Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Great News for the Real Estate Market this week

MAAR’s Weekly Market Activity Report – Pending Sales Up 10% Over Last Year

Remember the week ending May 1? The weather was considerably warmer, there wasn’t more than two feet of snow on the ground and the optimism was high surrounding our professional sports teams. Things change.

That fateful week in May was also the last time our market recorded a year-over-year increase in weekly pending sales…until now.

For the week ending December 3, there were 606 pending sales, an increase of 10.0 percent from the same week last year. That’s the first year-over-year increase in 30 weeks. Whether this positive trend continues will depend upon job growth and other economic factors, but this small sign of hope is nice to see in December.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, new listings are consistently not matching last year’s marks — a welcome sign in this era of high supply. The 1,081 new listings for the most recent week is a decline of 13.8 percent from last year’s pace and marks the 11th week of the last 13 to post a year-over-year decline.

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MAAR Weekly Market Activity Report is information from the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS