January Numbers: Down 7.7%

According to the National Association of Realtors (“NAR”), pending home sales fell 7.7% in January.

A home sale is considered “Pending” once the inspection contingency is removed, but before the Buyer’s financing is finalized and the title is transferred at closing. In a typical deal locally, the interval between a “Pending” and a “Closed” sale is about one month.

Given the growing financial turmoil, it’s hardly surprising that Buyers are balking at making such a major commitment — for most consumers, it is THE biggest ticket purchase they likely make.

When you read that monthly car sales are down 50%, the impact on something much more expensive, like housing, isn’t going to be pretty.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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