Porch & Pasture Real Estate - Licensed Brokers in Oregon

Porch & Pasture Real Estate - Licensed Brokers in Oregon Brad and Jennifer Conners, Licensed Real Estate Brokers in Oregon specializing in residential and rural properties.
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Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years
08/13/2020
Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years

Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years

Today, home prices are appreciating. When we hear prices are going up, it’s normal to think a home will cost more as the trend continues. The way the housing market is positioned today, however, low mortgage rates are actually making homes more affordable, even as prices rise. Here’s why.

Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next Year
08/12/2020
Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next Year

Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next Year

With the strength of the current housing market growing every day and more Americans returning to work, a faster-than-expected recovery in the housing sector is already well underway. Regardless, many are still asking the question: will we see a wave of foreclosures as a result of the current crisis...

Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market
08/11/2020
Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market

Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market

Today’s housing market is making a truly impressive turnaround, and it’s also setting up some outstanding opportunities for buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, there are perks today that are rarely available, and definitely worth looking into. Her...

The Latest Unemployment Report: Slow and Steady Improvement
08/10/2020
The Latest Unemployment Report: Slow and Steady Improvement

The Latest Unemployment Report: Slow and Steady Improvement

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest Employment Situation Summary. Going into the release, the expert consensus was for 1.58 million jobs to be added in July, and for the unemployment rate to fall to 10.5%.

2020 Homebuyer Preferences
08/07/2020
2020 Homebuyer Preferences

2020 Homebuyer Preferences

Some Highlights A recent study from HarrisX shows the current health crisis isn’t slowing down today’s homebuyers. Many buyers are accelerating their timelines to take advantage of low mortgage rates and staying home has enabled some to save more money to put toward a down payment. Let’s conne...

How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs?
08/06/2020
How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs?

How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs?

With more companies figuring out how to efficiently and effectively enable their employees to work remotely (and for longer than most of us initially expected), homeowners throughout the country are re-evaluating their needs. Do I still need to live close to my company’s office building? Do I need...

Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today
08/05/2020
Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today

Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today

We’re sitting in an optimal moment in time for homeowners who are ready to sell their houses and make a move this year. Today’s homeowners are, on average, staying in their homes longer than they used to, and this is one factor driving increased homeowner equity. When equity grows, selling a hou...

Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a Home
08/04/2020
Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a Home

Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a Home

Today’s homebuyers are not just talking about their plans, they’re actively engaged in the buying process – and they’re serious about it. A recent report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicates:

Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing Market
08/03/2020
Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing Market

Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing Market

America has faced its share of challenges in 2020. A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, a financial crisis leaving millions still unemployed, and an upcoming presidential election that may prove to be one of the most contentious in our nation’s history all continue to test this country in unimaginable w...

Where Is the Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020?
07/31/2020
Where Is the Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020?

Where Is the Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020?

Some Highlights: The housing market is forecasted to finish the year with growing strength. Historically low mortgage rates are creating great potential for homebuyers, and home sales are on the rise. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, let’s connect to maximize your opport...

Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs?
07/30/2020
Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs?

Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs?

As remote work continues on for many businesses and Americans weigh the risks of being in densely populated areas, will more people start to move out of bigger cities? Spending extra time at home and dreaming of more indoor and outdoor space is certainly sparking some interest among homebuyers. Earl...

Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020
07/29/2020
Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020

Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020

So far, it’s been quite a ride this year, and our nation has truly seen its fair share of hurdles. From COVID-19 to record unemployment and then the resulting recession, just to name a few, the second quarter of 2020 has had more than a few challenges. Amidst the many roadblocks, however, the U.S....

Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home
07/28/2020
Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home

Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home

In June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily throughout the year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong
07/27/2020
Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong

Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong

The residential real estate market is remaining resilient as the country still struggles to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Three separate reports recently revealed how the housing market is still showing growth. Here’s a look at each one.

A Real Estate Pro Is More Helpful Now than Ever
07/24/2020
A Real Estate Pro Is More Helpful Now than Ever

A Real Estate Pro Is More Helpful Now than Ever

Some Highlights A recent study shared by NAR notes that both buyers and sellers think an agent is more helpful than ever during the current health crisis. Expertise and professionalism are highly valued and can save buyers and sellers time and effort along the way. If you’re thinking of buying or ...

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound
07/23/2020
Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound

With a worldwide health crisis that drove a pause in the economy this year, the housing market was greatly impacted. Many have been eagerly awaiting some bright signs of a recovery. Based on the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), June hit a much-antici...

Two Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This Fall
07/22/2020
Two Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This Fall

Two Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This Fall

The health crisis we face as a country has led businesses all over the nation to reduce or discontinue their services altogether. This pause in the economy has greatly impacted the workforce and as a result, many people have been laid off or furloughed. Naturally, that would lead many to believe we....

A Remarkable Recovery for the Housing Market
07/21/2020
A Remarkable Recovery for the Housing Market

A Remarkable Recovery for the Housing Market

For months now the vast majority of Americans have been asking the same question: When will the economy turn around? Many experts have been saying the housing market will lead the way to a recovery, and today we’re seeing signs of that coming to light. With record-low mortgage rates driving high d...

Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time
07/20/2020
Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time

Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time

Inventory is arguably the biggest challenge for buyers in today’s housing market. There are simply more buyers actively looking for homes to purchase than there are sellers selling them, so the scale is tipped in favor of the sellers.

Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3%
07/17/2020
Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3%

Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3%

Some Highlights Mortgage rates hit another all-time low, falling below 3% this week. If you’re ready to buy a home, now is a great time to truly get more for your money at this historic moment. Let’s connect today to determine your best next steps toward homeownership.

Does Your Home Have What Buyers Are Looking For?
07/16/2020
Does Your Home Have What Buyers Are Looking For?

Does Your Home Have What Buyers Are Looking For?

There’s great opportunity for today’s homeowners to sell their houses and make a move, yet due to the impact of the ongoing health crisis, some sellers are taking their time coming back to the market. According to Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research at realtor.com:

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks
07/15/2020
Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks

Over the past several weeks, Freddie Mac has reported the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to record lows, all the way down to 3.03%. Last week’s reported rate reached the lowest point in the history of the survey, which dates back to 1971 (See graph below):

What Are Experts Saying about Home Prices?
07/14/2020
What Are Experts Saying about Home Prices?

What Are Experts Saying about Home Prices?

Last week, a very well-respected real estate analytics firm surprised many with their home price projection for the next twelve months. CoreLogic, in their latest Home Price Index said:

Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?
07/13/2020
Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?

Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?

With businesses reopening throughout the country and some experts indicating early signs of a much-anticipated economic recovery, more homebuyers are actively entering the housing market this summer. Today, housing is truly driving the U.S. economy forward. With so many buyers looking for homes to p...

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 7 Years Running
07/10/2020
Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 7 Years Running

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 7 Years Running

Some Highlights Real estate has outranked stocks, savings accounts, and gold as the best long-term investment among Americans for the past 7 years. The belief in the stability of housing as a long-term investment remains strong, despite the many challenges our economy faces today. Of the four listed...

Not All Agents Are Created Equal
07/09/2020
Not All Agents Are Created Equal

Not All Agents Are Created Equal

In today’s fast-paced world where answers are just a Google search away, there are some who may question the benefits of hiring a real estate professional when selling a house. The reality is, the addition of more information can lead to more confusion. A real estate agent can be your essential gu...

Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low
07/08/2020
Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low

Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low

In a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. Of the respondents, 51% said they are “seriously worried.” That concern seems reasonable considering the current conditio...

Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market
07/07/2020
Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market

Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market

Everyone is ready to buy a home at a different time in their lives, and a health crisis or not, today is no exception. Understanding how affordability works and the main market factors that impact it may help those who are ready to buy a home narrow down their optimal window of time to make a purcha...

Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most Part
07/06/2020
Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most Part

Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most Part

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest Employment Situation Summary last Thursday, and it again beat analysts’ expectations in a big way. The consensus was for 3,074,000 jobs to be added in June. The report revealed that 4,800,000 jobs were added. The unemployment rate fell to ...

We hope you have a safe 4th of July full of bbq, fireworks, and family, and that you take a moment to remember those who...
07/04/2020

We hope you have a safe 4th of July full of bbq, fireworks, and family, and that you take a moment to remember those who defend our freedoms at home and abroad.
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If you are thinking of selling... NOW is the time for us to talk!  Let’s get your home sold ASAP!
07/03/2020
27% of Buyers Intend to Relocate

If you are thinking of selling... NOW is the time for us to talk! Let’s get your home sold ASAP!

A migration to smaller metros is growing more evident as the pandemic continues.

VETERANS: We are here for you!  Meagan Harsen, Senior Loan Officer- Academy Mortgage is one of our favorite lenders to w...
07/02/2020

VETERANS: We are here for you! Meagan Harsen, Senior Loan Officer- Academy Mortgage is one of our favorite lenders to work with, and we'd love to team up to get you the right home for the right price!

Nothing says patriotic like the VA Loan! If you’ve given service to our country, Uncle Sam gives back to Vets in the form of this remarkable home loan product.

We love it for several reasons: one of them is how it accommodates a wide range of credit scores. The design of this product really puts the homebuyer front and center, and in that vein requires no down payment. Couple that exceptional feature with the fact that no mortgage insurance is required and you’ve got one unrivaled loan!

If you’ve spent time in the military and are gearing up for a new phase in your life, contact us to find out more about this amazing loan product!

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Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas?
07/02/2020
Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas?

Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas?

The pandemic has caused consumers to re-examine the components that make up the “perfect home.” Many families are no longer comfortable with the locations and layouts of their existing homes. The allure of city life (more congested) seems to be giving way to either suburban or rural life (less c...

Only 6 more months of 2020 to go!....#tommyandgina #livinonaprayer #isitoveryet #bonjovi #hairmetal #porchandpasture
07/01/2020

Only 6 more months of 2020 to go!
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Excellent Service and Professional Representation ... ‘til the cows come home!

Buying and selling homes are some of the biggest decisions most of us make in our lifetimes. We ask ourselves questions like, “Is this the right home?”, “Is this a good deal?” and, “Can I afford this?” Like any big journey, having a guide who knows the landscape can make a big difference between arriving safely at your destination with good memories to look back on, or getting lost and finding yourself wandering in circles.

At Porch & Pasture Real Estate, we pride ourselves in not only providing excellent customer service during the home selection or listing process, but also in providing our clients with professional representation to ensure that their interests are protected in what can sometimes be complicated transactions.

We appreciate you taking the time to consider making us your real estate partners. We look forward to working with you!

Warmly,

Brad and Jennifer Conners, Licensed Brokers

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