Monday, August 13th, 2012

Let’s admit it: It’s been nice to have a year of positive headlines in the residential real estate industry. There have been more sales for more money in most markets across the country, and the foreclosure situation, although not entirely in the rearview mirror, has abated. We’re now entering the months of 2012 that should offer a true test of the lasting power of this buyer-seller tryst. A dropoff in buyer and seller activity might be expected after so many months of bliss, but the feeling remains that the market will survive beyond the honeymoon phase.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending August 4:

  • New Listings decreased 0.1% to 1,433
  • Pending Sales increased 20.4% to 1,129
  • Inventory decreased 29.6% to 17,085

For the month of July:

  • Median Sales Price increased 14.2% to $179,900
  • Days on Market decreased 27.8% to 105
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.6% to 95.0%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 43.4% to 4.3

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From The Skinny.

Monday, August 6th, 2012

For decades now, the real estate industry has been both humbled and invigorated by the strong and direct relationship between the labor and housing markets. As goes the economy, seemingly so goes housing. That relationship was especially clear after the 2007 recession. The economy added 163,000 jobs in July, the highest figure since February. Our economy is growing, but not as quickly as many would like. Meanwhile, inventory drops and surging buyer demand from renters and first-timers are anchoring home prices and giving sellers more power than they’ve had in years.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending July 28:

  • New Listings increased 8.3% to 1,430
  • Pending Sales increased 20.9% to 1,149
  • Inventory decreased 30.5% to 17,103

For the month of June:

  • Median Sales Price increased 10.2% to $178,600
  • Days on Market decreased 22.0% to 113
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 4.1% to 95.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 42.6% to 4.6

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From The Skinny.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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Monday, July 30th, 2012

With the Olympics in full swing, many are noting that housing has already medaled in several arenas. Sellers waiting for firmer prices should take a fresh look at the data. Buyers nervous about a declining market should do the same. Key changes continue to take place that set the stage for a more meaningful recovery. And you thought interest rates couldn’t get any lower? Mortgage rates hit a fresh record low last week, scraping in at 3.65 percent on a 30-year fixed. That’s cheap money, if ever there were such a thing.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending July 21:

  • New Listings increased 1.2% to 1,382
  • Pending Sales increased 22.7% to 1,145
  • Inventory decreased 30.7% to 17,174

For the month of June:

  • Median Sales Price increased 10.3% to $178,750
  • Days on Market decreased 22.0% to 113
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 4.0% to 95.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 43.0% to 4.5

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From The Skinny.

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

It’s been a relatively pleasant year for the business of residential real estate. Case in point, the June 2012 NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) rose to its highest level since May 2007. And for the first time since 2005, housing is on track for being a net positive contributor to national GDP in 2012. Speaking on behalf of America, it’s about time. Throw in some real price gains, and you can expect holdout buyers to be less afraid of buying and sellers to be less afraid of listing.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending July 14:

  • New Listings increased 6.2% to 1,536
  • Pending Sales increased 13.4% to 1,125
  • Inventory decreased 30.7% to 17,188

For the month of June:

  • Median Sales Price increased 10.4% to $179,000
  • Days on Market decreased 21.9% to 113
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 4.1% to 95.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 43.3% to 4.5

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

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