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2024: Navigating the Real Estate Party – Should You Arrive Early or Fashionably Late?

By admin_leng | Published March 04, 2024

As quarter one of 2024 comes to an end, one may think to themselves, “How am I able to successfully navigate this year, this party that is to be 2024? Should I come early and be the first person there? Do I show up fashionably late and miss the beginning?”. Maximizing opportunity, both in fun and in business, is what it is all about! In the world of builders and developers, no one wants to miss out … ever. The overall feeling of 2024, thus far, is that uncertainty in the short term is overwhelming. The industry feels confident in what the long term housing market will bring; it is the short term that has us questioning ourselves. We need […]

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Q4 2023: Goodbye Uncertainty, Hello Stability

By admin_leng | Published January 17, 2024

Say GOODBYE to the uncertainty that was 2023 and HELLO to the stability 2024 should bring! In the real estate industry, the fourth quarter months of 2023 ended with interest rates finally settling into a more predictable pattern. Housing market trends in 2023 were incredibly hard to predict – making planning very hard to do. As we close the door on yet another year, the environment feels as though things are shifting in our favor! Historically high interest rates of 2023 averted buyers. However, mortgage demand rose after interest rates lowered in the months of November and December. This end of year ease of interest rates and inflation should bring house hunters back in 2024. Baby boomers wanting to downsize […]

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Market Rebalancing: A Look at Q3 2023 and What to Expect in Q4

By admin_leng | Published October 25, 2023

MARKET CLEANUP IS HAPPENING The third quarter of 2023 finished very much as predicted. The housing market continues to rebalance. Overall, 2023 has consistently shown us that supply, demand, buyers, sellers, mortgage rates (and builders themselves) are positioning themselves in a way that is sustainable in our current economy.  As stated in our February blog, the market is cleaning itself up. Third quarter of this year trended on par with expectations. Q3 ended by showing total inventory available at just a slight increase, at a 2.8 month supply. ACTIVE INVENTORY Inventory movement on the market is creeping upward compared to the pandemic years. But total inventory remains significantly lower than 2017-2019 (the most recent “normal” years we have seen). Also, […]

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Real Estate Market Rollercoaster: Navigating the Battle of Supply and Demand in Q2 2023

By admin_leng | Published July 18, 2023

The real estate market has always been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, with supply and demand dictating the pace. As we wrap up the second quarter of 2023, it’s time to take a closer look at the current state of the market, particularly in terms of single-family homes and new construction. We’ll explore the latest inventory numbers, pending sales, and the overall market trend. So, hold on tight as we delve into the battle of supply and demand in the real estate market. At the end of Q1 2023, the total inventory of single-family homes on the market stood at 1,457. As expected, this number has increased to 1,605 single-family homes in Q2 2023. This surge can be attributed […]

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By admin_leng | Published January 20, 2023

We can all agree. The past few years have been crazy for our industry. 2022 started strong, but we could feel the market beginning to cool by the end of the second quarter; a feeling that continued into Q3 and Q4. Many, many factors have been driving the real estate ups and downs as of late. The loudest of which has been the fluctuation of interest rates. The volatile rate environment in the latter half of 2022 does seem to be stabilizing and industry optimists are hopeful buyers will return. The Federal Reserve may even be prepared to help, by slowing the uptick in interest rates as they see inflation numbers declining. Other promising factors are at play as well. […]

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Q1 2021 is HOT despite record freezing temps!

By admin_leng | Published February 26, 2021

The ending of the first quarter of 2021 marks the one year mark for the global coronavirus pandemic. Who could have predicted we would also be in the one of the robust housing markets any of us have ever experienced? What brought about this market, we ask ourselves? Was it the extremely low interest rates? Could it be the stimulus money that was introduced into our economy? Is the work from home requirements that our workforce was forced to accommodate? We may never fully understand all the factors that got us to where we are today but everyone can agree; this is uncharted territory for the housing market, both in new construction and resale. When looking at 19 different communities […]

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Q4 2019: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published January 20, 2020

It’s a wrap! Now that 2019 is behind us, it’s a good time to take a look back at the performance of our Des Moines Metro housing market last year. From recent conversations I’ve had with leaders in the real estate and homebuilding industries, there seems to be a mixed bag of opinions about the state of the market and expectations for the coming year. Some feel that they are the busiest they have ever been and see GREAT POTENTIAL for 2020. Others are feeling a bit slower than previous years and see signs of a slower real estate market. As we start peeling back the data, what we can see right away is an overall low supply that has […]

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Q3 2019: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published October 25, 2019

Like it or not, autumn has arrived and old man winter is fast approaching in Central Iowa. Speaking of crazy Iowa weather, it has actually played a very interesting role in this year’s real estate sales and market activity. Excessive rainfall in recent months helped turn some building sites into impromptu slip-and-slides, causing delays in construction and contributing to a lower-than-expected number of housing starts. Developers, too, haven’t been able to get in all the plats they had hoped and many are playing catch up following a super wet summer and spring. Currently, interest rates, talk of future recession, and a dip in home sales from prior years are each at the forefront of everyone’s mind. In reality, weather conditions […]

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Q2 2019: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published July 15, 2019

There’s some welcome news in today’s market for buyers and sellers ready to make the most of the summertime house hunting and homebuilding season. MORTGAGE RATES dropped since April, and are currently at the lowest levels we have seen for over 18 months. So the market is seeing some traction as more buyers are showing an interest in making offers, due to the improved affordability! As of July 1, the total number of active single-family homes on the Des Moines Metro Market, including re-sales and new construction homes, had increased 5.9 percent to 2,370, compared with a year earlier. When you single out the active inventory of new construction single-family homes, we actually saw a decrease from 853 a year […]

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Q1 2019: Des Moines Metro Housing Snapshot

By Kalen | Published March 01, 2019

The number of single-family homes listed in the Des Moines Metro inched slightly upward in 2018, as sales growth slowed and the affordability of new construction contributed significantly to our present market conditions. There are currently 2,132 active single-family homes on the Des Moines market, translating into a 2.8-month supply and an approximate increase of 8.7 percent from a year ago. Given that a six-months supply reflects stability, we have continued to view the Des Moines Metro through the lens of a seller’s market, especially in price points below where builders are able to provide inventory. What we are seeing today is the tale of two markets, including a resolute “resale” market with the majority of listings under the $300,000 […]

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