Old Town Florence and the historic Siuslaw River Bridge

Old Town Florence and the historic Siuslaw River Bridge

Monday, December 28, 2009

Real Estate Isn't Brain Surgery

When my MD referred me to a neurosurgeon to check out an MRI of my cervical spine, I asked around and met with two top surgeons. Both were well credentialed. One expressed some urgency and displayed a high level of confidence and competence in her skills. The fact that she performed several of these procedures each week encouraged me to move forward. I was pleased with my choice.

The National Association of Realtors havejust released their2009 annual survey of buyers and sellers. They reported that 67% of the respondents said they hired the first Realtor they met. I guess they assumed all Realtors are equally qualified to meet their unique needs. This could not be further from the truth. There are 81 Realtor members in the Central Oregon Coast Board of Realtors. Some are just beginning their real estate careers, others have been around a long time. Are they all the same, equally qualified, and knowledgeable enough to handle your unique situation. Heavens no. We are all different. Here are a few questions to ask your prospective Realtor before making that choice.

1. How long have you been in the business?
2. Are you a full time Realtor?
3. What is your areas of specialty?
4. Can you refer me to another Realtor who is knowledgeable in a particular area?
5. What professional designations have you earned?
6. How many hours of continuing education do you average per year?
7. What professional activities are you involved with?
8. What is your prior career experience and how does it relate to real estate?

Oh yes, once you have chosen, stick with them. If you want their full attention, be prepared to give them your loyalty. If things don't work out, at least terminate the professional side of the relationship but remain friends forever.

Welcome to Florence

This is the iconic view of Florence as you approach from the South on Hwy. 101. Our bridge, completed in 1937, was one of the last designed and built by Conde McCollough to complete the Coast Highway. This photo was created by Florence photographer Rob Welles. The original is over 13 feet long and is displayed in the Florence Public Library.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

This is my first time, be gentle

I am a first time blogger and hope this site entertains, informs, and intregues those interested in life in Florence, Oregon. This coastal community of 15,000+ has been our home for nine years. Following a banking career leading to our move here in 2001, real estate has become my vocation, avocation, and passion. This incredible community has what may people are searching for; incredible natural beauty including the rocky shoreline to the North, 40+ miles of sand dunes to the South, freshwater lakes, rivers, streams to the East, all within a stones throw to Eugene, Oregon's second largest metropolitian area.

Florence has attracted highly energized retirees from throughout the US over the past 20 years. They enthusiastically envolve themselves in many community organizations which have been responsible for the creation of our fine hospital, performing arts center, library, senior center, Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, Habitat for Humanity, humane society, and countless others. Everything positive in this community is the result of volunteer efforts.

I hope you check out my blog, website, and links which will answer many of your questions about Florence and the Central Oregon Coast. .