Minneapolis–St. Paul Real Estate Market Update

Real Estate Weekly Update
April 25, 2011

New Listings for the week ending April 16 were down 21.5 percent from the same week in 2010 to 1,846 properties. The 3-month average is down 26.4 percent. It appears that year-over-year declines in listing activity peaked around the end of March when motivated sellers were eager for buyers to consider their properties during the run-up to the end of last year’s tax credit deadline.

Pending Sales, too, predictably fell short of April 2010’s credit-inspired five-year high-water mark. The 898 purchase agreements signed were 18.6 percent fewer than last year. That’s on-par with the 17.6 percent 3-month average decline. Purchase demand is currently the highest it’s been since the week ending May 8, 2010. Sales activity in 2010 peaked during the week that ended April 25 and then fell sharply, so we can expect a very different story in two weeks.

Inventory plunged by 15.4 percent from the same week in 2010. It’s worth noting that the number of active listings for sale ballooned at this time last year as sellers moved to take advantage of the increased buying activity. Notwithstanding, we haven’t seen declines of this magnitude in nearly 15 months. It’s a trend that will mean fewer options for buyers as well as improved market balance.


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