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Summer Is in Full Swing; August Real Estate Forecast

As we enjoy the height of summer, with great weather and bustling community activities, we are seeing the real estate market reflect the high season for home buying and selling. July proved to be a busy month, showing more active listings than in June. We saw 522 active listings in June and July turned out 547. For buyers and sellers, the market is ripe and everchanging, with a great inventory to choose from. We also saw great numbers of new homes on the market, although a slight decrease from June, the numbers were steady.

Inventory

Summertime is always a great time to buy or sell and right now, real estate in Central Oregon offers a nice variety to choose from. The largest inventory of homes available in July was in the $325,100-$425,000 range, showing 166 active listings.

Pending Sales

We saw a slight decrease in pending sales in July, showing 240 pending sales, where we saw 256 in June. We are seeing consistent pending and sold listings as we move through summer and slight changes are typical this time of year. Buyers are still responding to the market and grabbing the homes that are available.

Price Reductions

In June, there were 184 listing reductions and July presented 230 reduced listings. The increase in price reductions offers a larger variety to choose from, which is why we saw an increase in the $325,100-$425,000 range. We might see this number increase even more as summer winds down and fall trends move in.

Duke Warner

As you enjoy the last month of summertime, keep us in mind if you are in the market to buy or sell a property. Call any of our brokers at Duke Warner Realty at 541-382-8262 or visit us at dukewarner.com. You can also browse our Facebook page or stop in for a visit!

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6 Rules to Successfully Invest in Real Estate

More and more people are interested in investing in real estate these days. Some may see this as an opportunity to make a career change that they can be passionate about, and there are also some people who turn to real estate investment as another way to diversify their portfolios. Then there are people who want to get into real estate investments to bring in a secondary income. If you are interested in successfully investing in real estate, consider these 6 rules so you can make the smart real estate choices that best fit your needs.

Get Help

Getting guidance from other real estate investors and professionals will allow you to tap their knowledge and experience so you answer the door when the real estate opportunity knocks. It helps you be better prepared to make the right investments. Do remember to exercise caution when selecting help, as there are people out there claiming to be successful investors who simply make their money from the books and classes that they get people to sign up to as you walk away no more knowledgeable than when you first began.

Know What You Want

There are so many investment opportunities in real estate that it can almost feel overwhelming. Do you want to invest in single-family homes, luxury properties, commercial real estate, or rental properties? Do you plan to instantly flip and resale property, or hold on to it for some time? Research about the types of real estate investments that appeal to you, then make a plan of action on how you want to achieve your set goals.

Decide Your Own Path

It’s easy to see a successful real estate investor and think that you will do the exact same thing they did to become wealthy. It’s possible you put in the same amount of time and investments yet see less than stellar results. Something you should keep in mind is that this real estate investor wasn’t afraid to go out and do their own thing, recognize and overcome the challenges, and persevere to reach such success. Remember it will be your hard work, research, decisions, and investments that will make your investments a success. Staying the course is a huge benefit because things in the market can change rapidly. Connecting with a local broker can also help because they might be able to offer market trend insights.

Remember to Re-Invest

Most successful investors don’t just use their money to pay for their yacht gas after they hit the big deals. Successful investors understand the importance of re-investing what they earned to bring in more profits in the future. They realize it’s a cycle of re-investing. It’s great to celebrate the huge deals yet spend the money wisely and within your current means. Always take a portion of the money to move on to bigger and better investment deals so you can have a larger bank account.

Prepare for Risks and Losses

You could do everything right with your real estate investments and then suddenly the market tanks, sending you into a spiral of losses that can be hard to recover from to get back on your financial feet. Consider the risks and prepare for the worst to protect your portfolio investments so you don’t see your earnings take a significant nosedive. This can be challenging, even for a seasoned investor, so prepare as best you can and try not to get too discouraged when the losses happen.

Pull the Trigger, Act!

Some people will research and study the market looking for the right time to invest. They will sit idle while claiming they need more experience and knowledge. While it is fine to learn all that you can with real estate investing before making the plunge, don’t psych yourself out from making that first move. Eventually, you must commit your money and time, or you will continually be second-guessing yourself as great opportunities pass by. Even if you stumble the first few times, you can learn from the experience to become a better real estate investor.