Living Green

Living Green

It is St. Patrick’s Day, and I believe St. Patty himself would surely approve of the Great North West. We have enough evergreens and rolling green hills to provide all your eyes can take in. The air is fresh and clean because it’s green!

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These days there are a lot of ways to wear your green, so why not wear it a little prouder this St. Patrick’s Day and do something to make your life and environment better? It doesn’t take much to take care of our home and make a difference.

Here are 50 Cost-Efficient ways to make your home more eco-friendly from The Huffington Post

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“Real” Estate Tips by Dixon

“Real” Estate Tips by Dixon

To Inspect or Not To Inspect – That Is the Question.

Actually, it shouldn’t be. Just get the inspection. There are a variety of inspections that take place in a real estate transaction. Pest and Dry Rot. Whole Home Inspection. Radon. Sewer Scope. Well flow test. Water Quality Test. Septic Inspection. Septic Pumping. Get the inspection.

As agents, we all have stories. My friends who wanted to buy a FSBO (For Sale By Owner) home on a septic system but in town. I made them buy me a hazelnut latte (non-fat, sugar free, extra hot) for my best free advice. I gave it to them – “Get the septic tank inspected.” They told me the owner said it worked great so they were thinking about avoiding the extra cost ($200 at the time). I said again, “Get the inspection.” So they did. It failed miserably, the seller knew it, and also knew that the cost to hook up to the City of Salem was going to be $20,000.  My friend’s wife kissed me on the cheek and they bought me two lattes.

Another client was buying a farm. I said “Get the well flow (GPM-Gallons Per Minute) checked out by a professional.”  They said the seller’s report was only a year old and that the GPM was estimated at 6. I advised them that the difference between 6 gallons and no gallons a minute was only 6, and that the sellers had a holding tank in the shed. This is usually a sign of a weaker well because the pump will be set to run at night (when the neighbors aren’t irrigating off of the shared aquifer) and the holding tank is filled and used as your daytime water supply. They politely disagreed, saying they didn’t want to spend the extra money ($200 at the time).  They closed on the farm and the well went dry two weeks later. Rather than saying “I told you so”, I helped them get a water company to keep filling up the holding tank until they could figure out how to get a new well. When I talked to the well company, they informed me that they had done a well flow test just a month prior to the sellers listing the property, and it showed that the GPM was half a gallon and dying a quick death so that only gray water was coming out. The seller had known this, and simply lied. Fortunately, my clients sued and won a substantial amount of money, and finally got a good well (the fourth well on that property).

Should you get an inspection on an existing home? Absolutely. It might cost you $375-$450, but might save you from making a $400,000 mistake. Furnaces go bad, roofs go bad, plumbing can be a problem. The electrical panel might be one that is under recall. Critters might be in the crawl space. You don’t know. A professional inspector will.  What about getting one on a brand new home? Absolutely. A punch list is the list of things you and your builder might make on a final inspection, noting the things you found to be unsatisfactory, liked a cracked tile, a bad paint job, or a leaky faucet. Why not have a professional inspector make the punch list for you? They have much better eyes than the average layperson. One story – I recommend a buyer do  an inspection on a new home they were buying. They didn’t think they needed to because the home had passed the City inspection. The City Code Inspectors are looking for code violations, not cracked tiles or knotty pine window trim when you paid for clear cedar. In this case, I won and they got an inspection. The inspector had 37 “blue tape”  issues identified, including a gas meter that had been installed upside down.

As with anything, there are exceptions. You don’t necessarily need a sewer scope on a newer house, for example. Radon? Yes. It is only around $150 to have it done professionally or you can buy your own test at the local hardware store.

A word to the wise – Get the inspection. Old adages become old adages because they are usually spot on. “Penny Wise, Pound Foolish” hasn’t lasted  a few hundred years because it is gibberish!

Dixon Bledsoe

Licensed Principal Broker in the State of Oregon

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Email- dixon@bledsoesantana.com

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“Real” Estate Tips With Dixon!

We were pleased to be the top selling office in Silverton for January 2017, according to the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service statistics, and the number 5 top-selling office for Area 90, which consists of Marion County sales excluding Salem. BST Realty is proud of the fact that we have only been in business here since June of 2015, and our chief competitors have been here for years.

We pride ourselves on great service (everyone says that but we deliver it), in-depth knowledge of the market-past, present, and educated guesses about the future, and ethics. Ethics matter to us. It is what we practice and preach. Our word is our bond, so to speak. We believe in respecting and delivering what we are required to do by law-fulfill our fiduciary responsibility to our customers, whether they are buyers, sellers, or future prospects. We will deliver timely and honest communication, talk to you candidly and honestly, ensure that our record-keeping is up to speed with the most current forms, and that we use “best practices” in all that we do.

What I like about our office is we have, simply put, wonderful people who enjoy people, love real estate, and are here to serve the community in their professional and private lives. They are service-oriented, great communicators, and they are not high sales pressure people who want to trap you in a small room with hot lights until you sign on the dotted line. We want to work with you today, or next year. It doesn’t matter-the time schedule is yours. When it is right for you to list or sell any property-bare land, multi-family, farm, timber, commercial, and residential, we are there if and when you need us. We will never pressure you, and we will never “buy the listing”, a less-than ethical technique where you will be told your $300,000 property will sell for $399,000 in order to list with that agent. Fortunately, our community is served by good and ethical agents who will tell you what your property is worth based on hard data, market trends, supply and demand, and their own command of the areas they serve.

Thank you for helping us have our best year ever in 2016. We have added some first class agents and they are ready to run, for you. When YOU are ready.

Dixon Bledsoe, Licensed Principal  Broker in the State of Oregon

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Did you know? -Mobile App!

Did you know we have a mobile app to help you in your home search? No need to give all your personal information out on popular search sites. Our app can connect you with property and homes. Our agents will protect your privacy! Download our FREE mobile app today! Just click on the link below for more information!

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This is just one of the complimentary services that we are happy to provide for your convenience. We want to make the home buying/selling process easy and enjoyable for you! Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC is always trying to find new ways to serve our clients. Happy house hunting!

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Real Estate; Why Shop Local?

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Why is it important to shop local when looking for a real estate broker to help you buy your new dream castle or sell your established farm?

Local knowledge pays. Community involvement counts. Support for local and worthy causes matters.

It can be difficult in a small town to pick an agent, especially if you know several and don’t want to offend anyone, or feel uncomfortable in working with a friend or relative.

But here are some tips on choosing the right agent for you, and that is the key component – who is right for you? Are you new to buying and selling and really don’t have a clue what you are doing, or a seasoned real estate guru who simply needs help writing up a deal? Do you like the concept of high pressure in small, confined rooms with hot lights burning down on you, no offer of water, and several people in polyester suits trying to get you to sign on the dotted line, or does a no pressure, “go at your own pace”, “when it is right for you its right” sales professional seem to be more up your alley?

The beauty of it is simple – it is your decision. You are the boss. You make the rules. You go at your own pace and don’t let anyone speed that up.

Local real estate professionals know you. They know this town and they certainly give back. They know the lenders who are best-suited for your type of loan and your particular style. They know which Title company is the most user-friendly, communicative, and professional. They know the inspectors who will give you an honest opinion for a fair price.

They buy lots of Christmas wreaths they don’t always need, because it helps a kids’ club. They get Girl Scout Cookies when their doctors said, “Back off the sugar!”. They donate money to the local food bank or clubs that give heating fuel assistance to those in need.

They live here. They work here. They invest here. And they know “here.”

It is always makes me smile when someone on Social Media asks, “Can anyone recommend a good real estate broker?” People start firing back names because they know the person or are related to the person. But my best advice? Check out the names. See who lives here, works here, and sells a lot of real estate here. Are they in the business full time, or in it recreationally to pick up a few sales each year to fund a trip to the Islands?  How is their reputation? Ask the title companies or lenders who they recommend.

Shop local? It just makes good sense.

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People ask us all the time – “Why should we list now instead of waiting until Spring when the market gets hot again?”

The answer is pretty simple – Virtually every economic expert predicts interest rates for mortgages will go up since the Federal Reserve just raised the federal fund rate this week. Other interest rates, like mortgages,  have been slowly creeping up, with home loans going to just over 4% on average. That is still good money for a 30 year fixed loan, but each increase has a tendency to cut into buyers’ purchasing power and price some out of the market. The Federal Reserve believes mortgage interest rates will continue to rise. This is not good news for buyers and certainly fewer qualified buyers is not good news for sellers.

Another reason to list now is even more basic – supply and demand. As existing homes are in short supply right now, there is more and more pressure to develop new lots and build new construction, both speculative and custom homes.  At last count in Silverton alone, a few hundred new lots will come to market in the next year. Those will be new homes with modern amenities and lots of bells and whistles. If you are a seller, do you want to compete against a huge selection of new homes? Do you want to see prices drop because more houses are soon to be available? Do you want to see fewer buyers because they have more choices and are fearful that interest rates will decrease their buying power or price them out of the market?

Our best advice? Have a wonderful Christmas, awesome New Year’s,  enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. Then hit the ground running by listing your home when the New Year is young. We believe you will be glad you did.

Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, LLC

Dixon Bledsoe, Licensed Principal Broker in the State of Oregon

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