Lake Oswego Real Estate RMLS Market Action Report July 2019

These summer months are just flying bye.  I went to Cannon Beach yesterday and the downtown area was just packed.  Every pub, restaurant and cafe had waiting lines.  The beach itself had more sunbathers than I have ever seen. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. I think our buyers in our Portland metro real estate market are still on vacation and enjoying the last days of Summer.

July Residential Highlights

Closed sales had the strongest numbers this July in the Portland metro area. At 2,994, closing outpaced July 2018 (2,736) by 7.6% and June 2019 (2,756) by 6.8%. This was the strongest July for closings
in the area since 2015, when 3,452 closings were recorded. Buyers seem to be purchasing what little inventory we have had in July.  The number of houses for sale is decreasing as we head into Fall.  Not a good outlook for buyers who want to purchase while rates are low.

Pending Sales

Pending sales, at 2,998, fell 2.4% short of July 2018 (3,071) and 2.8%short of June 2019 (3,083). Similarly, new listings (3,966)ended 8.0% under the 4,312 offered last year in July 2018 and 7.4% under the 4,281 offered last month in June 2019.

Houses For Sale –

We have such low inventory and need houses to sell.  Everything that was written about boomers selling their large homes has not come true. Aging in place is becoming the norm and they are not downsizing in the large numbers predicted. In addition, we need more new construction. I have so many buyers looking to purchase and the kind of houses they are looking for just is not out there.  I look 24/7 pretty much as soon as something comes up on our Hot Sheet for sale.  We have had no luck. Heading into Fall I worry there will be even fewer houses for sale.

Inventory decreased slightly in July to end at 2.3 months. During the same period, total market time
rose by one day to 43 days. There were 6,797 active residential listings in the Portland metro area this July.

Year to Date Summary

Activity is mixed so far in 2019 compared with 2018. New listings (26,629) are up 0.7%, while pending sales (18,778) are down 2.3% and closed sales (16,903) are down 3.1%.

Average and Median Sale Prices

There is still appreciation but that level of appreciation has slowed from previous years. Comparing 2019 to 2018 through July, the average sale price has increased 1.0% from $453,600 to $458,300. In the same comparison, the median sale price has increased 2.0% from $400,000 to $408,000.

Buyers – I have Buyers!!! 

I am serious when I say I have buyers looking for different properties in different parts of the Portland metro areas.  Several urgent buyers I have are looking in Tigard, West Linn, Lake Oswego x2, and Beaverton.  Let me know if you are interested in selling and I will try to match your home with my clients who are now looking.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are still increasing in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are low and there is still buyer demand. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.


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Moving to Lake Oswego?

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I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

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