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New year, new opportunities

Wow…have I been remiss in posting new material. The market has been so strange and difficult to predict that I just waited on the sidelines and watched the sales to see what was happening. It seems that sales are about the same in 2008 as they were in 2007. This is a good sign. Interest rates are creeping up to just under 7%. This …

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Home sale prices off 10% for 2008

Yikes! Home prices for 2008 will be down 10% nation wide! Some markets like Miami are down almost 30%, followed by San Francisco which is down by 25%. Iowa City is somewhat insulated from national trends, but it not immune to the influence of national real estate trends.

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NAR home sales prediction

So, what’s the deal? We’re all trying to look into the crystal ball and see what our home value future is. Well, the NAR is indicating that 2005 was a banner year for sales, they dipped and will be increasing through 2007 and 2008. Keep in mind that these are numbers of sales and not sales prices, but it is good news for the …

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New market snapshot feature

I just put a new button on my website titled “market snapshot”. Unfortunately some of what we do is marketing fluff, but this is the real deal. The link sets up a market snapshot based on your search criteria and emails you a full featured, graphic report showing meaningful statistics, maps, and photos. I am excited about this tool and invite you to give …

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Market Update May, 2007

Here is an interesting PowerPoint presentation in PDF form, quoting several reliable sources with information about the current real estate market. The bottom line is that this market is active but very competitive. Click the title “Market Update May, 2007”, and enjoy the show!

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It’s a new year!

2007 is shaping up to be a busy year for Realtors. November and December were very slow months, but I got all my filing done! As of January 2, things are popping! There are currently 1583 residential and 349 commercial properties on the market. This is a little higher than previous years, but not significantly. Of the residential listings, 797 are homes, 513 are …

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2006 real estate review

I keep reading about the real estate bubble, but I don’t believe we have seen any evidence of this in the Iowa City area. Let’s look at the record: In 2006 there were 2607 homes (read residential properties) sold for a total sales volume of $469,413,392. The average sale price was $180,059, houses sold after an average of 107 days on the market, and …

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Welcome to Jeff’s Iowa City Real Estate Blog

Welcome. Local real estate news, that is real real estate news is hard to come by. We’ll fix that! I will sift the statistics and facts and post information relevant to a buyer’s or seller’s interests in Iowa City area real estate.

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