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The Denver Post reports today that county assessors in Colorado will be sending out property-valuation notices in the next few days. The Post article notes that while Colorado home values were up about 10% in 2012, property-valuations were actually flat or down in a majority of the state due to the fact that assessors looked at sales during a period when the market was still soft. Other notes of interest: Overall residential property valuations in Colorado were down 2.5% compared with the previous...Continue Reading!
We did it again, Inventory is down for the 8th straight month. As of the end of February, we have just 8,082 single family homes available for buyers to view. On Friday last week, our office set 101 showings in one day. We had to take a fire extinguisher to the phones at the end of the day. The most showings I can remember the receptionist setting up on a busy Friday during the heyday was about 72, and that was...Continue Reading!
Have you heard of a "Seller's Market?" That term hasn't been uttered since just after the turn of the Millennium. But it's back. Let's take a look under the magnifying glass. Denver's inventory of available properties is breathtakingly low. So low that it's less than half what it was just 6 or 7 years ago. In certain neighborhoods and price points, buyers who aren't aggressive are losing out to higher bidders, cash buyers and those ready to make a quick decision. In other...Continue Reading!
The end of 2011 came with few surprises for those of us in real estate, and one big one. The inventory of homes for sale in Metro Denver is nearly 40% below this time last year. It's so low, that I can remember a time when it was almost triple what it is now. What this will most likely do is accelerate the pace of home sales. With less on the market, it should take less time to sell your house. Eventually, the...Continue Reading!
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9frmEv-vPA[/youtube] Have you seen this recent news report about Denver real estate? Denver is cited as the number one city to invest in real estate by Greg Rand of Own America. Watch the clip as Greg covers the metrics that influenced his decision: Lifestyle and livability Relatively low unemployment as compared with the national average In-migration of people relocating to Denver A foreclosure rate that is half the national average A young population Low cost of living Fresh air 9 Fortune 500 companies and growing Denver isn't a secret any longer. The...Continue Reading!
The S & P Case Shiller Home Price Indices were published yesterday for the period ending October 2011. Seasonally adjusted home prices, from September to October were up .5%. Denver lagged only Phoenix in terms of non-seasonally adjusted figures at a drop of .2%. Phoenix was the single city in positive territory, non-seasonally adjusted September to October. Overall, the national market was down 1.2% for the 20 City composite used by Case Shiller. Denver continues to outpace the country, and the gap...Continue Reading!
Imagine you want to move from your city, small town, or suburb to a new location. This new city isn't as large as NYC or LA, but it's big enough to offer you the company of over 2 million residents metro-wide, all the major professional sports, plenty of arts and culture and great restaurants for foodies. Added to that, a fun outdoorsy lifestyle. Now imagine that you begin your home search in this city, only to learn that there are a little...Continue Reading!
The S & P Case Shiller Report was issued yesterday and Denver was ranked in the top 5 housing markets at number 5. This report reflects September 2011 housing sales. Year over year prices in Denver were down, with a 1.5% decline. September 2011 prices were also down a little over August. The Case Shiller Report lags by 2 months, and this is a snapshot of where we were 60 days ago. Denver has been consistently ranked in the top 5 housing...Continue Reading!