Real estate sales in Van Buren County through the second quarter of 2016 were on the rise. The number of properties sold rose 25% over the same time period of 2015. The average price rose 9% and the number of days on the market dropped 23%. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales rose in June for the fourth consecutive month nationwide. Boosted by increased sales to first-time buyers, there was a 22% increase in overall sales of existing homes which is in line with the trend we are seeing in Van Buren County. For Fairfield Bay, the trend continued with the number of single family dwellings sold increasing along with average price sold. Average days on the market remained stable compared to the same time frame of 2015. Expectations for the market by the National Association of Realtors for the third quarter 2016 is a continuation of the trend started as more and more first time buyers hit the market and as the availability of affordable rental properties declines. This trend seems to be strongest in the median priced homes ranging in square footage of 1,300-1,800. For the Van Buren County Board of Realtors, we are looking for a continuation of the fantastic spring and summer sales with a stable market through the fall.