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The question is best answered with an example. A hypothetical buyer looks at 24 homes in a strong buyers market.* The market includes eight months of inventory, meaning three of the 24 homes will sell this month. Of the 24 homes, six are of good quality and condition, six are poor quality, and 12...
  Discussion about real estate markets usually tends to focus on prices. And the Twin Cities market has had encouraging price news this year. After three and one half years of declining prices, we've now had three consecutive months of increases in the median price compared to a year ago. But pri...
  So the Twin Cities real estate market has finally posted a year over year price increase for the first time in 41 months this January. Certainly good news but let’s not break out the champagne yet. The recovery/rebound…whatever you want to call it, is a long process and this is just another sig...
A local non profit used the City of Minneapolis ‘First Look' program to purchase one of my foreclosure listings in June. They literally snatched it away from a couple that had made a full price offer on this home in a nice South Minneapolis neighborhood. After letting it grow for six weeks they f...
  As we know, the Supply Demand Ratio (SDR), is perhaps the most important leading indicator for predicting future price movement in real estate markets. Sometimes, significant other factors such as foreclosures moving through the market or lack of quality Jumbo financing, can overshadow or dimi...
Question: When is the best time to buy? Answer: When you are ready.   I was watching a Celtics/Lakers game when a commercial came on for a financial services firm. I was barely paying attention, but then I saw the phrase: "Time; Not Timing". Great advice.   Markets will always cycle up and down a...
I had the chance to purchase a house for $25,000 in 1976.  My friend decided to sell it to his sister instead.  Three years later it was worth $50,000.  I finally bought a couple of years after, but found myself wishing I had bought a bunch of property "back then". I was fortunate to carry three ...
The first stage of the rebound is well underway in the Twin Cities real estate market.  How it plays out remains to be seen but history and current trends give us good clues.  Markets are cyclical and excesses, whether up or down, sew seeds bearing the opposite reaction.  The harder the fall, the...
I was just plugging in addresses for fun to see what Zillow's Zestimate is.  According to the Great Zillow, one property that just sold for $70,000 is worth $176,000.  Another one listed at $159,000 is worth $246,000, and another one that was listed at $242,900 and has sold and closed, is current...
The Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller Index was released Tuesday, January 29th, showing an 8.4% drop in real estate prices in November, 2007 from November 2006.  Case Shiller is a highly reported index that is alleged to be more accurate than the statistics provided by the Realtor associations. The ...

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