Another year is almost in the books, and you could sum it up as another “transition year” for the local housing market. There were ups and downs, with positive developments stunted by political paralysis, joblessness or other issues. Nonetheless, the housing sector took important strides forward. Armed with record low mortgage rates, buyers took to the streets and began snapping up excess housing supply off the market. Those sales gains have helped stabilize inventory levels and seller concessions alike. Many consumers are facing tighter household finances, so foreclosures and shortsales have seen plenty of demand. While that’s limited price gains in many areas, it’s also hastened the eventual absorption of distressed properties.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending December 17:

• New Listings decreased 16.9% to 799

• Pending Sales increased 50.1% to 749

• Inventory decreased 23.6% to 19,066

For the month of November:

•Median Sales Price decreased 10.2% to $149,000

• Days on Market decreased 1.8% to 135

• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.0% to 90.9%

• Months Supply of Inventory decreased 30.0% to 5.7

Local Market Updates:

Golden Valley:
There are 33 ACTIVE LISTINGS. There were no New Listings, 1 PENDING LISTING, and 1 SOLD LISTING last week.

Albertville:
There are 11 ACTIVE LISTINGS. There were no New Listings, no Pending Listings, and no Sold Listings last week.

Maple Grove:
There are 12 ACTIVE LISTINGS. There were no New Listings, 1 PENDING LISTING, and no Sold Listings last week.

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