The Twin Cities Housing April 2018 Snapshot
I'm not going to lie to you; housing inventory is at a new all-time low. However, we have a reason for optimism as new listing numbers are improving. Let's also keep in mind that the early part of April felt more like January this year, with significant snowfall and low temperatures, which may have held some potential sellers in winter hibernation mode. Still, sellers and builders see a continued strong economy and are encouraged by a market poised to bestow significant financial gains.
For buyers, this market is still certainly challenging. Home values continue to rise while days on the market are fewer. The median sale price for April was $266,000, up 8.6 percent and days on the market fell 10.2 percent compared to April of last year, which drives home that buyers do not have the luxury of dawdling when it comes to offers. Additionally, buyers now have rising interest rates to contend with as well.
Twin Cities Economy and Housing Market is Strong
The Twin Cities Spring Housing Market April Review
Market snapshot: Spring in Minneapolis-St. Paul and the theme of the housing market story is home buyers as plentiful as mushrooms after a spring shower and “home for sale” signs as rare as dinosaur fossils. Okay, I admit I am exaggerating slightly about the for sale signs but for many buyers, especially in the lower price ranges, it sure feels that way.
New Listings in the Twin Cities were down 8.3 percent compared to April of last year causing inventory levels to fall 19.8 percent with 10,916 homes available in all categories. Values continue to gain momentum with medium sale prices steadily inching upward with days on the market going in the other direction. The month's supply of homes was down 21.4 percent at 2.2 months and needless to say, sellers were quite happy. The short supply of inventory has caused closed and pending sales to be down from last April’s numbers.
Even though most decent properties that are priced to market are selling above list, quickly and with multiple offers, so far buyer demand remains incredibly strong. Even though many first timers have lost out on several properties they hang in there. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro, this demand is...