I hope you all had a great weekend, and enjoyed the amazing Northern Colorado weather. I got to show properties to a friend of mine, and thanks to Chad Parron I got to take a tour of the new TPC Colorado golf course in Berthoud. It is going to be an amazing PGA Tour course. TPC has experience in these PGA courses, so it’s great news for us!
It won’t be open until next year, but there will be high end homes in a community that will be called Heron Lakes that will sit on the course with beautiful views of the rockies. Check out the picture below taken from where one of the fairways will sit! If you have questions about the homes feel free to give me a call, or you can check out their website here.
Now that we have finished with the election turmoil, we’ll start to see what the results will mean for the housing market. If you’d like to see Windermere’s Economists point of view on the matter, check out this link.
We are still seeing signs of low inventory and a quick moving market, and even some antidotal evidence that the $500,000 to $750,000 segment of the market is starting to see more showings and activity than we saw in August through October. The average price in Fort Collins year to date is up 10.4% to $395,913, almost $400,000 average price. We are also at 1.8 months of supply (remember the National Association of REALTORS says a balanced market is 6 months), and that is a 28% drop since last year at this same time. This means we have even LESS homes to satisfy the market.
While interest rates have started to climb a little since the election, we are still historically low for interest rates so if you need or want to buy then now is a great time! And as a seller, as we’ve seen with the data I’ve presented above, if you want to sell your home give me a call and we can talk about how the Windermere Certified Listing program can help get your home sold quickly!
If you have any questions about this data, please feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving week!
Buyers and Sellers, there are opportunities for both parties in this northern Colorado real estate market. The only caveat to that statement is that we need to be ready for whatever comes our way and be able to move quickly. On the Buyer side, that means being proactive about seeing homes that come on the market and having me use tactics to try and find homes that have not hit the MLS yet. For Sellers that means being ready to knowledgably review multiple offers on your listing, and choose the one that gets you not only the most money, but has the best chance of closing (not always the same thing).
I would love to talk with you in more detail about the real estate market opportunities in northern Colorado, so feel free to give me a call, I'll take you to coffee!
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I hope that you have a fantastic Monday and week ahead!
Well here we go again, homes are being absorbed into the market even faster than they were back in April! Absorption rate is the time it would take to sell all of the homes on the market today, kind of a balance sheet snapshot of inventory vs speed of sale. The interesting thing is that new listings are about the same, so the homes that are hitting the market are selling even more quickly. Instead of an absorption rate of 3.12 months in April, we are down to 1.46 months, a HUGE change. A lot of this can be attributed to the under $300,000 market moving so quickly as buyers clamor to get the remaining affordable homes in Fort Collins, but homes are still moving much more quickly even in the upper price ranges than a balanced market would usually allow for.
What to do with this information? Basically, as a buyer you need me to be proactive in searching for homes for you, and need to be ready to make very fast decisions on making an offer. This means being pre qualified and ready to go at a moment’s notice. As a seller, if you own a home in the under $300,000 price range and have considered selling, now is the time.
I hope you all have a great week, and as always please give me a call if you or anyone you know is in need of real estate help!
2014 continues to be a record year, in many different ways. As a buyer or a seller, we are seeing trends in the market that we have not seen in the last decade at least. There are opportunities on both sides of the transaction, but you need to be very focused on how to take advantage of those opportunities.
What I think everyone and their mother knows by now is that inventory is low. As in, crazy low. But an interesting statistic is that pending or under contract sales are down 27.5 percent year to date, and new listings (while still lower than last year) are down only 5.5 percent. What that tells me is that the good properties that are priced well have been picked over, and we are starting to see more listings come on the market that may be over priced as sellers are trying to catch the wave of appreciation. Don’t get me wrong, appreciation has CERTAINLY occurred with the average sales price up 8.4 percent year to date at $311,979 for Fort Collins. But, I think there are more and more sellers (and correspondingly their brokers) who are taking a “let’s see if we can get it” type mentality. While I am happy to help you as a seller get the premium for your home, I think pricing accordingly to your appreciation and not just a gut feeling is important.
On the buying side, with interest rates still low, taking advantage of the properties that are priced appropriately still makes sense in the long term. Year to date the average percentage of sold price to list price is right at 99%, so understanding that beating sellers up on price if they are even remotely close to where they should be on price is in most cases not feasible. As long as you as a buyer are willing to move quickly on good homes and have all of your financing in order, then I still think it is possible for you to find the right home.
If you have any questions, or know of anyone looking to buy or sell a home, feel free to contact me anytime!
The Fort Collins Real Estate market has definitely been an interesting ride for the last 12-18 months! With properties selling so quickly we have had to be not just ready to show homes and write offers at a minutes notice, but get creative on how I obtain properties to show and sell to my clients.
There is good news though for both buyers and sellers going into the summer. For sellers, homes are still selling quickly and pretty much right at list price (we’re at 98.5 % of list price in Fort Collins so far in 2014). We are still maintaining the appreciation that we’ve seen over the last couple of years, so that is great news for the equity in your home if you are a seller.
On the buying side, there is some good news there as well! Interest rates have stayed low (while not 3% like they were last year, 4.5% is still historically VERY low) which has kept buyer’s purchasing power higher than it was a few years ago. We also have stabilized pricing because if you look at the average sales price percentage increase for 2014 we are at 2.4%. The only issue is that we are creeping up on $300,000 as an average sales price for Fort Collins, we are currently at $292,893. But, with homes sitting on the market a little bit longer, the frenzy should hopefully start to slow at least a little bit. We are at 3.12 months of inventory on the market, where we had been at under 3 months since October of last year. To put that in percentages, homes are sitting on the market 7.1% longer than they were at this same time last year.
There are opportunities for both buyers and sellers right now, so if you or anyone you know are looking to make a move, please give me a call so we can sit down and chat about what might be best for you. Have a great week!