Friday, September 17, 2010

Portland RMLS Market Action Report – August 2010

The Regional Multiple Listing Service released the Market Action Report this week and the median sale price for August 2010 was $250,000; this is the same as the median sale price for August 2009.

The Portland residential real estate market peaked in August 2007 with a median sale price of $302,000. Prices have now fallen 17% from that peak.

Months of supply (total inventory/monthly sales) sits at 11.0 months compared to the 7.8 months of supply for the same month last year. A balanced market has about 7 months of supply.

The first graph compares the median and average sale price with the months of supply. Click on any graph for a sharper image.

The second graph shows the total supply of homes available for sale. This is simply a calculation of the closed sales for the month multiplied by the months of supply. There are currently 15,191 homes for sale; this is an increase of 6% from the same month the year before.

The third chart shows closed sales by month. There were 1,381 closed sales during the month; a decrease of 25% from the same month the year before.

The fourth chart shows new listings by month. There were 3,829 new listings during the month; an increase of 1% from the same month the year before.

The final graph shows how affordable the median priced home is for a family of four. History indicates the ratio is usually between 2.5 and 3.0. Prices would have to fall 16% from the current median for the ratio to reach 3.0.