May Residential Highlights
Sales activity in May for the Portland Metro area continued to march upward compared to the prior month, but lagged behind 2008 levels.
Comparing May 2009 with the same month in 2008, pending sales were down 7.4% and closed sales decreased 23.4%. New listings also dropped 25.1%.
On the other hand, comparing May 2009 with April 2009, pending sales grew 5.8% (1,967 v. 1,860). Closed sales also rose 9.6% (1,427 v. 1,302). New listings increased 1.9% (3,879 v. 3,808).
Inventory dropped to 10.2 months, down from 11 months in April – the fourth straight month of decline. Active residential listings in May rose to 14,493 - up from 14,328 in April. Active listings appear to be increasing at a slower rate than usual for this time of year.
Comparing January-May 2009 with the same period in 2008, closed sales were down 28.1% and pending sales decreased 17.5%. New listings also dropped 23.8%.
The average sale price for May 2009 was down 13% compared to May 2008, while the median sale price also dropped 13%. Month-to-month, the average sale price and median sale price both posted small gains when compared with April levels; the average sale price was up 0.1% ($291,400 v. $291,100) and the median sale price was up 0.04% ($250,000 v. $249,900).