Tag Archives: 50 years in real estate
50 Years Later: Financing

50 Years Later: Financing

50 years ago a mortgage was easily obtained by filling out a one page form with four simple questions: Name? Address? Profession? Income? The lender based approval on this simple form and no verifications were needed. Approvals were usually obtained in two weeks or less and most were always done in person or via US mail. Fast […]

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50 Years Later: Floor Plans

50 Years Later: Floor Plans

Generally, it’s pretty clear when you walk into a home what era it’s from. Fifty years ago, post World War II homes were boxy and compartmentalized. Defined spaces with a living room, dining room, and kitchen, largely in 2-story or ranch floor plan, kept things very formal. The late 60s and 70s saw a new […]

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50 Years Later: Paperwork

50 Years Later: Paperwork

Another real estate aspect 50 years in the making is the Paperwork trail. Much like the Oregon Trail, this industry trail had humble beginnings. Years ago, everything was handprinted or typed onto paper. As a result, all paperwork for contracts had to be US mailed or hand-carried and delivered to the recipient. This took time […]

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50 Years Later: Part 2

50 Years Later: Part 2

We’re back again with another part of our “50 Years in Real Estate” blog series. This week we’re discussing information. 50 years ago, obtaining information required a physical visit to the source. This could be the county seat, recorders office, lenders office, insurers office, etc., or at best, a lengthy phone call, followed by a 3/4 […]

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