The short-term interest rates are expected to jump a quarter of a percent higher after the Fed’s two-day meeting commencing on Wednesday afternoon. Investors have priced this rate-hike into the mortgage market over the last couple of weeks so we are not expecting any significant changes to the 30-year mortgage interest rates upon the Fed’s […]
Industry Trends and Updates
This month’s Monthly Skinny video from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors talks about the mixed factors contributing to our current housing market, really a mixed bag. Housing inventory continues to be a huge contributing factor though. Take a look!
With the year-end approaching, it is becoming more clear that the dynamics in the Twin Cities housing market in 2017 will be similar to 2016. Here are the similarities: 2016 (Through October) 2017 (YTD) Difference New Listings 71,647 70,308 -1.9% Pending Sales 54,037 54,103 +0.1% Closed Sales 52,438 […]
There were several important announcements last week regarding the economy and the Federal Reserve. INTEREST RATES The minutes following the Fed’s 2 day meeting showed there was no increase in short-term interest rates. The minutes reflected a high probability of a .25% increase at it’s December meeting. Mortgage rates remain excellent with the 30 YR […]
This month’s Monthly Skinny video from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors talks about the regional and national market slow down and what are the leading factors. Usually its tied to an economic shift, though this time its directly linked to house inventory. Watch and enjoy!
As the most active part of buying season draws to a close there seems to be a sentiment, in the media mostly, that the local housing market is in decline because sales are stalling. While it makes for a good headline, there is little proof to support this belief. In fact, what we are experiencing […]
If you’ve listed a home in the Twin Cities in the last few years, you may have heard about a product we use in our industry called ShowingTime. ShowingTime is the vehicle that allows real estate agents to schedule showings, previews, inspections and appraisals for any of the homes listed in our regional MLS. ShowingTime […]
Your credit history can be used to secure loans and insurance policies as well as open credit cards. It’s essential to protect your credit, beginning with your credit report. Recently over 143 million consumers had sensitive personal information exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s 3 major credit reporting agencies. Each […]
The Market is Talking One question I often hear “Is this a buyer’s market, or a seller’s market?” to which I generally respond, “It depends.” While real estate activity typically remains robust through October, the die has been cast regarding the 2017 market. We do not anticipate any significant changes to the market until things […]
In this month’s Monthly Skinny video by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, they dive into the recent light sales slump and explain what may be the cause. It’s pretty common for slower sales in the later part of the summer, but will we see a continuation of this moving forward? Check out this month’s […]