14 Aug Real Estate Market August 14th – Activity Report
Real Estate Market August 14th
Here is our real estate market August 14th, 2020 real estate update. We approaching the end of the summer real estate season. No one has seen a real estate market or summer like this one before. And no one wants to see it again, ever!
We have coronavirus concerns for our country, Minnesota and the Twin Cities. This now includes wearing masks in all indoor spaces that started on July 25th. And how does that impact our real estate market? We continue to do business, just differently. As an example, buyers are now driving separately to showings and sellers are sanitizing their homes before and after showings. Also, real estate closings have also changed. The buyers and sellers are in separate rooms and many times they pre-sign. And only those essential to the transaction can attend. Lastly, we use virtual tours and lots of photos and that helps determine if buyers want to see the home. Open houses are rare and not recommending.
We review real estate facts and trends
This time of the year the buyer pool is still strong. This year we saw an increase in buyer numbers but COVID19 has limiting that growth. Our inventory of homes is low, so we are seeing multiple offers on many price ranges and areas. So, what does that mean to you? In these usual times you need a good agent to coach you!
Facts are wonderful since they give us insight into analyzing the trends. Still, it is up to us to interpret them. Our current affordability Index is 145, compared to 139 last year at this time. So, the higher the number means greater affordability. Currently, our inventory of available homes is 9,332. In comparison, we had 12,992 in 2019. In other words, the inventory of homes for sale is down 28.2% since last year. In contrast, in 2008 we had almost 36,000 homes for sale in the Twin Cities. Lastly, our pending sales, which is those sold but not closed, is 1,563. As opposed to 1,434 pending sales last year. As a result, we have 9% more pending sales than last year. Our monthly supply of home is at 2 Compared to 2.7 last year at this time.
Sellers benefit when values continue to rise. The median sales price increased 5.2% since last year. $305,000 is the median sales price in the Twin Cities area. I have found a powerful market indicator is the comparison of our sales price to original list price. Our average sale to list price is 99.6%. This compares to 100% last year. Equally important indicator of market strength is days on the market. Therefore, 42 average days on the market reflects a healthy real estate market.
Our current interest rates in the Twin Cities
Interest rates increase the affordability of your home purchase. Consequently, low interest rates are a real benefit to real estate market in Minnesota. In fact, mortgage companies love to provide mortgages to Minnesota. Because of our low delinquency and employment rates. But most importantly our low mortgage risk. Accordingly, we have some of the best mortgage rates in the United States in the Twin Cities. Our mortgage interest rates are slightly better than last week. These rates are the best I have ever seen! Rates are 2.25% for VA, 2.25% for FHA and 2.409% for conventional. Contact me if you want to talk to a lender with that program and rates.
My opinion of future real estate trends
We have seen many types of markets and trends in the last 30 years. But with the coronavirus concerns makes this an unusual market to predict. So, it is my opinion that we will have 4-5% appreciation in 2020. In addition, I predict the inventory of first-time homebuyer homes will not be insufficient to match demand. Also, the areas with an abundance of new construction will have longer marketing times for existing homes. Finally, interest rates will continue to be historically low for at least until the November election.
Your House and neighborhood real estate market
We find that each price range and neighborhood have its own specific trends and facts. In so if you are interested in knowing the specifics for your home…just call Jeff.