It appears time has marched us through yet another year….
It seems like a short time ago we were breathing a sigh of relief at the understanding Y2K hadn’t caused a world collapse. (For you youngsters – our emergence into the 21st century brought many people much anxiety. There was much apocalyptic hysteria linked to fears of global failure and nuclear war. Many were certain that modern life would dissolve, become extinct with the collapse of computer systems unable to roll over to the year 2000). I remember thinking I would really miss a washing machine and vacuum, but it would be okay rolling back to simpler times…and that was pre-smart phone era:-)
My very wandering mind has stumbled back to that curious time of global angst because I hear some of that same sort of doom and gloom threading through some conversations currently. I’m here to say – Life is GOOD! It’s never going to be perfect, let’s just appreciate the good!
Here in our Happy Cache Valley, the Real Estate market is thriving. In November we hit a tiny bit of turbulence, but otherwise it’s been smooth sailing. There were 2.7% more homes sold in 2018 than 2017. The home prices increased just over 9% for the year, and in the 4th quarter 2018 the average home sale price went up to $271,000. The average price per foot has increased to $114, up from $104 a year ago. While that seems high, it is still in the “affordable” range relative to most of the country – where the average exceeds $150 per foot. The current average mortgage interest rate is 4.68% for a 30 year fixed mortgage – down from almost 5% in November!
In Logan/Cache Valley there are currently 216 homes for sale, a 5% increase over this time last year. Home inventory is expected to increase in the upcoming months – good news for buyers.
Growth in the state and our area might slow some, but is not going to stop any time soon…Utah in general is Booming! A report from Think Adviser in September 2018 ranked Utah 2nd after Washington State in economic health & economic activity. US News & World Report ranks Utah as #4 in employment rankings, and Kiplinger ranks Utah #2 in job growth.
Logan/Cache Valley ranks in the top 10 best (and most affordable) places to live in Utah on various sites such as Area vibe, Livability, Niche, Crazy Tourist and HomeSnacks. We who live here know it belongs in the tip top!
If you need any Real Estate assistance, please call me at 435-770-9407
Have a Wonderful 2019!