Predictions for the 2012 Minneapolis Real Estate Housing Market

Minneapolis area housing market has reasons for optimism in 2012…

Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, The Skinny Report!  2011 Annual Wrap-Up: Lower Prices but a Healthier Market!

The annual wrap-up from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors is a concise, information packed article.  I thought it was well worth sharing.  I’ve edited the article slightly to fit the space available.    To read the full story go to the most recent, “The Skinny” by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

Decreased supply, high demand and low prices are among the encouraging developments in 2011 that give cause for optimism in 2012. The supply of homes for sale decreased dramatically, and absorption rates improved to levels not seen since 2005. Unprecedented low interest rates and record housing affordability resulted in an 8.2 percent increase in home sales for the area.

2011 by the Numbers
• Consumers purchased 41,429 homes, up 8.2 percent from 2010 (excluding 2009)the highest since 2006.
 • Inventory levels dropped 28.7 percent from 2010 and are at the lowest level in 8 years.
 • Supply of inventory(time it would take to sell all active listings)—dropped 36.5 percent to 4.5 months.
• Precisely 50.0 % of sales were foreclosures or short sales, up from 47.9 % in 2010 and 48.9 % in 2009.
• The median sales price fell 11.7 percent to $150,000.

“We are pleased with the recovery we saw in 2011,” said Richard Tucker, President of the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS®.

Predictions for the 2012 Minneapolis Housing Market

Twin Cities Metro Housing, Active Listings at Year End 2003-2011

“Median sales price reflects the mix of properties sold during the year—and in 2011 a lot moved in that lower bracket. Price increases will be the final piece of the recovery.” Distressed properties were the driving factor of home prices, selling for roughly 60 cents on the dollar compared to traditional homes.

“Homeowners need to remember that median sales price does a better job of reflecting what’s going off the market as a whole than representing the home values in a given area—each area is unique,” said Cari Linn, President of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®.

Improvements in the local economy will boost the Twin Cities real estate market in 2012. The outlook is positive: steady hiring, lessening layoffs and record low unemployment are all reasons the area continues to outperform the nation.

For other year-end residential real estate statistics and for stand-alone December 2011 data, please visit and

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