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October 29, 2019 | Tags: Market Research Smarties and Data Nerds, have we got a treat for you! Hello SMARTIES and Data NERDS (No CRYBABYs and AIRHEADS  here!) - We wanted to provide you with a sweet market update before Halloween. Although we don't compile our official forecast until we have annual data, we do have a pretty good sense of where things stand. Despite some growth recently, inventory remains an obstacle since… Read More
October 28, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending October 19, 2019 For Week Ending October 19, 2019 While the U.S. Commerce Department reported that total housing starts dropped 9.4% month over month in September, that drop was focused on the apartment and condo segment while single-family housing starts actually rose .3%. Throughout much of the country, the continued low level of housing inventory is constraining sales… Read More
October 21, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending October 12, 2019 For Week Ending October 12, 2019 In the last month, mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest monthly average in more than three years, and now Fannie Mae is predicting that continued low rates, and possibly lower rates, are expected in 2020. These historically low mortgage rates have and will continue to support buyer demand… Read More
October 17, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchPress Releases Sales, prices still rising despite some changes this year The latest numbers for Twin Cities residential real estate show a stable market with some ongoing signs of transition. Prices are still rising, supply is still tight, and demand has recovered even while market times have lengthened. Even though more buyers are closing on homes, the urgency has subsided somewhat. Days on market rose 2.4… Read More
October 14, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending October 5, 2019 For Week Ending October 5, 2019 With the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage approximately one percentage point lower than a year ago according to Freddie Mac, buyers are actively taking advantage. Home refinancing is also going strong and overall mortgage demand, which includes purchase mortgages as well as refinancings, is up 50% from a year ago. Lower… Read More
October 7, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending September 28, 2019 For Week Ending September 28, 2019 The Commerce Department reported sales of newly built homes nationwide have surged 18% compared to a year ago and housing starts and building permits reached a 12-year high in August. This surge in both sales and new construction shows strong market confidence by both buyers and builders. However, further… Read More
September 23, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending September 14, 2019 For Week Ending September 14, 2019 With kids back in school and the weather beginning to cool, the housing market begins its annual cooldown as well. With buyer and seller activity remaining strong, it will be at a little more relaxed pace than during the late spring and summer. While Halloween decorations may be adorning… Read More
September 18, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchPress Releases Things still feeling pretty stable out there, thanks for asking With two-thirds of the year in the books, we’re getting a clearer picture of where the housing market stands. The latest numbers for Twin Cities residential real estate show stability along with signs of deceleration. The median sales price continued to rise, landing at $286,800 for the month. Pending sales—a measure of signed contracts and… Read More
September 16, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending September 7, 2019 For Week Ending September 7, 2019 The White House has released a plan to broadly overhaul the housing finance system, including the re-privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and reforms to federal agencies involved with financing substantial portions of the mortgages made every year. These changes will affect the cost and availability of loans… Read More
September 9, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 31, 2019 For Week Ending August 31, 2019 Recent mortgage rate declines may provide a small tailwind as we enter the fall housing market, giving buyers a bit more buying power and a little more incentive to lock in a home purchase. However, stock market volatility and concern of a wider economic slowdown in the coming year… Read More
September 3, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 24, 2019 For Week Ending August 24, 2019 Lack of affordable inventory has been a key story in real estate in the last few years. There is a growing consensus suggesting the U.S. economy could be entering a recession, and some wonder whether this could lead to an adjustment in housing prices. However, this scenario is unlikely… Read More
August 26, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 17, 2019 For Week Ending August 17, 2019 As families across the U.S. enjoy the last few weeks of summer before the start of the school year, it seems that the real estate market is seeing an infusion of new energy that is partially offsetting the expected seasonal slowdown. Further decreases in housing inventory and month's supply… Read More
August 19, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 10, 2019 For Week Ending August 10, 2019 As July data roll in, more economists wonder whether we are seeing the signs of an economic slowdown. Yet that would not necessarily imply a slowdown in the housing market. While July's existing home sales fell below analyst expectations, consumer confidence in housing reached new highs as mortgage rates… Read More
August 12, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 3, 2019 For Week Ending August 3, 2019 While financial markets are becoming more volatile in recent weeks, national and regional real estate indicators are sending mixed signals. For the first time in seventeen months, July pending sales saw moderate gains over the previous year nationally. At the same time, home prices continue to be at or… Read More
August 5, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending July 27, 2019 For Week Ending July 27, 2019 As we await July results, the June numbers and preliminary July indicators suggest that current trends in most real estate markets are likely to continue. Mid-to-lower priced segments continue to experience imbalances favoring sellers, leading to steady year-over-year increases in price, outpacing inflation in many markets. Although the Fed… Read More
July 22, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending July 13, 2019 For Week Ending July 13, 2019 Every year during the week of Independence Day, real estate markets across the country slow down as buyers, sellers and real estate professionals take some time off during the height of summer to spend time with friends and family. This year continued that tradition, except that new listings declined… Read More
July 18, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchPress Releases Some mixed signals but market fundamentals remain intact In the face of mixed signals, assessing market health can be a challenge. The economy remains healthy, mortgage rates are outrageously low and yet sales aren’t rising. That’s in part because we simply haven’t built enough homes to keep pace with the demand. Despite attractive mortgage rates, the supply of available homes is so tight… Read More
July 15, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending July 6, 2019 For Week Ending July 6, 2019 The order of the day is market balance between buyer and seller interests. While true that there may not be as many homes for sale to choose from and that prices are on the high end for the average first-time home buyer, there are considerations for sellers as well.… Read More
July 8, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 29, 2019 For Week Ending June 29, 2019 The summer selling season is progressing with plenty of buying and selling activity thus far, thanks to a healthy economy that has consumers willing to spend their hard-earned money on the things they desire, even if it's more expensive than it was a few years ago. This has proven… Read More
July 1, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 22, 2019 For Week Ending June 22, 2019 Persistently low mortgage rates and slower price increases have combined with economic growth, low unemployment, wage improvement and consumer confidence to keep home buyers in the market, despite insufficient supply. Builders have not made enough new homes for several years, and, thus, national housing inventory is extremely tight. The… Read More
June 18, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 8, 2019 For Week Ending June 8, 2019 In terms of relative balance between buyer and seller interests, residential real estate markets across the country continue to perform well on a stage that includes actors such as heightened consumer confidence, wage increases, low unemployment and an economic expansion that is on the verge of being the longest… Read More
June 10, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 1, 2019 For Week Ending June 1, 2019 Despite home prices that seem to be creeping ever upward like unchecked crabgrass, pending sales have been performing well, and new listings are generally keeping up with demand in a manner that is propelling the housing industry forward into weed-free pastures. The Federal Reserve considers 2.0% a healthy inflation… Read More
June 3, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending May 25, 2019 For Week Ending May 25, 2019 The venerable open house is a home-selling marketing tactic that is as old as the business of real estate. Put arrow signs up on busy street corners; buy some balloons; lay out flyers and snacks; welcome the stream of curious lookie-loos that traipse through the home. Many REALTORS® skip… Read More
May 28, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending May 18, 2019 For Week Ending May 18, 2019 There is a stillness in the air during this spring's housing market, and not the foreboding kind that precedes a scary moment in a horror film or a major weather event, but rather a sameness to the springs of the last few years. Prices are still edging upwards and… Read More
May 22, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchPress Releases Prices rising, pending sales stable amidst market rebalancing Gardeners aren’t the only ones struggling with spring weather this year. The season’s late start and temperature swings suppressed housing market activity early this year, but those effects are moderating. The latest numbers for Twin Cities residential real estate show some strength amidst ongoing signs of change. Prices reached a new record of $281,000. New listings… Read More
May 20, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending May 11, 2019 For Week Ending May 11, 2019 There is no such thing as a national real estate market. When the median sales price of homes for sale in San Francisco ($1.6 million) are compared to the median annual household income in Youngstown, Ohio ($26,295), it is especially evident. National news outlets will report on housing stories… Read More
May 13, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending May 4, 2019 For Week Ending May 4, 2019 The national chatter over the past couple of weeks has been about royal babies, exciting NBA and NHL playoff games, heightened talk of higher tariffs for China, lackluster tech IPOs and, of course, who will sit on the Iron Throne. Mixed in with those conversations have been thousands of… Read More
May 6, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Activity Report For Week Ending April 27, 2019 For Week Ending April 27, 2019 The national unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent during April 2019, the lowest level since 1969. A historically low unemployment rate can provide reassurance to wary consumers. But in order for sales to increase on a grand scale, buyers will need more spending power, or sellers will need to… Read More
April 29, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending April 20, 2019 For Week Ending April 20, 2019: Despite one of the latest snowfalls in recent memory in places like North Dakota, Idaho, Colorado, Wisconsin and Illinois, among other Western and Midwestern states, house hunters in these locales and other warmer places do not seem particularly phased by wintry or wet weather. The spring market has sprung,… Read More
April 22, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending April 13, 2019 For Week Ending April 13, 2019 Housing activity is on the upswing after a slow start to the year. Showings, new listings and pending sales are increasing across much of the country, and inventory is straining to keep pace with demand. These pivotal weeks of the spring market are worth watching with extra care, as… Read More
April 15, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending April 6, 2019 For Week Ending April 6, 2019 New listings finally started to perk up across the nation last week, effectively launching residential real estate into the springtime selling season. Much has been said and written about the slow launch of new homes for sale in what was anticipated to be a year of rising inventory. Mother… Read More
April 8, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending March 30, 2019 For Week Ending March 30, 2019 The national unemployment rate held firm at 3.8 percent for the second month in a row, which is good news for an economy that has shown signs of slowing down during the first three months of 2019. Hiring and wage gains have both been below expectations, retail sales dropped… Read More
April 1, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending March 23, 2019 For Week Ending March 23, 2019 As new listings continue to fail to gain traction and inventory struggles to keep pace with the already low figures from last year, one begins to wonder if the U.S. is poised for a real estate slowdown. Some observers are seeing this as an inevitability, as investors price out… Read More
March 25, 2019 | Tags: AnnouncementsMarket DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending March 16, 2019 For Week Ending March 16, 2019 The Federal Reserve recently announced that interest rates will remain steady and that further rate hikes are not planned for 2019. Given that the federal funds rate has increased nine times over the past three years, this is welcome news for consumers carrying high credit card balances. The overall… Read More
March 22, 2019 | Tags: AnnouncementsMarket DataMarket Research The Skinny - February 2019 Available https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbRHuQxQWAQ VIEW ALL VIDEOS Read More
February 19, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket Research A mostly strong start to the year The latest numbers show that 2019 was off to a good start for TwinCities residential real estate. Sellers produced another increase in listing activity, while buyers entered into more contracts than last January even while closed sales fell. Market times continued to shrink as the median sold home price rose compared to last year. After… Read More