salem: AmeriTitle Idol - All-Stars Event 2013 - 07/16/13 08:45 AM
After five seasons of AmeriTitle Idol with $52,000 raised for local non-profits, we are holding an all star event on Wednesday, August 7th. The best of the best from past seasons will perform in this one-night, street party extravaganza. Everybody involved will have been part of the AmeriTitle Idol history from the singers to the band to the host to the judges to the benefitting non-profits.
Year after year, at AmeriTitle Idol we are blown away by the local talent. To have the opportunity to enjoy the top talent from each year all in one night is making us giddy. We … (1 comments)

salem: Education - Events - Community Involvement - 03/21/13 09:32 AM
As the real estate market continues to heat up, be sure you carve out time to continue to expand your knowledge, network, and participate in community events. This time is well spent as it helps you serve your clients to the best of your ability, stay organized and efficient, and continue to grow your business. 
Get your calendar out, here’s the line-up for the remainder of March through April…
We’re kicking off a series of 6 “lunch and learn” classes to be held in Silverton.
Mark your calendar for the following first Wednesdays of … (2 comments)

salem: Creative Idea for Historic Property Marketing - 02/21/12 02:25 AM
Do you have a historic property listed?  This is a fun photo idea to show the history.  This would really stand out!
Here is a look at a collection of "Looking Into the Past" photos, compiled by BuzzFeed contributor Matt Stopera.
All 75 of them are fun to view. 


AmeriTitle:  Creativity Junkie.  Creative ideas help you and your listing stand out. 

salem: How much does $200k buy... - 02/15/12 03:02 AM
Getting back to the basics of marketing is a great approach in today's market.  Postcard and email campaigns are making a come back as effective forms of marketing. 
We're seeing a big resurgence in requests for targeted prospecting lists for use in postcard and letter mailings.  After a bit of a hiatus, people are putting this back into their mix of marketing tools. 
What we have NOT seen are the requests for lists of 1,000's of people.  Thank goodness because this was never really a good approach.  (In my opinion...)  For best results, get extremely targeted with your list.   … (1 comments)

salem: Will you be our ValenTitle? - 02/14/12 03:53 AM
We hope your home and your heart will be filled with love today... and every day!


salem: How to NOT be an idiot on Pinterest - 5 facts, 5 do's & 5 don'ts - 02/06/12 04:32 AM
I admit, I am a Pinterestaholic.  I can clearly see this site as an amazing platform for Real Estate professionals.  I can also clearly see how real estate professionals (along with any other business / brand) could ruin the site.    
We teach web presence classes to agents and always preach, "go where the people are."  If you are investing time in growing your footprint on the web, don't talk to empty rooms.   Show up on sites where people are gathered and can find you. 
Pinterest is FULL of people and not only is it full of people but … (1 comments)

salem: A Plethora of Links | Resources | Education | Motivation | News | Tech - 02/03/12 07:03 AM
There is a mind boggling amount of information available to us at our fingertips.  To help you wade through the chatter… here are just  a few of our favorite resources. 
Links to “Tools You Can Use”
Random fun:
Google Apps for Business – cloud computing – simple, secure sharing from anywhere Picnik – easy picture editor (note all the bells and whistles are FREE until April when they will migrate over to the Google+ platform) CloudCMA – CMA tool that integrates with MLS data Animoto – … (0 comments)

salem: The Magic of a Team and 1:43 of Silly Joy - 12/08/11 04:53 AM
For co-workers to feel like family… to become family is truly the way to live life.  Professionals can spend well over 25% of their life at work; strive for that environment to be one that feeds you.  Not only with food on the table but with emotional fulfillment as well. 
Trust:  Know that your teammates have your back; never having to question that they’ll follow through on a promise to you or to a client.  They’ll stand up for you and are proud to be your partner.
Collaboration:  Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses.  Caring for each other … (3 comments)

salem: AmeriTitle - Stats Junkie: Market Action Report - June 2011 - 07/12/11 04:09 AM
Residential Sold Statistics by Area
Marion / Polk Counties, Oregon
June, 2011
Market Action Report – Silverton / Stayton / Woodburn
Market Action Report – Areas 90 & 95
Market Action Report – Salem Area

Do you have a specific need for area trends or statistics in the Willamette Valley?  We have all sales (including FSBO sales) at our fingertips and we’re happy to help.

salem: AmeriTitle - 6 Reasons Why - 05/30/11 10:22 AM
Please allow me to share a few reasons why I am so proud to be part of the AmeriTitle family…if you haven’t already aligned yourself with AmeriTitle here are 6 reasons why you should consider it:

Best Customer Service
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Chad Cripe & Gabe Valdez are serious about service. AmeriTitle was just honored with the Silver award for Best Customer Service from the Statesman Journal’s “Best of the Mid-Valley.” This is due, in no small part, to the hustle from these fine gentlemen.
Starting your transaction off with our customer service group is always a great experience. They … (2 comments)

salem: AmeriTitle - Stats Junkie: April Distressed Property Sale Report - 05/26/11 10:05 AM

Here is the latest Distressed Property Sale Report for April 2011.

Click here for the full report
50.3% of all sales transactions were ‘distressed’ last month in Marion County
It took an average of 205 days for banks to sell an REO property once they took it back and 480 total days from 1st NOD to REO Sale
Need other stats or property sale analysis that includes FSBO information? 
We’re here for YOU!

salem: Nationwide Open House Event - Time to Start your Promotion Parade - 05/15/11 08:48 AM
There is a Nationwide Open House event on June 4th and June 5th 2011.  This is right around the corner and now is the time to start promoting so you have a successful event. 
A well promoted open house can result in a SALE, meeting new people, and excellent promotion of your listing.  With a little planning, promotion and work you can have success!
If you were having an open house at your home you wouldn't put a 2"x2" ad in the paper, put a sign out in the front yard and hope people come.  Treat your open house as … (2 comments)

salem: My Corner Office with a View - 05/12/11 04:11 AM
I like to think of my Subaru as the "corner office with a view" as I drive around the Willamette Valley visiting clients.  The view is spectacular...

It amazes me that after living a lifetime here I never get bored or ungrateful for the beauty that surrounds us.  We are rich in diverse agriculture and a truly wonderful culture of people.  We're about an hour (or less) away from everything ~ big city, ocean beaches, mountain skiing, desert, deep forests, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, canyons, vineyards, farms, and more. We are the valley smack dab in the middle of everything and … (3 comments)

salem: AmeriTitle Idol - Week 1 Results / Week 2 Line-Up - 05/10/11 03:52 AM
Week One Results:
$2,000 raised for Liberty House, Child Abuse Assessment Center, an organization that has a positive impact in the lives of children.  We can’t do this without your attendance and support so THANK YOU for a hugely successful night.
The three finalists who blew us all away with their singing skills:
Emilee Kerper, Tiffany Kuenzi, and Mat Genuser
The talent was deep so it is very possible that a wildcard or two could come from this group.
Week Two - TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 11:
Raising funds for Isaac’s Room ~ An outstanding organization focused … (0 comments)

salem: AmeriTitle - Stats Junkie: Market Action Report - April 2011 - 05/06/11 12:58 PM
Please click on the links to view full reports on SFR Sales:
Market Action Report - Silverton/Stayton/Woodburn - April 2011
Market Action Report - Area 90 & 95 - April 2011
Market Action Report - Salem Area - April 2011

Here’s a look at the Salem Area market compared to this time last year:
April 2011
Lowest Sales price:                          $35,000
Highest Sales price:                         $415,000
Average Sales price:                        $164,424
Median Sales price:                         $150,000
Average Days on Market:                         168
Median Days on Market:                        … (0 comments)

salem: 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

salem: 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)

salem: 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.


salem: 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)

salem: 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.