home prices are on the riseLocal Portland Real Estate Market September 17, 2013

Portland-area home prices rose 15.5%

Mortgage rate projections

Analyst                                        projected rate
                                                         3Q 2014

Fannie Mae                                         5.0%
National Assoc. of Realtors                 5.1%
Fraddie Mac                                        5.1%
Mortgage Bankers Assoc                    4.9%

Portland home prices are on the rise and so are the interest rates. The cost of waiting could cost you hundreds in monthly payments.

The median list price in PORTLAND, OR this week is $319,000.


Here is a little article from the Oregonian.

Portland area home prices rise faster than U.S. average

Portland-area home prices rose 15.5 percent in July compared with a year ago and 1.9 percent from June.

The gains, reported Tuesday by the data firm CoreLogic, outpaced the nationwide average. U.S. home prices were up 12.4 percent year over year and 1.8 percent for the month.

Home prices have made record gains this year in their rebound from housing-crash lows. They've been boosted by a small supply of homes for sale, pent-up demand from buyers who waited out the crash and low mortgage rates.

But the year-over-year gains are expected to slow as mortgage rates rise and as seasonal demand slows, CoreLogic said.

Excluding foreclosed homes and homes in short sales, prices in the Portland area were up 13.6 percent from a year earlier and 1.5 percent compared with June.

Observers have said sales tinged by foreclosure have exaggerated other measures of home-price appreciation. Such properties once sold for a deep discount relative to other homes, but that price slashing has declined as the market has improved.