As a realtor, I get asked regularly how real estate "is". As many of you have heard before, real estate is local. For example, I serve customers in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties primarily. Current stats through July 2015 indicate that sales in Charlevoix County year to date in terms of number of transactions is even with 2014 268 v 267. On the other hand, Emmet County is up over 32% from 278 in 2014 and 376 this year. In terms of median price, Charlevoix County year to date is up almost 14% and Emmet County is up just over 7%. These numbers are important whether you're a buyer or a seller so you have realistic expectations for your goals. If you just read the national headlines you may be disappointed when your offer doesn't get accepted or or property doesn't sell quickly. If you're a seller and would like a market analysis in an easy to read format, contact me and I'd be happy to help! Or, if you're a buyer looking for an agent with your goals in mind, let me know.