Monday, August 17th, 2015

For Week Ending August 8, 2015

That time of year is here for some and on its way for others: School. The summer’s fun is winding down. Perceived as good for some weary parents, bad for some summer-loving kids and standard fare for real estate professionals that know August as a quiet identifier of the expectation of housing market slowdown. That said, home sales and housing prices have both continued to edge up across the country on a macro level compared to last year’s numbers. Let’s take a look at the local trends.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending August 8:

  • New Listings decreased 2.8% to 1,746
  • Pending Sales increased 13.5% to 1,293
  • Inventory decreased 11.0% to 17,038

For the month of July:

  • Median Sales Price increased 4.7% to $225,000
  • Days on Market decreased 7.4% to 63
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.8% to 97.6%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 19.6% to 3.7

All comparisons are to 2014

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From The Skinny Blog.

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Thursday, August 13th, 2015
By Erin Milburn on Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 13, 2015) – After purchase demand reached a 10-year record high in June, the Twin Cities metropolitan housing market continued to delight in July. With the spring and summer peak buying season coming to a close, activity levels should begin to cool month-to-month, though most indicators should continue to show year-over-year improvement. The number of signed purchase agreements rose 12.1 percent to 5,716 for July, but are up 18.7 percent so far in 2015. Closed sales increased 17.7 percent to 6,275, but have risen 16.7 percent so far this year. Seller activity was flat compared to last July, new listings fell just 0.4 percent from 7,997 to 7,963. Given that combination of supply and demand movement, the number of available properties for sale fell 11.0 percent to 16,940 homes.

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“While those selling their home are yielding top dollar, others wonder if today’s younger generation will be renters forever,” said Mike Hoffman, Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) President. “But a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) survey found that millennials comprised 32.0 percent of all home buyers and 68.0 percent of first-time buyers—both the largest share of any group.”

As interest rates continue to normalize this year, even more pent-up demand from all age brackets will likely be released during this period of historic affordability.

Since demand increased while supply indicators fell—and because a larger share of sales came from the higher-priced traditional segment—the July 2015 median sales price rallied another 4.7 percent to $225,000. The median price per square foot increased 3.4 percent to $120. While the July 2015 median sales price was slightly lower than the June 2015 price, the July 2015 price per square foot was slightly higher than June 2015.

Again due to the factors mentioned above combined with a sense of urgency among buyers, the number of days a property spent on the market fell 7.4 percent to 63 days. Sellers are accepting offers at a median of 98.5 percent of their original list price but 99.7 percent of their final list price, suggesting near-full price offers come quickly once a seller is priced right.

The Twin Cities metropolitan area has 3.7 months’ supply of inventory, which means the region as a whole is a seller’s market. That figure dropped 19.6 percent since July 2014. However, not all local areas, market segments and price points reflect that metropolitan-level reality. This metric is a ratio of supply and demand and indicates how long it would take to completely clear the market assuming no new homes enter the marketplace.

Barring suddenly negative economic data, the Federal Reserve is poised to normalize rates by lifting the Federal Funds rate off of zero starting in September. Mortgage rates are still just below 4.0 percent, compared with a long-term average of over 7.0 percent. Nationally, the economy added 215,000 new private payrolls in July while the unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent. The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area has the third lowest unemployment rate of any major metro.

“We have so many different things going for our region,” said Judy Shields, MAAR President-Elect. “Twin Citizens are smart, and they realize that when rents are high and rising, interest rates are under 4.0 percent and prices are still below their peak, it’s time to consider investing in the stability and predictability of homeownership—in most cases, it’s cheaper than renting.”

From The Skinny Blog.

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Monday, August 10th, 2015

For Week Ending August 1, 2015

According to a recent study, housing starts are expected to be slightly over a million for the U.S. in 2015, with more than half of those being single-family homes. New home sales are expected to increase by at least 20 percent compared to last year. An increase in housing starts hints at a state of homeostasis for the residential real estate market. More homes means more choices for buyers, from first-timers to upgraders.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending August 1:

  • New Listings decreased 8.1% to 1,665
  • Pending Sales increased 14.3% to 1,341
  • Inventory decreased 10.1% to 17,183

For the month of July:

  • Median Sales Price increased 4.7% to $225,000
  • Days on Market decreased 7.4% to 63
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.8% to 97.6%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 19.6% to 3.7

All comparisons are to 2014

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From The Skinny Blog.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2015
By David Arbit on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Though not quite as often as the most expensive areas, we are also occasionally asked which cities are the most affordable (least expensive). Below are tables showing the 25 lowest priced markets in the region. The top two tables rank all areas, regardless of market size. The bottom two tables only show areas with a certain volume of sales. The left table uses only June 2015 sales, while the table to the right uses 2015 YTD data (through June). The measure used is still median sales price.

Even more data to the people!

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From The Skinny Blog.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

For Week Ending July 25, 2015

According to the U.S. Census, homeownership is at 63.4 percent for the second quarter of 2015, down 1.3 percent from the second quarter of 2014. This is the lowest rate of homeownership since 1967. To put that in greater context, homeownership peaked at 69.2 percent in 2004, and the 50-year average is 65.3 percent. Although the data may be indicating otherwise on a macro level, mortgage applications have kept REALTORS® busy through summer.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending July 25:

  • New Listings increased 1.2% to 1,804
  • Pending Sales increased 21.3% to 1,362
  • Inventory decreased 9.8% to 17,125

For the month of June:

  • Median Sales Price increased 4.7% to $229,900
  • Days on Market decreased 5.7% to 66
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.5% to 97.7%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 15.9% to 3.7

All comparisons are to 2014

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From The Skinny Blog.

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