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Examples of Mortgages You Can Get

Different Types of Mortgages

If you’re looking at becoming a first-time home owner, you may need to brush up on your mortgage knowledge. Talk to your real estate broker and see if they can recommend a lender for you to talk to about your mortgage options. Getting pre-approved when you’re house hunting can be a great advantage to getting the home that you want. If you’re pre-approved you already know what sort of financial situation you are in, and what sort of mortgage you can afford. Check out the following list and learn about different types of mortgages available. Then, talk to a lender to see which mortgage option works best for you.

Fixed-Rate Mortgage

A fixed rate mortgage means that the interest rate for the loan, is locked in at the beginning of the mortgage agreement. Fixed rate mortgages can come in terms of 10-15-30 years. The most common of mortgages is a fixed rate 30 year mortgage. This provides the owner with the lowest mortgage payment per month, as it divides the loan into 30 years of payments, with a fixed rate of interest.

Fixed rate mortgages are also popular because they are the most predictable; the owner knows what their payment will be month to month for the entire timeline of their term in years.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages

There are many different types of adjustable rate mortgages(ARM), but the essential idea is that the interest rate can change over time.  If a home buyer gets a one year ARM, the interest rates on their loan change to the current market rate, once a year on the anniversary of their loan. This can be risky as you could wind up paying different amounts of mortgage payments from year to year. They payment amount may go down, but it also may go up.

10/1 ARM’s also change in interest as time goes on. This features a fixed interest rate for the first 10 years, but then is subject to change every year to the current market interest. This loan is typically for 30 years, and is typically used by homeowners who intend to pay their home off before the initial 10 years have passed.

Balloon Mortgages

Balloon mortgages feature a much shorter term and a fixed rate of interest, much like a fixed rate mortgage. The difference is that balloon mortgages feature a larger or balloon payment at the end of the loan. The monthly payments are lower and typically go to interest being accrued. Balloon mortgages are great for responsible borrowers, and typically are for people who intent to sell the house before the balloon payment is due. These mortgages can get tricky, as you’ll be required to re-finance if you can’t afford the balloon payment when it’s due.

Check out the different types of mortgages and see what you can afford, and how long a payment schedule you want to commit to. Talk to a lender to see what your options are and what makes the most sense for you. We also suggest checking out our monthly Trend Report to learn more about the local market trends.

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Rent or Buy: Pros & Cons

The current real estate market housing prices have increased, and in most areas rental costs have done the same. In some areas, it is cheaper to rent than to buy, but not in all markets. There are many other factors to consider when you’re weighing your options on buy vs. rent a home.

In most popular cities and suburbs, home prices are climbing fast, which can make renting look like a better alternative. Rental prices can also climb in the same areas, if the demand exists. This makes the cost of renting vs. buying quite similar.

RENTING

Renting is appealing because it requires less responsibility. If something breaks down in your home, you can simply call up the property management company or landlord. You’re not on the hook for unexpected financial commitments, like fixing the dishwasher or sprinkler system.

The monthly cost of renting can also be lower than a monthly mortgage payment. Typically, the cost of owning vs. renting eventually becomes cheaper, whereas the cost of renting continues to stay the same and has the potential to go up, depending on rent trends.

BUYING

In the long term, whether or not your real estate market is in the up and up or not, buying can save you money. Over time, the money that you’re putting into your own home is less than a renter is investing. Another point to consider, the renter isn’t actually investing any money. When you’re putting money into a mortgage payment, you’re putting equity into something, into your home. You’re adding value to your home, value that you someday could get back. It’s essentially the same as adding something on to your house that would make it more appealing to future buyers. If you added a pool, it would entice more future buyers, and therefore would increase the value of your home.

Your home can also increase in value due to the local real estate market. When you buy it, it may be worth a set sum, but then after years of market change it could be worth significantly more. In some current real estate markets, home prices have doubled in the last four years, which is great for home owners but not as great for those seeking to purchase a home.

Many home owners and property owners also have plenty of tax benefits to consider when purchasing a home. You can deduct a mortgage from your income tax bills amongst other options.

When you own your own home, you also don’t have to worry about rent increases coming out of nowhere. Your monthly mortgage payment will stay the same, unless you refinance or choose to pay more than the agreed upon amount every month.

Another long term benefit to owning your own home is paying off your mortgage. Once your mortgage is paid off your monthly housing costs drop significantly.

CONSIDERATIONS

Renting and buying each have their own set of pros and cons. It depends on what you’re looking for a property and commitment. If you’re seeking something more long term, the advantages of buying outweigh renting. Over time, the financial benefits to owning a home can trump renting as well.

 

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Duke Trend Report for Bend & Redmond for November 2018

We are continuing to see a positive and consistent market as we leave the fall season behind and head into the winter months. The trends for November show a continuation of a steady market in both Redmond and Bend. The Fall months were an active time in Bend and Redmond for sellers and buyers alike, and now that we’ve moved into the colder months, we are still seeing positive trends throughout Central Oregon, along with a great selection of homes and bare land to choose from.

Inventory

The number of active listings in Bend dropped slightly from 553 in October to 457 in November. In Redmond, there were 223 active listings in October and then a slight drop with 199 active listings in November. The numbers for Bend show us that there are plenty of homes to choose from. There were 24 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 111 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 109 in the $425,100-$525,000 range and 57 in the $525,100-$625,000 price range. Both Bend and Redmond’s market had fewer price reductions in November than we saw in October and slightly fewer pending homes as of the end of November, for both cities. Redmond’s new, active listings dropped slightly from 82 in October to 58 in November.

With the steady market, buyers look for competitive pricing as they compare properties. If you are a seller and you aren’t sure what to list your home or property for, consult with your Duke Warner Broker for great advice, they will share their expertise and let you know how to price according to the market and competition.

Sold and Pending Listings

The number of pending listings dropped slightly in November from October, in both Bend and Redmond markets. For Redmond, we saw 85 pending homes in October and 58 in November. Bend had 189 pending homes in October and it dropped a bit to 163 pending in November. For sold listings, October gave us impressive numbers with 222 in Bend and slightly less in November at 170 sold. Sold listings in Redmond dipped from 89 in October to 73 in November.  We aren’t seeing much of a fluctuation in the market which is great for this time of year. Winter is in full swing and the holidays are here as we see the continued buzz in the market.

Looking Ahead          

As we round out the year with consistent numbers, we are encouraged and excited with the number of active listings, for buyers and sellers alike. The winter season can be a great time to shop for homes. Be sure to take time to compare properties and gather as much information as necessary to make educated decisions about the market. Get out and see what’s available and give us a call if you’d like one of our Central Oregon Real Estate Brokers to show you around!

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Tips for Buying a Home This Winter

There is a myth when it comes to home buying that says it’s more affordable to buy during the warmer months. We’ve discovered, with years and years of experience, that the winter months are just as successful for both home buyers and home sellers. This winter is no exception as we’ve seen a hearty market here in Central Oregon over the past several months. It is both encouraging and exciting for the upcoming months, whether you plan to house hunt or put your home on the market.

There are many different things to consider depending on what time of year you are buying a home and knowing some of the following tips might help you save money and time while you hunt for the perfect house for you and your family. It helps to remember that each season presents different issues you will want to consider, and winter is no different. The positives outweigh the drawbacks and buyers looking for a new home during winter have less competition, so you can take your time and really shop around before deciding on “the one.”

  • Consider what is under the snow, ice and puddles~ ask to see pictures of the yard during other seasons so you can see what the grass looks like, etc.
  • Look for leaky roofs, cracked driveways, any ice dams or potential for such, this should be addressed right away for future planning
  • Notice if icicles are hanging from the gutters…a properly insulated home shouldn’t have icicles. Find out how the home is heated and if there are portable heaters being used in any of the rooms.
  • Be flexible with scheduling, it’s the holidays and people might have guests staying in their home, so don’t expect last-minute showings during the holidays
  • Ask to see all documentation on any remodeling, roof replacements, etc. so you know the work was certified
  • Allow more time for closing~ the holidays can throw schedules off so be prepared for things to take a little bit longer during the winter months.
  • Be sure to schedule inspections and make sure the inspector can see everything, it might be a challenge, but you don’t want something major overlooked because it was hard to reach due to snow, etc. Ask the experts to be mindful of areas harder hit during the winter months.

It’s often said winter is a buyer’s market, so get out there and start your house hunting today! Feel free to give us a call and meet with one of our expert brokers. We are all committed to helping you find the home of your dreams, any time of the year!

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Good Information to Share with Your Realtor

Whether you are looking to buy a home or sell your own, finding the right realtor can be tricky. Ultimately, you’ll want someone that understands your end goal and has experience in the industry. One of the first things you should do, before you even look for a realtor, is sit down and make a list of exactly what you are looking for in a home, or if you are selling your home, make a list of specific things you are willing to negotiate on and things you are firm on when it comes to updates, inspections, etc. Once you have your list, take the time to interview a few different brokers before you decide to go with one. If your broker understands your needs, wants and dislikes, they’re much more likely to find the perfect property for you, and not waste time showing listings that you’re not interested in.

LOCATION IS EVERYTHING

If you have children, you’ll want to consider the location of the home you are interested in, because it will determine the school that your children will attend. If you have a preference over the schools in the area that you’re looking to buy in, it’s important to tell your broker that. Even if you don’t currently have kids, it’s still something important to consider if you plan to start a family in the future. Central Oregon has a great school system and finding good neighborhoods with great schools is a fairly easy task, but if your kids are already established in certain schools, let your broker know.

If you have preferences for being near a certain part of town, whether you want to be near your favorite grocery store, restaurants, or shopping, it is important you share those things with your broker. You realtor needs to understand whether you want to be within walking or driving distance from bus routes or other transportation hubs. If this is a like, but not a requirement it could influence the listings your broker wants to show.

UTILITIES

Something that can easily be forgotten when house hunting is how a home is heated. If the way a home is heated is something that truly matters, let your broker know. This may make a difference if you’re looking for properties in a colder or warmer climate. If you have a preferred method of heating, especially if it’s a deal breaker, tell your broker.  Be sure to check the heating system in place before you make an offer, or you could wind up with an expensive home to heat.

HOME STYLE

If you have a preference on home styles, floor plans or layout, you’ll realtor needs to know those things prior to scheduling walk throughs. They need to know if you want to look at split level homes, or if you only want to see single level homes. If you want an open floor plan, a formal dining room, etc. your broker can show you properties that pertain to your wants and needs, if they know what they are.

If you only want to look at rural or urban properties, if a pool is a must or not, these are things that you need to sit down and outline in your lists with your agent. Consider the lifestyle that you live, and what aspects of a home you need to keep your comfort.

When discussing your price range with your agent, let them know which things you’re willing to pay more for. If your budget won’t budge, they need to know that. If they find you a home with everything that you want, but it’s out of your price range, your broker needs to know where you draw the line. Give us a call to find the Bend, Oregon realtor you trust most and discuss what you want in a dream property or home.

 

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Duke Trend Report for Bend & Redmond for October 2018

A positive and consistent market continues as the fall rounds out and winter is on the horizon. The trends for October are very similar to September with a few differences. This fall has been an active time in Bend and Redmond for sellers and buyers alike. Although the weather is changing, that market remains steady with a great selection of homes to choose from.

Inventory

The number of active listings came down slightly, but not by much. In Bend, we saw 583 active listings in September and 553 in October. In Redmond, there were 221 active listings in September and 223 in October. The numbers for Redmond show us that there are plenty of homes to choose from, showing most of the listings, 76, in the $225,100-$325,000 price range. 39 of those 76 homes were new listings for October. In Bend, the most inventory lands in the price range of $325,100-$425,000, with 147 active listings. 43 of those 147 are new homes on the market just in October. Both Bend and Redmond’s market had fewer price reductions in October than we saw in September and slightly fewer pending homes as of the end of October, for both cities.

It is still very important for home sellers to keep pricing competitive. Keep in mind buyers look for the competitive pricing as they compare properties. If you aren’t sure what to list your home or property for, consult with your Realtor for great advice, often they will share their expertise and let you know how to price according to the market and competition.

Sold and Pending Listings

As mentioned above, the number of pending listings dropped slightly in October from September, in both Bend and Redmond markets. For Redmond, we saw 104 pending in September and 85 in October. Bend had 220 pending homes in September and it dropped a bit to 189 pending in October. For sold listings, September gave us impressive numbers with 195 in Bend and even more in October, at 222. Sold listings in Redmond stayed consistent with 86 in September and 89 in October. We aren’t seeing much of a fluctuation in the market which is great for this time of year. Fall is almost over, people are winding up for the holidays and there seems to be continued buzz in the market regardless of the weather changing to colder days.

Looking Ahead          

As we watch the trees become bare, scrape ice off our windows in the mornings and start our lists for the holidays ahead, we are encouraged and excited with the number of active listings, for buyers and sellers alike. Fall and winter can be a great time to shop for homes because life has slowed back down from the summer buzz and routine allows you some time to compare properties and gather as much information necessary to make educated decisions about the market. Get out and see what’s available and give us a call if you’d like one of our Realtors to show you around!

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The Home Inspection Negotiations

If you’ve purchased a home before, you know that making and having your offer accepted is the easy part. You are far from the finish line once both parties have agreed on a price. Those who are experienced in today’s real estate market, like our brokers at Duke Warner Realty, know that nothing is final until money has changed hands, all paperwork has been signed and the keys are in the new owner’s hands. That means inspections must be passed, and negotiations and agreements must be made. The home inspection can either help or hurt the process and the price of a home, and it can become a big negotiating point for both sides. For new home buyers or sellers, knowing what to expect with the inspection process is helpful and we’re always here to help if you have questions. If you are buying or selling real estate in Central Oregon, you may want to consider the following pointers before you list or make an offer.

Common Processes

Most homes go through some sort of negotiation after the inspection has been completed. There’s no reason to feel bad about this; few homes are perfect. Negotiating after an inspection can either be one of the most stressful parts of buying or selling a home, or it can be as easy as you make it. Moving forward with the final findings on the inspector’s report is the key to the process. Take the inspection for what it is and work off the report to get things organized and taken care of as quickly as possible.

Preparation

Sometimes you can save yourself the headache of a bad inspection, by doing some of the obvious work before your property is listed. It’s important to take care of the issues that you know your home has, ideally prior to listing it because whether you do it before or after the inspection, you will need to get it done. Having one less item on the report will benefit you with negotiating. It will also go a long way to be honest with potential buyers. It’s what you’ll want in the house hunt as well. If you take the time and money to fix the small things in advance, you will reduce the stress on yourself during the selling process. Some problems while not major, could cost you a percentage of your selling price, simply because it was left to be discovered by an inspector.

Buying

We’d all love to have every home appear like new, but chances are, this is never going to happen. An inspection should give the buyer a chance to renegotiate for major things, like electrical or plumbing issues, or problems with the roof or foundation. An inspection should not be used by the potential buyer to get a lower price on a property. Homes are lived in, and they do not come brand new. Keep in mind that home inspections are used to find potentially major defects in a property, defects that could cause a buyer not to consider the property. In most cases buyers and sellers can reach an agreement and repair the necessary items before the sale is finalized. Sometimes the price is changed to account for the cost of certain repairs, so again, it is important to fix as many of the issues you know of, prior to listing.

Positive outcomes

If you find something on a listed property as a seller that the buyer is pushing to be fixed, it’s best to offer a price reduction or closing cost credit, which would credit the buyer the money it should cost for the repair. Sometimes if a potential buyer is asking for repairs, they may have opinions on the way they’d like it to be fixed, so it’s best to credit them for the repairs in the price, and have them fix it on their own, once the property is theirs. This eliminates the chance of them not being satisfied with the work while you still own the home. Generally speaking, most people see that kind of offer as a positive outcome when negotiating. There is always a lot to think about when it comes to owning a property. If you are interested in real estate in Oregon, please give us a call to set-up an appointment with a well-educated and friendly broker. Call 541-382-8262 or email our office at info@dukewarner.com. 

 

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Duke Trend Report for Bend & Redmond September 2018

We have seen positive consistency in the market this fall, for both Bend and Redmond. The trends in September stayed close to the same that we saw in August with a few exceptions. Fall has proven to be a great time to buy and sell a home and lucky for you, the market has a great variety to choose from.

Inventory

The number of active listings came down slightly, but not by much. We saw 634 active listings in August and in September there were 583 active listings in the Bend market. In Redmond, we saw 254 active listings in August and the inventory came down a bit with 221 active listings in September. The numbers for Redmond show us that there are still plenty of homes to choose from, showing most of the listings, 81, in the $225,100-$325,000 price range. 47 of those 81 homes were new listings in September. In Bend, the most inventory lands in the price range of $325,100-$425,000, with 156 active listings. 46 of those 156 are new homes on the market as of September. Both Bend and Redmond’s market had fewer price reductions in September than we saw in August and slightly fewer pending homes as of September 30th for both cities.

It is still very important for home sellers to keep their pricing competitive. Keep in mind buyers look for the competitive pricing as they compare properties. If you aren’t sure what to list your home or property for, consult with your Realtor for great advice, often they will share their expertise and let you know how to price according to the market and competition.

Sold and Pending Listings

As mentioned above, the number of pending listings dropped slightly from August to September in both Bend and Redmond markets. For Redmond, we saw 110 pending in August and 104 in September. Bend had 257 pending homes in August and it dropped a bit to 220 pending in September. For sold listings, August gave us impressive numbers with 260 in Bend and 101 in Redmond. While there are still plenty of homes on the market, Bend had 195 sold listings in September and Redmond had 86. We see a fluctuation in the market which is normal for this time of year. Summertime is over, schools are back in session and people are winding up for the holidays. But don’t let this discourage you from listing or buying a home, the market has some amazing options available in all price ranges.

Looking Ahead

As we watch the leaves change and witness the weather cooling down, we are still encouraged by the number of active listings, for buyers and sellers alike. Fall can be a great time to shop for homes because life has slowed back down from the summer buzz and routine allows you some time to compare properties and gather as much information necessary to make educated decisions about the market. Get out and see what’s available and give us a call if you’d like one of our Realtors to show you around!

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Common Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make

If you own your home, you know that buying a home can be a lot of work. There are many facets to the process, the hunting, approvals, the gathering of paperwork, and the anxiety of finding the right home. It can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, but if you find a great broker to help guide you through some of the challenges, you’ll be in good hands. We have collected some tips to make the process easier, so you can learn what not to do while shopping for your first home!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

It is very important that you do your research on the neighborhood where your home will be. If you fall in love with a house, consider the community its part of and make sure it’s a neighborhood you are comfortable with. Things to consider might be what school district it’s in, and what school would your kids or future kids go to. You’ll want to know if it’s a safe neighborhood, for example, what is the crime rate. Is it a place where you’d feel comfortable letting your kids roam the neighborhood during the day or night? Check to see if it’s near a noisy highway or train tracks. A great way to learn about the neighborhood is to talk to potential neighbors and ask direct questions or share your concerns about buying in that neighborhood.

DO YOU GO WITH YOUR GUT FEELING?

When you fall in love with a home, and you’re ready to make an offer right away, be sure to take caution and think through some of the details. When you can look things over with a more critical approach, you often notice details that you missed at first glance. as you might miss something important. Be sure to apply your list of needs, wishes and wants to this property. You may have fallen in love with it, but it might not meet the standards you’ve set for yourself, like being close to town, 3 bedrooms, etc.

PRE-APPROVAL IS KEY

We hear it all the time: getting pre-approved is crucial to house hunting. There is no reason to hunt for properties that you’re not sure you can afford. Who wants to make an offer on a property only to find out your loan is denied? The best way to get out ahead of this problem is to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start house hunting. That way you know what the bank will loan you and what you can afford. This will stop you from looking at houses that are out of your budget and prevent you from wasting time and getting your hopes up.

REPAIRS & UTILITIES

If you’ve only ever rented before, the cost of paying for full utilities might come as a shock to you. Water and sewer typically are included in rent, but as a homeowner, you’re on the hook for everything. If your washing machine breaks down, you can’t call a landlord to come and fix it, you’re responsible for the repairs and the repair bill. If your roof leaks in the winter, it’s up to you to get it fixed and shovel the roof. These are all typical growing pains that come with owning a house. The obvious benefit of owning over renting is that you’re putting equity in something, and depending on your market, you could stand to earn more in the value of your home as time goes on. It’s important to note that most mortgages are less expensive than monthly rents, so the extra money you’re saving can go to cover unforeseen expenses.

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a home for the first time. Making sure you have an experienced broker to walk you through the process, and answer any questions you have, can be crucial. Find someone you trust, both to find you the perfect home, and to help you close the deal. Consider our brokers at Duke Warner Realty to help you find your dream home!

 

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Duke Trend Report for Bend and Redmond for August 2018

In August, we saw some of the highest numbers of active inventory in the Central Oregon Real Estate Market that we’ve seen in a while. This tells us that we can expect to see more market activity before we head into the colder, winter months. We head into Fall with the high numbers of active listings from August, as well as a steady number of new homes on the market.

Inventory         

The number of active listings grew from 522 in June, to 547 in July and grew even more to 634 in August. With the highest number of inventory Bend Oregon Realtors have seen in months, now is the time for buyers to find exactly what they want. While it seems that there are many properties to choose from, Bend Oregon Realtors are seeing lots of properties sell before even hitting the market. Most properties that go into pending sale have typically been on the market for less than two weeks.

The inventory of August was very similar to the inventory in August of 2017. August and the beginning of September has the highest active inventory we’ve seen all year. August showed fewer price reductions than in July whereas properties spent about the same amount of days on the market for both July and August.

It’s still important for home sellers to keep their pricing competitive. If choosing between your property and another that’s similar, buyers will choose the property that’s more competitively priced. Be sure to talk about your listing price with your Bend Realtor and be sure that it’s appropriate for the market.

Sold and Pending Listings stay consistent

The number of pending and sold listings increased in August, from July’s numbers, which is another way to see how busy the market is as we head into Fall. Staying consistent from June and July, pending listings rose from 240 in July to 257 in August, for the Bend market. In Redmond, we saw the number of pending homes at 100 in July and then increase to 110 in August. Sold listings in Redmond grew from 78 in July to 101 in the month of August. In the Bend market, we saw pending sales at 240 in July and 257 in August. Buyers still aren’t slowing down, and they’re taking advantage of the high number of listings to choose from.

Heading into Fall

As we head into the relief of cooler days (and hopefully less smoke in Central Oregon) we still expect to see a highly active market. With the high number of active listings, and the consistent sales numbers, we expect buyers to continue to find what they’re looking for. Get out and see what’s available for your budget, especially with price reductions at a seasonal high and low-interest rates.

Call your Bend Realtor and schedule an appointment if you’re interested in looking at properties. Duke Warner is available to help you buy the perfect home, or get a home listed. Visit us today at dukewarner.com, check out our Facebook page, or call us at (541) 382-8262.