Real Estate Update

Weekly Real Estate Update
May 7, 2012

For Week Ending April 28, 2012
All comparisons are to 2011

Buyers don’t live in a spreadsheet. When buyers find a home they love, they are drawn to it like moths to light; they find themselves unable to ignore the emotional significance of the home by an excessively intellectual explanation.

There are generally fewer homes on the market, they’re selling more quickly, and the down trend in prices in most areas is evaporating. Dwindling inventories means there’s less competition and more pricing power for sellers, who are finally starting to be rewarded by strong buyer activity. Interest rates at 50-year lows doesn’t hurt either. Love is in the air and all around the housing market.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending April 28:
• New Listings decreased 14.9% to 1,475
• Pending Sales increased 21.4% to 1,187
• Inventory decreased 28.0% to 17,603

For the month of March:
• Median Sales Price increased 7.1% to $149,900
• Days on Market decreased 9.7% to 144
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.8% to 92.1%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 37.2% to 4.8

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.



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