Monday, September 26th, 2016

For Week Ending September 17, 2016

As temperatures start to cool throughout the country, the total number of home sales will cool as well, as is the seasonal nature of the housing market. But with household incomes on the rise within a healthy job market, that doesn’t necessarily equate to a downward year-over-year trend. Continuing supply restrictions will certainly have an effect on numbers that may otherwise obviously point toward sunny day real estate.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 17:

  • New Listings decreased 0.9% to 1,603
  • Pending Sales decreased 1.5% to 1,079
  • Inventory decreased 17.3% to 14,177

For the month of August:

  • Median Sales Price increased 5.6% to $237,500
  • Days on Market decreased 14.1% to 55
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.8% to 97.9%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 21.6% to 2.9

All comparisons are to 2015

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Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Monday, September 19th, 2016

For Week Ending September 10, 2016

During a point in time when record-low mortgage rates should be coercing new home buyers into the market, many potential first-time buyers are seemingly not able to afford what is on the market. As labor costs and demand grow, and as a construction labor shortage continues, builders tend toward building more expensive homes, creating a tight supply of entry-level homes. Not all situations match this scenario, but it is certainly an interesting time in the residential real estate marketplace.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 10:

  • New Listings increased 11.0% to 1,722
  • Pending Sales decreased 2.0% to 954
  • Inventory decreased 17.4% to 14,011

For the month of August:

  • Median Sales Price increased 5.6% to $237,500
  • Days on Market decreased 14.1% to 55
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.8% to 97.9%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 24.3% to 2.8

All comparisons are to 2015

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

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016
By Aubray Erhardt on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Seller activity increased 2.1 percent since last August, as sellers introduced 7,072 new listings to the marketplace. Buyer activity also rallied. Pending sales rose 7.9 percent while closed sales gained 7.4 percent. To fuel those gains, buyers signed 5,728 new contracts and closed on 6,382 homes. That closed sales figure is on par with 2004 levels. Although the median sales price has reached its seasonal peak for 2016, it increased 5.7 percent since August 2015 to $237,750. Adding to the pressure facing buyers, inventory levels fell 18.8 percent to 13,933 active properties. Inventory constraints haven’t slowed down buyers yet, but additional listings are needed to ease the contentious landscape.

MAAR-August-2016-Stats-News-Release-310x217Low inventory has enabled homes to sell in near record time. Average days on market until sale fell 14.1 percent to 55 days. That’s the second fastest market time for any month since the beginning of 2007. The average percent of original list price received at sale was 97.9 percent, the highest figure for any August since 2005. Months supply of inventory fell 24.3 percent to 2.8 months—the lowest August figure on record since the beginning of 2003. Generally, five to six months of supply is considered a balanced market. This indicator measures the balance between supply and demand in the marketplace.

“Absorption rates under 3.0 months suggests things are still pretty tight out there as we transition to autumn,” said Judy Shields, Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) President. “But there are still peculiarities across locations and segments. Blaine is not Linden Hills and downtown condos are not suburban single family new construction. It’s important to have all the facts before making a move.”

Despite the fact that both seller and buyer activity increased in August, important asymmetries persist. Over the last three years, buyer activity has steadily marched higher while seller activity has essentially bounced around the 7,000 unit marker, thus straining supply levels.

A strong Twin Cities labor market has also helped promote housing recovery. The most recent national unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, though it’s a healthier 3.5 percent locally. The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area has the second lowest unemployment rate of any major metro area, trailing only Denver by 0.1 percent.

Locally, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate stands at 3.47 percent compared to a long-term average of about 8.0 percent. Rates are now at their lowest level in three years. Marginally higher rates were widely expected in 2016, but the Federal Reserve hasn’t made a move since last December. Markets currently peg the odds of a September rate hike at around 20.0 percent. Barring any surprising economic data, the Fed will likely raise rates this December.

“In the near term, buyer and seller activity always quiets down around this time of year and that shouldn’t cause concern,” said Cotty Lowry, MAAR President-Elect. “Over the long term, favorable interest rates, rising rents and a strong labor market should be conducive to housing. But we’ll need some additional inventory—particularly in the affordable brackets—in order to keep up with consumer demand.”

From The Skinny Blog.

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Monday, September 12th, 2016

For Week Ending September 3, 2016

Most market trends have been steadily the same for the bulk of 2016, and there’s not much reason to expect a change as we enter the last several months of the year. We have witnessed an overall drop in the number of days a home is on the market before sale, that sale price is generally higher than it used to be and there are fewer homes for sale. The one area of interest that we will be watching will be total sales being made. As the drop in inventory continues, it stands to reason that there will be fewer sales, but that has yet to consistently be the case.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 3:

  • New Listings decreased 8.6% to 1,314
  • Pending Sales decreased 6.9% to 1,114
  • Inventory decreased 16.7% to 14,295

For the month of August:

  • Median Sales Price increased 5.6% to $237,500
  • Days on Market decreased 14.1% to 55
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.8% to 97.9%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 24.3% to 2.8

All comparisons are to 2015

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

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