Sunday, September 18, 2011

Denver Real Estate Market Update September 2011

Denver Real Estate Market Update September 2011





Market Metrics:


June was the first month in 2011 where closings exceeded $1.0 Billion, followed by July, and now in August, 3,973 homes closed at an average price of $260,821 which resulted in $1.0 Billion in sales volume for the month.  Wow three months in a row with over $1.0 Billion in closings.


Monthly Market Recap:


Single Family:                                                           
Active Inventory is 13,436 units at month end         

Sold units is 3,177                                                     

Average Days on Market is 96                                  

Median Sold Price is $235,000                                  

Average Sold Price is $284,065                                 



Active Inventory is 3,195 units at month end

Sold units is 796

Average Days on Market is 111

Median Sold Price is $130,000

Average Sold Price is $168,050



August Year-to-Date Market Recap (2011 versus 2010):


Single Family:                                                           

Active Inventory 13,436 versus 17,837 (↓25%)       

Sold Units 21,346 versus 21,612 (↓1%)                   

Median Price $229,950 vs $230,019 (↔)                  

Average Price $281,964 vs $281,599 (↔)                 

Sales Volume $6.0B versus $6.1B (↓1%)                 

Days on Market 107 versus 84 (↑27%)                     





Active Inventory 3,195 versus 5,309 (↓40%)

Sold Units 5,297 versus 5,716 (↓7%)

Median Price $124,000 vs $134,950 (↓8%)

Average Price $158,593 vs $160,878 (↓1%)

Sales Volume $0.8B versus $0.9B (↓9%)

Days on Market 119 versus 89 (↑34%)


August historically marks the end of the prime home selling and home buying market for the Greater Metropolitan Denver area.  What can one expect for the remaining months of 2011?  The Active Inventory count in units will continue to decrease as well as the monthly number of both under contract and closed transactions.  This does not mean that the market has gone away or will go away; but, rather that the market continues in a seasonally adjusted basis.



Advice to Sellers:


With the market seasonably adjusting for the remainder of the year, help the prospective buyer visualize the value, comfort, and joy of living in your home.  Don’t slack off on home maintenance, spruce up those areas that need attention, make sure that the curb appeal is maximized by maintaining the lawn and shrubbery, consider removing personalized wallpaper and borders, paint where needed, and if the home is vacant, consider staging the home.  Use the natural senses to attract, sight-clean, neat, inviting, soft music playing for showings, eliminate harsh smells, pull back curtains, open the windows and let fresh air in, and clean the windows.



Advice to Buyers:


Home affordability is at near record highs.  What does this mean?  In summary, the cost of home ownership remains low when one takes into consideration the savings of monthly mortgage payments versus paying rent, the tax breaks of home ownership, building equity in your home, and the feeling of security that comes with home ownership.


Let’s review the 7 steps to take before you buy a home?  The steps are decide how much you can afford, develop your home wish list, select where you want to live, start saving, ask about all the costs before you sign, get your credit in order, and get prequalified.  Additionally, know how much financing you qualify for, research your priorities, establish a wants list, and establish a needs list.  Pay attention to only the local market as real estate is local.  For you the buyer, the local real estate market can be a single home, a block of homes, or a subdivision.  This is the market that is important to you.


Lifestyle continues to rate number one in the minds of buyers.  Establish your personal expectations of home ownership benefits and costs.

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