The Portland metro area started the year with a little mixed activity this January. New listings (2,212) rose 55.7% from December (1,421)but fell 12.2% short of the 2,519 new listings offered last year in January 2016. Similarly, pending sales (1,990)ended 13.3% stronger than last month in December (1,757) but were 11.3% cooler than last January (2,243). Closed sales, at 1,847, fell just0.6% short of the 1,859 closings recorded last year in January 2016 but ended 29.5% below the 2,621 closings recorded last month inDecember 2016. Total market time increased by nine days in January, ending at 58 days. During the same period,inventory rose slightly to 1.7 months.There were 3,214 active residential listings in the Portland metro area in January.
Average and Median Sale Prices: Comparing the average price of homes sold in the twelve months ending January 31st of this year ($398,400) with the verage priceof homes in the twelve months ending January 2016 ($355,600) shows an increase of 12.0%. In the same comparison, the median hasincreased 12.9% from $309,900 to $350,000.