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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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 In Perspective Let’s put today’s home prices in perspective. Appreciation has been significant over the last 18 months. Some people are wondering if it can last and if there might be a housing bubble. There are two ways to look at prices. One way is in absolute terms. This is simply looking at the dollar amount a […]
Blog No Inventory? One misconception about today’s market is that there is ‘no inventory.’ Actually, there are numerous new listings that hit the market each month. It just so happens that they tend to sell quickly. The numbers show the number of new listings that came on the market in September closely equate to the number of sales […]
Blog Slight Increase A review of the September market stats shows a slight increase in inventory along the Front Range. The way we currently measure inventory is in days. Meaning, at the current pace of sales, how many days would it take to sell all of the inventory currently for sale. The results, based on September’s activity, shows […]
Blog With a “T” One of the reasons we are so confident about the long-term health of the market is because of the equity that exists in peoples’ homes today. Because there is so much equity, there are very few homeowners who are ‘underwater’ with a loan that is more than the actual value of the property. According to […]
Blog Lower Lumber Lumber prices are becoming more normal again. After soaring this Spring to record levels, they have lowered back to near pre-pandemic levels. The current price for 1000 board feet of lumber is $577.  This is 62% below the price this past May when it reached an all-time high of $1,515. In the years leading up […]
Blog Tracking Change The market is changing. The change is slight, not drastic. Both potential sellers and potential buyers need to know that the pace of the market has slowed since the Spring. Here is one way we track this change… A review of the August numbers shows the pace of sales in each of our Front Range […]