Six Smart Home Upgrades That Can Help You Sell Your Home Faster

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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NAR Latest News on Selling Time

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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Windermere Realty Trust Coast Donated to The Harbor

Windermere Realty Trust Coast donated $2,000 to The Harbor where violence ends and hope begins….The Harbor relies on the generosity of their donors and community partners to continue delivering hope to those whose lives have been impacted by violence. Windermere Foundation is happy to be apart of helping out! Thanks everyone! 

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm
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Windermere Realty Trust Coast Coat Drive

We invite you to join us in the efforts to help us share the warmth this winter by bringing new and/or clean gently used coats to our office. As part of Windermere Realty Trust’s long-standing commitment to help those in need, our offices will be collecting coats and blankets NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 15, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All sizes are welcome from kids, teens to adults! HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HOPE YOU CAN SHARE THE WARMTH.

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 9:52 pm
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New Listing in Seaside!!!

Classic English Craftsman beauty -Extraordinary remodel of vintage 1928 home located on Seasides Promenade. Impeccable attention to detail of owners design highlights the era this home was originally built tells a story in every room of the home. Amazing woodwork by builder Chris Rose creates the warmth and ambiance of the craftsman appeal. Boasting cozy fireplaces to sweeping staircase, the upper floor library and gourmet kitchen. Call Pam Ackley for more details at 503-717-3796 click here


Posted on June 23, 2017 at 10:07 pm
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How will the new Trump administration affect the U.S. housing market?

Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner weighs in on mortgage rates, inflation and Dodd-Frank.

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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Reasons Why You Should List Your Home Today



Posted on February 18, 2013 at 1:06 am
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The question that we have to take a look at when it comes to mortgaging is the Quality Residential Mortgage, QRM. Remember back last year we gave you the fact that the federal government, CFPB, The Consumer Federal Protection Bureau was taking a look at all mortgaging. And they said what really defined a quality residential mortgage? And different government reports either called it a quality residential mortgage or a qualified residential mortgage, QRM. There were four major considerations. One is what types of products would the mortgage industry be allowed to give? Second was what was going to be the borrower's ratio as far as monthly debt to gross income. And the borrower's ratio to monthly debt to monthly gross income. We talked about the front and the back end debt situations and how was that going to change. We talked aboutwhat was going to be the minimum down payment and what was going to be minimum FICO score. There were four major points – type of mortgage, front end and back end debt, the amount of down payment, and the FICO score. Those were the things that the federal government was going to look at to define a quality residential mortgage. Half of that has already been determined. Product type? CFPB came out some time in January, the middle of January, saying that, alright, we only want real strong conventional mortgages; no crazy negative amortization, no crazy balloon payment loans. The second piece, the monthly gross income vs. the monthly expense, those ratios. That front end ratio is going to stay at 28. They were more lenient than most people thought they were going to be. They originally said they thought the back end ratio should be 36 percent, but when the information came out, when the regulations came out, they said that could go to 43 percent with even some exceptions over that. So those first two pieces, product type and the borrower's ratios – front end and back end – they've already been decided. However, ladies and gentleman, the last two have not and those are the two most important. How much down payment is going to be demanded and what's going to be the minimum FICO score. This is from Bloomberg news. The six regulators drafting the separate QRM rule including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Office of Controller and This Currency, and The Securities and Exchange Commission must decide whether to include such a requirement – meaning a 20 percent down requirement, and whether to make it less than a 20 percent they originally proposed. Again, on a previous slide we showed what the original proposals were. They thought that if you were purchasing a home, you should put 20 percent down. I don't think it's going to come out as 20 percent. Most experts don't think it's going to come out at 20 percent. Most experts are kind of guessing it's going to be about 10 percent, but ladies and gentleman, that's going to be a minimum requirement needed. What we're saying here and the FICO score, no one's taking a guess what the minimum FICO score is going to be. But both of those issues are going to be settled over the next couple of months. The only thing I can tell you is what that's going to do is tighten lending standards a little bit. So if you have a buyer looking to buy a house right now, well what do we know? Well in most parts of the country, prices are going up. It seems that interest rates now are heading up north. And the requirements to getting a mortgage are going to become more stringent. If someone's looking to buy a house, I think they should move right now. I think they should jump on that right now. There's a better interest rate, a better price,probably a less expensive mortgage overall. And it will require less money down than it might in a couple of months from now. Again, we need to sit with our buyers and sellers and talk intelligently about what's about to take place in the market. When we're talking to buyers right now, QRM should be part of our conversation. COURTESY OF STEVE HARNEY, KEEPING MATTERS CURRENT

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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Awesome Vintage Astoria, Oregon listing!

TURN KEY ~ Exquisite remodel consistant w Craftsman design throughout with vintage restoration style fixtures. Features include a theater and family area sure to please the most discriminating of tastes. Class and distinction in the careful attention to detail gleams through on this amazing home. 4 bedroom, 2 bath 3 level home Follow this link for more photos



Posted on February 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm
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Support to Yesterday’s buyer urgency post

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 4:38 am
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