• The median sales price was down 1.3 percent from last May to $370,000
• Signed purchase agreements fell 19.3 percent; new listings down 17.6 percent
• Sellers accepted offers for an average of 101.1 percent of their list price
(June 15, 2023) – According to new data from Minneapolis Area REALTORS® and the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®, home prices dipped slightly from last May. Both buyer and seller activity were also lower compared to last year.
Sales & Prices
Prices were flat in April and down slightly in May. As in April, May sellers still accepted offers above their list price despite a decline in sales—a dynamic that reflects the persistently tight balance between supply and demand even in light of rising mortgage rates. While some sellers are still seeing multiple offers on well-presented listings, the offers were closer to 1.0 percent over list price versus 4.0 percent over list price last May. With half the homes selling in under 13 days, market times are up as demand has waned. And yet, homes are still selling faster than in May of 2019 and 2020.
Pending sales dipped 19.3 percent; closed sales fell 28.1 percent. Condo sales showed the largest drop while townhomes saw the smallest decline. Single family homes sold at a median of $405,000, townhomes at $311,000 and condos at $205,000. New home sales were flat while existing home sales were down. New homes sold for $461,000 while existing homes sold for $355,000. Sales under $500,000 decreased 20.4 percent while sales over $1M fell just 6.6 percent.
Home prices are up 25.5 percent since May 2020, but down 1.3 percent from May 2022. “It’s important to keep things in perspective,” said Jerry Moscowitz, President of Minneapolis Area REALTORS®. “The median price simply reflects the middle or typical home selling, but every home is unique. In some ways, this pause gives buyers some room to be more selective on the listings that really stand out.”
Listings and Inventory
In May, sellers brought 17.6 percent fewer new listings online than last year—the smallest decline in four months. Inventory levels slid 9.0 percent lower. Some sellers are choosing to stay put and wait instead of selling for a lower price. Most sellers are also buyers and are reluctant to trade away their 3.0 percent interest rate for 6.8 percent. “While rates are surely a factor in decision-making, don’t lose sight of other factors like changes in lifestyle, a new job, growing or shrinking households, separations and so on,” said Brianne Lawrence, President of the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®. “Economists’ interest rate forecasts vary widely; nobody knows what will happen. If you buy and rates go down you can refinance, if they go up, you’ll be glad you didn’t wait. We’re still below the average 30-year mortgage interest rate over the last 50 years.”
Sellers are also still getting good offers fairly quickly. At a median of 13 days, homes are still selling even faster than in May 2020—there are just fewer sales. But, there are also fewer listings. Both supply and demand downshifting together means the balance between buyer and seller activity has remained tight. And those sellers accepted offers at 101.1 percent of their list price—down from 104.1 percent from last May but clearly still a strong figure. The Twin Cities metro remains a seller’s market, just not to the same degree as last year. The 1.8 months supply of inventory for May was up 28.6 percent. Typically 4-6 months of supply are needed to achieve a balanced, neutral market.
Location & Property Type
Market activity varies by area, price point and property type. New home sales rose 34.6 percent while existing home sales were down 23.0 percent. Single family sales fell 23.6 percent, condo sales declined 8.5 percent and townhome sales were down 3.9 percent. Sales in Minneapolis decreased 13.1 percent while Saint Paul sales fell 29.8 percent. Cities such as Watertown, Medina, Corcoran, Dayton and Shakopee saw the largest sales gains while Buffalo, Monticello, Cambridge and Zimmerman all had notably lower demand than last year.
For more information on weekly and monthly housing numbers visit www.mplsrealtor.com or www.spaar.com
May 2022 Housing Takeaways (compared to a year ago)
- Sellers listed 6,645 properties on the market, a 17.6 percent decrease from last May
- Buyers signed 4,901 purchase agreements, down 19.3 percent (3,994 closed sales, down 28.1 percent)
- Inventory levels shrank 9.0 percent to 6,864 units
- Month’s Supply of Inventory rose 28.6 percent to 1.8 months (4-6 months is balanced)
- The Median Sales Price softened 1.3 percent to $370,000
- Days on Market rose 65.2 percent to 38 days, on average (median of 13 days, up 85.7 percent)
- Changes in Sales activity varied by market segment
o Single family sales decreased 23.6 percent; Condo sales were down 8.5 percent & townhouse sales fell 3.9 percent
o Traditional sales declined 19.6 percent; foreclosure sales rose 67.9 percent; short sales decreased 33.3 percent (12 to 8)
o Previously owned sales were down 23.0 percent; new construction sales rose 34.6 percent