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

by Galand Haas

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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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This Month in Real Estate October 2017

by Galand Haas

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Change could be on the horizon for the national Real Estate market. Nationally, home sales dipped last month and the cost of housing also followed suit. After a very long run of escalating home sales and prices, this could signal a slow down. There is no question that flat markets or dips occur after hot markets. Whether this will be a long term trend or just a temporary blip in the market is yet to be seen.

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Housing Shortage Effects Home Prices

by Galand Haas

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If you are interested in what is taking place with our national housing market, the following article will give you a good idea as to what is taking place.  This article from "Realtor.com", talks about the shortage of homes for sale and the effect it is having on home prices.

It's anyone's guess just how much higher home prices will go—and if they'll ever slow down. Besides, if you could see the future, wouldn't you rather focus your energies on predicting the winning lottery numbers?

Nationally, the median existing-home price for single-family abodes zoomed up to $255,600 in the second quarter of the year, according to the new quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors®. (Existing homes are previously lived-in residences as opposed to newly built abodes.) That was up 10.1% from the first quarter of the year and represented a 6.2% rise from the second quarter of last year.

Prices are continuing their steady climb because there simply aren't enough homes on the market to go around. As the economy has improved, more people who held off on becoming homeowners or trading up to bigger, better abodes are getting into the market. "Household incomes may be rising and giving consumers assurance that now is a good time to buy," NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in a statement. "But these severe inventory shortages will likely continue to be a drag on sales potential the second half of the year."

The cost of buying a single-family home increased in about 87% of the metros that NAR looked at. Prices dropped in just 23 markets.

That might explain why sales of all existing homes, which include both single-family residences and condos, fell 0.9% in the second quarter. They hit 5.57 million, according to the seasonally adjusted numbers in the report.

"With new supply not even coming close to keeping pace, price appreciation remained swift in most markets," Yun said. "An increasing share of would-be buyers are being priced out of the market and are unable to experience the wealth-building benefits of homeownership."

Even the median prices of lower-priced condos and co-ops shot up to $239,500. That's up nearly 9.5% from the first quarter of 2017 and represented a 5.4% rise from the second quarter of last year. Sorry, buyers.

The most expensive metros were, unsurprisingly, primarily in California. Silicon Valley's San Jose topped the list with a median price of$1,183,400 for a single-family, existing home, according to the report.

Silicon Valley buyers are "commonly very well-to-do people in their mid-20s to mid-40s. Most typically are working in high tech," says Realtor® Avi Urban of Keller Williams Palto Alto. "Many of them are making enormous amounts of money."

But prices fluctuate during the year depending on the season as well as the local job market, he says.

"As long as the Silicon Valley economy is doing well, I do not expect prices to go down," Urban says. "I expect prices to continue with more gradual, moderate appreciation."

San Jose was followed by its neighbor to the north, San Francisco, at $950,000; Anaheim, CA, at $788,000; Honolulu, at $760,600; and San Diego, at $605,000.

Meanwhile, the cheapest metros were Youngstown, OH, at $87,000; Cumberland, MD, at $98,200; Decatur, IL, at $107,400; Binghamton, NY, at $109,000; and Elmira, NY, at $111,600.

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Boomerang Buyers Hitting The Market

by Galand Haas

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The national housing market could be very close to seeing a huge surge in the number of homebuyers actively looking for and purchasing new homes.  This is a surge that is sure to hit the housing markets acrosss the nation and have a huge impact at some time soon.  The following is an interesting article about "Boomerang" buyers from "Realty Times".

Remember all those people who defaulted on their homes during the last housing crisis? Well, those bankruptcies are about to be discharged, or they already have been, and that means we could soon see an avalanche of homebuyers hitting the market.

Just what constitutes an avalanche? "More than 12.8 million homes entered the foreclosure process - roughly 29 percent of all homes with a mortgage," between 2007 and 2014," said The BIG Picture. "At the peak of foreclosures in 2009, more than 650,000 homes, 1.5 percent of those with a mortgage, entered foreclosure in a single quarter."

According to CoreLogic, this is a key year for boomerang buyers because seven years have passed since the peak of foreclosures in 2010. A whopping "1.9 million homeowners who faced owner-occupied foreclosures between the start of the housing crisis in 2007 through 2010 will have met the seven-year period after which the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires derogatory information to be removed," they said. "By the end of 2020, another 1.2 million homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2011 and 2013 will become eligible."

A new TransUnion Study Found that, "1.5 million homeowners negatively impacted by the mortgage crisis could re-enter the housing market in the next three years."

But do they want back in?

Many think so.

"The chief attraction is strong motivation, Kent Temple, broker/owner of Keller Williams Realty - The Temple Team in Mooresville, N.C., said on Bankrate. "If you've been through a foreclosure, you've already been a homeowner. "You know what it's about. You know the process. You've been through hell sometime in the last seven years, and if you really want to buy a house, you are so willing to do whatever it takes."

But some aren't so sure.

"As those foreclosures began to clear, many observers speculated that a slew of ‘boomerang buyers' was poised to return to the housing market," said The BIG Picture. "Those buyers have been slow to materialize. So what's hindering their return?"

Oh, little things like:

  • Rising home prices
  • Rising mortgage rates
  • Low inventory
  • More stringent lending requirements
  • Credit scores that haven't jumped back up to where they need to be because of other delinquency issues

There may also be the fear factor. Do buyers who lost a home to foreclosure once before want to take the risk again? If they do, they are largely looking to be more careful this time around, said Jami Harich, a real estate agent with Avery-Hess Realtors in Fredericksburg, VA, in the Washington Post. "Most buyers I work with now, especially if they lost a home in the past, don't want to get in over their heads. They start with a monthly payment that they want to stick to, and then I show them what they can find on the market that fits in that budget."

Whatever their reasoning, "History says not all those buyers are likely to come back," said The BIG Picture.

"According to a 2016 study by CoreLogic, fewer than half of those who lost a home in 2000 or later have purchased new homes, even among those 16 years past a foreclosure." The boomerang rate has been especially low so far for people who lost their homes during the crisis. A little over 30 percent of borrowers who lost their homes in 2000 had purchased another home seven years after the event. But only about 15 percent to 20 percent of borrowers who lost a home between 2006 and 2008 had returned to the housing market after seven years."

Quick or slow

Perhaps it's the rate at which boomerang buyers have been returning (or not) to the market that has surprised industry experts the most. Instead of the rapid return like many had predicted, the boomerang effect has been more tempered, according to CoreLogic.

"While millions of former homeowners reentering the buying market would have a significant impact on home sales, historical data shows a more gradual return rate for these so-called boomerang buyers, with less than half returning to homeownership even 16 years after the foreclosures were completed. Historical return rates show recent incremental volumes of 150,000 boomerang buyers returning per year, or 12,500 per month. Of the 4.4 million owner-occupied foreclosures completed since 2000, 1 million foreclosed homeowners have returned."

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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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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!

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Latest Market Activity for April 2017

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

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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Good and Bad News For Current Home Sales

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

Here in the Eugene and Springfield area and nationally, new home sales are down.  This has contributed to the current national and local shortage of available homes for sale.  The following is an article from "Realtor.com" that will give you more information on why the inventory of homes for sale is so low at this time.

Here’s the good news: Sales of newly constructed homes rose in the beginning of the year. The bad news? It wasn’t enough to ease the housing shortage that is frustrating would-be home buyers across the nation.

Buyers purchased about 3.7% more new homes in January than in December, according to a joint report by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The January purchases were also 5.5% above where they had been a year earlier. (Realtor.com® looked only at the seasonally adjusted numbers, which have been smoothed out over 12 months to account for seasonal fluctuations.)

Sounds good, right? Well, not exactly.

“New-home sales should be growing much more than they are,” says Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke of realtor.com. “We should be seeing twice the volume of new-home sales, and we’re not.”

The reason is that there aren’t enough buyers who can afford the median $312,900 price tag of one of those new homes, often decked out with the latest appliances and finishes. They are nearly 37% more expensive than the median $228,900 price for an existing home in January, according to the most recent National Association of Realtors® data.

Prices on those new homes dipped 1% from December—but were nearly 7.5% higher than in January 2016.

New residences cost more because they’re expensive to build, with increased local red tape, high land and material costs, and a shortage of construction workers. So builders are going to erect only what they’re sure they can sell, Smoke says.

“It effectively limits who can buy the new homes and how many new homes can be built and sold,” Smoke says.

For example, about 55% of the new homes sold in January cost more than $300,000, according to the report.

Just 5% were under $150,000 and only 9% were between $150,000 and $199,999—the price categories that are most likely to fit into the typical first-time buyer’s budget.

The bulk of sales, about 30%, were between $200,000 and $299,999, and 27% were between $300,000 and $399,999.

Most of the home purchases were in the South—about 290,000—where prices are typically lower. The purchases were up 4.3% from December, but down 1% from January 2016.

The West, the country’s most expensive region, saw the second-most sales, at about 151,000. Monthly sales dropped 4.4% but rose 16.2% annually.

In the Midwest, new-home sales were up 14.8% from December and 4.5% from the same month a year earlier. There were about 70,000 sales in the region.

Meanwhile, the Northeast saw the largest surge in home purchases. Sales of the roughly 44,000 homes were up 15.8% from the previous month and rose 22.2% from a year earlier.

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