reo: There's something new in Ozark real estate..... - 06/08/08 02:58 PM
Okay, I am not new to real estate. I have been doing this for 5 years and specializing in REO (foreclosures) for over 3. What IS new is my company, Ozarks' Independent Realty, out of West Plains, Missouri.
Opening my own brokerage has been a dream of mine since before I started selling real estate. That is why I got my Broker/Salesperson license just a few months after my Salesperson's license, so I would be ready. And while I worked for a good broker for 5+ years and learned a lot, this was just the right time to get out … (5 comments)

reo: The Importance of Accurate valuations Part 2: What's Wrong With Agents Getting Together and Submitting the Same Values??? - 02/28/08 05:59 AM
I am about to discuss one of my pet peeves. I don't know about agents in other areas, but this happens a lot around here. I wish more Asset Managers would be aware of this going on and find more honest, conscientious agents to do their BPO and REO work...
"Hi there! I have an order to do an interior BPO on your listing at....."  Great! The bank is moving forward and we are that much closer to getting this foreclosed property on the market and sold for them! I have already submitted my BPO, in most cases, and now the bank … (12 comments)

reo: Do you want to start selling foreclosed properties? Here's how! - 11/30/07 06:53 AM
I list and sell foreclosures. Not a glamorous job, by any means. All you have to do is read some of the posts and look at some of the photos in the REO groups here, and you will get an idea what I am talking about. When my "emergency kit" that travels everywhere I do includes such things as bug repellent to try to keep the fleas off, Vick's Vaporub to put under my nose so as not to smell my newest listing, disposable rubber gloves because I'd really rather not touch anything, and a complete change of clothes in case all of … (14 comments)

reo: What an REO agent needs to keep with them at all times - 11/07/07 05:54 AM
Okay, a recent new listing caught me unprepared, and I learned a thing or two that I want to share...
First, always expect the worst when you go to enter a property for the first time. If it isn't so bad, you'll be thrilled, but if it is and you're not ready for it...
I carry the following things in my trunk all the time. Feel free to add to the list, if I am missing something...
Bug repellent- spray liberally all over your shoes and pant legs before stepping onto the property. I know some agents who carry big trash bags and put … (15 comments)

reo: REO etiquette. There WILL be a test! - 11/02/07 09:06 AM
I am furious! I just came from my weekly inspection of my local REO listings, and found one unsecured. I mean the lock-box was left on the code, and none of the doors were locked. There have been several other agents showing that property this week, so I will probably never be able to figure out who did it, but here are a few thoughts on how to show another agent's listing, especially if it's REO.
First, even if the MLS says show anytime, no appointment needed, whatever, it's always a good idea to call and let the agent know when you … (23 comments)

reo: Looking for foreclosures? Why not pay some internet site for the info? - 10/29/07 08:13 AM
  Well, it happened again! I received a call from a buyer looking for a Bargain home. The buyer said she received my name off of a "network" she joined, looking for foreclosures and other Bargain homes. I asked her which property she was wanting information on, and she rattled off the address of a property I had listed-  2 years ago! Actually, it sold in August of 2005, so that tells you how out-of-date this information she had paid for really was, and she was not the first to call about this and other properties that had sold long before... … (7 comments)

reo: Why so many foreclosures? - 01/22/07 10:05 PM
     As an REO broker, dealing mainly with foreclosures, I read all the information I can find on foreclosures. The statistics vary tremendously from one source of information to the next, as I've read that 2006 has shown an increase in residential foreclosures of anywhere from 23% to 46% over 2005. Either figure is staggering. But why is the foreclosure rate rising so dramatically?  Now, please keep in mind that I am NOT an economist, nor is this intended to be an indictment of any certain group of people. Indeed, no one group could be responsible. Rather, a lot of different factors … (11 comments)

reo: REO in the Missouri Ozarks - 01/01/07 01:01 AM
      My name is Amber Bourland, and I sell real estate in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of south-central Missouri. I know, lots of other people do, too. So what's so special about what I do? Well, for one thing, I belong to an independent brokerage. That means we aren't franchised or owned by a big corporation somewhere that doesn't understand our area and our people. We choose to be independent because that allows us to work with each client individually and in the manner that best benefits the client. We take pride in finding solutions to tricky marketing or financing issues, … (3 comments)


Amber Bourland

West Plains, MO

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Ozarks' Independent Realty

Address: PO Box 345, West Plains, MO, 65775

Office: (417) 256-3190

Mobile: (417) 372-3191

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