Monday, September 21st, 2020

For Week Ending September 12, 2020

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) in August fell by 4.7 percent to 120.9. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, and this latest drop finds the index at its lowest point since March 2014. Tightening lending standards often includes a reduction in loan programs with low credit scores, high loan-to-value ratios, and reduced borrower documentation requirements. So while mortgage rates continue to remain near all-time lows, qualifying for a mortgage is becoming a little more difficult for some borrowers.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 12:

  • New Listings decreased 3.8% to 1,783
  • Pending Sales increased 13.5% to 1,384
  • Inventory decreased 31.5% to 8,928

For the month of August:

  • Median Sales Price increased 9.8% to $315,000
  • Days on Market decreased 4.9% to 39
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.3% to 100.3%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 30.8% to 1.8

All comparisons are to 2019

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Monday, September 14th, 2020

For Week Ending September 5, 2020

Strong buyer activity continues into the back-to-school season that normally signals the seasonal slowing of the housing market. With more buyers in the market and the continued constrained supply of homes for sale, speedy sales and multiple offers are likely to remain a common occurrence and will keep agents and prospective homebuyers and sellers quite busy this fall.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 5:

  • New Listings decreased 3.4% to 1,669
  • Pending Sales increased 40.3% to 1,601
  • Inventory decreased 30.2% to 8,942

For the month of July:

  • Median Sales Price increased 10.6% to $313,000
  • Days on Market increased 7.9% to 41
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.5% to 100.1%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 23.1% to 2.0

All comparisons are to 2019

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

For Week Ending August 29, 2020

Mortgage rates continue to remain near all-time lows. This week, mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported that average rates on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage were 2.91% with an average of .8 points, just slightly above the record-low rate of 2.88% recorded earlier in the month. The Federal Reserve has announced that they will be adopting a more flexible monetary policy in an effort to achieve inflation that averages 2% over time, which is likely to keep mortgage rates low and provide further support to economic activity for an extended period of time.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending August 29:

  • New Listings increased 24.2% to 1,730
  • Pending Sales increased 18.0% to 1,540
  • Inventory decreased 30.7% to 9,094

For the month of July:

  • Median Sales Price increased 10.6% to $313,000
  • Days on Market increased 7.9% to 41
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.5% to 100.1%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 29.6% to 1.9

All comparisons are to 2019

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Monday, August 31st, 2020

For Week Ending August 22, 2020

New construction activity continues to show strength, reaching pre-COVID-19 levels. The latest report from the Commerce Department and U.S. Housing and Urban Development shows total housing production is up 22.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of nearly 1.5 million units, the highest rate since February. Lumber prices have surged more than 110% since mid-April, adding approximately $14,000 to the typical new single-family home according to National Association of Home Builder estimates. Many are finding new construction home prices have increased in recent months from the pressures of increased costs to builders and strong consumer demand.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending August 22:

  • New Listings increased 4.0% to 1,771
  • Pending Sales increased 21.7% to 1,582
  • Inventory decreased 30.3% to 9,262

For the month of July:

  • Median Sales Price increased 10.6% to $313,000
  • Days on Market increased 7.9% to 41
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.5% to 100.1%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 29.6% to 1.9

All comparisons are to 2019

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Thursday, August 27th, 2020

With the inventory of homes for sale still constrained, a competitive market for buyers shows little sign of waning.

Posted in Monthly Skinny Video |

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