Archives for March 2020

Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending March 21, 2020

This week Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA suspended all foreclosures and evictions for 60 days in response to the continued COVID-19 outbreak. Further, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) annouced that borrowers with loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who face financial difficulties due to COVID-19 may be able to suspend their mortage payments for up to 12 months. Impacted borrowers are urged to reach out to their mortgage companies to discuss their situation.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending March 21:

  • New Listings increased 16.0% to 1,688
  • Pending Sales increased 11.0% to 1,183
  • Inventory decreased 7.1% to 8,653

For the month of February:

  • Median Sales Price increased 6.2% to $281,500
  • Days on Market decreased 2.9% to 67
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.3% to 98.0%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 11.1% to 1.6

All comparisons are to 2019

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

Mortgage Rates Drop

March 26, 2020
The Federal Reserve’s swift and significant efforts to stabilize the market were much needed and helped mortgage rates drop for the first time in three weeks. Similar to other segments of the economy, real estate demand is softening. However, the combination of the Fed’s actions and pending economic stimulus will provide substantial support to the mortgage markets.

Information provided by Freddie Mac.

Weekly Market Report


For Week Ending March 14, 2020

After hitting a record low last week, rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose slightly this week according to Freddie Mac. A combination of an increase in rates in the bond market and high demand for refinancing and purchase mortgages contributed to the uptick. Meanwhile, the continued spread of COVID-19 is leading many companies and consumers to change their daily activities. ShowingTime is closely monitoring the situation and releasing daily updates on changes in showing activity: https://www.showingtime.com/impact-of-coronavirus/

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending March 14:

  • New Listings increased 21.7% to 1,713
  • Pending Sales increased 16.0% to 1,205
  • Inventory decreased 8.7% to 8,364

For the month of February:

  • Median Sales Price increased 6.2% to $281,570
  • Days on Market decreased 2.9% to 67
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.3% to 98.0%
  • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 11.1% to 1.6

All comparisons are to 2019

Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.

Showings decline in Twin Cities amid coronavirus concerns

New data reveals fewer residential showings across most price ranges

(March 19, 2020) – According to new data from the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® and the Minneapolis Area REALTORS®, the number of Twin Cities residential real estate showings declined in most price ranges during the week ending March 17 compared to the previous week. The declines, which come amid the coronavirus pandemic, were most prominent in the higher price brackets.

Showings decreased by 9.7% in the under $250,000 price bracket, where inventory is down significantly. The in-demand $250,000 to $350,000 price range was the only one that had an increase in showings. Homes priced over $1million saw a 33.2% decline in showings.

“It appears that concerns about spreading the coronavirus are starting to have an impact on our market,” said Patrick Ruble, President of the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®. “REALTORS® are encouraged to follow the most current best practices in accordance with their brokers, which should be following the CDC guidelines. This includes activities such as open houses, active listings and interactions with clients and visitors.”

New listings, which are usually on the rise this time of year, have been weakening over the past couple of weeks. Active listings, or the total number of homes for sale, have also started softening in recent days. On a positive note pending sales, or the number of signed purchase agreements, remained strong during this period.

“Buyers in the more affordable price ranges embraced the low rates and mild weather,” said Linda Rogers, President of Minneapolis Area REALTORS®. “We are noticing fewer showings in the higher price points, reflecting both buyer and seller concerns and time will tell how the rest of the month plays out.”

In other news, the February numbers showed buyer and seller activity were up compared to last year. But the gains appear deceptively large due to weather challenges that held activity back in February 2019. Even so, the gains—particularly for pending sales—also outpaced 2018 levels.

Seller listing activity effectively recovered after the snow and melt we saw in 2019 and then increased slightly over 2018 levels. The nearly 24.0 percent increase in pending sales—or the number of signed purchase agreements—goes beyond weather. Mortgage rates have fallen throughout the year and spent most of February below 3.5 percent, compared to around 4.5 percent in February 2019. The Federal Reserve recently acted to further lower interest rates to limit the downside risks of COVID-19 to the economy. Home sales help the economy and low rates help to hedge against declining affordability brought on by rising prices.

February 2020 by the numbers compared to a year ago

  • Sellers listed 5,293 properties on the market, a 19.9 percent increase from last February
  • Buyers signed 4,267 purchase agreements, up 23.9 percent (3,016 closed sales, up 6.0 percent)
  • Inventory levels declined 12.4 percent to 7,879 units
  • Months Supply of Inventory was down 11.1 percent to 1.6 months (5-6 months is balanced)
  • The Median Sales Price rose 6.3 percent to $282,000
  • Cumulative Days on Market decreased 2.9 percent to 67 days, on average (median of 40)
  • Changes in Sales activity varied by market segment
    • Single family sales rose 4.9 percent;condo sales fell 1.4 percent; townhome sales rose 17.7 percent
    • Traditional sales increased 6.9 percent; foreclosure sales rose 8.5 percent; short sales fell 5.9 percent
    • Previously owned sales were up 6.3 percent; new construction sales climbed 16.8 percent

For more information on weekly and monthly housing numbers visit www.mplsrealtor.com.
From The Skinny Blog.