Two major economic indicators, the percentage of distressed sales and the level of cash home buyers, continue to trend toward a more normalized housing market nationally – a trend we are also seeing in the Bend real estate market as well. This week CoreLogic reported a reduction in the level of foreclosed homes at the end of 2014 to be just 552,000, down from 840,000 at the end of 2013 (34.3 % reduction). This continues the streak of reduction of foreclosed homes inventory to 38 months in a row. Also, the percentage of cash buyers in the market continues to decline from its peak, where just four years ago one out of every two homes was purchased by a cash buyer. Cash sales at the end of 2014 now make up just 36% of all home sales… a favorable trend, but still quite a bit higher than the pre-2006 rates below 20%. The reasons given by CoreLogic for the number of cash buyers still being high are 1) a higher level of discretionary income among investors, and 2) home buyers are still finding it difficult to get a home loan.
Thanks to these two indicators, the trend remains positive toward a more normalized real estate market both nationally and in our Bend housing market. However, there still appears to be quite a bit of room for more improvements in the future
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