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Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update - Coronavirus Impact

We are frequently asked how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting the local Twin Cities Real Estate Market and wanted to share some thoughts from the front line.

Like everyone, this pandemic is impacting the real estate industry and is changing how we do business, but it has not shut down the real estate market.  Let’s look at some current statistics to help identify what is happening right now.  Our intention is to share this information with you weekly, so you have the most up to date information available as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

Let’s review the most recent data from the Minneapolis Association of Realtors.  This information is for the week ending March 14, 2020, which represents the early stages of our current social distancing practices.Twin Cities Market Statistics as of March 14, 2020

New Listing inventory: up 21.7% over the same period in 2019.  The market has been up 7%-35% each week since February 1, 2020.  We expected this increase based on the consumer demand and short supply of homes as buyer's and seller’s positioned themselves to take advantage of historically high pricing and historically low mortgage interest rates.  We will watch this trend closely over the next few weeks.

Pending sales: up 16% over the same period in 2019.  Pending sales have been up each week since February 1, 2020, ranging from 10%-24% over the same weeks in 2019.  Again, this is expected based on what we thought would happen this year.

Inventory of available homes: for this reporting period, inventory is down 8.7% over the same period in 2019.  We feel like a broken record, but inventory levels have continued to fall, year over year, since 2014 with...