Home sales will be up in 2020

It isn’t too early to call. Home sales are up in the metro area in 2020 over what they were in 2019. Year to date they are up by 10% in St. Paul and as you can see from the graph below they are up over 10% for the last three months.

I’ll be following this closely as the pandemic worsens. So far November home sales are up slightly from a year ago. Typically home sales go down during the holidays mainly because fewer people want to have their homes on the market during the holidays.

graph of new listings
New listings

The data used to make the graph is from the NorstarMLS and is deemed reliable but not gaurnateed.

Happy Friday the 13th

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. There are a lot of people who have weekends off and I am not one of them. Sometimes I work more hours on the weekend than during the week. It kind of makes sense because people with jobs buy houses and sometimes to keep their job they need to work during the week and don’t have time for house hunting.

Friday the 13th is fun if you don’t believe me just Google it.

It may be a coincidence but I found exactly 13 open houses this weekend in St. Paul. If you want to see a house that isn’t open I am happy to help.

Enjoy the weekend, wash your hands often and be sure to stay six feet away from other people.

A good day to be a white cat – with a spot and a calico tail who doesn’t like having her picture taken. 

Those prospecting letters

This is the time of year when homeowners will get letters from real estate agents who have buyers.

Those buyers want to live in your neighborhood or they want to buy a house just like yours. If there are a lot of real estate agents


“farming” the neighborhood homeowners will get several letters.

Right now there are a lot of people who would like to buy a home just like yours or a home in your neighborhood. The demand for housing is high. Let this blog post serve as my letter to homeowners that we are working with buyers who are looking for a home to buy.

The very best way to attract home buyers right now is to have a house that is for sale.

There are also a few entities that will buy your home as-is for cash with no inspections except here in St. Paul a truth in housing inspection is required before a single-family home can change hands.

I get at least one letter a month from a company that buys houses. I suspect that we are on a list somewhere of empty nesters who own a house.

Yes, this is a very good time to sell a house. I’ll have some January sales numbers tomorrow.

lead letter
Template for seller lead

If you are interested in selling I do have buyers interested in your house in your neighborhood. Please call or write anytime for a free no-obligation consultation.

Imagine a clock

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I am pretty sure at this point the only reason we change the time twice a year is because someone is making money from it. Otherwise, it would be just silly to change time rather than changing our schedules to accommodate fewer hours of daylight.

Today I’ll be getting emails from several companies and from real estate agents reminding me to turn my clock back one hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM. Most will include a picture of a clock too.

My readers are above average and I am going to assume that I don’t need a picture of a clock to communicate my message.

Changing back to standard time is a marketing opportunity that I don’t want to miss out on but I really don’t want to spend a bunch of money on postcards so I usually write a blog post with a picture the Friday before the Sundays when we change time.

As always I have big plans for my extra hour. It will take at least 8 hours to do it all so don’t bug me on Sunday.

Fall back Nov 3 at 2:00 AM

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon today

Welcome marathon runners!

marathon crowd

Today is the 38th annual Twin Cities Marathon. There will be some street closures but the freeways will be open, unlike last weekend. It is the most beautiful urban marathon in the country. The exact route of the main event that starts at 8:00 AM today is mostly behind paywalls but I can tell you that Summit avenue will be closed for at least half of the day.