The statistics for March of 2020 are available, and as we look back, this gives us the best look at how the beginning of the pandemic affected our local market. Kate Brown issued stay at home orders on March 24th, so the housing market had not yet been affected by the pandemic. The quick and dirty breakdown of the numbers indicates that everyone was gearing up for the busy season. We saw a huge push of new listings, newly pending homes, and new closings. We also saw the average home price jump up and the days on market drop down. Keep on reading if you want a more in-depth look!
Looking at the numbers for Portland, you can see that we were heading into a very strong market. March is always the beginning of our busy season. Many people believe June is the best month to sell a home, but here in Portland, it tends to be March or April. We saw a 25% jump in new listings in March compared to February and a 24% jump in closed sales. That shows that even though we are finally starting to get more inventory, there are plenty of buyers out there.
So far for 2020 we are at a 4.1% appreciation. This is a healthy and normal amount of appreciation. So while you may not be making a ton of money year over year, real estate remains one of the safest investments you can make. Also, a quick note about the market as I am writing this, we are in the heat of our lockdown, and while we did see real estate slow for the first 2 weeks, things seem to be picking up right where they left off. We have seen many new listings come onto the market, and everything close-in at a mid-range price is still selling quite quickly and often with multiple offers. If you are waiting for the market to tank before you jump in to buy, it isn’t going to happen.
If you are considering selling your home, now is an excellent time to get into the market. People are out looking for homes right now and I fully anticipate that when the stay at home order is lifted, we will see a huge push of new listings. More listings means more competition and less buyers for your home. We don’t have a crystal ball but the way things feel right now, it doesn’t seem like we are going to be as hurt by this as the media is tending to portray. Timing is always a personal choice, but if you are ready to move and thinking of selling, let’s come up with a game plan to ensure that you net as much money as possible. If you want an individual valuation, reach out to us and we can discuss details. You can also get an instant home value by clicking here.
If you are thinking about buying, these numbers may seem a bit intimidating to you, but know there will be many more homes coming on the market very soon. With interest rates being historically low, even if you do end up competing on a home, chances are you are still getting a great deal. You also never know when the perfect home is going to come on the market, so if you are thinking of looking, it doesn’t hurt to start now to see what is out there. You can search all the homes in the area HERE.
Everything on the Eastside performed well last month. Days on market are down by more than a week, which means things are selling really quickly. 51 days seems like quite awhile, but if we remove the outliers, this number is much closer to 9 days. North Portland saw a huge jump in average sales price for March and is almost equal to that of Southeast Portland. With the Vancouver/Williams corridor becoming so popular, and all the new construction going up, prices have been jumping very quickly in North Portland. There are still affordable pockets, you just need to know where to look.
Unlike last month, we saw the average sales price climb back up for West Portland. This number is back to where we were at the beginning of the year. We also saw the days on market climb a bit. It is only 1 day longer than last month, so this number is pretty arbitrary. As previously mentioned, the Westside has the majority of the luxury listings and condos, both of which simply take longer to sell. Numbers are staying pretty consistent on this side of the river, so you should be able to plan out into the future if you aren’t ready to make a move yet.
We hope this helps to breakdown the March market in the Portland area. If you have any specific questions about your neighborhood please send us a message! You can fill out the form below or reach out to us on Facebook. We are always happy to discuss how this specifically affects you and your home value!