Portland Tops Case Shiller May 2016 Numbers Again

26 07 2016


Once again Portland tops the S&P Case-Shiller Index for May 2016 at 12.5% year-over year appreciation.  Just like last month, where Seattle and Denver followed behind at a 10.7% and 9.5 rate.

With that everyone is asking about the bubble popping.  David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said “The two hottest areas during the housing boom were Florida and the Southwest. Miami and Tampa have recovered in the last few months while Las Vegas and Phoenix remain weak. When home prices began to recover, New York and Washington saw steady price growth; now both are among the weakest areas in the country.”

What that says to me, is that the slow down is what to expect.  Portland may slow down in number and in price, but it will be healthy for us.  Like sleeping in, once Daylight Savings Time is over; or, having a bowl of soup and reading a book.


Notice in the headlines for the cities which have slowed down, the “Chicken Little” lingo is not there.  New York, Washington and Cleveland all had under 3% appreciation for May 2016 numbers.

For the Spring!  Are you kidding me!  Nothing popped though.  The bottom didn’t fall out.  Mass hysteria is not flooding the streets.

At some point Portland will not be on top and can expect the same.  That’s it.  The number may go back to our normal 4-5% appreciation which we did for about 50 years on average in the past. And, that is a GOOD thing.  Go on vacation.  It will be here when you get back.


The Full Report Here:case shiller may 2016

Dustin Miller

Broker/Market Anaylst




S&P Case-Shiller June 29, 2016

30 06 2016

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Case-Shiller Index Numbers

So let’s break down the hype for Portland, Oregon…yes, we are breaking records for prices over the entire country.  Is it really news to those of us who have been here for 20+ years that the mountains and oceans are about an hour and half away?  And people came here in droves, including my ancestors in 1852 to stake a claim on fertile land open for the opportunity to be you.  Whoever you wanted to be without your neighbor judging you.  The topography, scenic nature and growing industry are a draw for all who have eyes on us around the country.

Hey, Timbers Army, whadya think?  As we paraded the streets with “too hot” scarves adorned in double-axed insignia, it never crossed our minds that this might be a great place to land for, ya know, like, everyone.

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So here we are leading the nation in appreciation year over year on the Case-Shiller report.  Duh.

Now, let’s see what that means for those on mother Oregon’s soil already.  Bubble?  Too soon to tell.  What we do know is that the bubble nightmare of 2008 is as fresh as Sept. 11th is to us with the recent Turkish Bombings.  A few folks will push the envelope on risk, but the majority of us won’t pay $8.00 for a gallon of milk unless Armageddon is evident.

So the Case -Shiller is really reporting what we all already know…this is a great place to land and stay.  Secondly, it is telling us places like Seattle, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Tampa are still good spots too.  Where not to go?  Maybe New York, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, Tampa would hit the bottom of your list.  Detroit rocked all of our expectations this year with a 5.7% return year-over-year which beat those mentioned above.  Detroit over New York, really?  Yes, if you want to make money in real estate according to the S&P Case -Shiller for April 2016.


  • 5% up from last year
  • 1% up from last month

Twenty (20) city  —(Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, LasVegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco,  Seattle, Tampa, Washington.)


  • 4% up from last year
  • 1% up from last month

10 city—(Boston, Chicago, Denver, Vegas, LA, Florida, N.Y., San Diego, Miami, San Francisco)

  • 7% up from last year
  • 1.0% up from last month


Portland–#26 in population countrywide but included nonetheless. Take note Timbers Army.

12.3% up from last year

1.7% up from last year

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The Actual Report:Case Shiller June 28, 2016

Dustin Miller

Broker/Portland Metro Market Analyst

Realty Trust Group



Portland Metro March 2016 Market Action

14 04 2016
early harvest

Early Harvest

March is a month of new growth.  First the crocus, then the daffodils and lastly the tulips emerge from the ground along with the new homes coming on the market.  This year it appears that the buyers are beating the animals at gobbling up the new growth on the market.  Closed sales are up over 40% this month.  We are not used to breaking new records in the housing market after the groundhog predicts an early spring.  This market is like harvesting tomatoes in August for Portland!


Compared to Last Year

  • Inventory down to 1.3 months from 1.9.
  • Closed sales up 4.4%.
  • Pending sales down 9.1%
  • New listings down 5.2%.
  • Average Sales Price up 14.2%
  • Median Sales Price 15.5%

Compared to Last Month

  • Inventory down to 1.3 months.
  • Closed sales up 41.5%
  • Pending sales up 10.4%
  • New listings up 17.7%
  • Average Sales Price up 5.5%
  • Median Sales Price up 6.3%


The last time we had a jump this high in a single month was August 2005 of 5.4% for the Average Sales Price and 5.18% for the Median Sales Price.  Which means this is the highest price increase month-to-month in Portland’s recorded history!


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Sure enough, the figures for the average sales price and the median sales price are also the highest we have ever seen in both categories.


Is it a Bubble? Right now, all indicators are pointing more toward a slowing down to a normal balanced market rather than a burst of a bubble down the road.  Incomes are barely keeping up and regulations have kept a tight rein on unsecured debt in the mortgage-backed securities market.


The Full Report:  March Market Action 2016

Dustin Miller
Broker/Market Analyst





14 03 2016




It is in the numbers.  We are starting this year out on price $1000.00 above the highest recorded Average Sales price for 2015.  That is a little scary for Portlanders.  We don’t want to be anywhere near the top or breaking records.  Historically we are always a market which is slow to rise and hanging in the middle.  With this kind of start we need to be thinking about the future and what it holds for us.


Should buyers be more cautious on what they are willing to pay to help reign in the race?  Or, should sellers take the more conservative, but sound financial offer in a multiple offer situation in order to ensure a stable transaction?


We will find out in the summer where the prices are usually the highest for us…

off in the distance


Compared to Last Year

Inventory down to 1.8 months from 3.0.

Closed sales up 10%.

Pending sales up 9.9%

New listings up 0.4%.

Average Sales Price up 11.3%

Median Sales Price 10.5%


Compared to Last Month

Inventory steady at 1.8 months.

Closed sales down 2.5%

Pending sales up 24.2%

New listings up 15%

Average Sales Price up 2.6%

Median Sales Price up 1.6%




The Full Report  February Market Action 2016


Dustin Miller

Real Estate Market Analyst

Case-Shiller Home Prices January 26, 2016 Report

26 01 2016




Here are the numbers of today’s Case Shiller Report.  Portland is at an all-time high for November 2015.  This is unheard of for a late Fall number ever in our recorded history.  It makes us all wonder what will come up in next month’s report on whether it is lower or higher.  We all expect the number to go down in the Winter, but based on this, it will be somewhat unclear to predict.


More soon!

Portland  Index

Jul-2007 186.51
Aug-2015 186.51
Nov-2015 189.47


National  Index

Jul-2006 184.62
Nov-2007 175.19
Nov-2015 175.71


10 City  Index

Jun-2006 226.29
Nov-2015 197.54


20 City Index

Jul-2006 206.52
Dec-2007 184.97
Jan-2008 180.68
Nov-2015 182.86




The Full Report Here: 

Case Shiller January 26, 2015


Dustin Miller

Broker/Market Analyst


RMLS Market Action August 2015 Portland Metro Area

23 09 2015

amazed at the prices RMLS History

What…no one told me.  We broke a price record on real estate sales in 2015!  Where did you see that?

Well, I dug it up myself..see below.

The amazing findings show that the Portland Real Estate Market right now is the 4th highest Average sales price on record compared to August 2007, and the previous two months in 2015 at $364,600.  The Median Sales Price is 3rd highest on record compared to the previous months in 2015.

Have we been in the dark in the past 3 months?in the dark

My small lawyer disclaimer is that you cannot ask for whatever you want in this market based on what you hear in the news or read on a flyer next door.  You must trust a professional to assisting you and his research in the process to come up with a price based on facts in the neighborhood which are comparable to yours.

A recent client of mine listed her home for what she wanted to in the mid-$500s and then I hired and appraiser to prove my point.  We changed the price to $6K over the appraiser’s number, got 2 offers and still sold $13.5K under the listed price.

Compared to Last Year

Inventory down to 1.9 months from 3.0.

Closed sales up 19.8%.

Pending sales up 23.8%

New listings up 8.3%.

Average Sales Price up 7.2%

Median Sales Price 7.0%

Compared to Last Month

Inventory up to 1.9 months from 1.7

Closed sales down 10.3%

Pending sales down 4.2%

New listings down 9.2%

Average Sales Price down 1.2%

Median Sales Price down 0.5%

More findings soon on local neighborhoods as well.

The Full Report

RMLS History Blog

RMLS Market Action:August Market Action 2015


16 03 2015
Days of 2008...

Days of 2008…

In December 2007, the real estate market was issued a threatening letter from the economy that the water would be shut off due to non-payment.  By December 2008, the water was shut off and we had 810 homes pending and 987 homes sold.  The market dried up to the equivalent of a chile…not even a raisin.


Well, here we are today, after the water was turned back on in 2012 went from a trickle to moderate flow through March 2015.

Low Flow

February 2015 pending sales volume reached 2534 and the closed sales hit 1648.  This is only 347 homes off the closed number for February 2005!

Enjoying the moderation

Of course the pending homes were huge in that year at 3209 compared to this year at 2534. I calculated my own early numbers for March and we are at 2682 for the pending sales 30 days back from the 15th of March.

Corelogic’s Foreclosure Report just reported that Oregon has 1.6% of its homes in foreclosure, putting it on the bottom third of the nation.  Normally we fall higher up in the middle for national averages.

Corelogic’s Home Price Index had Oregon at #5 in the report for the whole nation in price appreciation compared to the other 49 states; and, 8.7% away from our peak prices in July 2007.


Corelogic’s Marketpulse Report  has at #10 in the nation since 1976 for Minimum, Maximum and Current home price appreciation.

The flow may not be gushing like little Joel Miller drinking from the firehose in UHF circa 1989, but it certainly has recovered nicely for Spring 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

Compared to Last Year

  • Inventory down to 3 months.
  • Closed sales up 12.3%.
  • Pending sales up 37.1% !
  • New listings up 22.5%.
  • Average Sales Price up 0.8%
  • Median Sales Price 2.2%

Compared to Last Month

  • Closed sales up 11.6%
  • Pending sales up 10.5%
  • New listings up 4.4%
  • Average Sales Price Down 0.4%
  • Median Sales Price Up 1.8%

The Full Reports Below:

RMLS March 2015 Market Action

Corelogic Marketpulse Feb 2015

Corelogic HPI Jan 2015

Corelogic Foreclosure Report Jan 2015

Dustin Miller

Real Estate Market Analyst