Monday, May 14th, 2012

If only there were a system of grand, colorful lights for tracking residential real estate. Green for rising market, yellow for a transitional market and red for declining market. Let’s see if we can try to determine today’s market without the ease of well-known signals. Prices are bottoming and starting to rise. Buyer activity is showing year-over-year gains. Homes are selling faster and closer to list price. Multiple offers are becoming commonplace. Inventory levels are leaning toward the seller. Green means go.

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

  • New Listings decreased 6.6% to 1,643
  • Pending Sales increased 41.9% to 1,232
  • Inventory decreased 28.3% to 17,579

For the month of April:

  • Median Sales Price increased 12.1% to $162,500
  • Days on Market decreased 15.1% to 135
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.6% to 93.4%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 43.1% to 4.7

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From The Skinny.

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Buyers don’t live in a spreadsheet. When they find a home to love and cherish, they don’t intellectualize it too much. There are generally fewer homes on the market, they’re selling more quickly and prices in most areas are no longer in a downtrend. Dwindling inventories means there’s less competition and more pricing power for sellers, who are finally starting to be rewarded by strong buyer activity. Interest rates at 50-year lows doesn’t hurt either. Love is in the air and all around the housing market.

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

  • New Listings decreased 14.9% to 1,475
  • Pending Sales increased 21.4% to 1,187
  • Inventory decreased 28.0% to 17,603

For the month of March:

  • Median Sales Price increased 7.1% to $149,900
  • Days on Market decreased 9.7% to 144
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.8% to 92.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 37.2% to 4.8

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From The Skinny.

Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Monday, April 30th, 2012

There’s that sound again. It’s the media message you once heard on the TV and radio or read in newspapers and on the Internet in days seemingly long gone. Real estate stories are mostly being cast in a generous light. That’s all well and good, but is now the time to list or buy? Answering that question still relies upon many specific, localized, determining factors, but we have reached a place where the process is generally more positive and enjoyable. That big American dream of homeownership is no longer haunted by night terrors.

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

  • New Listings increased 13.9% to 1,677
  • Pending Sales increased 41.2% to 1,281
  • Inventory decreased 28.4% to 17,447

For the month of March:

  • Median Sales Price increased 7.1% to $149,900
  • Days on Market decreased 9.7% to 144
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.8% to 92.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 37.6% to 4.7

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From The Skinny.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Job growth, low mortgage rates, rising rents and a relatively inexpensive housing stock. These are just some of the playful teases in the burlesque revue that is today’s market recovery. Another week passed with buyers displaying no signs of slowing down. In general, sellers are discovering a less-intimidating scene, and buyers are reveling in the showy marketplace. As expected, spring’s warming glow continues to fuel optimism and consumer activity. But that won’t necessarily be the case in every area or segment, so do your research before making that move.

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

  • New Listings decreased 9.5% to 1,637
  • Pending Sales increased 25.5% to 1,170
  • Inventory decreased 27.8% to 17,384

For the month of March:

  • Median Sales Price increased 7.1% to $149,900
  • Days on Market decreased 9.6% to 145
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.8% to 92.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 38.0% to 4.7

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From The Skinny.

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