Statistical update: At the beginning of April, homes in the Bend area residential sector were running ahead of last year in numbers sold and average price while inventories continued to decline, all suggesting that while the complexion of the housing market may not yet be exhibiting the ruddy glow of a distance runner, at least it has lost its cadaverous pallor.
- New construction sales dominate the market percentage wise, up significantly in Bend as a whole and NorthWest Crossing in particular.
- Absorption rates show the Bend area had 3.1 months of inventory on April 3, 2012 compared with 3.6 months the same time a year ago. NorthWest Crossing has 5.4 months, down significantly from 8.9 months at the same time in 2011.
- Central Oregon MLS quarterly and monthly statistics: Q1 2012
- 424 homes were sold in the Bend area, a gain of 7.6% over the same quarter a year ago.
- The median sale price was $194,750, a 10.9% increase compared with the first quarter of 2011.
- In all property and location categories - 1,202 sales, up 3.1% from the first quarter of 2011. The median sale price of $145,000 overall reflected a gain of 6.0%.
The number of homes sold in Bend last month (March 2012) increased for the second month in a row following a dip in January. Average and median sale prices inched downward but have generally followed a level course over the past year.
In addition, the number of building permits for single-family homes issued in Bend during the first quarter of 2012 drew a huge round of applause from watchers of the local economy: 89 permits were issued, coincidentally up 89% over the same period last year. This was the highest first-quarter figure since 2007, when a record 227 permits were issued. The average from 2008 to 2010 was 42 permits.
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