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Q3 2017: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published October 23, 2017

Active listings of single-family Des Moines-area homes fell at the end of Q3 2017 to 2,064, down 4 percent from 2,154 listings on July 1. Fast forwarding to October, what we now see is quite a few new homes going on the market and GROWING INVENTORY in the Des Moines Metro housing market.

The total number of single-family homes sold through Q3 2017 is 7,294 existing homes and 1,279 new construction homes. When compared to this time last year, which boasted a phenomenal 7,148 existing homes sold and 1,157 new construction homes sold, the single-family market is POISED TO OUTPACE those figures as we track yet another record-breaking year!

As I write, the total number of active NEW CONSTRUCTION homes on the market is 812, up from 707 a year ago.

In reference to homes under contract, Q3 2017 was much quieter than the first two quarters with total pending sales as of October 1 standing at 1,107, compared with 1,755 at the end of Q2 and 1,494 in October 2016. There were 321 sales of new construction HOMES PENDING at the end of Q3 2017.

There is data that shows more new construction homes listed for sale in Q3, and inventory days on market are increasing, although this can be typical for this time of year as builders ramp up their housing starts in the fall, before winter weather hits. At the same time, the data indicates GREAT BALANCE between a buyer’s market and a sellers’ market with a current 6-months supply of new construction homes.

When considering CURRENT LISTINGS of new construction homes – Adel, Ankeny, Indianola, Johnston, Polk City, Waukee and West Des Moines are all areas in which the inventory of new construction is LESS THAN 6 months, implying that each of these areas is ripe for builders and continued development.

For better appreciation of THE GROWTH that the Des Moines Metro has seen, the chart on the right reveals where we sat at the end of Q3 for each of the past five years. In reference to my Q3 2017 SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING STATISTICS, follow the link for the full report and information that can be used to further inform your decision-making.

Also, for those of you who may have missed a great evening attending last month’s Iowa Skilled Trades Alliance dinner, the DES MOINES REGISTER did a nice job covering keynote speaker Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs,” while BUILDING AWARENESS of the industry.

As always, my door is open for you to please contact me directly or learn more by visiting my website at NEWCONSTRUCTIONSPECIALIST.COM.

I am a Residential REALTOR® and Certified New Construction Sales Professional who specializes in helping homebuyers locate a suitable lot, secure a qualified builder, and pick a perfect floor plan to match their unique tastes or personal style. After listening and understanding the needs of my clients, I offer appropriate feedback and credible data that help buyers and seller make informed decisions in regards to real estate transactions. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Q2 2017: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published August 04, 2017

The Des Moines Metro housing market continued its boom in Q2 2017 as resales of single-family homes were up and local inventory of new construction fell. The number of total active listings increased to 2,154 single family homes in Q2 – up slightly from the past two quarters and fairly typical for the spring/summer selling season. At the same time, though the total inventory grew and there are more resales on the market, new construction inventory was lower, with 732 active listings in Q2, compared to 781 listings in Q1. Pending new construction numbers are also stronger this quarter, compared to both Q1 2017 and Q2 2016. The total months supply for all single-family homes and for new construction is [...]

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Q1 2017: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published March 03, 2017

With 1,843 active listings of single-family homes, the Des Moines Metro is once again seeing an ALL-TIME LOW in terms of active inventories, and in comparison to previous years. Of these listings, 42 percent are comprised of new construction homes. Overall inventories of residential real estate remain very low as a six-month supply is considered to be a sign of market stability. Today, TOTAL SUPPLY of single-family homes sits at 2.4 months, a slight decrease from 2.6 months as of a year ago.   The total number of PENDING SALES of single-family homes stood at 1,331, a year-over-year increase, as pending sales of new homes also rose to include offers on 339 properties, compared with 298 in Q1 2016. Sales [...]

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Q4 2016: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published January 25, 2017

The state of the Des Moines-area housing market heading into 2017 can be associated with an extremely low inventory of single family dwellings in general, yet a steady uptick in the availability of new construction homes over the past several years. A historic number of 9,277 single-family homes sold last year in the 18 communities I track with new construction comprising 16.3 percent of the total sold for 2016. For comparison, in both 2007 and 2010, 19 percent of total sales in the Des Moines market were tied to the development of new construction homes. The resale market over the past year has been very hot due to a lack of new construction homes being built under a $250,000 price [...]

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Q3 2016: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published October 31, 2016

The Des Moines-area housing market showed further signs of stabilization in Q3 2016 as the total number of homes sold year-to-date reached 7,450­­–up from 6,871 a year ago. That puts the Des Moines Metro on track to achieve another record year. The number of new construction homes sold also increased–to 1,268–compared with 1,097 through Q3 2015. Total inventory has continued to decrease with just 2,210 active single-family homes on the market–a 2.9 months supply as of October 2016–compared to 2,496 a year ago at this time. For further comparison, there were a total of 2,150 single-family homes on the market at the beginning of Q2 2016. The local real estate market overall had a terrific 2016 so far with a [...]

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Q2 2016: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published July 27, 2016

Home sales in the Des Moines Metro are on track to break records this year as local REALTORS belonging to DMAAR have reported a total of 4,524 single-family homes sold as of July 1, 2016. Of those, 719 or 16 percent, are new-construction homes. Inventories of RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE are at an all time low, both locally and nationally. Today, the Des Moines-area has 2,150 single-family homes on the market–A 2.8 MONTHS SUPPLY–compared to 2,418 at the end of June last year. The inventory of new construction, includes 644 single-family homes on the market, which is up by 44 homes over a year-over-year basis. One may think that with the low inventory that buyers have to choose from, this would [...]

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Q1 2016: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published March 07, 2016

Attendees of the Ninth Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon in February were provided with an update on the Des Moines-area new construction housing market and breakdown of lot inventories by city. Follow the links to access to my Q1 2016 presentation slides and complete housing statistics for 2015. Given 2015 was a RECORD YEAR with 8,795 single-family homes sold – compared with 7,935 total homes sold during a very strong market in 2005 – a look back over the past 12 months shows many encouraging signs that 2016 could be another great year for local builders. As of February 2016, the number of total active listings of single-family homes in the Des Moines market stood at 1,942, compared with 2,291 [...]

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9th Annual Builder and Developer Luncheon

By Kalen | Published February 17, 2016

Here are the slides from the Ninth Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon, presented by Peoples Company and Diligent Development, and my full single-family housing statistics from Q1 2016. Also, for further details on current single-family market statistics in the Des Moines-area, please check back as they will be released on my blog shortly after the information presented at the luncheon! Click here for 9th Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon Slides Click here for Q1 2016 Stats

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Q4 2015: Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot

By Kalen | Published January 18, 2016

Sales of existing homes picked up the pace in 2015, returning Iowa to levels not seen since prior to the recession. It was a historic year with regards to the 8,795 total single-family and 1,456 new construction homes sold in the Des Moines-metro area. Activity is picking up as the housing recovery attracts more buyers in the 18 communities I track on behalf of Peoples Company throughout Greater Des Moines. At the same time, choices are still limited by a lack of available inventory within some buyers’ budgets. As of December 31, there were 2,043 active listings of single-family homes in the Des Moines-metro area, or 301 fewer than the previous year. The inventory of new construction homes increased slightly, as of December [...]

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Q3 2015: Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot

By Kalen | Published October 15, 2015

Central Iowa has something for everyone, thanks to job growth and the relatively low cost to get into an existing or new construction single-family home. In this – my Q3 2015 edition of the Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot – I’m presenting ten  ”Fast Facts” on inventories, price points, hot spots, homebuilders and more. 10 Fast Facts on the NEW CONSTRUCTION MARKET in Des Moines 1. The total inventory of single family units in the 18 Central Iowa communities I track fell by 320 – to 2,496 houses – compared with the year-earlier period. 2. Des Moines-area homebuilders showed no signs of slowing and they were ahead of schedule in the third quarter with 1,746 building permits pulled – as [...]

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Q2 2015: Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot

By Kalen | Published July 23, 2015

The Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot is a quarterly report featuring inventories of new construction and existing single-family homes in the 18 communities I track for Peoples Company. My reports cover the residential housing data and statistics presented during Peoples Company’s Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon, and provide updates on the Des Moines-area market throughout the year. The mercury is rising in Greater Des Moines, named as a Top 10 Hot Housing Market by the National Association of Realtors, amid increased levels of pending sales, homes SOLD and room for new construction throughout the region. Sellers are terrifically positioned to take advantage of this HEAT WAVE, fueled over the spring by low inventories – and contributing to higher average sales [...]

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Q1 2015: Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot

By Kalen | Published March 20, 2015

The Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot is a quarterly report featuring inventories of new construction and existing single-family homes in the 18 communities I track for Peoples Company. My reports cover the residential housing data and statistics presented during Peoples Company’s Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon, and provide updates on the Des Moines-area market throughout the year. The 2015 Builder & Developer Luncheon, presented by Peoples Company and Diligent Development, walked us through the prior year and provided a look to what’s ahead in for the Des Moines area housing community. My annual presentation is focused on comparing statistics, sharing information and leading a discussion about trends throughout the residential real estate and the new construction home market in Central [...]

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8th Annual Builder and Developer Luncheon

By admin | Published February 27, 2015

Here are slides from the 8th Annual Builder and Developer Luncheon! Also for further details on Single Family Market Stats please see my Q1 2015 Stats and watch for my blog to come out shortly on these numbers. Click here for Q1 Stats Click here for 8th Annual Builder and Developer Luncheon Slides

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Q4 2014: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published January 21, 2015

The Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot is a quarterly report featuring inventories of new construction and existing single-family homes in the 18 communities I track for Peoples Company. My reports cover the residential housing data and statistics presented during Peoples Company’s Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon, and provide updates on the Des Moines-area market throughout the year. The number of town homes sold in the Des Moines-metro area last year shot up by an impressive 108, compared with 2013, as total sales of single-family homes decreased by 1 percent. Interestingly, inventories of single-family homes remain very low in the Des Moines market after decreasing steadily for several years. There were only 2,342 of these properties on the market heading in [...]

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The Importance of Interest Rates for Home Buyers and Sellers

By Kalen | Published October 27, 2014

Interest rates are always an important topic to my buyers and sellers. Today is an amazing time to lock into an interest rate, as rates are again at historically low levels. In 2014, we have seen rates slightly rise to around 4.25 percent, and then recently keep dropping again to very low levels. A 30-year fixed rate starts at 3.75 percent, and a 15-year rate starts at 2.875 percent. Talking to a local lender, Bryan Rowland at State Savings Bank, he mentioned that the recent fear of a weakening global economy as well as the Ebola and ISIS scares has more people moving more money into U.S. Treasury market. Increasing demand for U.S. Treasuries decreases mortgage interest rates. Most would not [...]

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Q3 2014: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published October 10, 2014

The Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot is a quarterly report featuring inventories of new construction and existing single-family homes in the 18 communities I track for Peoples Company. My reports cover the residential housing data and statistics presented during Peoples Company’s Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon, and provide updates on the Des Moines-area market throughout the year. Sales of single-family homes slowed a bit in August and September following a robust spring and early summer as buyers and sellers focused their attention on end-of-summer vacations, back to school preparations and seasonal pastimes such as the Iowa State Fair. Sales of existing homes have been more attractive for some buyers this year as the average new construction sale price has continued [...]

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Q2 2014: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By admin | Published October 08, 2014

The Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot is a quarterly report featuring inventories of new construction and existing single-family homes in the 18 communities I track for Peoples Company. My reports cover the residential housing data and statistics presented during the Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon, and provide updates on the Des Moines-area market throughout the year. Home sales have remained steady in Greater Des Moines Area over the last 12 months with the strength of both market and consumer confidence growing more resolute than at any time in recent years as interest rates remain low for buyers! New construction home sales, both pending and sold, were relatively flat on a year-over-year basis. Foreclosures are down to the pre-crisis levels of [...]

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Q1 2014: Des Moines Metro Market Snapshot

By admin | Published October 02, 2014

Peoples Company’s Annual Builder & Developer Luncheon on February 28 was well attended by more than 250 of the Des Moines-metro area’s builders, bankers, developers and city leaders gathering for an overview of the housing economy. My presentation on single-family housing statistics for Q1 2014 in the metro followed a talk by national economist Dr. Vince Malanga. I included an analysis of recent activity on the local level, compared with pre-recession data. The feel of the luncheon was influenced by all the positive attention Central Iowa has received in the national press – as pointed out by Jay Byers of the Greater Des Moines Partnership – as well as the energy generated by builders coming off of a robust building [...]

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