601 homes sold in Portland this January which is 213 less than December. Portland sales fell on the delays caused by the terrible weather. Pending sales decreased going into 2017, so expect a drop in sales next month due to an uptick of interest rates and the hangover from delayed activity due to the snow and ice which shut Portland down for a week. The suburban market is slowing more rapidly, but is still outperforming sales from the same time last year. The market is still favoring sellers and promises to keep inventory low.
Wild cards: Interest rates have stabalized, although out of state investment continues to push prices and rents higher and keep inventory low.
I’m predicting around 575 closed sales in Portland (RMLS areas 141, 142, 143 & 148) in February.
Nick Krautter is the author of The Golden Handoff: How to Buy and Sell a Real Estate Agent’s Business which debuted number one on Amazon for mergers and acquisitions. His goal is to teach real estate agents how to grow their business and to help them later retire and benefit from their years of hard work. For the last decade Nick has been a Realtor in Portland, Oregon, where he leads a team and frequently serves as a real estate expert for the media.