Forest Lake, Minnesota is well known throughout the Twin Cities area. It was a favorite summer vacation spot, an annual ice fishing tournament tradition or as a destination when going for a Sunday a drive in the country in days gone by. Today, the lakeside cabins have been replaced with year round residences, the fishing tourney is but a memory and the farms are few and far between in this third ring St. Paul suburb.
Real estate in Forest Lake, MN in north Washington County and east Anoka County has seen homes priced under $200,000 continue to sell in the 3rd quarter which is consistent with most of the Twin Cities area. A total of 24 single family homes priced under $200K were sold in Forest Lake and Forest Lake Township during this time period. This is a 50% increase in unit sales from the previous quarter. The Cumulative Days on Market (CDOM) Statistic was again slightly lower than the previous quarter with 126 CDOM compared to 129 CDOM in the 2nd quarter. This is quite a bit better than what was seen in the first half of 2008 when the CDOM ranged from 211-286. This surge in home sales in the lower price points is almost certainly a result of the $8000 first time homebuyer tax credit.
It appears the high end homes will continue to struggle into 2009 with only 2 homes sold over $400,000. Obviously, there weren’t too many first time buyers looking at homes in THIS price range. And as most of the homes sold in the lower price points were foreclosures or vacant homes, there wasn’t the “move-up” activity seen in a normal market. When the lower value home sold in the past, a family generally moved to a larger more valuable home. Not the case in this market…and the statistics in Forest Lake back this scenario up. Forest Lake continues to have about 5-6 YEARS of lakeshore and executive home inventory…much of it on the very desirable Forest Lake's picturesque First Lake.
With this abundance of inventory, some sellers have aggressively priced their home to sell. Facing another winter with an empty home is not an option many home sellers want to consider so it is now a great time for buyers to get deals. There are a few beautiful homes are currently on the market in Forest Lake at amazing prices; many are lakeshore and acreage properties. With this much inventory, motivated sellers will need to be flexible on pricing.
There are 45 active lakeshore homes for sale in the Forest Lake area and some are at attractive and affordable price points. Many have been on the market for several months; some over a year. With the amazing low interest rates and few high-end buyers, it could be a great time to negotiate a deal on your piece of Forest Lake Minnesota shoreline!
3rd Quarter 2009 Forest Lake real estate statistics for single family homes:
Under $200,000~ 34 Active Listings, 10 Pending Listings, 24 Sold Listings, 126 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 0 Active, 1 Pending, 2 Sold)
$200,000-$300,000 ~ 56 Active Listings, 8 Pending Listings, 9 Sold Listings, 207 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 7 Active, 1 Pending, 0 Sold)
$300,000-$400,000 ~ 32 Active Listings, 4 Pending Listings, 4 Sold Listings, 87 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 4 Active, 2 Pending, 0 Sold)
$400,000-$500,000 ~ 13 Active Listings, 0 Pending Listings, 3 Sold Listing, 306 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 8 Active, 0 Pending, 1 Sold)
$500,000 and Up~ 38 Active Listings, 0 Pending Listings, 1 Sold Listings, 306 CDOM (Lakeshore Subgroup ~ 26 Active, 0 Pending, 1 Sold)
Lakeshore available in the Forest Lake area:
45 Active Listings, 4 Pending Listings, 4 Sold Listings
Forest Lake lakeshore price range:
41 Homes on Forest Lake
1 Homes on Clear Lake
2 Home on Comfort Lake1 Home on Shields Lake
**All Statistical information based on information from the REGIONAL MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE of MINNESOTA, INC. for the period of 7 /1/09 through 9/30/09.
Copyright 2009 Teri Eckholm http://www.terieckholm.com/