Holiday decorations have debuted in department stores across the nation (really?), and their mere presence just might affect housing activity for those prone to a good winter hunker. Comparisons to year-ago levels will show improvement and recovery, even as general activity will likely slow through the rest of 2013. With rates seemingly in a continuous go-low zone, the thrifty buyer and willing seller will still meet for transactional tea.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending October 26:

  • New Listings increased 16.4% to 1,209
  • Pending Sales increased 10.4% to 974
  • Inventory decreased 3.1% to 16,211

For the month of September:

  • Median Sales Price increased 11.7% to $195,000
  • Days on Market decreased 29.7% to 71
  • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.7% to 96.4%
  • Months Supply of Inventory decreased 14.0% to 3.7

All comparisons are to 2012

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