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Blog Why List Now Why does it make sense to list a home now?  Shouldn’t I wait until the Spring? These are legitimate questions we hear occasionally from our clients. It turns out there are several good reasons to list a home in December or January instead of waiting for April or May. The first reason is low competition.  […]
Buyers 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 […]
Buyers & Sellers Price Matters Almost twice as many sellers now have to drop their list price before a sale compared to July. In October, 19% of all sales were forced to drop the list price before receiving an offer.  In July it was 10%. These properties that start out priced too high end up taking four times as long […]
Blog Seller Facts Here are some fun facts about recent home sellers. This research comes from the National Association of Realtors survey of home buyers and sellers: 10 years = the average time recent home sellers have lived in their home. This number has remained essentially unchanged for the last ten years. From 1987 to 2007 the average […]
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 […]
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.  […]
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Blog A List Not Made Us Coloradoans are used to making many top-10 lists. Whether it be best place to live, best place to retire, best place to raise a family, or best place to own real estate, you can usually find a Colorado town or two on these types of lists. But, here’s one we didn’t make… The 10 […]
Blog Listing Averages While a lot of attention has been paid to increasing sales prices along the Front Range, it is also interesting to look at the average price of properties currently listed for sale. Did you know, for instance, that the average list price of all the properties currently for sale in Metro Denver is $887,000. Meanwhile, […]
Blog Inventory Uptick We are noticing a trend that is very good news for buyers. Inventory has been increasing over the last month which means that buyers now have more properties to consider. Just in the last week, the number of homes for sale has increased: 13% in Larimer County 12% in Weld County 11% in Metro Denver […]
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 Colorado Ranking Here’s the latest from one of our favorite data sources – the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA). They track home prices across the Country and produce a quarterly Home Price Index report. It is not uncommon to find Colorado near the top of the list for year over year price growth. The latest report has […]
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 Tax Confusion Did you know the value of your property according to the County Assessor is not the value of your property today? Property owners up and down the Front Range recently received a postcard from their local County Assessor’s office with their new valuation. Colorado properties are reappraised every two years on odd years.  The updated […]
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 Colorado Bound The 2020 Census confirms what we already know – Colorado is popular! It turns out that many people have been Colorado-bound over the last 10 years. Our state has grown by the equivalent of one Mile High Stadium’s-worth of people each year over the last 10 years. Here are the numbers: 2020 population is 5.77 […]
Blog Future of Work This week we had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Ed McMahon who is the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute. He is a leading expert on the future of housing and development in the United States. He sees that Colorado is positioned to massively benefit from the work from […]