Home Prices Stabilize Amidst Other Improvements

Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 11, 2012) – March provided a critical data point on the road to recovery. For the first time since October 2010, the median sales price of Twin Cities homes was higher than a year ago. The 6.4 percent gain was the largest year-over-year median price increase since a tax-credit-driven April 2010. After accounting for the growing square footage of homes selling, price per square foot increased for the first time since June 2010.

Year-Over-Year Change in Median Sales Price


Prices weren’t the only metric to show improvement in March. Pending home sales were up 20.4 percent and are already higher than any month in 2007, 2008 or 2011. Months supply of inventory fell nearly 40.0 percent to 4.6 months – the lowest reading for any month since January 2006. Compared to the year prior, sellers are seeing a greater share of their asking price in less time as competition and over saturation have both eased significantly.

A warm winter certainly helped boost buyer activity, but low interest rates, affordable prices and a sense of urgency caused by tightened inventories were also factors. The number of homes for sale continued to drop, down 27.5 percent from last year to 17,081 active listings – the lowest inventory reading for any month since January 2004.

“Don’t mistake price gains for a fully recovered market,” said Cari Linn, President of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®. “Supply is down, and the mix of homes selling is shifting toward traditional sales. We’ll accept that as progress and build upon it.”

Traditional sales surged 33.2 percent, while foreclosures slid 13.2 percent and short sales increased 5.0 percent. Distressed homes made up 34.6 percent of all new listings and 43.7 percent of all pending sales, the smallest shares since July 2008 and April 2010, respectively.

The overall median sales price was up 6.4 percent to $149,000. That reflects a shifting market share in terms of sales volumes and not price gains in the traditional, foreclosure and short sale segments. In fact, traditional prices fell 1.2 percent to $195,000; foreclosure prices fell 2.8 percent to $105,000; and short sale prices fell 3.8 percent to $128,950.

The seller side of the equation continues to improve. On average, homes tended to sell in 144 days compared to 160 last March. Sellers received an average of 92.1 percent of their asking price compared to 88.7 percent last March. That marks the sixth consecutive month of decreases in market times and the eighth consecutive month of increases in the ratio of sales price to list price. Seller confidence will play a key role in filling the supply pipeline moving forward.

“It’s looking increasingly likely the worst is behind us,” said Andy Fazendin, MAAR President-Elect. “We continue to see encouraging signals from the market that allow for an improving view on residential real estate in 2012.”

All information is according to the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) based on data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc. MAAR is the leading regional advocate and provider of information services and research on the real estate industry for brokers, real estate professionals and the public. MAAR serves the Twin Cities 13-county metro area and western Wisconsin.



Condo Listing in Edina: 6415 York Ave S #204

This property has been rented and is no longer for sale.

6415 York Avenue South #204 (Additional photos below)
Edina MN 55435
MLS #3943981

Brochure for 6415 York Ave S, #204

Incredibly affordable!

  • One bedroom, one bath.
  • Spacious living room can easily accommodate two seating areas.
  • Wood flooring in entry, kitchen, dining room, and hallway.
  • Updated kitchen and bath.
  • Separate dining area off kitchen.
  • Home office alcove.
  • Large balcony with privacy walls.
  • Attached, underground garage.
  • Secured entry building.
  • Air conditioning.
  • 760 square feet.
  • Second/top floor unit.
  • Walk Score = 75 (Very Walkable).
  • Convenient to Southdale Mall, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Centennial Lakes Park, 50th and France, Lake Harriet, Galleria, AMC movie theaters, restaurants, shops and more.
  • Near buslines.

List Price: $69,000

Quiet setting with green spaces and landscaping.



West-facing balcony with sunset views.

For more information, contact:

Kate Walsh
Lakes Area Realty

Things to see and do near this condo, including visiting Edinborough Park and Centennial Lakes Park in Edina.

Centennial Lakes Park - Photo © City of Edina / Used with permission.
Centennial Lakes Park - Photo © City of Edina / Used with permission

Centennial Lakes Park - Photo © City of Edina / Used with permission

Centennial Lakes Park - Photo © City of Edina / Used with permission

Map courtesy of City of Edina
Edinborough Park Track and Pool
Edinborough Park