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Latest Market Activity for December 2017

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning,

As you can see from the following statistics, the Real Estate market in the Eugene and Springfield area remains very strong.  The largest obstacle at this time is that there is only 1.7 months of active inventory of homes for sale. This is critically low number and it is creating a shortage of affordable homes for would-be buyers.  For anyone considering the sale of their home, there just could not be a better market.  If you are considering the sale of your home, don't wait, get your home on the market "NOW" and take advantage of this very strong sellers market. Here are December's Lane County home sales numbers.

December Residential Highlights

Lane County saw increases across the board this December compared to 2016 despite some cooling from last month. New listings (223) ended 3.7% ahead of December 2016 (215) but fell 35.4% sort of the 345 new listings o ered last month in November 2017.

Pending sales (309) fared similarly, increasing 24.1% from the accepted o ers recorded in December 2016 (249) but falling 15.6% short of the 366 offers accepted last month in November 2017.

Closed sales (371) ended one ahead of the 370 sales recorded last year in December 2016 (0.3%) but were 5.8% short of the 394 closings recorded last month in November 2017.

Year to Date Summary

Activity ended slightly ahead in 2017 compared to 2016. Comparing the entirety of each year, new listings (6,390) increased 3.5%, closed sales (5,204) increased 0.8%, and pending sales (5,254) increased 0.2%.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Comparing all of 2017 to 2016, the average sale price rose 9.2% from $263,700 to $287,900. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 9.7% from $237,000 to $260,000.


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How The New Tax Law Compares To The Old Tax Law

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Over the past couple of weeks I have had numerous questions about the new tax laws. There are some changes and the following information will give you some ideas on what those changes look like.

Under the new tax law, homeowners will have decisions to make in 2018, due to reductions or elimination of certain deductions under the new tax law.

Real Estate: How The New Tax Law Compares to the Old Tax Law  
Measure Old Tax Law New Tax Law
Mortgage Interest Deduction Could deduct interest on up to 
$1 million in mortgages on primary & secondary residences
Can deduct interest on up to 
$750,000 in mortgages on 
primary & secondary residences
State and Local income, sales & Property Taxes  Can be deducted from federal income taxes Caps Federal income tax deduction at no more than $10,000 for total of all local state income, property and sales taxes
Interest on home equity debt (HELOCs) Home equity debt interest 
is deductible up to $100,000 if not disallowed by the AMT
Cannot deduct interest on home equity debt-new or existing on personal residence unless improving the residence* 

Equity debt on the personal residence is deductible if it is used to finance 
or improve a rental property
Capital Gains on Home Sales Can exclude up to $500,000 of gain for joint filers or $250,000 of gain for 
single filers from capital gains when selling a primary home, as long as the homeowner has lived in the 
residence for 2 of the past 5 years
No change
Source: Factcheck.org

$937,500 in purchase mortgages is the Max deduction for Mortgage Interest with 20% down.
The mortgage interest deduction is now limited to mortgages totaling up to $750,000 for primary and secondary homes. This means that homebuyers with a 20% down payment can only deduct 100% of the interest from their mortgages if their purchase price total is less than $937,500. 

 

Property Tax Impacts in High Tax States
State income tax, sales tax and property tax deductions (SALT) are now capped at $10,000 total. This is a significant hit for many high tax state residents in high cost areas. 

 

Tax Plan Calculator: Estimate Your Tax Liability
What does this mean for your bottom line? The Wall Street Journal’s tax plan calculator analyzes the impact of the biggest factors in the bill, so you can estimate your tax liability for 2018 through 2027. Click here for The Wall Street Journal Tax Plan Calculator.
 
Common Scenarios: How the Tax Bill Will Affect 8 Families
Bloomberg shows how taxes owed on wage and pass-through income (from a business you own) will change in 2018. These scenarios may remind you of someone you know: 
  • The multimillionaires in New York
  • The second home scenario in California
  • The small business owners in Pittsburgh
  • The suburban family in Westchester
  • Single in Manhattan
  • Married in Austin – a young couple who rents
  • Median income in Oregon
  • Renting in Milwaukee
 
Tax Workaround for Vacation Homes
Owners and buyers of second homes can potentially turn their vacation homes into an investment property by setting up a limited liability company. That allows them to write off interest and upkeep, while using the property part of the year for themselves, according to The Denver Post. Consult a tax professional for help navigating the new tax rules and how to best structure this business.

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Happy New Year!

by Galand Haas

Wishing you all a wonderful 2018! Happy New Year!!! 

Latest Market Activity for November 2017

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The month of November saw another strong showing for home sales in the Eugene and Springfield area.  The inventory of homes for sale remained very low with just two months of inventory.  Remember, 6 months of inventory is considered a very healthy market situation.  Here are the November 2017 home sales statistics for Lane County from RMLS.

November Residential Highlights

Lane County saw gains this November compared to November 2016, despite some cooling from last month. New listings, at 345, ended 25.0% ahead of November 2016 (276) and were the best November for new listings in the county since 2009, when 355 were recorded.


Pending sales, at 366, outpaced November 2016 (327) by 11.9% despite a 23.3% decrease from October 2017 (477). Similarly, closed sales (394) saw a 4.8% increase over November 2016 (376) but a 7.9% decrease compared to last month in October 2017 (428).

Inventory in Lane County held steady in November at 2.0 months, with total market time increasing slightly to 45 days.

Year to Date Summary

Comparing the first eleven months in 2017 to the same period in 2016, new listings (6,142) have increased 3.4% and closed sales (4,808) have increased 0.8%, while pending sales (4,968) have decreased 0.9%.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Comparing 2017 to 2016 through November of each year, the average sale price rose 9.4% from $263,500 to $288,300. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 9.9% from $236,500 to $260,000. 


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The Benefits of Home Shopping in Winter

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

As we approach the Holidays, many people are focused on other things besides buying and selling homes.  This can certainly work in your favor if you are a home buyer.  The following is an article from "realtor.org" that will gives you some reasons why you should think about getting serious with your home shopping in December.

Many home shoppers don’t think about purchasing a house during the holiday months—many even put their home search on hold. But Desare Kohn-Laski, broker-owner of Skye Louis Realty in Coconut Creek, Fla., offers some points to pass on to your clients, letting them know this is one of the best times of the year to shop for a house.

Less Competition, Better Prices. 

Let your clients know that the holiday months work in their favor. “Instead of competing with hungry buyers, eager to move in before the school year begins, the dip in demand actually drives prices down, and can create a mini buyers’ market,” Kohn-Laski says. In her experience, buyers often fare better in the negotiation process during the winter months.

More Time to (Home) Shop. 

Time off around the holidays gives many buyers the opportunity to do some careful house hunting. Instead of giving up an entire weekend to open houses and showings, buyers can more leisurely tour homes during the week, Kohn-Laski suggests.

Tax Benefits.

We still don’t know how the House and Senate tax reform bills will shake out in conference committee; however, if your clients purchase in 2017, they can still deduct property taxes, mortgage interest, and other costs. Learn more about how you can influence tax reform.

Move-In Ready Weather. 

For a large part of the country, winter is a favorable season to move. The heavy lifting of furniture and home improvement projects are easier to perform without the heat of the summer months, Kohn-Laski says.

“There are numerous benefits and added perks to buying a house during the holiday season that make December arguably the best time to buy,” Kohn-Laski says.

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7 Smart Options to Obtain the Best Credit Score

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

If you are considering a home purchase, your credit score is a huge part of this process.  You credit score also impact many part of your financial life from what you pay for car insurance to your ability to get credit.  The following is an article from "Realty Times' that goes over some great ideas on how to obtain the best credit score.

Getting ready to buy a house or just thinking about it? Where to buy, what to buy, and how you'll afford it are probably top of mind. But if you're not also concentrating on your credit score - and by concentrating on, we mean actively trying to raise your scores as much as possible - you're not looking at the whole homebuying picture.

Not only can does your credit score factor greatly into what you'll pay for your house, it can keep you from being able to buy one, period. "Your credit history determines what loans you will qualify for and the interest rate you will pay," said eloan. "A credit score provides an easy way for lenders to numerically judge your credit at a point in time. It gauges how likely you are to repay your loan in a timely manner. The better your history appears, the more attractive you become as a loan customer."

Thankfully, your credit score is not static; it can (and does) change all the time, and there are all kinds of ways to improve it, some better than others. We're running down the smartest options to boost your score in the new year.

Shoot for perfection

850 is the best score you can possibly get, and, while it may seem completely out of reach, there are people who actually crest that credit mountain and reach the top. "It's the Holy Grail of all credit scores: 850. On the widely used FICO credit score scale, approximately one in every 200 people achieves perfection, at least as of a 2010 estimate by the Fair Isaac Corporation," said The Motley Fool. Careful budgeting and detailed attention to every aspect of their financial picture are the umbrella tactics they use to get and maintain that score - and they're ones you should be using, too.

Or, shoot for 750

If 850 is out of reach within a reasonable timeframe (reasonable being the maximum amount of time you want to wait before buying a home), try for 750. This is the magic number for many lenders and creditors. "It puts the ball completely in the corner of the consumer rather than the lender, said The Motley Fool. "You'll often have lenders fighting for your business, and in nearly all instances, you'll be offered the best interest rate by lenders, meaning you'll have the lowest possible long-term mortgage and loan costs of any consumer."

Talking to your lender about the items on your credit report that have the best chance of raising your score is key. You may think that paying off that old unpaid account from six years ago is an easy way to get a score bump, but is it about to fall off of your report on its own? 

Set up automatic payments

According to CreditCards.com, a good 35 percent of your credit score is taken from your payment history. You may have missed payments in the past that you need to deal with now, but you certainly don't want to make another mistake while you're trying to get homebuyer-ready. Almost every creditor, from your utilities to your car payment to any outstanding student loans you may have, offers the option of automatic payments. This is the easiest way to ensure you never miss a payment because you got busy or spaced on the due date.

But, just remember to make sure there is enough cash in your account to cover the payments on the day the money will be coming out. If you have been busy moving funds into savings for your down payment, you'll want to set a reminder to put money back into whatever account your auto payments are attached to.

Ask before you shut down credit cards

The amount of credit you have is a factor in qualifying - or not - for a mortgage. Too much debt is a bad thing. But, long-term credit use that has been managed properly can be helpful to your score. If your lender does recommend getting rid of some of your available credit, it likely won't be older cards. "Length of credit history is considered when determining your score - so the longer you've had a credit card, the better," said CNN Money.

Also beware that closing any card triggers a change in your "utilization," and that might not be a positive. Be sure to consult with your lender first.

Watch your credit limits

Banks don't look kindly on those who have used all of their available credit because it gives the appearance that you're not living within your means. "The amount of available credit you use is the second most important factor in your score," said NerdWallet. "Experts recommend you keep your balance on each card below 30% of your limit — if your limit is $5,000, your balance should be under $1,500." 

Of course, even lower is better. Get to 20% or even 10%, and you'll be in great shape. But don't go below that. While it may seem like a zero balance would indicate that you are financially savvy, banks like to see responsible credit management. That means using your cards and paying down the balance to a reasonable level every month.

Pay down your debt…but check with your lender first

If you're trying to weigh the best tactics for improving your credit and you don't have the funds to take care of every outstanding wrinkle on your credit report and pay down your existing debt at the same time, you definitely want to check with your lender before you make any move. Every dollar is important, and while NerdWallet notes that your credit score will "soar" as you "pay off your debt as aggressively as possible without acquiring more," it could be that your lender has a strategy that places more importance on other credit issues in your report, or has structured your credit repair according to a different timeline.

This underscores the importance of working with a lender who is skilled and experienced in credit repair. Using the tools our lender gave us, we were able to improve our score by almost 100 points in four months, allowing us to qualify for the home we wanted and get a great interest rate.

Don't be afraid to refinance

You may end up buying a home before you get your credit score exactly where you want it to be. If you're in an appreciating market, which much of the country is, and your score continues to rise after you close escrow, you might be in a position to refinance sooner than you think. Especially if you buy your home with an FHA loan, their streamline refinance program can potentially lower your rate without an appraisal, a credit check, or job/income verification.

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Say Goodbye to Renting and Hello to Homeownership

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

If you are renting a home or apartment and you would like to become a home owner, instead of supporting your landlord, you should start planning now on how to make this happen.  Yes, home values are up in the Eugene and Springfield area, but mortgage interest rates remain extremely affordable.  Many times, home payments will be far less than rents and also have some great tax advantages.  Here is an article from "Realty Times" that gives some ideas on how to get ready for your first home purchase.

Becoming a first-time homeowner takes a lot more than a desire to buy a house. It takes a lot of effort on your part to save up a down payment — which is usually a pretty good sized chunk of change — research neighborhoods, get pre-approved for a loan and other steps. Fortunately, it is quite possible to say goodbye to renting and hello to homeownership, especially when homeowners-to-be consider the following tips:

Focus on the Down Payment

In order to leave the land of rent, you are going to need a down payment — plain and simple. While it is common to put down 20 percent, some lenders now allow a much smaller amount, and first-time home buyer programs may go as low as 3 percent. While a smaller down payment may sound enticing, a 5 percent down payment on a $200K home is still $10,000 — not exactly a small sum. If saving money does not come naturally for you, don’t worry. With some relatively minor lifestyle changes you can speed up the down payment savings process. Come up with a savings plan to determine how much you need to set aside every week or month and then find ways to “find” that money in your budget. Using the $10,000 example from before, if you are determined to buy a home in two years, you’ll have to come up with about $415 a month to stash into your down payment account. Take a close look at your monthly bills and determine what you can pare down or eliminate — maybe you are paying $75 a month for a gym membership you rarely use, or you pay $40 extra for premium satellite channels that no one watches. These services can be cancelled and the money can go directly into your savings account. Eat out less, have Starbucks twice a week instead of every day and if you need to, consider a side hustle on the weekends to reach this magical monthly amount of $415.

Avoid Identity Theft

Unfortunately, the chances of becoming a victim of identity theft increase when you are buying and moving into a new home. The stacks of documents that are part of buying a home and that are filled with your personal information may accidentally fall into the wrong hands, and once you move, mail may not be routed correctly and thieves may steal your mail and your identity from your old mailbox. Prevent this situation from happening by purchasing an identity theft protection program; find a trusted company that will help safeguard your personal data. In addition to letting you know when a bank pulls your credit report and asking if you have authorized this inquiry, certain services will monitor your financial activity and alert you if anything is amiss.

Check Your Credit Report

When you start the pre-approval process for a loan and then move on to the Big Kahuna of applying for an actual mortgage, your credit report will be pulled numerous times. Your credit score will then be used to determine if you are approved for a loan, and what type of interest rate you will get. Please do not wait until you have the down payment saved and you are champing at the bit to go look at houses to check your FICO score — check your credit as early in the process as you can. If you have a credit card that has been issued through your bank, give them a call and see if they can run your report for you for free; in the cases of some credit cards, they also offer a free monthly FICO score check. Read through the report and check for any errors; this includes credit lines you never opened and delinquent payments that you know were made on time. Dispute any mistakes that you find and look for ways to boost your credit score, like paying down credit card bills and setting up automatic bill pay so you are never late with your payments.

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Latest Market Activity for October 2017

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

October home sales in the Eugene and Springfield are were down seasonally, but remain strong and above October 2016 home sales.  Here are the October 2017 statistics.

October Residential Highlights

Lane County saw some mixed activity in October, but numbers are up across the board compared to October 2016. Pending sales (477) showed a 14.4% increase over October 2016 (417) and a 3.7% increase compared to last month in September 2017 (460). It was the strongest October for pending sales in Lane County since at least 2001!

New listings, at 446, increased 23.5% compared to October 2016 (361) but fell 14.9% short of the 524 new listings entered just last month in September 2017.

Closed sales fared similarly—at 428 in October, closings increased 6.5% from October 2016 but decreased 7.6% from last month in September 2017.

Year to Date Summary

Comparing the first ten months in 2017 to the same period in 2016, new listings (5,782) have increased 2.3%, closed sales (4,368) have remained steady, and pending sales (4,629) have decreased 1.9%.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Comparing 2017 to 2016 through October of each year, the average sale price rose 9.5% from $263,200 to $288,200. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 10.6% from $235,000 to $260,000. 


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The New U.S. Tax Code and Its Affect On You

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

There are many questions about the new tax plan currenty beeing looked at by the Senate.  How will it affect all of us?  There is much debate ahead and mostly likely many changes ahead before a bill is passed. The following is an article from "Realtor.com"  that goes over what is currently being discussed.

After months of internal debate among Republicans, the House Ways and Means Committee released the details of its plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code for businesses and individuals. The highlights include lower rates for many individual households but not the highest earners; fewer individual tax brackets; a larger standard deduction for households who don’t itemize their tax bills; trimmed-back deductions for state and local taxes; eventual repeal of the estate tax; and much lower rates for corporate profits and profits for individuals on unincorporated business income. Here is a look at all of the details.

New tax brackets and rates

Tax treatment for the wealthy is among the hottest issues. The House Republican tax plan will preserve a top individual tax rate of 39.6%. Republicans last year had been discussing a top rate of 33%, and then moved to 35% earlier this year.

The retention of the 39.6% individual tax rate marks a shift in the way Republicans think about tax policy. For years, they had focused on driving down that top tax rate. President Trump says he is instead focused on middle-income cuts and large changes to the business tax code, which he argues will boost growth and hiring.

Effect on deductions and credits

The plan aims to increase the standard deduction, while adjusting several other deduction and credits.

House Republicans had planned to release the bill Wednesday but delayed it until Thursday to finish technical work on the legislation and address thorny issues such as how to treat deductions for state and local taxes. Party leaders want to repeal the deduction, but that has sparked a rebellion from lawmakers in high-tax states like New York and New Jersey and set off a scramble for compromise, centered on keeping the deduction for property taxes.

Standard Deduction

• Current law for 2017: $12,700 (married); $9,350 (head of household); $6,350 (single)

• Proposed for 2018: $24,400 (married); $18,300 (head of household); $12,200 (single)

Personal Exemption

• Current law for 2017: $4,050

• Proposed: Repealed Child Tax Credit

• Current law: $1,000

• Proposed: $1,600 plus $300 each for the taxpayer, a spouse and any non-child dependents

State and Local Taxes

• Current law: Itemized deduction

• Proposed: Deduction capped at $10,000 for property tax only

Charitable Donations

• Current law: Itemized deduction

• Proposed: Unchanged

Mortgage Interest Deduction

• Current law: Itemized deduction on loans up to $1 million

• Proposed: Itemized deduction for loans up to $500,000 on new home purchases

Alternative Minimum Tax

• Current law: Parallel tax that disallows personal exemptions and state deductions• Proposed: Repealed

Retirement Accounts

• Current law: 401(k) plans allow pretax deferral of up to $18,000

• Proposed: Minor changes


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Sell Your Home Quickly & For A Profit This Winter

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

Most people would think that after Summer leaves us there is no chance of selling a home.  This is simply not true and sometimes the Winter home market can be red hot.  This year especially with the inventory of homes available for sale being very low, the Winter market could be very good.  Typically, inventories of homes for sale dips even lower during the Winter months due to the fact that most people think Spring/Summer is the selling time.  Less competition can lead to a quicker sale and more money for the seller.  The following is an article from "Realty Times" that gives some good advice for selling a home during the Winter months.

So you've decided to list your home this winter. Perhaps you've had a job change, need to relocate out of the area, or have financial or family reasons for moving. No matter what is driving the move, you may be concerned about selling at this time of year. But just because you missed the boat on the spring selling season doesn't mean you can't get your home sold quickly, and for a profit. A few tips can help get it moving.

Take photos early... or late

If you can take photos before the trees become barren and the grass goes dormant, do so! The last thing you want is for your home to look blah and depressing in photos. If you can capture a snowy day (with perfectly scraped walkways, of course), that works, too. It never hurts to have your home looking like a winter wonderland.

Go easy on the holiday décor

"Deck the halls, but don't go overboard," said HGTV. "Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes."

Always mind your curb appeal

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can let things slide out front. Potential buyers won't give you a pass on chipping paint, a fence that needs repair, or a front door that's seen better days just because it's frigid outside.

Safety matters

Shoveling the walk from the street to your home is necessary to make it reachable, make it inviting, and also make it safe. The last thing you want is a slip and fall that could result in an injury, and a lawsuit. "Continually shovel a path through the snow, especially if snowflakes are still falling," said the balance. "Footprints on freshly fallen snow will turn to ice if the temperature is low enough, so scrape the walk. Sprinkle a layer of sand over the sidewalk and steps to ensure your buyers' stable footing. Remember to open a path from the street to the sidewalk so visitors aren't forced to crawl over snowdrifts."

Get a good indoor mat

Perhaps you never use a mat for indoors or yours is grubby or tattered from 10 straight years of winter wear. This one super easy move may not be noticed by visitors - but it sure will if it's missing or not in good shape. Little things like a $10 mat can give buyers the impression that your whole house is well cared for, or just the opposite.

Clear the front door clutter

If you live in a climate where there is likely to be snow or rain, there are a few more steps you'll probably have to take in order to keep your house looking great inside. How does your coat closet look? If it's stuffed with jackets, scarves, boots, and gloves, relocating some to make room for potential buyers to put their stuff away while touring your home is a good idea - plus, a tidy coat closet gives the impression that there is plenty of storage space in the home. It goes without saying that winter wear and shoes that tend to stack up in the entry should be banished while your house is on the market.

Make sure everything is functional

Imagine you live in a climate that stays relatively temperate year-round, and then you have a cold spell. You turn on the heater for the first time the night before your first showing, and…nothing. Same for the fireplace in the living room. Your freezing cold house is probably not going to make a great impression on buyers. As soon as you decide you're going to sell your home, go through it room by room, checking all major appliances and home functions and looking for little things that may escape notice on an everyday basis - cracked light switches, chipped baseboards, light bulbs that need to be replaced - so your home is perfect for showings.

Light it up

Shorter days with earlier sunsets limit the amount of natural light in your home. Turning on all the lights before showings is more important than ever. Think about the exterior when it comes to lights, too. If you only have a porch light, you might want to consider adding some landscaping lighting, which will help accentuate your outdoor space.

Listen to your REALTOR® when it comes to price

Will you be able to command top dollar for your home and get the same price you would have had you listed in spring or summer? That depends on so many things, including your neighborhood, the available inventory, the condition of the home, and, of course, your listing price. A trusted real estate agent will take all mitigating factors into consideration and use comparables in your area to develop a pricing strategy.

When it comes to offers, remember this tidbit from Realtor.com: "Just because your home's on the market during the slow, chilly months doesn't mean you have to accept a lowball offer. If you make your home attractive in all the right ways, qualified buyers will come."

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2644 Suzanne Way
Eugene OR 97408
Direct: (541) 349-2620
Fax: 541-687-6411

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