Real estate market steady in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. Commerce Department says new home sales were down almost 10 percent in December, while prices are on the rise. And while sales were low, and prices high nationally, locally the numbers are looking much better.

According to one realtor, there's a record number of homes for sale right now. She says prices are staying pretty steady, but will probably increase slightly this year just because of inflation.

"We have a really good market here in Bismarck/Mandan,” said realtor Amber Sandness, Bianco Realty. “We have some great homes on the market. We have a lot of homes on the market so there’s definitely a lot for the buyers to pick from today."

Sandness says Bismarck/Mandan is currently more of a buyers’ market than a sellers’ market.