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Twin Cities Housing Market update. Week Ending Oct 08, 2011

Another great weekly housing market update from Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

We continue to grind away at a faster pace on our inventory.  This week’s year-over-year stats:

Change in New Listings:      -13%  

Change in Pending Sales:   +48.3%

Change in Inventory:            -21.0%

We are now down to 22,434 listings on the market.

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Weekly Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update. Week Ending Oct 1, 2011

Still heading the right direction!  The 30 year fixed rate mortgage dipped below 4% for the first time ever last week which should hopefully improve the market conditions.

For the Week Ending October 1st we saw a continued weaning of inventory with fewer year over year new listings and increased Pending sales.

New Listings  decreased 21.0% to 1,219

Pending Sales increased to 32.7% to 926

Inventory decreased 22.8% to 23,177

The inventory will continue to come down in it’s seasonal pattern, but year over year we are still down.  If you look at the chart below you can see that we are in the range of the 2005 inventory levels.

I am going to stick my neck out on this one and “Call it”.  We have just entered “Balanced Market” territory.  We have now dipped below 7 month supply which puts us on the upper edge of a Balanced Market.   As far as staying in this territory is whole other matter…

In a Balanced Market we should see sale prices holding closer to the asking prices giving us some price stability.  To see prices increase we are going to need demand to kick up a few notches to bring us into the Seller’s Market of 1-4 month supply.  But after the last few years, this is great news.

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Twin Cities MLS Weekly Market Update, week ending Sept 24, 2011

Another Monday and another good report from Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors Weekly Market Update.  This report from the Twin Cities MLS shows us we are heading in the right direction.

Change in New Listings:   -4.8%        Change in Pending Sales:  +47.7%        Change in Inventory:  – 22.6%

In a nut shell, we have fewer year over year new listings coming to the market, large increase in sales bringing our inventory down substantially year over year.  Supply & Demand beginning to balance out.

Below is a chart from the report on our Supply of homes for sale.  We are down to 23,351 homes for sale, down 22.6% from a year ago when we had 30,178 homes for sale.  As we head into the winter months I suspect we will see our inventory adjust downwards potentially below 20,000.    As the spring market starts kicking in mid January we will see the inventory climb back up. (good time to put your home up for sale, when there is less competition.)   This of course is my speculation and time will tell…

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We are on track for price stabilization, first the sellers will get much closer to their asking price of which I think we are beginning to see signs of that.  It is too early to call at this point, but I will monitor this and see if we get a trend starting.  Unfortunately, this weekly update is showing a median sale price decrease by -11.4%.  Keep in mind, this is “Median”, not home values all declined by that amount.  This is more of indication on the price ranges that are selling…

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CoreLogic’s report shows decline in Shadow Inventory

This is great news.  CoreLogic tracks the “Shadow Inventory” levels.  The Shadow Inventory are the potential homes to hit the market due to foreclosures and is tracked by delinquency rates, so it is a moving target and difficult to track accurately.

These are of course National figures, and we are still unsure how much of this will impact our market.  I have been speculating that we have been purging a lot of our shadow inventory through Short Sales in our marketplace because of our Judicial Foreclosure process in Minnesota.  I am still trying to come up with reliable shadow inventory figures for our local marketplace.

The nation’s residential shadow inventory as of July declined slightly to 1.6 million units, representing a supply of five months, according to a report from CoreLogic.

That’s down from 1.9 million units, a supply of six months, from a year ago, and follows a decline from April when shadow inventory stood at 1.7 million units.

“The steady improvement in the shadow inventory is a positive development for the housing market,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “However, continued price declines, high levels of negative equity and a sluggish labor market will keep the shadow supply elevated for an extended period of time.”

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Weekly Real Estate Market Update: September 19, 2011

Last week’s real estate market update is in, for week ending September 10, 2011.  We are continuing to show the positive trend of increased sales and less inventory.  This is now 14 consecutive weeks of year-over-year declines in new listings.  This is also 30 consecutive weeks of Inventory declines. Pending Sales are also up for 18 consecutive weeks year-over-year increase.

Here is this reports figures:

New Listings:  -21.2%       Pending Sales:  +53%       Inventory:   -21.2%

Our inventory is now at 23,481.  We are at about 2005 levels of inventory, if this trend continues we could be seeing 2004 inventory levels soon, okay I am getting ahead of myself.  We are still awaiting the outcome of the foreclosure log jam begins let loose and how that might impact our market here.  I am sticking with my speculation that we have already cleared a lot of those loans in our area with Short Sales, but time will tell. 

Can you imagine what this might look like if we had low unemployment levels?  I imagine we would be seeing a healthy real estate market again.

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Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update Week Ending 9/3/2011

I am really enjoying these reports now.  For too long it was only bad news, now there is a positive trend happening.  Our pending sales are continuing strong depleting our inventory even further.

This weeks stats:  -14.3% new listings, +35.6% Pending sales, -20.9% Fewer Listings.  (these are year over year figures)

We broke the 24,000 inventory figure and we are now 23,849 active properties for sale in the Twin Cities.  This is great news.   We will likely see the inventory drop even further as we had into fall and winter, a  number of sellers opt to pull their homes from the market and wait for spring.

As we’ve previously pointed out, shrinking inventory levels can be an important market signal. There are currently 23,849 active listings from which buyers can choose, 20.9 percent fewer than last year at this time.

Next week, watch for a changing story with absorption rates and seller concessions. As supply and demand attempt to find neutral ground, sellers are making fewer concessions in order to sell their homes.

Source:  Minneapolis Realtor Assocation of Minnesota

Week Ending 9/3/2011 Inventory Levels (click for larger view)



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Twin Cities Housing Market, Weekly Update

More good news on the Twin Cities Real Estate Market.  MAAR’s Weekly Update is still showing a trend of declining new listings and sales holding strong.  

 -7.8% Change in New Listings, +43.3% Change in Pending Sales, -20.6% Change in Inventory.

 We are burning up inventory, if sales pick up to more normal levels we could be looking at an inventory shortage.  (okay – probably a leap, but we are down to 2005/2006 inventory levels when we had a 3 to 4 month supply of homes because of the pace of sales..)

We are now up to 14 consecutive weeks of accelerating inventory attrition. Let’s go out on a limb and call this a pattern. For the current period, the number of active listings was down 20.6 percent to 24,047 properties. That’s the largest inventory decline in nearly eight years. The metric is now back around first-quarter 2006 levels.It’s plain to see what’s driving these declines. Sales are up and listings are down, allowing buyers to absorb the active supply of homes. Buyer activity was up 43.3 percent to 957 purchase agreements signed. While those 957 contracts are reminiscent of 2007, 2008 and even 2009 purchase levels, they far exceed the 2010 summer slowdown. We have now reached 16 consecutive weeks of double-digit gains in buyer activity. Once again, it feels safe to call that a trend.

MAAR Week Ending August 27, 2011 Inventory of Homes




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