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Blog 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 […]
Blog 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 […]
Blog Active Average While we frequently research and discuss average prices for properties that sell, it is also interesting to look at the average prices for properties that are active on the market but not sold yet. These are the average prices, by area, for properties currently listed for sale and not sold yet: Metro Denver = $954,000 […]
Blog Rate Perspective MARCH 25, 2022 Given the recent increase in mortgage interest rates, we think a little perspective is in order. The average 30-year rate for the last 40+ years is 7.5% Rates are now back within the range where they were between April 2018 and February 2019 Between January 2000 and December 2009, the high was […]
Blog Buy Before 5 30-year mortgage rates just exceeded 4% for the first time in three years according to Freddie Mac. We have new advice for anyone considering a home purchase in the next couple of years. Buy before 5.  This means buy before rates go to 5%. Even though rates have been ticking up over the last several […]
Blog 3.2 Trillion March 17, 2022 The new CoreLogic Homeowner Equity Insights report shows that homeowners in the U.S. have seen their equity increase by a total of $3.2 trillion over the last 12 months. Their data shows that 63% of all homes have a mortgage. On average, U.S. homeowners gained $55,000 while the average increase in Colorado […]
Blog Townhome Surge Townhome construction has surged in the last 12 months.  This is welcome news for first-time buyers who benefit from the lower prices that multi-family product tends to provide. According to the National Association of Home Builders, townhome construction has jumped up 28% compared to the previous year. Townhomes now represent 13% of all new residential […]
Blog 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, […]
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Blog 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 […]
Blog Rent Record Records continue to be broken in real estate, including the rental market. Rents just rose another $2 per month to $1,594, a new record. The annual rent growth of 13.5% nationally in 2021 was more than double any previous year, and apartment absorption counted nearly 600,000 units, which is roughly 50 percent more than the […]
Blog Steady Stream Despite the extraordinarily low amount of standing inventory, it is important to understand there is still a steady stream of new inventory hitting the market. Inventory is low. That is a reality. New inventory is coming on the market at essentially the same pace as compared to the last few years. That is also a […]
Blog Standing Low The standing inventory of residential properties currently for sale is staggeringly low. The number of active properties for sale is almost 90% below the average for this time of year. In Metro Denver, there are 1,144 residential properties for sale today. In Larimer County, there are 136 and in Weld County there are 174. Current […]
Blog The Fire’s Impact Our heart goes out to all of the people impacted by the Marshall Fire in Boulder County. If you would like to give your support, we have set up a special fund through the Windermere Foundation where we will match any donation you make up to $5000. You can make that donation HERE. This devastating event […]
Blog Construction Openings It’s not just the availability of materials impacting home builders today, it’s also the availability of labor. The market could use more inventory.  Home builders are trying to catch up. You’ve likely read the stories about the cost and availability of materials making an impact on home builders’ ability to keep pace with demand. It […]
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 […]