Friday Fun Facts! I-25 Edition

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Relief on The Way!

There is good news and bad news.

The good news is I-25 traffic relief is on the way. The bad news is we will have to live through three summers of construction before it’s done.

Did you know the 26 miles between Highway 14 in Fort Collins and Highway 66 in Longmont Interstate 25 serves more than 45,000 cars per day? Wow!

Part of that stretch of interstate will get a third lane starting this summer. Construction is set to begin next month that will add a third lane between Highway 14 and Highway 402.

The project is happening 14 years ahead of schedule thanks to additional funding from several sources including the Cities of Fort Collins and Loveland. The first step we will notice is construction on the I 25/Highway 34 intersection.

This is great news for our region that will bring much needed relief. We will all just need to be a little patient while the work is being done.

Grab a copy of my Investment Kit so you can see the simple steps to get started without stress or complication. Email me at phunter@windermere.comand I will send you a video which clarifies the process and my Investment Checklist so you can see what to do first.

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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Friday Fun Facts – 66% Off!

This just in…

For the month of April, the average price of a home in the city of Boulder was $1,247,000. This is according to the latest from our IRES MLS system.

If you want to own a home about an hour down the road in another really nice college town and get a 66% discount, you may want to check out Fort Collins 🙂

Yes, despite the recent uptick in prices here locally, we are still a bargain compared to Boulder. Here are median single-family prices for our markets and their relative price to Boulder:

  • Fort Collins = $414,237 (66.8% off)
  • Loveland = $360,150 (71.1% off)
  • Greeley = $290,000 (76.7% off)
  • Windsor = $306,450 (75.4% off)

Grab a copy of my Investment Kit so you can see the simple steps to get started without stress or complication. Email me at phunter@windermere.com and I will send you a video which clarifies the process and my Investment Checklist so you can see what to do first.

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm
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The New Gardner Report

 

The following analysis of the Metro Denver & 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

It’s good news for the state of Colorado, which saw annual employment grow in all of the metropolitan markets included in this report. The state added 63,400 non-agricultural jobs over the past 12 months, an impressive growth rate of 2.4%. Colorado has been adding an average of 5,300 new jobs per month for the past year, and I anticipate that this growth rate will continue through the balance of 2018.

In February, the unemployment rate in Colorado was 3.0%—a level that has held steady for the past six months. Unemployment has dropped in all the markets contained in this report, with the lowest reported rates in Fort Collins and Denver, where 3.1% of the labor force was actively looking for work. The highest unemployment rate was in Grand Junction, which came in at 4.6%.

 

HOME SALES ACTIVITY

  • In the first quarter of 2018, there were 11,173 home sales—a drop of 5.6% when compared to the first quarter of 2017.
  • With an increase of 5.3%, home sales rose the fastest in Boulder County, as compared to first quarter of last year. There was also a modest sales increase of 1.2% in Larimer County. Sales fell in all the other counties contained within this report.
  • Home sales continue to slow due to low inventory levels, which were down 5.7% compared to a year ago.
  • The takeaway here is that sales growth continues to stagnate due to the lack of homes for sale.

 

 

HOME PRICES

  • Strong economic growth, combined with limited inventory, continued to push prices higher. The average home price in the markets covered by this report was up by 11.7% year-over-year to $448,687.
  • Arapahoe County saw slower appreciation in home values, but the trend is still positiveand above its long-term average.
  • Appreciation was strongest in Boulder County, which saw prices rise 14.8%. Almost all other counties in this report experienced solid gains.
  • The ongoing imbalance between supply and demand persists and home prices continue to appreciate at above-average rates.

 

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home dropped by three days when compared to the first quarter of 2017.
  • Homes in all but two counties contained in this report took less than a month to sell. Adams County continues to stand out where it took an average of just 17 days to sell a home.
  • During the first quarter, it took an average of 27 days to sell a home. That rate is down 2 days from the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Housing demand remains strong and would-be buyers should expect to see stiff competition for well-positioned, well-priced homes.

 

 

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. In the first quarter of 2018, I have left the needle where it was in the fourth quarter of last year. Even as interest rates trend higher, it appears as if demand will continue to outweigh supply. As we head into the spring months, I had hoped to see an increase in the number of homes for sale, but so far that has not happened. As a result, the housing market continues to heavily favor sellers.

 

 

 

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 May 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm
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Friday Fun Facts!

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18 Days

We now measure inventory levels in terms of days. Typically we measure in months. For instance, a “balanced market” is when there is 4 to 6 months of inventory currently for sale. Meaning that, in a balanced market, it would take 4 to 6 months to sell every home that is currently on the market.

Anything less than 4 months is a seller’s market. Certainly, when we measure in days, we are in an extreme seller’s market.

Today the Greeley market has 18 days of inventory, Fort Collins has 27 days, Loveland has 30, and Windsor has 51.

These are all lower than a year ago. For example, Greeley at this time last year had 27 days of inventory.

But this statistic can be misleading. Sometimes people assume that the extreme seller’s market applies to all price ranges and all locations.

Not true. When we drill down we find sub-patterns that are revealing. For example, homes in Loveland priced over $500,000 have 3 months of inventory and homes in Fort Collins over $750,000 have 5 months.

Because inventory levels tend to increase as prices increase, there becomes a distinct advantage for the move up buyer. Today, many people can sell in an extreme seller’s market and move up to a price range with less competition and more selection.

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Posted on April 13, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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The Scoop! Is Here

Check out this quarter’s edition of The Scoop! Our Northern Colorado Market report!

THE SCOOP!

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 4:59 am
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Home Price Increases – What Will It Cost?

Check out the picture below to see how home prices are increasing by region, this comes from www.keepingcurrentmatters.com and the direct link is HERE. Let me know what you think!

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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The Health Of The NoCo Market

I think by this point if you have been reading my blog, you are pretty well aware that we currently have a very fast moving and healthy real estate market here in Northern Colorado. While it’s all good and well to know this in your gut, let’s take a look at some stats that really prove that point.

If you look back over the last 30 years, the Fort Collins/Loveland appreciation levels have been negative only 6 of those years, 3 of which were during the worst recession of our lifetimes (unless you lived through the Great Depression!). Here are some other interesting statistics that show the health of our market:

  • Fort Collins/Loveland area is # 11 on the top 259 markets for home price appreciation in the country
  • Greeley is #12, Denver is #14, and Boulder is #15 of the top 259 markets
  • Colorado is # 2 (only behind Oregon) for 1 year home price appreciation IN THE COUNTRY! Florida, Washington, and Nevada round out that top 5 list

If you would like to know how all of this good news affects your home’s value or your ability to buy a new home, I would love to talk to you, so give me a call or shoot me an email!

Posted on April 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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Your New Property Tax Valuation…..WOW!

If you own a home in Larimer County, you are probably excited about the increase in equity over the last few years due to the appreciation level we have seen. If you are buying a home in Larimer County right now, don’t worry you aren’t left out in the cold, the prognosis for property values in the next 5 years is still good! But there is one fly in the ointment when it comes to appreciation, and those are your property taxes. The county assessor is re-assessing values, and most of these are going to be going up. The way that the Assessor looks at values is interesting, and if you would like help trying to fight your tax value and getting it lower, I can pull the specific information that is required to do that, and show you the steps. Give me a call or shoot me an email if you are interested and we can talk more about the details!

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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Friday Fun Facts! Does EVERYTHING Really Sell In This Market?

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The Hidden Truth

An often over-looked fact is this – not all homes which are listed for sale actually sell.

For instance, 1844 single-family homes have closed so far this year in Northern Colorado and 435 have been withdrawn from the market. So when a home is listed in our market, there is a 20% chance that it will not sell.

It begs the question, why does this happen? How could it be, that in today’s hot market, a home would not sell?

The reality is that there are many reasons why. What we know is that a major culprit is the inspection. The inspection represents a big source of upset, angst and unpleasant surprise in the transaction. Right after the Seller and Buyer are thrilled to finally be under contract, the inspection arrives which disappoints all parties.

The disappointment leads to another round of negotiation which can ultimately lead to the cancellation of the contract.

This is why I so firmly believe in pre-inspecting every listing and why I have committed to the Certified Listing process. Similar to a Certified pre-owned car, my 10-step process provides confidence to the Seller and clarity to the Buyer.

To see more about the process check out the video below! Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions!

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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Friday Fun Facts – Mortgage Rates

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So What?

The Federal Reserve raised their benchmark interest rate 0.25% this week.

So what does this mean for real estate?

Some perspective is in order…

First, mortgage rates are not directly tied to the Fed Funds rate. They are, however, closely tied to the 10-year Treasury.

While the Fed was raising their rates this week, mortgage rates actually dipped lower (although slightly).

Mortgage rates today on a 30-year loan are essentially 4.25%.

The long term average for mortage rates, going all the way back to 1970 is 7.5%

For every 1% rise in rates, there is a corresponding 10% impact to the monthly payment.

Mortgage rates have increased about 0.75% since the election.

Most economists expect rates to increase another 0.5% by year-end.

I am watching mortgage rates closely and will continue to keep my clients updated as to where the experts think they are heading.

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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