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Did you know as real estate agents within our MLS (RMLS™) we have access to a property’s listing and sale history.  Not only can we view how long a property has been on the market, how many times it has been on the market, how many price reductions occurred, and what a home eventually sold for and when.

WHAT IS CDOM?bettyjung.com

Cumulative Days On Market (CDOM) is calculated for listings in the same county that share tax IDs and have an off-market date and will appear in the listing’s history reports next to the DOM (days on the market) field.

When a property was listed, went off the market, was later relisted and went off the market again. The period of time after a property goes off market and is relisted is called the off-market gap. Anytime the off-market gap is less than 31 days, CDOM adds the number of days the first listing was on the market to the amount of time the second listing was on the market. However, the amount of time a property was in the off the market gap (not listed in RMLS™ under 31 days) will not be calculated into CDOM.

Even in today’s hot market; yes, we are still in a sellers’ real estate market in our metro Portland areas, it is still important to take a serious look at what price you will be asking for your home.

Over pricing is more damaging to a seller than under pricing. The total time a home has been on the market tends to stigmatize a property and price reductions give the impression a seller is becoming desperate, not reasonable.

HISTORY OF A LISTING

Looking at the history of a home while it was in the RMLS™ helps buyers determine what price they might want to offer a seller.  As sellers, you can see what your neighbor’s, or comparable homes’ histories have been, to help you with your pricing.

The home up the street may appear to have sold in the blink of an eye, yet looking at that home’s history in RMLS™ may tell you a completely different story.  The history of a listing can tell you a lot about a property and a seller.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Now may be the best time to sell your home.  Don’t know how much equity you really have or what a price would be to sell your home?  I can help! Give me  a call. Your home may be worth more than you think. 503-804-9685.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978, have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is still strong here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in violation of Federal copyright law.

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LARRC – is a 3 hour course to renew my real estate license.  Every two years, I am required to take 30 hours of continuous education for license renewal.  There are many classes I can take, but this particular course LARRC (Law and Rule Required Course) is mandatory and was updated 1/1/2018.bettyjung.com

Having completed that class today (I only need 5 more hours by the end of October!), there was some information in that class I wanted to share about radon.

RADON CONCENTRATION

When I sell a home, representing the buyers, I always recommend that a radon test performed by a licensed, certified and bonded EPA technician as part of the buyers’ due diligence when they are purchasing a home..

RADON LEVELS AND MITIGATION

You most likely have seen the radon maps, I have posted them on my blog and have written other posts about radon as well. What you may also know is that if you have two houses side by side, each house could/probably will have different radon levels.

A reading up to 4 is what I have seen the most.  1.3 is considered an average reading.  However, the EPA says no level is safe. Here is what the EPA recommends to reduce radon levels:

  • If the radon reading is 4 or below, there is no recommendation for action.
  • A reading of between 4-20, should be mitigated within a few years.
  • Two to 200, should have action taken within a few months.
  • Levels over 200, should have the radon mitigated within a few weeks.

SCREENING 

There are two methods for screening.  There is short term screening (testing) that does not measure long term levels of exposure.

A passive testing device is placed in the lowest level of the house and tests for 48 hours.  If there is no evidence of radon in that low level (usually in the back of a closet in the basement), there will not be any radon anywhere else in the house. A passive device to test runs approximately $20-30.  Sometimes, homeowners will do their own testing.

The other testing will require a trained technician.  A machine that runs continuously for 48 hours will determine any unusual swings in the reading.  This testing is what we as agents recommend during a transaction, and is more accurate.  The cost of this, which includes a report, can run between $75-200.

I remember in the  mid-1990s I was asked specifically about radon by a buyer relocating to Oregon from Texas.  At that time, the word radon was not even in our vocabulary.  Over the years after, it has become more and more important to buyers as radon can cause cancer. I highly recommend if you are purchasing a home, be it a resale or even new construction, you have the home tested by a licensed EPA technician.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are still increasing in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are also increasing but are still low and there is still buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright law.

 

The last couple of home inspections on pending sales I have had, both transactions had high levels of radon.  They were each in different parts of the Portland metro area. Should you be concerned about radon levels and how can you take care of the repair?bettyjung.com

Is It Safe To Buy A Home With High Levels Of Radon?

Buying a house can be a bit like falling in love. You shop around, seek advice from friends, and when you find the perfect match, lay it all on the line and pop the question. But even after a seller has said yes to your offer, you’ll need to complete a home inspection, which often includes a radon test.

Radon test results usually shortly after your home inspection report and can be riddled with terrifying facts about this deadly gas. If it reveals high levels, you may be left wondering whether you should walk away from the sale. You don’t have to. Here’s why.

A Radon Problem Can Be Fixed

Radon-related lung cancer kills an alarming 21,000 people each year, a tragedy multiplied by the fact that significant exposure to the gas can be easily remedied. The scope of the work depends on the level of gas and the style of your house, but it’s pretty simple and not overly expensive.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is found in every state and in many locations within the Portland metro area, even in the suburbs. It’s a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Because the air pressure inside a house is typically lower than the pressure in the soil around its foundation, radon is drawn into the home through cracks in the foundation and other openings.

Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter, or pCi/L. Levels of 4 pCi/L or higher are considered hazardous. Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk and in many cases can be reduced, although it is difficult to reduce levels below 2 pCi/L.

The EPA estimates that a radon removal system costs about $1,200 for an average house. The system is usually comprised of one or more PVC pipes that run from the radon-emitting soil beneath a home up through the roof. An in-line fan draws air through the system so that it doesn’t leach into living spaces. Once installed, a follow-up radon test is done. Even in houses with extremely high radon levels, you can expect a drop to levels considered safe.

You Can Ask for a Seller Credit

If a radon test reveals high levels—anything above 4 pCi/L—ask for a walk-through with an EPA-licensed radon remediation specialist. Here is the link to our State of Oregon Radon Office for information or I would be happy to provide you with a list of licensed and bonded contractors. Most will provide a free remediation estimate, and, if the work is done, guarantee that radon levels will be acceptable.

You can ask that the seller for a price reduction that covers the estimated cost of remediation. If the seller balks, remind those involved in the transaction that it’s a problem other buyers are likely to encounter as well. In Oregon, a seller is required by law to disclose the radon test results to other potential buyers on a seller’s disclosure form.

A Single Radon Test Offers Only a Snapshot

Relying on just one radon test done as part of a home inspection is a mistake, even if it reveals that the home has safe levels. In our tests, test kits that measure long-term levels—90 days or more—were far more accurate than the one-week tests used by most home inspectors. That’s because radon levels fluctuate day to day and season to season.

Let your home inspector test for radon and use the results as a bargaining chip to ask a seller for a credit if radon is detected. Just don’t think of it as the final word. You’ll still want a more thorough radon test done after the sale has closed.

Need more info? Check the radon information section of the EPA’s website. If you’re buying or selling a home, print out the EPA’s pamphlet on radon and keep it with your files.

Source: https://www.consumerreports.org/

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are still increasing in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are also increasing but are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

Lake Oswego Real Estate Updated Smoke Detector And Carbon Monoxide Law

I was told the other day by a home inspector, that there have been some changes made to the law for installation of Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.  Here is the latest:https://lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com/

Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:

  1. In each sleeping room.
  2. Outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
  3. On each additional story of the dwelling, including basements, but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling units with split levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level.
  4. Smoke alarms shall be installed not less than 3 feet horizontally from the door or opening of a bathroom that contains a bathtub or shower unless this would prevent placement of a smoke alarm.

When more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit the alarm devices shall be interconnected in such a manner that the actuation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit. This does not pertain to legally existing dwellings unless work requiring a structural permit is taking place. This information can be found in section R314 of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code.

The installation of smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall comply with the following requirements: 

  1. Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be located where ambient conditions, including humidity and temperature, are outside the limits specified by the manufacturer.
  2. Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be located within unfinished attics or garages or in other spaces where temperatures can fall below 4°C (40°F) or exceed 38°C (100°F).
  3. Where the mounting surface could become considerably warmer or cooler than the room, such as a poorly insulated ceiling below an unfinished attic or an exterior wall, smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall be mounted on an inside wall.
  4. Smoke alarms and smoke detectors installed within a 6.1-m (20-ft) horizontal path of a cooking appliance shall be equipped with an alarm-silencing means or be the photoelectric type but no closer than 10 feet.
  5. Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within a 914-mm (36-in.) horizontal path from a bathroom containing a shower or tub.
  6. Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within a 914-mm (36-in.) horizontal path from the supply registers or return air opening of a forced air heating or cooling system and shall be installed outside of the direct airflow from those openings.
  7. Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within a 914-mm (36-in.) horizontal path from the tip of the blade of a ceiling-suspended (paddle) fan.
  8. Where stairs lead to other occupied levels, a smoke alarm or smoke detector shall be located so that smoke rising in the stairway cannot be prevented from reaching the smoke alarm or smoke detector by an intervening door or obstruction.
  9. For stairways leading up from a basement, smoke alarms or smoke detectors shall be located on the basement ceiling near the entry to the stairs.
  10. Smoke alarms or smoke detectors shall be installed in each sleeping room in the immediate vicinity of all sleeping areas.
  11.  All smoke alarms are to be installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

The National Fire Protection Assn. Article 72 (aka: National Smoke Alarm Code) states that smoke alarms shall not be in service after 10 years. [ref: NFPA 72 – 11.8.1.4 (5)(b) – Smoke alarms installed in one-and two-family dwellings shall not remain in service longer than 10 years from the date of manufacture.] A typical manufacturer and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends replacing smoke alarms every 7-8 years as the sensor weakens.

Carbon monoxide alarms shall be located in each bedroom or within 15 feet outside of each bedroom door. Bedrooms on separate floor levels in a structure consisting of two or more stories shall have separate carbon monoxide alarms serving each story.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are still increasing in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are also increasing but are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

Yesterday, I was reminded how important one of our State Laws is in regards to homeowners/renters and that lives are being saved because of it.

Lake Oswego Real Estate Law To Protect You

Two incidents occurred yesterday, on the same day, and many lives were saved as a result of this law.  The law was officially put in place in 2009.

What I am referring to is the law that homes need to have Carbon Monoxide Detectors – the COAlarmLaw.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These two incidents happened on the same day:

  • On my way to an appointment for a home inspection, I stopped off at my local dry cleaners.  The gal there told me how they had to evacuate their home the night before due to their carbon monoxide detector alarm going off.  Thankfully it went off, because the firefighters told her that their carbon monoxide detector was on its last leg and would be expiring within a couple of days.  Had it been a couple more days, they probably would not have been warned, and the consequences could have been dire.
  • Right after going to the dry cleaners, I went on to my home inspection for a sale pending I have.  Once there, almost the same thing happened.  During the home inspection, the inspector found gas fumes and carbon monoxide entering the home.  The inspector immediately shut off the gas.  He too said that the CO Alarm would be expiring in under 30 days and again, those sellers might not have received a warning to leave the home due to deadly fumes and toxins.

You may remember recently an entire family died in Mexico because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Expiration Dates For Carbon Monoxide Detectors

What I never knew until yesterday was that the Carbon Monoxide Detectors have expiration dates just like smoke alarms.  Some expire in 5 years, others 8 to 10 years.  The law I posted above doesn’t mention that they expire.

If you purchased a home after 2009, you may be facing a potential risk with deadly results if you don’t have a functioning carbon monoxide detector.  Yours could have already expired by now or will shortly. It is really important for you to check the expiration date for your carbon monoxide detector.

For a minimal price, you could be saving your own life and your family.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

https://lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.comLake Oswego Real Estate Code Of Ethics

As a Lake Oswego Real Estate Broker, I am also a REALTOR®.  REALTORS® subscribe to the Code Of Ethics which is a barometer and guide. It consists of articles of behavior that we who belong to the NAR® (National Association of REALTORS®) must adhere to. Not all agents here locally or throughout the U.S. are REALTORS®.

Real Estate Code Of Ethics

What actually is in the Code of Ethics?  Have you ever read the articles that are in the Code of Ethics that relate to you as a consumer?  In 2013, the Code of Ethics turned 100 years old and is a part of being a REALTOR®.

I thought I would post a copy of those articles here for you to read.

REALTORS® Code of Ethics

In the many Facebook groups I belong to, because of the “hot” and highly competitive real estate market due to such low inventory of houses for sale here in Lake Oswego, in the Portland metro area and all across the U.S., as in other industries there seems to be relatively few “bad apples” in our business too.

Many of our local agents are posting some of that happening here locally.  We as real estate agents are self governing and need to report to our respective real estate organizations when there is any unethical behavior. Unfortunately, most consumers don’t even realize when an agent has perhaps been in violation of our Code of Ethics. Fortunately,  99.999% of all real estate agents in our Portland metro market adhere to the Code of Ethics.

Hiring A Real Estate Agent

When hiring a real estate agent, ask them if they are a REALTOR®. In fact, ask them to show you their REALTOR® identification and don’t just take their word for it.  Because some real estate agents may use that name loosely and not be a REALTOR® at all. If you are wanting to hire a real estate agent who is highly ethical, give me a call. I am always trying to improve my service to my clients as well.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

Once again there has been an update to our RMLS™ Rules and Regulations.  I recently wrote a post about “coming soon” properties but now there have some updates to the rule.  Here is the latest from our RMLS™:

COMING SOON PROPERTY LISTINGS

THE BASICSbettyjung.com

The Coming Soon-No Showing (CSN) status is for short-term use. Subscribers may use CSN to prepare a listing for Active (ACT) status. The listing may be in CSN status for no longer than 21 days and must have a valid listing agreement as well as seller approval. CSN status will indicate the listing firm and seller(s) are preparing the property for sale and marketing before the listing becomes active on RMLSweb. As such, CSN will be considered an off-market status as the listing is not actively being marketed and is not ready to be shown. Affiliate subscribers will not be able to view listings that are in CSN status, nor will CSN listings be included in statistical searches and reports.

USING CSN ON RMLSWEB

A listing agent will have the choice to publish a property as CSN. All required fields will still be required for a CSN listing and must follow all other input business rules. The required first photo will bear a watermark saying “Coming Soon-No Showings.” The Oregon and Washington listing contracts will be updated to allow seller(s) to choose between publishing the listing as ACT or CSN in RMLSweb or to exclude the property from the MLS.

Listings can stay in CSN status for up to 21 days. Listing Load will not allow a date further than 21 days in the future from being entered as the list date. If a listing agent submits a list date of fewer than 21 days in the future, the agent may extend the list date up until that 21st day—something that may come in handy if more time is needed to prep a property than was originally estimated.

The status of a CSN listing may be manually changed to ACT or WTH at any time during the 21 day period. When the list date is reached or the listing has been in the system for 21 days RMLSweb will automatically change the status of the listing to ACT at midnight. Once a listing is out of CSN status it cannot be reverted back, nor can properties that were once in CSN status be re-entered as a new CSN listing (exceptions: the property has expired or has been withdrawn for over 90 days; the property has been relisted with a new brokerage; or the property has been sold).

Open houses and broker tour offerings cannot be set up in Listing Load for a listing in CSN status. Listing View Count reports will still be available showing viewing counts from within RMLSweb, but Days on Market (DOM)/Cumulative Days on Market (CDOM) will not accrue while a listing is in CSN status.

RMLSWEB SEARCH AND CSN

CSN will not be included in the default status criteria when doing a new search—ACT and BMP will remain the two default statuses. CSN listings will be excluded from exported reports and consumer prospecting auto-emails. CSN can be searched with other statuses, included in a user’s watch list. CSN listings may be used to conduct a reverse prospect search or using Hotsheet. CSN listings are included in agent-only prospect notifications. CSN listing reports can be printed and emailed from RMLSweb, including client reports. The listings will state “no showings permitted” in showing instructions on agent reports, with the actual showing instructions hidden while in CSN status.

DATA FEEDS

CSN listings will be excluded from data feeds, including but not limited to RMLS.com, Realtor.com, HomeSpotter, IDX, VOW, and broker specific feeds.

AUTHORIZATION TO EXCLUDE

Listing agents will be able to submit the completed Authorization to Exclude from MLS Addendum directly into Listing Load on RMLSweb, eliminating the need to email or mail a copy to RMLS™. If a property is excluded, it will be for the full length of the listing contract, as the short-term option on the addendum will be eliminated. The property may be listed as active again once 30 days from the form’s expiration date have passed.

Thinking of putting your home on the market but not sure how this new rule plays with your long term plans?  Give me a call and I can sort it out for you.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in violation of federal copyright laws.

These days real estate is challenging. There are new real estate laws hitting us almost daily with more to come, new financing terms, and when there are many players all involved in the same transaction, it is a maze that sellers and buyers walk through.  As a knowledgeable, experienced and educated REALTOR® I know market conditions, financing, and I keep tabs on all the new laws and regulations to assist you.https://lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com/

BUYING LAKE OSWEGO REAL ESTATE

Now you’ve decided to buy a house. Do you become a customer or a client? You might think both words mean the same and are interchangeable.  However, when it comes to representation in a real estate transaction, there are different types of relationships that we as REALTORS® are able to provide.

The short and simple version is that it comes down to the type of agency relationship you have with your real estate agent/brokerage and whether there has been disclosure and a signed agreement.   There are other types of agency relationships, but I am only including the basic and most common types here.

The National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics requires all REALTORS® disclose whether they represent the buyer, the seller, or both parties. Laws governing the method and timing of the disclosure can vary in each state.

REAL ESTATE AGENCY DISCLOSURE

CLIENT

There are several ways, as a buyer or seller, in which you become a client of a real estate agent/brokerage.  Most have to do with the type of agency agreement you have entered into with your REALTOR® which dictates the kind of representation you will receive in a transaction.  Laws and relationships vary state-by-state.  There are other types of agency relationships, but I am writing this post based on the most typical scenarios in Oregon:

  • Seller’s agent or listing agent. A seller’s representative is hired by and represents the best interests of a seller. The relationship usually is created by a signed listing contract or listing agreement.  The agent/brokerage represents the seller only.
  • Buyer’s  agent.This type of real estate agent is hired by prospective buyers to represent them in a real estate transaction. A buyer’s rep (more commonly called a buyer’s agent) works in the buyers’ best interest throughout the transaction. The buyers can pay the agent directly through a negotiated fee, or the buyers’ agent may be paid by the seller or by a commission split with another agent, i.e. the listing broker.  In Oregon, we have a Buyer Broker agreement, similar to a listing agreement where we  “list” you as a buyer and you then become a client.  Our agency relationship and representation is spelled out in the Buyer Broker Agreement and must be signed by all parties.  That agent then represents the buyer only.
  • Dual agent. Dual agency relationships occur not only when one agent represents two parties but also when two agents from the same company represent two parties in the transaction. Dual agency is not allowed in some states, but where permitted, it must be disclosed to both buyer and seller, who must both sign a consent to a dual agency relationship. It is legal here in Oregon. Sample_Initial_Agency_Disclosure_Pamphlet. In another post I will write more about dual agency.

CUSTOMER

  • There is no agency contract, agreement or representation owed by an agent to a customer nor is there any obligation by the customer to the agent.  No buyer broker agreements or listing agreements are signed and executed.  There is no representation to a customer in a real estate transaction and the agent is not under any obligation to provide that representation to you.

As stated, since this post is based on Oregon rules and regulations, they can vary from state-to-state.  If you want full representation in all real estate related transactions, become a client rather than a customer of a REALTOR® and their brokerage in Oregon.

For any further assistance regarding disclosure or questions, please consult with a Real Estate Attorney.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low but are increasing, and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in violation of federal copyright laws.

A while back I wrote a blog post about the various abbreviations in our RMLS™ system  and what they meant.

Coming Soon – No Showing or CSN

We now have a new category to search for Lake Oswego real estate called “Coming Soon-No Showing”, or CSN.bettyjung.com

THE BASICS

The Coming Soon-No Showing (CSN) status is for short-term use. As a Lake Oswego Real Agent who is subscribed to our RMLS™,  I may use CSN to prepare a listing of a property for Active (ACT) status. The listing may be in CSN status for no longer than 21 days and must have a valid listing agreement signed by the listing brokerage and the seller as well as seller approval for the CSN.

CSN status will indicate the listing firm and seller(s) are preparing the property for sale and marketing before the listing becomes active on our RMLSweb™. As such, CSN will be considered an off-market status as the listing is not actively being marketed and is not ready to be shown.

USING CSN ON RMLSWEB™

Listings can stay in CSN status for up to 21 days and will not allow a date further than 21 days in the future from being entered as the list date. If a listing agent submits a list date of fewer than 21 days in the future, the agent may extend the list date up until that 21st day—something that may come in handy if more time is needed to prep a property than was originally estimated.

The status of a CSN listing may be manually changed to ACT or WTH at any time during the 21 day period. When the list date is reached or the listing has been in the system for 21 days RMLSweb™ will automatically change the status of the listing to ACT at midnight. Once a listing is out of CSN status it cannot be reverted back, nor can properties that were once in CSN status be re-entered as a new CSN listing (exceptions: the property has expired or has been withdrawn for over 90 days; the property has been relisted with a new brokerage; or the property has been sold).

Open houses and broker tour offerings cannot be set up in Listing Load for a listing in CSN status. Listing View Count reports will still be available showing viewing counts from within RMLSweb™, but Days on Market (DOM)/Cumulative Days on Market (CDOM) will not accrue while a listing is in CSN status.

RMLSWEB™ SEARCH AND CSN

CSN will not be included in the default status criteria when doing a new search for properties —ACT and BMP will remain the two default statuses. CSN listings will be excluded from exported reports and consumer prospecting auto-emails. As agents subscribed to RMLS™, we will be able to include CSN in our own watch lists. However, the listings will state “no showings permitted” in showing instructions on agent reports, with the actual showing instructions hidden while in CSN status.

Listing Your Lake Oswego Home For Sale

When preparing your property to be listed by a Lake Oswego real estate agent, consider all your options when marketing your home and ask me how to best maximize the sale of your property.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in violation of federal copyright laws.

 

 

It’s What’s Under The Hood That Matters

Recently a past client of mine made an offer on a home that was completely updated.  We knew this from what was stated in the RMLS™ listing and from looking at the house. This home had all the bells and whistles and shined with the latest decorating trends. I was a bit leery about the home’s condition because it was a “flip” and knew, as they say, ‘it’s what’s under the hood” that mattered a lot more than what we were able to see with our own eyes.https://lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com/

As I always do, regardless if the home is brand new, or looks like the home is in good condition, I recommend a full home inspection along with other inspections such as a tank scan, sewer scope, roof inspection, etc., etc.

Prepare for Home Inspection Surprises

My client proceeded to have all the necessary  home inspections and I have to say, even I was surprised with all the defects that were presented to us as a result of the inspection reports.

Oil Tanks, Sewer Blockages, Even a “Live” Animal Oy’vey

While home buyers are sometimes strapped, don’t have extra cash and are reluctant to spend money on a home they may or may not be buying, the cost of home inspections are minimal compared to keeping from making a huge financial mistake. It is the best insurance a buyer can have that the home being purchased is indeed in good condition.

During this particular transaction and as a result of the home inspections, the buyer was information of roofing issues, structural issues, electrical and plumbing repairs/improvements not up to code, siding and foundation sill rot, beams not anchored, lack of heat from vents, large foundation cracks, ceilings buckling, water pooling, to mention only a “few” of the issues.  On top of the updated “flip” deficiencies, there was an oil tank, a sewer blockage that extended the entire length of the front yard and to top it off a wild animal living and nesting in the crawl space.

Don’t Get Fooled By Shiny Objects

At first sight the house was perfect. It was exactly what my buyer was looking for in the location where he wanted. Looking at the house you would never have known there were so many problems.

During the height of our most recent “hot” housing market, buyers in many cases, especially in multiple offer situations, waived their right to have any kind of home inspection(s). I cringed when I heard that buyers were doing that, while I never recommended my clients go that route just to “win” a home.

Walking Away Vs. Negotiating Repairs

Problems with a home can derail a transaction causing buyers to “walk away”.  In this case my buyer did not continue with the purchase as the repairs were just too daunting. They did purchase another home that was “perfect” in the same area.

Buyers need to, however, understand the differences between health and safety issues, versus normal wear and tear. There are many options open to buyers when repairs are an issue. Many times sellers are willing to negotiate repairs as well. Buyers should be prepared for surprises and make a plan, with their Real Estate Broker’s help,  for those unpredictable repairs.

Inventory is tight in our Lake Oswego and Portland metro real estate market and a faulty home inspection doesn’t always have to result in not purchasing the home of your dreams. Sometimes it just takes talking through the inspection issues if the home meets all the other requirements you are looking for.

But, in any and all cases, please have those home inspections.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

 

Contact Betty Jung

Betty Jung, Broker
REALTOR®
CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, CNHSS

MORE Realty, Inc.
14945 SW Sequoia Parkway, #150
Portland, OR. 97224

503-804-9685 Cell

or email:betty@bettyjung.com

"Selling Real Estate Since 1978. There Is No Substitute For Experience!"

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