Overview/Fluctuations ~ Market Data February 2022:
In the first two months of 2022 as compared to the same period in 2021, New Listings have decreased 3.6%, Pending Sales have slightly increased at 0.6% and Closed Sales decreased 1.0%. Supply is still the drama queen affecting the local market and remains at historic lows, meaning Buyers are in heavy competition over what’s available. The other factor is rates. They are going to be going up, and not likely coming back down as low as they’ve been anytime soon, so if you’re wanting to purchase a home, it would be a good idea not to put it off.
Rates: “We have seen extreme volatility in the markets over the last few weeks. Right now 30-year fixed rates stand at about 4.125%.”Gary Boyer, Regional VP, Directors Mortgage
According to the RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro Area- Feb 2022:
There were 2,571 New Listings in Feb 2022increased 3.9% from Feb of 2021’s 2,474, and increased 11.4% from the previous month/Jan’s 2,307.
At 1,939 Feb 2022’s Closed Sales are down 2.0% from Feb 2021’s 1,978, and up 4.6% from the previous month/Jan 2022’s total of 1,853
At 2,452 Feb 2022’s Pending Sales are up 11.1% from Feb 2021’s 2,208, and up 7.2% from the previous month/Jan 2022’s total of 2,287.
The Average Sale Price in Feb 2022 of $582,200 is up $40,200 from last year/Feb 2021’s $542,000, and down a bit at $4,400 from the previous month/Jan’s $586,600.
The “Median” Sale Price (the price smack dab in the middle of all sales) in Feb 2022 of $525,000 rose from last year/Feb 2021’s $479,100 by $45,900, and $13,000 from the previous month/Jan’s $512,000.
Looking at the first month of 2022 as compared to the same month last year, New Listings have decreased 10.5%, Pending Sales have decreased 8.4% and Closed Sales increased 0.3%. Supply is still the biggest issue affecting the local market and remains at historic lows with less than a few week’s worth of inventory available.
The other factor is rates~ While they remain very low, relatively speaking (for anyone who remembers how high they’ve been in the past) they’re hovering around 3.875% right now and all predictions are for several increases this year. This factor would be spurring more Buying activity than we currently see but for the lack of inventory. That said, it remains a given that savvy Buyers ought to be taking advantage of these rates now, and, generally speaking, would-be Sellers would be well advised to List now rather than wait till later.
According to the RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro Area- Jan 2022:
There were 2,307 New Listings in Jan 2022decreased 10.5% from Jan of 2021’s 2,579, and decreased a whopping 44.3% from the previous month/Dec’s 1,599.
At 1,853 Jan 2022’s Closed Sales are up 0.3% from Jan 2021’s 1,847, and down 28.2% from the previous month/Dec 2021’s total of 2,582
At 2,287 Jan 2022’s Pending Sales are down 8.4% from Jan 2021’s 2,496, and up 17.8% from the previous month/Dec 2021’s total of 1,942.
The Average Sale Price in Dec 2021 of $586,600 is up $71,900 from last year/Jan 2021’s $514,700, and up $3,700 from the previous month/Dec2021’s $582,900.
The “Median” Sale Price (the price smack dab in the middle of all sales) in Jan 2022 of $512,000 rose from last year/Jan 2021’s $460,000 by $52,000, and also $1,000 from the previous month/Dec 2021’s $511,000.
Overview/Fluctuations ~ Market Data Dec 2021 (+2020):
Every year I like to add in a comparison at the end of the year to the year prior being as the December report offers a unique opportunity to look at just that. So, below you’ll find our usual monthly overview & Neighborhood Report along with a comparison; 2021 to 2020. I hope it gives you some insight that helps you increase your understanding of this area & maybe your own strategic options (if that’s relevant) a little better.
Inventory is now at a stunning 0.6 months of supply in the Portland area for December. Our supply has simply never been this low… a little more than 2 weeks of Inventory available. Rates as of this writing are hovering around 3.5%, and the Fed is signaling that rates will be rising.
The twelve months of 2021 compared to 2020: –New Listings, (40,531) increased 5.4%. –Pending Sales (35,405) increased 7.8%, and –Closed Sales (35,182) increased 9.8%. ***By Comparison, Twelve months of 2020 (to compare to 2021 above) from last year’s December report read: -New Listings, (38,442) decreased 5.2%, -Pending Sales (32,849) increased 7.9%, and -Closed Sales (32,031) increased 7.8%.