A New Term In Des Moines Real Estate – Inversion

There is a phenomenon happening in the Des Moines Real Estate Market – We are experiencing an Inversion

So just what does this mean? In late May of this year, the number of homes for sale dipped below the number of homes in sale pending status. Not only did that dip occur, it has continued to widen through the months of June and July. As long as we are in this inverted state in our real estate market, the long extended spring market will likely continue, possibly all the way in to September. If you want to hear a full description of this new market term, take 15 minutes and watch my YouTube video from Week 30 – Market Update. https://youtu.be/0PJKwrJCLnU – While there, be sure and subscribe to that YouTube channel!

30-Year Home Mortgage Interest Rates Drop Below 3%

Adding to the buying frenzy is the continually reported “Record Low” home mortgage interest rates. With economic pressures looking for stability the the US markets, home mortgage interest rates have plummeted below previous low rate records set in the last 3 years. Home buyers wanting to take advantage of this ability to afford more in a home mortgage than ever before are buying up homes as fast as they come on the market.

Upper End Price Homes Short On Inventory

One thing that would boost an already amazingly active real estate market would be for homes priced about $275,000 to enter the market. This would allow move up buyers homes to move in to at the same time opening up additional first time home buyer housing inventory. Believe it or not, as crazy as this real estate market is now, it could be even more active with the addition of higher priced homes.


The “Spring” real estate market is likely to continue through Labor Day as home buyers are scrambling to find homes with more space for home offices and areas for at home schooling. Predictions are difficult as we have never been through this type of market in history.

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~Les Sulgrove, Vice President

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About Les Sulgrove

Les is an Iowa native born in Des Moines and raised in the southwest Iowa town of Bridgewater. He has been a resident of Des Moines since 1982 and has been married to his wife Linda for over 35 years. Together they have 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and make their home on Des Moines south side. He has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1990 and is Vice President at VIA Group, REALTORS®. Les is the 2011 Past President of the Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS® (DMAAR) and received the award of Salesperson of the Year by DMAAR in 2007 for his involvement and service to the Association. Additionally, he is active at the Iowa Association of REALTORS® and serves on local, state and national committees. He also owns and operates the national technology networking group CyberProfessionals. This group of real estate professionals meets twice annually across the United States to learn from each other and share new marketing ideas with heavy emphasis on current and future technologies and their use in the real estate business. Les’ hobbies include golf, photography and sarcastic humor. He and Linda spend many Saturday mornings from Spring to Fall at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market. He enjoys spoiling his grandchildren at every opportunity.

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