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The amount of time a home spends on the market fell 4.0 percent to 72 days, on average. Months’ supply of inventory rose 10.8 percent to 4.1 months, suggesting that the market is moving back toward balance after favoring sellers. The sales mix continued to skew toward traditional homes that sell in less time and at higher price points.
Despite an overall 2.3 percent decrease in seller activity, traditional new listings rose 6.7 percent while foreclosure and short sale new listings were down 42.4 and 31.3 percent, respectively. Similarly, overall closed sales were down 1.5 percent, but traditional closed sales rose 9.7 percent while foreclosure and short sale closings fell 41.1 and 48.3 percent. Market-wide inventory levels increased 4.3 percent, but traditional inventory was up 17.9 percent while foreclosure and short sale inventory levels declined 39.0 and 43.5 percent.
“Traditional activity is going strong,” said Emily Green, President of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR). “That helps strengthen prices, which in turn encourages more sellers to list their homes, giving motivated buyers more options.”
The Twin Cities housing affordability index of 188 means that the median household income was 88 percent higher than what’s necessary to qualify for the median-priced home given current interest rates. While the index is below its 2012 peak, it remains above its long-term average.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Twin Cities has the lowest unemployment rate among major metros in the nation at about 3.8 percent. The national rate recently dropped below 6.0 percent for the first time since 2008.
“Stronger job growth and extremely low interest rates continue to put homeownership within reach of more families,” said Mike Hoffman, MAAR President-Elect. “Further improvements are still needed, but both the economy and housing have clearly been moving in the right direction.”
For more information about buying or selling your home in and around Hutchinson, MN contact the real estate professionals at Hometown Realty – 320.587.6115.