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Home Values Are Heating Up in Oregon
by Doug Whiteman - Editor-in-Chief, moneywise.com
  Monday October 14, 2019 - 11:20 PM
 
Thanks to low mortgage rates, it's an excellent time to buy or sell a home across the U.S. But what about in Oregon?

Is the state's housing market too pricey for buyers? Not-so-great if you've got a home you want to sell? Or just right — for everybody?

Home values provide some answers. They indicate that the market in Oregon is heating up, according to Zillow, though you might find vast differences from one city or one corner of the state to the next.

Current home values in Oregon Home values have been rising throughout Oregon and are up 3.14% from a year ago.

Statewide, the median value for a single-family home — meaning half are worth more, half are worth less — is currently $347,800, Zillow says.

Could you afford that? Let's say you want to buy that mid-priced home using a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at this week's average interest rate, which is a low 3.57%, says mortgage company Freddie Mac.

With the 30-year mortgage rate at 3.57% and the median home price for Oregon at $347,800, a representative monthly mortgage payment would be $1,575.

How the Oregon housing market stacks up:

Property values in Oregon are high by historical standards and are higher than what the typical house is worth nationwide.

The median home value throughout the U.S. is $229,600, which is up 4.88% from a year ago.

Zillow predicts U.S. home values will rise 2.2% over the next year, while in Oregon, they're expected to rise 1.88%.

Homes are going on the market in Oregon at a median price of $214 per square foot, versus $155 per square foot nationwide.

Are you looking to buy? Take a look at today's best mortgage rates where you live.

Oregon home prices over the last 10 years
Year Avg. Price
2019* $350,663
2018 $338,133
2017 $316,883
2016 $285,700
2015 $253,842
2014 $232,425
2013 $213,275
2012 $195,917
2011 $196,750
2010 $216,100
2009 $229,733

*2019 price average through August 2019.

How much for an average-sized home?
Here's what a 2,500-square-foot home in Oregon is worth now, and how that's changed over the last decade, based on the Zillow Home Value Index.

Year Avg. Price
2019* $535,000
2018 $512,500
2017 $482,500
2016 $437,500
2015 $392,500
2014 $360,000
2013 $335,000
2012 $305,000
2011 $302,500
2010 $332,500
2009 $355,000
*2019 price average through August 2019.

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