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Monday, September 17, 2007

August Market Report

August Residential Highlights

The market continues to follow the trends of recent months. While new listings continue to grow, the number of transactions are down. However, home prices continue to rise at a steady rate. The number of new listings in August grew 9.1% compared to August of 2006. On the other hand, pending sales dropped 18.1% and closed sales fell 13.1%. At the end of August 2007, there were 15,782 active residential listings in the Portland Metro area. Given the month’s rate of sales they would last 6.2 months (see table to the right).

Year-to-Date Trends

When comparing the period of January 2007-August 2007 to the same period in 2006, new listings have grown 11.8%. Pending sales fell 11.7% and closed sales decreased 8.1%.

Appreciation

Using the average and median sale prices for the twelve months that ended with August 2007

compared to the twelve months ending in August 2006, the average sale price appreciated 7.8% ($337,400 v. $313,000). Using the same formula, the median sale price appreciated

8.1% ($285,000 v. $263,700).

Portland Condos

The table below highlights active condo listings vs. closed sales from 2002-2007 for the month of August.

Active Closed

August 2002 898 169

August 2003 863 169

August 2004 877 281

August 2005 548 361

August 2006 1,476 383

August 2007 2,601 342

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*The information above is from the monthly market action report produced by RMLS and used by permission of RMLS. This information is copyrighted by RMLS, All Rights Reserved.

1 comment:

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