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Thursday, October 19, 2017

All Your Real Estate Questions Answered


Today I want to take the opportunity to answer some questions I’ve been asked recently about our market.

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Here are some important questions I’ve been getting asked recently about our market and my answers to them.

“Is this still a seller’s market?”

Yes, it is. We’ve only got about two months of inventory and as long as that number stays under six months, we’ll remain in a seller’s market.

“What does the current housing inventory look like?”

Like I said, we currently have two months of inventory, and I don’t see a big change coming in the future. We’ve been at two months of inventory for the last two months, and before that we were as low as 1.6 months. Inventory may creep up as far as three months, but it should stay how it is for a while.

“How does the current inventory affect home values?”


We all know the real answer—as long as we’re in a seller’s market, the price of homes will rise. As I’ve mentioned before, home prices have risen 10% in the past 12 months, and they’re expected to continue at that pace.


We expect home prices to continue rising for the next several years.



“What can we expect from interest rates?”


That’s the good news for both buyers and sellers, because we expect them to stay fairly steady for the next 12 months. It might rise slightly but it won’t do any sharp increases. This will help make homes more affordable for buyers and help sellers have quicker sales.

“Is there a chance we could see a collapse in our market like in 2007 and 2008?”


According to experts, we have more controls and safeguards that will prevent a market collapse from happening. On the contrary, we expect home prices to continue rising for the next several years. As a seller, that’s good news. As a buyer, the sooner you make a purchase, the better off you’ll be.

If you have any more questions you’d like me to answer or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in our market, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d love to help you.

Friday, October 6, 2017

These Missed Details Could Give You Buyer’s Remorse


Buying a home can be exciting, but don’t get ahead of yourself and forget to look into details. Here are some that you should consider before buying.

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Sometimes when we get anxious to buy a home, we overlook a few things that are kind of important.

For my first example, suppose you’ve visited a home during the day when you could see it in full light. But have you been by the home at all hours of the day and night? Noise levels change throughout the day. If at all possible, visit the home at different times of the day to be sure that you will enjoy living there.

Second, think about your daily commute. From an outsider’s perspective, it might not seem that far to go to work. Maybe it’s only 10 or 20 miles, but when you own the home and realize that it’s 10 or 20 miles every day, both ways, you may see things differently. This may not be a problem for some, but it is something to think about.

Third, check over your CC&Rs (covenants, conditions, and restrictions) carefully. Some people will bring their RVs to the new property, only to discover they were unable to park. Little things like that can become a real downside if you haven’t checked the CC&R thoroughly.


If at all possible, visit the home at different times of day to be sure that you will enjoy living there.



As a fourth example, you should always think about your bedroom-to-bathroom ratio. Is this home one that you’ll be able to grow in? In other words, are children in your future? If so, and you don’t have enough bathroom space to fit your family’s needs, you’ll quickly outgrow your home. And of course, the best way to gain equity is to stay in your home for six to seven years, so moving early could affect your position there.

You should also think about features that can’t be changed without major remodeling. It may not seem as important when you walk through the house for the first few times to put an offer in, but it likely will down the line.

The final point would be to consider the resale value of your home. Is the home in an area that will be attractive to prospective buyers down the road, or will it possibly become an area with several rental houses on the same block? There, the resale value wouldn’t go up as fast.

I hope this helps. Remember, buying a home is a great investment, and I strongly encourage it. It sure beats renting! Take care, and I’ll be back next week.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Is Lane County Still in a Seller’s Market?


Lane County is still in a seller’s market, but the right time for buyers to buy is now.

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As you know, we’ve been in a seller’s market for quite some time in Lane County, and according to the latest reports, we basically still are.

680 new listings came on the market last month, which is a good sign. Still, we can’t say inventory is rising, because we also had 519 new properties close and 524 go under contract.

We’re still at about two months of inventory. To put that into perspective, the normal level of inventory for Lane County is six months. This means that if no new homes came on the market starting now, we’d be completely out of homes to sell in two months.

Our market is still strong and will be for the next couple years.


The median home price has risen a little over 10% from $230,000 to $254,000 in the past 12 months.

Buyers shouldn’t look at these numbers and consider this a bad situation, though, because the market continues to rise and interest rates are still low. If you were to put off buying for a year, the same homes available now would cost 10% more to buy. In other words, the sooner you buy, the better off you’ll probably be.

In summation, we’re in a strong market, and it will continue to be a strong market for the next couple years. If you have any questions about our market or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you!