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How To Compete With and Defeat Other Homebuyers' Offers

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Right now the Real Estate market in the Eugene and Springfield area is highly competitive.  Record low mortgage interest rates, a renewed interest in our area from out of state buyers and an extremely low inventory of homes for sale has made our current market very challenging for buyers.  The following is an article from "Realty Times", that gives some advice to anyone attempting to purchase a home during our current competitive home market.

Everyday I hear real estate agents say how baffled they are because their Buyers keep losing the house they want to buy due to a multiple offer situation. I feel empathy for Buyers who have spent several weeks or months searching for the home of their dreams, only to find out there are five other people trying to buy the same property. It can be downright frustrating, not to mention time consuming and the emotional roller coaster ride you must feel like you are constantly on.

If you are lucky enough to not be in a multiple situation and having to compete with other Buyers for the home you want to purchase, these items can still guide you on how to make the offer attractive to the Seller.

So, how do you make an offer on the house and actually beat out your competition and get it accepted?  It can be challenging, but there are some tricks to the trade.  As a listing agent, I receive multiple offers on the majority of homes that I list for sale.  My last listing, I received 31 offers.  Did my seller pick the highest price?  No.  There were other factors that were taken into consideration during the decision process.  As an agent representing the Buyer, I have been in situations where we had to compete with other Buyers and we won and it wasn't because we were the highest bidder.  So, how can you make a successful offer on a home?

GET PRE-APPROVED FROM A REPUTABLE MORTGAGE LENDER

A true pre-approval from a lender means that you have provided to that person all your personal financial information and that lender has given said information to an underwriter for approval with the only remaining criteria being, that the home appraises and title is clear.

Why get pre-approved?  It shows the Seller that you are serious and are prepared to purchase his/her home.  Once your offer is accepted, the home is removed from the market and not available to any other Buyers.  So, if the Seller is going to remove his home from other eligible Buyers, it better be for a good, solid Buyer who can go to the closing table without delays from the mortgage lender.

 

CHOOSE AN EXPERIENCED REALTOR TO WORK WITH

This is a large purchase, and I know that sometimes you can get pressured to use your cousin or friend who has their real estate license, because we are all the same, right?  No way!  I always remember the saying...the heart surgeon who graduated at the top of his class is the same as the one that just made it by the the skin of his teeth.  Which one would you pick to do your surgery if they cost the same?  Knowledge from an good Realtor can save you money and help you get the house that you really want.  

DON'T LOWBALL THE SELLER

Before you submit your offer, your agent should have pulled comparables (sold properties in the same area), discussed average days on market for your area and provided you with an estimated sales price of the home that you are about to put an offer on.  If everything comes back acceptable, meaning the house is priced in line with recent sales and there are no signs of delayed maintenance, then it comes down to what you offer.  If the house is priced accordingly and in good repair, offering 25% below asking price to see what the Seller is going to do, is probably going to insult the Seller.  Your result may be a flat out rejection with no counter offer.  What Buyers don't think about,  while you are trying to see how low the Seller will go, you leave the door open for other Buyers to kick you out of the deal.  Now, that doesn't mean you have to pay full price, but the numbers don't lie. That house will sell between the historical sales shown to you.  The Seller and their agent know this.  Unless, you are in a market that is starting to decline, you may get lucky.

PUT A HIGHER AMOUNT DOWN FOR ESCROW

Depending upon where you live, escrow may be called earnest money.  Earnest money is a good faith deposit that basically tells the Seller you are serious about purchasing their home.  The higher the amount, the more skin you, the Buyer, has in the game.  Remember, the Seller is looking for a sure thing.  They want to close with the first Buyer, not the third.  Putting more money down as escrow tells the Seller you are less likely to default or risk losing your money.

Earnest money is credited to you at the closing table.  You do not lose that money if you close.

HAVE YOUR LENDER CALL THE LISTING AGENT

The lender that calls the listing agent, who represents the Seller, and explains that the Buyer is a solid Buyer, credit has been pulled and jobs have been verified, just helped the Buyer move to the front of the line.  Having the lender contact the listing agent does two things.  First, it introduces the lender to the agent, who in turn meets with the Seller.  Second, that agent will and advise the Seller which offers he/she thinks will close.  In addition, competency from a mortgage lender is reassuring and allows the Seller to make an informed decision.  There have been several times in my career that the Seller has not accepted an offer due to the questionable loan approval the Buyer presented and the fact we could not reach the mortgage lender to verify. 

BE FLEXIBLE WITH THE CLOSING DATE

When making an offer on a house, there are factors to consider about the Seller,  many that may not be disclosed before the offer is written.  If the Seller needs time to find another place to live or is moving across country, being flexible with the closing date may mean more to the Seller than having a higher dollar offer.  I often call the listing agent before sending over the offer and explain that if the Seller needs more time to exit, the Buyers are flexible with the closing date.  This puts less pressure on the Seller during the moving process, which may be what they need.

SHORTEN YOUR INSPECTION PERIOD

There are several times in the contract where the transaction can go sour for the Seller and one major hurdle that Seller must get past is the home inspection.  By shortening your time frame for the inspection process, this limits the window of opportunity for you to withdraw from the transaction.  You may even write into your offer, that you are looking for major defects only in the home and anything less, you are willing to accept up to a certain dollar amount.  This will reassure the Seller that you are not going to walk or ask them to repair a laundry list of small items.

MEET THE SELLERS

This can be a good idea and sometimes not.  If you really want the house, when you go to view it, ask if the Sellers can be there.  Even if it’s just for a few seconds before you really view the house.  Putting a level of humanity into a transaction can go a long way.  Isn’t that true for a lot of different circumstances?   The last home I bought, I met the Sellers and not only bought the home, but probably got a better deal because I was able to compliment them on all the work that they had done.  I did not give away the fact that I was in love with the house and probably would have paid full price.  I just acknowledged what a good job they had done.  Being kind and grateful can go a long way, and perhaps save you a few dollars too.

Making an offer on a home and getting it accepted can entail other elements of the purchase agreement and not just the money.  However, if you still find that you are consistently getting out bid for a home, consider my last alternative....

RAISE YOUR OFFER AMOUNT-ODD NUMBERS

I am not an advocate for recommending Buyers to overpay for a home.  However, there may be times where a home is priced below market in anticipation of getting multiple offers and having the market dictate the outcome.  As an agent that has represented quite a few Sellers, I have done this many times and it works.  So, let me tell you the secret of making an offer on a house during a multiple offer situation.  After comparables are given to you and you know that the home is priced below market, come in close to market value with an odd numbered offer.  Meaning, most people think in terms of even numbers, right?  So, instead of writing an offer at $255,500 for instance, write the offer amount at $257,660.   I have seen Buyers win the offer by $50.  Overpaying for a home, if you are getting a mortgage may mean not passing an appraisal.  This is where hiring that experienced agent truly pays off in really knowing the market values of your desired area.

Understanding that there are steps to making an offer, or a framework, will guide you through the process.  Having good communication with your Realtor is a must and don't be afraid to ask questions.  This is your time and your money.

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Mortgage Loan Mistakes Than Can Cost You Real Money

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

With mortgage loans remaining at historic low levels and the brisk housing market, I find many home buyers making huge mortgage loan mistakes.  Here is a recent article from "Realty Times", that just might help you if you are in the market for a mortgage loan.

For most buyers, the mortgage is the largest monthly expense they will have. Yet most borrowers will do little to no preparation, negotiation, or shopping to get the best deal. And they end up paying much more for their loans than they need to. You? You're smarter than that, or you wouldn't be reading this article. Here are five of the biggest mistakes that can cost you real money.

1. Believing advertised rates are what you'll pay

Unless you have perfect or near-perfect credit, most advertised rates are out of your league. To get boasting rights on a rate that good, you have to pay part of a point (one percent of the loan amount), or more to get the best rates.

Your lender will go over your credit with a fine-tooth comb to find anything to raise the rate. That includes qualifying you at the beginning of the transaction, and then running your credit again a day or two before you're supposed to close on the home and loan. If there's been any change in your debt-to-income ratio, goodbye low mortgage rate.

2. Not comparing lenders

Just like everyone knows two or three real estate agents or more, everyone knows a loan officer or a mortgage broker. A loan officer works for a bank or savings and loan and can only offer you loan packages that the bank has put together. A mortgage broker prequalifies you just like a loan officer, and shops your deal around to various lenders.

Whether you talk to a loan officer or a mortgage broker, you're going to have to share personal financial information in order to get a realistic rate. Reputable brokers will show you what certain banks and credit unions quoted and you can pick the loan you like best.

If you'd rather do your own shopping, consider talking to a local bank, a national bank, a credit union, and a savings and loan, but remember, unless you give them personal information and permission to run your credit, it's just talk.

3. Not paying attention to terms

Advertised rates even for those with perfect credit aren't what you will actually pay. The true cost of the loan is the APR or annual percentage rate, which includes fees from the lender.

Understanding loan terms is harder than shopping for a new mattress. There are so many ways lenders can inch up the fees. A loan origination fee is also called a processing fee. It pays the loan officer or mortgage broker, so this fee can vary widely. You may pay one lender more for an appraisal than another might charge you.

One lender may charge more for pulling your credit than another. It's all in your good faith estimate, which you don't get until you've applied for the loan.


All terms are negotiable, so don't be afraid to ask what a particular fee is for and can it be reduced or eliminated.

4. Waiting for a better rate

It's great to have bragging rights on a low rate, but you don't want to lose the home of your dreams over a quarter of a point in interest.

There's a big picture here you could be missing. No matter what your interest rate is, you're going to pay thousands of dollars in interest up front before you make any serious gain in equity. If you go all the way to the end of your loan's term, you'll pay so much interest that you could have bought the same home two or three times.

Instead of focusing on the percentage rate, work on how quickly you can build equity. Make one extra payment a year. Pay $25, $100, or $500 extra per month and you'll more than offset the rate you're paying.

Down the road, if rates drop through the floor, you can refinance, but even that's not an ideal solution. You'll pay loan origination fees, title search fees, appraisal fees and so on -- enough to equal the closing costs you paid the first time around.

And don't forget, you'll start the amortization schedule all over again -- with most of your payments going to interest instead of principal.

5. Choosing the wrong type of loan

Many families were hurt post-9/11 when lenders opened the spigots and gave a loan to almost anyone who could sign the paperwork. Suckers bought homes that were too expensive using balloon loans with low teaser rates.

The type of loan you choose should depend on current market conditions and how long you plan to stay in your home, not how much home you want to buy.

Current market conditions favor fixed rates, because rates are rising from all-time lows. Yes, they cost more than hybrid loans or adjustable rate loans, but the base amount is fixed and doesn't change. Only your taxes and hazard insurance will cost you more over the years.

If you get an adjustable rate mortgage, you are at the mercy of market conditions. While there's a cap on how high your interest rate can go, it's still a risk.

If you plan to stay in your home five years or more, get a fixed-rate mortgage. If you plan to sell your home sooner, you're taking a risk. It takes most borrowers five years just to earn back their original closing costs in equity.

Once you've narrowed your choice of lenders, ask them on the same day to give you a quote. If you wait even one day, rates may have changed, so you're no longer comparing apples to apples.

If you need a good lender, contact me.  I have a list of great local lenders that I can provide you with.

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This Month in Eugene-Springfield Real Estate April 2016

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Nationally, home sales  dipped in March of this year slightly. Could this be the beginning of a down turn in the national housing market? Economic numbers for the first quarter did not look great and this could be having some effect on home sales. Most likely we will not be seeing any huge swings in regards to home sales nationally unless there is a sharp increase in mortgage interest rates. For now, I would think that the overall market may flatten out some, but  remain strong. 

One of the largest problems effecting the housing market in many areas is lack of inventory of homes for sale.  This is especailly true with homes in the price ranges that attract first time home buyers. Locally, in the Eugene and Springfield area, we are seeing very low inventories of homes in the lower and middle price ranges.  Buyers are struggling to find homes and many times when they do, there are multiple offers.  It is a great time to be a home seller as homes are selling quickly and prices are beginng to escalate.

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28135 Spencer Creek Rd

Price: $1,250,000    Beds: 4    Baths: 4    Partial Baths: 2    Sq Ft: 6143

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Eugene-Springfield Homes Sales Continue to Climb

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

It is Spring in the Eugene and Springfield area and this time of year typically brings higher interest by buyers looking to purchase a home. This year is certainly no exception as home sales in the Eugene and Springfield area continue to climb. In fact at this time I believe that there may be more buyers out there in certain price ranges than there are homes for sale. We are currently seeing multiple offers on many homes and this is especially true in price ranges under $300,000.  Our overall inventory of homes for sale is quite low and buyers are scurrying to make offers as soon as many homes hit the market.

For home buyers wishing to purchase a home right now, this can be a challenge and having a top buyers agent who firmly understands the market can make all the difference in the world with regards to being successful in finding a home. Also, a word of caution to home buyers is that there are bidding wars taking place, so be cautious not to over-pay for a home. Again a professional buyers agent can help you here.

For home sellers, if you are going to sell this year, don't hesitate another day in getting your home on the market. Your chances for a quick sale at top market value are better now than at any time I have seen in years. There are lots of home buyers out there looking and struggling to find a home to buy.

This is a true sellers market and one thing that has always been true is that strong markets like the current Eugene-Springfield real estate market one don't last forever. 

If you are thinking about selling and want an easy and accurate look at your homes aproximate market value, don't trust Zillow.  Go to www.forhomesellers-nonSmartZip.com.  At this site, you just enter in a few details about your home and it will generate an in depth market report on your home. You might be pleasantly surprised as to how much the value of your home has increased!

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THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

1058 E 19th Ave

Price: $472,000    Beds: 5    Baths: 3    Sq Ft: 3034

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Thinking of Flipping a House in Eugene? Here's What to Know

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

Last week, I wrote about the challenges with "flipper" properties. This week I am expanding on that with this informative article about "flipping" homes from Realty Times.

Turn on HGTV or any number of other channels almost anytime during the day or night and you're bound to find at least a couple of shows about flipping houses. Some provide a cautionary tale about overextending yourself financially or making other rookie flipping mistakes, but the vast majority end up with a profit of $30,000, $60,000, or $100,000+ in profit for a couple of months (or a couple of days, in the case of one new flipping show).

Enticing, right? If you're getting ready to plunk down cash to flip a house here in the Eugene real estate market, here are a few things you need to think about.

1. Make sure you've got the money

Sounds obvious, but…do you really know the financial stakes involved? According to Investopedia, "The first expense is the property acquisition cost. While low/no money down financing claims abound, finding these deals from a legitimate vendor is easier said than done. Also, if you're financing the acquisition, that means you're paying interest." Investopedia continues, "Every dollar spent on interest adds to the amount you will need to earn on the sale just to break even."

If you're planning to pay cash, you won't have to worry about interest, but you will have carrying costs including utilities, property taxes, and HOA fees where applicable.

Here are a few other options for buying property to flip, courtesy of Auction.com: "If you don't have enough cash to purchase a home, the next cheapest source is a home equity line of Credit (HELOC). These are low-interest, variable-rate lines of credit that are secured by either your primary residence or an investment property. Typically, the HELOC rate is set about 1–2% above the prime rate. You need to put the HELOC in place before you bid on any homes; then you can bid on the home as a ‘cash deal,' rather than as a ‘financing deal.' Many investors use hard money loans or other conventional mortgages to finance their flips. Because of the higher interest rates and points paid at closing, both will reduce your net profit considerably, and are not recommended for flips unless absolutely necessary." Well said.

2. Buy in the best location you can

"Expert house flippers can't stress this enough," said MoneyCrashers. "Find a home in a desirable neighborhood, or in a city where people want to live." And keep in mind the convenience factor—for the potential buyers, certainly, but also for you. "You will work on this house daily in the weeks and months to come. Do you really want to work all day, and then drive an hour to get home? Don't invest in a house too far away from where you live; you will spend more money on gas, and it will take longer to fix up the house."

3. Work with a realtor...or become one

Tying to maximize profit by selling a flip yourself rarely works out well if you don't know what you're doing. If you think trying to figure out if the wall you want to take down is load bearing is complicated, just try to figure out disclosures and conditions without going to real estate school. The money you spend on a Realtor commission can be well worth it for the ability to concentrate on other things and know the sale is in good hands.

Beyond getting the home sold, good real estate agents can be helpful in other important ways when it comes to flipping. "They can help you find great deals, get you comps, help you connect with lenders or contractors, and a lot more," said BiggerPockets. "Don't settle for an average agent though—find a great investor friendly agent."

4. Check the comps. And check them again...

In Oregon, of course, home sales are public record so coming up with a list of comparable properties (comps) sounds easy. The sold price of homes is readily available. But you need to be very certain that your comparables are really comparable to each other. There are lots of factors to consider, beyond even square footage, outside appearance, and number of bedrooms. Speaking of comps…you can't make a smart decision on buying, fixing up, and flipping a house if you aren't aware of the prices in the neighborhood. And that might be easier said than done. In states like Texas, Montana, and Idaho (and 5 other states), home sales are not reported and are not public record like they are in states like California. In short, do your research so you know what you're up against. 

5. Make smart updates

Knowing where to spend your money is key to a successful flip. You don't want to leave key areas untouched but you also don't want to over-improve for the neighborhood. "Home improvements that increase the value of a home might include upgrading kitchen appliances, repainting the home's exteriors, installing additional closet storage space, upgrading the deck, and adding green energy technologies," said MoneyCrashers. "On the other hand, avoid home improvements that won't increase the selling price, like installing a pool, installing a whirlpool bath, or adding a sunroom to the house."

This is another good reason to use a Realtor who is a local expert: they'll be knowledgeable about specific updates that are important in the Eugene-Springfield Oregon real estate market.

6. Use good products

Scrimping on construction costs may seem like a good idea if it means your financial commitment is lower, but low-end materials might not get the home sold or fetch the sales price you want.

7. Work with good people

Everyone you work with has the ability to make your flip a success or derail it. Partner with those you can trust, and don't forget to make sure they're qualified for their role. A bargain basement subcontractor that does a shoddy job on your floors can end up costing you thousands when you have to have it redone by a professional.

On the flip side, "The real money in house flipping comes from sweat equity, said Investopedia. "If you're handy with a hammer, enjoy laying carpet, can hang drywall, roof a house and install a kitchen sink, you've got the skills to flip a house. On the other hand, if you've got to pay a professional to do all of this work, the odds of making a profit on your investment will be dramatically reduced."

In the Eugene and Springfield housing market, finding "flipper" homes that will have a good potential of becoming a succesful project for you is tough. Using the right Real Estate professional to help you find a good "flipper" property is a must. If you are interested in flipping homes, contact me.  I have had 26 years of experience with finding clients investment properties that give them a good return.

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THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!


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Price: $472,000    Beds: 5    Baths: 3    Sq Ft: 3034

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Realities of Flipper & Fixer-Upper Properties

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

These days, many people are really excited about finding "fixer upper" and "flipper" type properties.  This has been keyed up by the many virtual reality TV shows that feature people purchasing homes in poor repair and re-conditioning them to make thousands of dollars. It all looks so easy on TV. 

The reality is that this can be a very trying experience for anyone in the Eugene and Springfield home market areas if you do not have a great deal of market experience. I am watching people consistently purchasing homes that they want to restore and flip. The majority of them are paying far too much for the home in consideration of what they need to spend on restoration.  The problem comes about when these people try to sell and the value of the home is less than what they have invested or the rents are in the red.  

There are "flipper" homes out there, but you have to be on top of things and you really need to know the market and also be able to accurately assess all costs involved in restoration. Unless you have been doing this for years, it is wise to get help.  Myself and my team are experts in helping investors buy and flip homes or purchase them for rentals. If you are interested in getting into this part of the market and be assured that you make money and not lose money, contact me. We can set a time to meet and get an idea of what you would like to accomplish.  From there, we can go to work for you!

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THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

28135 Spencer Creek Rd

Price: $1,250,000    Beds: 4    Baths: 4    ス Baths: 2    Sq Ft: 6143

Just minutes from town! This gated country estate is spectacular with an exquisite manor featuring grand staircase, 4 bedroom suites, office, theater room, gourmet kitchen and more. Great shop for RV and storage, creek, waterfall pool, ponds for fis...
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Eugene-Springfield Market Activity for February 2016

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The Real Estate market in the Eugene/Springfield area remains strong as evidenced by the following report.  The interesting fact is that inventories of new homes hitting the market remain low and homes prices remain steady.  This could point to a flattening market for the remainder of the year. Here is the February 2016 report.

February Residential Highlights

February brought strong numbers to pending and closed sales in Lane County. Closings (284) rose 37.9% above the 206 closings posted last year in February 2015 and 9.2% above the 260 closings posted last month in January 2016. The last February that saw stronger closings in Lane County was in 2007, when 305 closings were posted for the month.

Pending sales (420) rose 14.1% over the 368 offers accepted in February 2015 and 27.3% over the 330 offers accepted in January 2015. This is the strongest February for pendings in Lane County since at least 2001! The February with the previous record was in 2006, with 408 offers accepted for the month.

New listings (416) decreased 10.9% from February 2015 (467) and fell short (-1.0%) of the 420 new listings offered in January 2016.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Comparing the average price of homes in the twelve months ending February 29th of this year ($244,200) with the average price of homes sold in the twelve months ending February 2015 ($235,700) shows an increase of 3.6%. The same comparison of the median shows an increase of 4.2% over that same period.

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This Month in Eugene-Springfield Real Estate March 2016

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Nationally, the Real Estate market has cooled off a bit.  Even though mortgage rates have continued to decline and and for the most part remain sub 4%, fewer homes were sold in February and home prices tapered off a bit.  Here in the Eugene and Springfield area, the housing market remains robust, but inventories in the price ranges below $300,000 are still in short supply.  As we approach Spring and Summer it will be interesting to see if both the national and local housing markets take off like they did last year. My prediction for the remainder of 2016 is a fairly flat market with little change.  Time will tell this story.

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Price: $399,000    Beds: 3    Baths: 2    Sq Ft: 2332

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Consumer Confidence Remains Low Among Potential Home Buyers

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

 Many would-be homeowners are still choosing to rent instead of buying a home.  Home buyer confidence remains low nationally, even though mortgage interest rates are at historic low levels.  Here is an article from Realtor.com that gives some ideas as to why consumer confidence remains low among potential home buyers.

National optimism? What national optimism? Fewer Americans think it’s a good time right now to buy a home, according to a report released on Monday.

Stagnant wages and climbing housing prices led to a 1.7-point drop last month in consumer optimism toward owning a home, according to Fannie Mae’s monthly Home Purchase Sentiment Index. The index dipped from 83.2 points in December to 81.5 points in January. It ranges from -36.5 to 163.5 points.

“People need to see bigger wage increases to be able to afford a home and collect the down payment,” said Steve Deggendorf, director of strategic research at Fannie Mae.

Just 31% of the survey’s 1,000 participants said it was a good time to buy last month. And only 12% of respondents said their household income was significantly higher than it was a year ago—down 3% from December.

“Jobs are increasing, but wages really haven’t caught up,” said Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future, a New York City–based think tank. He added that it’s become harder for aspiring homeowners to save up for a down payment than it was for previous generations. “It certainly puts homeownership out of reach for a lot of Americans.”

This could lead to a smaller share of Americans who own property, as fewer first-time home buyers have the resources to break into the market, warned Mark Willis, a senior policy fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University.

The bright side was that mortgage rates fell slightly for the fifth week in a row, according to Freddie Mac. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dipped from 3.79% to 3.72%, and the 15-year fixed mortgage dropped from 3.07% to 3.01%. Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages dropped from 2.9% to 2.85%.

Lower mortgage rates can make buying more affordable, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at realtor.com®. And more potential buyers may be motivated to buy, as rents are also steadily heading up.

“The alternative to buying a home [renting] isn’t more attractive—especially for the longer term,” Smoke said. “Rents already in most places [exceed] what it costs to buy a home with a mortgage.”

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Market Activity in Eugene-Springfield for January 2016

by Galand Haas

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A strong Real Estate market continues on here in the Eugene and Springfield area.  Home sales in January were strong and it appears that the market is going to continue strong going into the first quarter of 2016.  Here is the January 2016 home sales report for Eugene, Springfield and Lane County.

Lane County saw strong pending sales this January. These 330 accepted offers ended 19.6% ahead of the 276 offers accepted in December and 8.6% ahead of the 304 offers accepted last year in January 2015. The last January there were more accepted offers in Lane County was in 2007, when 354 were recorded.

New listings, at 420 in January, were nearly double the 211 offered last month in December 2015 (99.1%). Even so, these new listings fell 6.5% short of the 449 offered in January 2015. Closed sales, at 260 for the month, fared 20.4% better than in January 2015 (216) but were 34.0% under the 394 tallied last month in December 2015.

Total market time remained at 84 days in January, and inventory increased slightly to 3.3 months.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Comparing the average price of homes in the twelve months ending January 31st of this year ($244,200) with the average price of homes sold in the twelve months ending January 2015 ($235,900) shows an increase of 3.5%. The same comparison of the median shows an increase of 4.0% over that same period.

Have An Awesome Week!

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

1014 Yew St

Price: $238,400    Beds: 3    Baths: 2    Sq Ft: 1466

Super Good Sense & quality built! Energy efficient forced air heating & cooling. Hardi plank siding, plaster finished walls, finished garage with sink, and RV parking. Great Room layout, vaulted ceilings, recessed lights, maple cabinets, tile floors...
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