Supply of Homes Continues to Draw Back

By Greg Sax on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Homes for Sale in February: 2008 and 2009 We released our monthly stats news release today. Here's what we said:

The Twin Cities housing market's oversupply of homes for sale is being reigned in at an accelerated pace.

The number of new listings in February was 6,648, down 19.4 percent from February 2008. That's the 14th month of the last 15 to feature fewer new listings than the same month one year prior.

Alongside the jump in sales seen over the last nine months, this decline in new listings has brought the total inventory of homes for sale down to 25,825—a drop of 13.5 percent and 4,017 units from this time last year. Given the current rate of sales, this amounts to 7.8 months of supply, down from 9.2 months a year ago.

This is all good news for what has been an oversupplied market.

There were 3,314 pending sales in February, up 7.4 percent from last year. That's the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year increase. Of these newly signed purchase agreements, 60.5 percent were lender-mediated foreclosures or short sales. Closed sales finished at 2,070, up 3.0 percent.

The overall February median sales price of $150,000 is 23.1 percent lower than last February. Traditional properties, which exclude foreclosures and short sales, had a February median sales price of $205,875, down 5.2 percent from last year. For the same year-over-year comparison, lender-mediated homes had a median sales price of $125,000, down 20.6 percent.

With mortgage rates still down in the low 5 percent range, improved affordability and the recent announcement of a $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers who purchase a home in 2009, the stage is set for continued absorption of Twin Cities housing inventory in 2009.

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