First Look at February Numbers – Bank-Owned & Short Sales Almost 30% of the Market, By Bob Broad

I pulled preliminary numbers for February real estate activity in Portland, and want to report the following highlights: Pending sales volume is up from January, despite the short month. After all the month-end sales get reported we could end up with a ”nice” month. Preliminary numbers have us down to about 11 months of inventory. Since selling has been heaviest at lower price-points and especially with first time home buyers who are taking advantage of more affordable housing and tax credits, we’re not surprised to see healthier sales inventories in the east-side regions of Portland.

Bank-Owned and Short Sales are Selling in Portland
Over 25% of all the transactions in February were with bank-owned properties and properties requiring third party approval (short sales and relo’s). 18% of the active listings today are either bank owned or require third party approval. Over 1/3 of the closed sales in Beaverton and Tigard areas were on these “distressed” properties. Similarly deal hunters were active in Lake Oswego last month. Half of the current listings are vacant. This is down slightly, which is good. Nonetheless, we have noticed that many of today’s vacant listings become tomorrow’s short sale and/or bank-owned property.

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