Monday, August 10, 2009

August 2009 The Twin Cities Market Shows Signs of Recovery

Welcome to another summer month in the Twin Cities housing market. Pending sales in July ended on a fairly positive note. The 1,009 purchase agreements signed for the week ending July 25 were 21.4 percent above last year at this time. The 1,652 new listings this week are 9.0 percent less than this week in 2008. Active listings as a whole are 21.7 percent behind last year.

The metric to watch this month is the Supply-Demand Ratio. At 4.88, this is a startling 34.8 percent less than where we were at this time last year. With less than five houses on the market per buyer and an affordability index sky-high at 192, the window is quickly closing for those wanting to get into a home under ideal conditions.

With sales demand up, and inventory on the downtrend, waiting for more may be over.