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Home sales on the rise in Iowa City despite winter weather

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Winter has brought its fair share of problems from potholes packing the streets to ice dams draping gutters.

However, Tracy Barkalow with Ambrose and Associates Realtors says the winter weather has done nothing to the real estate business in Iowa City.

"Activity's been good. People have been coming to the open houses.  There's not been any issues that way. I think it's because our market's so strong," said Barkalow.

He says the Iowa City market has always been steady and growing.  Even during the downturn of the housing market, he says they've never seen a dip in sales.

In January, the average sale price on residential properties increased to $222,375 from $179,206 in January 2013.

The steady construction in the Iowa City and Coralville area from local builders and developers is what Barkalow credits for the demand.

Angie Longou with Iowa Realty agrees that the Iowa City housing market is great, but says this winter has been a little slow.

"Obviously people don't like to move in the winter so, it is a little slower, but Iowa City's a great market, so we always seem to have demand and we always seem to have buyers," says Longou.

Longou says they always seem to need more listings right now, because of the number of people looking to buy homes.

Meanwhile, Barkalow says winter weather has forced them to become a little more prepared when it comes to open houses.

"Making sure before you go out to do your open houses, making sure you have access to properties, walkways are cleared and having good communication with your clients," says Barkalow.

While the weather hasn't impacted selling homes, it's definitely impacted his rental properties.

Barkalow says for the first time in 10 years he's had to deal with frozen pipes at his rental properties.

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