ST. JOSEPH — Through the first three months of this year, the number of houses sold in Southwest Michigan declined by 5 percent, compared to the first quarter in 2019.

Alan Jeffries, association executive of the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors, said the housing market inventory of homes for sale also dropped by 4 percent. This, coupled with the drastic COVID-19 restrictions, contributed to a lower number of sales.

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