By Lisa Johnson Mandell Jun 14, 2023 (Getty Images) “Down payment”: Ask most people what is an acceptable down payment on a house, and nine times out 10, they’ll tell you it’s 20% of a home’s selling price. So you do the math, and realize you’d have to put down...
By Lisa Marie Conklin May 11, 2023 Photo by Thgusstavo Santana: https://www.pexels.com/photo/yellow-concrete-house-2102587/ Saving up for a down payment is usually the biggest hurdle for first-time homebuyers, especially when you’re feeding a healthy chunk of...
By Janet SirotoMay 2, 2022 (Realtor.com / Getty Images) If you’re saving for a down payment for a home—particularly your first—you probably know this is one tricky real estate moment. With inflation sending prices spiraling, mortgage interest rates ticking up, and...
By Lisa Marie ConklinDec 20, 2021 (Getty Images) Most would-be homebuyers start their journey by gathering a down payment. This money is crucial to snagging a mortgage and getting that much closer to homeownership. But when you’re shelling out for hefty rent each...
(iStock) One of the biggest hurdles in buying a home is coming up with a down payment—the large chunk of cash that’s typically required to secure a mortgage for a house. Fortunately, most lenders today offer a wide range of down payment options for 5%, 10%,...
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I would highly recommend Tawnya. She helped me navigate the worst market Eugene has ever seen for buyers—and I'm a first-time buyer, no less, which made the process even more strenuous. Tawnya was warm, attentive, and energetic throughout the whole process. What I appreciate most is that her legal training makes her extremely knowledgeable, and she is a down-to-earth person who shares her expertise without coming across as pushy. If the property has visible problems, she will never hesitate to say "don't pursue this place, there are red flags here"—she is extremely honest and transparent. She wants to help the buyer find the best place for their needs, however complicated that process might be, and she is very patient.
Marissa Fox helped us get into the house of our dreams by listening to us and supporting us through the process. She is a fun and lovely person to go through the process with and never made me feel bad for asking questions. It's a crazy time to buy a house, and she made it seem easy.
Tawnya Madsen, of Eugene's Alternative Realtors, is hands-down the best realtor imaginable. She surpassed all of our expectations. She is more than competent (has a law degree along with all her other expertise), prompt, professional, comfortable to work with, and most of all, we had complete faith that she was making the right calls every step of the way!
My wife and I have worked with Tawnya through three separate transactions (two purchases and one sale), and we would highly recommend her to anyone. Tawnya is knowledgeable, attentive to detail, patient, responsive, and friendly. We always looked forward to our meetings with her, and we are absolutely thrilled with the new house she helped us purchase. And we couldn't have asked for a smoother or more stress-free transaction when she helped us sell our starter home. Thank you, Tawnya!
The absolute best realtors I’ve ever worked with. Tawnya is an absolute joy and amazing to work with. I cannot recommend them enough.
Tawnya Madsen is by far the best realtor I have ever dealt with for so many reasons. I have worked with her twice in order to find and buy a house, consulted with her several times and also recommended her to friends, who have liked her so much that they in turn recommended her to their son and friends. She has an impressive foundation of legal, procedural and nuts & bolts knowledge regarding residential real estate that is beautifully blended with solid ethics, genuine warm-heartedness and a win-win mediation style. Her professional skills and demeanor are flawless.
What always impresses me the most about Tawnya is that she fully respects your vision of what kind of home you want and need and she carefully works within the financial boundaries that you have determined as appropriate. Your needs are much more important to her than her own commission, a fact that is so truly self-evident in all Tawnya does that it feels rather awkward and superfluous to even mention it. She will be scrupulously honest with you about any situation, even difficult ones, and speak to you about it with kindness and professionalism that never leaves you feeling pressured or confused. Unless there is something absolutely preventing her, she responds to your calls and emails immediately and promptly addresses your concerns or needs. The bottom line is that Tawnya will always go the extra mile to help you and you feel extremely grateful to have her in your corner.
Buying a house is terribly stressful and your life is on hold during the process. Tawnya understands this completely, and she provides you with an anchor within the storm of uncertainty and pressure that is inherent to the buying process. Although my relationship with Tawnya has been exclusively professional up until this point, I count her as a friend and will continue to recommend her without the slightest reservation to anyone looking for a realtor.
Billy Clotere is the best realtor and he is with the best realtor company in our area. I sold 3 houses and bought 1 all using Eugene’s Alternative Realtors. I had no clue what I was doing. I was inexperienced. I was terrified. There was so much to do and I was running in circles. Billy took me from step one. He always made sure I had a next step ready and it was always in order. I would get lost and somehow he knew to come find me and put me back on the right path. I would get frustrated with all of the rules and laws and Billy walked me through step by step. He double triple checked everything. His experience and tenacity saved me from legal battles that I never saw coming. But he did. He sold all of my properties faster than expected and for way more than hoped for. He personalized my experience to me and my very unique situation. Billy asked the right questions. When I had questions he didn’t always have the answer, but he wouldn’t stop searching until he did. I was never left hanging out on my own. Billy was with me from way before start till way after finish. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Billy Clotere at Eugene’s Alternative to anyone buying or selling any real property. Thank you Billy for everything. I could not have done it without you! A year later and your tenacity is still saving me!
Tawnya knows the Eugene market well, answered calls, texts, and emails promptly, and was always available to show us homes. Since we are still relatively new to the area, it was a bonus that she went with us to the City to ask questions about the property, and helped us get estimates on repairs for an “as is” sale to make sure we knew what we were buying. She was there for us the whole time, right up to the closing. A+ service and a delightful person.