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Total MLS sales will top 12,700

Real Estate Des Moines Style – A Year To Remember

Where do I start?


All year long I have been reporting that the Des Moines real estate market has been hot. As we come close to the end of the year, one thing is clear. Real estate in Des Moines has recovered and after three solid years, we have established our new normal.

40% of Single Family homes and almost 60% of Condo/Townhome sales in 2015 were purchased in three market areas of the metro. The three most active communities in each of these categories were as follows:

Single Family Condo/Townhome
Rank Community %   Rank Community %
1 Ankeny 17% 1 West Des Moines 25%
2 Des Moines Northwest 13% 2 Ankeny 24%
3 West Des Moines 9% 3 Urbandale 10%
Total MLS sales will top 12,700 in 2015.

According to the National Association of REALTORS, “When a home is sold in Iowa, $12,960 of income is generated from real estate related industries and $4,494 is spent on consumer items such as furniture, appliances and paint services.” Real estate is a vital part of the Iowa economy.

New Year Predictions

Overall, expect a fast start to 2016 with an extra boost of closings in January due to the new TRID “Know before you owe” rules that went into effect October 3rd of 2015. This caused a slight delay in 2015 year end closings.

Sellers should be ready to put their homes on the market extra early in 2016 as mortgage interest rates have finally began to rise after the Fed raised the prime lending rate to ¼% with more increases promised in 2016. With this rise in rates, buyers will also be out early wanting to lock in their home purchase.

Complete sales results will be available by mid January 2016 after all final sales numbers are reported. Watch for a special year end report.

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.

End of Month Recap Reports
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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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