Real estate in Forest Lake, MN in north Washington County and east Anoka County continues to sell. A total of 125 single family homes were sold in Forest Lake and Forest Lake Township during 2008. The Cumulative Days on Market (CDOM) Statistic ran at 165 days for all homes sold during the year. In the first and second quarter the CDOM was well over 211-286, so at the end of the year homes started selling at a faster pace.
Not surprisingly, the price category of under $200,000 is the high point of the year. With 49 listings sold at an average CDOM of just under 4 months, it appears buyers are out there shopping for homes under $200K. It is a bit slower in the $200,000-300,000 category in this market, 6 months worth of inventory is very manageable.
All year, high end homes struggled for sales. In the second half of the year three times the number of homes sold in the $300,000-400,000 category than in the first six months. Sellers are becoming more realistic on pricing and inventory is starting to move. Homes over $500,000 have sales at a near standstill. Currently, the Forest Lake community sits with nearly 5 years of inventory in this price range and no relief appears to be in sight.
Great homes are currently on the market in Forest Lake at amazing prices; many are 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 have been abundant in the Forest Lake area throughout 2008! There are more listings than ever before at incredible prices too! The inventory is awesome…40 lakeshore homes are currently active and some at attractive and affordable price points. Many have been on the market for several months. With the amazing low interest rates and few buyers looking at frozen lakeshore, it could be a great time to negotiate a deal on your piece of Minnesota shoreline!
Year End 2008 Forest Lake real estate statistics for single family homes:
Under $200,000~ 35 Active Listings, 8 Pending Listings, 49 Sold Listings, 118 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 0 Active, 2 Pending, 1 Sold)
$200,000-$300,000 ~ 35 Active Listings, 3 Pending Listings, 45 Sold Listings, 168 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 4 Active, 0 Pending, 2 Sold)
$300,000-$400,000 ~ 22 Active Listings, 1 Pending Listings, 19 Sold Listings, 240 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 6 Active, 0 Pending, 5 Sold)
$400,000-$500,000 ~ 10 Active Listings, 0 Pending Listings, 7 Sold Listing, 144 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 6 Active, 0 Pending, 2 Sold)
$500,000 and Up~ 27 Active Listings, 9 Pending Listings, 5 Sold Listings 349 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 24 Active, 0 Pending, 4 Sold)
Lakeshore available in the Forest Lake area:
47 Active Listings, 1 Pending Listings, 16 Sold Listings
Forest Lake lakeshore price range: $224,900-$2,100,000
35 Homes on Forest Lake
3 Homes on Clear Lake
1 Home on Shields Lake
1 Home on Howard Lake
**All Statistical information based on information from the REGIONAL MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE of MINNESOTA, INC. for the period of 1 /1/08 through 12/31/08.
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