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Pending Home Sales Continue To Decline For Seventh Month In A Row

by Galand Haas

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Nationally, pending home sales continue to decline for the seventh month in a row. As the video explains, this is primarily due to home affordability, low inventory and also to a lesser degree, rising mortgage interest rates. This trend could begin the shift to softer home prices down the road. View video HERE.

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6997 GLACIER DR

Price: $369,900     Beds: 4     Baths: 2.5    Sq Ft: 2406

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How To Avoid Accidents In Your Home With These 6 Easy Tips

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!


There has been a large number of home accidents over the past several months in the Eugene and Springfield area. With that in mind, I am sending this article from "Realty Times" on home accidents.


It's safe to say that none of us are purposely making our homes a hazard. And, no matter how hard we try, accidents still happen. But there is nothing more important than protecting ourselves, our families, and our investment.


"The home is supposed to be where you and your family are safe and protected but every year accident and emergency units deal with serious injuries and sometimes fatal accidents that occur in the home," said StaySafe. "It is not just children and the elderly that can come to harm in the home with things like chemicals and choke hazards. Accidents in the home claim 18,000 lives each year in America alone, "accounting for 21 million medical visits annually. Many of these accidents are preventable."


These tips will uncover key areas where dangers typically lie and the simple maintenance involved in avoiding them.


Dryer vents

Thousands of fires are started in the home every year because of deferred maintenance related to the clothes dryer. You may clean out the lint screen, but it's the lint you can't see that accumulates in the vent that can be dangerous. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) "recommends cleaning or having a professional inspect the vent for lint build-up a minimum of every two to three years," said Hunker. "Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire does break out in or around your dryer."


Falls

A third of all fatalities in the home are due to falls. A great number of them are related to old age, however people of all ages can also be at risk. Installing safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs is an obvious safety precaution with little ones, as are grab bars in bathrooms that are serving older individuals. Closely monitoring wet areas - just outside the shower and bath and in front of the kitchen sink - can help with slips. Installing nonslip rug pads under area rugs is key to keeping them in place and eliminating falls.


Blinds

The thought of a young child being strangled due to hanging cords from window blinds is horrifying. But it happens. According to USA Today, "Injuries and death from window blind cords send two kids to emergency department each day." Eliminate the worry without having to give up the blinds by choosing a cordless version. They give you the look and room-darkening features you want with some added safety measures.


Fire alarms

When's the last time you changed your fire alarm batteries? If you can't remember, you're obviously overdue. "Install fire alarms on all levels of your home, and check and change the batteries at least annually," said safewise. "Consider investing in a smart smoke detector like Nest Protect. This alarm uses Wi-Fi to provide real-time updates and remote monitoring right on your smartphone or other mobile device." 


A dirty oven

Most ovens today have a self-cleaning feature. While it's not entirely pleasant to endure the smell while it's doing its thing, it far outweighs the alternative, especially considering 40 percent of fires in the home start in the kitchen.


"A dirty oven can cause fires while cooking, allowing charred food or grease to ignite," said Home Security. "Clean your oven regularly and always attend food while cooking in the oven.'


Carbon monoxide posioning

Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because "its presence is not known until symptoms of the exposure are experienced," said Poison Control. "It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and potentially dangerous gas. You can't see it or smell it." 


It's typical for smoke detectors to be in homes, but despite the fact that a carbon monoxide detector can save lives, they are often left to the homeowner to purchase and install. "Each year in the United States, more than 200 accidental deaths are caused by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. It is considered the leading cause of death from poisoning in the United States.


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3187 Kentwood Drive

 Price: $269,900   Beds: 3   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 1,172

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Here's Why Affordability In Housing Market Is At Record Lows

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The housing market both locally, in the Eugene and Springfield area, and across the nation seems to be slowing down. There certainly are fewer buyers out there serious about a home purchase. Home affordability could be most of the reason for this recent slowdown. This video from CNBC gives details on why affordability could be having an impact on the housing market at this time.

View video HERE

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84305 DERBYSHIRE LN

Price: $450,000   Beds: 3   Baths: 1.5   SqFt: 2,019

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This Month In Real Estate August 2018

by Galand Haas

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Nationally, homes sales dipped slightly in July, but home prices continue their upward trend.  It is my guess that we may have reached the peak in home prices and home prices will either remain flat, or possibly even start a decline soon.  Both locally and nationally, homes are becoming less affordable with higher prices and higher mortgage interest rates.  There is a point where the market will flatten due to this and home prices will begin the decline.  We are either there or it is close.

View video here

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253 WEDGEWOOD DR

Price: $320,000    Beds: 3    Baths: 2.5    Sq Ft: 1855

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Slow Rise In Home Inventory Still Not Meeting Demand

by Galand Haas

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It seems that much of the nation is beginning to feel the pressure from housing markets that are quickly becoming over-priced. California, which has had extreme housing inflation for years is feeling the pain of an over-priced market and home sales are beginning to slow down quickly in many areas. California many times leads national housing trends. Here is an article from MSNBC that talks about the housing market changes.

A slight increase in the supply of homes for sale brought buyers back to the table in June.

Pending home sales, a measure of signed contracts to buy existing homes, rose 0.9 percent in June compared to May, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales, however, were 2.5 percent lower than they were in June 2017. Pending home sales have been down annually for six straight months.

Sales increased in all regions of the country, rising 1.4 percent month-to-month in the Northeast, 0.5 percent in the Midwest, 1.1 percent in the South and 0.7 percent in the West. Compared to a year ago, however, sales were lower in all regions – weakest in the West.

"After two straight months of pending sales declines, home shoppers in a majority of markets had a little more success finding a home to buy last month," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors. "The positive forces of faster economic growth and steady hiring are being met by the negative forces of higher home prices and mortgage rates."

The severe shortage of homes for sale has been plaguing the housing market for more than a year. As demand rises, prices continue to heat up, with multiple offers more the norm than the exception. Total housing inventory at the end of June rose 0.5 percent compared to June of 2017, the first annual increase in three years.

"Even with slightly more homeowners putting their home on the market, inventory is still subpar and not meeting demand. As a result, affordability constraints are pricing out some would-be buyers and keeping overall sales activity below last year's pace," added Yun.

Affordability has hit the West especially hard. Home sales in southern California plummeted in June, according to CoreLogic, as buyers came up against red-hot prices. Some sellers are starting to lower prices, and real estate agents there are reporting fewer bidding wars. This could mark a turn in the market.

The rise in pending home sales, albeit very small for the month, does show that as more inventory comes on the market, there are buyers waiting to meet it. One headwind going forward is mortgage rates. They barely moved at all in June but started to edge higher again in July. Should rates move even more decisively higher, especially amid still-high home prices, sales could weaken further.

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 BOLTON HILL RD

Price: $990,000    Beds: 4    Baths: 3.5    Sq Ft: 3700

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Mortgage Applications Down 2.5% vs. Previous Week

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!


 

The combination of rising home prices and slightly higher mortgage interest rates is beginning to have an impact on the housing market.  It is clear that we are now seeing fewer buyers entering the market due to home affordability.  This may be the beginning of an end to the heated homes sales market that we have been in for several years.  A slow down in buyer numbers is usually the first indication of a shifting market.


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THIS WEEK'S HOT HOME LISTING 

6997 Glacier Drive

Price: $375,000    Beds: 4    Baths: 2.5   Sq.Ft.: 2,406

Completely remodeled! Fresh interior and exterior paint. All new: carpet, vinyl wood floors, LED lighting with Decora switches, heat pump, furnace, hot water heater. Large lower level bonus space (not included in SF) with lots of potential; it could make a great mother-in-law suite. Private master suite...View this property>>


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Latest Market Activity For June 2018

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

The numbers are in and Lane County had another strong month of home sales for June of 2018.  The primary thing to note is that the average home sales price continues to increase and is now over $300,000 as you will see.  One has to wonder how long this trend can continue in a market with a wage scale that does not support this high of an average home price? Here are the numbers for June of 2018.

 

June Residential Highlights

 

Lane County had mostly positive activity this June, with accepted offers leading the way. At 561, pending sales outpaced June 2017 (544) by 3.1% and May 2018 (521) by 7.7%. The last June when pendings ended stronger was in 2004, when 588 offers were accepted.

 

New listings, at 733, fared well in June. At 733, new listings rose 2.8% ahead of June 2017 (713) and 7.8% ahead of May 2018 (680). This was the strongest June for new listings since 2007, when 902 were listed.

 

Closed sales, at 479, dipped 6.1% under the 510 closings recorded in June 2017 but fared 6.2% better than last month in May 2018.

 

Inventory rose upward slightly in June to end at 1.7 months, with total market time holding steady at 38 days.

 

Year to Date Summary

 

Comparing the first six months of 2018 to 2017, closed sales (2,439) have increased 5.7% and pending sales (2,786) have increased 1.7%. New listings (3,370) have decreased 0.4%.

Average and Median Sale Prices

 

Comparing 2018 to 2017 through June of each year, the average sale price has increased 7.3% from $281,900 to $302,500. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 9.1% from $254,000 to $277,000.

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THIS WEEK'S HOT HOME LISTING!

6997 Glacier Drive
Price: $375,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 2.1 Sq. Ft.: 2,406

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Demand for Housing Remains Strong Even As Home Prices Rise

by Galand Haas

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Mortgage interest rates declined slightly and are now holding steady. This has brought some relief to a national housing market that is continuing to see prices on the rise. Demand for housing remains very strong, even though home prices are rising faster than wages. Please watch the video for further details. If the attached video does not play, view it HERE.

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THIS WEEK'S HOT HOME LISTING!

36946 PARSONS CREEK RD

Price: $380,000     Beds: 3     Baths: 1     Partial Baths: 1     Sq Ft: 1890

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Simple Home Selling Tips To Attract Buyers

by Galand Haas

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Even in the strong sellers market that we are currently experiencing in the Eugene and Springfield area, there are always a few homes that just don't sell.  9 times out of 10, the issue is price.  We find that even during hot markets, overpriced homes may get looked at, but they just do not attract offers.  Pricing with the market is crucial with any kind of market and today, we find that competitive pricing often brings in multiple offers and the purchase war begins.  This strategy will bring about a sale for top dollar value in any market.  Along with this, there are a few things that homeowners can do to make their home more attractive to potential buyers.  The following are a few tips that just might help you if you have a home on the market or if you are considering the sale of your home.


If your home is in pretty good shape (i.e. it's decently updated and not in need of a total overhaul), you might think it's ready to go on the market as is. But little things you wouldn't expect can end up being deal breakers. And, when you've got competition, you need your home to stand out for all the right reasons. Give your home a good look and address the little things now before they become big problems when buyers are balking.

 

Cords hanging from your mounted TV

This is one of those things that tends to fade into the background in a home we live in every day. But don't be surprised if new eyes go right to those dangling cords and wonder why you didn't take the next step and hide them in the wall. Anything that makes a potential buyer question whether you cut corners or were lazy elsewhere could spell bad news for your home sale.

 

An unkempt yard

So, you had your landscapers out to clean out your flower beds, trim the bushes, plant colorful new blooms and mulch everything. And then, the night before a showing, a storm blew a whole mess of leaves into your yard. Grab that rake and make it a family affair out on the lawn at dawn. You know what they say about first impressions. Buyers likely won't be forgiving of a messy lawn, and your house may stand out if they can see the effort made to clean it up when the neighbors' yards are still 15-deep in leaves.

 

A dingy front door

Again with the first impressions. Your home may look great inside, but if the front door is chipped or faded, or the hardware is worn, your potential buyers may never get past it. This is an easy fix, and one that consistently rates high on the ROI scale.

 

Animals

While homebuyers in general may not mind if animals live in the home they are considering purchasing (unless there are severe allergy issues), they don't want to see - and, especially, smell - evidence of them. You have probably gathered up and stowed away the overflowing box of toys and balls. But have you considered the smell? You might not notice it, but first-time visitors likely will.

You don't have to rehome your pets; Use these tips from petMD to make your home smell pet-free.

 

Cobwebs

Even if you keep a pretty clean home, there may be areas that need attention, like ceiling fans or windowsills that are out of reach. You may not have a housekeeper on a regular basis, but doing a one-time, super deep clean before your home hits the market is a good way to make sure potential buyers don't nitpick and find a reason to question the home's condition.

 

Poor furniture arrangement

If you're rolling your eyes at the idea that the way you have your living room laid out could make a difference in whether or not your home sells, remember back to when you saw the home for the first time. Were you picturing your own furniture in the space? That's what real buyers do, and if they can't picture how it will work because you have too much stuff in the space or it's oddly configured - blocking a fireplace or doorway, for instance - you're keeping them from doing the thing that could make them buy the home.

 

"Square footage is important to homebuyers, so when you're selling a house it's important to maximize the space to appear bigger and highlight each room's dual functionality to enhance buyer appeal," said U.S. News & World Report. "A home seller can do this by decluttering, lighting up the room and especially by having your furniture strategically placed to show off the square footage. The layout will determine the visual size and flow of the room." You can learn more staging tips for arranging your furniture here.

 

Junk drawers and crammed cabinets

Buyers who are genuinely interested in your home are likely going to open everything and look everywhere. It's not snooping (at least, we hope it's not snooping!) - it's an interest in how much storage there is in the home. You may be forgiven for one "junk drawer," but the neater and cleaner you can make everything else, the better. You want people to see the space, not your stuff.

 

Overfilled closets

The need to showcase the space, not the stuff, goes double for closets. "Whether it's a hallway coat closet or a master suite walk-in, your home's closets will have a major big impact on prospective buyers," said Apartment Therapy. "Box up off-season apparel - or better yet, donate it - and remove extra hangers so yours looks spacious and streamlined."

 

Cluttered countertops

Eliminating, or at least cutting down on, clutter in your home is key to getting it sale-ready, and this is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms. While people may be impressed by your professional mixer and juicer, they're much more interested in knowing they have ample countertop space for their own stuff.

 

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1670 Ridgley Blvd

Price: $415,000   Beds: 3   Baths: 2 full, 1 half   Sq. Ft: 1,951

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Home Prices Rise While Availability Does Not Improve

by Galand Haas

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Nationally, the news for first time homebuyers is not improving.  At this time, the prices of homes under $300,000 are still increasing and the availabity of these homes is not improving.  Here is an article from "Realtor.com" that talks about this trend.

 

Home buyers looking for a bargain should brace themselves for some serious disappointment.

 

The share of existing (aka previously lived-in) homes priced under $100,000 dropped 20.7% in March from the same month a year ago, according to the most recent National Association of Realtors® report. The percentage of homes under $250,000 fell 7.8%.

 

Nationally, the median home price was $250,400 in March. That's up 3.9% from February and represents a 5.8% rise from the same month a year earlier.

 

"In general, we’re seeing that there aren’t enough homes available for sale across all price ranges," says Danielle Hale, chief economist at realtor.com®. "But the biggest shortage is under $250,000.”

 

The number of overall existing home sales hit 5.6 million in March. That's up 1.1% from February, but a 1.2% decrease from the same month a year ago. (Realtor.com looked only at the seasonally adjusted numbers in the report. These have been smoothed out over 12 months to account for seasonal fluctuations.)

 

Single-family home sales were up 0.6% from February, but down 1% from the same month a year ago. The median home price was $252,100.

 

Condo and co-op sales were up 5.2% from the previous month, but were down 3.2% annually. The median price of these homes were $236,100.

 

Existing home sale prices were significantly lower than newly constructed abodes, by about 30.5%, as it isn't cheap to put up a new home with high land, construction, and materials costs. The median price of a newly constructed home was $326,800 in February, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

“The unwelcoming news is that while the healthy economy is generating sustained interest in buying a home this spring, sales are lagging year-ago levels," NAR's chief economist, Lawrence Yun, said in a statement. "Supply is woefully low, and home prices keep climbing above what some would-be buyers can afford.”

 

If you are looking for a home in the Eugene an Springfiels area under $300,000, it is a tough situation right now. The good news is that we can help you.  We are extremely successful in finding homes in this price range for our buyers.  Many of the homes we are finding are homes that we have knowledge about before they hit the market.  If you would like for us to help you with your home search, call us at 541-349-2620 and we will go to work for you.

 

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THIS WEEK'S HOT HOME LISTING!

3025 Guadalupe Way

Price: $389,900    Beds: 3   Baths: 2    Sq. Ft.:2,560

Fabulous 2-story home on dead-end street! Crown molding, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace & lots of storage. Engineered hardwood floors in kitchen & eating area. Quartz counters & painted maple cabinets in kitchen...View this property>>



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