All Blog Entries by Andrea Storm

"People have different opinions on how a real estate salesperson should represent their client, but honesty and integrity should go without saying. I am a firm believer in exceeding expectations and enhancing your quality of life. To me, being a REALTOR means more than selling homes. It's about you, your hopes and your dreams. It's about a relationship based on trust, knowledge and expertise.
You can be sure I will go the extra mile to give you the best possible experience when buying or selling real estate.
I love my job and my performance reflects that."

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Did you know that a builder in the state of Oregon is required by law to supply a buyer with a home warranty? The new home warranty under Oregon law is covered under (ORS 701.320).

The warranty can either be supplied by the builder or by a third-party warranty. The warranty is put in place to repair or replace faulty work or workmanship. This doesn’t include repairs from the home owners neglect.

What are included in the 1-3 year major systems of the home warranty?

  • plumbing
  • electrical
  • heating
  • air-conditioning

What is included under the structural defects?

  • Foundation
  • studs beams
  • Joists
  • This may not be limited to just these items

 

When you are going to be and or under

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5 Things NOT to do When Staging

Staging a home for sale is the most misunderstood process in home selling. Creating the right atmosphere in the home, one which invites potential buyers to linger is much more than this. When creating the right scene, it’s just as important to know what NOT to when staging the home.
1. Neglecting the Deep Clean – A clean and fresh home is the very first step. If the home
smells like last night’s dinner and there is cat hair in the corners, regardless of what else
you do, it’s not going to sell.
2. Leaving the Clutter – Of course you’re still living in the home, but it shouldn’t
necessarily look like it.
3. Keeping Personal Photos In View – Again, the goals is to create a blank canvass on
which the buyers can imagine their

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pexels-photo-259597When a property is getting ready to go on the market. The listing agent will pull a preliminary title report with his or hers preferred escrow company. Once the prelim has been received, the title company and realtor can see any liens and judgments that is attached to the property. When the home is sold ,the buyers lender and escrow company must provide free and clear title to the new homeowner. The buyer will not be able to obtain financing for the property if there is a cloud on the title.

Here are the most common liens or judgments that can cloud title:

  • Property tax liens

When a home owner fails to pay their property taxes this lien will become in first position over the mortgage lien.

  • Federal and State taxes liens

When

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AGENT-CRATE-2The kitchen has always been the most important room in the home. A warm, inviting space which invites family and friends to gather and linger over great food and conversation is all about the styling and design. Lighting is a great way to add interest and ambiance to your kitchen areas. Here are the hottest trends in kitchen lighting in 2018.
LED Lights
The advantage of LED lighting is that they are incredibly flexible and can be used in a wide variety of fixtures and locations.
Natural Materials
As in other areas of design, natural elements are headed to the lighting section. Beautiful
woods, rope, burlap and other materials are now being used in lighting fixtures to add interest and warmth.
Groupings
Pendants lighting has been a kitchen staple for years, but

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Cash is king or is it really? The majority of my buyers have been all cash lately. Do they really have the advantage over an offer that is financed?  Not necessarily. Many sellers have been more inclined to accept a higher offer that is financed over a lower offer that is all cash. Sellers now are deciding that it might be worth the risk in taking a higher financed offer because it comes to them all cash in the end anyways.. I know many cash buyers would tend to disagree with this, but I have found this to be true in many circumstances.

Buyers that are pre-approved with a lender prior to writing an offer have already gone through the hoops of what the under writers are needing to get final bank approval. Meaning they are already well qualified and

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        New construction has been down in the last couple of years, but recently there has been an increase in new home sales. This is great news for the home building industry in the Portland metro area. In previous years, new construction sales have been 5% of the market and in 2012 it has increased by 3%. According to the Regional Multiple Listing there have been 10,802 closed sales through June 2012. Another great indication of the increase of new home construction is the amount of permits that have been pulled. The Construction Monitor reports that there has been 2,426 permits pulled in the Portland Metro area which includes Salem, Vancouver and Portland. The amount of permits accounts to approximate $574.8 million total combined value. 
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Many of my clients ask me for referrals for qualified home inspectors that I have used in the past. I always give my clients a choice of three different home inspectors that my previous clients have had success with. If they decide to find their own, this is the advice I like to give them when looking for a qualified home inspector. This is a crucial decision; there are some many aspects of the home that need to be fully inspected to insure that they are purchasing a sound property.

What are the inspector’s qualifications?

The National Association of Home Inspectors is a great resource to find out the background of the inspector and other involvement within the industry.

What is their experience? Do they specialize in residential inspections?

It’s

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Many people come through my website searching for real estate all over the Portland area. I received a lead one morning and I promptly responded to their questions and started helping them with their new home search.  They are a husband and wife and they have two small girls. Since they were relocating from Syracuse New York, they wanted to find a home in the 400-500k range near Intel in Hillsboro.  So I began my search and after months of sending them properties they contacted me to go visit a listing in the Century High School District. This particular property had all the wonderful interior features that they wanted but the backyard was extremely small. In the Syracuse area where they lived prior to moving here, they have much larger plots of land.

I

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