Corvallis, OR Real Estate News

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Spring is here, and a lovely one it has been so far. Summer won’t be long in coming, but in the meantime, there are some projects around the house you might consider taking on for the sake of home improvement and caring for your best asset. Use this commentary as a springboard for your own inspiration in making the place you live and relax in as wonderful as possible.   May we suggest: Exterior Home Care for Spring   Roofing repairs: If you suspect winter storms may have damaged your roof, it needs to be inspected. (If you're not comfortable with the height or steepness of your roof, hire a licensed roofing contractor for the inspection.) Look for missing or loose shingles, including ridge-cap shingles.   Examine the condition of the flashings around chimneys, flue pipes, vent caps, and...
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The Soroptimist International of Corvallis 14th Annual Spring Tea & Auction will be Sunday, May 20, 2012 from 1-4 at 204 CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Tickets are $25 per person. Please purchase from a Soroptimist member. Last year, more than 250 guests attended to help promote awareness of women’s cancers. The organization has distributed more than $77,000 of Tea income since 2008 to local programs that support domestic violence services, women’s heart disease awareness, and women’s cancer resources. This year, funds raised will support the Women Helping Women initiative. Activities include: 1. Career Closet - The Career Closet is a not-for-profit community service that provides high-quality, previously owned, professional clothing to women entering the workforce. Career Closet is organized...
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William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is performed by Corvallis Leadership Academy's Shakespeare Conquest Class. Prepare yourself for the bard's screwball comedy. Brilliant lovers, dazzling enemies, confusion, trickery and a zaney constable. Bring the whole family!   05/18/2012 Crescent Valley High Theater 4444 NW Highland Dr Corvallis, Oregon 97330 541-753-9635 1pm - 3pm $2.00 admission  
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Packing Workshop05/16/2012Time: 10:00-11:30 am; 2:00-3:30 pmLocation: Corvallis Public Library645 NW Monroe Ave   Corvallis, Oregon 97330541-757-2535  Join Anne McAlpin for an informative and fun packing workshop. Anne is a travel expert that has been featured on Oprah, Rachael Ray, the Today Show, The View and more! She will share her travel tips and provide information on the best luggage and accessories for various situations. 2 sessions starting at 10 am and 2 pm. Please RSVP for this free event as space is limited.
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Your buyer has a change of heart.  That happens.  There can be multiple reasons 1. The inspection was a horror show 2. The preliminary title report showed some unsettling stuff that involves the city ordinance 3.The CC&Rs are more rigid than expected 4.Financing turned out to be more expensive than expected 5.They simply do not love it anymore 6.They went back and saw the neighbor leaving on Sunday at 8am on a loud Harley 7.They went back on Monday morning and the quiet side street turns out to be a short cut from highway to university campus. I am sure there are ample other reasons but whatever the reason is, now the often difficult process of terminating a transaction follows. If the agent is lucky, the seller’s agent is understanding, experienced, and happy tomaintain a good relation...
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Little Sprouts: Herb planter for Mom 05/12/2012 11:00 a.m. Garland Nursery 5470 NE Hwy 20   Corvallis, Oregon 97330 (541) 753-6601  What a great idea Garland Nursery came up with. The end result is a fragrant and yummy herb planting as a wonderful gift to give to mom on Mother’s Day. At this month’s Little Sprouts the plan is to create (ongoing gardening workshops) a gift for mom that continues to give throughout the year. The class will talk about different types of herbs and how they can be used. Then each Little Sprout will plant a beautiful herb pot to give to their mom for Mother’s Day. Registration Required; Call (541) 753-6601 to register.
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
What 1st impression does your property make when a buyer approaches and / or enters? Does he see nice landscaping, a mowed lawn,  clean entrance door? Or did your kids not pick up the toys last night and the dog tried to enter, leaving marks on the door? The very first impression your home makes is the same as a person smiling at you for the first time. If she has a front tooth missing and has some spinach between the others you are disgusted, right? Same with an unkempt home. If your property lacks grooming, chances are buyers are discounting it before they even have set foot in the door.   So let's assume they got over it and enter. The very first impression your home will make inside, subconsciously mostly, is it's smell. You do not notice anymore that the dog that left its paw mark ...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Trust is a wonderful thing! And it is a glorious moment when you have closed on your new home and your broker happily hands you the keys, garage door openers and if applicable, the codes (for gates, alarm system...). And since this is such an exciting time you might not give this all a second thought. But especially if your new home was under the same ownership for a very long time or of your seller is a very social person, you have no idea who has additional keys, knows those codes, has another garage door opener. Your seller will most likely barely recollect that she gave a key to a neighbor 20 years ago, heck, that neighbor might have even moved (with that key, maybe even labeled...). A priority after your move should be to exchange locks and recode everything that has a code. Otherw...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Ok, this is a bit technical BUT ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL TO KNOW when you have FHA financing and are eligible to grants in addition to credits from your seller (closing cost, prepaids....) If you finance with 3.5% down and you get too much money from outside in addition (credits, grants) it might ruin your closing, even last minute, if there is a seller's credit the lender sees too late. If you are not contributing the full 3.5% yourself anymore the bank might pull the plug on your FHA financing. So as nice as it is to get a huge closing cost contribution it cannot exceed a specific to your transaction amount. Ask your broker and/or bank about this amount and make totally sure that this is under surveillance. I just had a 3 day delay and nearly last minute tank because of $600 too much in cre...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
You have found the right property, made an offer, got accepted, had an inspection done, agreed on repairs and now you just await closing. So now onto buying some appliances, cabinets, making a down payment on the contractor bill, after all you are ready to get started, right?  That is actually a really bad idea. Banks will run your credit repeatedly right until closing and if you all of a sudden have  $10000 on a store charge card, even if your financing is sound, this can raise a major red flag as it may change your debt to income ratio. Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts before closing: Don’t: change employment quit the job charge major purchases buy a car have an FHA loan,  a low down payment and are getting a lot of credits from your seller and third parties like grants? Make sure tha...
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05/09/2012 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: CH2M HILL Alumni Center 725 SW 26 Street   Corvallis, Oregon 97330 541-737-0724 Joyce Carol Oates will give a reading at Oregon State University, with a reception and book signing to follow. The OSU Bookstore will be on hand to sell her works at a reception following the reading. About Joyce Carol Oates: The dramatic trajectory of Oates's career, especially her amazing rise from an economically straitened childhood to her current position as one of the world's most eminent authors, suggests a feminist, literary version of the mythic pursuit and achievement of the American dream. Yet for all her success and fame, Oates's daily routine of teaching and writing has changed very little, and her commitment to literature as a transcendent human activity rem...
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“I just love bending UP and UP and UP,higher and higher and higher and higher and higher!! It is my opinion that a backbend up is a women's pose. I look very feminine doing it!!!!!!!! Backbend UP!!”  --Annonymous, Fitsugar.com Backbend Lab May 6, 2012 Live Well Studio 971 NW Spruce Ave. Corvallis, Oregon 97330 2-4 p.m. price: $25 drop-in Call 541-224-6566, email info@livewellstudio.com, or check online at livewellstudio.com Expand your asana practice with this two hour exploration of backbends. Increase flexibility in your spine, open your shoulders and chest, strengthen and stretch your upper back and thighs while improving spinal flexibility and opening hips. Take note that backbends should not be done if you have recent or chronic back pain or injury. Learn alignment principles and t...
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By Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon
(CB Valley Broker)
Corvallis           Price Range Active Listings as of 4/30/2012 Sold Listings Last 6 Mos. Average Sold Per Month Months of Inventory Av. Days on Market Solds $0 - $99,999 0 0 0.00 * * $100,000 - $149,999 3 5 0.83 3.60 246 $150,000 - $199,999  25 25 4.17 6.00 92 $200,000 - $249,999 37 67 11.17 3.31 116 $250,000 - $299,999 29 30 5.00 5.80 117 $300,000 - $349,999 22 19 3.17 6.95 204 $350,000 - $399,999 21 16 2.67 7.88 138 $400,000 - $449,999 10 10 1.67 6.00 179 $450,000 - $499,999 5 5 0.83 6.00 162 $500,000 - $599,999 11 2 0.33 33.00 58 $600,000 - $699,999 3 * 0.00 * * $700,000 + 3 2 0.33 9.00 175   169 181   5.60 149
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By Results Realty
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1. It’s true, homes usually sell best once spring arrives. Homes certainly show better in spring than they do on a dark and dreary winter day.  2. The weather has some effect on home sales. It can slow things down if incessant rain keeps sellers from being able to prepare their homes for sale.  Normally, the home-sale market ramps up in March or April and stays busy until the beginning of July when the market tends to slow down for the summer. 2011 national home sales went counter to this. The market was active at the beginning of the year, but stalled in April. If you waited until spring to sell last year, you may have missed the best selling opportunity of the first half of 2011. 3. The best time to sell is when consumer confidence is on the upswing. A big influence on the housing mar...
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Below are a few common scenarios your student may face while attending OSU, along with the answers and on-campus referrals you can encourage your student to explore. WHAT IF…? My student is ill and I am not there to take care of him or her? Encourage your student to make an appointment with Student Health Services-Plageman Student Health Center 737-WELL. My student needs help with classes? There are a variety of options your student can seek out to get assistance with classes: Academic Success Center (first floor, Waldo Hall, 541-737-2272) Writing Center (123 Waldo Hall, 541-737-5640) Math Learning Center (108 Kidder Hall, 541-737-4946) Professors' Office Hours I'm worried about my son/daughter? Sometimes parents don't know where to call when they have concern...
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If you or someone you know is in the process of deciding on colleges, these straight forward facts about OSU might be of interest. Note the links at the bottom for further information. Current Student Body Total students: 24,977 States represented: 50 Foreign countries: 89 Men: 13,078 Women: 11,899 Oregon residents: 17,178 Undergraduates: 19,559  Graduate students: 3,618 Students of color: 4,721 International students: 979 New freshman HS GPA: 3.53 Colleges and Schools  Agricultural Sciences Business Education Engineering Forestry Graduate School Public Health & Human Sciences Honors College Liberal Arts Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences Pharmacy Science Veterinary Medicine Helpful links: OSU Athletics  OSU Bookstore Web cam Photo Blog Powered By Orange
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Are you one of those creative people who enjoy paper related projects and other crafty activities? You may want to consider signing up for All Things Paper, a selection of 15 different workshops taking place on May 4th and 5th at the Benton County Fairgrounds. There is a registration packet with all the details at this link, and more detail follows: Registration Packet Link:  http://www.bjbookbinding.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/All-Things-Paper-Festival-2012.pdf   You will find a registration form and a lunch form to fill out. You should be able to attend 2-4 workshops per day depending on how long they are. For Further info or Questions, call B& J Bookbinding at 541-757-9861."  Workshops will include: Bookbinding Bead Making Collage Mini Scrap Books Origami for Beginners & Intermedi...
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Check out this trailer for African Night 2012. It looks like an interesting night of mixed entertainment.
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