Summer Home Sales In Des Moines

Home Inventory On The Rise As Summer Fades

Home inventory levels are finally on the rise

After a seven year slide, Des Moines home for sale inventory has finally taken a turn back upwards. In August 2010, the Des Moines MLS recorded 5,912 homes for sale and every year since then inventory levels have been on a steady downward spiral. Partly because of the number of home buyers out in record numbers and also due to a lack of sellers putting homes on the market. I’ve talked in the past about some of the reasons for such a shortage of inventory but finally this month we have seen a turn upwards. I will keep an eye on this data over the next few months to make sure that it’s just not a blip on the radar,  but one thing is for sure, buyers are finally beginning to enjoy an ever so slight increase in homes to choose from.

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Eight months in to 2017, here are the benchmark numbers in the Des Moines real estate market as of August 31st.

  • The number of homes for sale are at the years highest level at 3,526 homes on the market. The highest inventory level of homes for sale in 2016 was 3,484 homes.
  • Pending sales continue to typical and predictable slowdown as we move towards fall. There are currently 2,393 homes in Pending status compared to 2,495 a year ago (4.1% decrease year over year)
  • Sold transactions are on a similar trajectory as 2016 tracking a little over 600 closed sales ahead of the same time last year.
  • The Months of Inventory is also creeping upward at 2.9 MOI but well within the definition of a Seller’s Market overall.


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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