Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Forest Lake, MN Real Estate Market Statistics Mid Year 2008

Forest Lake, Minnesota is a special community in the northeast metro Twin Cities area. Many people from the city remember Forest Lake fondly from decades ago as a summer vacation spot or place to go for a drive in the country. Today, the lakeside cabins have been replaced with year round residences and the rural nature is all but a thing of the past in this thriving St. Paul suburb. Though housing growth has slowed down drastically in the past year or two in many northern suburbs due to ever increasing gas prices, Forest Lake is holding it’s own.

Real estate in Forest Lake, MN in north Washington County and east Anoka County continues to sell but slowly. The Days on Market (DOM) Statistic is currently running at about 211 days for all homes sold. When the first quarter numbers showed area homes had stayed on the market an average of 287days, this is welcome news.

If we look at sold homes in the under $300,000 category the absorption rate has come back an 11 month level from earlier this year where it was nearly 24 months. But high end homes continue to struggle for sales. Only five homes sold in the last 6 months in the $400,000 plus price category. Currently, the Forest Lake community sits with nearly 5 years of inventory if sales continue at this slow pace on high priced homes. Great homes at amazing prices are out there on lakeshore and acreage properties. With this much inventory, sellers will need to be flexible on pricing. It might be the perfect time to negotiate a GREAT deal on a lakeshore home!


Lakeshore opportunities are abundant in the Forest Lake area! There are more listings than ever before at incredible prices too! The is inventory awesome…47 lakeshore homes currently active. Many have been on the market for a quite a while. With continued low interest rates, it is a great time to negotiate a deal on your piece of Minnesota shoreline!

Mid Year 2008 Forest Lake real estate statistics for single family homes:
Under $300,000~ 99 Active Listings, 10 Pending Listings, 47 Sold Listings, 194 DOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 2 Active, 0 Pending, 3 Sold)

$300,000-$400,000 ~ 39 Active Listings, 0 Pending Listings, 14 Sold Listings, 268 DOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 8 Active, 0 Pending, 8 Sold)

$400,000-$500,000 ~ 13 Active Listings, 0 Pending Listings, 4 Sold Listing, 167 DOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 6 Active, 0 Pending, 2 Sold)

$500,000 and Up~ 37 Active Listings, 1 Pending Listings, 3 Sold Listings 385 DOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 31 Active, 1 Pending, 3 Sold)
Lakeshore available in the Forest Lake area:47 Active Listings, 1 Pending Listings, 16 Sold Listings

Forest Lake lakeshore price range: $269,900-$2,300,000

38 Homes on Forest Lake
7 Homes on Clear Lake
1 Home on Shields Lake
1 Home on Heims Lake


**All Statistical information based on information from the REGIONAL MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE of MINNESOTA, INC. for the period of 1 /1/08 through 6/30/08.
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