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Des Moines Real Estate Roundup Week Ending 3-20-09

Week Ending March 20, 2009

As the first day of Spring arrives, so do new resolutions… I know, you’re saying.. “wait a minute… resolutions are for New Years”… well in my book, it’s never too late for doing something healthy.

The last couple weeks I’ve been ramping up my new resolution, “Walking”.  My wife and I along with our two dogs Katie & Willie took advantage of the nice weather and, well, one thing led to another and I’m now finding myself addicted to walking.  Alright, maybe not addicted, but certainly enthused.  Yesterday I bought a new gadget.  A high tech multifunction “Accusplit Eagle” pedometer!  Don’t ask me why they gave a device specific to walking a name with the word “Eagle” in it.

Today, I decided that I would spend my lunch half-hour out on a walk near my office.  There is a park a few blocks from RE/MAX as well as a great walking trail along Walnut Creek.  I was able to make a nice loop in the 30 minutes away.  My terrific little pedometer said that I walked just over 1 1/2 miles!  Of course, the first thing I did was to search Google for a map that allowed me to measure distance… Here’s what I found:   The map defaults to Silver Spring, Maryland, but you can zoom out and re-select your own state, city and neighborhood.   I measured the distance and Accusplit Eagle was RIGHT!  1.64 miles!

The trail we walk at home each night measures out to just under 1 1/2 miles, so Today – The First Official Day of Spring – I walked over 3 miles and over 10,000 steps. (10,569 to be exact)

Total Number of Homes For Sale in the Des Moines Area – 4977
New Listings Taken During the Last 7 Days – 245
Accepted Offers (Pendings) During the Last 7 Days – 143
Homes Closed (Solds) During the Last 7 Days – 82
Average Sale Price of Solds – $160,416
Average Days On Market of Solds – 125

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Les Sulgrove, RE/MAX Real Estate Group

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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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