Ted Bergstrom

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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending February 8, 2020

The impact of the spread of Coronavirus continues to grow as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.51% last week. Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of REALTORS®, explained that the upper-end of the housing market may soften with the temporary loss of Chinese buyers. “China has been the most important source of foreign demand for real estate,” he explained. Until temporary travel bans are lifted, many potential Chinese buyers will be restricted from visiting the U.S., which will in turn reduce the number of active home buyers, particularly at the high end of the market.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending February 8:

  • New Listings increased 14.1% to 1,315
  • Pending Sales increased 18.4% to 960
  • Inventory decreased 15.6% to 7,556

For the month of January:

  • Median Sales Price increased 4.2% to $270,000
  • Days on Market increased 1.5% to 66
  • Percent of Original List Price Received decreased 0.1% to 97.0%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 16.7% to 1.5

All comparisons are to 2019
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending February 1, 2020

A newly released report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows in Q4 2019 the national homeownership rate rose to 65.1%. This is the highest level since Q3 2013 when the homeownership rate was 65.3%. For perspective, the national homeownership rate since 2000 peaked at 69.1% in Q1 2005 and was at its lowest at 62.9% in Q2 2016. The increase in the homeownership rate since Q2 2016 represents nearly 2.7 million additional owner-occupied homes.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending February 1:

  • New Listings increased 4.5% to 978
  • Pending Sales increased 6.1% to 904
  • Inventory decreased 15.5% to 7,621

For the month of December:

  • Median Sales Price increased 7.9% to $278,200
  • Days on Market decreased 1.8% to 56
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.5% to 97.3%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 15.8% to 1.6

All comparisons are to 2019
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending January 25, 2020

CoreLogic’s latest Single-Family Rent Index report saw the cost of renting single-family homes, including condos, up 3% in November 2019 compared to November 2018. According to the report, rent prices started climbing in 2010 and have stabilized around an annualized rate of 3% since early 2019. With the cost of rent continuing to trend upward, it makes sense that many are considering paying their own mortgage, instead of their landlord’s, by becoming first-time homeowners.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending January 25:

  • New Listings decreased 5.2% to 916
  • Pending Sales decreased 0.9% to 795
  • Inventory decreased 14.9% to 7,751

For the month of December:

  • Median Sales Price increased 8.2% to $279,000
  • Days on Market decreased 1.8% to 56
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.5% to 97.3%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 15.8% to 1.6

All comparisons are to 2019
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending January 18, 2020

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that applications for home purchases rose 16% last week, reaching its highest level since 2009. Applications to refinance also grew, increasing a stunning 43% last week and are 109% higher than a year ago, the MBA reports. The sharp increases in both purchase and refinance applications are spurred by lower rates providing incentives for both buyers and existing homeowners to act.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending January 18:

  • New Listings decreased 14.3% to 904
  • Pending Sales increased 2.5% to 734
  • Inventory decreased 14.3% to 7,770

For the month of December:

  • Median Sales Price increased 8.2% to $279,000
  • Days on Market decreased 1.8% to 56
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.5% to 97.3%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 21.1% to 1.5

All comparisons are to 2019
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending January 11, 2020

Freddie Mac reported that the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.64% this week, the lowest level in three months and down from 4.45% one year ago. Additionally, conforming and FHA loan limits have increased for 2020. Increased loan limits coupled with low rates, will give more buyers the ability to purchase a wider range of properties. These changes, along with the continued strong labor market, is likely to spur buyer demand even in the face of a constrained supply of homes for sale throughout much of the country.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending January 11:

  • New Listings decreased 4.9% to 998
  • Pending Sales decreased 12.2% to 592
  • Inventory decreased 15.2% to 7,624

For the month of December:

  • Median Sales Price increased 8.0% to $278,600
  • Days on Market decreased 1.8% to 56
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.4% to 97.2%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 21.1% to 1.5

All comparisons are to 2019
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending January 4, 2020

With the start of the New Year, the real estate market turns more active across mostof the country. Sellers connect with agents, resulting in a pop of new listings, followed by renewed interest by buyers, which leads to an increase in pending sales. This pattern is seen every year and 2020 should be no different. We’re starting off the year with continued low interest rates, low unemployment, and rising rents nationally. This sets us up for a strong start to 2020 and plenty of optimism for the coming spring market.

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

  • New Listings decreased 17.9% to 683
  • Pending Sales decreased 7.0% to 546
  • Inventory decreased 12.8% to 8,064

For the month of November:

  • Median Sales Price increased 5.6% to $279,900
  • Days on Market decreased 1.9% to 51
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.2% to 97.5%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 4.5% to 2.1

All comparisons are to 2019
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending December 28, 2019

Data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) and the National Association of Home Builders shows that 62.5 percent of all new construction homes started in 2018 were built as part of a community or homeowner’s association, up from 47.6% in 2009. These associations are typically created when the developments are built to maintain common areas of the developments and to enforce private deed restrictions, which often detail requirements for the exterior appearance and upkeep of properties.

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

  • New Listings decreased 15.6% to 259
  • Pending Sales decreased 3.7% to 495
  • Inventory decreased 14.0% to 8,354

For the month of November:

  • Median Sales Price increased 5.6% to $279,900
  • Days on Market decreased 1.9% to 51
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.2% to 97.5%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 4.5% to 2.1

All comparisons are to 2018
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending December 21, 2019

As we close out the last weeks of the year, both buyers and sellers turn their focus from the transacting of homes to preparations for celebrating the holidays with their family and friends. Renewed interest by both buyers and sellers will come in the New Year and with it, the expectations for a strong housing market in 2020.

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

  • New Listings increased 6.1% to 524
  • Pending Sales decreased 1.3% to 706
  • Inventory decreased 13.1% to 8,805

For the month of November:

  • Median Sales Price increased 5.6% to $279,900
  • Days on Market decreased 1.9% to 51
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.2% to 97.5%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 9.1% to 2.0

All comparisons are to 2018
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending December 14, 2019

This week the Federal Reserve, in its final meeting of the year, voted to leave its key benchmark rate unchanged, which was widely expected. The Fed also suggested that rate changes are unlikely in the coming months. While the rate decisions by the Federal Reserve do not directly affect mortgage rates, Federal Reserve policy does affect the economic markets overall. While mortgage rates have trended up slightly in recent weeks, they remain nearly one percent lower than a year ago. Fed Chair Jerome Powell was upbeat on the economy going forward: “with a strong household sector and supportive monetary and financial conditions, we expect moderate growth to continue.”

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

  • New Listings decreased 4.1% to 696
  • Pending Sales decreased 0.5% to 744
  • Inventory decreased 10.0% to 9,399

For the month of November:

  • Median Sales Price increased 5.6% to $279,900
  • Days on Market decreased 1.9% to 51
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.2% to 97.5%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 9.1% to 2.0

All comparisons are to 2018
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Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending December 7, 2019

Both conforming Conventional loan and FHA loan limits are increasing starting January 1, 2020 in an effort to trend higher with increasing home prices. These new higher limits will expand the pool of buyers able to take advantage of the most common financing options for primary residences. Additionally, the VA has announced that due to the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act of 2019, VA loans will no longer have fixed limits starting January 1, 2020, which should raise the number of active duty military and veterans that can take advantage of this great program. Of course in all cases, the borrower must still qualify for the loan amounts they are seeking, regardless of the caps.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending December 7:

  • New Listings increased 9.6% to 867
  • Pending Sales increased 19.2% to 905
  • Inventory decreased 8.8% to 9,822

For the month of November:

  • Median Sales Price increased 5.6% to $279,900
  • Days on Market decreased 1.9% to 51
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.2% to 97.5%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 9.1% to 2.0

All comparisons are to 2018

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