Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Seth Williams

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Monday, October 20th, 2014
As we turn toward the final and typically quietest quarter of the year, it is easy to wonder if we are destined to lose the stability that we have worked hard for throughout the U.S. However, gloomy considerations are readily put aside after considering a recent investigation by the International Monetary Fund into the real estate markets of other countries. It turns out that our national housing price-to-income ratio is fairly conservative. At this rate, we will soon stop talking about the process of housing recovery and just call it recovered.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending October 11:

• New Listings decreased 6.6% to 1,423
• Pending Sales increased 6.8% to 955
• Inventory increased 7.5% to 18,178

For the month of September:

• Median Sales Price increased 5.1% to $205,000
• Days on Market remained flat at 71
• Percent of Original List Price Received decreased 0.9% to 95.6%
• Months Supply of Inventory increased 15.8% to 4.4

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
The KCM Crew

School is back in session, the holidays are right around the corner, you might not think that now is the best time to sell your house.  But with inventory below historic numbers and demand still strong, you could be missing out on a great opportunity for your family.

1. Demand is Strong

Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at home right now. The latest foot traffic numbers show that there are more prospective purchasers currently looking at homes than at any other time in the last twelve months which includes the latest spring buyers’ market. These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now!

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Home equity lines of credit surged nearly 20 percent compared to a year ago and are now at the highest level since the 12 months ending in June 2009, according to RealtyTrac’s Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) Trends Report. HELOC originations comprised 15.4 percent of all loan originations nationwide during the first eight months of the year, the highest percentage since 2008.

“This recent rise in HELOC originations indicates that an increasing number of home owners are gaining confidence in the strength of the housing recovery and, more importantly, have regained much of their home equity lost during the housing crisis,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
With the exciting sales pace of summer behind us, and focus now shifting inward toward family, school and other interests for many Americans, the numbers will start to dip in most markets. Seasonal shifts can be a drag, but it can also mean opportunity. Bargain hunters, first-time buyers, empty nesters, investors and younger buyers with no school-aged children are among the crowd that are not necessarily framed by the summer months. New construction is inching upwards, and the national unemployment rate dropped below 6.0 to 5.9 for the first time since 2008, so there's still plenty of rosy attitudes in a balanced market.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 27:

 • New Listings decreased 1.3% to 1,431
 • Pending Sales decreased 14.5% to 945
 • Inventory increased 10.0% to 18,753

For the month of August:

 • Median Sales Price increased 5.3% to $219,000
 • Days on Market decreased 2.9% to 68
 • Percent of Original List Price Received decreased 0.7% to 96.3%
 • Months Supply of Inventory increased 18.4% to 4.5