Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Minneapolis St. Paul Real Estate Purchases and Sales Holding

January 20, 2010

Twin Cities Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota

The first full week of reporting for the 2010 Twin Cities housing market is in and while there are a few "green shoots," it's becoming apparent so far that the market won't see the same spectacular growth in sales it saw at the beginning of 2009.

There were 520 pending sales for the week ending January 9, down 1.7 percent from the same week in 2009. That's the seventh week of the last nine to see slightly fewer sales than the prior year, a time period that coincides closely with the initial expiration date of the first-time home buyer tax credit. However, we’re still 21.2 percent higher than the pace in 2008 for that period.

As you likely know, the credit's been expanded to include a $6,500 incentive for buyers who have owned a home for five years of the last eight. Since we can safely assume that many of these buyers will need to sell their home first before buying a new one and receiving the credit, new listings numbers might shed light on how much effect the new credit is having. So far, it doesn't appear to be much.

Over the last three months, the number of new listings has been 11.7 percent behind the same period one year prior. With many looking for continued "seedlings" of hope in the local housing market, this isn't welcome news. As always, we'll be keeping a close eye on the evolving market and reporting back what we see.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Keep Your Eye on The Real Estate Market, Low Inventory with Potential Growing Demand

Minneapolis / St. Paul Minnesota Real Estate Report
Brought to you by: Dan & Lisa Basil, Your Twin Cities Real Estate Experts

Housing activity for the week ending January 2, 2010 took a predictable surge upward following the holiday break. New listings rose to 688 for the week—down 37.3 percent from a year ago—while pending sales posted a number of 378—down 11.7 percent from a year ago. We will likely have to wait another week for all the holidays and frosty weather to get flushed from our year-over-year comparisons to get a full understanding of where our market is headed.

A few additional stats for the New Year:

Housing Affordability continues at historic levels: rising to 208 for January, an 8.3 percent increase from the previous year and a good sign for buyers in the year to come.

The Months’ Supply of Inventory is back in balanced market territory at 5.0 months. This is a dramatic 34.2 percent under the supply at the beginning of last year.

With a balancing supply and demand and the possibility of rising interest rates on the horizon, this is a unique opportunity time for Twin Cities' home buyers.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

2009 Ends On A Bright Note For Minnesota Real Estate

The last week of 2009 found the Twin Cities housing market singing "Auld Lang Syne" and taking a breather. For the first time in four years, the active listing inventory dropped below 20,000. Chiming in the New Year at 18,980, inventory is at its lowest point since April 2005 and is 22 percent below last year at this time. Also of note, January's Supply-Demand Ratio of 6.69 houses per buyer is 20.6 percent behind a year ago.

New listings for the week ending December 26 dropped 18.9 percent from last year to 446. The 392 purchase agreements for the week were up a merry 53.1 percent above the previous year; while a significant jump, this reflects a small sample size.

We expect 2010 to begin slowly as car starting becomes more important than house hunting during the frigid conditions we're presently experiencing in the metro area.