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October 2017, The Housing Market in Cass County & SWMI

Overall in October 2017, there was just one more house sold in Cass County than in October 2016. There were 63 overall home sales which was 2 percent higher than the 62 in October 2016. Year-to-date overall sales were up 3 percent (589 vs. 572).

The number of waterfront homes sold in October decreased 19 percent (17 vs. 21). Year-to-date, waterfront home sales were up 13 percent (175 vs. 155). Non-waterfront home sales rose 12 percent from 41 in October 2016 to 46 in October 2017. Year-to-date, non-waterfront home sales were down by 3 houses (414 vs. 417).

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October 2017, The Housing Market in Southwestern Michigan

October 2017 for the SWMI housing market became the 10 month for the year to smash all previous records set in October 2016 and record numbers set historically back to 2006. The warm fall season and quickly vanishing inventory may have kept buyers motivated along with the mortgage rates remaining low at around 4 percent locally.

The number of houses sold in October 2017 increased 9 percent to 354 over 326 in October 2016. Year-to-date, the number of houses sold increased 5 percent (3167 vs. 3007).

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The Housing Market in Southwestern Michigan - September 2010

After the surge of homes sold during the first quarter, thanks to the Stimulus Tax Credit, we have seen a steady drop in the number of houses sold each month, compared to the same month in 2009, to the point that our year-to-date number has dipped 3 percent below where we were at in September 2009.? The good news for sellers is that we have continued to see the average and median selling prices steadily increase each month.? At the end of the third quarter, average and median selling prices were up 9 percent over selling prices at this time in 2009.? The higher selling prices have kept the year-to-date total dollar volume up 6 percent over last year.

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February 2016 - SWMI Housing Market Sales Up - Prices Drop

ST. JOSEPH, MI ? ?The housing market in February continued the positive pace started in January. The number of houses sold increased by double digits while the average and median selling prices held within 2 percent or less when compared to February 2015. Homebuyers in February found average and median selling prices that were significantly lower than in January,? stated Gary Walter, EVP, of the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS?, Inc.

?The number of houses sold in February was up 14 percent over February 2015 (194 vs. 170). Sales in February were just 4 houses shy of the record set in February 2006 (198); which we consider to be the peak year for our local market. With the robust start in January, year-to-date, the number of houses sold were up 21 percent over 2015 (381 vs. 314),? said Walter.

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SWMI Home Sales Increase - Prices Stay Up

ST. JOSEPH, MI ? ?After the number of closed homes slumped in September, October bounced back by 14 percent. We dropped 12 percent behind October 2009.? Year-to-date we have slipped 4 percent behind or 80 houses short of last year.? The dollar volume for closed transactions in October fell 19 percent below that in October 2009.? However, year-to-date total dollar volume remains up 2 percent for this year. As we entered into the fall months it is going to be interesting to see if the huge benefit of the Stimulus Tax Credit and current closed sales will keep us on par with last year,? stated Gary Walter, EVP, of the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS?, Inc.

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