I'm going to jump right in because I'm so excited! Eugene has such an interesting housing market right now. Like a bear waking up from it's long hibernation, there is stirrings, movement and the growling of a hungry belly. Eugene is hungry for homes! According to our Multiple Listing Service statistics March closed home sales have gone up 30% since March of last year and just over 65% from February! Pending sales have increased by roughly 28% from both last year and last month. Also, new listings have risen, almost 23% since February and 10% over March 2014. The average length of time on the market has lowered to just 106 days! See what I mean? Huuuuungry!
If you or someone you know are considering selling your house or an income property now is really a great time. With all of those closed sales our inventory has lowered to about 3.5 months worth. This means that if no new homes came on the market we would be out of houses to sell in less than 4 months. With a property priced right you can have your listing sold in as little as 3 months. Not to mention the average and median sale price of homes in Lane county have increased 4%. Call me today for a free Comparative Market Analysis to find out what the current market value of your property could be. An excellent resource if you are considering selling, refinancing or are just very curious.
For those folks that are considering buying don't worry, there is still opportunity. Yes prices have increased since last year but mortgage rates are staying low. Additionally, there are still great loan programs to help you purchase a home without needing your own down payment, giving you money for repairs or loan programs for people with low credit scores. With me, your trusty Realtor, at your side I'll help you find a lender that will get you a good loan for a property you love and can afford.
If you would like additional information on our Lane County Real Estate Market don't hesitate to contact me. I love talking real estate!
Now that you are updated on the real estate world here's a little personal update and some links to articles I hope you will find interesting and beneficial.
Lumin will be 6 months old this Thursday. Can you believe it?! Currently she is practicing rocking on her hands and knees, blowing raspberries, and putting anything she can in her mouth. The other day we were playing in the back yard. I was showing her the apple blossoms on our neighbor's tree which she found to be hysterical! (Email me for a picture!) At the end of this month Willie and I will be celebrating 3 years of marriage and a total of 10 years together. We'll be going on a short road trip to the Redwoods to celebrate. Besides working hard in the land of Real Estate and Yoga I finally was able to convince Willie to build me some raised garden beds. I'm so excited to spend time with Lumin outside tending to our plants and growing some food. I'm reminded of when my mom and I picked out some plants to grow in our little garden at our lake house in Okoboji. I picked out a watermelon plant that never grew a watermelon but the flowers I picked out took off.
For this month's helpful links I've chosen:
Home: Rodale's Organic Life April Gardener's Almanac for the Pacific Northwest.
Rodale's whole website has been especially helpful as I begin my gardening adventure. I hope you find this month's suggestion of to-dos to be a good place to start. What are you doing in your home or garden this month?
Recipe: Whole Grain Raspberry Bars
Making my own breakfast bars has been a great way for me to get a healthy breakfast in with a baby who wakes up thinking that the morning is the best time to play. Let me know what you think of this recipe!
Spirit: An Article on Living in the Present
I'm constantly reminded by other parents to enjoy these days with Lumin as they will pass so quickly. Believe me...I know! My tiny baby has passed 10lbs before she was a week old and has already more than doubled her birth weight. Still, I do find it easy to get distracted and am constantly reminding myself to be present with her, my partner and not fretting over the past or worrying about the future. A good reminder for us all! Let me know how you remind yourself to be in the present.
To close I will leave you with this quote from Leo Tolstoy, "Spring is the time of plans and projects."
What are your real estate plans and projects? I'll let you know how I can help!
Thank you for taking the time to read my Real Estate Zen Letter. I hope you have found it fun & informative. Please feel free to forward it along to your friends and family and thank you for your referral!
Have a great April!
~ Christiana Dancer