Mpls. Leads 20-City Index with 3.2% Gain

According to Case-Shiller’s August statistics, Minneapolis showed the best appreciation of 20 markets nationally, with a 3.2% increase (the raw number increased from 118.87 in July to 122.66 in August).

So what does that mean?

I don’t put too much stock in it, for two reasons: 1) a one month snapshot is too short to be meaningful; and 2) I have issues with Case-Shiller’s “sale pair” methodology.

Practicing, “boots-on-the-ground” Realtors form their opinion of the market not just from what’s sold, but what’s currently for sale — and what’s not selling.

My take, which has been consistent for several months now, is that we’re experiencing a schizophrenic market: the low end, stimulated by bank foreclosures and the $8,000 tax credit, is quite strong (if not approaching overheated).

At the other end, upper bracket housing is suffering because prospective buyers of those homes are facing a one-two whammy of higher financing costs and stricken balance sheets.

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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