Enclosed is an article from the MAAR research that shows our lender mediated sales percentages are on a 4 month decline after going through a 2 year increase. This is a good reflection for the Twin Cities that have been in a fall back position since July of 2005. We continue to look a other changes in our market like less inventory, reduction in speculative new construction and days on market before sale as positive indicators of a market turnaround.


Traditional sales increase market share

Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 10, 2009) – Traditional, non-lender-mediated homes increased their market share in May, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) based on data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc.

April 2009 Pending SalesThe number of traditional home sales is growing. Only 43.0 percent of the pending sales in May were lender-mediated, compared to 59.4 percent in January.

This decrease in lender-mediated market share brought the overall median price up $12,000 from last month to $165,000 in May. Despite the month-over-month increase, that's still a 19.5 percent drop from May 2008. The median May sales price of traditional homes was $214,000, down 4.3 percent from a year ago. Lender-mediated homes posted a May figure of $122,000, down 20.8 percent from a year ago.

There were 5,183 signed purchase agreements in May, up 17.3 percent from this time last year, marking the 11th consecutive month of year-over-year increases.

"With low mortgage rates and the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time home buyers we're seeing the recent jump in sales spill over into the traditional market a bit," said Steve Havig, MAAR President.

The number of properties for sale at the end of May was 26,674, down 19.0 percent from this time last year. That amounts to 7.6 months of supply available, down 26.9 percent from this time last year and trending back towards a balanced market of 5 to 6 months of supply. However, there are 9.9 months of traditional supply and only 5.0 months of lender-mediated supply.

"Sales are only up in certain price ranges and on certain property types, so smart pricing and marketing remains extremely important for sellers," said MAAR President-Elect, Brad Fisher.

Established in 1887, the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) is the leading regional advocate and provider of information services, research and education on the real estate industry for brokers, real estate professionals and the public. With more than 8,000 members, MAAR is one of the 25 largest local REALTOR® associations in the nation and serves the Twin Cities 13-county metro area and western Wisconsin.