Minneapolis—St. Paul Real Estate Market: July 19, 2010

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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Minneapolis—St. Paul Real Estate Market: July 12, 2010

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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Minneapolis—St. Paul Real Estate Market: June 28, 2010

Weekly Market Activity Report

June 28, 2010

The Twin Cities housing market continues to adjust to a world without a fancy tax credit. Pending sales leveled off following the slight gains seen the prior week, squatting at 645 signed contracts for the week ending June 19.

While that’s steady compared to last week, it’s anemic compared to last year at this time when the market posted 1,156 signed contracts. If you’re keeping track of percentages, that means we’re down 44.2 percent from a year ago—the sixth consecutive week of year-over-year declines exceeding 30 percent.

New listings are also down from a year ago, posting a drop of 8.4 percent from a year ago to 1,712 for the most recent reporting week. Any sort of “return to normalcy” is going to take some time.

As reported by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors

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