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Meet Barry Woodworth, Our New Leading Man

Barry Woodworth is the new face of the Hatch Homes Group video blog. Let’s get to know him better.

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I’m here to introduce an important member of the Hatch Homes Group and the new star of our video blog going forward, Barry Woodworth. We’re here to learn a little bit about Barry today so you can get to know him better.

Barry has been with us for about 5 ½ years now. He has spent his entire career in homes, starting out as a contractor before moving onto the mortgage business and now real estate. He feels like he is just settling into the best part of his career.

Barry has spent his entire
career in homes.

Barry is looking forward to bringing you the latest news and information about the Portland real estate market. If you need anything from him in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give him a call at (503)-998-1861 or send him an email to barry@hatchhomes.com.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Have You Considered Buying Property Abroad?

This week I escaped the cold and traveled to the Caribbean.
Here’s some of what I learned about buying internationally.

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This week, I have escaped the cold and am coming to you from the Caribbean! I’ve been to quite a few islands, including Puerto Rico, Barbados, and many more.

I’m traveling with a group of like-minded Realtors from all over North America who are interested in helping clients purchase international property.

We have learned how to do safe transfers of large amounts of money and save people significant fees on international transfers. We’ve also learned about tax advantages, citizenship implications, and various other helpful things.

I’d love to share some fantastic
things about buying homes internationally with you.

For example, Barbados is an English-speaking country that we have learned has quality, free healthcare and very low tax rates.

We have seen properties of all price ranges, from modestly priced homes all the way up to the luxury market. We even saw a private estate that boasts its own marina!

It’s such a pleasure to be in this part of the world, and if you or anyone you know is interested in buying internationally, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to share what I’ve learned about the Caribbean or answer any questions you might have.

Happy Holidays, from Our Team to Your Family

Today we wanted to thank you for your business and
wish you happy holidays.

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Today, we wanted to reach out to you and wish you season’s greetings.

We also want to thank you for doing business with us and making our job so enjoyable. We appreciate your referrals and your friendship. From our team to your family, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season

If there’s anything we can do to brighten your day, please let us know. Happy Holidays!

10 Things to Consider When Making an Offer on a Home

There are 10 main factors to consider when making an offer on a home. Taking into account these factors will only make your offer stronger.

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When making an offer on a home, there are 10 factors that you need to consider so that the offer is as good as it can be:

1. Price. We tend to think of the listing price as being the proper price, but this isn’t the case. You have to think about what’s a good price for you, and what value really means to you. The key is to be flexible depending on what research your Realtor provides you.

2. The earnest money. This sum is normally 1% to 2% of the sales price. If we have the flexibility to put some more earnest money down, that will be looked at favorably by the seller.

3. The down payment. With a lot of financing, we can offer a really low down payment. The more you can put down, the stronger your offer is going to look.

4. The closing date. It’s important to work with your Realtor and determine what a good closing date would be for both you and the seller. If there’s some flexibility you can give to satisfy the needs of the seller, all the better.

5. The lender. Your pre-qualification is very important, but it’s also important who you use for a lender. Using an online or out-of-state source as your lender is a red flag for most listing agents. You have to have a good, credible source of finance.

Sellers prefer to deal with people that they like.

6. The possession date. Working out a possession date that is beneficial for both you and the seller will help enormously, especially if you need to work out a rent-back agreement.

7. The inspection. These are critical in ensuring that what you’re buying is a good, sound property. Sellers can develop anxiety over this process, and they want to feel that it’s done in a timely fashion.

8. The appraisal. Appraisals that can be done quickly can help the overall presentation of the offer.

9. Concessions. You as a buyer may need to make a few concessions, such as closing costs, to close the deal. You also have to construct these carefully so they aren’t viewed negatively by the seller.

10. The credibility of both you and your agent. Sellers like to deal with people they like. Time and time again, we’ve seen sellers accept offers that were inferior in price to other offers simply because they liked that particular buyer better. They will also gravitate toward a Realtor that they’re comfortable with.

If you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell real estate and values good representation, we’d love to speak to them. Just give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Quick Quiz: Where Am I?

This week, I have a competition for you. Melody and I like to golf, so after two very busy months, we’ve rewarded ourselves with a long weekend at a golf resort.

Now, what’s the competition? It’s very simple. All you have to do is guess where I am. This is a golf course in Washington, Oregon. You can watch the video above for a couple more hints. The first five people who email me with the correct answer will receive a gift certificate!

Answer correctly and
receive a free gift certificate.

As always, we really appreciate your referrals. If you know anyone who needs help with real estate, let us know by giving us a call or sending us an email. We would love to give them the royal treatment. You can also reach out to us with any questions or concerns and, of course, your guesses!

We look forward to hearing from you!