Portland tops nation’s home price index

Portland hit the highest annual home value gains for third straight month in December. 

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Portland-area home prices in December increased 11.4 percent year-over-year, more than San Francisco’s 10.3 percent gains and Denver’s increase of 10.2 percent. The trio of cities have sat atop the 20-city index for months; Portland jumped into a three-way tie for annual gains in October and claimed the highest year-over-year increases when November’s numbers were released.

The monthly report is the latest in a steady stream of reminders that Portland’s housing market was red-hot in 2015, a year marked by rising prices and low inventory.

‘Higher prices in these markets [Portland, San Francisco and Denver] should help increase inventory headed into 2016, but at the same time push some homes out of reach for buyers,’ said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, in an email.

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The OB’s recent Hot Topics/Cool Talks event invited conversation about the Portland housing crisis and rental affordability, February 23. Read the recap, “Business called on to help address affordable housing crisis.”

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