Monday, May 19, 2008
This month more than 2,600 houses were on the market at less than $120,000 -- a 608 percent increase over the same period in 2005, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. The inventory for all price ranges increased 62 percent over 2005.
The return of the starter house is the upside of the down housing market. And buyers are taking notice.
Now this may not mean the end of the housing slump is near, or that cutting prices is a good thing. But the overhang in housing inventory has to be worked through somehow, and with starts declining relative to sales, stories like this one might be the first sign of how we are working through the housing bubble.