Where has the Twin Cities real estate market been and where is it heading? This monthly summary provides an overview of current trends and projections for future activity. Video produced by Chelsie Lopez.,/p>
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In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending May 4:
- New Listings increased 10.7% to 1,825
- Pending Sales increased 17.2% to 1,404
- Inventory decreased 28.0% to 13,361
For the month of April:
- Median Sales Price increased 12.0% to $182,000
- Days on Market decreased 28.1% to 97
- Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.7% to 95.9%
- Months Supply of Inventory decreased 38.0% to 3.1
This is the highest pending sales count since May 2006. For the same time period, there were 4,138 closed sales, and inventory levels declined 29.3 percent to 13,113 active listings. Driven by the changing mix of sales, solid demand and falling supply, the median home price for the Twin Cities metro rose 12.2 percent to $182,312. The percentage of all new listings that were traditional, non-distressed homes rose to 77.9 percent, its highest level since October 2007. For closed sales, that figure rose to 68.4 percent, its highest level since July 2008.
Seller activity was up 7.7 percent overall, while traditional new listings were up 28.0 percent, foreclosure new listings were down 25.6 percent and short sale new listings were down 39.5 percent. The 10K Housing Value Index – which controls for data variability – showed an 8.5 percent increase to $181,381. With only 3.1 months supply of inventory, more seller participation in the market is important to continued recovery.
The traditional median sales price was up 8.5 percent to $216,000; the foreclosure median sales price was up 11.7 percent to $134,000; the short sale median sales price was up 5.1 percent to $135,000. Traditional sales sold in 90 days; foreclosures sold in 94 days; short sales sold in 178 days, on average.
All information is according to the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) based on data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc. MAAR is the leading regional advocate and provider of information services and research on the real estate industry for brokers, real estate professionals and the public. MAAR serves the Twin Cities 13-county metro area and western Wisconsin.
The May 2 release of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) results shows average fixed mortgage rates moving lower for the fifth consecutive week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 3.35 percent is just above its all-time record low of 3.31 percent set the week of November 21, 2012. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage set a new all-time record low at 2.56 percent.