For the last several years we have heard from so called experts that we have hit a bottom in the housing market. Those who made that call a couple years ago were very wrong. But today, I think we are very close! While very much like the stock market, it is very difficult to call a bottom. All the signs are starting to point to a true bottom and leading indicators to me are the decreasing inventory and the reappearance of…multiple offers!
A recent story in the Wall Street Journal stated that “Economists aren’t always right, but on this at least they agree: A new Wall Street Journal survey of forecasters found 44 believe the housing market has reached its bottom; only three don’t.
I personally don’t always have the most faith in economist, in fact, I used to say that you could switch all the economist with all weatherman and no one would know the difference! Times have changed…weathermen now have doppler radar!
Condo and loft sales for the Portland area from The Pearl District down to South Waterfront continues to move along nicely. With 43 sales in the +$200,000 market we are pretty much staying steady with where we have been on the monthly totals the last few months. July could be very different though as we currently have 90 properties in a Pending status for this area of the condo and loft market.
Lower end condos outpaced the high end this month with no closings over the $1,000,000 mark. The low end of the market certainly looks as though we have hit bottom with newer listings in some areas getting multiple offers. Part of the reason for this seems to be the low inventory we are seeing which is somewhat unusual for this time of year. One possible reason for this low inventory seems to be that more people are renting out their condos instead of putting them on the market…somewhat of a catch 22 here. The rental market is hot and monthly rentals have gone up. Now with inventory low, sellers are able to push their price a little as choices for buyers are limited. Not a bad time for owners to sell with current inventory under 4 months!
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So it’s been a pretty rough market for a few years… are luxury condos selling in Portland? You bet they are! And leading the way in 2012 are our top 5 most expensive condos sold year to date.
Coming in at #5 is a penthouse condo at 937 www.937Condominium.com
With 1903 square feet and 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, this contemporary penthouse condo at 937 sold for $1,249,950.
At #4 on our list is a beautiful unit at one of Portland’s finest The Casey www.TheCaseyCondominium.com
With 2608 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and killer views, this unit sold for $1,375,000.
At #3 on the list, a unit at The Gregory Lofts www.TheGregoryLoft.com
This unit features 2692 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and sold for $1,450,000.
At#2, a brand new penthouse unit at Encore www.PortlandEncoreCondo.com
This unit, sold in February, features 2481 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and sold for $1,800,000.
And the winner is… a unit at The Metropolitan! www.MetropolitanPortland.com
With a spacious 3245 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths this penthouse unit at The Metropolitan sold for $1,950,000.
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While it did not get the asking price of $110,000,000, it did set records for New York real estate!
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So what does this do for Portland condominiums for sale? Not a thing! But one thing it does show is that there is some confidence coming back into the market. From New York to LA to Portland, things are starting to move. In Portland, we are at the lowest level of inventory for Portland condominiums for sale that we have seen for years! What does this mean in the market place? If you have thought about selling your South Waterfront condominium or Pearl District loft, now is the time! For someone that wants to sell, you will now be able to push the price a bit because of the lack of inventory. For buyers, rates are incredible and patient buyers will be able to find true values when they come on the market. One important thing to note is that if you are thinking about buying a Portland condo or loft, work with a condo specialist! A condo and loft specialist is in the condo market everyday and really knows a value when it comes on the market. If you are selling, wouldn’t you rather have an agent marketing your property to the people they are marketing to everyday…condo buyers!
If you know of someone that is thinking about selling their Portland condo or loft, please put them in touch with Brad Golik and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com. From Atwater Place in Southwaterfront, The Westerly in NW Portland, or to 937 Condominiums, The Casey or The Metropolitan in The Pearl District, we have one of the most unique and effective marketing programs for those looking to sell their condominium for top dollar.
Spring is here!
Well, other than the weather that is. What did we see in the downtown condo markets including The Pearl District and condos in South Waterfront? What we are seeing is a continuation of the shrinking inventories and not much in the way of new units to replace those that have been sold. For April, we saw 42 sales ( priced above $200,000) an increase over a few of the previous months. Leading the charge was the higher end of the market with 19 sales over the $500,000 price point… nearly half of all sales. As mentioned in a previous post, we had several condos in the +$1,000,000 range that went pending. Of those, we had several that closed. The penthouse condo at The Pinnacle sold for a whopping -14.7% off of its original list price. More in line with the original list price, 2 condos at The Westerly both sold for $1,050,000 ( -7% and – 8.7%) still above the usual –2 to -5% we are used to seeing.
Where were most sales happening? The highest percentage of sales this month were condos in The Pearl Distict! Leading the way were new condos at Encore in Portland with 5 sales. Following Encore was 937 condominiums with 3 and several others with 2 sales each including condos at The Casey, The Pinnacle and then in NW Portland, The Westerly condominiums also had 2 sales. Down in the South Waterfront condo market, Atwater Place condominiums had 2 sales. Coming to an almost standstill The Meriwether. The Meriwether HOA litigation issue, has put many future listings on hold for the time in these two buildings.
Now that spring is here many of us are hoping for some sunshine, others…including myself, are hoping for new listings!