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Elizabeth and Paul Spies of Balance Real Estate said they are working with “House Hunters,” an HGTV program, to feature Corvallis and its lively real estate market in an upcoming episode.

“We just have to find the right buyer,” Elizabeth Spies said.

The potential buyer would have to be willing to be shown on television, of course, and the cable network requires roughly five days for filming.

The Spies, a married couple, have been real estate brokers for about five years. But in December, they opened an office for Balance Real Estate in downtown Corvallis. With their locally owned boutique, the duo is focusing on residential real estate, helping families buy and sell properties.

“We do a lot of investment real estate, as well,” said Paul Spies, a Marine combat veteran who graduated from Corvallis High School. He also has been nominated for the Celebrate Corvallis Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Most of Balance Real Estate’s listings are in Corvallis, Philomath and Albany.

While the real estate market is cooling down slightly in the mid-Willamette Valley this winter, and that’s thanks in part to the seasonality of home-buying, people still have to be prepared to move fast.

Sellers can have offers on the same day a property is listed if things are priced well, the Spies said. Multiple offers and offers above listed price remain common.

“It’s definitely hard for buyers, especially in Corvallis,” said broker Riley Nix, a West Albany High School graduate. And because of that, Linn County has become many people’s first choice for entry-level homes.

Nix is an employee of Balance Real Estate, not an independent contractor, and that suits him just fine, as he said he doesn’t have to compete with the Spies for listings. The working arrangement is a bit different from the traditional brokerage structure.

“My biggest tip is to just get professional help pricing (when selling your own home),” Nix said.

The Spies and Nix said they know how to put in an offer that’s very attractive to sellers.

Paul Spies also is a contractor, and he knows what it would cost to fix up houses for sale, or to renovate newly-purchased homes. He knows whether such projects would be worthwhile.

He’s also helping to remodel 40 houses in the Willamette Valley that should hit the market again soon. Buyers could have a few more options in 2018, the Spies said.

Elizabeth Spies said that her business donates to Habitat for Humanity and Wounded Warriors.

The Balance office is in the former Buckingham Palace antique shop on Third Street and Western Boulevard. It took four months of renovations, but things look vastly different.

Balance Real Estate is at 600 SW Third St. For more information, call 541-230-1662 or go to www.balancere.com.

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Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

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