Portland Real Estate Market

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Portland Real Estate and the RMLS

September 15, 2023

You hear us mention the RMLS on this blog when we cover the Portland Real Estate Market monthly and reference the RMLS Market Action report. But what is RMLS, and what can they do for you, the Portland area real estate buyer or seller? RMLS stands for Regional Multiple Listing Service. Every region in the US has one, and RMLS is specific to Oregon and Southern Washington. RMLS used to be the largest Realtor owned multiple listing service in the Pacific Northwest, but it is no longer Realtor owned. Did you know? Oregon has three major MLS systems (RMLS, WVMLS, MLSCO) and Washington has at least two (RMLS and NWMLS). Multiple listing services were created so real estate agents could...

Portland, Oregon Real Estate Market, September 2023 Report

August 18, 2023

Decreasing buyer activity and increasing inventory is leading to price drops, signaling the beginning of the end of the seasonal spring and summer seller’s market. Both trends will likely continue – leading to the favorable buying conditions of more available homes and less competition – throughout September, until inventory typically starts to drop again in October (often a short second second wind in the market before the major holidays hit). Let’s get into the current Portland real estate market numbers. Portland Home Buyer Traffic is Lukewarm As you can see from these the weekly RMLS buyer traffic report above, buyer activity has remained somewhat steady (but lukewarm) this summer and is likely to drop further as summer ends. We created the...

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Top 5 Portland, Oregon Zip Code Maps

July 27, 2023

Most people don’t think about the importance of zip codes when house shopping. However, understanding how these numeric representations of cities, their neighborhoods, and their districts work can play a big part in gaining valuable information when deciding where to live. Let’s first take a look at how zip codes work. How Do Zip Codes Work and What Do They Tell Us? The necessity for zip codes to achieve expediency and accuracy in mailing anything in the U.S. is common knowledge. That was the U.S. Postal Service’s intent in 1963 when they first instituted the use of the five-digit number at the end of any address to which a letter or package would be sent. Finding ways to streamline delivery...

Portland, Oregon Real Estate Market, August 2023 Report

July 24, 2023

June’s balanced market led to growing inventory and a decline in buyer activity in July, creating the conditions that will lead to a buyer’s market as soon as mid-August, but likely in September. A relatively reasonable rate of housing inventory and a decent amount of buyers means sellers can still enjoy the last lingering effects of the spring market – which is reliably the most active selling season of the year. We expect inventory to continue climbing in August and September as the number of active buyers continues to decrease, shifting the market to favor home buyers as fall approaches. Portland Home Buyer Traffic is Down from Spring, but Steady this Summer In the two buyer traffic reports generated by...

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HOA Fees up 30% since 2020 in Portland, Oregon

June 30, 2023

This is our fourth year calculating average HOA fees in Portland, Oregon. Last year we were surprised to report that HOA fees had jumped a whopping 20% in the city over a short two year period. It is no longer uncommon to see monthly HOA fees top $1,000 a month. These fees are not trivial and are extremely important. In Oregon, the HOA is allowed to foreclose on your property to recover missing HOA payments. Why do HOA fees vary so widely? Bad planning. New construction homes and condos often start with really low HOA fees to attract buyers, along with the idea that no major maintenance will come up anytime soon. Then, if the HOA fails to increase their...

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Top 10 Real Estate News Websites

June 23, 2023

It can be surprisingly difficult to find timely and accurate real estate news, especially if you’re looking for accurate local data specific to your property. Most of the major news sites (and we won’t name names) focus on the sensational, a celebrity’s home sale, a shocking statement about how the economy could impact the real estate market next. I’ve been licensed since 2003, and since then have kept my eye out for good local and national sources of real estate news. The task hasn’t been easy, but over the years I’ve found a number of reliable, or at least interesting sources. Today I’m going to share my top list with you. I’m going to break it down into national and...

Top 5 Portland Maps for Sustainability and Livability

June 19, 2023

Portland is a city that values sustainability. In fact, Portland emerged as the most sustainable city in the country in a recent list by ParkSleepFly, which ranked cities according to renewable energy use and air pollution, among other factors. It’s no secret that Portland has been on the forefront of urban movements to promote sustainability for decades. And Portland continues to set an example of caring for the environment while encouraging its citizens’ enjoyment of it. From biking to hiking, walking around your neighborhood to traveling out of town, Portland wants people to be outside enjoying the natural world and working to care for it at the same time. Unsurprisingly, there are several mapping tools that highlight the city’s sustainability...

Portland, Oregon Real Estate Market, July 2023 Report

June 16, 2023

After the seasonal selling peak in May, inventory continues to increase in June, leading to an increase of days on the market. We are currently experiencing a more balanced market, with slowing buyer activity, rising (but still low) inventory – conditions that can still benefit buyers and sellers. Looking ahead to July, we expect a continued increase in inventory, perhaps a relatively stable buyer’s pool, and a turn toward a buyer’s market before we hit late summer or perhaps by this fall. Buyer Traffic has Declined from a May Peak RMLS generates the buyer traffic reports shown above, which provide a snapshot of buyer demand from one week to the next. Here you see reports for two weeks in May where...

Top 5 Real Estate News Stories of 2023 so far.

June 5, 2023

It’s been a riveting year in the Real Estate industry as we approach the end of the first half of the year. Global trends and local nuances intertwine to shape a narrative that’s as complex as it is fascinating. We will explore the top five real estate news stories 2023, each bearing significant implications for homeowners, investors, and industry professionals. First, we’ll examine the financial changes shaking the mortgage industry as rates have climbed to their highest level in 13 years. This macroeconomic shift is sending ripples across the housing market, affecting everyone from first-time buyers to seasoned investors. Next, we’ll explore the seemingly unstoppable rise in home prices. With values reaching record highs, we’re left questioning what’s driving this...

Portland, Oregon Real Estate Market, June 2023 Report

May 26, 2023

The spring housing market likely hit its final peak in May as buyer traffic grew and inventory remained low. June will likely be a slightly slower month than May as inventory starts to climb. So far this year is staying within normal season cycles where the spring is the best time to sell and the fall is the best time to buy. June will still be a good month to sell, just not as strong for sellers as May. Housing Inventory is Low while Buyer Traffic is High Traffic from our last report was hovering in the 19,000 a week range, and has since increased to the 20,000 range in May. Buyer Traffic has Warmed up Above are weekly buyer...