4 Tools to Help You Clear Your Yard of Fall Debris

Just for fun, take an inventory of all the leaf removal tools cluttering your garage. If you’re like me, you’ve got a half-dozen rakes of different sizes and materials, a couple of blowers in various states of repair, and a couple of infomercial gadgets that promise to make annual leaf gathering faster and easier. In […]

Average Delinquency+Foreclosure at 599 Days

The average mortgage loan in foreclosure has been delinquent for 599 days, according to Lender Processing Services (LPS). That’s a record for the company’s regular monthly study on mortgage performance trends. At the end of July, LPS counted 2.2 million loans in foreclosure and nearly 1.9 million that were over 90 days past due but […]

June Pending Home Sales Rise

For the week ending July 23, Twin Cities home-buying activity increased 54.3 percent while home-listing activity declined 13.2 percent compared to the same week in 2010. Buyers entered into 1,040 purchase agreements while sellers brought 1,380 new properties onto the market. According to the NAR, “Existing-home sales this year are expected to total 5.0 million, […]

Why They Are Saying to Buy A Home Now

Despite what appears to be a non-stop wave of tough news regarding real estate, four major media players have come out this month with the same advice: It Is Time to Buy a Home! Here are the four articles and a breakdown as to why the advice makes sense. The Wall Street Journal: Why It’s […]

What is the housing market like?

Overall Market:  Home sales in the Twin Cities continue to show strong year-over-year growth. For the week ending July 9, there were 788 pending sales, an increase of 40.2 percent from a year ago. The amount of signed purchase agreements seen in recent weeks is similar to the activity for the same weeks in the […]

Housing Market – Twin Cities Metro June 2011

General Market New listings last week were down 9.1 percent to 1,572 new properties for the same week in 2010. Increased sales activity in conjunction with stable or falling listing activity should be met with continued market correction, including faster absorption rates, quicker market times and fewer seller concessions. Good news is that pending sales […]

Market Update – Minneapolis and West Metro

General Market Pending sales for May 2011 in the 13-county Twin Cities metropolitan area were up 13.2 percent over last year’s post-tax credit market. Sellers introduced 7,021 new properties to the market, a 10.8 percent increase from the year prior. Inventory shrunk 11.8 percent to 25,636 units—the lowest May inventory count since 2005. The overall […]