Comparing this month, October 2009, to last year in October, pending sales were up 64% and closed sales rose 37.1%. The inventory is also declining, with new listings down "4.5%".
Part of what is keeping sales on track is that prices have continued to decline, "The average sale price for October 2009 was down 12.6% compared to October 2008, while the median sale price declined 10.9%."
Inventory is down to an fairly balanced level of 13,101 listings which would take 6.5 months to sell at the current pace. 6 month is considered a balanced market.
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All statistics are from Portland RMLS Market Action, October 2009.