March 2021 PDX Market/Neighborhood Report

Overview/Fluctuations ~  Market Data March 2021: 

Low Inventory continues to be the driver of competition in the greater Portland area where we see price increases in most neighborhoods/areas from the prior month & all areas increasing over 2020.  (See below for breakdown). Comparing 2021 to the same period in 2020 thru March, overall Average Price has increased 16.6% and Median price 14.9%.

Favorable jobs reports and other economic indicators  are pushing rates up  slightly. My trusted Mortgage Advisors say Mortgage rates are hovering around 3.125% today. This rate varies and can be reduced with a buy-down, or affected by individual qualifiers. I’m happy to connect you with someone to discuss your particular situation.

According to the RMLS Market Action Report  for March 2021:

  • There were3,465 New Listings in March 2021 decreased only slightly at 1% from March 2020’s 3,468 and increased 40.1% from the previous month/February’s 2,474.
  • At2,556, March 2021’s Closed Sales are up 8.5% from March 2020’s 2,356, and also up 29.2% from the previous month/February’s total of 1,978
  • At3,346, March 2021’s Pending Sales increased 42.6% from March 2020’s 2,347, and also jumped up by 51.5% from the previous month/February’s total of 2,208.
  • The Average Sale Price in March 2021 of $554,300 is up $88,800 from last year/March2020’s $465,500, and up $12,300. from the previous month/February’s $542,000.   
  • The Median” Sale Price(the price smack dab in the middle of all sales) in March 2021 of $488,000 rose $63,000 from last year/March 2020’s $425,000, and also increased $8,900 from the previous month/February’s $479,100.

February 2021 PDX Market/Neighborhood Report

Overview/Fluctuations ~  Market Data February 2021:           

Inventory is holding steady with one month of supply available.  Competition is heavy, though we finally see more properties hitting the market now in March, which should alleviate that a little.  Competition pushes prices up as you can see in the Neighborhood Report below comparing January & February prices. Rolling 12-month Appreciation rates in all areas are up.

Mortgage rates will be rising inspired by the economy’s steady recovery. Today’s rates are hovering around 3% or a little higher based on a number of factors, but most can “buy the rate down” a bit & get it lowered. My trusted Mortgage Advisors can give you  more info.

According to the RMLS Market Action Report  for the Portland Metro Area, Feb. 2021:

  • There were 2,474 New Listings in Feb 2021 decreased  10.3% from Feb of 2020’s 2,759  and also dropped 4.1% from the previous month/January’s 2,579.
  • At 1,978, Feb 2021’s Closed Sales are up 4.3% from Feb 2020’s 1,897, and also up 7.1% from the previous month/January’s total of 1,847
  • At 2,208, Feb 2021’s Pending Sales are down 15% from Feb 2020’s 2,598, and also down 11.5% from the previous month/January’s total of 2,496.
  • The Average Sale Price in Feb 2021 of $542,000 is up $84,100 from last year/Feb 2020’s $457,900, and up $27,300. from the previous month/January’s $514,700.   
  • The “Median” Sale Price (the price smack dab in the middle of all sales) in Feb 2021 of $470,100 rose $63,100 from last year/Feb 2020’s $407,000, and also increased 10,100 from the previous month/January’s $460,000.

The Cost of Waiting

This graphic (below) grabbed my attention.  As Realtors, many people think we set prices and are contributing to the increases we see.  I can only speak for myself, but that is not what I am seeing or have seen in my 17 years helping people in the Portland area. Realtors look at what similar homes have sold for recently in the neighborhood when advising on pricing a home.  It does no one any good to overprice a home. If a home is overpriced it tend to sit on the market. Right now, the truth is that as there are not many properties on the market, Buyers are competing with each other to secure a reduced number of properties. That drives prices up. Right now interest rates are *low* and the general consensus is that they are only going to rise from here as the economy rebounds so……..  My advice is to let me help you get an edge in this ,market, and    …don’t wait:

Competition is Driving Prices Higher

Check out this Oregon Live piece on what’s happening:

https://www.oregonlive.com/realestate/2021/02/portland-metro-homes-for-sale-high-competition-low-interest-rates-push-average-sale-price-to-514700.html?fbclid=IwAR15pjujPcDx-B_MIniDEpag3JlO5LVDZv1YH-HZF2DURxonLv3AoJHNHco

January 2021 PDX Market/Neighborhood Report

Overview/Fluctuations ~  Market Data January 2021: 

The big story in January is that our Inventory increased from .8 to 1.0 months of supply. If you think that’s not much, you’re right! We continue to be at record lows in available homes. Last year in January we had 2.2 months of Inventory, which was low. The previous year (Jan 2019) we had 3.3 months of Inventory. So, the field is still competitive out there which means it is a terrific time to sell a home and if you’re buying, rates are still low hovering around 3.125, so, you’ll want to have a really skilled Realtor assisting you and… better not to wait!    (**See Neighborhood Breakdown Below)

According to the RMLS Market Action Report  for the Portland Metro Area, Jan. 2021:

  • There were 2,579 New Listings in Jan 2021 decreased  6.4% from Jan of 2020’s 2,754,  and increased 48.2% from the previous month/Dec’s 1,740.
  • At 1,847, Jan 2021’s Closed Sales are up 11.1% from Jan 2020’s 1,663, and down 33.8% from the previous month/Dec 2020’s total of 2,789
  • At 2,496, Jan 2021’s Pending Sales are up 9.9% from Jan 2020’s 2,271, and also up 24.6% from the previous month/Dec 2020’s total of 2,003.
  • The Average Sale Price in Jan 2021 of $514,700 is up $51,700 from last year/Jan 2020’s $463,000, and up $700. from the previous month/Dec 2020’s $514,000.   
  • The “Median” Sale Price (the price smack dab in the middle of all sales) in Jan 2021 of $460,000 rose from last year/Jan 2020’s $406,000 by $54,000, and decreased 5,000 from the previous month/Dec 2020’s $455,000.