Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Beltran Properties Group
Ready to Buy a Home?
House hunting can be very fun! And yet the process can get confusing and overwhelming at times. Hiring and working with a strong real estate agent is the best way to ensure a smooth home-buying experience. Since I meet a lot of people in the beginning stages of their house hunting, often at open houses, it becomes second nature for me to recognize the signs of those who may need guidance.
Here’s a short list of expectations to keep front of mind through your home-purchase process.
Get Pre-Approved: As exciting as looking at new homes may be, taking a step back and speaking with a lender should be the first step before actually touring with an agent.… Read the rest
Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Lori Powers of Academy Mortgage Corporation
Spring is here — and with it comes the most popular time of year to shop for a home. Many people have mistaken ideas about down payments that keep them from becoming homeowners.
Here are five down payment myths and why they’re false:
MYTH 1: I must pay a 20% down payment.
Not true. The typical down payment today is between 5% and 10%, according to SmartAsset.
MYTH 2: My down payment has to be all my own money.
Not true. Borrowers have several options for saving for a home, including gifts from family, such as wedding gifts; grants from nonprofit agencies or public institutions; state down payment assistance programs; and employer assistance.… Read the rest
Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Ron Le Vine, Efficient Portal
Over the years, we have had many people ask us about SEO. So, I thought I would write about it for a bit. First, I will start with some history and then get into how to think about SEO in the current times.
Back in the early days of the Internet people would build a site and then tell their friends and colleges about it. Sometimes the sites were useful. Sometimes not.
Later on, the search engines were developed with the idea of providing users of the Internet a way to search the thousands of websites for information they needed. Sites like Infoseek.com, Yahoo.com, and so on, came into being and successful by providing this service.… Read the rest
Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Edge One Media
If you are passionate about a certain cause, consider connecting your business to it! Edge One Media is passionate about making an impact against cancer and has been heavily involved with organizing its local Relay for Life for 5 years! While doing our best to benefit the fight against cancer, inversely, being involved with Relay for Life has benefitted Edge One. We’re sure that we can all agree that supporting a good cause while growing your business is a pretty good deal!
Our main goal as businesses is to reach those who need our services while distinguishing ourselves from our competitors. In this ever-evolving business environment, consumers already expect great service, now they are weighing how you are making the world a better place as well.… Read the rest
Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Brad Kleiner of Sandler Training in Wilsonville.
5 Ways to Evaluate the Success of Your Team
Improving your efficiency or effectiveness is only as good as your method of determining and evaluating success. It’s easy to earn a win here or there, but repeated success over a long period of time can only be done through hard work, analysis, and reinforcement. Below, we have outlined five ways to gauge the success of your team, how you got there, and what to do to keep it up.
- Establish a clear baseline.
First, you must establish a bottom line. This should be the level that you expect your team to operate at, if nothing changes. This is very much like a control group in a scientific experiment – an unadulterated sample for you to track along with actual performance.… Read the rest