New Downtown Loveland Hotel

There has been A LOT of development in the Loveland and Fort Collins areas in the way of accommodations in the last few years. The Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins being one of the most notable. But Loveland is keeping up with its Foundry development that is a public/private partnership to bring even more life to the Downtown Loveland area.

A new hotel is being added to the mix, and it will be a 102 room Towne Place Suites by Marriott, and it will be right downtown. There will be an indoor swimming pool, meeting space, and will be pet friendly. Now people will be able to look at Downtown Loveland as a destination, with shopping, restaurants and hotels all within walking distance of each other.

If you have any questions about this hotel or the Foundry development in Loveland, give me a call!

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm
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Friday Fun Facts!

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A Look Back

Here are some fun facts about 2017…

(By the way, be sure to RSVP for our Market Forecast on January 18th so you can hear our predictions for next year. Click HERE to register)

In 2017:

  • $4.6 billion of residential real estate was sold in Larimer and Weld Counties. ($2.8 in Larimer and $1.8 in Weld). This volume is double what is was in 2012.
  • There were 7,091 residential sales in Larimer County and 5,442, in Weld County.
  • On average, it took 53 days to sell a home in Larimer County and 49 days in Weld County. In 2012 it took about 25 days longer to sell a home.

To hear our predictions for the 2018 market, join our live Market Forecast event on January 18th at the Marriott in Fort Collins. Back by popular demand is Windermere’s Cheif Economist Matthew Gardner who will give you valuable and interesting insights into the real estate market. Reserve your spot at www.windermereforecast.com

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We have big news. Windermere is coming to Windsor!. Our newest branch office is right in the heart of downtown next door to The Hearth Restaurant and Toast Coffee. Watch for a grand opening in mid-January.

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 2:19 pm
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Get Real

A story ran last week which highlighted the number of people who have moved out of Colorado.

Let’s get real, there are still a large number of people moving to Colorado.

In fact, 223,000 moved to Colorado from another state last year according to the latest American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The net migration into our state (after subtracting out people who left) was 30,859 people.

In Northern Colorado the net migration looks like this:

  • Larimer County = 7,001 people
  • Weld County = 7,117 people

So what does that mean for housing? Knowing that, on average, 2.5 people live in each household, the number of new housing units required for these new residents looks like this:

  • Larimer County = 2,800 new housing units
  • Weld County = 2,847 new housing units

Any questions about this information, give me a call!

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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Friday Fun Facts!

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Memory Lane

Today I will take a fun trip down memory lane.

Did you know that it was the fall of 1981 (I was -2 years old!) when mortgage interest rates hit their all time peak? Yes it was this time 36 years ago when 30-year mortgage rates hit 18.39%

Yikes!

It’s important to note that in those days, not many home buyers were opting for a 30-fixed loan because rates were so high. There were a lot of people looking at adjustable rate products as a way to reduce the monthly payment.

Just for fun, let’s look at what a monthly payment would look like if those same rates from 1981 existed today.

If rates were 18.39% today, a $350,000 home with a 20% down payment would have a monthly principal and interest payment of…

$4,309! Yikes!

Thank goodness rates aren’t that high today. They are actually about 15% lower!

Today’s 30-year rate sits at 3.83% (which by the way is roughly half of the long term average).

A monthly principal and interest payment on a $350,000 home with 20% down is…

$1,309. Three thousand dollars lower than it would be using 1981 ‘s rates.

For a detailed look at what’s happening across Colorado, request my quarterly market report called “The Scoop.”

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm
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Northern Colorado – Big Stuff Happening!

I get a lot of questions about what is happening in the Northern Colorado Real Estate market, and while I address the residential side of things regularly, the commercial market has been driven by our great economy and way of life in the area. Here are just a few recent sales that show the strength of real estate in our area…

  • A Denver based company purchased The Buttes Apartments in Loveland for $16.19 million. The property was 98.8 percent leased at the time of sale.
  • A company in Austin bought the State on Campus apartments on Stuart in Fort Collins for $71.08 million, it was a total of 220 units.
  • The owner of the Fort Collins Club purchased the old Orchards Athletic club in Loveland for $800,000, and will be renovating it over the next year to bring a high end gym to the Loveland area.
  • A local buyer bought the Holiday Inn Express in Greeley for $5 million, it has 64 rooms and is located on W 29th St.

With the development near Highway 34 and I25, we will see continued commercial growth in the area, so stay tuned for more updates!

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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Friday Fun Facts! Fall vs Spring And Listing Your Home

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Fall vs. Spring

A question I start to hear from clients this time of year is “am I better off waiting until the Spring to sell my home?”

The perception is that Spring is the busy time for home sales and that a Seller would be better served waiting to sell their home.

The reality is the numbers show that your odds of selling your home in the fall (and even the Winter) are just as good as the Spring. The reason is that the competition from other sellers is much lower in the Fall and Winter.

Let’s see what the numbers say…

I did an analysis of the number of homes that sold last year in each month versus the homes for sale that month and then looked at the ratio. For example, if 500 homes were for sale and 250 of them sold, the ratio would be 50%.

Here are the ratios for certain months in our 3 major Northern Colorado markets:

Fort Collins

· March = 38%

· October = 38%

· December = 55%

Loveland

· March = 39%

· October = 43%

· December = 46%

Greeley

· March = 48%

· October = 49%

· December = 82%

So the numbers tell us that there is no advantage of waiting until the Spring.

Also, all of my clients who are listing their home now see the advantage of dealing with the “known” versus the “unknown” when it comes to interest rates, demand levels and other market factors.

If you would like to see the odds of selling in your particular neighborhood and your particular price range, contact me today.

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm
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The Latest Gardner Report!

Check out the latest Gardner Report below with information and stats on the Northern Colorado Real Estate Market!

The Gardner Report  | Metro Denver and Northern Colorado Q2 2017

The following analysis of the Metro Denver and Northern Colorado real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW


Colorado added 62,000 new jobs over the past 12 months, an increase of 2.4% over this time last year. All of the metropolitan markets included in this report saw annual employment growth, with substantial growth in Boulder (4.7%) and Fort Collins (+4.1%), and more modest growth in Grand Junction (0.3%).

In May, the unemployment rate in the state was 2.3%, matching the prior month and down 3.4% from a year ago. The lowest unemployment rate was in Fort Collins at just 2.0%. The highest rate was in Grand Junction, though it was still a relatively low 3.3%. It is reasonable to expect these markets will see above-average wage growth given the tight labor market.

HOME SALES ACTIVITY


  • There were 17,581 home sales during the first quarter of 2017, a solid annual increase of 3.9% over the first quarter of 2016.
  • Jefferson County saw sales grow at the fastest rate over the past 12 months, with a 9.4% increase. There was also an impressive increase in Douglas County (+6.3%).  More modest sales growth was seen in Denver and Weld Counties.
  • Even with the rise in sales, listing activity is still running at well below historic averages, with the total number of homes for sale in the second quarter 7.6% below a year ago.
  • Sales growth continues to trend higher, but inventory levels remain well below where they need to be to satisfy demand.
Annual Change in Home Sales

HOME PRICES


  • Due to solid demand, home prices continue to rise with average prices up by 8.5% year-over-year to an average across the region of $438,980.
  • Boulder County saw slower appreciation in home values, but the trend is still positive.
  • Appreciation was strongest in Denver and Weld Counties, where prices rose by 12.4% and 10.6% respectively.
  • Economic growth is driving job growth, which is driving housing demand. Given the relative shortage of homes for sale, expect to see home prices continue to appreciate at above-average rates at least through the rest of the year.
Metro Denver and Northern Colorado Heat Map
Annual Change in Home Sale Prices

DAYS ON MARKET


  • The average number of days it took to sell a home dropped by three days when compared to the second quarter of 2016.
  • Homes in all counties contained in this report took less than a month to sell. Adams County stood out as it took an average of only 11 days to sell a home.
  • During the second quarter, it took an average of just 17 days to sell a home. This is down by a substantial 13 days compared to the first quarter of this year.
  • The takeaway here is that demand remains robust as evidenced by the remarkably short amount of time that it is taking to sell a home.
Average Days on Market

CONCLUSIONS


This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s housing market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors.

After the second quarter of 2017, I have moved the needle even farther in favor of sellers. Mortgage rates remain very competitive and, with the specter of lending standards easing a little, demand will remain robust, which will be reflected in rising home values.

ABOUT MATTHEW GARDNER


Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has more than 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.
Posted on August 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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Student Housing Is Not Finished Yet!

Although it seems like they have been building new apartments for students for years now in Fort Collins (they have), we won’t be seeing a slowdown of that quite yet. There are several large developments in the works right now that won’t see completion until the end of 2018 and beyond.

Brinkman is breaking ground on a $16 million project called Copper Leaf Place on Shields and Horsetooth soon, with apartments being ready for rent between mid May and Late June of 2018. The over 80 units will range in rent from $1,000 to $1,625 per month.

Another big development on the horizon was the purchase of the St Paul’s Episcopal Church on W Elizabeth Street just west of the CSU Campus. A company that already owns three other student housing developments bought it for $4.18 million, and will start development on the property sometime in 2018.

With high rents and the stable Fort Collins economy, large companies and real estate developers are still feeling great about the area. Which is great for housing values, jobs, and Fort Collins in general. If you have any questions on this information or the real estate market in general, please feel free to give me a call!

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm
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Update On Market Absorption (Amount of Inventory)

Here we are halfway through the summer already! Time flies when you are having fun I guess!

I want to get you the update on the quarterly real estate market absorption rate that I analyze each quarter for Fort Collins. As a reminder, inventory or Absorption Rate is the amount of time it would take to sell all of the homes on the market today, if no more homes were to be listed. We have been hovering around 1.1 months to 1.3 months for over a year now (SUPER low inventory, a balanced market is 6 months of inventory according the National Association of REALTORS). But we are seeing a slight uptick to 1.58 months at the beginning of July. While that is still very low and certainly a seller’s market, we are seeing more homes hit the market and sit around for a week or two, which is providing great opportunities for the buyers I have been working with. It is a slightly less daunting market than it was in March.

If you are interested in learning more about how this could be an opportunity for you as a Buyer in the Northern Colorado area, please feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email! Enjoy your week!

 

Posted on July 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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Northern Colorado A Great Place To Invest! (We already knew that!)

Yet again, Fort Collins and Northern Colorado are being recognized as being great places to invest in Real Estate. The map below has some very interesting information about the whole country, but zoom in on Northern Colorado and check out all of the good news, it’s good to be us!

Give me a call or shoot me an email if you have any questions, thanks!

 

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 10:28 pm
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