Once upon a time, Iowa and New Hampshire held their Presidential primaries in February — and the Twin Cities housing market kicked off after the Super Bowl (or whenever the weather cooperated, whichever came later).
Iowa and New Hampshire voters go to the polls in January — and at least some Twin Cities home sellers now put their homes on the market then as well.
In both cases, the motivation is to stay ahead of the competition.
Fortunately, I don’t see much more potential for these trends to continue, if only because if these events get moved up much further, they’ll collide with the end-of-year holiday season.
P.S.: My other, working definition of when the Twin Cities Spring market officially kicks off: when local Targets switch from selling mittens and gloves to swimsuits and suntan lotion — also in early February!