Monday, April 9th, 2012

The weekly scorecard showcases that home buyers were more active compared to the same week last year. Buyers have been taking advantage of an affordable market, but sellers in many areas have been lazing in the tall grass like lions as the herd moves past. Watch for a changing landscape this spring and summer. Even skeptical sellers are sensing a need to get back into the hunt.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending March 31:

  • New Listings decreased 12.1% to 1,532
  • Pending Sales increased 25.2% to 1,113
  • Inventory decreased 27.2% to 17,274

For the month of March:

  • Median Sales Price increased 6.4% to $149,000
  • Days on Market decreased 10.0% to 144
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 3.7% to 92.1%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 39.2% to 4.6

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From The Skinny.

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The last time you were at the doctor, your vital signs were checked – heart rate, pulse, temperature and blood pressure. Progress was documented and valuable insights were gained, whether it was a routine visit or one of many checks during an extended hospital stay. The housing market has been in and out of intensive care for the past several years. Monitoring vitals matters, and that’s what you’ll find on the following pages. The pulse of today’s market indicates that we may be getting ready to leave the ICU. So if you could just please pull up your sleeve, let’s check your blood pressure.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending March 24:

  • New Listings increased 2.2% to 1,414
  • Pending Sales increased 30.2% to 1,052
  • Inventory decreased 27.3% to 17,193

For the month of February:

  • Median Sales Price decreased 1.4% to $138,000
  • Days on Market decreased 9.0% to 145
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.5% to 90.6%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 34.8% to 4.7

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report.

From The Skinny.

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Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Loans of up to $18,000 are being offered to homeowners with no interest, no monthly payments and repayment deferred until home is sold or transferred.

Full Story: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

February pending sales up 9.2% from year ago

By Inman News

The National Association of Realtors is predicting existing-home sales will jump 7 to 10 percent in 2012 to the highest level in five years, based on an “uneven but higher sales pattern” so far this year.

Pending home sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent from January to February, which was up 9.2 percent from the same time a year ago, NAR said today in releasing its latest Pending Home Sales Index.

Last week, NAR reported a similar trend for existing-home sales, which were down 0.9 percent from January to February, but up 8.8 percent from a year ago.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Over the past several years, millions of homeowners have had billions of dollars in mortgage debt forgiven, either through foreclosure, refinancing or short sales. It’s important for real estate professionals and homeowners to understand that mortgage debt forgiveness has significant tax consequences.

Here are 10 things the Internal Revenue Service says you should know about mortgage debt forgiveness:

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