August 2021

Found 19 blog entries for August 2021.

The Difference in Net Worth Between Homeowners and Renters Is Widening | MyKCM


Becoming financially secure is an important goal for many people today, but some don’t realize just how much homeownership can help them achieve that dream. A recent report, The Journey Toward Financial Freedom, surveys Americans about their perspective on financial wellness and their goals. It shows there may be a significant misconception about the role owning a home plays in building wealth:

“Home ownership is one of the indicators Americans say is least connected to financial health."

Two major personal wealth goals – homeownership and net worth – work hand-in-hand. Below are just a few reasons why, if you’re looking for financial security, homeownership should be a top priority.

Homeownership Is an Important Cornerstone of

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Sell Your Bend Home Today


Some Highlights

  • When it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out.
  • It’s important to focus on tasks that can make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal for prospective buyers.
  • Let’s connect to make sure your house shows well and catches a buyer’s eye.
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Bend Real Estate


There are many non-financial benefits of buying your own home. However, today’s headlines seem to be focusing primarily on the financial aspects of homeownership – specifically affordability. Many articles are making the claim that it’s not affordable to buy a home in today’s market, but that isn’t the case.

Today’s buyers are spending approximately 20% of their income on their monthly mortgage payments. According to The Essential Guide to Creating a Homebuying Budget from Freddie Mac, the 20% of income that purchasers are currently paying is well within the 28% guideline suggested:

“Most lenders agree that you should spend no more than 28% of your gross monthly income on a mortgage payment (including principal, interest, taxes and

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Matterport 3D Home ToursFor Bend Real Estate sales, 3D Virtual Tours have become an increasingly important tool since the coronavirus outbreak last year. More specifically, homebuyers, sellers, and real estate agents have had to deal with new restrictions and grapple with safety concerns when it comes to exposure to both the original strain of Covid-19, and now also with the even more contagious Delta variant.

Recently both Matterport and Redfin conducted a survey of 1000 home buyers and 1000 home sellers to learn about their current concerns in the home buying and selling process. Now well into this pandemic, we are learning from this survey that 78% of homebuyers say they are viewing more properties virtually due to safety issues. Home sellers, especially among the older

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Bend Oregon Real Estate


If you’re trying to decide whether or not to sell your house, this is the time to think seriously about making a move. Fannie Mae’s recent Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) reveals the number of respondents who say it’s a good time to sell is higher now than it was over the past few summers (see graph below). Today, the majority of consumers, 75 percent, say it’s a good time to sell a house.Why 2021 Is Still the Year To Sell Your House | MyKCM

Why is sellers sentiment up year-over-year?

The higher good time to sell sentiment has to do with today’s market conditions, specifically low housing supply and high buyer demand. In the simplest terms, we don’t have enough houses available for sale to meet buyer demand.

According to the latest data from the National Association of

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Redmond, La Pine, Prineville and Sisters All Showing Strong Single Family Home Sales

Three Sisters and Horses

We have been focusing a lot on Bend real estate trends over the past year, but it is important to look at what has been happening in other cities in Central Oregon. We often look upon Redmond, La Pine and Prineville as wonderful towns in which home prices are more affordable and can be great options for buyers for whom Bend is too expensive. Sisters' home prices have been more comparable to those in Bend, but its unique lifestyle, size and location closer to the Willamette Valley make it a small town that may be a destination location for very specific buyers.

The real estate trends for Redmond, La Pine, Prineville and Sisters follow similar patterns to those

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Central Oregon First Time Homebuyers


Some Highlights

  • With the Bend Oregon Real Estate market this competitive, sometimes you have to think outside the box.
  • Work with your Bend Premier Real Estate broker to do things like assess your budget, expand your search radius, look into other options, and determine your true needs.
  • If you're having trouble finding your first home, contact us to explore your options. It's out there!
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More Young People Are Buying Homes | MyKCM


There’s a common misconception that younger generations aren’t interested in homeownership. Many people point to the fact that millennials put off purchasing their first home as a reason for this belief.

Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist for First American, explains why millennials have put off certain milestones linked to homeownership. Those delays led to their homeownership rates trailing slightly behind older generations:

Historically, millennials have delayed the critical lifestyle choices often linked to buying a first home, including getting married and having children, in order to further their education. This is clear in cross-generational comparisons of homeownership rates which show millennials lagging their generational

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Bend Oregon Real Estate


When you hear the phrase home price appreciation, what does it mean to you? Through context clues alone, chances are you know it has to do with rising home prices. And as a seller, you know rising home prices are good news for your potential sale. But let’s look past the dollar signs and dive deeper into the concept. To truly understand home price appreciation, you need to know how it works and why it matters to you.

Investopedia defines appreciation like this:

Appreciation, in general terms, is an increase in the value of an asset over time. The increase can occur for a number of reasons, including increased demand or weakening supply, or as a result of changes in inflation or interest rates. This is the opposite of depreciation,

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Bend Home Sellers


Some Highlights

  • In today’s Bend sellers’ market, you’re set up to win big when you list your Bend real estate.
  • That’s because homes are selling fast, receiving 4.4 offers on average and often selling above the asking price. Then, when you buy your next home, you’ll also win by addressing your changing needs and taking advantage of near historic-low mortgage rates.
  • If you’re ready to make a move, connect with a Bend Premier Broker so you can capitalize on today’s strong sellers' market and find your next dream home.
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