Portland Real Estate Market, December 2022

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The big story for the Portland real estate market as we approach December 2022 is the lack of sales due to home buyers pulling back. While that is the headline, we will get into all the statistics behind the drop in sales here.

Inventory is High, But Finally Dropping

Chart from RMLS – Blue Lines My Own

Now inventory isn’t falling as fast as it did in 2020 or 2021, but inventory is finally starting to drop after rising since Feb. Inventory should continue to drop as we approach the holidays, but will likely stay higher than in recent years.

Lower inventory is important. Right now buyers are pulling back and there are simply more homes for sale than there are buyers.

Buyer Traffic is Colder than Usual, But not as Bad as You Might Think

The chart below represents average weekly buyer traffic over the last few years. Statistics are from lockbox openings as recorded by RMLS and typically represent home showings. RMLS does not cover all of Oregon, but it does cover the entire Portland metro area and beyond.

Oregon Weekly Buyer TrafficStatusThe Typical Season
More than 25,000HottestHaven’t seen well over 25K since 2017
20-25KGoodUsually March through August last few years.
15K to 20KOkayJan, Feb, and Sept. through Dec.
10K to 15KColdUncommon, usually only as you approach and leave
Christmas and New Years.
Less than 10,000FrozenUsually only the week of Christmas / New Years

So typically I’d expect October weekly buyer traffic to range from 15K to 20K.

We dropped to 14,000 the last week of Oct. (latest available numbers). So it is slower than usual, but not by a massive amount.

Due to Market Conditions, Less New Homes are Entering the Market

This is actually a good thing as we need to work through the current stock of available homes for sale with a less than normal amount of buyers.

But, less buyers and less homes for sale means:

Pending Home Sales are Down 42%

According to RMLS, pending sales are down 42.4% from the same time the prior year. That drop is the big number the local real estate market is coping with right now.

The Lack of Sales and Relative High Inventory is Leading to Price Drops

Price Per Sq. Ft. Chart from Fidelity

As we can see from this price per sq. ft. chart from Fidelity, prices in November 2022 are back to where they were in March of 2021 and will likely continue to drop for a few months before the seasonal spring bump. (Even in down years, housing prices can rise in the spring. See the best time of the year to sell a home and buy a home, according to our annual research.)

The Highs and Lows within the Portland Metro

Right now homes in Forest Grove and Hillsboro are selling the fastest, averaging 29 days. Homes in North Portland are taking the longest to sell at 50 days. As is usual, the homes in Lake Oswego and West Linn have the highest selling prices at $933,000 and the homes in Columbia County, the lowest average at $424,000.

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