The U.S. Federal Reserve recently raised the benchmark borrowing rate to a range of 2.25 to 2.50 percent. It is the fourth increase in 2018 and brings the rate to its highest level in a decade. As a result, borrowing money will be more expensive, particularly for credit card purchases. Fed Chair Jerome Powell stated that a rate increase at this time was appropriate for a healthy economy. Fed actions do not necessarily affect mortgage rates, but they can be influential.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending December 15:
• New Listings increased 9.5% to 702
• Pending Sales decreased 6.7% to 723
• Inventory increased 1.0% to 9,487

For the month of November:
• Median Sales Price increased 8.2% to $265,000
• Days on Market decreased 7.1% to 52
• Percent of Original List Price Received decreased 0.1% to 97.3%
• Months Supply of Homes For Sale increased 10.5% to 2.1

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