My Client Reviews
David Russ review It has been several months since my husband and I jubilantly bought the house that David helped us find, and I still haven't figured out how to adequately describe the fantastic job he did for us throughout the whole process! My husband and I knew a year or two in advance that we would be moving here from out of state. To help me become familiar with the area, David connected me to two different computer subscriptions of current listings. I called him frequently and asked him to tweak my criteria for the listings or my boundaries on the map, explain something, or advise me about some aspect of home buying; he was always thorough, helpful and patient. Occasionally I came to town and explored the city more, to get a feel for specific neighborhoods. Finally it was time for me to come and actually find and buy a house! By then, David had become an expert on what my husband and I wanted (and where, and in what price range), and he prepared for each of our many expeditions by printing up a map of the area we would visit, and a sheet for each house that we would look at that day (with room to take notes). He is very observant and has a phenomenal memory, and could answer my questions: What was the garage like in that brick house with the big back yard? or In the house near the park, was there space near the kitchen for the bird cage? After a while, it was clear that the perfect house for my husband and me didnt exist; I needed to prioritize. David was cheerfully realistic, and really good at seeing the potential in a place, figuring out which faults could be corrected, which gaps could be filled. I didnt want a shabby fixer-upper that needed a lot of major repairs, but I was OK with making some changes, and David knew a contractor we could hire later to do the job (another story with another happy ending). Fortunately, a house doesnt have to be perfect to be wonderful; we found a beautiful home that clearly would work out just fine for my husband and me (and our needs, wants, pets, hobbies and tons of stuff). Next came the convoluted legal and financial obstacle course through which homebuyers must pass. It turned out to be surprisingly manageable with David skillfully leading us step-by-step through the maze and its new people, rules, terminology, documentation, decisions, and endless signatures and initials. I was delighted that I didnt have to become an expert at any of these things: it was Davids job to be the expert: understand everything, coordinate everyone, and deal with the occasional glitches. I asked a lot of questions; if he didnt know the answer hed research it. Other times I didnt want details, just instructions: we simply did what he told us, and it all worked out great. Closing day finally came, and then moving day, and now here we are, settling in and loving our new home! David didnt disappear after the closing; I continued to rely on him, particularly during those early days in the house: The mail box is locked and I cant find a key. The MW quit working did we buy a warranty? I still call him now and then, needing some information or friendly advice, and he is always totally professional and very personable at the same time (a tricky balance to master). Occasionally he will contact me, to say hello and see how things are going. Most important: I trust his expertise, honesty and integrity completely, and he has never let me down. I wont hesitate to use David Russ if I need a realtor in the future, and I would confidently recommend him to a family member, friend, or anyone who plans to buy or sell a home or other property. Sincerely, Kristie Francis
Steve & Sam S.
David worked very hard with us, helping to locate and purchase a house Sept 2016. It was a bit unusual in that we were from out of town, had to fly in and spend about 20-25 days looking a houses. After finding one in 4 days and offer was made but another individual chosen. David recognized the possibility of an overly high bid and suggested we submit a right of first refusal. We continued looking and on the day (1 week later) we were to offer on another house he found out the previous house had returned to be available and we were able to purchase it. He also was of great help in the time between offer and final closing as we had to return to our home elsewhere. He maintained communication and kept us abreast of the process, arranged for home inspection, sewer inspection and radon testing. There were a number of repairs and a pump for treating the high reading of radon were resolved before we returned and closed. David was absolutely superb and will use again in a heartbeat.
- Residential, Commercial, Land and Rural Sales
- Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Property Manager
- Completed College Level Courses in Real Estate Law, Real Estate Appraisal, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Practice, Escrows, and Property Management
- Over 20 years experience serving as a Corporate Executive.
- City Councilor
My Credentials and Memberships
- National Association of Realtors
- Oregon Association of Realtors
- Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors
- Yamhill County Association of Realtors
My Community Involvement
- Volunteer as Mayor of Dundee Oregon
- Co-Founder of Dundee Community Clothes Closet (Every Sunday 12-3pm - Everything is $1)
- Volunteer Mentor to Small Businesses through Micro Mentor
Yamhill, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Polk
If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, great news was just revealed.Last week, Trulia posted a blog, Not Your Father's Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that:"Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they've been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a hom...
Mar 18, 2018 ‧ Lifestyle
According to CoreLogic's latest Home Price Index, prices appreciated by 6.9% year-over-year from December 2016 to December 2017 on a national level. This marks the fifth month in a row with at least a 6.9% increase.Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, gave insight into the reason behind the large appreciation,"The number of homes for sale has remained very low. Job growth lowered the unemployment rate to 4.1 percent by year's end, the lowest level in 17...
Feb 13, 2018 ‧ Real Estate News & Trends
In today's market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.Here are the top five reasons:1. Exposure to Prospective BuyersRecent studies have shown that 95% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 17% looking at print newspaper ads. Most re...
Dec 26, 2017 ‧ Selling a Home