St. Cloud Buyers and Sellers Puzzle Over Mislabeled ‘Declines’

Dated: August 1 2022

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For St. Cloud home sellers and buyers puzzling over whether now is the right time to enter the local

market, last week’s helping of national residential real estate news was difficult to assimilate—much less

to provide coherent ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ signals. That’s what happens when median sale prices increase by more

than 13% and sell in the shortest number of Days On Market ever, yet most press reports headline

residential sales “declines.”

“Declines” like that are hard to digest in any case. When you’re trying to make an already

complicated decision like buying or selling St. Cloud houses, they’re less than helpful.

Last year the situation was already complicated enough. Prudent St. Cloud buyers were faced with

the brain-teasing situation of record high home prices that were partially offset by record low home loan

offerings. What were thrift-minded buyers to do? What if a price reversal was possible?

Buyers and sellers now have the additional factor of today’s stormy economic picture—both

national and international—to further complicate the paralysis-inducing timing issue. As

summarized last week, “No one wants to buy at the top of the market, but it’s not clear yet whether the

market has peaked.” Although the national press was technically correct in describing “dropping real

estate sales,” they often failed to fill in some relevant details. If it’s true that some sellers in some markets

are “lowering their asking prices,” such declines may only be reversals from newly over-escalated asking


In other words, ‘declines’ that are actually ‘increases.’

And in fact, June’s existing-home sales (that were breathlessly described as having declined “for the

fifth straight month”) averaged median sale prices that were 13.4% higher than the previous June’s.

Evidently, a great number of buyers surveyed the overall direction of everything and decided that today’s

offerings will look like decent bargains—especially compared with what is to come (possibly even soon

to come).

St. Cloud buyers do have one compelling fact that has guided decisions for many past generations:

it’s the evident value of owning your home over the long term. Call me for current information to help

you appraise your next course of action.

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Noel Johnson

Passion for investing in real estate brought me to create Premier Real Estate Services in 2002. Years of purchasing, developing, and managing several rental properties, while assisting friends & cli....

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