Home sales across the Quad Cities were up by 8.2 percent in the first six months of 2012 over the same period a year earlier, according to the Quad City Area Realtor Association.
The median sale price in June for the Quad Cities was $126,500, down 2.1 percent from the median sale price of $129,250 recorded by the Quad City Area Realtor Association for the same month last year.
In Rock Island County, 625 homes were sold in the first six months of 2012, an increase of 22.3 percent compared to the first half of 2011. But the median home price fell 1.4 percent from $106,450 to $105,000, a report from the Illinois Association of Realtors found. The median sale price in June for Illinois was $155,000.
Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors in Davenport reported strong growth in sales so far this year and a reduction in the number of houses on the market, a positive sign that could put upward pressure on prices.
"Properties are selling faster than we can list them," said Ruhl & Ruhl President Caroline Ruhl. "We really need more properties listed for us to sell."
Homes are selling quicker, the Quad City Area Realtor Association found, spending an average of 66 days on the market across the Quad Cities, compared to 70 days last year.
Foreclosure activity in Rock Island County has decreased for three months in a row.
In June, 55 housing units received a foreclosure filing, down from 65 in May and 86 in April, according to RealtyTrac, which collects information on the foreclosure market. In Scott County, there were 48 foreclosure filings in June, down from 117 in May.
Shane Johnson, CEO of the Quad City Area Realtor Association, said the local market had remained "very stable" in recent years. Buyers and sellers who held back from entering the market because of the rocky economy where starting to become active, he said, fueling an increase in sales.
Across both Illinois and Iowa, the first half of the year has produced strong growth in home sales. In Illinois, sales were up 19.9 percent, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors, while in Iowa sales were up by 14.8 percent, numbers from the Iowa Association of Realtors show.
-Home sales Jan-June 2012 Jan-June 2011 Quad Cities 1,879 1,737 Illinois 58,290 48,610 Iowa 16,409 14,291 -Median sale price June 2012 June 2011 Quad Cities $126,500 $129,250 Illinois $155,000 $150,000 Iowa $139,742 $135,000 Source: Illinois Association of Realtors, Quad City Area Realtor Association
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn. 1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.