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Monday Morning Real Estate Update 5/21/07

by Galand Haas
Galand Haas,

Good Monday Morning!

Sunday's drizzle put the dampers on a nice weekend. It's looking up though, warm weather is here for the week

The inventory of homes for sale keeps piling up.  It looks like my prediction of a peak in inventory levels around mid June may be fairly close.  I would also predict that we will soon cross the magic 6 months of home for sale inventory line here in the Eugene and Springfield area.  This means that at the current rate of sales, it would take 6 months to exhaust the current inventory of homes for sale.  Six months is important because that is the dividing line between a buyers and sellers market.  6 months or less of inventory is a sellers market and 6 months or more is a buyers market.  This is good news for you prospective home buyers as mortgage interest rates also continue to be extremely favorable.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 5/17/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The press has really given the Real Estate market a thrashing both locally and nationally.  Bad press keeps people from making good decisions out of fear.  The reality is not always what we perceive from the media.  Right now the opportunity for home buyers has not been better in the 20 years of my Real Estate career.  We have a very-very good inventory of well priced homes and mortgage interest rates that remain at extremely low levels.  We are finding tremendous home purchase opportunities for the few buyers we are working with.  We just keep hearing the same thing from potential home buyers.  "We are just going to wait until prices come down even more".  Well, maybe this will take place, but a rise in interest rates could quickly negate any continued drop in home values.  The truth is that we know we have a great buyer opportunity right now!  Trying to wait for the better deal is a real gamble.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 4/23/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Hey!  The sun has returned!!!!!

If you are considering the purchase of a home this year, right now is the perfect time.  There is a very-very good inventory of homes out there to see, including a large number of brand new homes.  In our current market, it is taking longer for homes to sell so the sellers may be more motivated to play with the asking price of their home.  At the same time, mortgage loan interest rates are very favorable.  We have been finding some excellent homes at great prices for our buyers.  It's the best buyers market we have seen in years.

If you are wanting to search for homes in the Eugene and Springfield area the best web site is www.forhomeinfo.com.  This site will automatically e-mail you every morning as new homes meeting your search criteria hit the market.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Picking Home Paint Colors

by Galand Haas

Picking House Colors

Tips To Help You Choose

Richmond Bisque... Deep Russet... Hickory...

The names are enough to make your head spin. Choosing a paint color becomes even more baffling when you consider that most homes use at least three different shades -- one for the siding and two or more for trim and accents such as doors, railings and window sashes.

A well-chosen selection of contrasting trim and accent colors can draw attention to architectural details and disguise design flaws. A poor selection can make a house seem flat and featureless -- Or so garish that the color overwhelms the architecture. But, how do you decide?

Here are a few pointers to guide you as you choose house paint colors.

Historic Authenticity
If you are planning to paint an older home, you have three options.

  • You can hire a pro to analyze old paint chips and recreate the original color.
  • You can refer to historic color charts and select shades that might have been used at the time your home was built.
  • Or, you can fly in the face of history and choose bright modern colors to dramatize architectural details.
The third option can produce startling and exciting results. But before you buy 10 gallons of bubblegum pink, it's a good idea to look at what your neighbors are doing.

Neighborhood Context
A fluorescent colored Victorian that looks splendid in San Francisco will seem wildly out of place in more conservative neighborhoods. Even if you are opting for a more subtle scheme, you'll want to make sure that your colors are compatible with the houses next door.

Existing Colors
Your house is your canvas, but it is not blank. Some colors are already established. What color is your roof? Is there mortar or other siding that will not be painted? Will doors and railings remain their existing colors? New paint does not need to match existing colors, but it should harmonize.

Interior Colors
It may seem comical to paint entire house based on the pattern of a pillow case, but this approach does make sense. The color of your furnishings will guide you in the selection of your interior paint colors, and your interior paint colors will influence the colors you use outside. Once again, your goal is to harmonize.

Accents
Depending on the size and complexity of your home, you may be choosing two, three or as many as six colors. In addition to the color you select for siding, you'll want to select accent colors for trim and details such as shutters, moldings and columns. This can be tricky, because too many colors will overwhelm your house and too few will make it seem two dimensional.

Darks and Lights
Light colors will make your house seem larger. Dark siding or dark bands of trim will make your house seem smaller, but will draw more attention to details. Darker shades are best for accenting recesses, while lighter tones will highlight details which project from the wall surface. On traditional Victorian homes, the darkest paint is often used for the window sashes.

Harmony and Contrast
Contrasting colors will draw attention to architectural details. But, extreme contrasts will clash and actually detract from details. To be safe, consider staying within a single color family. For some accents, try using a darker or lighter shade instead of a different color.

Balance
A burst of a single color on just one part of your home may give it a lopsided appearance. Strive to balance colors over the entire building.

Durability
The more intense a color, the more likely it is to fade. After a few years, vivid blues and deep reds will seem more subdued. Dark colors also pose more maintenance problems. Dark colors absorb heat and suffer more moisture problems than lighter shades. And because dark paint fades, it's difficult to touch up.

Sheen
You thought you only had to pick colors? Sorry! In addition, you'll also need to decide on the sheen of your paint -- glossy, semi-gloss or flat. The glossier the surface, the more likely it is to show imperfections, brush strokes and touch up marks. On the other hand, glossy surfaces are easier to clean. Many homeowners opt to use flat paint for walls and semi-gloss or glossy paint for columns, railings and window sashes.

Color Deceptions
Color swatches look very different when they are brought out of the store and viewed in natural sunlight. Also, colors appear lighter on large surfaces than they do on small samples. It's best to test your selected color in one area before buying gallons of paint.

Tips and Resources

Paint Your House!
Find paint color software, paint color books, paint color tips, and more articles like this one.

Old-House Tool Kit
Find how-to help for all your home renovation projects, plus historic building plans and a guide to researching the history of your house.

 

 

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 5/1/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

It's sure great to wake up to sunshine!  This is a wonderful time of year in the Eugene and Springfield area. Don't miss visiting Hendricks Park right now with the Rhododendrons in full bloom.

More inventory of homes for sale and longer days on the market to sell.  I predicted that as we approached Spring it would be tougher to sell a home because of just this market condition.  This is becomeing a reality and the situation will become more extreme by the time we hit the Summer months.  If you are thinking of selling, do not hesitate another minute.  You will also want to obtain a professional home value analysis to establish the correct market price for your home right now.  This is not a market to be aggressive with pricing your home.  Your home will sell at a good value, but the days of pricing above the market level are long gone.  You can also receive a rough idea of your homes market value by going to the web site www.forhomesellers-nonSmartZip.com.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

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