This unique market

Dated: January 12 2022

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Boris Buzan

Real Estate Consultant


Real Estate 101 Report

Should I wait out this market?

I don’t think the market in the Portland metropolitan area is going to get any better for buyers over the next year. Price increases over last year was10-20% and will probably continue at a rate of 6-8% for the next two to three years. The reason? I see it as being three fold.

First and foremost, Portland has a vibrant technological economy with Intel, Tektronics, and Nike (yes Nike is a technology company). The services and products they produce are essential to other businesses in the national economy, so employment and job growth will continue.

Second, there is a shortage of single family homes in the area, and is acute in the “sweet spot” of $350,000 to $550,000. That is driven by three main issues:

1. Portland has an urban growth plan that restricts construction outside of the Urban Growth Zone. The zone was adjusted out in 2020 a little, but not enough to meet demand for single family homes in the sweet spot.

2. There has been a slowdown in construction since the 2008 housing debacle. Many professional tradesmen retired or left the business, we went through about 10 years of slow growth in housing, and now there are not enough trades to meet the demand.

3. The cost of materials for construction has skyrocketed due to the pandemic. Like all industries, building material suppliers cut way back on their inventories. This forced THEIR suppliers to cut back on their production. While it is true that over the past two weeks wholesale prices have dropped they are still about twice what they were prior to the pandemic cutbacks. We are in the ramp up period for these businesses and it will take some time for material costs to return to historic levels.

Third, I do not think we will see construction of moderately priced single family homes in the near future, what you see is what we have. It takes time for production builders to ramp up, they have to have land, labor, and supply channels in place to build rapidly and economically.

Builders are going to maximize their return on investment by constructing high density developments in the moderate price range and profitable large detached single family homes. If you look at new construction you will find there is a gap between the condo/ townhome/attached home and the “executive class” home (for want of a better term).

And finally, a word about the pending inflation of the economy which seems to be all that is in the news right now. It may happen, our government is dysfunctional right now, doesn’t matter which side you're on, that is a fact. But answer me this: what better way to ride out inflation than in an asset that is guaranteed to appreciate with inflation because the cost of making more of them will go up too?

So what to do? Buy now in this competitive market or wait it out in hopes that things will get better and there will be more choices? That is a decision you and you alone have to make but I hope this little essay gives you some food for thought and helps you with your decision.

Boris Buzan, Buyer’s Agent

REAL ESTATE 101 REPORT January 2022

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Boris Buzan

I believe the client drives the sale; we will work together to satisfy your needs and goals at your pace. My goal is to help you find the next, or first, home that fits you. I have an eclectic backgro....

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