Des Moines Home Sales Remain Strong Through 3rd Quarter

2017 On Track To Be A Record Year In Des Moines Real Estate

One thing is for certain as October arrives. The days become noticeably much shorter, leaves begin to fall and home sales in Des Moines point towards yet another record year. New listings for the third quarter are ahead by over 200 properties. Pending sales for the quarter are up by over 800 and year to date closings are 600 closed sales. So unless real estate comes to an abrupt halt, it is possible that we will end the year with close to 14,500 closed transactions which would be more than a 3% increase.

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I decided to overlay the number of homes sold and homes for sale as of September 30th each year back to 2009. Up until 2011, these two categories stayed fairly close. But from 2012 to date, there has been a widening. The number of sales reflect a return to a healthier economy but the low number of homes for sale is what is driving prices higher and the months of inventory to remain in a Sellers market. All indications are showing that 2017 is the year that sellers are finally beginning to re-enter the real estate market. It will be very interesting to see how this affects pricing as we move towards 2018.

This graph shows where the inventory levels actually began to rise in 2017. There was a short few days in April that we finally broke through the previous year and by mid May, homes were consistently coming on the market at a faster pace. If we break above housing levels of 2015 & 2014 by years end, 2018 could be a whole different type of real estate market.

Months of Inventory By Three Categories

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Months of Inventory by $100K Price Ranges

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Homes For Sale Inventory Approaches Last Years High

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Pending Sales Experience Surge In July

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Closed Transactions 350 Units Over Last Year

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Sellers Market Slowly Moving Towards Balanced

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~Les Sulgrove, Broker

If you are interested in selling your home or purchasing a home, give me a call! I will help you determine your best strategy based on your local market data.

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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