Thursday, November 29th, 2012

 

By: Cara Greenberg

Wouldn’t it be nice to approach your home’s entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a clear, safe, and stylish path to your front door.

First impressions count — not just for your friends, relatives, and the UPS guy, but for yourself. Whether it’s on an urban stoop or a Victorian front porch, your front door and the area leading up to it should extend a warm welcome to all comers — and needn’t cost a bundle.

Here’s what you can do to make welcoming happen on the cheap.

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Monday, November 26th, 2012


This year, there’s a lot to be thankful for beyond the traditional holiday bird. Home buyers can be thankful for record-low mortgage rates. Sellers can be thankful for the possibility of getting more money in less listing time. Some homeowners are thankful for the housing recovery because it may alleviate underwater situations.

Tryptophan doesn’t seem to be slowing buyer and seller optimism.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending November 17:

  • New Listings increased 11.4% to 1,046
  • Pending Sales increased 9.8% to 843
  • Inventory decreased 29.4% to 14,770

For the month of October:

  • Median Sales Price increased 14.8% to $175,000
  • Days on Market decreased 25.2% to 103
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.5% to 94.5%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 40.1% to 3.7

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

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Monday, November 26th, 2012

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 Jennifer Cutter (2012 Treasurer, Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®), video produced by Chelsie Lopez.

Posted in Monthly Skinny Video |
Monday, November 26th, 2012

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 Jennifer Cutter (2012 Treasurer, Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®), video produced by Chelsie Lopez.

Posted in Monthly Skinny Video |
Monday, November 26th, 2012

By Trulia
Everyone likes a bargain, a sale, or a giveaway. What’s not to like? In real estate sales incentives can be a great way to motivate a reluctant buyer to take the plunge and consider making an offer on your home despite the current economic downturn. So as a seller what are some ways you can use sales incentives to drive up interest in your property?
Let’s take a look at 10 selling incentives to motivate buyers in a down economy:
1. Pay the points
What are points? Points are fees charged by lenders to provide financing. In general one point equals one percent of the mortgage balance. For instance a buyer paying 1 ½ points on a $200,000 loan will pay $3000 in loan fees. As an incentive to write an offer, some sellers offer to pay points on behalf of the buyer.
2. Buy down the interest rate
Many buyers are unaware that they can secure a lower interest rate by paying additional points at closing. Just like the points discussed above, a point, when buying down the interest rate, is one percentage point of the sales price. For example, a buyer who is securing a $300,000 mortgage, paying one point in loan fees, and then another two points to buy down her interest rate will pay a total of $9,000 dollars in loan costs at closing! If she can save any portion of this amount by choosing one home over another it might very well sway her decision.

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