Inventory A Factor
A low supply of available homes continues to drive prices higher. That’s because a market inventory of between three and six months is considered a ‘normal’ housing backlog. For more than two years, our regional home supply has been below three months.
Wilsonville Homes By The Numbers
These new numbers reveal home prices around Wilsonville are up 6.3% over the past year. The average home sale market time for our area is now 30 days. The average selling price so far this year is $431,400, with the most recent Wilsonville area monthly average home sale price coming in at $434,600.
Selling? If you’ve considered the sale of your Wilsonville area home, taking advantage of our present ‘seller’s market’ could be a smart move. Contact our WilsonvilleHomes.com sponsor, Wilsonville’s own Certified Realty using the form below for a free consultation, or call 503-682-1083.
To adults and kids alike, superheroes seem to have time-tested appeal. Some think it’s because they look different. Indeed, some superheroes dress uniquely. Others believe superheroes represent the ‘good guy’ and these days, we can always use more good guys and gals. Yet others suggest that superheroes are in the rescue business and we all have an area in our lives where we could use help. Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable that superheroes hold a unique place in our imagination.
Do Real Estate Superheroes Exist? So fighting bad guys is an expected vocation for a superhero. But how could there possibly be Realtor superheroes? And would they use x-ray glasses to view inside homes to find potential problems, carry an anti-kryptonite pen to protect against real estate ‘evil doers,’ or hold their trusty multiple listing lockbox keycard in a utility belt?
The Realty Reality
While not superhuman, some real estate agents stand far apart from others. And when hundreds of thousands of dollars are literally on the line during your next home sale or purchase, chances are you’ll feel better throughout the entire process when working with a truly ‘super’ Realtor. But is it possible to easily locate a terrific Wilsonville real estate agent that’s not only experienced, but also dedicated, plus recognized for excellence among his or her peers? You’re about to find out.
‘Superhero’ Defined Superheroes are considered to be more than mere heroes, in part because their achievements transcend what is humanly possible. Superheros are often portrayed as heroes with extraordinary, superhuman powers. So while no Realtor is superhuman, in comparing performance, it’s clear that sometimes a single real estate agent can outperform several other, less productive Realtors. There are different reasons why this is true and part of it relates to the ‘Pareto principle,’ better known as the ’80-20′ rule, where 20% of a group is frequently responsible for as much as 80% of the results.
What’s In Your Utility Belt? Effective Realtors are more likely to avail themselves of advanced tools on behalf of their buyer and seller clients. But it doesn’t stop there. That’s because in addition to ‘high tech’ expertise like sophisticated monitoring of real estate activity for their clients, a ‘superhero’ Realtor also combines it with ‘high touch.’ This means they help buyers and sellers with access to not only their own specialized experience and knowledge, but also to an often vast and diverse network of other experienced professionals, such as reputable mortgage lenders, roofers, 1031 tax deferred exchange experts, electricians, surveyors, title companies and repair firms.
But Why Even Hire A ‘Superhero?’ In considering the use of your own real estate ‘superhero,’ it helps to understand what they’re able to achieve better than other Realtors. After all, why use a ‘superhero’ when any old hero will do?
To begin, it’s helpful to understand that an agent is your representative. He or she advises and acts in your best interest, which includes ‘fighting’ on your behalf. So who or what might a real estate ‘superhero’ fight? Enter the real estate ‘super villain.’ In Oregon real estate, you’re not likely to run into comic book characters or movie baddies like Darth Vader, Lex Luthor or The Joker. Instead, the kind of ‘super villain’ behavior you’re more likely to encounter is both real and potentially ‘deal-killing.’
The potential list of treacherous adversaries is long. Issues that could put the kibosh on your Wilsonville real estate transaction (while potentially costing you a lot of money) include dry rot, deferred maintenance (think leaky roof), a poor home inspection, title report issues, a low appraisal or a picky loan underwriter. If you’re a homebuyer, you can add certain challenging homeseller attititudes to the potential list of transaction implosions and if you’re a homeseller, you might include certain ham-fisted home buyer attitudes. The bottom line is that in order to deal with a multiplicity of potentially detrimental factors affecting your home purchase or sale, it’s clearly best to be prepared. And when you’re knee deep in transaction challenges, that’s not the time to wish you were working with someone more qualified.
It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s The CRS Realtor There are literally millions of real estate agents and as you might expect, not all of them are the same. As with any profession, experience, proficiency and dedication to clients can vary widely.
Most Realtors are indeed capable of providing good service, reasonable counsel and some helpful information. The fact is however, that some Realtors have considerably more experience, training and better results. It’s also undeniable that CRS designees are equipped to provide their home buying and home selling clients with advanced real estate insights, knowledge and competence. CRS holders hold an average of double the experience of Realtors without the Certified Residential Specialist designation. This illustrates a clear track record with elite standing.
But what differentiates a real estate superhero from other real estate agents? Here are a few examples.
X-Ray Vision Because CRS Realtors are experienced and complete far more transactions than the average agent, many times they see can through and avoid problems, before they occur. This helps prevent missteps from an agent’s ‘on the job training.’
Benefits Beyond A Single Transaction Another key benefit to working with a CRS Realtor is their networking advantage. So whether you expect to buy or sell in Oregon, or if you’ll have a real estate transaction in another state, the CRS referral network is a proven way for you to connect with another ‘high caliber’ Realtor who holds the CRS designation.
Speaking of High Caliber: Faster Than A Speeding Referral The CRS organization has an entire system devoted to a virtually seamless referral system for buyers and sellers who seek a super Certified Residential Specialist Realtor. For example, I recently received a phone call from an Idaho CRS agent working with buyers from Oregon. These buyers found their ‘perfect’ Idaho home and needed to sell their Wilsonville, Oregon home in order to purchase the Idaho property. The Idaho CRS Realtor suggested they work with a local CRS agent to most effectively sell their Oregon home. Mere minutes upon receiving a phone call from the Idaho CRS agent, I was in contact with these Wilsonville homeowners, then proceeded to list and successfully sell their Wilsonville property, all in short order.
You May Never Have Met A CRS It’s hardly surprising if you don’t recall ever meeting a Certified Residential Specialist. A CRS Realtor is in the top 3 percent of real estate agents in the United States. That means 97% of the Realtors you’re likely to run into aren’t a CRS. So what makes working with a CRS so much better?
Clinical Specialization Meets Bedside Manner
To put the topic of Realtor proficiency in another context, if your 5 year old has a broken arm, do you want a pediatric orthopedic specialist to examine, accurately diagnose, then properly set the youngster’s bone, or would any young intern fresh out of medical school be your first choice? After all, both are doctors. A similar principal applies to selecting an agent. The surprising thing here is that in choosing your next Realtor, it typically costs the same or less to go with the professional having more experience and proficiency.
Similarly, there’s an understandable difference between an agent who just received a real estate license and one who has been diligently working full time in the field for decades. But taking it another step beyond mere experience are those who hold accreditation for advanced real estate performance. The CRS designation isn’t easy to earn. It involves what is usually a multi-year advanced course regimen, plus documented real estate production and typically years of ‘in the field’ real estate experience. These recognized levels of education, training, production, time-tested experience and provable success amount to a higher standard of achievement.
A Bundle of ‘Keys’ to Your Next Real Estate Transaction To most homebuyers and homesellers, one key to a Realtor’s stellar real estate performance is consistent performance. Another is experience. Yet one more is education. The advantage to you as a homebuyer or homeseller in working with a CRS Realtor is that you get the entire bundle of keys and reduce your chances of being ‘locked out’ in your next transaction.
The Answer: While the usual term for CRS is Certified Residential Specialist, some might consider agents holding this esteemed real estate degree as being more of a Certified Real Estate Superhero. That’s because it takes a lot to attain the CRS designation and the positive results of working with a CRS designee speak for themself. Some have even compared CRS credentials as akin to the CPA of real estate.
What if there was a way you could locate a real estate ‘superhero’ for your next Oregon transaction? Thanks to the CRS referral network, there actually is an easy way to find a ‘super’ Realtor, no matter where you live. Perhaps the simplest is to contact a CRS, like Wilsonville Realtor Roy Widing, CRS with Certified Realty. And if you’d like to reach a CRS Realtor in a different state or region of the United States, Roy can connect you with a number of qualified Certified Residential Specialists near you and at no charge. From there you can interview one or more CRS Realtors and make your own decisions.
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TMREI: Too Much Real Estate Information Sometimes absorbing the sea of Wilsonville real estate information seems more like drinking from a fire hydrant. Yet, out of all the seemingly helpful real estate data bandied about, there is one especially helpful number, which when understood,can provide near-magical clarity to both Wilsonville homebuyers and homesellers.
What Is It?
What is this ‘magic’ number and what does it represent? Simply put, it’s the current figure for housing inventory, typically expressed in months of projected home supply.
Housing inventory is also sometimes known as home inventory or housing backlog. Why is this number so important? Once you understand the single figure that defines our current supply of local available Wilsonville area homes for sale, you have an instant ‘snapshot’ on whether you’re in a buyer’s market, seller’s market, or more of a balanced real estate market. Armed with that information, you’re far more ready to do battle in the real estate trenches and more likely to avoid some usual minefields.
Normal Home Supply
Among real estate experts, a ‘normal’ range for home supply in parts of Oregon is frequently cited as somewhere between three to six months. For example, if the home supply figure is three, then hypothetically our market would be ‘out of homes’ in three months, provided no new homes were placed for sale. In other words, if our regional home inventory figure is within three to six months, we’re typically experiencing a normal market, meaning one not far from a balance of supply and demand, also called equilibrium. In a way, it’s kind of like an absorption rate for how fast supply is used up.
Your Mileage May Vary It’s helpful to understand that home inventory figures are more of an average for a region. In Oregon, major real estate regions include Portland, Bend, Eugene, Salem and the Oregon Coast. So Wilsonville homesellers and homebuyers are likely to use the Portland area figure as the bellwether for housing backlog. If your home is located in Keizer, you’re likely to see the Salem inventory figure as the closest approximation of local home supply. It’s also likely that your specific area could be somewhat different altogether, based on a variety of hyper-local factors affecting both demand and supply. That said, home inventory is a convenient ‘thumbnail’ sketch to help assess what kind of market you’re in.
What’s The Practical Impact of Housing Inventory? Consider real estate and inventory like a pipeline. If more flows through it, the product is plentiful and therefore the cheaper it is to buy. So with a lower, dwindling home supply and the spigot turned down, the reverse is true. That’s when the local real estate environment favors sellers, because there are more buyers and it’s considered a ‘seller’s market.’ In that case, expect a short market time and an environment where homesellers receive multiple offers, often at or above listing price. If the supply of homes is higher, it’s considered a ‘buyer’s market.’ This means you can expect a longer market time, with homesellers seeing few, if any offers…and frequently for less than the asking price.
It’s routinely a good idea for buyers to get a ‘heads up’ before making an offer to determine how ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ the market is. Otherwise, if you ‘lowball’ a just-listed home in a seller’s market, you may be lucky to even get a counteroffer instead of an outright rejection by sellers experiencing lots of calls and showings on their property. Coming in with an offer that’s too low sometimes causes offended sellers to refuse to seriously consider a possible follow up offer.
What’s the Big Deal About Wilsonville Housing Inventory? One reason Wilsonville housing inventory is so important is because it helps buyers and sellers to better manage expectations. Most buyers are interested in how long it may take to find the ‘right’ house. Inventory affects this. Alternatively, most sellers are interested in how long it may take to find a qualified buyer. Inventory affects this, too.
That’s because a high home inventory tends to slow down the market time and low inventory frequently provides a ‘jump start’ to activity. One way sellers can help to avoid an excessively long market time is to review comparable local home sales information provided by their Realtor to ensure proper, market pricing.
Another reason housing inventory is crucial is because it can significantly impact so many other important factors. In other words, inventory is a ‘driver’ for market time, selling price, appraisal results, lendability and more.
Okay, So Inventory Is Important. What Does It Look Like?
The above image provides a good example of fluctuating home inventory. As greater Wilsonville’s real estate market bounced back from the severe market downturn of the Great Recession, home inventory reduced from more than 20 months of housing supply to less than three.
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There are many good reasons why Wilsonville, Oregon homesellers hire a Realtor, including the handful who first try the ‘for sale by owner’ or ‘FSBO’ route. Here are ten of the most common reasons why Wilsonville homesellers hire a Realtor to get the job done right.
2. Legalese, Sometimes with Different Rules for Each County and/or Municipality. Realtors use continually-updated forms written by experienced real estate attorneys designed specifically for regional transactions, with clarity and simplicity in mind. Such documents include important protections for both buyer and seller. While no document is perfect, Realtor forms include key clauses, like for home inspections and appraisals, along with arbitration/mediation mechanisms. These time-tested documents help prevent potential issues, while at the same time deterring ‘nuisance’ litigation.
3. More Accurate Pricing When Buying & Selling. These days the average Wilsonville resident moves about every 6 years years or so. As with any activity, it’s easy to get rusty. Realtors are in the real estate market all day, every day. This means an experienced real estate agent can provide significant market awareness to help you price what’s likely to be your single largest investment.
Armed with access to multiple listing, sales and tax data, Realtors provide significant pricing experience and real life insights, whether you want to know what the property you’re selling is worth, or once you sell, how much to offer on the home you’re buying.
4. Objectivity. We all deal with subjectivity from time to time. Does your home smell? Perhaps you’ve gotten used to having multiple pets in your small home, don’t notice the mold growing in your bathroom, or haven’t realized how gloomy your living room appears. One role of a Realtor is to be helpfully honest. That means being truthful if there’s something you as a seller don’t see (or smell).
Far better to be forewarned and forearmed by your Realtor, than witness a rapidly exiting conga line of mum homebuyers who don’t want to offend you. Or perhaps you don’t think disclosing settling water in your basement each Winter is a big deal. The reality is that disclosing such a potentially material fact is something dutiful agents will advise in order to keep you out of much hotter water after the sale.
5. Junk the Junk. Have you ever studied a real estate earnest money agreement (also called an EMA or purchase agreement), or seller’s ‘net sheet?’ Over the course of a transaction, it’s easy to accumulate an abundance of ‘junk’ fees. Sometimes seller-paid closing costs are necessary to make a transaction work. However, paying for a buyer’s home warranty is typically more of a buyer ‘want’ than a ‘need.’ Count on your Realtor to go over such factors with you for a ‘heads up’ of what to expect. An experienced agent knows what’s usually ‘routine’ and what’s not.
6. Marketing. Even if a seller has a sense of what his or her home is worth, effectively reaching the the widest number of buyers increases your opportunity to find more motivated and qualified buyers, even creating a ‘bidding war.’ The simple act of listing your home with a Realtor means your property is immediately promoted on a host of proven, effective home marketing venues. But it doesn’t stop there. Successful Realtors use many different tools to reach buyers for your specific property.
Connecting your property with the right buyer can mean the difference between a fast close at full price (or higher), compared to a continuous stream of ‘sale-fails’ where your property is needlessly taken off the market by buyers who were marginally qualified.
7. Experience. There is simply no substitute for ‘hands on’ real estate experience. If your home hasn’t sold, at what point should you consider a price adjustment? How much of a price adjustment is necessary? Is there something other than price causing my property not to sell? These are not new questions to an experienced agent, who can help address these and other important questions.
It’s comforting in especially difficult situations to rely on an experienced Realtor, who is the duly able real estate ‘captain’ of your transaction. Most people prefer an experienced surgeon or pilot, so it’s understandable to want experienced representation with the important task of selling your home. It’s also helpful to know that a professional real estate agent makes the entire home selling process appear easier than it is.
The best way to navigate through a potentially difficult transaction is to be represented by someone who has been over the road before. So whether you’re in negotiations with a ‘bargain hunting’ buyer, experience an unpleasant ‘surprise’ in a home inspection, or a seriously low appraisal, each unique situation presents an opportunity for difficulty and reaching common ground. Your Realtor can assist in ‘end gaming’ your best strategies and in dealing with a wide variety of buyer personalities.
10. More Money. National Association of Realtor statistics reveal that homesellers who use a Realtor actually net considerably more at closing than those who don’t, even after taking into account paying a commission. Consider that when banks (which are renowned for watching the ‘bottom line’) sell their foreclosed homes, they hire an expert, a Realtor. From a financial standpoint, it really does ‘pencil out’ to hire a Realtor.
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Simultaneous/Consecutive Home Transactions
Selling one home and buying another are frequently linked activities. In this article and podcast, we reveal how to maximize the efficiency and minimize the bother when simultaneously buying and selling a Wilsonville home.
We’ll also examine options to help decide if either simultaneous or consecutive real estate transactions may be best for you.
Timing The singular act of buying or selling a home is often the foremost concern of many Wilsonville homeowners. Whichever immediate task you may be considering, it’s common to have twice the activity anticipated, but in two steps. That’s because home buyers often have a home to sell…and home sellers are frequently seeking a home to buy. So what’s the best way to navigate this potential real estate quagmire without getting entangled in a morass of stress and needless extra costs?
First Steps To begin, it helps to examine three common Wilsonville dual home sale/home purchase options:
Selling your existing house first, then buying your next house.
Buying the next house first, then selling your existing house.
Simultaneously moving from your existing house to your next house.
Your challenges, benefits and results will largely depend upon which of these three decisions you settle upon. Here are three quick takeaways for these three usual options:
Option #1. Selling your existing house first, then buying the next house This option usually requires a ‘double move.’ Yet one advantage of this approach is that you won’t have double house payments. One disadvantage is that you may have to move twice. An added benefit of this ‘selling first’ approach can include negotiating with strength in the purchase of your next home. That’s because your purchase needn’t be contingent upon the sale or closing of your sold home. As a result, you are seen as a ‘cash in fist’ buyer, or at the very least, a buyer who is considerably more likely to qualify for a home purchase, given that you ostensibly now have access to the equity in your now-sold home. This helps you negotiate with more power in the purchase of your next home.
Option #2. Buying the next house first, then selling your existing house When first buying a house, then selling yours, one advantage is that you know where you’ll be moving. The reduced stress of ‘knowing where you’ll land’ is empowering.
Unless you’re a cash buyer, you’ll likely need to qualify with a lender. And if you have an existing loan in place on the house you’ll be selling, this may mean you need to qualify for two loans, your current home loan and the loan on the house you’re buying.
As long as your current home sells in a timely manner, added financial obligations can be minimized. For more information about bridge loans, see the below ‘A Bridge Too Far?’ discussion.
Option #3. Simultaneously moving from your existing house to your next house This situation is very common. Provided your activities are clearly thought out, well-executed and contingencies are in place for protection, it’s also one of the more affordable options.
Think far ahead and shoot for impeccable timing, in order to make your move the smoothest possible. In order to have sufficient time to move out soon after closing on your current home’s transaction, you will need to locate your next home, write an accepted offer, have the home inspection and if you’re getting a home loan, likely an appraisal…all before you close on the purchase and can actually move in.
One advantage of this approach is that you won’t have double house payments. You also know where you will be landing, and you won’t likely have to move twice. One disadvantage is that your timing needs to be good and possibly have a little extra ‘cushion’ to allow for emergencies, like delays with appraisals, inspections and repairs. Otherwise it’s easy to feel ‘squeezed’ by your being in the middle of two time-sensitive transactions.
That’s one challenge of going this route; It’s complicated by not knowing with precision the timeline of certain key activities. That’s because while home inspections can usually be completed within a set time frame, like 10-14 business days, other requirements like appraisals, can take much longer, with less certainty of the completion date. On top of that, most transactions involve two appraisals, one on the house you’re selling and another on the house you’re buying. So if you plan on a simultaneous sale/purchase, huddle up with your Wilsonville Realtor to create a well planned timeline, then build in some extra breathing room, as necessary.
A Bridge Too Far? One way to do purchase a house without first selling your existing home is with what’s called a ‘bridge loan.’ This is effectively a loan against the equity on your existing home. There are plenty of added details, but for the sake of simplicity, just understand that if you use a bridge loan to buy your next home, until your current home is sold, you will likely have double house payments. So if your current home doesn’t sell in a timely manner, hopefully the squeeze on your wallet won’t be more stressful than if you were to have simply sold your existing home first.
Tools of the Trade To accomplish the job of simultaneously buying and selling homes, among the most common protective tools is called a contingency. Consider contingencies as akin to safety goggles. They’re designed to prevent a mishap, only in this case, the mishap could be losing your earnest money.
Earnest Money Earnest money is usually a certain dollar figure placed on deposit as a sign a buyer is earnest, and later applied to the home purchase. This helps convince sellers that a buyer is serious and take their property off the market. Earnest money essentially helps to ‘hold’ a property for a buyer. Earnest money is not often the total down payment, although it can be applied as part of the down payment. Earnest money is important to homesellers, because without it, a buyer could otherwise tie up the seller’s property with virtually no obligation.
A large part of contingencies relate to a buyer keeping their earnest money, or the initial deposit showing the buyer is ‘earnest’ in proceeding to closing on a home sale. If a homebuyer does not have a sufficient contingency in place during a home sale, forfeiture of a buyer’s earnest money becomes possible. It’s not terribly common, but it can and does sometimes happen.
Types of Contingencies Home inspection contingencies provide buyers with the right to have a house inspected for a variety of conditions, all within a specified time frame. Another common contingency is the loan contingency, so if for some reason a lender does not approve a buyer or the property for a home loan, the earnest money deposit is returned to the buyer. Buyers have lost out on qualifying for a home loan because they went out and bought a car during the home purchasing process, thereby disrupting their loan ratios.
The Reality of Earnest Money Deposit Risk As long as appropriate contingencies are in place and they’re followed in a time-conscious manner, it’s relatively uncommon for buyers to lose their earnest money. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your timeline.
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While there is a case to be made for homeselling in each of the four seasons, Winter is one of the most powerful times Wilsonville, Oregon sellers can place their home on the market and for ten very good reasons.
Price & Market Time. Statistics show homes sell faster and for more money in Winter. One way to understand this phenomenon is by considering a motorist with a flat tire in bad weather. That motorist has an urgent need and is less likely to haggle, or even seriously consider less expensive options, in order to meet an immediate need. Winter homebuyers can experience the same kind of urgency and this helps to explain the premium that homes can command during the real estate ‘off season.’ Another way to look at the Winter market dynamic is if you want to buy snowshoes in July (at least in Oregon), expect to pay more, since availability is typically lower.
High Quality Buyers. Because home touring is generally less convenient, there tend to be fewer ‘Looky-Loos’ during the Winter. This means Wilsonville Winter homesellers have fewer buyers tracking dirt into their house, with less energy spent preparing for real estate ‘Tire-Kickers.’
Less Seller Competition. Let’s face facts: It’s convenient to sell in the Spring and Summer, especially around Wilsonville. The weather is usually better, flowers are blooming and with plenty of homebuyers looking, it’s a ‘target-rich environment.’ Yet while it’s easier and more convenient to sell in sunny weather, this convenience often comes at the cost of increased competition from other sellers. Conversely, Winter homesellers can expect fewer like-minded sellers competing for buyers. Just like the successful contrarian investor who sells when everyone else is not, avoiding a ‘herd mentality’ can pay off with a higher price and faster sale.
Higher Buyer Motivation. Is your idea of a fun time getting into a car on cold drizzly nights to look at houses? Probably not…unless you just got a job transfer. Or a nice raise. Or you received an inheritance and want to get out of your tiny apartment. It’s helpful for prospective Wilsonville Winter homesellers to know that corporate relocations are common in the first quarter. Plus family changes can occur anytime and estates are settled year around.
The Hunt for Red December: Get a ‘Jump’ on the New Year’ s Competition. The best time to get your property on the market could be when everyone else isn’t. Placing your home for sale in Winter gives you access to hyper-motivated buyers who have made homebuying a New Year’s resolution. That way, when these eager homebuyers begin their ‘hunt,’ your house will be a prime ‘target’ as visible as Rudolph’s red nose. So if your home is market-ready and available to tour early in the New Year, expect to tap into this highly focused ‘pent up demand.’
Your Home Looks Inviting During the Holidays. Who doesn’t enjoy the happy glow of a Christmas tree or other holiday decorations, along with the pleasant smell of fresh-baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon buns, or a vanilla candle? Wilsonville Homes often look their most inviting during the holidays. And given the pleasant, even emotional attachment so many have during that time of year, expect some homebuyers to fully embrace the holiday theme of ‘Peace on earth, good will toward men.’ As a result, such positive feelings can spill over into the home selling process and make it easier.
Your Lawn & Landscaping is Virtually a Non-Issue. Forget to mow your lawn? No worries. Some buyers won’t care if they tour your property and it’s covered in snow, raining hard, or after sundown. Buyer landscaping expectations can be quite reasonable during Winter months around Wilsonville.
When Your Home Sells, You May Buy With Less Competition. Few Wilsonville homesellers stop to consider that given good timing with their sale, their own future home purchase may also benefit from similar, unique seasonality. So depending on a variety of factors in the market where and when you buy, homesellers can sometimes take advantage of lower Winter activity levels to successfully negotiate with a motivated seller. This is because some sellers place their home on the market during Winter not for convenience, or desire to maximize their selling price, but from genuine need. In other words, they are highly motivated. Such homesellers could therefore provide a good buying opportunity.
Fewer people relocate in Winter, so this means you’re likely to have an easier time booking a mover. Competition for moving companies can be challenging during the real estate ‘high season.’ As a result, expect less difficulty scheduling your moving company when you sell in Winter.
You Can Dictate Which Days & Times Are Available for Showings. As a Wilsonville homeseller, you typically have control over tour times and dates for your home. This includes during Winter months. Given holiday-related gatherings and events, buyers are likely to understand their need to schedule their tour of your home. Your Realtor can help by specifying days and times your home is available for showings. For example, you could have your house available for tours on Saturdays from 2 to 5pm, weekday mornings after 9:00am, or between 5 and 8pm weekday evenings. Thinking about selling your Wilsonville property this Winter? Use the convenient form below to contact Certified Realty, sponsors of WilsonvilleHomes.com, for a FREE consultation!
Significant Shift One significant change found in this new report is a nearly 25% increase in our regional inventory of homes for sale. This is likely in part due to the more than 11% annual increase in home prices both in Wilsonville and the greater Portland area.
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Wilsonville Area Home Scarcity Continues
Just-released figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service on our Wilsonville area housing market reveal continued scarcity of local homes for sale, with competition among buyers continuing to push prices up.
Greater Wilsonville By The Numbers Here are the most recent key Wilsonville area real estate statistics. As a side note, neighboring communities like Tualatin and Tigard are included in these greater Wilsonville market statistics.
Latest Wilsonville Real Estate Market Takeaways Greater Wilsonville Home Prices Annual home price change +11.4%
Greater Wilsonville Average Market Time Average market time 30 days
Greater Wilsonville Home Sales Volume Monthly change in number of greater Wilsonville area home sales +8.7% Annual change in number of greater Wilsonville area home sales +6.1%
Regional Home Inventory As seen in the above table, our regional supply of homes is about half of what is considered to be the ‘low end’ of a normal backlog of properties. A ‘normal’ real estate market is typically 3 to 6 months of home supply.
Regional Home Price Chart The above home price chart shows a clear upward home price trajectory for the greater Portland metro region over the past four years. Wilsonville’s most recent annual home price increase of 11.4% is indicative of this regional real estate appreciation.
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New figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service known as RMLS reveal a recent uptick in Wilsonville’s regional home supply. Yet, despite a growth in the regional home supply, Wilsonville year-to-date home prices remain clearly in positive territory.
Regional Real Estate By The Numbers Our Portland metro home inventory remains relatively low. For comparison, Portland’s home supply is almost half that of the greater Salem area.
A housing backlog of just 3.4 months is generally considered by real estate experts as a ‘seller’s market.’
Wilsonville home prices are up 7.3% over the past year and sport an average selling price of $349,700.
Predictions on Wilsonville’s real estate market are difficult to make with accuracy. Take, for example, local weather forecasts. Even when armed with technology like detailed satellite images, plus wind, barometric and temperature data, weather forecasters can get it wrong…and that’s for predictions merely a week or two away!
Predicting Wilsonville’s Real Estate Trends Now imagine the difficulty in predicting real estate market activity a full year into the future. Along with seasonal influences, other challenges in real estate forecasting include changing interest and employment rates, ever-shifting home inventory levels, plus a myriad of lending regulations and the mysteries of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, just to name a few. Little wonder, then that some view real estate predictions as akin to flipping a coin or using a dart board.
Real Estate Forecasting: What Can Work Though not foolproof, one generally helpful tool for predicting future real estate trends can be past real estate trends. Major unpredictable shifts occasionally occur, but the key word here is occasionally.
For example, the Great Recession that hit Wilsonville and the entire country starting around 2007-2008 was our nation’s worst economic downturn since 1929. Thankfully we haven’t seen such financial meltdowns every year, or every decade, or even every half century. So aside from similar cataclysmic shifts, a certain degree of real estate predictability is possible.
Reasons For 2015 Wilsonville Real Estate Optimism Several factors are coming together to provide for an optimistic New Year in our area. As you’ll see, some factors are under federal control and others occur locally, but each has an impact on Wilsonville real estate. So if you’ve held off selling your Wilsonville area home, here are four of them that portend a good 2015:
1. Credit Scores Loosen Most homebuyers need a home loan, generally known as a mortgage. The good news is that mortgage credit is becoming more available as lenders loosen credit requirements.
3. Consumer Optimism Recent figures from the National Association of Realtors confirm homebuyers are now more optimistic. This includes our area. When it comes to single family homes, the ‘Confidence Index’ chart below shows most states now have a majority level of optimism in their region, including ours.
4. Home Inventory Remains Low Thanks in part to the reduced level of local new construction, home inventory in our region is still near historic lows. Our most recent survey shows we have 3.2 months of housing backlog. This suggests we have more buyers than sellers. As a result, Wilsonville homesellers can take advantage of what remains largely a ‘seller’s market’ heading into 2015.
The Bottom Line If you’ve held off selling your Wilsonville home because you were ‘under water,’ or concerned about the market being too low, now is a good time to consider re-evaluating.
Wilsonville’s real estate market has changed. Experts predict regional home price growth to continue at a steady, albeit slower pace through 2015, compared to the 7.2% price increase to date for 2014. As a result, some suggest a 3% annual increase in area home prices. Depending on a variety of factors, that may indeed end up being conservative on the low end. For Wilsonville, expect between 3% to 6% in 2015 home price appreciation.
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Figures in a new study from Ticor Title Company suggest a stabilization of our Wilsonville real estate market. For now at least, gone are what have been strong changes in home price and market time around Wilsonville.
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This new report reveals Wilsonville’s year-to-date home value appreciation is now 6.0%,trailing the greater Portland area average of 7.4%.
The average price of a Wilsonville home is now $334,800 and the average market time is now 60 days. This is relatively brief by historical standards and helped along by our still low regional home supply of a little more than 3 months.
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Few things are as important to most people as personal safety. So wouldn’t it be neat if you could type in a local address to determine crime statistics and also find out if a sex offender lives nearby, for free?
Well believe it or not, there is such a website and it’s called PortlandMaps.com.
Perhaps best of all, the information you’ll find at PortlandMaps.com is not limited to Portland, but includes much of the greater Portland Metro area…including Wilsonville.
Along with local crime information, there’s much more that the website PortlandMaps.com offers. This includes maps (of course), plus transportation information, along with environmental reports and utility projects.
Here’s a list of some information PortlandMaps.com provides within the Portland Metro area, including Wilsonville:
A very telling article was recently released in a national real estate journal. In just two images, it explains why the vast majority of home sellers work with a Realtor.
The infographic on the left shows the huge percentage of real estate sellers who hire a Realtor.
The infographic on the right explains why. Homesellers average a 25% higher selling price with a Realtor.
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A new report on Wilsonville real estate was just released by Ticor Title Company. This survey confirms a significant upward price trend for Wilsonville homes, particularly over the past few months.
According to this new report, the median list price for a Wilsonville home is now just under $400,000. And the average market time to sell a Wilsonville home? That figure is now at 106 days, or right around 3.5 months.
Thinking about selling your Wilsonville home and curious what it could sell for? Now could be the perfect time, since Wilsonville home inventory is low right now and competition among sellers is diminishing. It’s truly a seller’s market.
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Recent information on our local Wilsonville real estate market is now available. With school beginning as we move toward Autumn, it’s reasonable to expect a somewhat less robust pace of home sales.
Many, though certainly not all, 2014 buyers have bought their home by now. This brings “empty-nesters,” relocating transferees, singles, and young families to the forefront as a bigger slice of the buyer pool for the remainder of the year. For sellers, Autumn can bring more motivated buyers with less competition from other home sellers, when compared to Spring.
An interesting new report on Wilsonville homes was recently released.
Especially notable in this report is the fact thatmore than 1/3 of all Wilsonville homes for sale saw a price drop before selling. Plenty of other helpful information is included, like the average days on the market it takes for a Wilsonville home to sell and the median list price.
A recent report on Wilsonville area real estate shows a continued solid increase in local home values. Compared to last year, Wilsonville home prices are now up 8.1% over this same time last year. If this trend continues, we could be well on our way to a good year for Wilsonville real estate.
What Is And What Should Never Be (With apologies to Led Zeppelin) But the real story is that Wilsonville home values have some of the lowest increases in our entire region. On top of that, Wilsonville pending sales changed -3.8% for the recent month measured and -15.7% compared to last year! As a result, Wilsonville’s solid home prices are still creeping upward. But fewer Wilsonville homes are now being sold.
With our 8.1% annual home price increase, Wilsonville now finishes ahead of only West Portland (7.1%) and Lake Oswego/West Linn (7.9%). Every other community in our region fared better than Wilsonville for home price appreciation.
But there’s an explanation.Perhaps not surprisingly, these three areas sport some of our area’s highest average selling prices, with Tigard/Wilsonville at $306,000, West Portland at $379,900 and Lake Oswego/West Linn at $440,500.
Both Sides Now (With apologies to Judy Collins) The flip side of the equation is interesting, especially if one looks where our area’s price appreciation is greatest. As expected, those communities have lower average sales prices. They include SE Portland with 15.4% (($249,000), Milwaukie/Clackamas at 14.8% (($275,000) and Columbia County an astronomical 25.9% ($188,700).
Feeling Stronger Every Day?(With apologies to Chicago)The bottom line is that Wilsonville home prices continue to increase, and that’s one good sign of a strengthening market. There are several factors helping to boost Wilsonville area home prices. These include our area’s real estate seasonality, which brings improved home buying weather this time of year.
Gains are also due in part to a continued recovery from the Great Recession which began around December, 2007. However, perhaps the key reason to explain our real estate boost is a significantly reduced inventory of homes for sale.
What Does This Mean For Wilsonville Homebuyers & Homesellers?Low home inventory means there are fewer houses for sale.A main effect of having fewer homes for sale typically means less selection and higher prices. This is the classic ‘seller’s market,’ where buyers lose a significant amount of leverage. This means buyers have to compete more against one another to find a desirable home.As a result, home prices rise.If you’ve thought about selling your Wilsonville home, this may be your best opportunity for the foreseeable future. However, if Wilsonville home owners en masse begin sensing the time is right to sell, such a concomitantincrease in supply could cancel projected home price gains.
Limbo, How Low Will We Go? (With apologies to Chubby Checker)Another reason for our home inventory’s newsworthy nature has to do with the time of year. We’re already trending slightly ahead of 2013 given our latest inventory figure of 2.8 months from April. Last year, the months of May, June and July were lowest for regional inventory. So the lowest number of available homes for sale may yet be ahead.
Timing The MarketBased on last year’s performance, homeowners may have another few months before the supply of homes begins climbing back up. So if you’re considering a Wilsonville area home sale in 2014, acting sooner is likely to be in your favor before inventory rises and other events are factored in, like families purchasing before the school year begins.
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As of this last day of March, 2014, the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) reported there were 22 Wilsonville homes sold this month.
Closing prices for these 22 properties range from $158,000 for a 2 bedroom condominium to $670,000 for a rambling, 4 bedroom, 3,100+ square foot ranch style home on 1.7 acres.
The largest Wilsonville home to sell this month was this 3,200 square foot Wilsonville residence built in 2005. It features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.
Priced almost smack-dab-in-the-middle of this month’s highest and lowest Wilsonville homes sales price is this 4 bedroom, $415,000 Wilsonville home that sold after only 10 days on the market.
The difference in price between the two largest Wilsonville homes sold this month is due in part to lot size.
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As our Oregon real estate market continues to improve, development is again increasing around Wilsonville’s Villebois neighborhood.The construction of new Wilsonville homes is now squarely on the drawing board for areas surrounding Villebois, including the former Dammasch Hospital and Living Enrichment Center sites.