For the week ending August 7, we didn’t stray from the post-tax credit trends in the Twin Cities housing market. Pending sales remained entrenched in a holding pattern around 600 per week, continually underperforming last year’s activity. The 659 purchase agreements signed were 36.5 percent below 2009 figures.
Weak sales means rising inventory. There are 27,664 homes available for sale, up 7.4 percent from a year ago. In August, there will be 8.64 homes available per buyer, up dramatically from the mark of 5.28 seen a year ago.
For now, Days on Market continues to drop slightly from last year, down 6.8 percent from a year ago to 127, but Percent of Original List Price Received at Sale for July 2010 declined from a year ago for the first time in several years, an indication that home prices will remain soft in the months ahead.