The strong economy and low unemployment rate, coupled with tight supply, has driven home
prices up at a rate well above the annual inflation rate, according to the Wisconsin REALTORS
Association. Annual inflation hit 2.9 percent in June, up about 1 percent from last September.
Home prices have increased at a rate between 4.6 and 8.1 percent over the last nine months.
Home sales fell to approximately 9,200 in June, down nearly 12 percent from June 2017, and
median prices rose more than 5 percent in Dane County, $277,861, up from $262,000 in 2016.
It’s a trend that has been particularly tough on first-time homebuyers — the market has been tightest
for homes under $200,000.
The trend isn’t just unique to Wisconsin — it’s nationwide. Real estate trade groups in California,
Florida and Illinois recently released near-identical data.
At times like these, it is more important than ever to have a seasoned professional on your side
to help navigate the rapidly changing currents within the real estate industry. At Restaino &
Associates, we have taken this challenge seriously for many decades. We continue to analyze
data and expend our best efforts in the marketing of your home to insure that your real estate
experience is a good one. We thank you for your confidence and look forward to serving you for
decades to come.