, Alaska. Their story is a great example of the benefit of working with a Realtor licensed in both Oregon and Washington.

"We had a very positive experience working with Rick to find and purchase our new home. Coming from another region of the country, we depended on Rick to help us learn the market here and find the home we were looking for. We were not disappointed.

On a number of occasions in the several month process, Rick could have steered us to close a purchase with a word or two of encouragement,

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