He says one big factor in whether people buy houses is confidence. Some of that has to do with how confident they are the housing market has reached bottom. But whether that actually has happened or just about to happen, Milder says, shouldn’t matter in the long run. You should be looking to keep your house for seven to ten years, so a few percentage points either way in the short term really won’t matter.
On the other side of the market, if you’re trying to rent an apartment or house, you might find it harder than you bargained for. Vacancy rates are way down.
Have you recently bought or rented a home? Are you currently looking? What factors are you weighing? Are you trying to sell or rent your home? What’s your experience been like in Oregon’s real estate waters?
Gerry Mildner: Director of the Center for Real Estate at Portland State University