Twin Cities housing values: How big a drop in your neighborhood?

If you’re a Twin Cities area homeowner, here are a couple charts from today’s year-end 2010 report from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors that will make your head hurt.


They show the change in median value of houses by Multiple Listing Service area from 2006 to 2010. It is not pretty. Click on the charts for a larger view and use the “page down” key on your computer to scroll to the bottom.

We’ve written a ton on MinnEcon about the long road back for housing values. These charts really bring it home.

As far as I can tell, only the Chanhassen and Maple Grove / Osseo areas showed increases in value since 2006.

Take a look at the charts and report and let me know if something surprises you.

It’s worth remembering that this isn’t just a numbers game. A house is typically the single biggest investment Americans make, an asset once relied on to build wealth and provide the means to send kids to college and provide a financial cushion in retirement.