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 Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.