Waiting Will Cost More

Monday, June 18th, 2018

An economist responded when asked how interest rates would change: “They may fall some and then, rise and after that, they’ll fluctuate.”

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The Tax Difference in Second Homes

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A principal residence and a second home have some similar benefits, but they have some key tax differences. A principal residence is the primary home where you live and a second home is used mainly for personal enjoyment while limiting possible rental activity to a maximum of 14 days per year.

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June 2018 Newsletter

Monday, June 11th, 2018

We saw inventory in Hood River County creep up this last month, which is typical this time of year. However, we are expecting inventory levels to be slightly higher this year compared to last year. Summer is beginning, the market is still hot. It doesn’t appear to be as hot as last year and has shown signs of more of a balanced market (versus Seller’s market) based on days on market, inventory levels & interest rates, but things are still moving and it is       important to act quickly. This week was the start of the re-build of the Children’s Park it has been great to see the community come together to help - they are still in need of some volunteers if you have time available!  If you have any questions or would like specific information on a listing, please feel free to give us a call.

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When Neighbors Don't Seem to Care

Monday, June 4th, 2018

A home that isn't being maintained like others in the neighborhood can negatively affect your visual sense of appeal and in some extreme cases, even affect property values. It might be an overgrown yard, a fence in need of repair, excessive noise, unruly pets, paint peeling on the home or even a car or boat parked in front of the home that hasn't moved in weeks.

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Flag Protocol

Monday, May 28th, 2018

The American flag is obviously a symbol of our country but it has come to remind us of every man and woman who has fought for the freedom that we enjoy. The emotions that are stirred by images of our flag can run from happiness to sadness to trust and everything in between.

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Second Guessing Price

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Imagine a homeowner consulting with their agent about the price to place on their home. The agent suggests that the market data indicates that $200,000 to 210,000 would produce a quick sale by pricing it properly. The owner puts a $210,000 price on the home.

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A Home for Tomorrow

Monday, May 14th, 2018

As people near or enter retirement, one of the decisions that typically comes up is whether to sell their "big" home and buy a smaller one. If you know anyone who has been faced with that situation, selling one home and buying a smaller one may not save enough money to make it worthwhile.

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For the last 25 years, most buyers have gotten a new mortgage or paid cash when purchasing a home. For a practical reason, owner-occupant buyers have another alternative: assuming a lower interest rate existing FHA or VA mortgage.

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Overlooked Recordkeeping

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Homeowners are familiar that they can deduct the interest and property taxes from their income tax returns. They also understand that there is a substantial capital gains exclusion for qualified sales of up to $250,000 if single and $500,000 for married filing jointly. However, ongoing recordkeeping tends to be overlooked.

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Costs More - Takes Longer

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The one experience that homeowners can agree upon after completing a remodeling project is that it costs more and takes longer than expected. It doesn't really matter that you researched, planned, and received multiple bids, it will, invariably, cost more and take longer than you originally anticipated.

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