According to the National Association of Home Builders, there is a rising demand in the new-home market spurred on by ongoing job and economic growth, the continuation of attractive mortgage rates and increased consumer confidence. And there does appear to be a notable increase in building or announced building projects around the country. Builder confidence tends to equate with more construction starts, which would be welcome news in an era of low inventory.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 16:
• New Listings decreased 5.7% to 1,536
• Pending Sales decreased 7.1% to 1,084
• Inventory decreased 16.5% to 12,740

For the month of August:
• Median Sales Price increased 6.8% to $252,000
• Days on Market decreased 14.3% to 48
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.6% to 98.5%
• Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 16.7% to 2.5

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