Weekly Market Activity Report 3.31.08
By MAAR on Monday, March 31st, 2008
Vamoosh! Home sellers in the Twin Cities are continuing their great disappearing act, with new listings on the market in 2008 sitting far below last year’s rate. Over the last three months, there have been almost 2,500 fewer listings put on the market than there were a year ago—a drop of 9.5 percent.
Inventory is still more plentiful than ever. Despite the pullback, we still have a record high number of houses on the market for this time of year. So what’s the takeaway here? Well, if we look closer, we can see that the inventory gap between now and one year ago is closing, and closing hard. We’ve gone from being up 12.6 percent from a year ago to only 5.5 percent up in the last 12 weeks.
Gut check: We must keep perspective on the challenging environment that sellers still face, despite the softening competition. The number of signed purchase agreements (pending sales) for the last three months is 17.7 percent behind the same period a year ago. There’s fewer of everything.
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