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We’re holding a seminar to teach you about investing in real estate with a seasoned property investment pro.

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I’m excited to announce that along with Mark Irwin from Directors Mortgage, we’ll be holding a real estate investing seminar on Thursday, June 29th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 9755 Southwest Barnes Road.

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It will be a basic course designed for first-time home investors. We’ll cover several key topics like how to determine what makes a rental property, how to finance one, and some reasons to buy one. We’ll also discuss the best ways to manage a rental investment property.

Mark Irwin has been a real estate investor for more than 35 years and has worked with just about every type of investment property you can think of.

We’ll also cover the real estate side of things like why you need a Realtor and how they will help you find the right property.

To register, just click here.

If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are simply curious about the kinds of homes that are available on the Portland market right now, check out this complete listing:

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  And if you need more advice, or you are ready to start looking for a home, get in touch with me at (503) 748-8310. I love working with first-time homebuyers, and I can help you get to your perfect new home with minimum hassle.

What Advice Do We Have for First-Time Homebuyers?


There is a lot that goes into buying your first home. To make things a little easier, here is my list of tips to keep in mind during the first-time home buying process.

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Buying your first home can be an incredibly exciting time. However, it also requires a huge commitment and investment, and can have repercussions in your life for years to come. That’s why I want to share my three top tips to help first-time homebuyers protect themselves during this crucial period: 1. Know what you can afford The fact is, your mortgage is only a part of what you will need to pay when you buy a home. Homeownership comes with other expenses as well, including closing costs, taxes, property insurance, maintenance costs, and homeowner association fees. Once you have a clear idea of all of these items, you can compare this to your stable income and your current monthly expenses. This way, you can figure out the kind of home you can honestly afford, without getting carried away, and without getting bogged down in debt. 2. Choose your lender wisely Choosing a lender is not something you should base only on the lowest rate. A competent and trustworthy lender will offer you advice on how to improve your credit. The right lender will also help you take advantage of special homebuyer programs that might benefit you. And ideally, your lender will work with you to get pre-approval for your loan. This can strengthen your offer immensely, particularly in hot markets like the one we're seeing around Portland. So how do you find the right lender specifically for you? While it can be a good idea to start shopping online, it's often best to get recommendations from friends who have already worked with a lender, or from a real estate agent you trust. 3. Don't overlook the details There are many details that go into buying a home, and missing any of them can be a costly mistake. For example, I always advise buyers to get a professional inspection (this is separate from an appraisal, which the seller is likely to get). Yes, an inspection will set you back about $300, but it can save you thousands of dollars down the line, and it can even prevent you from making a decision to buy a home that you would later regret. A second example is understanding the fine print in the various contracts you will be signing. If there's anything that isn't clear to you, talk to your real estate agent and have it spelled out. Trust me — there are no dumb questions. The process of buying a home can be intimidating, and that's why professional real estate agents are there to help. These three quick tips are only the start of the things you need to watch out for when buying your first home. If you are simply curious about the kinds of homes that are available on the Portland market right now, check out this complete listing: Click here to see all Portland homes for sale And if you need more advice, or you are ready to start looking for a home, get in touch with me at (503) 748-8310. I love working with first-time homebuyers, and I can help you get to your perfect new home with minimum hassle.

American Real Estate vs. UK Real Estate


Recently, I helped sell my mother’s home in the United Kingdom, as I’ve always been interested in international real estate. Transactions are different in each country.

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I’ve long been interested in international real estate and I have many connections with Realtors all over the world.

This month, with the help of a great local real estate company, we have sold my mother’s home in the United Kingdom, as she is about to go into assisted living. It’s been an interesting process because things are done a little differently here.

For one, the buyers are called applicants, and they are not legally represented here the same way they are in America.


In the United Kingdom, real estate agents don’t have to be licensed.
   


In the U.K., real estate agents don’t have to be licensed, and one in three transactions fail. You have to use solicitors and attorneys. The whole process takes approximately three months.

That said, my mother’s 3-bed, 1-bathroom, 1,100 square foot bungalow sold for the equivalent of about $330,000.

So, let us know if you know anyone who is interested in buying or selling a home. We can help them meet their goals anywhere in the world. We look forward to hearing from you!

Meet Our Most Experienced Agent, Angela Stevens


As our most experienced agent,
Angela Stevens is a vital member of the Hatch Homes Group.

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Angela Stevens has served the Hatch Homes Group for 10 years and, after Melody and I, is our most experienced team member. She also happens to be our daughter.

Angela started off as a transaction coordinator before handling the marketing for our listings. She then did a lot of short sale negotiations as the market bottomed out, which educated her about distressed properties. A few years after that, she decided to get her real estate license and become a buyer specialist. This transition helped her focus on working with both buyers and sellers and she feels this is the reason she can net sellers more money on their home sale.


We’re proud of the contributions Angela has made for our team.
   


Angela chose real estate because it allowed her to combine her passion for art and creativity and her passion for entrepreneurship. She loves the architecture of houses and the design aspect of the real estate business, and this industry fulfills her desire to be a businessperson.

We’re very proud of Angela and the contributions she’s made to our team. Last year, we made her a partner of Hatch Homes, and now she’s being appointed team leader. In this new position, she feels that her experience will enable her to carry on her knowledge and educate the people she interacts with. She looks forward to strengthening her relationship with her team so they can do better and, in turn, help her do better and lead by example.

If you have any questions or are looking to buy or sell a home in our market, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help.

What Can You Learn About Real Estate Investment at Our Seminar?


We’re holding a seminar this Thursday aimed at teaching you the ins and outs of basic real estate investment.

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Thursday, May 11th, we’re hosting the first of a three-part series of real estate investment seminars at 7 p.m. at our office at Keller Williams Realty Professionals on the first floor, and we’d love for you to join us.

Our own agent Michele DesCombes suggested putting on an investment seminar. I’ve always enjoyed investing in real estate over the years and helping others invest in real estate, and I was more than pleased when she came to me with the idea.

Michele wanted to do a seminar because she loves working with investors. With the rental market how it is in Portland, she also realized that now is a great time to maximize the opportunity for investment and maximize your income. Michele is partnered with Mark Irwin, an experienced lender from Directors Mortgage with a wealth of investment experience who will speak at the seminar.


This seminar will teach you how to maximize your income.
   


We’ll also talk about how to get qualified and make sure your financing is in order, the differences between active and passive landlords, how to screen your tenants, and the rest of the ins and outs of basic real estate investment.

The best part? It’s totally free. We even have a door prize. To RSVP, just click here to sign up. You can also visit our Facebook page or call us and we’ll get you signed up.

In the meantime, we hope to see you there. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help.