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Managing Broker's
Summer 2014
Market Update

Housing Market isn't the only thing Heating Up in Central Oregon!

Having lived in Central Oregon for 15 years now, I can't say that I remember a Summer season starting out as hot and as early as the one we're experiencing at the moment! While we all dredge through long Winters around here, for many the intense heat has brought them out of the Winter doldrums. Just as the Winter has quickly faded from our memories, it appears that the real estate market collapse of just a few short years ago has as well. The pace of Real Estate Sales and Price appreciation has continued to trend upward as buyers have increased in numbers. The current trend is certainly attributable to many factors including continued low mortgage rates, continued population migration from other States, and a National Real Estate rebound which is now affording those who have been holding on for a few years to breakeven the opportunity to sell and make their long-awaited move to the Central Oregon paradise. Combine these along with speculators banking on the future of the OSU College taking shape in our backyard; we have a recipe for some continued sustained growth for the next few years. What's different this time around as compared to the boom of 2004-07, is that it is no longer an investor driven market. In other words, our local values are not artificially inflated due to uninterested real estate speculators qualifying for loans on a stated income basis who are only looking to buy and flip as that was the case during the boom. People qualifying for mortgages today are actually income earners who are being qualified upon their ability to actually repay their loans. What a novel idea right! Combined that the fact that rental rates have now increased in the area and we have a different sort of economic interest in buying vs. renting which also lends some credibility to the sustained upward real estate momentum we're currently experiencing. Our current available supply of housing in the Bend area is sitting at just over 3 months based upon the current pace of sales in the area.  It's not hard to determine that buyer interest is back as witnessed by the plethora of Sale Pending signs in new construction developments through the Bend area! All a very good sign of the long-awaited turn around we’ve all patiently and painstakingly waited for.  With values on the rise, and available inventory low, opportunities to maximize your return on sale are timely as we work through our Summer selling season of buyers looking to relocate to our area. 
If you have at all been considering a move, give us a call today!

By: Terry Denoux, PC, ABR, GRI
Managing Principal Broker
BHGRE Northwest Living

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