Source: Aldo Svaldi of the Denver Post
While Colorado leads the country in some areas (like housing prices), the birth rate isn’t one of them. While the national birth rate is hovering around 1.8 births per woman, Colorado women are falling behind at 1.7. Why does this matter? To keep the population stable (and prevent things like labor shortages in the future), the birth rate needs to be closer to 2.1 births per woman. Colorado ladies, if you’re on the fence about adding another little one to your brood, here’s a reason for the “just do it” column.
Although the market remains in the favor of sellers, it’s not all bad news for buyers. Lower interest rates and a higher number of listings mean it’s a good time for buyers to talk to their lender and start their hunt! Good news for sellers comes in the form of the highest median price for a detached single family home, ever!
Days on the Market
In June 2018, homes in Denver lasted an average of just 18 days on the market. Buyers who aren’t quite ready to make a decision have a slight advantage over last year, with an average of 24 days before a home is sold in June 2019. However, the summer is certainly heating up as this is the shortest time on the market we’ve seen homes sitting in 2019 thus far.
And while the market is speeding up this summer, on a year-over-year basis, it’s starting to slow since it’s fastest pace in 2015.
Denver remains a seller’s market for the seventh year in a row, with an average just shy of 2 months housing inventory as we head into July. The news isn’t all bad for buyers, though – the city was up to 2,451 active listings in June. The last time buyers had this many options was back in October of 2013!
Last month we watched housing prices jump above $500k, just as they did for the first time in April 2018. Yet, even though prices are still sky-high, we’re living in a market that is stronger than last year and also friendlier to both buyers and sellers. How so?
Buyers are benefitting from lower interest rates (down .5 percentage points from last May), more housing inventory (36% more homes for sale), and a smidge more time (roughly half a week more) to see properties before they’re snatched up.
Sellers are benefitting from — wait for it — prices staying high.
Excluding a national event that would radically change the housing market, the demand to live in Denver continues to keep housing prices high. The U.S. Census reported Denver among America’s top 10 cities in overall population growth between 2017-18, with an increase of 1.5%.
Source: We Are Apartments
Denver placed 9th out of 50 metro cities for hardest places to add apartments. Denver’s biggest barriers to growth are the lack of additional land to develop within the county and city regulations. Factor in expensive land and high construction costs and it’s no wonder that affordable housing is becoming more and more difficult to find. Read the full report or:
Source: Aldo Svaldi at The Denver Post
Millennials catch a lot of flak these days for not buying homes. But median home prices in Denver prevent a lot of first-time buyers from entering the market. Millennials are aging into homeownership as the labor market is booming and wages are growing, which is starting to drive demand. If only housing inventory could rise to make life easier for Millennials looking to buy.
- Properties were starting to stay on the market longer towards the beginning of the year as interest rates rose.
- Homes are starting to move faster again as rates have declined.
- The cool-down in prices toward the end of 2016 have all been erased.
- Prices for condos and single-family homes have all been on the rise since the beginning of the year.