Sale Prices Continue to Climb! Time to Sell? Time to Buy?

PRESS RELEASE – Sale prices and number of homes sold continue their upward trend. Homes are selling faster than any point in the last 3 years according to the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR).

Homes continue to sell very quickly as days on market fell to 75 days as compared to 90 days at this time last year. This is the lowest number of days on market in the last 3 years.

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Sales increased 7.3 percent from a year ago. 4,134 homes were sold last month as compared to 3,853 homes that sold in May 2014. Active listings were down 3.4 percent and Pending listings were up 5.7% when compared to last May.

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The report shows that median sale price rose 4.1 percent. In May 2014 the median sale price was $137,500 while the median price last month was $142,450.

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It has been a busy spring in most areas of Iowa. Inventory is up only slightly from last year. However inventory is up 3.2% from last month. Many Realtors® in Iowa wish there were more homes for their buyers to consider. With some economic forecasts predicting a slow rise in interest rates, now is a great time for potential sellers to put their home on the market,” says Jon Yocum, President of the IAR.

The term Realtor® is a registered trademark, which identifies real estate professionals who follow a strict Code of Ethics as members of the National Association of Realtors®. 
The Iowa Association of Realtors® is the state’s largest real estate professional organization representing over 6,600 members and affiliates. The IAR releases a Housing Trends Report each month. Data is collected from local Realtor® boards through their multiple listing service (MLS), which tracks sales activities in the board area. IAR compiles all the local board data into the statewide report each month. Reports are available online to IAR members and affiliates with a login and password. Anyone is eligible to become an IAR affiliate. For membership information, visit

**All information provided by the Iowa Association of Realtors.