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Real Estate Update
December 17, 2012

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The chase to 2013 is on, and we are pleased by the prospects ahead. Given the upward progress of the 2012 housing market, many homeowners may find that their properties will be worth more next year. That’s a nice change of pace for potential sellers, and for residential real estate as a whole, and is a direct result of widespread improvements in the marketplace. Most of the positive trends we have seen in 2012 should persist into the new year. Let’s take a peek at what’s happening locally today. All comparisons are to 2011.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending December 8:
• New Listings increased 3.0% to 942
• Pending Sales increased 12.6% to 788
• Inventory decreased 28.8% to 13,832

For the month of November:
• Median Sales Price increased 16.2% to $172,000
• Days on Market decreased 26.2% to 103
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.6% to 94.2%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 40.0% to 3.4

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtor

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Ready to buy or sell a home? Call the sister team.
We’d love to help you move forward.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
Coldwell Banker Burnet
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

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Weekly Real Estate Update
September 24, 2012

On September 13, the Federal Reserve announced its third round of quantitative easing (QE3). This time, it took the form of $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) purchases each month. The goal is to bolster the stock market by diminishing returns on MBSs. This will make equities more attractive, which will provide capital to corporations, who should in turn hire and therefore spur consumer spending. If successful, that job creation and spending will resonate into housing consumption and reinvestment. New jobs fuel housing demand which alleviates underwater homeowners and supports home prices. Here’s how we rounded out the week.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 15:
• New Listings increased 4.0% to 1,360
• Pending Sales increased 18.4% to 978
• Inventory decreased 29.5% to 16,479

For the month of August:
• Median Sales Price increased 14.8% to $178,000
• Days on Market decreased 23.9% to 107
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 4.2% to 95.1%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 41.5% to 4.2

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

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Ready to buy or sell a home? Call the sister team.
We’d love to help you move forward.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
Coldwell Banker Burnet
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

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Weekly Real Estate Update
September 17, 2012


You fill the pot with the water and you turn the stove top on and you wait. You watch it and you want something to happen and it seems to take an exceptionally longtime. All you want to do is add the pasta or the brown rice or the frozen peas. And you wait. Because it’s important to wait until the water is roiling along in what is seemingly chaotic motion but is really the perfect environment for what is meant to be within it. This is our current housing market. It’s been an undeniably good spring and summer, and now we wait to see if the fall showcase is just as good if we mix in the right amount of inventory, sales and days on market.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 8:
• New Listings increased 2.2% to 1,273
• Pending Sales increased 24.2% to 940
• Inventory decreased 29.6% to 16,458

For the month of August:
• Median Sales Price increased 15.2% to $178,600
• Days on Market decreased 24.0% to 107
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 4.2% to 95.1%
• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 42.0% to 4.1

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

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Ready to buy or sell a home? Call the sister team.
We’d love to help you move forward.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
Coldwell Banker Burnet
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

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Real Estate Weekly Update
May 2, 2011

For the week ending April 23, New Listings in the Twin Cities were down 30.7 percent from the same week last year. A total of 1,487 new homes entered the marketplace, representing 16 consecutive weeks of double-digit year-over-year declines for New Listings.

Pending Sales were down 25.2 percent to 886 purchase agreements signed, representing 10 consecutive weeks of double-digit year-over-year declines in Pending Sales.

Inventory levels dipped briefly at this time last year, which helped to end 11 consecutive weeks of progressively growing year-over-year inventory declines. At 22,917 Active Listings for Sale, there are 13.0 percent fewer homes for sale than at this time last year.

As last year’s tax credit-induced spike in market activity migrates through our lens, the story should change significantly. In the coming weeks, the numbers will show gains
over the post-tax-credit period instead of the year-over-year declines to which we’ve
grown accustomed.

Statistics provided by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

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Weekly Market Activity Report

For the week ending July 10, the number of pending sales held steady with the week before but remained well behind last year’s pace. The 545 signed agreements during the week represent a drop of 45.9 percent from last year at this time. That’s the tenth consecutive week of year-over-year declines in buyer demand, a period that coincides with the loss of the federal tax credit for first-time home buyers.

The 1,542 new listings for the most recent reporting week are also down compared to last year but not to the extent of pendings, posting a decline of 17.4 percent from a year ago.

Inventory is up 4.4 percent from a year ago. Because the growing inventory is being greeted with slim buyer demand, the balance of buyers and sellers is shifting the market back in the buyer’s favor. The July Supply-Demand Ratio of 7.44 means that there are 7.44 houses for each buyer this month, up 46.9 percent from the mark of 5.06 seen a year ago.

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

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Weekly Market Activity Report

As the summer progresses, the Twin Cities housing market continues a remarkably similar week-to-week pattern —tepid new listings, extremely weak buyer demand and a total supply of available homes that slowly increases.

New listings for the week ending July 3 were 5.6 percent below last year, but the drop in pending sales was much more dramatic. The 611 signed agreements for the week ending July 3rd represented a 38.2 percent drop from last year’s figures. Because the decline in demand is stronger than the decline in supply, the number of total active listings is up 3.8 percent from a year ago.

On the upside, Days on Market until Sale has dropped considerably over the last year. At 121 days in June this is 14 percent below the 140 days it took to sell a house last year. Percent of Original List Price has also increased, in related news. However, these metrics tend to lag a few months behind the true supply-demand picture, so it is unlikely that these positive trends will continue.

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

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Weekly Market Activity Report

June 21, 2010

Pending sales in the Twin Cities housing market trended up for the first time in four weeks but remain substantially below 2009. For the week ending June 12 there were 674 signed purchase agreements, up from the mark of 527 the prior week but down dramatically from the mark of 1,210 seen during the same week a year ago.

This may be a sign that the drastic drops in sales seen in May and early June were simply temporary aftershock reactions to the tax-credit build up and that demand will slowly return over the course of the summer, but it’s far too early to say that with any certainty. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the numbers each week.

New listings moved upward for the same reporting week to 1,729, but remain 12.2 percent behind last year at this time. However, inventory has slowly climbed due to the decline in pending sales, currently sitting at 26,990 active listings, an increase of 1.1 percent from a year ago.

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

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