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Latest Market Activity for July 2017

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The sales numbers are in for July 2017 home sales in the Eugene and Springfield market areas.  Although, sales cooled slightly and the inventory also increased, the overall sales market remains strong.  Here is the report.

Lane County saw some cooler activity this July, but some measures are still ahead of last year. Closed sales, at 502, outpaced July 2016 (418) by 20.1%, despite a 1.6% decrease from the 510 closings recorded last month in June 2017.


Similarly, new listings (678) edged 1.2% ahead of the 670 new listings recorded last year in July 2016, but fell 4.9% short of the 713 new listings recorded last month in June 2017.

Pending sales, at 541, cooled 1.5% from July 2016 (549) and 0.6% from last month in June 2017, when 544 offers were accepted in Lane County.

Inventory rose in Lane County this July, ending at 2.0 months. In the same period, total market time decreased by four days, ending at 36 days.

Year to Date Summary

Comparing the first seven months in 2017 to the same period in 2016, closed sales (2,863) have increased 1.1% and new listings (4,086) have stayed exactly the same, while pending sales (3,245) have decreased 3.4%.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Comparing 2017 to 2016 through July of each year, the average sale price rose 9.6% from $259,700 to $284,700. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 9.2% from $234,400 to $255,900. 


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Which Mortgage Is Best: Low or High Down Payment?

by Galand Haas

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I am often asked about home mortgages and what home loans are the best way to go.  There are many options out there today and some options are certainly better than others depending on your situation.  The following article is from "Realty Times" and it talks about the differences between loans with low down payments and those with higher downs.  

The minimum down payment on an FHA loan is 3.5 percent, which makes it a popular choice among those who don't have the funds for a large down payment (and also those who don't meet the higher credit score requirements for other types of loans). And that's not even the lowest you can go. Loans like this one require only three percent down, and if you're a veteran or are buying a home in a rural area, you may be able to buy a home for nothing down. But should you go that low just because you can, or are you better off making a larger down payment? We're breaking it down.

The case for 20 percent

There are several advantages to putting down 20 percent when buying a home, like:

  • Since the bank will generally consider you a lower risk because you have "more skin in the game," you may be able to get a lower interest rate than you would with other types of loans—as long as you have the credit score to support it.
  • You'll have built-in equity as soon as you move in.

    You can avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI).

  • It's that last part that drives a number of people to strive for that 20 percent down payment since PMI can add several hundred dollars to a new homeowner's monthly payment, and it can be hard to get rid of it. "If you can put 20% down and avoid PMI, that is ideal, said certified financial planner Sophia Bera on Business Insider.

 

The case for as little down as possible

The biggest roadblock to homeownership for many people is coming up with the down payment, so minimizing that expense sounds great, right? "The good news is a first-time buyer can purchase a home for a little as three percent down - and even no money down in some cases," said U.S. News.

But is that a smart move?

"The less you put down, the higher the mortgage insurance is," Casey Fleming, author of "The Loan Guide: How to Get the Best Possible Mortgage" and a mortgage professional in the San Francisco Bay Area, told them. "With five percent down, the mortgage insurance is quite high." 

Yep, there's that pesky PMI again, which, for many first-time buyers, pushes their monthly payment to a level they're not comfortable with. Another bummer about PMI: "If you need to pay PMI, the size loan you can get will be slightly smaller, to allow for the bigger payment," they said.

You may also have trouble qualifying for a loan even if you have a high enough credit score because you don't have enough cash reserves; if you are using all your savings for the down payment and the lender questions where the funds for your closing costs, taxes and insurance, and any needed repairs are coming from, you could have a problem.

But, on the flip side, a smaller down payment will up your rate of return, said The Mortgage Reports. "Consider a home which appreciates at the national average of near five percent. Today, your home is worth $400,000. In a year, it's worth $420,000.

Irrespective of your down payment, the home is worth twenty-thousand dollars more. That down payment affected your rate of return. With 20 percent down on the home - $80,000 - your rate of return is 25 percent. With three percent down on the home - $12,000 - your rate of return is 167 percent."

Even when you add in the PMI and a higher interest rate, the equation comes out in favor of the lower down payment. "With three percent down, and making adjustments for rate and PMI, the rate of return on a low-down-payment loan is still 106 percent - much higher than if you made a large down payment. The less you put down, then, the larger your potential return on investment."

The case for somewhere in between

Finding that balance between down payment and savings is a challenge for many homebuyers, and the sweet spot will be different for everyone depending on their unique circumstances and financial situation. Most financial experts will say that saving and scrounging to get together 20 percent at the risk of depleted savings and zero emergency funds is a shaky strategy, at best.

"If putting 20 percent down means that you use all of your savings, then don't do it! I would much rather see people put five percent down, wipe out all their other debt with cash, and still have three months of emergency savings versus putting 20 percent down on a house," said Bera.

Especially when you consider all the added costs you may be facing once you buy: "yard work, home repairs, renovation costs, property taxes, insurance, etc. It's important to consider all of the costs and not just compare the monthly mortgage payment to your current rent amount," she said.

Another thing to consider when evaluating how much you should put down is what would happen if you had an emergency. It's easy to lose sight of real-life issues that can arise when you are so driven to buy a home and focused on saving the money to get there.

"A financial event can leave you wishing you had access to the money without selling," said The Mortgage Reports. "Say you lose a job for three months. An extra $20,000 would be a nice safety cushion. And, if you lose your source of income, you can't take home equity out via a cash-out refinance or home equity line of credit (HELOC). Lenders won't approve a new loan to someone between jobs. In short, the more you need to get at the money, the less access you have to it."

If you have further questions on home loans, contact me.  I work with some of the best mortgage professonals in the Eugene and Springfield area and I can get you connected with one of them.

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This Month in Real Estate August 2017

by Galand Haas

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Home prices continue to rise both here in the Eugene and Springfield area and nationally.  In many parts of the country, home sales are begiining to slow.  This could mean that we have reached a point where there is resistance to home pricing.  When this occurs, we will typically see a market slow down that is extended and inventories of homes for sale that begin to build.  All of this happens until there is enough pressure on home pricing that it begins to drop.  Then the cycle starts all over again as home prices become more affordable, demand increases and prices begin to rise again.  This is the cycle of home sales that repeats itself over and over again.  We have had a long run with home values increasing, so the inevitable is most likely on the horizon.

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Happy Fourth of July!

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

GOD BLESS THE USA!!

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This Month in Real Estate June 2017

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The national home market has slowed slightly as home prices continue to rise.  The question both locally and nationally is whether the fast rising home prices have now started to effect sales.  Home affordability has certainly become an issue with double digit home price increases over the past year.  The question at this time is not if the market will slow due to rising prices, but when.  The next few months should be interesting!

Video Link: http://eugeneoregonhomesforsale.com/video/This-Month-in-Real-Estate-June-2017

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Latest Market Activity for May 2017

by Galand Haas

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May of 2017 showed as a very strong month for the Eugene and Springfield area housing market.  Home sale were up and home price continued to increase.  With home pricing up at near 10% over the last year, home affordability may be a huge factor in the coming months.  Here is the May 2017 home sales report for Lane County.

Lane County had strong activity across the board this May. New listings (752) outpaced May 2016 (657) by 14.5% and April 2017 (577) by 30.3%. The last May that saw new listings as strong was in 2007, when 804 new listings were offered for the month. 

Pending sales (638) bested May 2016 (567) by 12.5% and April 2017 (488) by 30.7%.—the strongest May on the RMLS record, which dates to 2001. 

Closed sales (444) were less strong, but still edged 0.7% over the 441 closings from May 2016 and 23.0% over the 361 closings recorded last month in April 2017. 

Total market time decreased to 51 days in May, with inventory slimming slightly to 1.6 months. 


Year to Date Summary 

Comparing the first five months in 2017 to the same period in 2016, new listings (2,642) have decreased 2.0%, closed sales (1,765) have decreased 3.1%, and pending sales (2,220) have decreased 4.4%. 

Average and Median Sale Prices 

Comparing 2017 to 2016 through May of each year, the average sale price rose 9.7% from $252,800 to $277,300. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 8.7% from $229,900 to $250,000. 


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Latest Market Activity for April 2017

by Galand Haas

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April Real Estate activity in the Eugene and Springfield market area was up slightly over March of this year, but running behind April of a year ago.  Low inventories of homes for sale and an average home price increase of nearly 10% over last year are the culprits.  We are in a strange market right now with extremely low inventories of homes for sale and rising home prices.  I don't want to sound the alarm, but this is a dangerous spiral and it could result in a quickly declining market at some time.  When home prices become non-affordable, sales decline and price come down.  What happens in our local market over the next several months should tell us the story about where we are heading.  Here are the numbers from April.

Lane County saw some warmer activity again this April, although numbers are a bit cooler compared to April 2016. New listings, at 577, ended 1.5% below April 2016 (586) but 7.4% ahead of March 2017 (537). 

Pending sales, at 488, decreased 11.8% compared to April 2016 (553) but edged 2.1% ahead of the 478 o ers accepted last month in March 2017. 

Similarly, closed sales (361) had a 10.0% decrease from the 401 closings recorded last year in April 2016 but pulled 1.7% ahead of the 355 closings recorded last month in March 2017. 

Inventory crawled upward in April, ending at 1.8 months. Meanwhile, total market time decreased by 13 days, landing at 56 days.


Average and Median Sale Prices 

Comparing the average price of homes in the twelve months ending April 30th of this year ($270,400) with the average price of homes sold in the twelve months ending April 2016 ($246,700) shows an increase of 9.6%. The same comparison of the median shows an increase of 8.4% over that same period. 


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Mortgage Interest Rates Remain Low

by Galand Haas

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Most people do not realize how low mortgage interest rates remain.  Not only have rates declined, but they are now close to the historic low rates of the past year.  Here is a recent article that gives you some insight into where home loan rates currently are.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continues to hover around 4 percent for the fourth consecutive week.

“Mixed economic reports over the last week have anchored the 30-year mortgage rate around the 4 percent mark,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages for the week ending May 11:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.05 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 4.02 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.57 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.29 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.27 percent. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.81 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.14 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.13 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.78 percent.

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This Month in Real Estate May 2017

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

As you see in this weeks video, home sales and home prices are up across the nation. Nationally, an increase in home prices of 6.3% is a continuation of the multi-year trend of elevated home prices.  Locally, we have outpaced the nation with the escalation of home prices.  This is good news for home sellers as most markets across the nation have equaled or exceeded pre-recession home prices.  One factor leading to the brisk home sales is the fact that mortgage interest rates have fallen and are now closer to historic low rates.  It could be a busy Summer for home sales both nationally and locally!

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Credit Score: How Low Is Too Low To Buy A Home?

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Frequently, I get questions from would-be homebuyers in regards to credit scores and home purchases. There are requirements for any home loan on specific credit scores needed to obtain a loan.  The following is a great article from "Realty Times" that explains the credit score process for home financing.

When it comes to your credit score, how low is too low? The number you really need to buy a house.

We all know that when it comes to buying a house, there are a few things we need, like a down payment and a good enough credit score to qualify for a loan. But what does a "good enough credit score" really mean? Does your credit history have to be impeccable? Can you have a couple of boo-boos? And, if you do have issues on your report, how much of a hit will you take? Your credit score is "a number, roughly between 300 and 850, that summarizes a consumer's creditworthiness," said Bankrate. "The higher the score, the more able and willing a consumer is to repay a loan, lenders believe. The best mortgage rates and terms go to borrowers with credit scores of 740 and higher."

But most of us can't measure up to that number. Thankfully, we don't have to. There's room for lower scores - even really low scores - depending on the type of loan you're applying for, with a number of other factors (your income and work history, the amount of your down payment, the state of the economy) thrown in. Knowing where the bottom is will help you figure out how to proceed.

FHA loans

The advantage to a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan for many buyers is the low down payment. You may need only 3.5% down to purchase a home with this type of loan, which is backed by the government. But, you'll need a minimum 580 credit score if you're only planning to put 3.5% down. Can't meet that benchmark? You'll need more cash up front.

"If your credit score is below 580, however, you aren't necessarily excluded from FHA loan eligibility," said the FHA. "Applicants with lower credit scores will have to put down a 10 percent down payment if they want to qualify for a loan."

For FHA loans, your credit score can be as low as 500. But, "Those with credit scores between 500 and 579 are limited to 90 percent LTV," which leaves a lot of people out of luck.

Non-government-backed loans

The issue with FHA loans for many buyers: That pesky private mortgage insurance (PMI), which can add several hundred dollars to the monthly payment and is "required any time you put less than 20% down on a conventional loan," said My Mortgage Insider.

If you have a larger down payment, you may be able to avoid paying PMI by going with another type of loan - but only if you have the credit score. "To qualify for a conventional mortgage, a borrower generally needs a minimum credit score of 680 and at least 5 percent down," said Bankrate. "Many lenders require at least 10 percent down."

There may be more wiggle room in that credit score if you can come up with more money for a higher down payment. But, if it's too low, you'll likely be pointed right back to FHA loans. On the other end, a higher score will get you the best possible interest rates.

Subprime mortgages

Have a credit score below 500? You're officially in the "bad credit" zone. But, you may still be a candidate for a loan, even if you can't qualify by FHA standards, by going with a subprime mortgage. The word "subprime" still sends shivers down the spines of many people because loans extended to what many industry professionals considered to be unqualified applicants were largely blamed for the last housing crash. Accordingly, many of these opportunities dried up in the aftermath.

Today, though, subprime mortgages are available. Keep in mind that minimum credit scores will depend on the individual loan and lender, and each borrower's unique set of financial circumstances. And, you'll pay for the privilege of being extended a loan with higher rates and/or fees.

"Subprime mortgage lenders mostly use collateral like equity earned when considering a ‘refinance' or a more significant down-payment when talking about a ‘purchase money' transaction," said First Time Home Financing.

Private Money Lenders

If all other avenues fail, you may still be able to get a loan with your bad credit from a private money lender. These are individuals with money to spend who are looking for investments. Because your low credit score makes you risky, you'll be charged more for your loan.

"Your personal credit is usually a smaller factor in these types of loans. However, you should know that the interest rate on these loans is much higher - in the range of 10-15%," said First Time Home Financing. "If you really have bad credit, this could be your only option for the time being."

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