February Weather and Des Moines Real Estate


The Spring Market Is Itching To Get Going!

February only saw a total of 11 days of sunshine and measurable snow 15  of the remaining days. Needless to say this has affected the start of Des Moines real estate sales. There’s no need to panic however. Iowan’s are not strangers to winter weather and with the exception of a couple of larger storms, homes were added to the market and in many cases under contract within a day or two. The graphs below tell the story, so read on!

Monthly Market Snapshot as of February 28th

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The biggest movement in the market this month was the lowest price point resale inventory. Pending inventory counts rose by over 200 in the resale category with 1,723 homes now waiting to close. New construction pending counts dipped slightly but this is typical at this time of year as the upper price point homes generally become most active in late March when the weather fully breaks. Even with the challenges of weather, the overall closed sale counts are ahead of 2017 at this date.

2018 Year Trend Reports
Active – Pending – Sold – Balance of the Market
Compared To 2017

(Click Graphic To View Full Size)You need to click on this graphic to bring it to full size. The dip in the homes for sale quadrant is absolutely due to February weather. The pending quadrant flattened out as well during the same period.

Months of Inventory by Buyer Pool and by Price Points

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The biggest story on this graphic is the upper price range activity. As hot as the lower ranges are, the $700,000 and above price ranges were still deep in a winters nap in February. Only two sales occurred above the $700,000 price in February but the upper buyers are making their way into the market. Remember the end of January’s graphic… (below)

~Les Sulgrove, Broker
VIA Group REALTORS


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, 6 grandchildren and make their home on Des Moines south side. He has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1990 and is a Broker Associate with 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 many 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 and photography. 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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