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Market review + a few predictions

The big story of 2013 was that the real estate market in Boulder County was hot. After a huge recovery in 2012, the market continued to gain steam. The number of single family home sales in Boulder County was up 10% from 2012 even though inventory was down 20%. Likewise, attached dwelling sales increased 20% over 2012, with inventory in this category down 34%  -- a recipe for appreciation. With demand outpacing supply, the median price went up:  9.3% for single family homes and 4.1% for attached dwellings. The 30-year fixed interest rate increased from 3.375% a year ago to 4.5% today, but this did not slow the market since rates are still near historic lows. 

 

I think 2014 may look a lot like 2013 - low inventory coupled with low interest rates resulting in a competitive buying environment and more appreciation. I'm predicting a very active first quarter, based on pent-up demand and low inventory. The first quarter is traditionally the best time for sellers to be on the market and 2014 should be no exception. If you know anyone who is considering selling or buying, I'm happy to help. 

 

I hope you had a great 2013 and I wish you and your family a happy holiday season as well as a healthy and prosperous New Year! As always, thank you for your business and friendship.

Top reasons for the housing shortage
  • Housing starts are less than needed based on population growth. The last down economy made builders extra cautious.
  • The population is increasing because of immigration and births plus echo boomers (kids of baby boomers) are beginning to buy.
  • Boomerang Buyers -- people who lost their homes in foreclosure are becoming buyers again.
  • Dormant Sellers -- sellers who don't know that the market has improved are staying put for now.  In fact, the last down economy increased the length of time people are staying in their homes from 6 years to 9 years on average.
  • Homeowners who bought at the top of the market have been hesitant to sell because their home is not worth enough to pay off their loan and cover transaction fees.   
  • Renters are becoming buyers due to the improved economy and low interest rates.
  • People are living longer.
Area Real Estate Sales
For more sales statistics, go to richgribbon.com
 

 

Median Sales

YTD 

Median
Sales Price

YTD

% of List Price

Average Days
to Sale

 

Residential

 

 

 

 

 

Boulder

630,000

97.01            

 82      

 

 

Louisville 

450,000

99.15

 78

 

 

Lafayette

385,000

99.17

 91       

 

 

Longmont

260,000

98.39

 84        

 

 

Gunbarrel

463,500

97.97

 76        

 

 

Niwot

685,000

94.96        

114

 

 

Superior

440,000

99.53

 69

 

 

Broomfield

348,250

98.35

 76        

 

Erie

341,100

97.68

 87     

 

Mountains

380,000

95.42

160

 

Condos/Townhomes

 

 

 

 

 

Boulder

267,000

98.12

 93        

 

 

Louisville

223,000

100.2    

 89

 

 

Lafayette

219,900

99.32

 93    

 

 

Longmont

185,000

98.63

 93    

 

 

Gunbarrel

170,500

97.12

 79      

 

 

Superior

193,500

99.24

 68

 








 Source:  Information Real Estate Services 

DECEMBER 2013

Current Interest Rates

 

30 year fixed conforming 4.5%

 

5/1 ARM conforming 3.0%

 

7/1 ARM conforming 3.5%

 

30 year fixed jumbo 4.625%

 

5/1 ARM jumbo 2.875%

 

7/1 ARM jumbo 3.375%

 

Rates provided by
Calvin Cox at Commerce Mortgage at 303-931-8360

Contact me for:
 
Buying & Selling. 
 

Refinancing. 

 

Leveraging equity to buy investment property.

 

1031 Exchange.

 

Real estate as a retirement strategy. 

 

Using your IRA for real estate investing.

 

Real estate for college savings.  

 

Buying real estate for college-age children to live in while at school.

 

Helping parents relocate or transition to a new housing situation.

 

Purchasing vacation property in ski country, tropics or other resorts.

 

Finding a quality realtor for transactions outside our market.
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