Real estate prices in Bend have been going up steadily over the last five years. According to statistics from the Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon home prices have almost doubled in the last four years. The MLS shows that the number of sales of homes in the third quarter of 2006 was down 19.32%. However the average sales price was up 25.09% during the same period. These statistics can be misleading because of the lag time of the new home sales and the final closing date.
Some new homes are put under contract before the foundation is poured. This can leave 6 to 12 months before the home is completed and closed. All statistics from the MLS are based on the “Sold” date. Therefore these statistics are skewed. The sale is not reflected properly.
Prices are actually coming down this fall and probably will continue through the winter as the inventory continues to build. It is taking longer for homes to sell and there are more homes for buyers to choose from.
The real estate markets in California, Arizona, Florida and other key states are leading indicators on how the market in Bend will do. In1989 real estate values in Bend jumped 35%. Out of state buyers from California, Florida, Arizona, Washington State and other hot markets were selling their homes for large profits and moving to Bend to buy larger homes. 1990 and 1991 saw the out of state markets dry up with prices falling. The Bend market followed these markets before it picked up again. we buy houses Portland Oregon is an excellent resource for this.
This winter is the time to buy real estate in Bend. There are homes on the market now that have been substantially reduced with seller’s willing to take any reasonable offer. Some homes are vacant and can be bought with a lease-purchase. We look for the market and prices to pick back up next spring.