Weekly Market Activity Report 4.6.09

By MAAR on Monday, April 6th, 2009

There's no April Foolin' this time of year regarding the Twin Cities housing market. We're able to report several encouraging signs this week as the market seems to be "Def" to any signs of slowdown.


For the week ending March 28, pending sales continue to reflect strong growth, increasing 28.2 percent over last year. Our oversupply continues to draw down, with new listings declining by 12.2 percent for the same time period comparison. The total number of houses for sale is 26,131, a decline of 16.2 percent from this time in 2008.


Meanwhile, there are three key indicators of recovery at work: (1) Days on Market Until Sale continues its downward trend, dropping 9 percent over last year to 150 days (2) Percent of Original List Price Received at Sale is definitely not Bringin' on the Heartbreak as we're showing our first upward year-over-year move in (a rock of) ages, increasing by 0.6 percent this month (3) Our Supply-Demand Ratio fell to 5.57, which means there are 5.57 houses for sale for each buyer in April, down 23.5 percent from last year.


With mortgage rates at historic lows and the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time home buyers, it's not surprising to see some positive hysteria in our local marketplace. We're certainly excited; thus the untucking of our dress shirt this week. It's been a long time since we've been able to pour some sugar on you.