The Portland Metro Residential Market Action report is a monthly review provided by the RMLS, a database where real estate agents are required to post home listings for the region. Following the typical seasonal uptick in activity, April continued to bring gains to the market in terms of accepted offers (up 13.3%) and number of new listings (up 20.1%) compared to March. Both accepted offers and number of new listings are up compared to April 2018. Two important data points from the report that I’d like to point out are inventory levels and median home selling price. These metrics can help you decide the best time to buy or sell.
Inventory levels are a leading indicator of market strength. Inventory levels for April were reported at 2.2 months, meaning if no new homes came on the market, it would take 2.2 months until inventory sold out completely (at the current rate of sales). Many economists consider 6 as a “neutral” or “balanced” market, with anything lower than 6 being a seller’s market, and anything higher than 6 being a buyer’s market.
Median Home Selling Price
The median home price for April 2019 was reported at $405,000, a 1.5% increase from March. Lake Oswego and West Linn continue to report the highest median home selling price at $586,000.
Here’s what median home sale prices looked like across Portland city proper:
West Portland: $520,000
North Portland: $422,000
NE Portland: $403,200
SE Portland: $370,000
April 2019 Report Takeaways
April continued to bring in new listings, which is consistent with Oregon’s seasonal uptick in real estate activity. For the next couple months, expect to see an increase in the total number of closed homes and many new active buyers, leading to an overall steady level of inventory. Now is a great time to sell as more buyers enter the market and we don’t expect to see much appreciation for the foreseeable future. If you’re looking to buy, you can take advantage of low interest rates, steady prices, and seasonally higher inventory.
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