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News Events
enotes Gets a Facelift and New Name Oct 20 Bloomington: Meet the Candidates
Weekly Market Activity Report for 10-17-2011 Oct 21 Demo: Cloud CMA for REALTORS®
Housing Market Taking Positive Steps Sans Stimulus Oct 27–28 New Broker Workshop | 16 CE Hours
The 200+ Report | Updated Through September Nov 11-14 REALTORS® Conference & Expo
Housing Supply Overview is Available for Review  
Foreclosures and Short Sales in the Twin Cities  
Membership Value: Great Prices at MAAR's Store  
EPD | Additional Seating Added to HUD Class  
In Memoriam | Retired REALTOR® Nancy Lakoduk  
REALTOR® Community Service Awards  
Survey | NorthstarMLS Technology Bridge is Open at 169/Bren Road Exit


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enotes Gets a Facelift and New Name

We’re excited to unveil our new enewsletter next week — Today’s Real Estate. The new format will have less pictures, more links and much less scrolling!

Find the latest industry news, events, classes and market reports much faster so you can start your week informed and equipped for success. Highlights:

  • @ MAAR News – An at-a-glance view of what’s going on at the association
  • Real Estate Headlines – Current local and national news headlines
  • Today In Our Local Market – Market stats all in one place
  • In Case You Missed It – Just like it reads, links to previous headlines
  • Calendar – Upcoming events with a link to a full calendar
  • Live Chat – Contact our Member Services team live during association business hours

We will continue to shape our communications to fit your needs. Look for "Today's Real Estate" in your inbox next Monday. We'll be asking for your feedback!



Weekly Market Activity Report

It seems like every passing week brings not one but two new record declines: inventory levels and mortgage rates. The week ending October 8 was certainly no exception. The number of active listings on the market fell 21.0 percent to 22,434 units. Mortgage rates fell below 4.0 percent for the first time ever. The last time inventory was that low? February 2009.

It's partly due to sellers not contributing many properties to the bin and partly due to buyers doing their part to absorb existing supply. New listings were down 13.0 percent to 1,262 for the week, and pending sales were up 48.3 percent to 851 purchase agreements signed.

The keen observers noticed that September's preliminary monthly numbers came out last week. This round, those preliminary figures were revised slightly as new status changes filtered in. A few noteworthy observations:

  • Prices posted the smallest year-over-year decline in eight months.
  • Days on market posted its smallest increase in nine months.
  • Sellers received more of their asking price for the second month in a row.
  • Absorption rates posted their third consecutive month of improvements.

The attached Weekly Market Activity Report is produced by the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) for REALTOR® members and interested parties on a weekly basis. Use it to further your understanding of the Twin Cities 13-county residential real estate marketplace.


Weekly Market Activity Report



Housing Market Taking Positive Steps Sans Stimulus

Housing Market

Without any government stimulus, the Twin Cities housing market continued to take small yet noticeable strides toward recovery in September. Sellers listed 5,562 new homes on the market, down 16.8 percent from last year. Buyers entered into 3,752 purchase agreements, up 37.4 percent over September 2010 levels. That's the fifth consecutive month of double-digit, year-over-year gains in buyer demand—primarily driven by slowed activity at this time in 2010.

With less product entering the market and relatively strong sales, inventory levels dropped 20.7 percent to 22,476 active listings. That marks the largest inventory decline in more than seven years. A leaner inventory count combined with stronger purchase demand has moved the market toward balance.

There are now 6.8 months supply of inventory, just outside of the ideal five- to six-month range, down from 8.7 months last September and the lowest September figure since 2005.

The median sales price was down 6.9 percent from September 2010 to $155,500. Traditional prices fell 12.0 percent to $188,000; foreclosure prices dropped 8.2 percent to $102,825; short sale prices were down 7.5 percent to $129,500.

Housing Market

Sellers are starting to see more of their asking price for the second consecutive month – up to 91.1 percent. On the foreclosure front, 39.7 percent of all closings were either foreclosures or short sales while 32.8 percent of new listings fell into the distressed category.



The 200+

The 200. Market Updates for 100 Twin Cities Communities

"The 200+," our community-level, market-tracking tool has been updated with data through September. | THE 200+




Housing Supply Overview Housing Supply Outlook


The HSO offers a thorough and detailed look at the current supply of homes for sale and absorption rates by price range, property type and construction status. | HSO REPORT




Foreclosures and Short Sales in the Twin Cities

Foreclosures & Short Sales

Find the latest in foreclosure and short sales data for the Twin Cities area (updated through September). | F&SS REPORT




Membership Value: Great Prices at MAAR's Store – "R" Clubhouse

CubeWhy shop for your business needs at MAAR? It's simple. You can find hundreds of unique products for REALTORS® – including signs, stakes, maps, brochure holders and closing gifts – conveniently in our physical store and online at www.Rclubhouse.com. Our prices are always discounted.

Our goal is to provide the best customer experience you can have when shopping for real estate-related items. If you ever have questions or problems, email info@mplsrealtor.com or call 952.933.9020.

Online shopping is secure. When you make a purchase, your information remains confidential and protected.

Regardless of whether you shop in-store or online, you can be confident that you are buying great products at a great price!



Education | Additional Seating Added to HUD class


Date: October 26
Location: Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34 Ave N, Plymouth
$29 – Early Bird | $39 –One week before class
Use 2011 Unlimited CE Pass



October Savings



In Memoriam | Retired REALTOR®, Nancy LakodukNancy Ann Lakoduk

Nancy Lakoduk, retired MAAR REALTOR®, passed away peacefully on October 12.


Source: Star Tribune




REALTOR® Community Service Awards

Each year, MAAR recognizes REALTOR® members for their extraordinary contributions to their community through volunteer work. Please take a moment to share those REALTORS® with us so we may honor them at our annual Leadership Installation reception.

For more information, contact Linda Stoeckicht at lindas@mplsrealtor.com. To make a recommendation, please include the name(s) and a brief description of their community involvement in your email.

Application Deadline: October 31



Survey | Rate NorthstarMLS Technology

NorthstarMLS is participating in a national technology survey of MLS organizations conducted by the WAV Group, a real estate consulting firm. The results will be used to help NorthstarMLS better understand how their MLS technology compares to other technology options in the U.S. | TAKE SURVEY

For more information, contact the NorthstarMLS helpline at 651.251.5456.




Bloomington: Meet the Candidates

City of BloomingtonPlease join the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce and the candidates for Mayor, Council member at Large, Council member District III and Council member District IV for an informative meeting and the opportunity to hear from each of them! | MORE INFO

Date and Time: October 20, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd

Source: Bloomington Chamber of Commerce



Demo: Cloud CMA for REALTORS®, October 21

Cloud CMA leverages multiple data sources and custom MLS reports for buyers and sellers.This interactive demo covers the creation of a winning CMA and custom reports for your buyers. | VIDEO

Cloud CMADate and Time: October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1:00p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: MAAR
Promo Code: Lightning
RSVP 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
RSVP 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Damon Alton at



New Broker Workshop, October 27–28

New Broker WorkshopMAAR is offering the New Broker Workshop in the fall! What a great time to attend and plan your business goals for 2012.

In this 2-day course, you will gain valuable knowledge on all aspects of managing a real estate business from strategic planning to reducing risk to what makes a great leader. After this class, you will walk away with a course of action! Here is what a seasoned broker had to say:

“The whole experience was fun and it empowered me. I truly enjoyed the two days. It was a great learning experience. I am glad that I have the privilege to learn from one of the best in the industry.”


Date and Time: October 27–28, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: MAAR
Cost: $199 (includes class materials) | CE Pass Members get a 10% Discount
CE: 16 CE Credits

You don’t need to be a new broker to attend this class.

For more information, contact Linda Stoeckicht at lindas@mplsrealtor.com.



REALTORS® Conference and Expo, November 11–14

REALTOR® Conference


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