Weekly Market Activity Report 2.23.09
By MAAR on Monday, February 23rd, 2009
One. That's the number of times over the last 33 weeks that we've had fewer pending sales this year than we did a year ago. And the week in question was Thanksgiving—a week where making an offer on a home is typically ignored in favor of turkey and afternoon naps during another annual loss by the Detroit Lions.
The buying party continued for the week ending January 14, as there were 731 pending sales in the Twin Cities—up 17.1 percent. Over the last three months, there have been almost 1,200 more pending sales than there were last year. During this time period, 60.3 percent of sales were lender-mediated foreclosures or short sales.
Increased sales means increased absorption of inventory means less houses for sale. There are approximately 4,000 fewer houses for sale right now than there were at this time last year, a drop of nearly 14 percent. New listings remain sluggish as well. The most recent reporting week saw a 9.5 percent year-over-year decline.
Bonus points to anyone who understands why there's a picture of James Hetfield in the post.
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