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HLR, Real Estate Pro in Oregon
HLR answered:
Anyone here ever speak to the underwriter for those taking a security interest in a home?
Most loan officers are in contact with their underwriters all the time, appraisers only hear from them directly a very few times, if the request is not clear to us when they want someth ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 28, 2012 Home Buying in Parkrose
Michael Hens…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Michael Hensley answered:
Seller doesn't think we can close
Mel: the way the original offer or counter-offer were written and accepted by all parties to the transaction should dictate the closing, the possession and the pro-ration of the closing ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 23, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Stephen Fitz…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor answered:
why aren't there houseboats for sale in Sellwood or John's Landing?
You can find that information at www.FloatingHomesPortland.com. Easy search tool.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 8, 2014 Home Buying in Portland
Suzanne MacD…, Real Estate Pro in 07856
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Why Reduce List Price When Short Sale Is Pending??
Depending on what type of short sale it is, the bank may be insisting that the agent lower the price. In a HAFA short sale, often the bank will send an appraiser and dictate the asking ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 6, 2012 Home Buying in 97224
tim moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
tim moore answered:
Are All Real Estate Agents "Exclusive" Buyer Agents?
All RE agents are not buyers agents, those working with a seller are sellers agents. I rarely see a buyer anymore that does not use a buyers agent.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 18, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Jessica Berg…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Jessica Berger answered:
Portland homes for under 200K?
You can ceretainly find homes in the Portland area in this price range. It all depends on how big of a house you are looking for, a 2 bed/ 2 bath home will be quite simple to find but ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 23, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Paige Abu-na…, Real Estate Pro in Oregon
Paige Abu-nawwas answered:
I made an offer on a short sale condo and then realized after checking the market, that I offer 2000 more than I should have.
If your working with an agent I would ask the agents advice but you are not locked into anything with a short sale until both banks have accepted the offer. You can back out but is it w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 16, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
James J White, Real Estate Pro in 97062
James J White answered:
Looking for investor friendly agent. Looking for buy fix and sell properties I can make 15-20,000 after rehab. 3 bed 2 bath starter homes
Ed,

I'm a Certified Investor Agent Specialist. I personally have flipped homes over the years. I work with investors and in fact one is closing next week where my client will net bet ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 23, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Jean Silver, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Jean Silver answered:
What areas in Portland are likely to appreciate in the next 5 years?
Any of the "close-in" areas of Portland will appreciate, and most have not lost much value in the recent downturn. My favorites are Clinton, Beaumont, Momtavilla, and Buckman ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 18, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Aliz Smith, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Aliz Smith answered:
Question of the Day: What makes a great buyer's agent
The ability to represent your client professionally but also in a bull dog manner. Being the kind of agent the client would be if they had a license. Knowing what things to point out t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 6, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Tom Inglesby, Real Estate Pro in 97239
Tom Inglesby answered:
What's the typical process when buying a short sale?
The process is just like buying a house. Get pre approved and write an offer. YOur agent presents the offer to the seller and if the seller agrees to the terms it is sent to the bank. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 19, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Dave Sutton,…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Dave Sutton, Windermere, Portland answered:
What are some tips for first-time home buyers?
Hi Just Looking from SF (I left Walnut Creek for Portland 18 months ago and love it here)

You're smart to ask, and believe it or not, your friendly Realtor is not your first sto ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 19, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Melina Tomson, Real Estate Pro in Salem, OR
Melina Tomson answered:
Which costs are potentially negotiable in closing costs
Negotiable with whom? The lender, the seller?
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 3, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Temara Presl…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Temara Presley answered:
What are some surprises that first-time buyers encounter when purchasing a home?
I think one of the biggest surprises for first time buyers is the low inventory in some areas. Where I am, in Portland, OR, the local newspaper (The Oregonian) had an article in the ho ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 18, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Brandi Erski…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Brandi Erskine answered:
What are the drawbacks and benefits of home ownership?
Well, the only con I can think of is that if something breaks there's no landlord to call. All fixes are on your dime

Lots of pros- since prices have dropped many times the hous ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 21, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
Tom Inglesby, Real Estate Pro in 97239
Tom Inglesby answered:
Hallo, I live in UK and will relocate to San Francisco, and think about buying home. What are the best places to live ?
Anna, you came into the Portland area with your search of 97225 which is 10 miles west of downtown Portland. You did not mention price but SF is very expensive. Depends where you work ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 5, 2012 Home Buying in 97225
VM, Other/Just Looking in 80003
VM answered:
Why would a seller request earnest money 4 months before house is finished?
Earnest Money is money you put down to show that you are serious and binds you to the contract, should you pull out for a reason that does not comply with the terms of the purchase cont ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 1, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
VM, Other/Just Looking in 80003
VM answered:
Hi, we currently live overseas. We are seriously considering a move to the Portland area and need a relo specialist. How do I find the right person?
I would start interviewing agents that advertise as relocation experts, you need to find someone that can get to know your needs personally and has experience in relocating families.. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 8, 2013 Home Buying in 97225
Linda Heinri…, Real Estate Pro in 97034
Linda Heinrichs answered:
New (Since April '10) to PDX and have been living in the Pearl. Welove the Irv. / NE1 have any clients who might be interested in leasing?
I do not have anyone right now, but you should check Craigs List - everyone leasing or selling is on there. Is there a reason you are not purchasing? Lots of great programs to help bu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 12, 2013 Home Buying in Irvington
Aaron Majors, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Aaron Majors answered:
How much "discount" I could get if I pay 100% cash on the condo in Pearl and NW 21st district, target to buy a condo btw 100k -150K?
Very good question... Hard to answer for a Realtor because where do we set the value and how did we get it? Case by case if you ask me. I would check out: www.PortlandHomeAuction.com an ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 21, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
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