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Market Activity in Eugene-Springfield for January 2016

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

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

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

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

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

Average and Median Sale Prices

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

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1014 Yew St

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

Super Good Sense & quality built! Energy efficient forced air heating & cooling. Hardi plank siding, plaster finished walls, finished garage with sink, and RV parking. Great Room layout, vaulted ceilings, recessed lights, maple cabinets, tile floors...
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This Month in Eugene-Springfield Real Estate February 2016

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The Real Estate market in the Eugene and Springfield area has started off 2016 by being a strong sellers market.  There is significant demand for homes, but home inventories remain at extremely low levels.  Less than 3 months of active home inventory in our market area means that if no new homes were to go on the market, the existing inventory of homes for sale would be exhausted in less than 3 months.  For anyone wanting to sell their home, this is as good as it gets.  The competition level is very low and the demand is high.  As long as we continue to have extremely low mortgage interest rates, this market will most likley continue.

As I have stated in previous reports, if you are considering the sale of your home soon or in the near future, now is the time to act.  Don't wait for Spring, act now! If you would like to explore what your home is currently worth in todays market, contact me and I can furnish you with a FREE market analysis.  Or if you are are wanting a quick and easy look at your homes value, you can also visit the website www.forhomesellers.com.  This site wil give you a fairly accurate look at your homes current value and is much more accurate and reliable than a Zillow report.

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2685 Valley Forge Dr

Price: $509,900    Beds: 3    Baths: 2    Partial Baths: 1    Sq Ft: 2302

Anslow & DeGeneault 2015 Tour of Homes model home. Gas forced air 92% efficiency, exquisite single level, located in beautiful Hawthorne Estates. Easily entertain in Great Rm overlooking backyard. Escape to luxurious owner's ste w/ tray ceilin...
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Good Monday Morning!

I am asked frequently these days about mortgage rates jumping due to the Feds recent increase in their rates.  The fact is that the Fed's increase had little effect on mortgage rates and in fact mortgage rates have continued to decline since the Fed increase.  If you want to purchase a home, now is the time.  Our current low mortgage rate situation is not here to stay, but you need to take advantage of it.  Here is an article from "Realtor.com" that explains our current situation with mortgage rates.  It is an interesting read.

The Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates, U.S. stocks are tumbling and new worries about the Chinese economy seem to emerge daily. So go ahead and buy that house you’ve been looking at.

Well, not necessarily. But consider: all the worries about China that have battered the U.S. stock market in early 2016 have done the opposite for bonds. More money pouring into Treasurys has driven mortgage rates to a two-month low. A 30-year mortgage slipped to 3.92% in mid-January.

The housing market had already been steadily gaining ground even before the latest drop in rates. Indeed, it’s been one of the strongest parts of the economy over the past year. Sales of new and previously owned homes are likely to finish 2015 at the highest level since before the Great Recession.

What’s more, the number of permits to build additional homes is on track to reach an eight-year high.

The final housing numbers for 2015 will start to trickle in this week.

Work on new construction, known as housing starts, is forecast to rise to a 1.19 million annual rate in December from 1.17 million in the prior month. Starts will top the 1 million mark for the second straight year.

Six years ago, builders were producing fewer than 600,000 new homes a year.

Sales of existing homes, meanwhile, are expected to hit a 5.15 million annual rate in December and finish the year about 25% higher compared to the post-recession low.

Most economists predict new construction and sales will increase again in 2016, aided by a much improved labor market. Barring, of course, China bringing the rest of the world to a crashing halt.

“The U.S. economy added more than 200,000 jobs per month on average in 2015, and wage growth is picking up,” noted Stuart Hoffman, chief economist of PNC Financial Services.

In the past three years, the U.S. has produced 8.2 million new jobs to give more people entering their prime earning years the ability to buy a home.

The big wild cards are mortgage rates and home prices, both of which could deter buyers.

The Fed raised a key short-term rate in December for the first time in nearly a decade, and the central bank is widely expected to push rates even higher in 2016. Yet so far that hasn’t translated into upward pressure on long-term Treasurys or home mortgages. Right now investors are more worried about whether a slowing Chinese economy will hurt the rest of the world.

The higher cost of buying a home could act as another repellent. Prices rose in 2015 to levels last seen shortly before the onset of the Great Recession in late 2007.

An expected increase in home construction could make it easier for buyers, though. Permits for new construction in November, for instance, were almost 20% higher compared to the same month in 2014. A greater supply of homes for sale would help hold the line on prices.

While home builders remain optimistic, the same can’t be said for American manufacturers. Sales and profits have softened over the past year because of a strong dollar, weak global economy and a slump among energy firms that are among the biggest buyers of manufactured goods.

A monthly Philadelphia Federal Reserve report on the state of manufacturing is likely to show an industry still under siege in January.

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3759 Westleigh St

Price: $185,000    Beds: 4    Baths: 2    Sq Ft: 1645

Great townhouse! Townhouse with garage and yard. Four bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Large kitchen, window shelves and seating. Fenced patio. Located one block from shops, school, park....
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The Eugene & Springfield Area Real Estate Market Right Now

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

One thing that has always been true, Eugene and Springfield Oregon have a Real Estate market that does not always follow the flow of the rest of the country.  Sometimes this can be good and sometimes it might not be so good.  Our local market never seems to have the abrupt ups and downs that even close market areas like Portland experience.  This can be discouraging when we see other markets values jumping well above our local values, but when the market turns and those markets that had the steep gains begin the cycle down, Eugene typically does not decline as rapidly.  This is good!

Right now, Eugene and Springfield are enjoying one of the best housing markets that I have experienced in 27 years of selling Real Estate.  Unlike many other markets around the country, our home prices remain affordable.  First time buyers can still find entry level housing and be able to not put every last cent into making a house payment.  At the same time, our home values here have increased enough that most homeowners who have lived in their homes for a few years have good equity.  Eugene and Springfield is currently experiencing one of those housing markets that is great for buyers, sellers and investors.  But, a word of warning! Housing markets never stay the same for long.  The market that we are currently experiencing could be gone tomorrow.  For that exact reason, if you are considering the sale of your home, moving up or moving down in home size or wish to purchase your first home, you may never find a better opportunity than what we have today.

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THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

 2231 Sandy Drive

Price: $310,000    Beds: 3    Baths: 3    Sq Ft: 2720

In highly desirable Ferry St Bridge area! Delightful 0.21 acre property on quiet street. Features recessed lights, skylights, vaulted ceiling and Pergo wood floor. Huge master suite with 3 closets and 5-piece bath. 3 bedrooms plus additional room th...
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