Minneapolis—St. Paul Real Estate Market Update

Real Estate Weekly Update
August 30, 2010

For twelve consecutive weeks now, the number of homes for sale in the Twin Cities housing market has been higher than it was a year ago. The gap between this year’s inventory and last year’s inventory at the same time period has been steadily growing.

The current inventory of homes for sale (27,784) is up 8.1 percent from this time in 2009. Inventory is not growing due to an influx of new sellers putting their homes on the market; It’s growing due to a drop in buyers who once were absorbing supply.

For the week ending August 21, there were 601 signed purchase agreements. This represents a decrease of 40.6 percent from a year ago. That’s the 15th consecutive week of significant declines compared to a year ago.

With supply growing and fewer buyers to purchase it, home sellers can expect a challenging fall market that will result in a downward pressure on home values. Motivated sellers who want to move quickly may have to pursue aggressive pricing to attract buyers.

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors
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