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80% of U.S. Home Buyers Searched For New Home Online

by Galand Haas

Hot weather has returned to the Eugene and Springfield area.  Hold on it could get near 100 degrees today.  Stay cool and enjoy!

It is true, over 80% of home buyers in the country began their home home search online last year.  This is a significant number and yet the majority of the Real Estate agents continue to market homes with traditional methods that do not tap into this huge pool of prospective home buyers.  Today's technology allows agents easy access to the internet, yet few have learned the secrets that will truly give them access to the home buying public.  As I look around the Eugene and Springfield market area I see very few agents marketing homes in any other way than the same methods that were employed a decade or more ago.  The fact is that the purchasing habits of the consumer have changed and yet the industry that feeds potential home buyers their information lags painfully behind.  This trend is certainly not going to change in the future.  In fact new technology with video, etc. is going to attract even more potential home buyers to the internet for their home search.

My suggestion here is that if you are going to be selling a home, do your research.  Find an agent who understands internet marketing and has taken the time to build the systems that will truly put your home in front of millions of potential buyers on the internet.  Don't be fooled by the fact that some agents will try to convince you that traditional home marketing methods still work.  The true fact is that the agent who can serve you best most likely is no longer using traditional marketing methods. The numbers tell the story.  With 80%+ of all home buyers finding homes on the internet, if you want to sell in this market you need an expert who knows precisely how to tap into this growing buyer pool.

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING

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1142 56th Street
Price: $155,000 Beds: 3.00 Baths: 1 Sq Ft: 1116
Very cute home with lots of updates including newer vinyl windows, newer oven with built-in microwave and newer counters. Inside also features a large living room, a space-efficient kitchen and well-separated family room with fireplace. All bedrooms...



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

Weekly Bank Owned Home List For Eugene and Springfield 8/9/10

by Galand Haas

Here is your weekly list of Foreclosed homes for the Eugene/Springfield and surrounding areas.  If you would like further information on any one of these homes or wish to view any of these homes, please contact me.

Foreclosed Homes. Click on the following link to download this week's list.

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Sincerely,
Galand


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Galand Haas, Keller Williams Realty Eugene and Springfield
2644 Suzanne Way, Eugene OR 97408 
Direct: 541-349-2620
Office: 541-431-6480

Weekly Foreclosed Home list for 3/5/10

by Galand Haas

Here is your weekly list of Foreclosed and Bank Owned properties for sale in the Eugene/Springfield and surrounding areas.  If you should want further information on any one of these homes or wish to view any homes, please contact me.

Foreclosed Homes. Click on the following link to download this week's list. 

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BRAD WHEELER
Broker Agent
Office: 541-349-2620
Cell: 541-521-8409
E-mail: bwheeler@kw.com

The secret to selecting the best listing Real Estate agent!

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

It looks like an early Spring for the Eugene and Springfield are.  February temperatures in the 60's?

 

One of the most difficult choices to make when thinking about selling a home is, how do I choose the best Real Estate agent?  It has always been important to choose a good agent, but in today's rugged Real Estate market, it has never been more crucial to find an agent who has the right experience, work ethic, marketing plan and market savvy to get your home sold at top market value.

 A common myth is that all agents at a given company are the same!  Not only is this not correct, but the fact of the matter is that the company an agent is with really makes little difference.  The real truth is that every agent has their own approach to selling Real Estate.  They have their own marketing plan and way of doing business that is unique and can be quite different, not only from other agents in the market area, but from other agents in their own company. Individual company's may have some influence on how the agent does business, but it really ends there.  Rule #1, "Don't choose and agent based on the company they are with!"  

When interviewing agents you may also find a difference in the fees that individual agents charge for selling your home.  The brokerage fee is negotiable and it certainly may vary from agent to agent.  It would seem that you could save a great deal of money by going with an agent who charges a lesser fee.  This is a fact that can be very misleading.  In fact most times, just the opposite is true.  Instead of looking at the brokerage fee up front, look at the agents performance record.  Ask them to show you statistics as to how they stack up against the other agents in the market as far as average sales, sales price, average days on the market and percentage of sales price vs listing price.  At the end of the day, these are the numbers that will truly influence how much money you receive from your sale.  Rule #2, "Never choose an agent based on brokerage fee!"

The majority of agents in any market place use the same home marketing techniques that Real Estate professionals have used for years.  In today's world this most likely will not give your home the exposure it needs.  National statistics show us that last year over 89% of all people who purchased homes in the country used the internet as their primary way of searching for homes. Traditional methods of marketing homes such as open houses, newspaper ads, and Real Estate magazine presence combined account for less than 3% of the total number of sales nationally.  So, make sure that the agent you choose is marketing where the buyers are looking and not employing methods that worked 10 to 15 years ago and not today.  Few agents really have either the knowledge of the internet or the budget to adequately promote your home. So, be careful here.  Be selective with agents and their marketing and go online and pretend you are the buyer.  You will be surprised at the difference you discover from agent to agent.  Rule #3, "Do not hire an agent who does not have a high profile internet marketing plan!"

Just because an agent has been in business for a large number of years does not always indicate that they are the best choice.  Some seasoned agents are outstanding while others may fall short of your expectations.  Experience is important, but should not always be the sole reason for choosing an agent.  Rule #4, "Always get references from an agent you are interviewing and check those references!"  Reliable people who have had experience with the agent are the best source for getting a true feel for what the agent can do for you and for what kind of experience you can expect.

With so many agents to choose from, finding the right one can be confusing. By following these simple rules, you should be able to find the agent who will do a great job for you and represent you well with the sale of your home.

Have An Awesome Week!

 

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

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725 MOUNTAINGATE DR
Price: $450,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 2 Sq Ft: 3172
Entry / Living / Dining / Family Mocha Stained Wood Wide-Plank Floors in Dining & Entry Custom Shelving & Cabinets in Den, Family & Living Areas Natural Gas Fireplace with Stone Surround & Custom Mantel Large, Private Den/Library Powder Room Conveni...



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!! 

Sincerely,
Galand

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New Home Construction Down

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

It looks like we are finally back to some Summer weather.  What a gorgeous weekend we had!

One of the victims of our local housing slump has been new home construction.  For well over a year there has been almost a complete shut down with the construction of new homes in our area.  There are also brand new homes that were built up to two years ago remaining on the market for sale.  This is bad news for builders and great news for home buyers.  Recently, I have watched several of these new homes sell for far below the price that they originally hit the market at many months ago.  If you are in the market for a new home, you may never find a better opportunity to buy a new home than right now.  There are new homes available in most areas of the Eugene and Springfield area in a variety of price ranges.  If you are interested don't wait, buyers are starting to discover these homes and they are selling. 

If you would like a list of new homes that are currently on the market, please get in touch and I can e-mail you this list.

Have An Awesome week!

THIS WEEKS NEW HOME LISTING!

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88616 MCKENZIE ACRES DR, SPRINGFIELD, Oregon

Price: $1,500,000.00

Beds: 4

Baths: 4

Sq Ft: 5138

Description: A stunning estate, w/ amazing view of valley & mtns. & custom in every detail, features a lg. living room w/ stone fireplace & tall windows, a gourmet kitchen w/ built-in pantry & brea ....

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AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

New Momentum in The Local Market

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The weekend weather was interesting.  I don't know if I have ever seen it rain as hard as it did during the thunder shower on Saturday.

The Real Estate Market in the Eugene and Springfield area continues to pick up momentum.  The question is, have we hit bottom and are we heading out of this or is this just a short upswing before the bottom really falls out?  I wish I had the anwers to that question.  My suggestion right now would be that if you are wanting to buy, jump in now.  You can't go wrong.  If you are selling or need to sell, sell now and price your home to move fast.  If this is a short upswing then you don't want to miss your chance to sell now during an upswing.  How long of a window might we have?  this is another question that is tough to answer.  I would guess that we might see a better market for atleast the next 60 days.  The problem longer term could be interest rates increases or the increase in inventory of foreclosed homes.  Either of these could have a negative impact.  My suggestion is to don't watch national trends, but focus mostly on what you see taking place in our community.  This will certainly give you the best perspective on our market. 

If you are interested in wanting information on foreclosed homes currently for sale in our local area,we have put up a new web site that will give you the ability to get a weekly list of all local foreclosed homes on the market for sale.  You can sign up for this e-mail service at www.eugenebankowned.com

Have An Awesome Week!

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

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1929 L ST, Springfield, Oregon

Price: $145,000.00

Beds: 2

Baths: 1

Sq Ft: 858

Description: This is a very cute home with lots of potential inside & out. It features awesome hardwood floors, a spacious living room & well-sized bedrooms, each w/ ceiling fans. The dining room & kit ....

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AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

December 2008 Real Estate Trends

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The sunshine was a welcome site over the weekend.  Cold mornings and warm afternoons are very enjoyable this time of year!

The month of December 2008 Real Estate market statistics are in for the Eugene and Springfield area.  As expected the numbers show a continuation of the decline in our local housing market.  Average time on the market for single family homes was 126 days and the median home price dipped to $200,000, which was down from $225,600 in December of 07.  There was 10.7 months of active home inventory, which means at the current rate of sales it would take this many months for the inventory to sell if no new homes hit the market.  Overall home sales were down by 28.9% from December of 07 and the overall gross home sales volume for 08 was $740 million in comparison with $1.1 billion in 07.

For home buyers this is the perfect market with mortgage interest rates remaining under 5% for 30 year fixed conventional loans.

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

 

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4848 Camellia, Springfield, Oregon

Price: $165,000.00

Beds: 3

Baths: 2

Sq Ft: 1212

Description: Charming 1-level home with spacious backyard in quiet location. The home features a living room with wall-to-wall carpet and bay window, a large famiy room with stone fireplace and a kitchen with a br ....

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AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 3/31/08

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Monday is the beginning of a new week and with each and every Monday we get to make the choice of how we perceive the week ahead.  By looking at the week ahead with excitement and optimism, we can  have a positive influence on how our week  will be and we can also certainly have a significant positive influence on the world around us.

The Real Estate market in the Eugene and Springfield area continues to show some signs of more activity.  With recent mortgage rate decreases, buyers seem to be taking a more serious look at purchasing homes now.  This may be a wise move with the uncertainty that exists in the mortgage world.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 9/24/07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

It was certainly a gorgeous weekend to kick off Fall with. It looks like there is more great weather on it's way.

With the Fed reducing short term rates by 1/2 of a point last week, consumer confidence seems to be rebounding.  The Fed decision had little immediate impact upon mortgage interest rates.  The good news is that we should see rates hold tight or possibly drop over the next several weeks.  The housing market in the Eugene and Springfield area remains extremely favorable for home buyers.  The buyer opportunities are better today than at anytime in years.  If you are thinking about purchasing a home, don't wait and miss the large inventory of homes to look at, the soft pricing and the great mortgage interest rates.  There is also a good inventory on new homes out there right now, so builders are certainly more motivated than they have been for some time.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

Monday Morning Real Estate Update 9/3.07

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Happy Labor Day!  What a gorgeous 3 day weekend it has been.  Also, congratulations to the ducks and Beavers for their wins in their season openers.  It should be a great season for local college football fans.

The housing market continues to tighten for sellers in the Eugene and Springfield area.  Time on the market is rising again and the inventory of homes for sale is continuing to swing up-wards.  The good news is that mortgage loan interest rates have decreased and certainly may drop some more.  This has made an extremely good environment for home buyers.  If you are considering purchasing a home don't let this current market slip away.  You have a good inventory of homes to choose from, soft pricing and great interest rates.

Have An Awesome Week!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Galand

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