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Home Sales Numbers for Eugene and Springfield May 2010

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The statistics are in for home sale activity for the Eugene and Springfield area for the month of June 2010.  It is not surprising that home sales posted a gain over the same period in 2009.  Sales were up a whopping 14.3% over last June.  Pending sales also saw an increase and jumped by 22.2% over June of 2009.  At the same time new listings increased as well and were up by 7.7% with the overall home inventory remaining exactly the same as May of 2010 at 7.2 month of active inventory.  Also, closed sales in June were up over May of this year by 4.7%.  The median home price continues its decline and was down by 3.1% over June of 2009.

These numbers are not shocking as we watched homebuyers scurry to get their home sales completed before the tax credit deadline at the end of June.  The tax credit close date has been extended, but it was a last minute gesture.  My take on the current market is that we are now witnessing a sharp decline in sales following the tax credit offering.  Whether we see any kind of rebound or not in the near future is hard to determine.  

Look for an overall trend of slower home sales in all price ranges and a continuation of the decline in home prices.  This overall trend could continue for another 18 months to two years.  Look for home inventories to go on the rise again putting even further pressure on home prices.  Upper end home sales continue to lag well behind the sub $200,000 market and this trend will most likely continue as well.  Appraisals continue to be a problem.  This is common in a market with declining home prices and it puts an additional strain on values.

The bright spot is the fact that mortgage interest rates continue to be at historic low levels.  This trend should continue into the near future as well.

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Sincerely,
Galand

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Mortgage Interest Continue Their Decline

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Just when we thought that mortgage interest rates could not go any lower, look what happens, they drop even further.  In fact the declining rates received my full my attention about a week ago and as I monitored them I finally decided to lock in a rate for a refinance on my personal home.  Yes, I locked in at the rate of 3.8% on a 15 year fixed conventional loan.  I used to brag about my 4 1/2% rate, but never dreamed that I would ever see a mortgage rate at sub 4%.  

This window of opportunity will be short lived, so if you want to take advantage of these historical low rates you will need to act quickly.  The rule of thumb is that if you can drop your rate by 1% or more, then it is a sound idea to refi your existing loan.  In my case I was just short of the 1%, but the 3.8% was very attractive so I jumped at it.

If you do make the decision to refinance, check out the rates quoted by your lender and also compare them and closing costs with a competitor.  My suggestion is to always get more than one quote.  If you have a trusted mortgage broker then that would be a good place to start.  If you do not then ask a friend or relative if they have someone who has done a good job for them. My advice is to stay away from the online mortgage companies.  Speak directly with a broker who has an office in your market area.  If you should need someone on the Eugene and Springfield area, I would highly recommend my broker, JR Irwin at OMT Mortgage.  You can reach JR at 541-521-5577 or visit his web site atwww.teamirwin.com.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

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Closed Sales For Eugene/Springfield Homes Up

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Have you had enough rain? April showers bring May flowers you know!

The statistics are in for February 2010 homes sales in the Eugene and Springfield market area. The sales statistics show a continuing changing market here.  Closed sales were up by 22.6% over February of 2009.  Most sales were in the price range of below $250,000, but there were slight gains in the upper end market.  Pending sales also rose by a whopping 40.9% over February of last year.  It appears that most of the increase in sales continues to be in the first time buyer area and most likely influenced by the $8,000 tax credit that ends on April 30 of this year.  New listings were also up by a whopping 45% over February of last year.  This has provided more homes for the increased numbers of home buyers.  Inventories do remain low in many areas in the sub $200,000 range.  The inventory of homes active on the market was at 10.9 months not only has this dropped from February of last year when it was at 13.1%, it also declined from January of this year when it was at 14.1%.  Remember that inventory at 6 months is an even market and half way between a buyers and sellers market.  At 10.9 months, we are clearly remaining in a buyers market.  

Even with increased sales activity, the average sales price continued to decline and now sits at $212,000.  This is down 7.9% from February of last year.  The combination of having lower home prices and mortgage interest rates at historical low levels gives home buyers what might be the best home buying opportunity they will see in their life time.

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Galand

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Galand Haas, Keller Williams Realty Eugene and Springfield
2644 Suzanne Way, Eugene OR 97408 
Direct: (541) 349-2620

Home Buyer Tax Incentives Will End

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

It looks like Spring has been put on hold for a bit.  The good news is that we now have most of our lakes and reservoirs filled to normal levels and our mountain snow pack is looking much better.

The current buyer tax incentives for both first time homebuyers and move up homebuyers will end on April 31st of this year, unless extended again by the Feds.  The first time home buyer tax credit is for $8,000 and the move up buyer credit is for $6,500.  Currently, if you are in contract by April 31st and close by June 31st and you meet the criteria for either credit then this will apply to this years Federal tax.  There is much speculation at this time that the tax credits will not be extended again and as a result we are certainly watching a surge of buyer activity as the deadline quickly is approaching.  The tax credits have certainly benefited many and they have also added some heat to a very ill national housing market.  But, the real benefit to buyers during our current down housing market is not the tax credits.  With mortgage interest rates continuing to be at historic low levels and home price remaining extremely low and most likely dropping to even lower levels, the true savings to the consumer lies here.  It is important at this point for would be homebuyers to not get caught up with the fact that tax credits are going away, but to focus on the fact that we will most likely not see home purchase opportunities be this favorable again in our life times.

Have An Awesome Week!

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AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

 

Good Monday Morning!

It was another gorgeous Spring weekend in the Eugene and Springfield area. Everything is very green.  It's not hard to see how we got the name the Emerald Empire!

The Real Estate market in the Eugene and Springfield area continues to hold up better than the country in general.  It is good that we did not see the kind of inflation in prices here that many parts of the country experienced.  The result is that our down market has been much gentler than those areas which saw huge growth and inflation.  Nationally, there is currently $1.25 trillion in non performing mortgages. In fact 24% all all mortgages are underwater with negative balances and cities like Las Vegas have 75% of all outstanding mortgages underwater.  

In the Eugene and Springfield area we are not exempt from the current problems and the number of foreclosures and short sales are very high, but not even a drop in the bucket compared to cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix.  Look for our crash to be gentler and maybe our upswing to be slower, but we will be heading upwards from a far better position than many other national market areas.

Have An Awesome Week!

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

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Price: $225,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 1.5 Sq Ft: 1296
Great 1-level home with fun floor plan & deck on huge, fenced lot with lots of extras including fruit tress, berry bushes, grape arbor, plenty of room for storage and much more. Inside offers a cute kitchen & wonderful dining area, laundry access, a...



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

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Galand Haas, Keller Williams Realty Eugene and Springfield
2644 Suzanne Way, Eugene OR 97408 
Direct: (541) 349-2620

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