The hottest question we get in Northern Colorado is this “do you think Fort Collins is the next Boulder?”
Let’s look closely at that question and start with what is similar. They are both beautiful college towns nestled against the foothills. They both have affordability issues which push real estate buyers to satellite communities (what is happening is Wellington is not unlike what happened in Louisville).
Yet there are differences at a fundamental level that will forever keep these two places very different from each other. For example the average Household Income in Boulder is 60% higher than Fort Collins. Here is another big deal, Boulder is only half the size of Fort Collins (25 square miles versus 57 square miles). And get this, the City of Boulder owns 71 square miles of open space in and around the City.
Essentially Boulder is a small island surrounded by an ocean of open space inhabited by very high income-earners. That is why the average price of a single family home in Boulder is now over $1 million.
We put together a short video which shows you more detail about this hot question. Check it out:
A new report from Veros Real Estate Solutions, which works in enterprise risk management and collateral valuation services, shows the strongest and weakest markets for the next 12 months ending in Sept. 1, 2017.
Their Top 5 Markets:
At the bottom of their list is… Atlantic City.
Where are the hottest markets in Northern Colorado?
Hint – it starts with “W”
Turns out the communities with the largest increase in year over year sales are… (drum roll please)
All other NoCo communities are flat or lower than last year.
For example, Boulder transactions are down 9% compared to 2015.
So, while prices are up everywhere, only two places have seen more sales than last year.
When it comes to real estate, many say that Fort Collins is the “next Boulder.”
The Fort Collins average price is less than half of Boulder’s ($355,000 versus $890,000)
Fort Collins has 4 times as many transactions (1,108 versus 251)
Fort Collins has 4 times as many homes for sale (715 versus 175)
Homes in Boulder sell 25% faster (62 days versus 82 days)
*These numbers come from IRES and are through May 2016.