Monday, February 25th, 2013

Where has the Twin Cities real estate market been and where is it heading? This monthly summary provides an overview of current trends and projections for future activity. Narrated by Cotty Lowry (2013 Treasurer, Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®), video produced by Chelsie Lopez.

Posted in Monthly Skinny Video |
Monday, February 18th, 2013


Transparency. We like it when our politicians, stock brokers and mechanics have it. But what about our housing markets? It’s empowering to know that home sales were up 10.0 percent in your state, or that the average home sold for 250,000 in your city or that 20.0 percent of sales in your neighborhood were foreclosures. It allows – no – it encourages both existing and would-be home buyers to make smarter decisions, which ultimately conserves the increasingly scarce taxpayer dollar. In turn, that allows us to invest in things we value as a society like infrastructure, technology, education, research and job training.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending February 9:

  • New Listings decreased 6.7% to 1,229
  • Pending Sales increased 5.3% to 914
  • Inventory decreased 31.2% to 12,225

For the month of January:

  • Median Sales Price increased 14.3% to $160,000
  • Days on Market decreased 24.1% to 107
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.5% to 93.5%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 42.0% to 2.9

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.From The Skinny.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Monday, February 18th, 2013

While we’re all exercising more and eating better – at least for another week – the local housing market has upheld several important resolutions. Four patterns continued from 2012: buyer demand was up, new and existing supply levels were down, prices were higher and distressed market activity eased. There were 2,797 closed home sales in January 2013, 11.0 percent higher than January 2012. There were 3,456 pending sales, a 13.3 percent increase over last year. Inventory levels declined 32.2 percent to 11,977 active listings, the lowest number for any month going back to January 2003. That marks an official 10-year low.

“Last year, traditional sellers re-entered the market in increasing numbers,” said Andy Fazendin, President of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®. “With our limited inventory, that’s led consumers to purchase more traditional properties, which sell for roughly 60 percent more than distressed properties.”

Traditional closed sales, in fact, were up 41.8 percent. That’s helped boost year-over-year median sales price comparisons for 11 straight months. The median home price was up 14.3 percent to $160,000. The 10K Housing Value Index – which adjusts for seasonality and segment bias – showed a tamer 8.2 percent increase to

$175,529. With the number of homes for sale at a 10-year low, seller confidence has become an increasingly vital component to continued housing recovery. There is evidence of improvement on this front, as traditional seller activity has been on the rise.

A healing distressed segment facilitated recovery. Traditional homes comprised 65.9 percent of all new listings, up from 56.3 percent last January, and made up 57.1 percent of all closed sales compared to 44.8 percent last year. In other words, fewer low-priced foreclosures and short sales both entered and sold off the market.

The traditional median sales price was up 3.6 percent to $199,900; the foreclosure median sales price was up 22.5 percent to $124,900; the short sale median sales price was up 2.9 percent to $125,500.

Posted in The Skinny |
Monday, February 11th, 2013


As we take our first gentle steps into the first year of predicted housing market improvement in many years, let’s look at why we’re feeling bullish. Affordability is high; coupled with historically low interest rates, people are ready to lay their money down. Inventory is generally down, creating more competition among those searching for homes. Desire plus demand has created more frequent tickles of price rising just as foreclosures and short sales are selling through the market, becoming less of a drag on those prices. The residential real estate recovery is tentative and fragile, but it’s still a recovery.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending February 2:

  • New Listings decreased 9.6% to 1,120
  • Pending Sales increased 1.8% to 872
  • Inventory decreased 31.4% to 12,213

For the month of January:

  • Median Sales Price increased 14.3% to $160,000
  • Days on Market decreased 24.1% to 107
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.5% to 93.5%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 42.0% to 2.9

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.From The Skinny.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Monday, February 4th, 2013


You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data. In real estate, numbers aren’t just numbers. Numbers tell consumers how much house they can afford. Numbers tell agents whether their customers are buying into appreciating or depreciating communities. Numbers forewarn against bubble inflation. They also offer insight into which way the pendulum is swinging: toward buyers or sellers. Numbers have a calming way of removing uncertainty from decisions. Let’s examine our most recent set of numbers.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending January 26:

  • New Listings decreased 4.9% to 1,038
  • Pending Sales increased 3.1% to 800
  • Inventory decreased 31.4% to 12,245

For the month of December:

  • Median Sales Price increased 15.9% to $168,000
  • Days on Market decreased 23.4% to 108
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.5% to 93.8%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 40.0% to 3.0

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.From The Skinny.

Posted in Weekly Report |

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