April 2021 real estate news recap

April 2021 real estate news recap

Looking for a quick digest of what happened in real estate this last month? We’ve got you covered:

National News

+ Many older millennials are burdened by housing costs, and it could keep them from reaching other financial goals.

+ What are the secret economic forces fueling the housing shortage? Inman’s Jim Dalyrymple II says increasingly expensive building supplies (think lumber, steel, and even paint) are driving up the cost of housing. Meanwhile, institutional investors are gobbling up to 20-30% of homes for sale, which is affecting inventory.

+ As ADUs or “granny flats” continue to grow in popularity, here are 4 hidden costs of accessory dwelling units that you should plan for.

+ Looking to sell soon? Find out the one thing you should never do to your yard before selling your house. Bonus: it’ll save you some cash!

Local News

+ Lack of crime, quality of public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities placed 11 Denver neighborhoods among the top 25 places to live in Colorado, according to Niche.

+ Neighbors in Governors’ Park are banding together to encourage responsible growth as buildings considered landmarks are being torn down to make way for high-rise apartments.

The premium over list price is at an all-time high (think 104.1%) as more metro Denver buyers will pay whatever it takes to get under contract.

The 20 hottest real estate markets in the Denver metro area saw median home prices increase anywhere from 20% to a whopping 79% in 2020.

Financial News

+ With median gains in home values between 6% and 11% among metro counties, Front Range homeowners can expect to see an increase in their tax bills.

Mortgage rates remain under 3%, but could become more volatile in the months to come.

Biden’s proposed tax hikes could be a ‘double-edged sword’ for real estate — what homeowners and investors need to know that could reduce returns on certain property sales.

Have questions about what’s happening in real estate in your neighborhood? Let’s chat!

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