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Weekly Market Activity Report for Week Ending December 30 Tags:

U.S housing starts surged following the drop in mortgage rates, jumping 14.8% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,560,000 units, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest reading was boosted by an increase in single-family starts, which climbed 18% from the previous month. Housing completions were also up, rising 5% month-over-month. The average 30year fixed-rate mortgage has fallen more than one percentage point since its peak in late October, leading to an increase in building activity and builder sentiment.

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

• New Listings increased 6.7% to 366
• Pending Sales increased 1.2% to 413
• Inventory decreased 5.3% to 6,831

For the month of November:

• Median Sales Price increased 2.2% to $362,550
• Days on Market remained flat at 40
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.2% to 97.4%
• Months Supply of Homes For Sale increased 15.8% to 2.2