Monday, February 15th, 2021
For Week Ending February 6, 2021

Popular home services marketplace HomeAdvisor released their State of Home Spending Report, which details trends in homeowner improvement projects. Among survey participants, the total spending on home projects rose from an average of $9,078 in 2019, to an average of $13,138 in 2020. The more than $4,000 increase in average expenditure was likely due to an increase in the amount of work completed as well as the increased supply and labor costs due to COVID-19.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending February 6:

  • New Listings decreased 16.6% to 1,117
  • Pending Sales increased 9.9% to 1,068
  • Inventory decreased 41.0% to 4,873

For the month of December:

  • Median Sales Price increased 11.5% to $301,000
  • Days on Market decreased 37.3% to 42
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.6% to 99.5%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 47.1% to 0.9

All comparisons are to 2020

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

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Monday, February 8th, 2021
For Week Ending January 30, 2021

A strong housing market isn’t just a local activity, and two recently released reports provide us with insights to the strength of residential real estate nationally. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price NSA Index rose 9.49% in December 2020 from its December 2019 level. Meanwhile, the National Association of REALTORS® existing home sales report found the median price of existing home sales nationwide rose to $309,800 in December 2020, up 12.9% from the year before.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending January 30:

  • New Listings decreased 2.8% to 976
  • Pending Sales decreased 1.8% to 923
  • Inventory decreased 40.3% to 4,992

For the month of December:

  • Median Sales Price increased 10.0% to $307,000
  • Days on Market decreased 30.4% to 39
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.5% to 99.7%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 41.2% to 1.0

All comparisons are to 2020

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Monday, February 1st, 2021
For Week Ending January 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released their December housing report this week showing overall housing starts increased by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.67 million units. Single-family housing starts increased 12 percent to a 1.34 million unit seasonally adjusted annual rate, the highest level since September 2006. Expectations are for further increases in building activity in 2021, though rising material costs and a lack of buildable lots and labor will temper activity and affect affordability.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending January 23:

  • New Listings decreased 4.6% to 899
  • Pending Sales increased 9.1% to 879
  • Inventory decreased 40.6% to 5,056

For the month of December:

  • Median Sales Price increased 10.0% to $307,000
  • Days on Market decreased 30.4% to 39
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 2.5% to 99.7%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 41.2% to 1.0

All comparisons are to 2020

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

Posted in Weekly Report |
Monday, February 1st, 2021

December is normally one of the slowest months of the year, but strong buyer demand across most segments of the market, buoyed by near record-low interest rates, continues to drive a healthy sales pace in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections and a softening job market.

Posted in Monthly Skinny Video |
Thursday, January 28th, 2021

(January 26, 2021) – According to the 2020 annual report from the Minneapolis Area REALTORS® and the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®, both buyer and seller activity in the 16-county Twin Cities metro last year outpaced 2019 levels. After a brief pullback following the onset of the pandemic—and aided by remote work, distance learning, historically low rates and a desire for more space—market activity recovered quickly and ended the year posting several new records across various metrics.

Seller activity rose a modest 0.1 percent from 2019 while closed sales were up 7.7 percent. That marks the highest sales figure since at least 2003 and the highest new listings count since 2016. Listing activity was constrained due to health concerns, remodeling activity, a lack of options and homeowners staying in their homes longer.

“Predictably, the result of record sales combined with ultra-low inventory meant rising prices and sellers accepting stronger offers in less time,” according to Tracy Baglio, President of the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®.

Governor Walz’s shelter-in-place order paused market activity in April and May, which created pent-up demand that pushed the spring market into summer and the summer market into fall. Buyers were still more eager to purchase than sellers were to list, meaning multiple offers remained commonplace—particularly at the more affordable price points where the inventory shortage is even more pronounced.

“Despite several challenges, the Twin Cities housing market exceeded all expectations,” said Todd Walker, President of Minneapolis Area REALTORS®. “Inventory remained a hurdle, but homeowners have never had so much equity in their homes and buyers haven’t seen rates this low in 50 years, offsetting rising prices.”

The median sales price rose 8.9 percent to $305,000, a record high. On average, sellers obtained 99.8 percent of their list price—the highest since at least 2003. Homes sold quickly. Half the sales had accepted offers in under 18 days. Importantly, all areas, price points and property types are unique.

Signed contracts rose 10.0 percent in Minneapolis and 16.4 percent in St. Paul, suggesting core cities remain attractive. With prices slightly lower, market times higher and offers weaker, the condo market continues to lag other segments. Aided by favorable jumbo rates and a recovered stock market, sales of luxury properties ($1M+) have been soaring higher—up 25.4 percent from 2019.

One thing is clear: the housing market continues to outperform, despite several headwinds.

2020 by the numbers (compared to 2019)

Sellers listed 76,348 properties on the market, a 0.1 percent increase from 2019
Buyers closed on 64,479 properties, up 7.7 percent (65,770 pending sales, up 9.7 percent)
• The Median Sales Price rose 8.9 percent to $305,000
Inventory levels fell 39.3 percent to 5,080 units
Months Supply of Inventory was down 47.1 percent to 0.9 months (5-6 months is balanced)
Days on Market decreased 12.2 percent to 43 days, on average (median of 18, down 21.7 percent)
• Changes in Sales activity varied by market segment

  • Single family sales were up 10.8 percent; condo sales fell 10.6 percent; townhome sales increased 3.4 percent
  • Traditional sales rose 8.4 percent; foreclosure sales were down 20.9 percent; short sales fell 25.9 percent
  • Previously owned sales were up 7.3 percent; new construction sales climbed 14.1 percent
Posted in The Skinny |