Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May 2009 Video Update—In or Out of the Woods? That is a Big Question!

It appears that the Twin Cities housing market is continuing to move forward to recovery as we head into the summer. According to the Minneapolis Realtors Association's May Monthly Skinny, there continue to be positive signs that we are moving out of the woods. Inventory did not inflate this spring as it usually does when the snow melts so the housing inventory levels that have been extremely high are starting to level off and come down. A major share of the homes sold 46%, continue to be lender-owned or lender-mediated sales. These homes are selling at 21% less than in 2008 but traditional sellers home sales prices are only down about 8%. Distressed homes are moving out of the market and that is a good thing.No doubt the $8000 first time homebuyer tax credit has continued to fuel the spring market throughout the Twin Cities as things really kicked into high gear just after the credit was announced.

A major coup for the most two neighborhoods most affected by the foreclosure crisis was the
Pohlad Family Foundation Grants allowing for $8000 grants in the form of a forgivable loan to homebuyers in the 55411 in Minneapolis and 55106 zip code in St. Paul. Suddenly a surge of homebuyers became interested and now once over looked areas are seeing multiple offers on homes.
These positive signs are not just limited to Minneapolis/St. Paul and first ring suburbs. The entire north metro is seeing activity and homes selling. First time buyers have been in the market for several weeks now. As those first time homes sell, move-up buyers are finally able to take advantage of the market. I am continuing to field questions daily from excited first time Anoka County buyers on the specifics of this unique $8000 Tax Refund opportunity. (If you have a question call on the program, just let me know with a call or text to 651-336-7073 or just send a quick email.) Take a peek at the entire May video for a quick update on the Twin Cities housing move toward the edge of the woods as we make our way out…

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