Corvallis Home Prices continue to rise – Statistics through March 1, 2014


By Terri Woods – Terri sells real estate in Corvallis OR,  Albany OR, and surrounding areas

Corvallis Zillow trends 3.1.2014If the trend continues, Corvallis, Oregon home prices will continue to rise over the spring and summer months. Housing statistics show that the Corvallis home prices have increased 7% over the last 12 months.

 The number of active listings is 171 with the median Days on Market being 74. The number of listings grew 30.02% from the previous month.



BUYERS: Interest rates are holding steady. If you are considering buying, now is the time. Get ahead of other buyers – get pre-approved today. Call me for a list of great lenders.

SELLERS: If you were waiting until you had more equity in your home, now is the time to find out. Call me for a Highest Price Analysis.


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Spring Cleaning Checklist – Even if you are not planning on selling.

March Checklist for a Smooth-Running Home

Get a jump on spring by spiffing up surfaces, clearing clutter and getting your warm-weather clothes in shape

Reblogged – Original article by  Houzz Contributor. 

March is a fickle month when it comes to weather; depending on where you live, it could be snowing or utterly balmy. But even if you still have snow on the ground, by March we are all craving a fresh start around the house. From cleaning counters and curtains to doing an exterior check, here are nine home tasks to consider this month.

1. Clear the kitchen. Completely clear all kitchen surfaces, then scrub the countertops and walls. Now step back and admire how lovely your kitchen looks without all of the usual equipment and random junk cluttering up the counters.

Consider putting back only the things you use daily, and make room for the rest in closed cupboards.

2. Clean out the pantry. If you have a large pantry, you might want to spread out this project over a few days, tackling one shelf or section at a time. Remove everything from each shelf, tossing expired food and weeding out things you know you will never use (if they are still good, donate them to a food pantry). Consolidate packages — pour those last bit of oats or rice into the new container and toss out the empties to make more room. Wipe down the shelves and cover them with fresh paper. When you put everything back in, shelve like with like — baking supplies together, sauces in another area and so on.  Get It Done: How to Clean Out the Pantry

3. Beautify your command center. The desk in the kitchen or entryway is often the hub of household activities — and also tends to be swamped with piles of paper and random clutter. Take some time to clear the decks, file papers, log upcoming events in the calendar and put things away.

Now add something beautiful: Pretty cloth-covered boxes to keep your papers neater, a few small framed art prints and a delicate potted plant would be lovely.

4. Launder and mend soft furnishings. Early spring is a good time to clean soft furnishings: slipcovers, pillow covers, curtains, shower curtains, duvet covers and area rugs.

You can launder smaller items at home, but bring larger pieces to a pro. Take a close look at everything before it goes into the wash or out to the cleaners, and attach a colorful pin or clip to any holes or stains that need special attention.

5. Spring clean your wardrobe. Take the time to go through your entire wardrobe, weeding out the ill-fitting and unworn, and setting aside winter clothes that are ready to be cleaned and stored. If you live in a chilly climate, now is a good time to pull out the spring clothes from storage. Note what is missing from your wardrobe.

If clothes that have been stored are a bit stale, fluff them in the dryer before putting them in your drawers.

6. Clear clutter in the mudroom. Winter mittens, hats, and boots tend to get forgotten in the mudroom, even after the weather warms. Go through every shelf, cubby and drawer, and put away the things you are no longer using. Clean and polish boots before putting them away, and find your umbrella so it’s handy for those spring showers.
7. Spiff up the porch. Whether or not it is warm enough to sit on the porch where you live, you can make it look more inviting — and it will be ready to go on that first truly warm day. Inspect the floor and repaint if needed. Sweep away dust and cobwebs, wipe down the mailbox and porch light, get a new doormat and put out a few plants. If your porch furniture or
cushions have been in storage, set them out now.

8. Swap out storm windows for screens. If you use storm windows in the winter, remove them after the worst winter weather has passed. Swap out your storm doors for screen doors, and put up screens on all the windows if they were removed for winter.

 9. Inspect the exterior. On a clear, sunny day, have a walk around your property and inspect the roof, siding, gutters and yard. Call in a pro roofer to repair flashing around the chimney and other openings and do any other needed repairs. If you notice low spots in your yard near the house, fill them with soil to prevent water pooling and damage.


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Interest Rates Update for Corvallis, OR – February 2014

What are the Interest Rates in Corvallis, Oregon?

Citizens Bank rates 2.26.2014

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6 Must-Haves of Millennial Buyers


The Millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) is currently the second largest segment of homebuyers behind Generation X. As this group is only expected to grow, it is important to understand the different wants and expectations of younger buyers.

Here are 6 home “must-haves” of homebuyers under 35:

1. Updated kitchen and bath. The majority of Millennials are looking for updated kitchen and bathrooms because they simply cannot afford remodeling. “Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings,” explains Jack Curtis, a real estate professional in Dublin, Ohio.

2. Big kitchen, open floorplan. The kitchen is the center of the home and seen as a hang out place for many young buyers. In addition, Curtis says that “today’s young buyers are also more attracted to an open floor plan, rather than a layout that compartmentalizes the home”.

3. Home office. Due to advances in…

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Calling all SELLERS – This is YOUR market!

Thinking of selling your home in Corvallis? This is YOUR market.

By Terri Woods – Terri sells real estate in Corvallis, Albany, and surrounding areas.

It always goes back to Supply and Demand. You know, that stuff we learned in Economics. And it is true.

MOI through Feb 2014 6 months average

The graph above represents Corvallis and surrounding areas housing market. Anything below the 6 month line means it is a Seller’s Market, and anything above the 6 month line means it is a Buyer’s Market.

In a Seller’s Market, there are less Homes for Sale, and more buyers looking for homes. Thus the demand is high resulting in a lower supply. Less competition means more $$$$ in the Seller’s pocket.

A Seller’s Market is a fabulous time for Seller’s to SELL. Sales prices have increased over the last couple of years, so the equity lost in the recession might have been gained back.

In addition, a Seller’s Market traditionally means less days on the market, and possible multiple offers that can drive up the sales prices.

There is some caution, however. Even in a Seller’s Market, homes overpriced will sit and sit and sit, gathering ‘Days on Market’ which typically results in a lower offer.

Have you been considering selling your home? Do you want to know how much equity you have? Call me today to get a FREE Custom Market Analysis.

Get ahead of the rush. Sell now!

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The story behind “Keep Calm and Carry On” And now we know the rest of the story.

I personally have wondered where the

“Keep Calm and …”

slogan came from and why it was so popular. And now we know, thanks to a blog from Michael Drew. Michael is an author and has a great website, Pendulum in Action.   Make sure to watch the video on YouTube (link below).

Below is a reblog from Michael Drew, co-author of the book Pendulum. 


Michael Drew · The WE Cycle Theory · 19 hours 46 minutes ago

If you’ve spent much time on social media recently, you’ve no doubt seen the popular “Keep Calm and Carry On” meme and all its variants. But what you may not know is that this popular meme has an interesting history.

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Hailing from our last “We” cycle during WWII, this the simple words “Keep Calm and Carry On” were put in print by the British Government in 1939 as part of a series of propaganda posters. These posters were designed to inspire hope and courage during the unavoidable difficulties associated with living in a world that is at war.

Topped by the image of the crown of King Henry VII, these posters, with their handsome typeface and simple color palette were difficult for the enemy to counterfeit. One of three posters in this inspirational series was never publicly released during the war. It remained unseen by the public until the copy turned up in ended in a bookstore called Barter Books  in the northeast corner of England in 2000.

Stuart and Mary Manley, owners of the bookstore framed the poster and hung it on the wall. Bookstore patrons were so enchanted by the poster that a year later the bookstore began to sell copies.

The next time you see the “keep calm” meme online, whether a Gangnam Style, Grumpy Cat or Yoda rendition of this iconic image, remember that this is a voice from the past, the voice from another “We” cycle when people shared similar values, represented in this simple and timeless design. A voice that shares a message of comfort during difficult times. For many modern versions, of course, the advice isn’t as pressing as that during wartime, but the poster’s advice has held through subsequent social cycles.

You can even make your own version of this meme, or browse through the galleries. Do you have a favorite version of the Keep Calm meme? Please share it below.

MICHAEL DREWCo-author of Pendulum, Michael Drew is a renowned speaker, author and successful marketer.

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Its more than about the $$ – Kids benefit too – Home Ownership in Corvallis and Albany

Why should I buy a home?

By Terri Woods – Terri sells real estate in Corvallis, Albany and surrounding areas

Owning a home benefits your childrenMany people are asking that question. Especially those who were burned by the recent housing downturn. Some lost their homes through short sales, foreclosures and/or bankruptcy. And now, they are a little hesitant to get back into the housing ownership group again. Is this you?

I know, I know. We all know the financial benefits. Gain equity through appreciation. Tax deductions. Capital Gain exclusions.


Why is that?

  • Stability – Research has shown that the longer a child stayed in one place (same house, same school), the higher test scores, the lower the discipline, and the higher the graduation rate and the lower teen pregnancy rate.
  • Better living environment – Besides safety, children of parents who own homes experience better physical and emotional settings than renters. Families tend to eat dinner together, and have better ‘play’ areas.
  • Problem solving techniques – Children of parents who own homes experience their parents ‘fixing’ things that are broken, whether it is a Do-It-Yourself project, or calling a plumber. Those skills are not to be taken lightly. Renters tend to call the landlord for all issues.
  • Better learning environment – Something as simple as better lighting greatly affects the environment for children to learn, read, study. In homes of that parents own, the lighting is generally better.
  • Increased education results in higher lifetime income for children of parents who own a home.

Though each family situation is unique, the study shows that home ownership is more than a financial gain. It can also be attributed to leaving a positive legacy.

For more information visit Social Benefits of Home Ownership.

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