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Fun Facts Under 100 For the first time in a long time, the sale to list price ratio is below 100%. This statistic measures the final sales price versus the listing price. During the super-active market of the last 24 months, this number averaged over 100%. This was a result of multiple offers and bidding wars which caused buyers […]
Fun Facts What Gives? “I thought the market was cooling off, so why are prices still going up?” This is a frequent question we hear from our clients. They are understandably confused by the fact that average prices have continued to rise at a rapid pace even though sales activity is slower than what it was 6 months ago. […]
Fun Facts The “R” Word Our clients wonder what a recession would mean for the real estate market. Many assume it would translate into a downturn in prices. Some even worry that it would cause values to come crashing down. We looked back in history, at past recessions, to gain an understanding of what recessions mean for the Front Range market. […]
Fun Facts Asking Price Drop Data just released by Altos Research shows that 35% of all homes on the market have had to reduce their asking price. This is the highest this number has been since December of 2019. This is also an indicator of sellers adjusting to the reality of the new market where overly aggressive pricing is not […]
Fun Facts More Days A stat that we have expected to change is finally changing. “Days on Market” measures how long it takes for new listings to sell. Over the last two years this stat plummeted to levels we have never seen before. In the height of the market frenzy a year ago, properties were taking 7 days or […]
Fun Facts Two Week Snapshot Here is a quick snapshot of our markets two weeks into July versus the same time last year… Larimer & Weld Counties: Inventory up 61% Transaction count down 44% Prices up 17% Metro Denver: Inventory up 62% Transaction count down 31% Prices up 12%
Fun Facts Top Three Here are the top three reasons why prices are unlikely to crash even though the market has cooled off: Inventory – Ultimately, prices are driven by supply and demand.  Although supply has increased, it still remains relatively low with less than two months’ supply in most areas. New Homes – New home construction still lags […]
Fun Facts Weeks to Months For the first time in almost two years, there is more than a month’s worth of inventory on the market. This means that at the current pace of sales, it would take more than a month to sell all of the homes currently for sale. This is certainly welcome news for buyers who have been […]
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Fun Facts Still Behind Single family new housing starts in 2022 will show an increase versus last year, will be the most since 2007, and will still be well behind the peak of 2006. This year, experts predict that a total of 1.1 million single family homes will be started. In 2021 there were 970 thousand new home starts. The […]
Fun Facts What the Numbers Say During a time of varying opinions and heavy speculation about the Front Range real estate market, let’s see what the actual numbers are telling us: Inventory is up significantly year over year: Larimer County = +48% Weld County = +52% Metro Denver = +74% However, supply is still low as measured by months of inventory: […]
Fun Facts The Best News The best news in a long time has finally arrived for buyers. Inventory is up, frenzy is down. Buyers who were frustrated, confused and disappointed by the market a few months ago are now coming back to find a much more reasonable environment. Demand is still high for sure.  However, the intense, frenzied competition has […]
Fun Facts Timber! A positive outcome of the cooling housing market is lower lumber prices. Lumber is now priced at $605 per thousand board feet.  This is a new low for 2022. Prices for lumber are now down 47% for the year and are well below the 2021 peak of $1,733 per thousand board feet. What’s causing this?  […]
Fun Facts What We Notice Here is what we notice about the market right now: Listings are receiving fewer offers compared to 60 days ago – instead of 10 offers, a listing might have 2. There are now several instances of a listing only having one offer. Sellers who were overly-aggressive with their list price have to quickly reduce in […]
Fun Facts Inventory Bottom In Front Range markets, the number of homes for sale has just hit bottom or is about to hit bottom. This is terrific news for home buyers who have been waiting for more homes to choose from. The market is shifting, there is no doubt about that. Prices are still increasing and we expect them […]
Fun Facts Delinquent Indicator A leading indicator of the health of any real estate market is Mortgage Delinquencies. Specifically, the percentage of mortgages which are at least 30 days delinquent can foretell the amount of distressed properties that may hit the market in the future. The most recent research shows that only 4.11% of all loans are delinquent. This […]
Fun Facts War and Interest Rates Our clients are curious to know what the conflict in the Ukraine will mean for mortgage rates. The short answer is down in the near term and up in the long term. Generally speaking, economic and political uncertainty drive people to invest in bonds rather than stocks, which puts downward pressure on interest rates. So, […]
Fun Facts Money at a Discount This week, for the first time in 32 months, mortgage rates hit 4%. While this increase may feel painful for buyers currently looking at property, it is important to put today’s rates in perspective. We believe we will look back a few years from now and see that a 4% rate was like buying money […]
Fun Facts Record Increase Home builders have experienced their largest-ever increase in building costs so far in 2021. This is according to the latest Producer Price Index report.   Year to date, building costs are up 14.5%.  This amount tops the previous record of 7.1% which occurred in 2008. Specific materials which have seen significant increases include lumber, drywall and […]
Blog Zillow’s Shut Down On Wednesday Zillow announced the shut down of its iBuying program because of mounting financial losses and increasing complexity in the real estate market. The goal of this program was to buy properties directly from Sellers and then re-sell them for a profit. Before looking at the interesting facts and numbers associated with this news, […]
Blog Average Prices It’s true, average prices have increased substantially over the last year. Would you have guessed that Weld County has seen the largest increase along the Front Range? The specific numbers are below. As you look at the numbers, it is important to remember that average prices have increased because of appreciation and because there are […]