16831 SE Knoll Ridge Ter

16831 SE Knoll Ridge Ter

16831 SE KNOLL RIDGE TER Milwaukie, OR 97267
RMLS Listing #: 14692626

Stunning custom home on corner lot boasts views, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors. Gourmet kitchen incl granite slab counters, double oven, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry & Frigidaire SS appliances. Luxurious master suite w/double-sided fireplace, balcony, jetted tub, walk-in shower & HUGE walk-in closet. Beautifully landscaped & fenced rear exterior w/raised beds & deck for al fresco dining.

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The USDA Farm Bill

The USDA Farm Bill

What do homebuyers need to know?

The USDA has a loan program that allows homebuyers to purchase properties in designated rural areas with zero down payment. The population must be less than 20,000 to qualify per the 1990 census.

Which of our local areas may qualify for USDA loans?

Some of the local towns that currently qualify for USDA home loans are Cornelius, Damascus, Forest Grove, Newberg, Sherwood and Wilsonville.

Is there a downside?

I think it’s a fantastic program. It’s been around for quite a while. It’s one of the very few lending programs that allow for zero down loans. If you are interested in living in one of the areas that qualifies for USDA financing, I think it’s a great program.

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Home Buyer Trends

Home Buyer Trends

How does the current home buyer trends compare to 2013?

It’s been fascinating to watch. Last year was the year the first-time home buyer and investor. Low interest rates coupled with appreciating home prices made sense for existing home owners to stay put while it gave an opportunity for investors & first-time homebuyers to enter the marketplace.

This year, as prices have been appreciating, we’ve seen current homeowners selling their existing homes and moving up.

Will the “move up” market impact price?

Absolutely. With the influx of homes on the market, it has created more of a demand which we feel indicates that the prices will continue to increase.

Will this be beneficial for higher-end or lower-end homes?

It seems to be more beneficial for higher-end homes as homes over $500k are starting to sell.

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Why Buy a New Home?

Why Buy a New Home?

One of the biggest reasons to purchase a new home is to ability to build a custom home. You’ll get exactly what you want.

If you purchase a new home in a planned community, you’ll be able to enjoy the amenities the neighborhood has to offer such as parks, playgrounds etc. Also, new homes are usually more energy-efficient.

Are newly-built homes a better buy from a price per sq/ft standpoint?

We’ve done research in the past and we have found that generally new homes purchasers get more sq/ft for their money.

Is it better to buy an older home because they could be more solidly-constructed? New homes are built faster and have a reputation for not being as solid as older homes.

No, I don’t think so. We’ve heard about the problems of older homes that are excessively energy-efficient which can cause inadequate airflow exchange with the exterior of the home. In my opinion, technology has improved over the years which leads to better innovations in building practices.

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Drone Photography & Real Estate

Drone Photography & Real Estate

How can a drone help sell a house?

Real-estate photographers are using drones to shoot aerial shots of residential properties. It’s all about the online presence of the house. To provide buyers with a better digital representation of the property, we use drones for exterior photography. This gives the buyer a clear picture of the exterior of the home, neighborhood etc.

The drone is like a bird, you’re getting a bird’s eye view of the property which is something that isn’t available from Google Earth. Drones can fly as low as ten feet and as high as hundred feet to provide the bird’s eye view of the property.

Is there a certain kind of property that would benefit from drone photography?

When we first discovered drone photography, we considered it something for higher-end homes and estates. Now, we feel like it works for all houses without regard to size or price.

How would you arrange for a drone to take pictures of your house?

There are real estate photography services available for hire. Although there’s some question as to the legality because it’s for commercial use.

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New Homes vs. Existing Homes

New Homes vs. Existing Homes

The home building industry is picking up. This means buyers have more of a selection of homes from which to choose. Why would someone buy a “used” home, if there are newly-constructed homes available which may offer additional amenities or less of a chance of future repairs?

I don’t know if new homes necessarily always offer more than existing homes. I’ve seen plenty of five to ten-year old homes that offer as much as a newly-built home or an older home that’s beautifully remodeled with all of the latest amenities.

New home builders offer a one-year warranty but you warranties are availabile for purchase on existing homes as well. It’s important to remember that a new home’s mechanical systems have not been tested daily by a family of five. Things can still break.

Should we buy an existing home over new home?

There are purchasers who prefer new construction over existing construction. We are able to satisfy both of those preferences in the current market. However, there are three distinct advantages to buying an existing home.

The first advantage is resale. Future resale values are more secure in established areas where values have already been set. When builders build a forty-unit subdivision, it’s possible they could decide to “fire sell” the remaining properties which could affect values.

Another advantage is lot size. Lot size tends to be a smaller with a newly-built home.

Lastly, I would like to mention charm. Some purchasers find older homes more charming than newer construction.

Is financing the same for new and existing homes?

Financing is the same as long as the home has already been built. Custom-built homes financing programs may vary.

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Portland- Top Moving Destination

Housing Costs: Reason why Oregon Was the Top Destination Last Year

One reason Oregon was the top destination last year among people moving state-to-state, was housing costs.

Oregon is affordable compared to other areas. If we’re strictly talking about home prices, medium sales price in Portland at the end of 2013 was $265,000. For comparison, Seattle was around $310,000, Los Angeles around $500,000 and San Francisco around $640,000.

Are there any signs that the housing cost in the Portland will catch up with the more expensive cities?

As the numbers show, we are affordable in comparison to other major metropolitan areas. Our guess is that Portland will appreciate at the current rate.

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What is a Boomerang Buyer?

What is a Boomerang Buyer?

A “Boomerang Buyer” is someone who lost their home due to foreclosure or short sale but could be back in the market to buy another home.

Are there many boomerang buyers out there?

There are literally millions of ex-homeowners who lost their homes and may qualify to buy a home again.

How much of the factor could the boomerang buyers be in the housing market recovery?

There are a millions of potential purchasers which could have a very significant impact on the market. In fact, FHA has introduced the “Back To Work Program” to assist these buyers. The program allows buyers to obtain an FHA insured loan in as little as 12 months after a short sale or foreclosure as long as they can prove it was due to a qualified hardship.

If you’ve had a short sale or foreclosure over twelve months ago and you are thinking about purchasing a home, contact a Realtor and Mortgage Broker to see if you qualify.

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Real Estate Broker Required Education

Some Real Estate Agents Failed to Keep up with their Required Education

According to The Portland Business Journal, 45% of agents that were audited fell short of meeting the legal requirements to renew their real estate licenses.

A seller who’s real estate agent who’s hasn’t completed their required education may be putting both themselves and the seller at risk. It’s difficult to find out if an agent has completed all the required continuing education courses. However, you can find out how experienced by their production and chances are they will be more up-to-date with the required education to maintain their license.

The state is paying closer attention to this. We understand that they’re working on a system for course providers to be automatically notified when an agent takes a required course. While it’s likely to be an overwhelming task to keep up with the nearly 900 renewals of agents here in Oregon every month. There are nearly 19,000 agents in Oregon.

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Federal Reserve reducing mortgage-backed securities purchases

Federal Reserve starts pulling back on Mortgage-backed Securities

One of the ways the federal government boosts the economy is by purchasing treasury bond and mortgage-backed securities. This is one of the reasons the mortgage interest rates have remained so low. They are planning on reducing the amount they spend on purchasing the mortgage-backed securities by approximately 10 Billion a month. They’re lowering their purchasing from 85 Billion to 75 Billion.

Needless to say, this will impact interest rates. But, they announced at the same time that they intend to keep the federal funds rate near zero for longer than they originally planned. Interest rates are a little higher, but didn’t really take much of the hit.

As the economy continues to improve, we’ve been anticipating this announcement at some point.

What will home loan interest rates be in 6 months? Well, we never know for sure, but our expectation that they will increase but still be under 5%.

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