Weekly Market Activity Report 7.7.08
By MAAR on Monday, July 7th, 2008
For the week ending June 28, pending sales in the Twin Cities housing market dipped slightly from the year previous, posting 43 fewer sales than the same week in 2007. New listings for the same time period comparison were only 6 listings higher, a meager 0.3 percent increase.
Our overall buyer trajectory this year is flat compared to a year ago. For 10 of the last 12 weeks, pending sales have been within 5 percent of 2007, either above or below. New listings, on the other hand, are showing dramatic downward movement. Over the last three months, we’ve posted 13.6 percent fewer listings than the same time last year.
This week’s edition of the MAAR Weekly Market Activity Report features an updated Supply-Demand Ratio (SDR). The SDR for July fell slightly to 8.11, which means there are approximately 8.11 houses for each buyer in July. At 1.6 percent lower than July 2007, this is the first year-over-year decrease in SDR since MAAR began tracking the figure in 2004. Since SDR takes both supply and demand into consideration, this is the surest sign yet that the market is no longer charging headlong into the buyer’s favor.
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