The expiration of the tax credit clearly motivated buyers to take action by April 30. Last week, there was a significant 31.2 percent jump in Pending Sales versus last year, bringing the total number of contracts written to 1,469. But for the first time this year the number of New Listings was down. A total of 1,803 of them entered the market, 11.5 percent lower than a year ago.

Some encouraging figures include a Days on Market count of 127, down 15.3 percent compared to last year, and Percent of Original List Price Received at Sale of 93.6 percent, up 4.0 percent over last year.

These statistics include all of the Regional Multiple Listing area not just Hutchinson, MN.

We expect buyer activity to continue over the coming weeks, although not with the same level of urgency due to the expired tax credits and a slight seasonal lull before we get into the heart of summer.