Keeping It Real Estate with Colleen Benson Podcast

Keeping It Real Estate Weekly guidance concerning the real estate landscape in Oregon. From Salem to Portland to Bend and the coast, this is the show for you if you want to know the 411 on the real estate market throughout the Willamette Valley. Join Realtor Colleen Benson each week for great buying and selling tips.

  • Ep 65: Reacting to the Latest Real Estate Headlines
    by Colleen Benson on August 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    As we survey the landscape of real estate, three recent headlines jumped out at us about selling homes. Join us as we get Colleen’s reaction to each of them and find out if Oregon is seeing the same trends.   Show notes & additional resources here:   See our listings:   On today's show:  0:29 – The market needs more inventory. 3:25 – First headline: Is this is the best time in years to sell? 6:35 – Best way to get started if you want to sell. 7:44 – 2nd headline: How agents can avoid communication problems.   10:57 – Driving for a win-win deal for both parties. 14:40 – 3rd headline: What’s motivating moves right now?

  • Ep 64: Reasons Why Your Home Might Not Be Selling
    by Colleen Benson on July 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Are you having problems selling your home and can’t pinpoint the reason? Learn about the most common issues that can keep a property from selling as quickly as you’d like.   Read more and get additional resources here:    See our listings here:    Today's show schedule:  1:18 – Your property might be too unique for the neighborhood or location. 2:25 – Geodesic homes 4:55 – Bad staging 5:51 – Ugly curb appeal 7:06 – Sub-par listing photos 10:59 – The house is listed without a marketing plan. 12:14 – Not being flexible with showing your home.  13:17 – Home isn’t priced correctly.  15:12 – A great tool we’ve put together to show you the value of your home.

  • Ep 63: Real Estate Fact or Fiction
    by Colleen Benson on July 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    When it comes to real estate, there are some common beliefs that you’ll often here but how many of these are actually accurate? Today we’ll play a game of real estate fact or fiction by presenting Colleen with seven different statements and she’ll tell us whether each one is true or false.   Read more and get additional resources here:    See our listings here:    Today's show schedule:  0:31 – What’s the latest on the real estate market locally? 4:29 – Fact or Fiction: The outside of your home is just as important as your interior when selling the home? 6:27 – Fact or Fiction: The most important sales factor is location. 7:50 – Fact or Fiction: Real estate agents are all the same. 9:31 – Fact or Fiction: Always use a high list price to leave room for negotiating. 12:19 – Fact or Fiction: It’s much more expensive to own a home than to rent. 15:04 – Fact or Fiction: Don’t trust agents. They’ll say anything to make a sale. 17:43 – Fact or Fiction: For Sale By Owner will save you a lot of money.

  • Ep 62: The Latest Real Estate Trends and Data
    by Colleen Benson on June 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    We check in with Colleen this week to find out what’s changing across the market as coronavirus still looms. We’ll also look at the latest trends around Oregon and react to the latest real east data.   Read more and get additional resources here:    See our listings here:    Today's show schedule:  0:29 – An update on the agent side of the business.   2:22 – The mental health side of this pandemic. 3:36 – Real estate deemed essential in Oregon.   4:16 – ‘An extended winter’ 5:03 – There could be a lot of competition if you wait to sell your home. 6:17 – The latest data on home sales. 7:40 – Homebuilders are seeing an increase in sales as people move. 8:25 – Another takeaway on the latest data. 10:15 – How can someone get the process started for selling their home?

  • Ep 61: Back to the Basics – The Homebuyer Dictionary
    by Colleen Benson on June 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    If you are new to the homebuying process or just a need a refresher, this episode runs through all of the steps to buying a home and explains all the key terms you’ll need to know.   Read more and get additional resources here:    See our listings here:    Today's show schedule:  1:24 – What’s new in the real estate market in the area? 4:44 – A lot of people asking about mortgage relief, forbearance, the CARES Act.   7:11 – We’re going back to the basics on today’s show.   7:34 – Prequalification and pre-approval 9:42 – The different types of loans and mortgages.   11:59 – What is the MLS? 14:42 – Due diligence and earnest money. 17:55 – Making an offer. 19:18 – The process between the offer and closing. 22:00 – Closing costs 26:10 – Moving day



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