Real Estate Update for Lake Minnetonka
Today I thought it would be good to give a market update for those who live around Lake Minnetonka to show what has been happening over the last year. Below are some details and graphs to help explain the current market, with colors for graphs indicating year of data.
Median Sales Price
For the last three years, Median Sales data for Lake Minnetonka has stayed relatively the same. While 2009 saw a 12.6 % decrease from 2008, the market has rebounded slightly this past year with median sales prices increasing…good news for luxury homes around the lake. Some of the hardest hit areas in sale price over the last year have been Excelsior and Wayzata, with Spring Park having the largest increase.
Housing Supply and Days on the Market
The housing supply, or current inventory of homes for sale in Lake Minnetonka, is considered healthy if it is around 5-6 months. As you can see, for the last few years, expensive homes in the area have been no where near that number. Currently at 23.9 months, it will take almost a full year to sell all of the current homes on the real estate market. This number takes into account all homes surrounding lake Minnetonka so each individual town will have a different number. For instance, Excelsior has seen the largest increase in housing supply, with Greenwood and Tonka Bay coming in at a close second, but on the other end, towns like Minnetonka Beach, Wayzata, and Orono have seen a decrease in housing supply.
With home sellers, one of the most important real estate statistics they want to know is how long it will take to sell their home. For Lake Minnetonka homes, it’s going to take awhile. Over the last year, it has taken an average of 244 days for a home to sell (Agents call this “Days on the Market” or “DOM”). The price of homes in an area will greatly effect the DOM, so naturally the more expensive the home, the longer it will take to sell due to the fewer number of buyers able to purchase a luxury home. For Lake Minnetonka, the towns with homes taking the longest to sell are Tonka Bay, Deephaven, and Minnetrista.
New Listings Vs. Closed Sales
The amount of New Listings that have hit the market over the last year for upper tier homes around Lake Minnetonka have decreased 20% from the amount in 2009. So far this year, Mound and Orono hold the records for most homes to come onto the market, but for the most part, sellers are deciding to wait out the market before selling. The decrease in available homes means that buyers have less to choose from, but in the same instance, the number of homes that have sold in the last year has increased. So I guess having less homes makes it easier for buyers to make a choice, but most likely, with the percent of the original list price received by home sellers declining in many Lake Minnetonka towns, buyers are just finding homes more affordable than in 2008.
Closed Sales over the last year for Lake Minnetonka luxury homes has increased 11% for those near or above a million dollars, with homes $500,000+ having over 22% more closed sales.