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Market Trends Newsletter for Mt. Hood March 2019

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Market Trends Mt. Hood Real Estate February 2019

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Local Update for February Sales

Below are the latest stats for February with seventeen closed sales. The sales are spread throughout the market from Brightwood to Government Camp. Three condos and two forest service cabins closed. Single family properties were scooped up by many second home buyers and investment vacation rental buyers. The demand for vacation homes has skyrocke

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National News For April

U.S. Real Estate Overview Note: February 2019 data below are the most recent released by the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in February, experiencing the largest month-over-month gain since December 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Three of the four major U.S

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New App for Buyers and Sellers!

If you are out and about looking for properties or just want to keep up with the market, this new APP has everything you'll need in the process. Download the New Keller Williams App to Keep You In the Know for Properties On Mt. Hood

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Mt. Hood Salmon Riverfront Three Bedroom!

by Liz Warren

Rarely available to the market, this three bedroom two bath home has a "10" location right on the Salmon River. The property sits on over a half acre in Brightwood close to all Mt. Hood recreational activities. You can nearly fish off your back deck in this spot and it's just up river from a premium fishing hole on the mountain. Open floor plan makes this a great home for full time living or your weekend getaway! Bonus loft is upstairs for extra guest and bunkbeds. Two car detached garage currently used as a game room and storage. Hot tub and stone patio for outdoor barbeques just steps from the river. 

Only 20 minutes to premium ski slopes and a short distance to the Sandy Ridge Mountain Biking Park! The Mt. Hood National forest is just down the street for tons of hiking. Excellent  vacation rental history. It's only one hour from Portland!

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     Salmon Riverfront Two Story Home          Salmon Riverfront Two Story Cabin right on Mt. Hood


     Beamed Ceilings in your Salmon River getaway           Salmon Riverfront Vacation Rental Master Bedroom on Mt. Hood

Millenial Buyers on Mt. Hood

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Sandy Riverfront Craftsman Style One Level Home

by Liz Warren

If you're looking for a great riverfront getaway on the Sandy River, this is it! Tucked away on over a half acre of land this one level home boasts two bedrooms and one bath with craftsman style finishes. Open room concept  complete with toe warming fireplace, French doors to your outside covered deck and a fully fenced backyard for Fido. 

Vaulted ceilings, skylights and wood floors are a few of the features. It's your little oasis from the world. It would be perfect as a vacation home or for full time living. 

Enjoy all the recreational opportunities the Mt. Hood area has to offer. The Sandy Ridge Bike Park is only down the street. The Mt. Hood National Forest offers tons of hiking trails. Three premium ski areas are only minutes away. If you need to get to Portland it's less than an hours drive. 

One level Ranch Craftsman Style home on the Sandy River

Craftsman Style two bedroom on Sandy River at Mt. Hood                    Sandy River on Marmot Road near Sandy Oregon

$395,000

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59660 E.MARMOT RD. SANDY

 

Why Buying on Mt. Hood Makes Sense

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Now is a Great Time to Sell on Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren

2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell

2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell | MyKCM
 

Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge.

The Mt. Hood area has about a 2.4 month supply of homes for our area listed as area 153 in RMLS. This includes properties in Government Camp, Welches, Rhododendron, Brightwood and a few falling in the Sandy zip code. This is a complete seller's market!

The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights last seen in 2014, with millennials and Generation X leading the way!

Let’s dive a little deeper into some of the recent reports that have been released and what they mean for the spring buying season!

1. National Association of Realtor’s Existing Home Sales Report              

Sales of existing homes were down for the third consecutive month in January. Some of this can be explained by the natural seasonality that the real estate market experiences every year, and some can be explained even further by a lack of homes available for sale on the market.

Inventory

For the last eight months, the inventory of homes for sale has been higher when compared to the same month the year before. The challenge in the market is the mismatch of the type of home that is available for sale. First-time homebuyers looking for a starter home are often competing with other buyers to stand out, often outbidding each other.

Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, agrees that the market is still experiencing an inventory shortage.

“In particular, the lower end of the market is experiencing a greater shortage, and more home construction is needed.”

Home Prices

The median home price for homes sold in January was $247,500. This is up 2.8% from January 2018 and marks the 83rd consecutive month of year-over-year gains. The 2.8% growth in home prices represents the smallest year-over-year change since February 2012 but is a welcome change for buyers who had feared being priced out of the market.

Days on the Market

Properties that sold in January were on the market for an average of 49 days with 38% of homes on the market for less than a month.

Yun is positive about how today’s market conditions will help buyers this spring,

 “Existing home sales in January were weak compared to historical norms; however, they are likely to have reached a cyclical low. Moderating home prices combined with gains in household income will boost housing affordability, bringing more buyers to the market in the coming months.”

2. NAR’s    Pending Home Sales Report                          

The national Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose 4.6% to 103.2 in January from 98.7 in December. An index score of 100 is considered normal. All four major regions of the country experienced gains in January, with the largest increase coming in the South.

 “The PHSI is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.”

Increases in the PHSI often predict increases in the level of home sales in the coming months, which is great news for the housing market leading in to spring! Yun had this to say,

“Homebuyers are now returning and taking advantage of lower interest rates, while a boost in inventory is also providing more choices for consumers.”

Bottom Line

The housing market in 2019 will require homeowners to list their house at the right price to attract buyers. If interest rates continue to stay low while wages increase, and more inventory comes to market, 2019 could be one of the best years for home sales in recent history.

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Liz Warren
Merit Properties Group - Keller Williams Realty PDX Central
Box 131
Welches OR 97067
Direct: 503-705-3090