Portland area January home sales fell to the lowest level for any month in at least 15 years. One of the nation's sturdier housing markets, the five-county region also posted this cycle's first double-digit, year-over-year decline in its median sale price, a real estate information service reported. A total of 1,386 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow during January in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area (see included MSA counties below). That sales total fell 25.8% from 1,868 in December and dropped 41.1% below the 2,354 sales a year earlier, according to MDA DataQuick. The San Diego firm tracks real estate trends nationally via public property records. The number of homes sold in January was the lowest for any month since at least January 1994, when DataQuick's complete (all home types) Portland region sales statistics begin. January 2009 marked the 35th consecutive month in which total sales have fallen on a year-over-year basis. January sales of newly built homes (houses and condos combined) as well as sales of existing single-family detached houses were at record lows for any month in DataQuick's statistics. Sales of existing condos remained well above record-low territory. The regional median price paid for all new and resale houses and condos combined in January was $245,000, down 1.0% from $247,500 in December and down 12.5% from $280,000 a year earlier. The January median stood 15.2% below its $288,858 peak in August 2007 and was the lowest for any month since January 2006, when it was also $245,000.