The appraisal process has become a headache for many home buyers and sellers in the Twin Cities metro. Real estate agent Steve Fiorella told KARE 11 he has struggled to get the appraisal to match the purchase price for about 20 percent of his transactions so far this year. But a misappraisal could have serious consequences, even prison.
Figures from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors show the median home price in the 13-county metro climbed to $175,000 in October -- up nearly 15 percent compared with the same period a year ago. MPR reports October was the eighth straight month of price gains. Pending and completed sales were also up last month.
New figures from the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price Index show Minneapolis-St. Paul area home prices jumped 7.4 percent in August, compared to the same month a year earlier. Nationally prices rose 2 percent from August 2011 levels. MPR notes the Twin Cities housing market has seen year-over-year gains in home prices every month since February.
September was another good month for home sellers in the 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metro. The Business Journal says pending sales grew 11 percent last month, compared to the same month a year ago, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. The median home sales price also increased 12.3 percent to $174,000 in the Twin Cities area, Finance & Commerce reports. However, the number of homes for sale dropped 29.4 percent -- the lowest level in nearly a decade.
The number of homes on the market in the Twin Cities was down more than 30 percent last month -- the lowest inventory levels in nearly a decade, according to the Star Tribune. The median home sales price in the 13-county metro area jumped 15.5 percent to $179,000 compared with a year ago.
U.S. Home prices rose in June in all of the 20 cities tracked, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index. Minneapolis recorded one of the biggest one-month gains -- up 4.8 percent from May and 5.7 percent from June 2011.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the national S&P Case-Shiller index shows home prices in the Twin Cities jumped 1.3 percent from March to April, following a 0.8 percent gain from February to March. Prices were up 3.8 percent compared to April of last year.
Last month, the median sales price of homes jumped about 11 percent to $169,000 from the same month last year, according to a new report by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. The number of pending purchase agreements also spiked 27 percent, while closed sales increased 21 percent. However, the inventory of homes for sale continued to fall in May.
The number of closed sales last month rose 7.1 percent compared with last year, while the median price of those deals jumped 12.4 percent to $163,000.
Finance & Commerce reports the median sales price in the 13-county metro area hit $149,000 in March. The 6.4 percent increase is the largest year-over-year gain since April 2010, but the current median price is still nearly 35 percent lower than the peak in March 2006.