January Market reports for Greater Milwaukee Area
It's already evident that 2015 will be marked by talk of changing mortgage rates and regulations. Rates should stay low, but consumers and finance experts alike believe that we're at or near rate bottoms. Early indications point to more sales, more listings, more new construction and more excitement. It's not expected to be the overblown land grab of the early 2000s, but it should feel like a healthy market, which, in and of itself, may feel like an odd sensation to real estate practitioners accustomed to the boom and bust of the 21st century.
New Listings in the Milwaukee region decreased 3.0 percent to 1,622. Pending Sales were down 33.8 percent to 608. Inventory levels fell 1.9 percent to 6,234 units.
Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 3.2 percent to $160,000. Days on Market was up 1.6 percent to 94 days. Buyers felt empowered as Months Supply of Inventory was up 0.3 percent to 4.7 months.
The 3 percent down payment programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should help potential new homeowners, but in a recent member survey by the Independent Community Bankers of America, three-fourths of respondents stated that regulatory burdens are hurting their ability to loan money. The wider economy shows slight wage increases and gas prices near five-year lows but rising along with extended daylight and buyer demand. These various economic pushes and pulls can turn stagnant markets into exciting ones. It's all in how you look at it.
All data for the market reports comes from the Multiple Listing Service, Inc. and is powered by 10K Research and Marketing.
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