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Des Moines Real Estate Statistics 3-27-09

Week Ending March 27, 2009

This past week, the Iowa Association of REALTORS held their annual Legislative Bus-In day event.   Around 300 REALTORS attended the event from around the state including 85 from The Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS.

The event started out with a luncheon with keynote speaker John Tuccillo.  Tuccillo is one of the foremost real estate and housing finance economists in the United States.  He is also former Chief Economist for the National Association of REALTORS. 

Tuccillo predicts that the current economic recession will last until late August or early September of this year with home mortgage interest rates remaining low until the first months of 2010.  Home sales will also begin to recover in the third quarter of this year and pricing will not begin to rise until the first of the new year.

During the afternoon session at the state capital, the Des Moines contingency of REALTORS met with Senator Larry Noble and Representatives Chris Hagenow and Kent Sornsen who made time to come and discuss the issues with our members.  These issues of interest include: Lead Based Paint legislation, Local Option Sales Taxes & Impact Fees, Homestead Property Taxes and Real Estate Transfer Taxes.

Total Number of Homes For Sale in the Des Moines Area – 5008
New Listings Taken During the Last 7 Days – 293
Accepted Offers (Pendings) During the Last 7 Days – 154
Homes Closed (Solds) During the Last 7 Days – 69
Average Sale Price of Solds – $164,450
Average Days On Market of Solds – 98

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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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