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Twin Cities Housing Review April 2019

Twin Cities April Housing Market Review by Joe Houghton - Minnesota Property Group

Minneapolis-St. Paul Big Picture

The Spring Housing Market is in play. Prices are on the rise as inventory levels continue to decline. Hopeful buyers in the lower price range are jumping on desirable properties hoping their offers rise to the top of the heap.

Months supply of inventory is improving in the mid-price housing range. We see steady sales activity in the higher price ranges while in the lower tiers buyers are still finding that landing a deal on a home to be a challenge especially for desirable homes in sought after locations.

What’s Up and What’s Down

Compare new listings to April of last year; we see an increase across the 16 county Twin Cities region of 4.5%. Closed sales were down 6.9% while the median sale price rose 5.2%. Pending sales were also down 1.1% and inventory levels 1.2% lower.

April weather was wintery at times, which discouraged buyer traffic and slowed sales. This trend was seen across Minneapolis as well as other parts of the nation. Higher prices, less affordability, and low inventory combined forces to dampen sales.

Let’s Dig a Little Deeper into the Housing Stats

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Are You Financially Ready for Homeownership?

Are You Financially Ready for Homeownership?

It Isn’t a Race – Take Your Time

The decision to buy your first home is a major, life-changing event and should never be taken lightly or made quickly. Not only is it the most significant financial purchase you will likely ever make, but it’s also a commitment to your lifestyle and personal sense of well-being.

Certainly, a home is a valuable asset, but it is much more than a number we see on a financial spreadsheet. It’s our haven. It’s where we plan to raise our children. It’s where we will dream about our future. It’s where we will celebrate our victories and cope with the setbacks of life. There is the whole story of homeownership.

Yes, buying real estate is a big deal, and I won’t lie to you, it can be a stressful and intimidating process, especially for a first-time buyer. However, it isn’t written in stone that it will be this way for everyone. It can and should be an exciting and joy-filled process. Being financially ready is critical in making it work in your favor.

Let’s look at five positive signs that say you may be in the financial position to become a homeowner.  

1. Your Finances Are Solid

Are You Financially Ready for Homeownership?...

The Twin Cities 2019 Housing Market Outlook

Twin Cities 2019 Housing Market Forecast 

The Ups and Downs of the 2018 Housing Market

The 2018 housing market has sure been a wild ride. The year began with rapidly rising home prices and low mortgage interest rates. Bidding wars were the norm for highly desirable homes. It was not unusual for sellers to find a buyer in the first few days after putting their house up for sale, generally at full asking price or even above. Sellers were riding high while buyers struggled to close a deal on a home.

But in the last few months of the year, we begin to see a shift in the market. Prices are finally stabilizing or increasing at a slower pace. Interest rates reach 5.2 percent, an 8-year high. Though now rates have fallen back to 4.59 as a benchmark for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. The market still favors sellers but to a lesser degree.

2017 compared to 2018

  • new listings down -0.3%
  • pending sales down -3.6%
  • closed sales down -3.4%
  • overall...

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Can You Recognize a Super Real Estate Agent When You Meet One?  Take This Quiz!

You have finally made the big decision to buy a home, and you’re ready to dive headlong into the real estate market! Congratulations!  Given today’s market and the great opportunities that abound in the Twin Cities Metro for home ownership, I applaud your decision.  But, (and yes there is always a “but,”) before you take the plunge, just like every great athlete needs a coach, or every talented artist needs an agent, you need a Realtor© by your side, advocating for you.

“Why can’t I just advocate for myself?” you say.  Great question and I am so glad you asked. An honest and ethical real estate agent will steer you in the right direction, so you don’t waste time spinning your wheels. He will offer expert advice when called for, even if it might not be what you want to hear, and will put your best interest at the forefront of any transaction.  Not only will he protect your interests, but also limit your liabilities and even save you money. 

“Wow,” you say, “having an agent will give me an edge!  I want one, but, with all those...

Twin Cities Housing Review November 2018

 November 2018 Housing MN Property group

Minneapolis-St Paul Housing Overview

As we approach years’ end, we see some subtle changes in the Twin Cities Metro housing market. The increase in inventory of homes for sale was10.5 percent over last month giving home buyers something to rejoice. This inventory boost by is by no means enough to bring the market into balance but does bring us closer. For consumers who have been trying to buy a home for several months, it was welcome news.

What’s Up and What’s Down

As we compare November of this year to November 2017, we find new listings up 12.6 percent, closed sales down 0.9 percent, the percentage of list price received down 0.1, and the median sale price of $265,150 up 8.2 percent. Meanwhile, pending sales were down 5.2 percent, inventory levels rose 2.3 percent with months supply up 10.5 percent. Days on the market fell 7.1 percent.

So while inventory is increasing and sales are decreasing, we are seeing more price reductions and fewer deals closing for full price offers. Although housing prices are still higher than last year, they appear to be slowing down. Properties for sale are still spending less time on the market than last year, an indication that demand is still robust, and buyers are scooping...

Twin Cities Housing Report October 2018

The Minneapolis-St Paul Housing Market Overview

As we look at the Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics for the first month of the final quarter of 2018 the one thing that hasn’t changed for months is the shortage of properties for sale in the lower end of the market. With so few homes that fit their budget, coupled with rising home prices and interest rates, would-be buyers continue to struggle with fulfilling their dream of ownership. Homes at this price range are still selling quickly, but we are finally starting to see that shift we have been talking about, in market conditions overall as we look at narrowing gaps in year over year data for sales, inventory, and price.

What’s Up Doc?

As we compare October of this year to October 2017, we find new listings up 9.2 percent, closed sales rose 3.4 percent, the percentage of list price received up 0.2, and the median sale price of $265,000 up 8.6 percent. Meanwhile, pending sales were down 1.7 percent, inventory levels dropped 2.2 percent, days on the market fell 7.7 percent. In summary, in the Twin Cities 16 county metro at least, we are still experiencing fewer homes on the market taking less time to sell with prices even on an upward trajectory.

What About the Economy?

Our local economy remains strong. The ...

Elegance, Lifestyle and Lake Views in Shorewood

5315 Howards Point Excelsior Mn

5315 Howards Point Road, Shorewood, Minnesota 55661

Lake Minnetonka 2.22 acre estate featuring 250 feet of shoreline

6 Bedrooms and 9 Baths, 9075 Square Feet

Proudly offered at $5,750,000

3D Tour and photo album

5315 Howards Point Excelsior Mn

A Majestic Presence on Lake Minnetonka

Sitting majestically on the shore of Lake Minnetonka in Shorewood is one of the area’s most breath-taking homes. It’s so grand; you might expect to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk into the grand foyer for an evening of cocktails and dinner. It’s a home that would feel comfortable with heads of state, titans of business and industry, and world-renowned celebrities of every genre....

Look What We Found in Edina

5901 Chowen Ave S Edina MN

5901 Chowen Ave S

Edina, MN

4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2,350 square feet offered at $449,900

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?  Tucked away in a lovely neighborhood of Edina we fund a delightful mid-century rambler. This fabulous tastefully updated family home has all the amenities on today’s family wish list.

Great Location

You cannot beat this location. Edina is one of the most desirable 1st tier suburbs of Minneapolis. The new owners will appreciate the easy access to both Highway 100 and 35 and the Crosstown. Surrounded by parks, lakes, shopping, fun, and food with a 15-minute commute to downtown Minneapolis, what more could you ask for? Great Schools? You have that too. Edina has a nationally recognized school system which has been a magnet for families with kids over the years.

5901 Chowen Ave S Edina MN...

Plymouth MN Home Searching for New Family

2860 Zanzibar Lane N Plymouth, MN

2860 Zanzibar Lane N Plymouth, MN.

4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2148 Square Feet, Offered at $374,900

Open House: 9/16 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

If you are on a search for a home in the award winning Wayzata School District we’ve got you covered. This stylish tri-level home is open and bright and offers warmth, charm, and comfort coupled with modern functionality. All the features and amenities on most buyers’ wish list are present in this well-appointed home, and you will love the improvements and updates that have recently been done by the current owners.

Four bedrooms and three baths on three levels of beautiful living space offer your family lots to enjoy.  Its excellent location is convenient to highways, shopping, parks, and recreation. Located in the sought after neighborhood of Mapledell, this outstanding home is right off the Maple Creek Trail and Park. Did we mention your kiddos would attend ...

First-Time Buyer Mortgage Myths

First Time Home Buyer Mortgage Myths

First Time Home Buyer Options in the Twin Cities

It’s an indisputable fact that buying a home today is a complicated process. It can be especially intimidating for a first-time buyer. Also, there is a severe shortage of inventory in the category of entry-level homes making the transition into homeowner a challenge. The home buying process in the Twin Cities Metro is not as simple as searching for a house, finding one that suits you, making an offer and going to closing. Although these are indeed the basics, it is not the complete picture. There are a lot of pesky details that are not understood and become fertile ground for the seeds of mistaken beliefs.  The topic that seems to represent the most confusion is obtaining a mortgage. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common myths about mortgage eligibility.

First Time Home Buyer Mortgages and Myths

Many people still believe you need a 20% down payment to buy a home in MN. No, you don't. Although a buyer needs to put 20 percent down on a home to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance, most can buy a house with much less money. When you look at real estate market statistics for home buyers...

We Found a Hidden Treasure in Minnetonka

1512 Fairfield Rd S Minnetonka  MN Property Group

1512 Fairfield Rd S, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305

Offered at $524,900

Open House: Sunday 8/12 2:30-4:00 PM

If you are looking for a great family home in a sought after community with excellent schools we have the perfect choice for you. Consider this gracious and elegant three bedrooms three bath residence in Minnetonka. With 2376 square feet of living space this traditionally styled two story home not only fits the needs of a family but is also the perfect setting for entertaining.

Prepare to be inspired by classic style with undertones of warmth and contemporary elegance. From your first glimpse, it is obvious this home is meticulous. We are very impressed, and you will be too! 

1512 Fairfield Rd S Minnetonka  MN Property Group ...

Twin Cities Housing Market Review June 2018

Minnesota Property Group Housing Stats June 2018

June 2018 Snapshot – Twin Cities Housing

As we close out the second quarter of the year and head into summer nothing much has changed regarding the ups and downs of Minneapolis-Saint Paul housing stats. Anyone who has been following the housing market in the Twin Cities will not be surprised by the June data. Inventory of homes continues to decline, ditto closed sales, pending sales, and days on the market. What’s up? The median sale price continues to rise. The constraint on sales is a reflection of low supply alone while demand remains strong. 

We are halfway into the year with a strong economy and a real estate market that is responding accordingly. Consumers continue to have confidence and a positive outlook for the future. With unemployment at all-time lows and wages rising, home buyers have a reason to be optimistic. Even with interest rates inching upward, demand for homes remains steady.

On the supply side, builders are shifting resources from rental units to single family new construction. Sellers are also considering this may be the best year to make their move and listings are expected to increase accordingly. Things are looking rosy, and we give...

Risks vs. Rewards of Homeownership

Minnesota Property Group Homeownership Risks vs Rewards

So You Want To Buy a Home

Taking the step from renting to homeownership is a life-altering event. Many people consider it the litmus test for adulthood. It is both thrilling and scary at the same time. It should be because not only is owning a home in itself a significant responsibility but it is the most significant purchase the majority of people will make in their lifetime. Owning a home is also a source of pride, of achievement, and for millions, still an essential component of the American Dream.

If owning a home is on your bucket list, perhaps you are waiting for the right time. The question is, how will you know when that is?  There is no stock answer. There are many factors to consider, both pro and con on the subject of buying a home. For many first time home buyers, money is an obstacle. But that isn’t always the case. Nor should the considerations of when to purchase a house be strictly limited to the financial ability to do so.

There are outstanding advantages that come along with owning a home and there are detriments as well. Let’s take a look at how the pros and the cons balance each other. When we evaluate both and can get to the intersection where rewards offset risks, we will have a clearer picture of how we can proceed.

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South Minneapolis Gem of a Home For Sale

4724 Oakland Avenue Minneapolis MN 55407 Exterior

4724 Oakland Ave Minneapolis MN 55407

Psst!  Look over here!  We have an outstanding new listing being offered pre-MLS. This attractive two-story home at 4724 Oakland Ave is located in the Field neighborhood, the heart of South Minneapolis. It was built in 1921 and with its attention to detail and abundance of architectural interest, it certainly shows off the distinctive charm and character of the era.

Pre-MLS Open House March 17th from 12-2pm

While the finishing touches are being applied to this gorgeous home, it is offered for sale pre-MLS for $419,900. If you would like a sneak peek at this home before our professional stagers and photographers come through and perform their magic, call me, Joe Houghton anytime. I'm the lucky listing agent. Want more right now? Visit the video tour of 4724 Oakland Ave Minneapolis MN 55407 on our YouTube channel.

4724 Oakland Avenue Mpls MN open and bright floor planThe Field Neighborhoods Newest Listing is Currently Non-MLS

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Exceptional Home in Medina MN

3060 Wildflower Trail Medina MN

3060 Wild Flower Trail, Medina, Minnesota 55340

5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 5122 square feet, Wayzata Schools, $684,900

Exceptional Home in Medina MN

One of the things we love to do here at the Minnesota Property Group is share stories. Today we have a unique home with an unusual story we want to share. This beautiful Medina home, light shining through its windows, is looking for a new family.

This stunning residence built in 2016 debuted as a David Weekley model home, featuring many thoughtful upgrades added by the builder. When the current owners took a tour, they knew they had found their forever home.

In their own words, “When we purchased this house, we were planning on making it our forever home. The floor plan was perfect. The interior sparkled with all the finishes that showcase a builder’s talent and imagination, but we invested in touches that elevated the feeling of the space from house to home.”

3060 Wild Flower Trail Medina MN

Exterior Upgrades

The current owners painted the entire exterior white to carry the theme of lightness inside to the outside as well. But they didn’t stop there. Additional upgrades to enhance the enjoyment of the home and add to the quality of life include storm gutters, insulated garage doors “to help keep the garage more cozy in winter,” an invisible fence for the pets, several large trees to enhance the landscaping...

Should I Buy a Home This Winter or Wait for Spring?

Minnesota Property Group

Should I Buy a Home This Winter or Wait for Spring?

If you are a Twin Cities’ buyer that missed out on snaring a deal this past spring or summer, you might be asking yourself, your family, your friends and your realtor whether or not you should keep your search ongoing or simply hunker down for the winter months and venture forth again when the forsythia bloom.  Maybe you just started the process and are thinking of putting it on hold until the new year arrives or wondering if there is an advantage to staying the course.  As a realtor, I can tell you that I am being asked that question from many of my clients, especially the first time buyers.

Because everyone has a story and no personal situation is exactly the same, there is no right or wrong answer. But generally speaking, I tell my buyers that nobody is too cool for thermal underwear in Minnesota. Let’s get some and keep looking for that home. Patience is a virtue and tenacity pays off in the end. 

To those just getting started in the process, if you have your pre-approval letter in hand start your search and if not get that preliminary work completed and then press go! Now...

Real Estate Agents Love Wayzata MN

Minnesota Property Group/Wayzata MN

Real Estate Agent in Wayzata, MN

In 2012 I bought and renovated a home in the Far Hill Neighborhood of Wayzata, Minnesota and it was the best decision I ever made.  My family and I moved from Southwest Minneapolis and after 5 years of enjoying the small town feel of Wayzata we are looking forward to 50 more.  Wayzata has everything we want in a City and more.  Although it is challenging to find a home for sale in Wayzata MN it is worth the effort. It is no coincidence that many local realtors choose to live in Wayzata. Not only is living here so great, top real estate agents believe home values in Wayzata will continue to outpace the rest of the Twin Cities MetroMinnesota Property Group/Wayzata MN

Why Local Realtors Love the City of Wayzata

Wayzata is a jewel, a charming lakeside village located on the northeast tip of Lake Minnetonka, overlooking the sparkling blue waters of Wayzata Bay. The land mass is 3.08 square miles and water covers a .08 square mile area,  population according to the 2000 census is 4113, median home price as of August 2017 is $526,300 according to Zillow...

August Twin Cities Housing Market Episode – Another Rerun!

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August Twin Cities Housing Market Episode – Another Rerun!  

Most of us want to see a new episode of The Twin Cities Housing Saga but I am afraid August is another rerun. Over the course of the last 3 years the dominant theme of the housing story in Minneapolis-St. Paul is an ever-shrinking inventory and rising prices. Sellers have been in their glory days while buyers, facing a highly competitive marketplace, have struggled to close a deal month after month with a couple of variations. We’ll talk about these later in this post. Like most of the country, here in the Twin Cities metro inventories continue to shrink while prices continue to move upward. As long as the economy continues to grow and add jobs and interest rates remain low there is no reason to believe this market situation is going to change course anytime soon.

A deeper dive into the numbers for August of this year versus last year reveals new listings increased  7% while the inventory of homes available for sale fell 16.7% from 15,137 in 2016 to 12,206 this year. The month's supply of inventory remained at 2.5. but compared to last year, it dropped 16.7%. Lucky buyers in the metro successfully purchased 6513 homes but they were not quite as fortunate as buyers in August of last year when 6,606 home sales closed. Additionally, this year buyers paid 6.8% more when you compare median sales prices in...

Twin Cities Housing Market

Minnesota Property Group July 2017 Market Stats

Twin Cities Housing Market 

The Twin Cities housing market story for July in Minneapolis-St. Paul is much the same as it has been month over month for a couple of years. For sellers, it’s celebration and uncorking the champagne bottle and for buyers, it is a test of fortitude and commitment to home ownership. The Twin Cities is following a national trend of the past two years where inventory continues to shrink and median sale price continues to increase. How long this market is sustainable, is anyone’s guess but with unemployment holding at 4.3 percent the demand to purchase a home remains high. 

A look at the numbers for July has available homes for sale at 12,407 which is a drop of 18.3% from July of 2016. The month's supply of inventory sits at 2.5 compared to 3.1 last year same time, a 19.4% decline. Buyers in the Twin Cities closed on 6,020 homes, 2.6% less than July 2016 at 6,128. Declining inventory, pending sales, closed sales and days on market was half the story, the other half being an increase in median sale price, of $254,000 up 5.9% over last year, the percentage of list price received at 99.2 representing a gain of 0.8% over July of last year. 

Maybe you remember the old children’s game of musical chairs that was once popular at birthday...

This Golden Valley Home Has it All

2150 Brunswick Ave N Golden Valley MN

This Golden Valley Home Has It All

2150 Brunswick Avenue N, Golden Valley, MN 55422 – offered at $364,900

 

If you are looking for a home with a prime metro location, close to downtown, highways, and recreation we can help. Our latest listing, a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2496 square foot split level home may be just perfect for your family. This property has been well maintained and tastefully updated with modern surfaces and amenities sure to please.

A great floor plan, bright and airy spaces, beautiful hardwood flooring creates a home filled with warmth and charm, which promises years of comfort and enjoyment for the lucky family who will live here. With 4 bedrooms and 2 baths on three levels, this stylish home offers lots of space for your family to spread out and coupled with some very stylish updates, this property offers a great value at this price range.

The home is well situated on a corner lot in a desirable Golden Valley location. Close to shopping, convenient to highways, and surrounded by recreation you will love the lifestyle available in this outstanding neighborhood. Did I mention a 15-minute commute to downtown Minneapolis?

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