Home prices leap – Time to buy

Twin Cities home prices bounced up in April with the largest jump since before the housing market meltdown.

A shrinking supply of homes on the market and the reappearance of multiple offers helped drive the median sales price up 12.4 percent to $163,000 over the previous April.

That’s the largest increase since January 2004, the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors said in its monthly report Thursday, May 10.

Fewer foreclosures also helped boost prices, as traditional sales accounted for a greater share of the market, which “tends to drive up median and average prices since they tend to sell for more than foreclosure properties,” said Cari Linn, president of the trade group.

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