Saturday, October 31, 2009

October 2009 Twin Cities Real Estate Market Video Update—Not a Total Comeback but Still Moving Forward!

Althought it is the last day of October, there is still time to share this month's update from the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®.

The October Monthly Skinny points out that even in the cooler September temperatures, theTwin Cities real estate market was hotter than average for early fall. The Twin Cities area saw a 23.5% increase in pending sales in September 2009 as compared to September 2008. Many of these purchase agreements were for homes in the very affordable under $120,000 price range. No doubt due this surge in sales contracts were due to the soon to expire tax credit for first time home buyers. That credit has been such a boon to the lower priced homes that it has really worked down the amount of bank owned properties and there is considerably less inventory in that category going forward. Short sale properties did not see nearly the same amount of action as there is often timeframe issues when placing an offer on a home that is in a short sale position. With the tax credit deadline looming few first time buyers want to take a chance on a short sale not closing prior to the November 30, 2009 expiration date of the credit as it stands today. Yes, the credit could be extended but it is obvious from the numbers that few buyers wanted to take that chance.

So how does this compare to the real estate market is that for single family homes in Anoka County, Ham Lake, Forest Lake and throughout the Twin Cities north metro? The north metro market has had a similar pattern to the rest of the metro area. We are still dealing with a stagnant townhomes and condo market and single family homes in the higher price points. In both of these catagories, there continues to be some amazing opportunities for buyers as compared to just a few years ago. Move up buyers and downsizers can benefit in this market if they own a home valued under $200,000, the price-point where most first time buyers are looking. Seniors who are down sizing from a reasonably sized/priced home can sell to first time buyers and obtain a condo at a steal of a price. Young families who have overgrown their starter home can move up to a larger home in the $250,000-$300,000 price range and have quite a selection to choose from.

Enjoy the video and remember that positive trends don't equate a comeback as there are still many challenges facing the Twin Cities real estate market. But we are moving forward.

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Copyright 2009 Teri Eckholm