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Des Moines Real Estate Roundup 10-25-08

Week Ending October 24th, 2008
Good news in the local real estate market is always welcome.  Last week I reviewed the 3rd quarter home sales statistics from the Des MoinesArea Association of REALTORS®.  Late this week Smart Money magazine came out with an article suggesting that Des Moines, Iowa is one of 25 communities that is in the best shape for a rebound.  The article can be found by clicking on the following link.

The article research indicates that perhaps Iowans have learned from the 1980’s agricultural crisis.  Since that time we have moved to diversify our economy by focusing on other industries such as Insurance and Publishing.  Des Moinesis the home of Principal Financial Group Insurance and Meredith Corporation, publisher of Ladies Home Journal and Better Homes & Garden Magazine.  We never really experienced the “crash” in the real estate market pricing like many other communities have because we also never experienced the rapid rise in properties values.  Perhaps we as Iowans also cling to our conservative values….   Either way you look at it, Good News regarding real estate values in Des Moines and Central Iowa is ALWAYS welcome!
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Total Number of Homes For Sale in the Des Moines Metropolitan Area – 5,412
New Listings Taken During the Last 7 Days – 181
Accepted Offers (Pendings) During the Last 7 Days – 64
Homes Closed (Solds) During the Last 7 Days – 52
Average Sale Price of Solds – $159,126
Average Days On Market of Solds – 81
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Les Sulgrove, RE/MAX Real Estate GroupInformation on this blog posting is for informational purposes only
and not intended as solicitation if you are already working with a REALTOR®.
There is no obligation or fee for any information on this blog posting.

Data Source: Les Sulgrove, RE/MAX Real Estate Group 
Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS® MLS.
Des Moines Metropolitan Area defined as: Adel, Altoona,
Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Dallas Center,
Desoto, Granger, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk,
Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urbandale, Van Meter ,Waukee,
West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

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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