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April Real Estate Forecast shows increased sales and consistent inventory numbers

The month of April showed some market trends that we expect to continue into summer in the Central Oregon Real Estate Market. The number of new listings is on the rise, and sales have climbed steadily since February.

New Listings

The number of new listings has grown a total of 8 percent from the previous month, which is expected during this time of year. New listings popping onto the market seems to be a trend in the spring time, as sellers are ready to take the necessary steps to sell their home. It’s a great time of year to get your home listed as plenty of buyers are ready to start making serious offers at the beginning of the warmer season.

Sold Properties

The total number of active listings has grown since February, ending the month with 389 active listings on May 1. Sales are increasing as well. The number of sold properties has grown consistently from 128 in February, to 171 in March and ending most recently with 220 in April.

Buyers aren’t slowing down, even with slightly lower inventory numbers. With fewer properties to look at buyers are ready to make offers when they find the right property, rather than wait around and weigh options. The number of sold homes increased by 28 percent from last month, showing that it’s still a strong market for selling your home, with lots of interested buyers.

The number of pending sales dropped 17 percent from March. The higher number of pending sales at the end of March contributed to a healthy number of completed sales in April.

Competitive Pricing

Typically, as inventory falls, home prices can tend to rise, as seller’s have little competition. The pricing in the Central Oregon Real Estate Market is back to pre-recession figures. With the high demand for housing in Central Oregon, we don’t predict that pricing will decline soon.

While pricing is at a record high, it is important to price your property competitively. If a property remains on the market too long because it is overpriced, it may start to get overlooked in a potential buyer’s home search. Price reductions in the Central Oregon Real Estate Market saw a 38 percent increase over the previous month.

Take Away

If you’re looking for help with finding the perfect home or listing a new property in Central Oregon, Duke Warner Realty is ready to help. Get in touch with us today at dukewarner.com, browse our Facebook page, or call us at (541) 382-8262.

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Break down: Home Owners Associations

When it comes to looking for properties in neighborhoods sometimes this key thing can be over looked. It’s not uncommon for homes to be within an HOA. Home owners associations are designed to help maintain individual property values, in a development or neighborhood. If you buy a home within a neighborhood with an HOA, typically the membership is required. There are both pros and cons to living within an HOA, and our Bend Oregon Real Estate Agents are here to explain why.

Downsides

If you prefer not to be told what to do with your property, an HOA might not be for you. While HOA rules are designed to keep all homes up to a certain standard, it can sometimes be a deal breaker for home buyers. HOA’s can limit parking availability on the street, they can require specific landscaping or limit the number of colors you can paint your house. HOA’s aren’t designed to be controlling to the homeowner, but they can seem that way to some buyers.

If you run a business out of your home, it’s important to check with any potential HOA’s to make sure that it’s accepted. Some HOA’s have strict rules that do not allow businesses to be run from within a home. It’s always important to check with your Bend Realtor on any HOA regulations on potential properties. No HOA is the same, and it’s important to know before you buy.

The simple fee of living within an HOA can be a deciding factor for some. It depends on the HOA and neighborhood, but fees can vary widely, and be charged monthly or yearly. The goal of an HOA is to keep your neighborhood looking like it’s taken care of and a nice place to live, which in turn helps your property value. It’s important to weigh the cost of the HOA vs. the potential loss of property value from a less maintained area.

Perks

There are many benefits to living within an HOA. The biggest is that the overall appearance of the neighborhood will be better. Higher standards are set for the properties within an HOA. Lawns must be mowed, painted, and taken care of. HOA’s can be formed by the developer of a neighborhood or development, and then run by a board of directors, until a board of residents takes over. HOA’s can also be run by a management company, so no residents are responsible for the meetings or mandates.

One of the biggest benefits of living within an HOA is that there are always proper and polite avenues for things to be dealt with. If you’re having an issue with a neighbor’s yard or a barking dog, it’s easier to notify the HOA and have them handle the situation.

HOAs

It depends on what a buyer is looking for in a property, and whether or not the buyer wants to consider HOAs. Your Bend Oregon Real Estate Agents can find properties that best fit your needs. If you’re looking for a higher standard of living try looking in an HOA, and if you want the freedom to do what you wish with your home, it’s best to look outside one. Talk to your Bend Oregon Realtor about local HOAs today, and see what fits your budget and your needs.

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The difference between traditional sales, short sales and foreclosures

Buying a house comes with many steps, terms and paperwork. Understanding exactly what you’re looking for can be hard. Finding the best Bend realtors to help you find the best house is key, and understanding the market is even better. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between short sales, foreclosures or just regular sales are, we’re here to explain.

Short Sale

A short sale happens when a home owner decides to sell their home, but they still owe more on the mortgage than what they can sell the home for. Typically, sellers negotiate with banks and work out a deal to sell the home for less than what they owe, so they can pay the bank back. The important thing to note in this situation is that the seller is still in control of selling their home.

In some situations this can make buying a short sale difficult. In some cases there may be a second loan on a the property, and it can be harder to get that party to agree on the sale terms. Typically, they stand to lose the most money in this arrangement. Sometimes the process of purchasing a short sale can take longer than usual because of the multiple parties involved.

Foreclosure

Foreclosure happens when homeowners have trouble making their loan payments. It can happen if the homeowners get extremely behind, and are considered “underwater.”

The process starts when the bank notifies the homeowners that they have started the process of filing with local courts to take over ownership of the home, known as foreclosure proceedings. Sometimes this process can take as little as three weeks, or over a year, but it’s important to note that during proceedings the bank does not own the home.

Once the foreclosure is filed with the courts, the home is in ownership limbo. Sometimes occupants stay and sometimes they are required to leave. Foreclosure properties are auctioned off, sometimes at the courthouse and sometimes at the physical property.

Take Away

Traditional sales are much simpler, as there’s only one party involved. Traditional sales also tend to take less time to close, providing the buyer is pre-approved for a loan, and ready with a down payment. You can find some great properties in either short sales or foreclosures, and some you may find underpriced, in an otherwise competitively priced market.