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When is the Best Time to Purchase a Home!

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

One oif the most frequent questions I am asked comes from potential first time home buyers who are exploring the possibility of shifting from being a renter to being a homeowner.  The following is an excellent article from "Realty Times", that addresses the question as to whether now is the time to become a homeowner.

You've done the math. With the down payment you've saved, you can safely buy a home for less money than you could ever have as a renter.

Yet, you seem unable to make a commitment. Are you sure you're really ready to buy a home?

If you find yourself saying any of the following to family, friends, or your real estate agent, you're not ready.

"I'll know when I see the right place."

"I want to see what I can find on my own."

"I'll only buy if I can get a fantastic deal."

"I'm waiting for interest rates to go down."

With houses for sale all over the place, you can easily find the right place, especially with your real estate agent screening houses for you. Prices are still lower than they were at the peak. Interest rates are still low. So what are you waiting for -- prices to rise more than they already have, for interest rates to go up? You get the idea.

Owning a home is a big responsibility, and the market has been volatile for years. If you're scared, that's understandable. So, maybe you need to examine your tolerance for risk.

Like the stock market or any other money investment, there is no sure thing, but there is plenty of evidence that returns are built over time. You'll eventually get your money back, or you might even make money on your home, if you:

1. Are realistic. A home should meet your needs for shelter and your family's activities. Don't expect your home to make you rich.

2. Buy within your means. It's no fun dreading your monthly mortgage payment.

3. Occupy your home long enough. It takes approximately four years just to get your closing costs back in equity.

4. Keep your home repaired and updated. If you have to sell quickly, you'll get a better price if your home doesn't need work.

Currently, market conditions are in your favor. High inventories in most areas, lower prices than others have paid in the past and low mortgage interest rates combine to lower your risk.

In addition, you have all kinds of incentives, like the ability to buy with a federally subsidized or guaranteed loan, as well as income tax and capital gains benefits. And there are unexpected dividends - homeowners are automatically assumed to be more responsible than renters, which is why you get a discount on auto insurance if you own a home.

If you're really ready to buy a home, you take action to make a good deal happen. You get preapproved by a lender so you're ready to make an offer on a home within your means. You give your wish list to your real estate agent, attend open houses, search on the Internet, and tell friends and family what kind of home you're looking for. Everyone and everything is working in your favor to get you to your goal.

You find the home you want, and you put your money down and you close.

That's ready.

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IS NOW THE PERFECT TIME TO PURCHASE A HOME?

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Is this the right time to purchase a home?  Here are some compelling reasons that will say yes.  In fact you may never find a better time to purchase than rihgt now.  Just when we thought the mortgage interest rates would start going back up and home price would begin soaring, just the opposite has taken place.  With current low interest rates and affordable home prices, right now is when you need to take action.  Here is an articel from Realty Times that gives yoou some great reasons for purchasing a home now!

The nature of market bottoms is that it's hard to tell one's occurred until prices and sales volume start to rise again. That's why the best time to buy is when market conditions suggest a bottom.

That means there's still some risk for homebuyers, since no one has a crystal ball that predicts the future. To take advantage of low mortgage interest rates and home prices still well below previous records, you may have to take a risk, such as riding out another short-term dip in property values.

But the rewards may be well worth it. Here are five reasons to buy a home right now.

1.   More jobs are available Total nonfarm payrolls rose by 217,000 in May, and the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment increased in professional and business services, health care and social assistance, food services and drinking places, and transportation and warehousing.

2. Houses are a great hedge against inflation The Labor Department also says the May Computer Price Index is up 2.13 percent year-over-year. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 percent in May, its largest increase since August 2011.The CPI excludes volatile food and energy, so you can bet that the accelerating cost of things, otherwise known as inflation, also includes housing. You may be paying more for goods and services, but if you're a homeowner, you're better off financially. A major asset such as a home, purchased at a fixed cost, becomes more valuable when prices inflate.

3. Housing price increases are slowing The median existing-home price was $213,400, over 5 percent above May 2013. Considering that the national median existing-home price was $158,800 in January 2011. That's when the PMI Insurance Company said home prices relative to income are below market fundamentals in more than half of U.S. states. Prices overcorrected during the recession, and then they soared by the double-digits in 2013.Now housing is correcting once again from an overcorrection. Now's the time to take advantage of better homebuying conditions.

4. Mortgage interest rates are still low During the recession, mortgage interest rates for a benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate loan, averaged 4.32 percent. Now they're close to that and there's no recession. That means mortgage rates have nowhere to go but up.

5. Pent-up demand ready to release

 Since the recession, household formation fell dramatically to one percent of the national population. But considering that the leading age of the largest generation ever - 81 million Echo Boomers -- is now over 30, the numbers should be closer to the 2.3% annual growth of the 1970's, when 78 million Baby Boomers reached adulthood.The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) said about 2.1 million households delayed formation due to the recession which allegedly ended in 2011. Now there's pent-up demand for housing that should continue to drive home prices higher.

The takeaway A housing recovery doesn't occur in a straight line. There are surges and dips. Buyers could wait for better conditions, but the present alignment of falling mortgage interest rates, slower home prices, and larger selection is highly unlikely to reoccur.

 This may not be the bottom, but it's close enough

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How To Prepare For Your Home Inspection!

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Home inspections are an important part of the home sellling, home buying process.  For sellers, home inspections can be nerve wracking and uncertain.  Just a little prep work by the seller can have a huge influence over the success of the inspection.  Here are some tips from an article I found in" Realty Times".

One of the big things that sellers sweat is the home inspection. What will the inspector find that is wrong with my home? Don’t just sweat it, be aware of what the inspector will be looking at and for and do some things to help make it go more smoothly. You should actually be hoping that you get a good, competent inspector, one that is thorough and honest. That is good for both you and the buyers. 

Many sellers think all they have to do is leave during the inspection and that is their role. While it is recommended by most Realtors that the home owners leave during the inspection, there are some things that you can do to be ready for your home inspection and make it go more smoothly:

Clear out the closets that have the attic access scuttles in them. The inspector will need to get into the attic spaces. Please note that some attic insulation may fall out through the scuttle during this process. The inspector will normally try to clean it all up, but that is one of the reasons that they ask that you clear out the closet – so that the insulation doesn’t get on your clothes or stuff.

If a Radon test is to be part of the inspection, leave the windows in the basement closed for 2-3 days before the test. The Radon test equipment will be placed in the basement and will need to be there for at least 48 hours, maybe 72 hours, in order to collect enough data for the test. The inspector will need to come back to pick up his equipment.

Make sure that the mechanicals (HVAC and water heater) are accessible. The inspector will run the heating and cooling systems and they will inspect the hot water heater too. The electrical service panel needs to be accessible too. The water softener will also likely be cycled during the inspection to make sure that it is working properly. 

Make sure that all appliances that are staying are plugged in and working. The inspector may cycle the dishwasher and try all burners and the oven on the stove. He will run the microwave and will check the ice maker in the refrigerator. If there are other appliances, like a trash compactor, he will cycle that, too. A good inspector will be able to give the buyer a report on the condition and operation of all appliances. 

Make sure the that the garage door openers work and hopefully the safeties on them are set correctly. The inspector will check to see if something breaking the safety beam causes the door to stop closing and if pressure on the door that might indicate that it has hit something (or someone) makes it stop, too. Improperly installed or adjusted garage doors kill people every years.

If the inspector will be doing well and septic tests Identify and mark the septic tank cleanout location or dig down to it to expose the top. The septic inspector will need to open the septic tank. For the well they be pressure testing the bladder tank (holding tank) to make sure that the pressure bladder is not ruptured. They will also take a water sample which in Michigan will be sent to the County Health Department for analysis.

Other things to be aware of that will be checked by a good inspector -

Usually all faucets will be run, all toilets flushed and the sinks and tubs will be filled and then drained to test the plumbing for leaks or other problems

All windows may be opened and closed to see if they are stuck or working properly

The inspector will get on the roof and inspect it and all valleys and flashing, especially around any chimney.

In the basement the inspector will be looking for cracks that might indicate excessive foundation settling or problems and any signs of water intrusion. If you have obvious cracks or stains that indicate water issues, you may wish to leave some explanation for the inspector and proof of any repair/water proofing work that has been done.

While as fire will not be built; if there is a fireplace, the inspector will look up the chimney and/or check the damper (if any). If there is a wood burning insert or wood-burning system installed the inspector will look at it to see if he can see any defects or installation mistakes. Would you be surprised that many of these DIY wood burner installations are done wrong and pose a safety hazard?

Keep in mind that a good inspector will look under and behind things, so don’t try to cover up a problem by sliding a piece of furniture in front of it.

The home inspection doesn’t have to be scary for either the seller or the buyer. The reason that I said above that you should be hoping for a good, thorough inspector in that a good inspector will explain things to the buyers as he goes along and give them his opinion on whether what he is reporting is a minor or major problem. He may also offer the buyers some advice as to the potential cost of dealing with the issue (again major cost or minor). A good inspector will report what he finds without causing undue alarm on the part of the buyers. About 95% of the issues that an inspector might find are usually minor and involve delayed maintenance or improper installation or maintenance. Most are things that can be fixed or resolved for a few hundred dollars or less. The buyers will definitely get back to you for relief on the ones costing thousands.

So, why do Realtors ask yo to leave during the inspection? There are a couple of reasons:

1. Homeowners can tend to be overly defensive and argumentative with the inspector if they are there listening to him as he goes along. That sets a bad tome with the inspector and the buyers.

2. Some homeowners are “overly helpful”, pointing out defects that they know about that the inspector might have overlooked or wouldn’t otherwise have found. If the homeowner has been honest on reporting what he knows about the home on the Seller’s Disclosure, there is no need for him to go above and beyond that report to point out everything.

And, 3. Sellers tend to get in the way as they follow the inspector around. 

So get the house ready for the inspection and then get out of the way. You’ll have your chance to argue the points in the report later.

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Tips For Selling Your Home in a Competitive Market!

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

This is the time of year that most people who want to sell their home choose to put it on the market.  Typically the inventory is higher because of the time of year. and the competition can be tough.  Here is an article from Realty Times that will give you some tips on how to make your home show better than your competition.

Your home is listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and the sign goes up in your front yard. Now what? Sit back and let the offers roll in. Of course, that's what every seller wants but that's not always what happens.

So, let's rewind a bit and see what can be done to make buyers want your home. The steps you take before you actually put your home on the market can help to ensure interest in your home.

Start by creating a "buy-me-now" attitude. How's that done?

Several ways. Take a good look at your home and decide which, if any repairs, need to be made. Are you selling "as is" or do you want to put a little money into your home and fix some surface problems that could potentially distract or concern buyers?

Next, clear away clutter. If you don't have any place other than your home to put your boxes and extra furniture that you're taking with you on the move, try storing them in the garage or on the side of the house. If you do this be sure that you don't stack your boxes so high that you block views to the outside.

When you block a view, buyers may think you're hiding something bad about the property or they may have a very closed-in feeling when they enter that particular room. Buyers do understand that you're moving and things may be a little out of order, but try to keep that to only one room or half of the garage. You want to make sure that buyers can see your entire home. Limiting them from viewing one or several rooms may discourage them. Tidy up and keep things packed away.

Always keep in mind that more room and more storage space are two things buyers really like. Create a feeling of openness and spaciousness by trading out, or removing entirely, bulky pieces of furniture that suck up square footage in a room. Instead find another piece of furniture that can fit into the room... maybe something from another area of your home. Even if it's not an ideal placement for you, do it anyway.

Remember, the idea is to show your home in its best light. More space is a huge plus. Another way to make a room look larger is to use mirrors. Strategically hanging a mirror on a wall can help open up the room.

Your agent may elect to hold an open house and prior to that list your home on the MLS but not allow any showings until the weekend of the very first open house. This can be an excellent strategy because you may end up with lots of buyers passing through for that first open house since they couldn't see your home sooner. You can then allow showings by appointment for a period of time. This strategy can generate a lot of interest and even start a bidding war. May the highest and best offer win.

Do your work and clean up before you open the doors to buyers. You don't always get another chance, so make buyers want your home by showing them that you've loved and cared for your home and now you'd like to see it go to buyers who will enjoy it like you did.

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March Is A Great Time To Put Your Home On The Market

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Wow!  What a wind storm that hit the Eugene and Springfield area yesterday.  For a storm that was short in duration it caused a great deal of damage.

If you are considering the sale of a home this year, don't wait.  Right now home inventories are most likely at the lowest levels you will see this year.  Inventories of homes will build as we get closer to the Summer months and this year the number of foreclosure and short sale homes will lead the way. This makes for a much more competitive market and will also put more pressure on home prices.  March, April and May could be your best window of opportunity to sell your home this year.

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Has The Recession Really Ever Ended?

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Nothing like a touch of Spring to get everyone out and about.  The gorgeous weather we have enjoyed recently has certainly had the bike and walking paths full of people out soaking up the great Eugene environment. It looks like lots more of the same to come!

Has the recession really ever ended?  If you look at what is taking place in home sales, this might be questionable.  And if it did end, things are shaping up for a double dip in home prices.  Recent numbers show that nationally we are seeing home prices decline again.  Predictions by most economists are that this trend may stretch through the 3d quarter of 2011 or even longer.

This is great news for home buyers, but if you are selling a home or thinking about selling a home this is a warning sign.  Clearly for home sellers who are on the market, it's time for you to do what it takes to get your home sold (adjust your price).  For those not on the market who need to sell a home, don't procrastinate.  Every day that passes, your home is worth less money.  Don't even think about waiting until Spring flowers bloom to get your home on the market.  Waiting could be costly.

If you live in the Eugene and Springfield area and would like a current assessment of your homes market value, log onto www.forhomesellers.com.  This website offers a FREE market analysis for your home by e-mail with a detailed report of what the market is like in your neighborhood.  Best of all, you are updated monthly with a new e-mail report.  It is a great FREE service that you should take advantage of.

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How Do I Save My Home From Foreclosure?

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Our gorgeous Spring weather continues.  It sure beats what the East Coast is having.

Each week I receive a list of the NOD (notice of default) properties in the Eugene and Springfield area.  Unfortunately, the size of this list continues to increase week after week.  This indicates that more and more people are finding it hard to make their monthly home payment and are falling behind on payments to a point that their lender starts the foreclosure process with this notice.  The national and local economy has created an environment where there are just more and more people losing their homes. The latest numbers out indicate that as many as 1 in four home owners could go into default.  

A home foreclosure is very damaging.  It is hard on people both emotionally and financially.  For many people there is a very good alternative to giving their home up through foreclosure.  This alternative is called "Short Sale".  A "Short Sale" is a process where the home owner sells their home and then they are able to negotiate with their lender to take a deficiency pay off on their mortgage.  Not only can a "Short Sale" allow the home owner to remain in their home during the time of negotiation, but a "Short Sale" can also allow the home owner to have a much less devastating impact on their credit.  Today, most lenders would prefer that the homeowner goes through a "Short Sale" rather than losing their home to foreclosure.

The process begins by the homeowner first determining whether they qualify for a "Short Sale".  The Galand Haas Team helps many homeowners with this process.  Once we determine if the homeowner qualifies for a "Short Sale", we then put the home on the market for sale. Once we have a sale then we begin the process of negotiating with the lender on the "Short Sale".  There are only a few Real Estate agents in or area with the experience to help homeowners with the "Short Sale" process.  We are experts at "Short Sales", so if there is anyone you know who is facing foreclosure, have them contact us.  We just may be able to save them from a horrible situation.  They can contact us directly or visit our website at www.shortsaleeugene.com

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You Need to know Your Homes Current Value!

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Happy Presidents Day!!!!!

Over the past several months I have completed several hundred Market Value Analysis reports for residents in the Eugene and Springfield area.  The primary reason for these reports is to give someone who has an interest or need in selling a home an approximate idea of what their home value is on the market today.  The typical result of this is that not only do the home owners go into sticker shock, but so do I.  Home values in most areas have dropped so drastically that even after doing hundreds of these reports and looking at hundreds of other homes currently on the market, the low prices of many homes in this market is shocking.  Not only are many prices well below county assessed values, but many of the homes are worth far less than what the owner paid for them. As we watch even more homes in our area go onto the nod (notice of default) list, the pressure on home pricing continues.  The more homes that we see go into foreclosure and short sale, the more pressure there will be on home prices.  Unfortunately, the nod list is not getting any less lengthy at this time.  This certainly could indicate that home value will continue their decline for quite some time in this market area.

If you live int he Eugene and Springfield or surrounding Lane County area you can easily get a good look at what your homes value has done.  Just log onto www.forhomesellers.com.  Here you can enter in the details about your home and quickly receive a complete e-mail report on your homes current market value.  The report will then be repeated and sent to you each month by e-mail.  It is just a great way to keep on top of what is taking place with your homes value.

Have An Awesome Week!

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Buyers market continues in the Eugene and Springfield area

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The statistics are in for December of 2009 homes sales in the Eugene and Springfield area and also for the entire year of 2009.  Looking at both December numbers and numbers for the years there was not any huge swings in the market.  The one notable item though is that the overall trend remains as a declining housing market for this area.  For December 2009 closed sales were up though and by a gain of 38.4% over December of 2008.  Pending sales also saw an increase and were up by 24% over December 2008.  New listings also saw an increase and were up by 26.9%.  The average number of days it took for a home to sell in December was 118 days. The inventory of homes for sale hit 7.1 months, which remains clearly in the category of a buyers market.  Remember 6 months of inventory is even betwen a buyers and sellers market, less is a sellers market and more is a buyers market.

For the year of 2009 closed sales were off by 1.3% from 2008 and pending sales were off by 3.3%%.

The market remains extremely divided as the majority of home sales continue to fall in the price ranges of below $250,000. The market above $400,000 is extremely tough and almost non-existent above $500,000. Don't look for any radical change with any of these trends in the next 12 to 18 months.

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Galand

Good Monday Morning!

The first signs of Spring are appearing in the Eugene and Springfield area as the daffodils and tulips begin their annual appearance.  It won't be long until our Spring colors are here.

Is this a good housing market to trade up or down in?  This is a question that I am hearing more and more.  The answer is really a simple one.  Yes!  That is as long as you are remaining in this market area or moving to one with similar or lower home values.  The fact is that your home is most likely worth quite a bit less than it was several years ago, but remember the new home that you purchase has also taken a similar hit.  It's really trading apples for apples.  Now, you throw in the $6,500 tax credit for purchasing a new primary residence and the historically low mortgage interest rates and you have an environment that is very attractive for you to make that move.  This situation is especially true if you are a move up buyer.  Chances are that the more expensive home that you are moving into has taken a larger hit than your current home.

If this is a consideration for you, please contact me and I can easily do an evaluation on your current home and crunch the numbers for you.  This will give you a very good idea as to whether this is the best time for you to make the move.

Have An Awesome Week!

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