Are you prepared for a personal attack?

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Personal safety for real estate brokers has become a growing area of concern. Physical assaults against  real estate brokers have been on the rise in our area. Despite popular belief, attacks can happen any time of the day or night.

CB Bain/CB Seal has partnered with “My Will to Survive” self defense and personal safety training classes to bring brokers a great opportunity for free personal safety training.

These will only be offered twice this year. April 11th at Lake Union Conference Room, and April 25th at Vancouver Square.

Ground Rules to Survival

In this 2-hour class you will:

● Learn how to protect yourself

● Develop the confidence and mindset  to survive an attack

● Take control of your safety

● Learn skills to protect yourself

including: legal boundaries for self defense, targeting, bodily impact weapons, awareness, strikes and escapes

For more information about Erin and My Will to Survive, please visit their website at:

To register for the April 11th event at Lake Union, please click here

For the April 25th training at Vancouver Square, please click here


This week’s relevant links: Week of April 1st-6th, 2013


“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”

― Joseph Addison


GenY is finally in a mood to buy (houses)

A generation that’s about 90 million strong, Millennials (or Generation Y) form the largest demographic wave in the nation’s history


Home Prices Seen Making Stronger Gains in 2013

the first three months of the year have shown the conditions that produced last year’s gains are just as strong


Homeowners, Name Your Price

A real-estate site tests the magic number that might convince an owner to move; listing an Arizona home on a whim


CoreLogic: Completed Foreclosures at Lowest Level Since 2007

Data from CoreLogic shows 54,000 homes were lost to foreclosure in February of this year, a 7 percent decline from January’s downwardly revised 58,000


DataQuick Reports Improvements for Housing, Questions Sustainability

Although prices are improving and foreclosures are declining, there’s still room for economic uncertainty to “dampen” housing activity, according to DataQuick’s Property Intelligence Report


Increase in Consumer Sentiment Surpasses Expectations

consumers have expressed improved prospects for economic growth


Is California’s Wild Housing Market a Sign of a Bubble?

California is the comeback kid of the housing recovery


A Look at Case-Shiller, by Metro Area

The composite 20-city home price index, a key gauge of U.S. home prices, was up 8.1% in January from a year earlier. Seattle-8.7%, Portland-8.3%


Trulia: Buying Beats Renting Despite Rising Home Prices

To buy, or not to buy, and instead to rent? That, as ever, is the real-estate question


Housing recovery starts to look like a boom

Portland steamed along in the middle of the pack, posting 8.3 percent home price growth, slightly ahead of the 20-city index of 8.2 percent


Buy or rent? 10 major cities

Seattle’s land comes at a premium: The area’s residential communities are hemmed in by the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Range, as well as the Puget Sound.


Seattle house prices take seasonal dip

House prices in the Seattle area edged down in January for the second straight month, but year-over-year they are up 8.7 percent


US rate on 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.57 pct.

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages edged up this week but remained near historic lows. Low rates have helped drive the housing market’s steady recovery


S&P nears record as home price surge lifts stocks

Rising home prices and orders for manufactured goods drove stocks up from the opening bell


Coldwell Banker recognized for training platform

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC was named one of the top 10 companies “for ongoing excellence in learning and development” by Chief Learning Officer magazine


Zombie Homes on the Rise?

Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries weighs in on how much of a problem zombie homes really are across the country


Home Decor When Money’s No Object

Prices are increasing but are still ‘on sale’ throughout most of the country when compared to 2007 prices


Homes ‘On Sale’ Across the Country [INFOGRAPHIC]

The NAR reported total sales were up 10.2% from February 2012, but conventional sales are probably up closer to 25% from February 2012, and distressed sales down


Should Your Buyers Increase Their Offer?

Limited inventory and a very strong demand for housing has created an environment where bidding wars are commonplace in today’s real estate market


House of the Week: And the Winner Is…

Four new properties vied for the title of “House of the Week.”  Watch this video (or see the slide show) to find out which home readers chose as the latest top abode


Oregon home permits jump 27 percent

The number of single-family home permits issued in Oregon jumped 27.4 percent in 2012


After You Read the Listings, Your Agent Reads You

EVERY saleswoman will tell you that the customer is always transparent


Housing market surge may wane in time

The outlook for housing continues to remain positive, with economists predicting a sustainability that may last for years


Lending data reveals no debt crisis

Home mortgage debt fell to $9.4 trillion at the end of 2012, down from a record of $10.6 trillion in 2008


 Big Predictions for Housing for Next 2 Years

Home sales are projected to post some big gains in the next two years, according to Fannie Mae’s latest monthly economic outlook


New Database Allows Americans to Post Mortgage Gripes

Americans have a lot of gripes when it comes to mortgages


A New Senior Moment

Zumba classes, sushi chefs and kilns in the crafting room: the newest generation of 55-plus communities caters to active—and demanding—retirees


For more opinions on today’s real estate issues, visit CBBain’s “In The Know” blog at

“Links” are edited each week by John Deely 


This week’s relevant links: Week of March 25th-29th, 2013



18 Inspirational Quotes for Spring

 Spring is the time of rebirth and inspiration. Here are some amazing quotes to help you start the season with a refreshed outlook.


How to be the Most Attractive Homebuyer

Multiple bids are becoming the norm, so be ready to compete and do your homework to seal the deal.


Analysis: Realtors’ Economist Sees Higher Home Prices in 2013

report showing that sales of previously owned properties grew last month to the highest level in more than three years


20 Seconds for Love at First Sight

Researchers use eye-tracking measurements to determine how home buyers look at listings online.


NAR: Housing inventory growing at woefully slow pace

After Freddie Mac predicted this spring to be the healthiest in six years, the National Association of Realtors confirmed by saying February existing-home sales and prices point towards a healthy housing spring


Here’s why the latest NAR report is actually bad news

“buyers have little to choose from and agents have little to sell.” Not good


The time to sell is a waiting game for some

Real estate is always a game of knowing when to make your move


FHFA: Home prices continue slow mend

U.S. home prices inched upward 0.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis from December to January, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.


Zillow home values rise for 16 consecutive months

Home values rose nationwide in February for the 16th consecutive month, according to Zillow


Study: Proximity to Public Transit Boosts Home Values

” However, “location” may no longer solely refer to zip code, but proximity to the nearest train station or bus stop. Portland # 4 – Seattle # 9


Growing Home Equity Makes Refinancing Possible


Pocket Listings Heat Up: Good or Bad?   | Realtor Magazine


 List of Improving Housing Markets Rises to 274 in March

The list of improving U.S. housing markets expanded for a seventh consecutive month in March to include 274 metros on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today


NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI)

The NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) tracks housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health


The World’s Most Expensive Cities For Luxury Real Estate

Global billionaire activity in world real estate markets has been so intense over the last seven years that it has led to a doubling of property values in this sector


Housing’s Bullish Supply-Demand Squeeze

growing demand for housing amid a shrinking supply


Sudden Rise in Home Demand Takes Builders by Surprise

After six years of waiting on the sidelines, newly eager home buyers across the country are discovering that there are not enough houses for sale to accommodate the recent flush of demand.


Existing Home Sales: Conventional Sales up Sharply

The NAR reported total sales were up 10.2% from February 2012, but conventional sales are probably up closer to 25% from February 2012, and distressed sales down


Existing U.S. home sales reach three-year high

Existing home sales across the U.S. grew 0.8 percent in February over the previous month, pushing them to the highest level since November 2009


US mortgage bonds: opening doors

On the heels of a comeback in US housing, there are signs of life in the market for private label mortgage bonds


Agents to Sellers: Get Moving!

With inventories at 13-year lows, real estate professionals are getting creative in trying to convince home owners to sell


Realtors ask: “What can I do to get you OUT of that house?”

“I’ve been posting kind of my war stories with buyers, saying ‘Hey, you know what, I’ve had six offers on this, seven offers on that, twenty-five offers on this one.  Sellers, hello?  Where are you?!’” Snyder says.  “There’s such little inventory that my joke is it’s like the last shrimp at the buffet at a cocktail party and everyone’s jumping on it to try and get to it.”


Freddie Mac Releases Single-Family Loan-Level Data

“The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is pleased that an important step toward returning private capital to the mortgage market occurred today.


Shiller: Housing Market Is ‘Very Abnormal’

concern that the housing market “is becoming more of a speculative asset.”


From Midcentury to Modern

A couple buys a circa-1960s lodge-style home around the corner and turns it into a minimal, contemporary space. Peeling away four layers of carpeting in the basement


Better Deals Abroad?

Looking to live abroad? Americans who get a mortgage from an overseas lender can end up with lower interest rates, more lenient repayment terms and tax perks to boot


US rate on 30-year mortgage declines to 3.54 pct.

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week and remained near historic lows, a trend that has supported a recovery in housing.


Nightmare tenant charged with fraud

Criminal charges have been filed against a woman who repeatedly rented luxury homes, then paid minimal rent. When evictions loomed, she’d make false accusations against her landlords, prosecutors say. goes by a number aliases, including Jessica Hartman, Juanita Hofseth-Lammer, Juanita Hofseth and Juanita Frye


For more opinions on today’s real estate issues, visit CBBain’s “In The Know” blog at

“Links” are edited each week by John Deely 

This week’s relevant links March 18th-22nd, 2013


“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

John Steinbeck 


Prices to Skyrocket if Rates Stay Low for Two Years / Housing `Never Been More Affordable,’ Burns Says

Potential home buyers can purchase a 34% more expensive home today than they could at the end of 2008.


10 Easy Ways To Decorate Tricky Spaces, Corners And Nooks

Every house has awkward spaces that defy decorating


Commercial Real Estate Forecast Update: 2013-2014

Commercial real estate continues to improve at a moderate pace


Boomerang buyers return to market after foreclosure

Borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure during the housing bust are starting to buy again


5 best markets to sell a home

When homes are put up for sale in Oakland, they don’t last long. In February, houses were on the market for an average of just two weeks before they were sold, according to


Global Luxury Market Is Booming

The international luxury real estate market appears to be relatively immune to economic headwinds


The 10 Priciest Real Estate Markets in the World

New York is the lone U.S. city to land in the top 10 most expensive residential real estate markets in the world, according to a new report from Knight Frank


Seller’s Market Emerges This Spring: Are You Ready?

The inventory of homes for sale has reached its lowest level since 1999, which is helping home prices to rise in many markets, says Lawrence Yun, the National Association of REALTORS®’ chief economist


Pocket Listings Heat Up: Good or Bad?

Pocket listings — off-market listings that are marketed directly by the seller’s real estate agent or broker — are growing in number, according to news reports


Home architecture style: Regional or not?

Home architecture styles tend to vary by region and even by state within a region in the U.S. Specific styles of homes can also be unique to one city or state


For-Sale Inventory Continues to Fall, But Shortages May Be Easing

In the top 100 major metropolitan areas, we counted homes listed on Zillow within three price tiers (bottom, middle and top) on Feb. 24, 2013


Chinese finding U.S. real estate a bargain

Beijing lawyer Ying Guohua is heading to the United States on a shopping trip, looking not for designer clothes or jewelry, but for a $1 million home in New York City or Los Angeles


Real estate agents see return of foreign buyers

Canadian investor Arthur Wong is buying condos in Las Vegas and Phoenix like a shopper at Costco: In bulk, with slashed prices


Living small looms large amid real estate bust

To save money or simplify their lives, a small but growing number of Americans are buying or building homes that could fit inside many people’s living rooms


Some real estate agents feeling spring chill

upbeat sales agents are showing signs of nervousness as they confront sluggish growth and tough lending standards


Mortgages rates up on positive jobs report

After holding steady through much of February and early March, rates on fixed-rate mortgage loans rose this week in the wake of reports that suggest the economy continues to mend


Unemployment at lowest level in 4 years

The unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since December 2008 in February


Agent dragged into fair housing lawsuit over listing he didn’t represent

The plight of a Florida agent who was dragged into a fair housing lawsuit over the description of a property he did not represent has raised awareness among real estate professionals that they can be sued for the content of listings that appear on their websites, regardless of whether they are the author.


Housing Recovery ‘Fundamentally Strong’: Lennar CEO

Despite being headquartered in one of the states hardest hit by the housing crash, the CEO of Miami-based Lennar Homes said he is bullish both on the rental side of the business and the single family side


Jumbo Mortgage Divide Starts Shrinking

Even as mortgage rates begin to rise, the difference between conforming and jumbo loan rates is shrinking


Headwind to Housing Recovery? Foreclosures Flare-Up Again

Banks are repossessing fewer homes, in fact the fewest since March of 2007, but in some states that may be about to change, according to a new report from RealtyTrac, an online foreclosure data and sale firm


New US Foreclosure Filings Rise in February: RealtyTrac

Foreclosure starts were seen on 71,488 homes in February, up 10 percent from the month before, though that was still down nearly 25 percent from a year ago.


Seven Must-Haves for Your Dream Retirement Home

Finding the right home for retirement, whether it means moving to a new location or renovating a current home so you can age in place, involves being realistic about your long-term physical needs, your financial resources, and what kinds of facilities are nearby to support you, financial and aging experts say.


Mortgage Credit Thawing

are banks and lenders starting to loosen up the purse strings


Mortgage rates edge back up: Freddie Mac

Fixed-mortgage rates rose from the previous week after remaining mostly unchanged


No Money? No Worries. Home Lenders Ease Up Rules

As housing heads into the critical spring market, credit is finally beginning to thaw. Lenders are increasingly approving low down payment loans, and government sponsored mortgage giant Fannie Mae is buying more of them


Foreclosure Activity Down 25% from Febraury 2012, Up 2% From January

The report shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 154,281 U.S. properties in February, an increase of 2 percent from the previous month but still down 25 percent from February 2012


Lack of available land squeezes homebuilders

For Arbor, Portland’s largest home builder, finding developable sites is the main obstacle to building even more


Seattle real estate market No. 14 for quick sales

Seattle is the 14th “fastest” real estate market in the country, based on the number of homes that sell in 24 hours or less


Good Mooring

Dutch rediscover the charms of houseboat living; gone are the squatter barges


Full Enclosure

The courtyard, one of the world’s oldest home styles, experiences a resurgence, aided by new technology and a growing desire to bring the outdoors in.


For more opinions on today’s real estate issues, visit CBBain’s “In The Know” blog at

“Links” are edited each week by John Deely