amerititle: It is AmeriTitle Idol Eve! Singer and Charity Line-Up for May 4th - 05/03/11 04:36 AM
We will be gathering for some outstanding entertainment and fun every Wednesday night in May at the Half Penny Bar & Grill in Salem. 
We're kicking off the 2011 season of AmeriTitle Idol tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4th. 
Here are your singers for the May 4th event:
Aubrey Loyd
Bill Hallahan
Duane Reno
Elizabeth Smith
Emilee Kerper
Geoff White
Marissa Pena-Wilson
Mat Genuser
Rob Rardin
Tiffany Kuenzi
Tristina Furgison
Our line-up of judges for the season are much loved local personalities...
Ronda Wymore, Willamette Valley MLS
Sean Mulrooney, Resident Lending
Don Sturgeon, Coldwell Banker Mountain West

amerititle: Best of the Mid-Valley Award Winners - 05/01/11 03:42 PM
The Statesman Journal posted the winners for Best of the Mid-Valley.  This is an outstanding collection of area professionals who have been nominated by their clients and patrons.  The Statesman had a huge surge in the number of votes received this year.  With more than 819,000 votes cast, the much anticipated list of Gold, Silver & Bronze winners is official...

Congratulations to all of the BEST of the MID-VALLEY!!
Best Real Estate Agents
Gold:  Brian & Nina White
Silver:  Dixon Bledsoe
Bronze:  Amy McLeod
Best Real Estate Companies
Gold:  Coldwell Banker
Silver:  Prudential Real Estate Professionals
Bronze:  Paramount Real … (3 comments)

amerititle: AmeriTitle Idol - Every Wednesday in May, 2011 - 04/21/11 04:13 AM
The American Idol season is down to the finals but don't panic ~ we're exdending the entertainment for you EVERY WEDNESDAY IN MAY!  All for an outrageous amount of fun and to support local charities.  Mark your calendar and be sure to join us.


amerititle: AmeriTitle-Stats Junkie: Distressed Property Sales + Market Action Report - 04/20/11 12:08 PM
We’ve been busy crunching numbers and there is some valuable information to peruse below…
Enjoy and if you have any questions / concerns / want to visit ~ you know where to find us.

Click for the full Marion County - February - Distressed Property Sale Report

Click for the full - Salem - March - Market Action Report

Click for the full - Area 90 / 95 - March - Market Action Report

Click for the full - Silverton/Stayton/Woodburn - Market Action Report
AmeriTitle  |  … (0 comments)

amerititle: Playing in the Rain ~ Abiqua River, Silverton, OR - 04/19/11 01:17 PM
It has been a wet winter and spring here in Oregon.  People say that we have webbed feet and I'm feeling the web this year for sure.  However, after experiencing the epic summers that we enjoy I find myself with amnesia about the long days of winter and the wet days of spring.  There is nothing like an Oregon summer and I am counting the days and watching the forecast for sunshine.
We had the opportunity to play in the rain this past weekend as we drove out the long and nearly deserted far reaches of North Abiqua to Milk Ranch … (0 comments)

amerititle: Video is KING - 04/13/11 04:07 AM
I would like to give a shout out to my friend Don Sturgeon who is a marketing genius.  I started my day off watching his invitation to an open house.  Best I've seen in a long time.  This is true marketing genius.  He stands out, he's having fun, and I have this event on my calendar.  Thanks for making me smile this morning Don.

amerititle: Things to do in Silverton, Oregon week of April 12 - 19, 2011 - 04/12/11 09:55 AM
We're getting the spring tease weather in Silverton so far this month.  We're vacillating between rain, snow, hail, sun, clouds, more hail, and more peeks of sunshine.  It's shining at the moment so I'm dreaming of all the fun Summer events and festivals that people are working hard to plan right now.  All of the community happenings are part of what makes Silverton such a special place to live.  ~
Here’s what’s happening around Silverton this week: April 12 - 19 Merchant Meeting  Wednesday, April 13 8-9 am at Silverton Inn & Suites. Jose de la Rosa is the … (1 comments)

amerititle: The Distressed Property Report - 04/01/11 04:01 AM
In a recent survey of many clients throughout the Willamette Valley we discovered an overwhelming cry and plea and need for statistics and trends.  A great deal of concern and interest revolving around distressed properties was expressed as well. 
With that said, here is our first installment of a new “stats junkie” series… The Distressed Property Report.  While this report is from January, we will be providing more up to date information going forward.  I still wanted to share this first look with you.  (Because I get excited about stats you know…) 
Distressed properties are part … (3 comments)

amerititle: Oregon Realtor Rally Day - Homeownership Matters! - 03/17/11 06:34 AM
The Gold Man was shiny (and wet) yesterday at the Oregon State Capitol for
REALTOR® Rally Day

600 Agents from across the state
were there to visit with legislators
to let them know
that Homeownership Matters!

Public Policy Briefs provided by Oregon Association of REALTORS®
Oregon Realtor® Positions noted:
No Additional Taxes or Fees on Real Estate
Oppose House Bill 2518
Oppose House Bill 2245
Oppose House Bill 2351

Protect the Full Value of the Mortgage Interest Deduction
Oppose House Bill 3008
Provide Some Certainty … (3 comments)

amerititle: AmeriTitle Idol - Talent Scout and Charity Details - 03/03/11 04:13 AM
We will be gathering for some outstanding entertainment and fun every Wednesday night in May at the Half Penny Bar & Grill in Salem. 

Are YOU the next AmeriTitle Idol?
If your singing skills are strictly limited to the shower or your car, be sure to mark your calendar to join in on the fun and support the talent.  While these events rank extremely high on the fun meter, there is an added benefit to all of us having a blast.  This event provides much needed support to well deserving charities in our community.
THIS … (4 comments)

amerititle: Revisions to the 2011 OREF Sale Agreements - New Historic Property Addendum - 01/28/11 05:17 AM
Revisions to the 2011 OREF Sale Agreements
I thoroughly enjoyed a presentation by James C. Reinhart of Davis Wright Tremaine for the North Willamette Association of REALTORS® this week.  He did a great job highlighting the 2011 changes to Oregon Real Estate forms.  He kept a jam packed room moving along through many updates.  The Oregon sale agreement has grown to a 10 page document!
I’ll quickly touch on one of the discussions that developed during the class regarding new section, 31.2 (Historic  Property).  This section states:  “If the property described in this instrument is subject to special assessment under … (4 comments)

amerititle: We found strength enough to share... - 01/20/11 03:30 AM
There is a certain power in tight-knit communities.  In these areas, people are accustomed to working hard, overcoming obstacles with grace and living each day to the fullest.  Perhaps there is something special about working side by side with your neighbors that builds character and integrity.  And maybe being in well-established communities teaches one to genuinely care for others.
At AmeriTitle, we draw strength from these communities.  After all, they are where we began.  They have taught us about practical intelligence, working tirelessly and really paying attention to the needs of our customers, from lenders and Realtors to builders, developers, farmers, … (3 comments)

amerititle: Goal Setting and Time Management for Internet Presence - 11/19/10 05:47 AM

If you're finding this article on ActiveRain, chances are you already "get it" and are bought in to the importance of internet presenence and social media.  For the begginers and fence sitters, please read on.  Please also read on if you "get it" but feel you could use a little more organization... a method to the madness, or a fresh perspecive for the new year ahead of us. 
Click the image above to download a printable presentation.  
 Why social media / internet marketing is … (7 comments)

amerititle: North Willamette Association of REALTORS ~ Realtor of the Year Event Recap & Pictures - 11/04/10 08:38 AM
November 4, 2010
The stars were shining bright last week at the North Willamette Association of Realtors (NWAR) annual awards dinner and installation of officers. 
Agents gathered to honor the Realtor of the Year, Mr. Walt Wood of Hallmark Properties.  Some words shared by Hallmark Properties, Principal Broker / Owner, Dave Christoff:
“I feel very privileged to introduce this year’s Realtor of the Year recipient, Walt Wood.
He has been married to his wonderful wife Marcia for 43 years and is the proud father … (3 comments)

amerititle: Dissecting a Preliminary Title Report - 11/02/10 01:11 PM

Admittedly, reading preliminary title reports can be a little... dry.  However, there are some very important aspects to your transaction that can be revealed in this report. 
Knowing and understanding the different components of a preliminary title report can help you scan through it quickly to look for any red flags.   This will help you communicate with your clients, look like an expert, and keep a transaction progressing along smoothly.  
Reviewing this report with your buyers and sellers is good practice to serve your client and also to protect yourself.
Have all the intended … (1 comments)

amerititle: Who chooses the title and escrow company? - 10/06/10 01:22 PM
We frequently get the question, "who chooses the title and escrow company?"  The answer below is from the Oregon Association of Realtors e-news letter 10.6.2010. 
In our experience we have definitely seen the title and escrow company as a negotiated item in the contract.  The listing agent will note their title company of choice on the MLS listing because they have already worked with said company to provide information on the property, and their favorite escrow officer is there.  Then the buyer's agent writes up the offer and writes in their favorite title and escrow company which may be different.  … (5 comments)

amerititle: Walking the Talk in Your Community - 09/17/10 06:59 AM
I am so blessed to work for AmeriTitle- this company truly "walks the talk" when it comes to community involvement.  I am blown away by the collective volunteer hours contributed by my co-workers.  There are many companies who profess to be dedicated to their communities but it's the actions and involvement that make a difference.  It's the spirit of the people who are excited to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  Thank you AmeriTitle for supporting me in my passion to contribute to the communities I care about in Silverton, Mt. Angel, Stayton, & Woodburn.
I'm thinking of our fearless leader, … (0 comments)