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

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Market sentiment can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just as negative economic news sent a chill through the housing industry over the last several years, a newly confident consumer buying up excess inventory and further housing-related sundries helps stabilize and support home values. Some sellers are even starting to see rising prices. The numbers are beginning to reflect the fact that multiple offers on homes for sale are now more than anecdotal conversation between real estate professionals. For this week, new listings were down while purchase contracts were up compared to the same week in April 2011.

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

  • New Listings decreased 19.0% to 1,411
  • Pending Sales increased 15.5% to 1,036
  • Inventory decreased 27.3% to 17,289

For the month of March:

  • Median Sales Price increased 7.1% to $149,900
  • Days on Market decreased 9.4% to 145
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.8% to 92.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 38.5% to 4.7

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Monday, April 9th, 2012

The weekly scorecard showcases that home buyers were more active compared to the same week last year. Buyers have been taking advantage of an affordable market, but sellers in many areas have been lazing in the tall grass like lions as the herd moves past. Watch for a changing landscape this spring and summer. Even skeptical sellers are sensing a need to get back into the hunt.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending March 31:

  • New Listings decreased 12.1% to 1,532
  • Pending Sales increased 25.2% to 1,113
  • Inventory decreased 27.2% to 17,274

For the month of March:

  • Median Sales Price increased 6.4% to $149,000
  • Days on Market decreased 10.0% to 144
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.7% to 92.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 39.2% to 4.6

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The last time you were at the doctor, your vital signs were checked – heart rate, pulse, temperature and blood pressure. Progress was documented and valuable insights were gained, whether it was a routine visit or one of many checks during an extended hospital stay. The housing market has been in and out of intensive care for the past several years. Monitoring vitals matters, and that’s what you’ll find on the following pages. The pulse of today’s market indicates that we may be getting ready to leave the ICU. So if you could just please pull up your sleeve, let’s check your blood pressure.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending March 24:

  • New Listings increased 2.2% to 1,414
  • Pending Sales increased 30.2% to 1,052
  • Inventory decreased 27.3% to 17,193

For the month of February:

  • Median Sales Price decreased 1.4% to $138,000
  • Days on Market decreased 9.0% to 145
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.5% to 90.6%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 34.8% to 4.7

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Loans of up to $18,000 are being offered to homeowners with no interest, no monthly payments and repayment deferred until home is sold or transferred.

Full Story: St. Paul Pioneer Press

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