Average home price up 5.2% for Oct 2015

Home prices up 5.2%

Home Values UP
Home values up 5.2% Nationally for Oct 2015

The latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index shows that home prices were up nationally 5.2% in October 2015 compared to October 2014. That’s an increase from the 4.9% rise recorded in September 2015 over September 2014.

Denver, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon all saw large 10.9% increases year-over-year.

The top 20 percent increased 5.5 per cent overall to return to their winter 2007 levels.

We are getting there, but these numbers still represent on average, around 13% below 2006 peak home values.


Minneapolis St Paul Home Values Continue to Rise

Minneapolis St Paul area home values continue to rise

Twin Cities area median home prices continue their creep upward, increasing 4.9 percent compared with October of last year.
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Housing inventory declined 25.6 percent, to a 3.2-month supply. Generally, five to six months is considered balanced. While the bulk of the metro as a whole is favoring sellers, not all areas, segments and price points reflect that.

The median list price in the metro rose 4.4 percent to $240,000, while average price per square foot rose 3.2 percent to $127, according to The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

Less foreclosures, less homes underwater, less homes on the market, and attractive mortgage interest rates have all combined to push home values nicely higher

  The October median sales price was $218,000 according The St. Paul Realtor Association.


2015 Twin Cities home sales continue to strengthen

All signs point to Twin Cities home sales continuing to strengthen

Twin Cities homes sales maintained their strong pace through September, hitting a 10-year high, according to news releases this week from area Realtor associations.

signsThere were 5,114 closed sales last month, a 12 percent increase from last year and the highest level for September since 2005, the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors said in a news release. Pending sales rose 12.3 percent to 4,635.

Fewer sellers listed their properties, with new listings decreasing 6.9 percent to 6,355. Inventory levels fell 16 percent to 15,928.

With more buyers than sellers, the median price rose 8.3 percent over last year to $222,000.

This supply-demand imbalance means prices have risen for 43 consecutive months, the association said.

Year-to-date prices have risen 6.8 percent on average

Also noted was a continued “product mix shift” back to traditional sales and away from distressed sales such as foreclosures. This also has brought up the median price.

We expect mortgage interest rates to stay below their long-term average for years to come, and around the low 4’s for the immediate future. The trick will be sustaining price gains that motivate enough sellers to list their properties without pricing out today’s buyers — particularly first time home buyers.

The momentum in both closed sales and pending sales certainly bodes well for 4th quarter and for a strong finish to 2015.

  • Anoka County – Up 11.4%
  • Carver County – Up 4.2%
  • Chisago County – Up 8.8%
  • Dakota County – Up 4.1%
  • Hennepin County – Up 7.5%
  • Ramsey County – Up 6.7%
  • Scott County – Up 3.4%
  • Washington County – Up 3.1%
  • Wright County – Up 14.8%
  • 13 County Metro area – up 8.3%


Home values expected to rise 21% by 2016

Minneapolis, MN:  Homes values have certainly seen a roller-coaster ride.  The big run up in from 2000 to 2006, then the crash.

The big question in everyones mind, is what will happen to values in the future?  Looking at the chart below, you can see an anticipated rise of 21% in values by 2016.

This is great news all around.  Those with existing homes who have lost value should regain a lot.  Those buying at today’s rock bottom home prices, and rock bottom low interest rates should see nice appreciation.

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