As we hit the middle of the year, it is good to look not only back at where the market has been, but forward to where the market is going. There are several interesting factors at the moment that make this a slightly different market than it was 5 months ago, but the big things to keep an eye on for both Buyers and Sellers are:
- Interest Rates
- Housing Starts (new construction)
- Days on Market
Interest Rates remain low for the time being, and this is an opportunity for both Buyers and Sellers. Low interest rates make payments more affordable for Buyers, but also make it so that Buyers qualify for more home for their buck making it easier for Sellers to realize higher sales prices. As we start to see interest rates increase towards the end of this year and heading in to next year, this opportunity will slow down for EVERYONE in the market.
Housing Starts are actually down in Colorado right now (even thought it seems new construction is everywhere!), which means we most likely will continue to see a shortage of new homes, driving more Buyers to the resale market keeping that inventory tight. As construction defects legislation allows builders to build condos and townhomes though, hopefully we will see more of those start to come down the pipeline. We’ll keep an eye on that for you.
As you can see below (information from the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS), for the Fort Collins area Days on Market has decreased by 8.7% for single family homes, indicating Buyers are still out there wanting homes!
You can also see that we are seeing increasing inventory though, but 13.3% which means there is a little bit more for Buyers to look at, good news to those who have been making offers and losing out.
So opportunities exist for both Buyers and Sellers in this market, and there are pockets that have more strength for one party or another. If you are interested in learning more about the market you may be interested in buying in or have a home to sell and want to see what that looks like for your particular area, please give me a call or shoot me an email. Thank You!