woodburn: 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)

woodburn: 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. 

woodburn: 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)

woodburn: 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!


woodburn: 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)

woodburn: 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 Box.net – 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)

woodburn: A Sparkly REALTOR® Celebration - 11/04/11 11:51 AM
We have an exceptional local REALTOR® Association in our beautiful Willamette Valley.  This association brings small towns together to network, socialize, get educated, and very importantly conduct business together.  I'm proud to be a member of the North Willamette Association of REALTORS and to do business with this fine group of people. 
Here is a look at our "Celebrate a Night with the STARS" event.  This was held last month to celebrate the hard working board of directors, our REALTOR® of the year, Dixon Bledsoe, and every member of the association.   It was a sparkly night indeed...


woodburn: 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.

woodburn: 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)

woodburn: 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!

woodburn: 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)

woodburn: 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)

woodburn: 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)

woodburn: AmeriTitle Customer Service Resource Center - 02/04/11 03:59 AM


woodburn: 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)

woodburn: 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)

woodburn: 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)

woodburn: AmeriTitle Adds Five New Associates - 08/25/10 07:33 AM
Salem, Oregon, / --AmeriTitle is pleased to announce that Chad Cripe, Dana Esterbloom, Rosi Green, Laura Thies and Tasha Walery have joined their team of professionals in the Salem office.  "We are very excited about the new additions to our staff", says Eric Templeton area General Manager and VP, "These are high quality individuals who complement our team nicely."
Chad Cripe, Customer Service Representative, has 12 years of customer service experience in the title and escrow industry. Chad is adept at delivering fast and accurate property and value information to clients while brainstorming the most cost effective ways to build … (3 comments)

woodburn: How do you stay on top of the latest news and trends? - 07/22/10 07:23 AM

Branding yourself as an expert is critical.  It can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest news and trends but you owe it to your clients to BE the expert in your area.  Clients expect this and will give you more referrals if you wowed them with your area and industry knowledge. 
I am constantly preaching about the benefits of staying organized.  Anything you do more than once deserves a check list and this includes your consumption of news and education on trends.  Staying organized with everything you do helps you accomplish more in less time. 
I … (12 comments)

woodburn: Staging Helps Homes Sell Faster - Join TICOR TITLE for a Series of Staging Classes - 04/09/09 04:11 AM

~Join Ticor Title for a Series of STAGING Classes for Area Real Estate Professionals ~ 
Help your seller embrace the staging process Understand staging as a powerful marketing tool Top 10 staging tips Enter to fin a FREE staging consultation (compliments of your speaker) Choose the date and time that works best for you...
Wednesday, April 22
Liz Harrison, ASP - Staging Consultant of
Spruce it Up!  Home Staging and Redesign  http://www.sprucestaging.com/testimonials.html
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29
Margaret Oscilia - Staging / Redesign Specialist
Creative Concepts and Contracting http://www.CreativeConceptsAndContracting.com 
10:30 a.m. to … (2 comments)