If you prefer to receive this monthly Market Update Report by email,
send an email to

RE Investor’s Corner — Tip of the Month

Some investors have the time, expertise and desire to manage their own properties. Others prefer to use a professional property management company just like they use a professional to manage other areas of their investment portfolio. Just what does a management company do?

  • Advertise your rental
  • Take calls from potential tenants and conduct showings
  • Process rental applications with thorough background check
  • Sign lease with tenants and collect security deposit
  • Manage tenant move-in and move-out
  • Collect monthly rent and pursue overdue payments
  • File legal actions against tenant if needed and manage eviction process
  • Take calls from tenant and arrange maintenance and repair work
  • Provide monthly rent payments and financial statements to owner

Such firms typically charge a fee equal to the first month’s rent and $75 to $100 per month. With a high demand in the market for rental properties, consider calling us to find “cash-flow”properties and our recommendations for property management.

Note: For a specific city or a county other than Dakota,
send your request to

  2010 2011 Change
New Listings 749 647 -13.6%
Closed Sales 219 235 +7.3%
Median Sales Price $172,000 $161,800 -5.9%
% Orig $ Recd at Sale 92.5% 88% -4.9%
Avg Days on Market til Sale 134 143 +6.8%
Inv of Homes for Sale 2280 2687 +17.9%
Month's Supply of Inv  5.4 7.4 +37.6


The latest numbers for Dakota County show a drop in the rate of new listings coming on the market. 2010 averaged 773 new listings per month while January 2011 was only 647. That’s not bad news given the market’s currently bloated inventory levels. (We’ll see what impact the newest wave of foreclosures will have.) Median sale prices, which were steady in 2010, were down in January and days on market were up. However, there is a glimmer of hope in the housing market! Employment numbers are slowly improving, interest rates remain low and the CPI—minus food and fuel—rose a meager 1% in 2010. Once we churn through some excess inventory, we should see pricing stabilize. Look at the chart below. The Purchase Only Index is an indicator of home affordability.

The FHFA defines Implied Market Balance as when the median income household can afford the median priced house. Look at the disparity in affordability that began to widen around 1999 and widened further and further into the mid-decade. Chris Galler, CEO of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS, spoke at our recent sales meeting and was encouraged by this trend. “As more Minnesotans return to work, more households will return to enjoying a median household income and more will buy homes” Galler said. Assuming interest rates remain low and these trends continue, slowly but surely, we’ll see a real estate recovery.

Quote of the Month
“40% of the homes on the market today are either short sales,
in foreclosure or foreclosed properties.”
Chris Galler, CEO of the Minnesota Association of Realtors

Download PDF of this Market Update!