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2013 Short Sale FAQs [Part One]

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The local and national real estate markets have been on the ropes for five years. The third quarter of 2007 was the statistical peak for housing prices in the Portland-Metro area.  From that point forward, the real estate market went into a downward spiral from which it has never fully recovered.  However, the third quarter […]

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Oregon Real Estate Laws, Customs, & Practices (2013)

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Ever wondered whether the seller or buyer pays for title insurance in a residential transaction?  What if the seller is selling on contract, where title is not conveyed until there is a full payoff?  Is title insurance appropriate? What kind of policy should be ordered, and when?  And what about escrow costs and recording fees […]

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The Importance of Servicer-Realtor® Relationships in Short Sales

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The online newsletter Mortgage Servicing News carried an interesting article that Realtors® should reprint and carry around in their pocket or purse.  It was titled: “Servicer-Realtor Exchanges Can Boom or Bust Short Sales” and can be found online here.  The premise of the article is smart, short and simple: Servicers should work closely with good […]

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2013 Fiscal Cliff Legislation And Its Impact On The Real Estate Industry

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If  the politicians in Washington today were instead the CEOs of private industry, they’d all have been fired by now.”  Anonymous [sort of] Introduction. At the end of 2012 we all went over the Fiscal Cliff like Wile E. Coyote.  But unlike Wile E., we were able to grab a hold of a small scraggly branch on […]

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Belial Bank’s 2012 Holiday Planning Meeting

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Following a rough and tumble year in the banking industry, Belial Bank’s feckless fearless leader, B.L. Zebub, believes it is high time to bring some levity and loyalty to the lowly troops who have been tirelessly foreclosing all the Beleaguered Borrowers they may have missed the first and second time around.  Mostly, however, B.L. is […]

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Will The Mortgage Forgiveness Law Be Extended?

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Background. In 2007 Congress passed the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act.  The gist of the law is that for those taxpayers who have had debt cancelled as the result of a principal write-down, short sale, deed-in-lieu, or foreclosure, the ordinary income tax that would normally be assessed is forgiven. There are two primary qualifications: (a) […]

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Portland Metro Housing Prices – The Last Five Years [Part Two]

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This is the second installment of my article looking back over the past five years at Portland housing statistics.  Part One examined the real reason for the housing crisis which officially commenced in 3Q 2007, and looked at the historic numbers for average and median (i.e. “mean”) sale prices according to the RMLS™. The link […]

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Portland Metro Housing Prices – The Last Five Years [Part One]

Posted on by Phil Querin

Background – 3Q 2007.  Looking back, August 2007 was a memorable month, filled with good news and bad.  Based upon RMLS™ numbers, it was a statistically impressive month for closed residential transactions in the Portland Metro area.  The bad news was that it was the last such month we were to see. From that point […]

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Real Estate Brokerage Claims Evaluation – Part One

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[Note: These are my opinions alone and are not meant to supersede or replace any company’s existing policy, which may differ for various reasons.  Nor are they intended to act as a substitute for prompt consultation with the company’s own legal counsel for instruction, advice and direction.  In all cases, managing principal brokers[1] are encouraged […]

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Realtor Alert – Short Sale Fraud

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Introduction. Recently there have been some anecdotal reports that real estate licensees, presumably with the knowledge and consent of sellers and buyers, have engaged in some practices that could be regarded, at best, as “sketchy.” Here is the issue: In some short sale transactions, there have been apparent instances of brokers not submitting repair addenda […]

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