Median price falls, but inventory scarce for most buyers

For only the second time in the last 11-plus years, the median price of a home in Bend, Oregon, has declined for three months in a row. September’s median price was $425,000, a drop from June’s $449,450, which stands as the highest for any month dating to the start of 2007. Deciphering September’s sales data

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Pre-recession prices, not a pre-recession market

When home prices in Bend, Oregon, approach or exceed the prices seen before the housing market imploded a decade ago, a common reaction seems to be skepticism or concern, a sense of foreboding that another steep drop in the housing market must be imminent. Such a mindset is probably understandable. The market crash and subsequent

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Listings scarce in Bend market’s pricing ‘sweet spot’

August has recently been a month of consolidation in the median sales price in the Bend, Oregon, real estate market. The eighth month of 2018 followed that trend, with the median sales price falling 1.5 percent from July. The median sales price in August was $430,500, after it registered at $437,000 in July. August’s figure

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Going, going … NorthWest Crossing homes in high demand

July was among the busiest months for real estate activity in NorthWest Crossing since the master planned community in Bend, Oregon, was developed. Sales statistics for July and prior months show that homes in this neighborhood remain in higher demand than in the overall Bend market. Nineteen homes in NorthWest Crossing were sold in July.

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Further increases in interest rates wouldn’t deter buyers, survey says

Anyone who has been in the market to purchase a home recently probably knows that interest rates on traditional 30-year mortgages have risen in the past year, from about 4 percent in July 2017 to 4.625-4.75 percent early this month. Results from a survey, however, indicate that even a rate increase to 5 percent is

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Strong signs that now is a good time to buy

Median home prices are near an all-time high in Bend. The inventory of homes for sale skews strongly toward a “seller’s market.” Interest rates have risen from their historic lows of recent years. It seems as if there might be some credible arguments for why now is not the right time to buy a home

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May sales prices 9 percent higher than in previous year

The median sales price of a home in Bend, Oregon, remained virtually unchanged in May from the month prior even as other data indicates the market might be tightening. May’s median price of $415,000 was less than one-tenth of 1 percent less than April’s figure of $415,250. Every month this calendar year has had a

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