Category Archives: Real Estate

And now for something completely different … Yamhill County History

Some rare information about a family which also provides a window into Oregon rural history. The family of Aaron Cohen lived and worked in Willamina for several years. Aaron Cohen was a treasured member of the Willamina community and the … Continue reading

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Uh oh, ESA may be in trouble

Researchers at Michigan State University report the startling and surprising news that “a new species of bird has been discovered in India and China.” It is the delightfully and poetically named Himalayan forest thrush. But, but, but the Endangered Species Act … Continue reading

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Unsung hero dies – RIP Ron DeShon

One month ago today, on Dec. 4, 2015, Ron DeShon, a man who had a huge presence in the Klamath Basin area during the crisis that broke out in the spring and summer of 2001, died of cancer at the age … Continue reading

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What causes forest fires? It depends…

“We have left undone those thinges whiche we ought to have done, and we have done those thinges which we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us, but thou, O Lorde, have mercy upon us … Continue reading

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Real estate, revisited

We got an excellent question on the subject of home ownership following our post “Now’s the time to buy… or is it?” There followed a discussion which brought up some nuances that IFO thinks readers will enjoy. Q: I’m going to … Continue reading

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Now’s the time to buy! Or is it?

Wells Fargo has discovered some startling “facts” about public attitudes toward home ownership. In a press release issued yesterday that reads more like a tip sheet for the marketing department, the bank revealed its key finding in its headline: “Consumers’ Misconceptions … Continue reading

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Starting over, Part 3

Random notes for beginning investors: 1. In a recession like this one, every asset price falls. In what is now called The Great Recession, prices in all asset classes declined. Yep, gold, too. Real estate was the primary ’cause’ of … Continue reading

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Mortgage financing made simple – lol

What does “mortgage is underwater” mean? It means the amount of principal and interest due is more than the house is now worth on the market. It used to be the other way around. As property values went up and … Continue reading

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Famous lady writers don’t get it – real estate financing

Time for another investing post. Famous, intelligent writers who do plenty of research to lend credibility to their romantic novels, both blew it with horrendous examples of how little they understand financing real estate, banking, lending, and borrowing. 1. First … Continue reading

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Inflation? What inflation?

People, especially doom-and-gloomers are convinced we are swimming in a sea of inflation. It’s true things are really expensive over here in CH, but I’m finding some wiggle room on prices is developing. It’s very subtle – no shouting in … Continue reading

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