March Residential Highlights
Real estate activity picked up this March in the Portland metro area, and closing sales led the way. The 2,457 closings represented a 32.3% increase over the 1,857 closings that were posted in March 2014, and a 49.1% increase from last month’s 1,648 closings. The last March when closings numbered more was in 2007, when there were 2,775 closings for the month.
Pending sales (3,384) similarly outpaced last March (2,534) and February of this year (2,534) by 33.5%. The last March when the number of accepted offers was as high was in 2006, when 3,399 offers were accepted.
New listings (3,596) rose 16.4% over the 3,090 new listings offered in March 2014, and 24.7% over the 2,884 new listings offered just last month.
Inventory in March was at 1.9 months—the last time inventory was as low was in September 2005. There are currently 4,767 active residential listings for sale in the Portland metro area. Total market time decreased in March to 75 days.
Average and Median Sale Prices
Comparing the average price of homes over the last twelve months ($334,600) with the average price of homes sold in the twelve months ending March 2014 ($316,300) shows an increase of 5.8%. In the same comparison, the median has increased 7.1% from $270,000 to $289,100.