Economics 101

Blog Staggering Stat By definition, a real estate market is balanced when there is 4 to 6 months of inventory currently for sale. Anything less than 4 to 6 months means a Sellers’ market, anything more means a Buyers’ market. For example, if there are 1,000 closings per month in a market, the market would be balanced if […]
Blog Population Math The brand new Census data has just been released and it is fascinating! Colorado’s population now sits just below 6 million people at 5.773 million.  Just 20 years ago it was 4.301 million. Northern Colorado is booming and now has 688,047 in Larimer and Weld Counties.  It grew by 135,592 people in just ten years.  […]
Blog Local Nuances “All markets are local” is a commonly used phrase in real estate. This adage is proving to be true as we notice slight changes recently in the market. Bottom line, the market, in some locations, is not behaving exactly like it did even 30 days ago. Properties that perhaps would have received 10 or more […]
Blog High Average If you watch the weekly statistics that we produce and post on social media, a number that might be jumping off the screen at you is the average price. Specifically, it is the percentage increase in average price versus last year that is striking. We are commonly asked ‘how could average prices increase 20% to […]
Blog Words Matter A common phrase that is being used right now to describe the market is ‘no inventory.’ ‘There’s no inventory’ is said frequently among those inside and outside of the real estate industry. The problem with this phrase is that it is untrue. There is inventory.  Meaning, there are a significant number of new listings hitting […]
Blog Calculated Risk The economic research blog called “Calculated Risk” just completed a fascinating study on home prices. Specifically, they looked at the correlation between home price growth and inventory. They used price data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index and inventory data from the National Association of Realtors. No surprise, they found that the lower the inventory […]
Blog Drastically Different Recently it seems there are many attempted comparisons being made between today’s real estate market and the 2006-2007 market. It seems that people fear a repeat of what happened to the market in 2008 and 2009. Buyers, understandably, want to make smart decisions and don’t want to buy in advance of any downturn. The reality is […]
Blog Q1 2021 Colorado Real Estate Market Update The following analysis of the Metro Denver & Northern Colorado real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact your Windermere Real […]
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Blog This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights In a recent article, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), discussed the state of today’s housing market. When addressing whether or not today’s high buyer competition and rising home prices are evidence of a housing bubble, Yun said that this “is not a bubble. It is simply lack of supply.” Today’s housing market […]
Blog Why Forbearance Households WON’T become Foreclosures? There has been a lot of discussion as to what will happen once the 2.3 million households currently in forbearance no longer have the protection of the program. Some assume there could potentially be millions of foreclosures ready to hit the market. However, there are four reasons that won’t happen. 1. Almost 50% Leave Forbearance […]
Blog Record Highs While our temperatures felt like record lows this week, real estate prices have been hitting record highs along the Front Range. Here is the average price for residential sales so far this year in each of our Front Range markets (includes both single-family and multi-family): Fort Collins = $567,000 Loveland = $449,000 Windsor = $537,000 […]
Blog New Rate Prediction Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner has made his new mortgage interest rate prediction for 2021. You can see his breakdown of interest rates and other economic factors by clicking on the image below and watching his newest video. By the end of the year he predicts rates will rise to 3.63%.  By the end of […]
Buyers & Sellers How Will COVID-19 Impact the Housing Market? Real Estate Investing Throughout this crisis, you most likely have a lot of questions about how COVID-19 is impacting the housing market. We want to make sure to provide you with the most information that we can so you can know what to expect when buying or selling your home. How Is the Economy Going […]
Buyers 96 Weeks Mortgage rates have been below 4% for 96 weeks in a row. Today, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate sits at 3.17%. This is 0.5% lower than January and exactly 1.0% lower than March 2020. Rates recently ended a 31-week streak of being under 3%. Over the last 5 years, rates have averaged 3.8%. Most […]
Buyers Enormous Equity Hot off the press is the Core Logic Homeowner Equity Report.  This is their quarterly look at what is happening with homeowners’ equity across the country. Here are the staggering numbers coming out of their research: Collectively, U.S. homeowners with mortgages have realized a $1.5 Trillion gain in equity over the last 12 months. Only […]
Buyers Days of Inventory  • BUYERS • COLORADO • FUN FACTS • HOUSING TRENDS • LARIMER COUNTY • MARKET NEWS • MARKET UPDATE • NORTHERN COLORADO REAL ESTATE • SELLERS • WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE  In the residential real estate industry, inventory is typically measured in months. For example, the definition of a “sellers’ market” is when there is less than 4 months of inventory on the market.  Meaning, at the current pace of sales, it would take less […]
Buyers Double Lumber   The price of lumber has doubled in three months.   Lumber is just one of several examples of skyrocketing materials costs which are impacting both home builders and home buyers.   The cost of lumber is now at a record-level $1000 per 1000 board feet.   These rising costs not only add to the […]
Buyers & Sellers Job Bounce  • BUYERS & SELLERS • ECONOMY • FUN FACTS • HOUSING TRENDS •  “How could the real estate market be so strong in the middle of a pandemic?” That is a fair question and one we hear frequently from our clients. There are several reasons for this but two stand out. Interest rates Jobs Employment has bounced back much quicker than most […]
Economics 101 Q4 2020 Colorado Real Estate Market Update by Matthew Gardner The following analysis of the Metro Denver & Northern Colorado real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact […]
Economics 101 Latest Ranking CoreLogic produces one of the most respected and widely-used home price index reports in the United States. They track home price appreciation in the largest markets across the Country. Here are the highlights from their most recent report: Home prices are up 9.2% Nationally This is the highest increase since February, 2014 Denver ranks fourth […]