For Buyers & Sellers
Oregon First, Realtors® & Washington First Properties
There are numerous online resources for determining the value of a house — and they can be a good starting point. However, keep in mind that each home is unique, even if it sits in a neighborhood of similar properties. An impersonal algorithm can offer only a very general picture of its true market value.
Get the most recent numbers from the Regional Multiple Listing Service’s “Market Action” report that comes out mid-monthly and is e-mailed to all member Realtors®. This is data specific to our market, and drills down into particular cities and neighborhoods so it’s much more accurate than the national and regional reports you find in most media reports.
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate continues to decline, though slowly now, dropping to 6.09% from 6.13% the previous week. Rates have dropped almost a whole point since their peak at seven percent in November of last year. This one point decline means, according to Freddie Mac, that three million more consumers can now qualify for $400,000 loans, the current median home price on the market. To put current rates in perspective, the 30 year fixed rate in 2010 was 4.69% and ten years before that, it was 8.05%. If we go all the way back to 1981, the rate was a whopping 16.63%!
When considering serious remodeling projects, make sure you understand the limits of the return on your investment. Most projects aren’t going to pay for themselves unless you’re bringing the property up to buyer expectations or doing repairs the buyer’s lender is likely to require. We can help you decide which projects are likely to be demanded by the market given the price you’re seeking.
Obtaining a professional home inspection is the single most important thing a buyer can do for their protection. A professional home inspection report will provide the buyer with detailed information about the home’s physical condition, its systems and fixtures and usually note any potential future problems.
Every Oregon First listing includes a link to detailed information on schools in that area, including test scores and ratings by parents and educators. In addition, the Oregon Department of Education produces yearly report cards for all schools and districts.
Every Oregon First listing also includes a link to the property’s Walk Score, which can be a great way to learn more about the property’s neighborhood. We even have a Map function which allows you to walk the neighborhood without leaving your computer!
Useful sites and information about veterans loan programs, first time buyer classes, credit score information, how to protect yourself from loan fraud, and more.
For most people across North America, buying a home or property with cash is not possible. Because of this, banks and other lenders offer mortgage loans to those that qualify. A mortgage loan isn't a bad thing; it's a way for many people to be able to own a home. As with any popular subject, there are some common myths surrounding mortgage loans. While not every buyer will need a mortgage, it's important to discern the myths from the facts when it comes to modern mortgage loans.