Twin Cities Median Sales Price Hit Milestone $350,000

Buyers faltered for the first time in twelve straight months of increased demand

(July 16, 2021) – According to new data from the Minneapolis Area REALTORS® and the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®, the median sales price for a home grew 14.8 percent to $350,000 in the Twin Cities metro area over the month of June. This milestone figure is the result of consistent year-over-year growth in median sales price. This year, all six months have experienced a 10.0 percent increase or greater in median sales price, amounting to a nominal increase of $49,000.

Buyer activity in June fell slightly, down 2.5 percent from 2020, after twelve straight months of strong upward momentum. Although this past month was inconsistent with the year-long positive trend, 2021 surpassed the benchmark set in 2019 by 10.9 percent when considering year-to-date performance. Additionally, median days on market for listings remained at a rapid seven days, indicating that demand for homes continues to stay strong.

“Declining buyer activity could be a result of the stiff competition buyers are facing and the end of quarantine restrictions that allow us to focus on family during the summer holidays,” according to Todd Walker, President of Minneapolis Area REALTORS®. “While increasing home prices are usually a good sign for our industry, frequent bids over asking price will naturally cause some buyers to wait out until the market softens and they have a better chance to secure their next home.”

Seller activity grew 10.7 percent last month, resulting in a year-to-date high of 8,378 homes. However, new listings in June were marginally below 2019 performance, down 2.0 percent. As buyer demand out-paced seller supply in the past two years, the Twin Cities continued to be a strong sellers’ market throughout June. The month’s supply of inventory for the metro area remained at 1.0 month, a figure that has not grown significantly all year.

“Although the supply of new listings for June was comparable with pre-COVID performance, there is not enough inventory to meet our current demand,” said Tracy Baglio, President of the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®. “Our Realtors® and their clients are eager for a larger, more diverse, inventory in the housing market. A sustainable balance of buyers and sellers will lead to long-term success in our industry.”

Activity varies by area, price point and property type. Sales of single-family homes were up 47.7 percent in Minneapolis and up 43.3 percent in St. Paul, suggesting demand remains strong in the core cities. Condos continue to lead sales growth by property type. Across the 16-county Twin Cities region condo sales rose 70.5 percent. Sales of previously owned homes rose 23.6 percent while new construction rose 8.2 percent.

May 2021 by the numbers compared to a year ago• Sellers listed 8,378 properties on the market, a 10.7 percent increase from last June

Buyers signed 6,738 purchase agreements, down 2.5 percent (7,468 closed sales, up 19.9 percent)
Inventory levels fell 35.5 percent to 6,592 units
Month’s Supply of Inventory was down 47.6 percent to 1.1 month (4-6 months is balanced)
• The Median Sales Price rose 14.8 percent to $350,000
Days on Market decreased 52.4 percent to 20 days, on average (median of 7 days, down 61.1 percent)
• Changes in Sales activity varied by market segment

  • Single family sales were up 18.3 percent; condo sales rose 70.5 percent; townhome sales increased 13.5 percent
  • Traditional sales rose 21.5 percent; foreclosure sales were down 72.1 percent; short sales fell 16.7 percent
  • Previously owned sales were up 23.6 percent; new construction sales dropped 8.2 percent

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Supply Rebounds from 2020 Levels While Demand Continues to Rise

Market times fastest in 14 years amid record home prices in the Twin Cities

(May 17, 2021) – According to new data from the Minneapolis Area REALTORS® and the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®, seller activity in April was up 21.7 percent compared to last year, when new listings dipped partly due to COVID-19. The number of homes that were put on the market in April is comparable to pre-pandemic levels in 2019 and 2018.

The median price of a home in the 16-county Twin Cities metro rose to $337,000, a 10.5 percent increase from last April and a new record high for the region. Even so, half of homes go under contract within 8 days of listing, the fastest time in at least 14 years. This is a clear indication that the metro is still in need of a greater housing supply to keep up with rising demand.

“It’s promising to see improvements in housing supply, but it’s clear that we aren’t out of the woods just yet,” said Todd Walker, President of Minneapolis Area REALTORS®. “In time, more potential sellers will be encouraged to list, enticed by rising prices and more inventory. In the meantime, developers need incentives to expand new inventory, particularly in affordable price ranges.”

Although supply rebounded to that of pre-pandemic levels in April, the increase in demand was even greater. Pending sales are up 34.0 percent from April of last year and exceed 2019 numbers by 8.2 percent. With 5,619 homes for sale, the Twin Cities currently has 1.0 month’s supply of inventory. Typically, 4-6 months is considered a balanced market.

“Buyers still benefit from record low mortgage rates at around 3.0 percent,” according to Tracy Baglio, President of the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®. “Although a limited supply is driving prices higher, low rates are a strong incentive to offer a competitive bid for a home.”

Activity varies by area, price point and property type. Sales of single-family homes were up 32.0 percent in Minneapolis and 14.8 percent in St. Paul, suggesting demand remains strong in the core cities. Across the 16-county Twin Cities region condo sales rose 50.6 percent, outpacing single-family and townhomes. Sales on previously owned homes rose 10.3 percent while new construction rose 2.0 percent. Luxury property sales ($1M+) are up 180.6 percent from last April, 90.6 percent from April 2019.

April 2021 by the numbers compared to a year ago

  • Sellers listed 7,468 properties on the market, a 21.7 percent increase from last April
  • Buyers signed 6,220 purchase agreements, up 33.6 percent (5,088 closed sales, up 8.8 percent)
  • Inventory levels fell 45.8 percent to 5,619 units
  • Month’s Supply of Inventory was down 52.4 percent to 1.0 month (4-6 months is balanced)
  • The Median Sales Price rose 10.5 percent to $337,000
  • Days on Market decreased 34.0 percent to 31 days, on average (median of 8 days, down 52.9 percent)
  • Changes in Sales activity varied by market segment
    • Single family sales were up 3.6 percent; condo sales rose 50.6 percent; townhome sales increased 17.0 percent
    • Traditional sales rose 10.1 percent; foreclosure sales were down 44.1 percent; short sales fell 69.2 percent
    • Previously owned sales were up 10.3 percent; new construction sales climbed 2.0 percent

From The Skinny Blog.