Thursday, May 31st, 2012

By Gayla Trail

QUESTION:

I just moved into a house with a yard that is basically a blank slate. The quantity of plants needed to fill up the garden is breaking the bank! Any tips for how to find a bargain?

ANSWER:

Friend, you have come to the right person for advice. I am a plantaholic without the means to feed my addiction. Do I know how to get a bargain? Heck, yeah! The following are just a few strategies I have put to use to extend my gardening budget well beyond its limit.

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The tempo in residential housing has remained upbeat through the first five months of 2012. Year-to-date figures begin to sing a compelling tune at this time of year, and the song thus far is that markets are moving back toward balance and home prices are beginning to reflect that stabilization. For the most recent week, buyer activity was higher than year-ago levels while listing activity registered lower. Keep an eye on months supply, seller concessions, market times and foreclosure rates. Multiple offers are back and tentative owners looking to move should take note. It’s okay to sing in public again.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending May 19:

  • New Listings decreased 9.6% to 1,533
  • Pending Sales increased 18.6% to 1,116
  • Inventory decreased 29.4% to 17,648

For the month of April:

  • Median Sales Price increased 12.1% to $162,500
  • Days on Market decreased 15.2% to 135
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.6% to 93.4%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 42.0% to 4.8

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Monday, May 21st, 2012

Houses are just things. Boxes waiting to be filled. In the hands of caring, nurturing citizens, those simple boxes become homes that create memories and fortify communities for generations. This May, more than 13,000 REALTORS┬« rallied at the Washington Monument to preserve the American Dream of homeownership. Some components of the dream are being threatened by budget pressures and market realities. But homeownership is very much alive and well, as more than three out of five residencies are owner-occupied in the U.S. Moreover, buyer demand has been impressive throughout the year. As Franklin D. Roosevelt famously stated: “A nation of homeowners is unconquerable.” Our response in 2012: Fill the box!

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending May 12:

  • New Listings decreased 11.8% to 1,485
  • Pending Sales increased 18.9% to 1,159
  • Inventory decreased 28.3% to 17,761

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 42.4% to 4.7

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

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

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

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

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

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