Richard Hagar

Real Estate Commentator

Richard Hagar's real estate career spans more than 30 years.  He currently serves as a real estate investor, real estate agent, appraiser, and an SRA with the Appraisal Institute.

His specialties are appraising, investing, and teaching. Each of these specialties has brought him knowledge about the other. Through investing he's been able to understand how fraudulent real estate transactions and loans happen. Appraising has taught him to be analytical in his investing and precise in reporting information. By teaching, he's been allowed to communicate with private corporations and government agencies helping them understand the anatomy of a fraudulent transaction and put some bad people out of business.  Today he is the owner of American Home Appraisals.

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Street Cents
5:17 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Walking away from a mortgage

An abandoned home in Prescott, Arizona, one of the areas with a high foreclosure rate, according to Richard Hagar.
Richard Hagar

It's happening all over the country, including in the Pacific Northwest. People are walking away from their mortgages. In most cases, the homes that are being abandoned are valued for less than their mortgage. 

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Real Estate Commentary
4:02 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Seattle rental vacancies about as low as they can go

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Seattle area landlords are breathing a sigh of relief these days due to dropping rental vacancies. Real estate appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU's  John Maynard that two forces are driving this.

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Real Estate Q&A
7:06 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Seattle Landslides: Slip Slidin' Away

A past landslide in West Seattle, near Hamilton/Viewpoint Park.
Courtesy USGS

In Seattle, there's a lot of potentially dangerous places where the soil could give way any moment. This is especially true in neighborhoods with good views. 

The City of Seattle publishes a landslide map that makes this abundantly clear.  On the map, landslide-prone areas are marked in red. And, boy, is there a lot of red!

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Street Cents
6:28 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Wrongful foreclosures

AP

Is it possible for proud home owners who pay their mortgages on time to have their houses foreclosed on? KPLU’s John Maynard talks with real estate appraiser Richard Hagar who says this sort of thing happens all the time, thanks to sloppy bank practices.

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