Weekly Market Report

Nationally, we are starting to see some of the impact of the government shutdown on the housing market. Applications for government mortgage products dropped to the lowest level since 2007, according to a release from the Mortgage Banker’s Association. This was while overall applications were up marginally. Most FHA lenders were able to process loans while Veterans Administration loans were slowed considerably and USDA Rural Development financing was cut off entirely. That said, there was still plenty of activity locally, much of it positive.

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

  • New Listings increased 16.3% to 1,291
  • Pending Sales decreased 11.4% to 867
  • Inventory decreased 3.9% to 16,275

For the month of September:

  • Median Sales Price increased 11.7% to $195,000
  • Days on Market decreased 29.7% to 71
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.8% to 96.5%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 14.0% to 3.7

All comparisons are to 2012

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Weekly Market Report

As tricks and treats are planned, housing starts its preparation for a holiday season hibernation. Though activity hasn’t come to a complete halt – there are still year-over-year gains being posted for listings and prices – the liveliness of the summer months has started to slow. Keep watch on any movements from the Fed, on economic indicators outside of housing and on the legislative tug-of-war. Each may play a part in predicting how the rest of the fourth quarter of 2013 goes.

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

  • New Listings increased 21.7% to 1,524
  • Pending Sales decreased 2.7% to 892
  • Inventory decreased 5.6% to 16,113

For the month of September:

  • Median Sales Price increased 11.7% to $195,000
  • Days on Market decreased 29.7% to 71
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.8% to 96.5%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 16.3% to 3.6

All comparisons are to 2012

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Weekly Market Report

Home price gains and housing demand are still a year-over-year improvement, but activity is beginning to moderate as the seasons change. With the possibility of further rate and price increases, some buyers are still motivated, but urgency tends to wane when holiday decorations start going up. Recovery continues, but the pace is stabilizing. Yet that’s a good thing, since harmful corrections usually follow when the market moves too far too fast.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending October 5:

  • New Listings increased 17.9% to 1,536
  • Pending Sales increased 2.4% to 1,037
  • Inventory decreased 6.2% to 16,074

For the month of September:

  • Median Sales Price increased 11.7% to $195,000
  • Days on Market decreased 29.7% to 71
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.8% to 96.5%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 16.3% to 3.6

All comparisons are to 2012

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Home Prices Continue Their Ascent as Inventory Searches for Bottom

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Recovery continued across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan housing market even with our first taste of fall weather. Sellers regained some enthusiasm as new listings rose 19.3 percent to 6,372, marking the sixth consecutive year-over-year increase in monthly seller activity.

Buyers closed on 4,667 homes, a 14.5 percent increase over last September. Consumers have 15,968 properties from which to choose – 7.1 percent fewer than September 2012 but 22.5 percent more than in January 2013.

The overall median sales price stood at $195,000, up 11.7 percent compared to September 2012. Three factors have coalesced to attain higher sales prices: less supply, more demand and a sales mix that’s returning to traditional sales and away from foreclosures.

In September 2011, foreclosures and short sales together comprised 46.1 percent of all closed sales. In September 2013, these two segments made up only 21.9 percent of sales.

“Median sales prices have increased for 19 consecutive months in year-over-year comparisons,” said Andy Fazendin, President of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR). “Rising rents, affordable prices and low interest rates continue to drive sales increases.”

While closed sales were up 14.5 percent overall, traditional buyer activity was up 37.3 percent. Foreclosure sales and short sales were down 27.3 and 30.0 percent, respectively.

Similarly, new listings were up 19.3 percent overall, but traditional seller activity rallied 42.6 percent higher as foreclosure and short sale new listings fell 29.6 and 42.6 percent, respectively.

Homes are selling in an average of 71 days, continuing a low-number trend from last month that we haven’t seen around here for more than six years. Sellers are receiving an average of 96.5 percent of their original list price – the highest September ratio since 2005. The Twin Cities is at 3.6 months’ supply of inventory for September 2013.

The traditional median sales price rose 4.4 percent to $217,000; the foreclosure median sales price was up 8.0 percent to $134,900; the short sale median sales price increased 10.9 percent to $145,250.

“With price gains continuing and multiple-offer situations still common, market recovery and stability has been the order of the day,” said Emily Green, MAAR President-Elect. “Activity should begin its season slowdown, but we expect year-over-year activity to remain positive.”

Weekly Market Report

Home prices are still rising and rates have increased incrementally. As the cement of market balance hardens, it has become more dependent on move-up and first- time home buyers. Even with tightened lending regulations, seller activity has broadened. The government shutdown should not have a major impact on national and local market housing recovery. But as we get deeper into the -ber months, it will be interesting to see if the year-over-year trends hold true, simply lessen in drama or give reason for pause.

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

  • New Listings increased 10.3% to 1,449
  • Pending Sales increased 12.2% to 1,106
  • Inventory decreased 5.9% to 16,282

For the month of August:

  • Median Sales Price increased 16.8% to $207,825
  • Days on Market decreased 34.0% to 70
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.0% to 97.0%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 15.9% to 3.7

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Weekly Market Report

Higher interest rates, rising prices and a budget standoff in Washington haven’t shaken consumer sentiment regarding housing. Buyers continue to riffle through existing inventory for options, keeping an eye out for new listings. A sense of normalcy is returning to the real estate ethos after more than a decade of extreme ups and downs. It’s a big week for economic and housing news, so keep your eyes and ears tuned for any changing headlines.

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

  • New Listings increased 13.3% to 1,469
  • Pending Sales decreased 5.5% to 970
  • Inventory decreased 6.8% to 16,249

For the month of August:

  • Median Sales Price increased 16.9% to $207,900
  • Days on Market decreased 34.0% to 70
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.0% to 97.0%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 18.2% to 3.6

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September Monthly Skinny Video

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. Video produced by Chelsie Lopez.

Weekly Market Report

For several weeks, markets across the country have seen consistent gains in sales, prices and percent of list price received at sale. Things like steadily low rates, less lender-mediated inventory and increased consumer confidence are all helping this reality. Each and every week reveals signs of a recovered market that are going from temporary yard sign to permanent road sign. Here’s to hoping for prosperous signs on the road ahead.

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

  • New Listings increased 19.5% to 1,625
  • Pending Sales increased 8.3% to 1,006
  • Inventory decreased 8.0% to 16,095

For the month of August:

  • Median Sales Price increased 16.9% to $207,900
  • Days on Market decreased 34.0% to 70
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.0% to 97.0%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 18.2% to 3.6

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

Weekly Market Report

A pendulum spends little time in the middle. It tends to overswing center and hang out at the extreme before changing directions. Apply that to housing. Two or three years ago, almost no one would have foreshadowed concern over affordability, yet that’s what some are cautioning against in an environment of rising prices and interest rates. It would take further increases to truly rattle confidence and sentiment, but it’s wise to monitor the market recovery’s dual-edged saber.

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

  • New Listings increased 18.6% to 1,511
  • Pending Sales decreased 4.5% to 857
  • Inventory decreased 8.9% to 15,891

For the month of August:

  • Median Sales Price increased 16.9% to $207,900
  • Days on Market decreased 34.0% to 70
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.0% to 97.0%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 18.2% to 3.6

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

Foreclosure and Short Sales at Lowest Level Since 2007

6a00e54ee9620b8834019aff58559a970d-800wiTwin Cities home buyers were unflustered by slightly higher interest rates in August as pending sales were up 10.9 percent to 5,244. Along with rising prices, increased sales activity is fueling housing demand, while buyers continue to watch inventory levels for more options.

New listings rose 16.5 percent to 6,951, marking the fifth consecutive year-over-year increase in seller activity. Buyers have 15,773 properties from which to choose – 9.9 percent fewer than August 2012 but 21.2 percent more than in January 2013.

The overall median sales price was $208,000, up 16.9 percent compared to August 2012. A shift in sales type is driving this price growth. At this time last year, foreclosures and short sales together comprised 35.8 percent of all sales activity. In August 2013, these two distressed segments made up just 20.7 percent of all sales. On the seller side, the percentage of all new listings that were distressed in August fell to 17.8 percent, down from 32.7 percent in 2012.

While closed sales were up 8.9 percent overall, traditional buyer activity was up 34.7 percent. Foreclosure sales and short sales were down 34.5 and 43.5 percent, respectively. Similarly, new listings were up 16.5 percent overall, but traditional seller activity rocketed 42.1 percent higher. Foreclosure new listings fell 31.4 percent and short sale new listings fell 46.0 percent. With 18 straight months of year-over-year median price gains, multiple-offer situations still common and 3.6 months’ supply of inventory, few thought that the pendulum would swing this far this fast. Homes are selling in an average of 70 days – the quickest pace in six and a half years. Sellers are receiving an average of 97.0 percent of their original list price – the highest ratio in approximately seven years.

The traditional median sales price rose 3.7 percent to $228,000; the foreclosure median sales price was up 14.1 percent to $140,400; the short sale median sales price increased 13.4 percent to $142,608. On average, traditional homes sold in 62 days for 97.2 percent of original list price, foreclosures sold in 79 days for 97.1 percent of original list price and short sales lagged at 163 days and 94.2 percent of original list price.