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In the Eugene and Springfield area, the housing market has become very tight for first-time home buyers.  Lack of inventory, rising home prices, and now, increased mortgage interest rates have made the home search for first-time buyers even more difficult than it has over the past several years.  This trend is not something that is just specific to Eugene and Springfield.  The following article from "Realtor.com" addresses this national problem.

 

Soaring home prices and the shortage of properties on the market are taking a toll on buyers, particularly first-time buyers.

 

The share of first-time homeowners fell to just 29% of all existing home buyers in January, according to the most recent National Association of Realtors® report. That's down from 32% in December and 33% in January 2017.

 

"First-time buyers are typically people with a tighter budget," says realtor.com® Senior Economist Joseph Kirchner, who worries this could further depress homeownership rates down the line. "They're looking for homes on the more affordable end of the market, but that is where the lack of homes is most severe."

 

Nationally, the dearth of inventory also drove down the number of existing homes sold, 5.38 million overall, in January. (Existing homes have previously been lived in.) Monthly sales dropped 3.2%, while annual sales decreased 4.8%.

 

(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.)

 

“There’s plenty of demand, but people just cannot find a home on the market that meets their needs and they can afford," Kirchner says. "It’s not a good start for the spring market. The shortage will continue.”

 

Across the country, there were 15.5% fewer existing homes in January selling for $250,000 or less compared with a year ago. Meanwhile, there were 25% more selling for $500,000 or more.

 

In January, sales of single-family homes, which are often the most sought-after properties, hit 4.76 million. That's a 3.8% fall from December and 4.8% from the same month a year earlier.

 

Condos and co-ops fared a bit better, as they're generally priced a little lower than single-family homes, with the number of monthly sales rising 1.6% in January to hit about 620,000. But that's down 4.6% from January 2017.

 

The median existing home price was $240,500 in January. That was a 2.4% drop from December but represented a 5.8% jump from January of the previous year. However, the cost was still substantially less than the median price of a newly constructed abode.

 

New homes cost a median $335,400 in December, according to the most recent joint report by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's nearly 39.5% more than an existing home.

 

Around the country, higher prices and the lack of inventory took its toll. In January, the South had the most existing home sales, at about 2.26 million. However, that was still down 1.3% from December and was a 1.7% drop from January 2017.

 

The Midwest had the second most home sales, at 1.25 million, in January. That was down 6% from December and 3.8% lower than the same month last year.

 

There were 1.14 million existing homes sold in the West. That was a 5% drop from the previous month and a 9.5% fall from the previous year.

 

The Northeast had the fewest existing home sales, at just 730,000. That was also down, both by 1.4% month-over-month and 7.6% year-over-year.

Meanwhile, prices of existing homes were up in every region. They were the most expensive in the West, at a median $362,600 in January. That was a 8.8% jump over January 2017.

 

In the Northeast, median prices hit $269,100, up 6.8% annually. In the South, they were $208,200, up 4.3%, and in the Midwest, they were $188,000, up 8.7%.

 

In January, sales of single-family homes, which are often the most sought-after properties, hit 4.76 million. That's a 3.8% fall from December and 4.8% from the same month a year earlier.

 

Condos and co-ops fared a bit better, as they're generally priced a little lower than single-family homes, with the number of monthly sales rising 1.6% in January to hit about 620,000. But that's down 4.6% from January 2017.

 

The median existing home price was $240,500 in January. That was a 2.4% drop from December but represented a 5.8% jump from January of the previous year. However, the cost was still substantially less than the median price of a newly constructed abode.

 

New homes cost a median $335,400 in December, according to the most recent joint report by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's nearly 39.5% more than an existing home.

 

"It’s very clear that too many markets right now are becoming less affordable and desperately need more new listings to calm the speedy price growth," NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in a statement.

 

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Latest Market Activity for February 2018

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!


The Real Estate market in the Eugene and Springfield area shows no sign of change.  Home sales remain strong and the inventory of homes for sale remains extremely low.  The inventory is critically low in the price ranges for first time buyers from $150,000 to $300,000.  The cost of homes in our area also continues to increase and the inventory of affordable brand new housing is close to non-existant.  Mortgage intereste rates dropped slightly and are now at around 4.4% for 30 year fixed financing. Here is the report for February 2018.

Lane County saw mixed activity this February, but most measures were ahead of February 2017. Closed sales (295) outpaced February 2017 (247) by 19.4% but fell 9.5% short of the 326 closings recorded last month in January 2018. It was the strongest February for closings in Lane County since 2007, when 305 were recorded. 

 

Similarly, pending sales (392) rose 6.2% ahead of the 369 offers accepted in February 2017 but fell 7.8% short of the 425 offers accepted last month in January 2018. 

 

New listings, at 372, were 5.3% short of the 393 new listings recorded last year in February 2017 and 12.7% short of the 426 new listings recorded last month in January 2018. 

 

February saw total market time decrease by two days to end at 64 days. Inventory crawled slightly upward in the same month, ending at 1.8 months. 

 

Average and Median Sale Prices 

Comparing the average price of homes in the twelve months ending February 28th of this year ($290,400) with the average price of homes sold in the twelve months ending February 2017 ($265,900) shows an increase of 9.2%. The same comparison of the median shows an increase of 10.5% over that same period.

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Household Net Worth Neared $100 Trillion

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

Yes, our national economy is taking off.  Wages are up, employment is up and many economists say that this is just the beginning of a long improvement.  The value of homes across the nation have steadily increased since the recession and have added to a large increase in national wealth.

 

Americans are feeling richer. Household net worth neared $100 trillion in the final quarter of last year, falling into record territory, according to new data released by the Federal Reserve on Thursday. Rising stock markets and property prices were attributed to the jolt in the fourth quarter. (Household net worth is the value of all of a consumer’s assets, like stocks and real estate, minus any liabilities like mortgage and credit card debt.)

 

Household net worth increased more than $2 trillion last quarter to a record $98.7 trillion in the final three months of last year, according to the report. Households in the U.S. saw their net worth increase to nearly seven times their disposable personal income in 2017.

 

 

The impact real estate has had on that increase can’t be understated, economists say. The value of households’ real estate rose $511.2 billion, which reflects recent run-ups in home prices.

 

But the rate at which consumers are saving is concerning, JPMorgan Chase Economist Michael Feroli told The Wall Street Journal. The saving rate was 3.74 percent in 2017, down from 7.19 percent in 2015.

 

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