Happy New Year! I hope the Holiday Season went well for you. With 2011 just ending, I have been able to gather all of the year-end data, conduct a 3-year comparison (2009 – 2011), and create a very good snapshot of current market conditions as we go into 2012.
In summary, Boulder County shows signs of being a relatively “stable” market over the last 3 years in terms of values/pricing largely holding even. This is encouraging as much of the national news is “doom & gloom” with tremendous loss of value. With the overall trend of Colorado and specifically Boulder County population growing, properties are indeed selling. Properties might be taking a little bit longer to sell over the last 3 years, but again, prices/values show a steady-flat trend line.
AVERAGE INVENTORY (2009 - 2011)
We have seen a downward trend in homes for sale (less inventory) in Boulder –specifically from 2009 – 2011. In Boulder-specifically, we have had a very comparable amount of inventory between houses for sale & condos/townhomes for sale. We are also seeing an overall general trend (from 2009 – 2011) of flat/even to slightly decreased inventory of properties for sale (both homes & condos/townhomes) in every Boulder County community.
Quantity of Homes Sold (2009 - 2011)
We have seen a similar amount of home sold in Boulder in 2011 vs. 2010, with less condos/townhomes sold in this same timeframe. Ultimately, more houses have sold vs. condos/townhomes in Boulder from 2010 – 2011. We have seen slight decreases in homes sold in Broomfield, Erie, Longmont, and Superior from 2009 – 2011, and slight increases in the quantity of homes sold in Lafayette, Louisville, in the Mountains, and Plains properties. While looking specifically at the condo/townhome market, we have seen a noticeable decrease in the properties sold in Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, and Superior from 2009 – 2011, with more or less stable condo markets in Broomfield, Erie and Lafayette.
Average Days to Contract (2009 - 2011)
We can see a noticeable increase in the number of days on market (DOM) for homes over 2009 – 2011 in Boulder (~85 DOM), Lafayette (~85 DOM), Louisville (~65 DOM), and Superior (~70 DOM). The condo/townhome market overall has a noticeable trend of longer days on market vs. houses-specifically. From 2009 – 2011 there is a dramatic increase in days on market for condos/townhomes in Boulder (~150 DOM), Broomfield (~135 DOM), Lafayette (~100 DOM), and Longmont (~105 DOM).
Median Sold Price (2009 - 2011)
There is a slight increase in the home prices that have sold in Boulder- specifically from 2009 – 2011 (~$550,000), with most other communities stabilizing/even over the 3-year trend. Worth noting is a slight decrease in median home prices in Superior and in the Mountains. The median sold prices of the condo/townhome market have seen some increases in Lafayette & Superior with stable prices overall in Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, and Louisville.
Average Sold Price (2009 - 2011)
With the potential for greater discounting on higher-end & acreage properties, we have seen a slight increasing trend in the average sold prices of homes in Boulder (~$675,000) and on the Plains (~$625,000) from 2009 – 2011, whereas all other Boulder County communities are showing a stable/flat trend-line of average sold values. Minus a decrease in Erie condos/townhomes, we are seeing a relatively stable/flat trend-line of the average sold prices of condos/townhomes throughout Boulder County.
AVERAGE INVENTORY (3rd Quarter 2011)
Average Inventory: There is a noticeable trend of less inventory of homes for sale specifically in Boulder (!), Erie, Longmont, Louisville, and on the Plains. THe condo/townhome inventory throughout the County has largely maintained and is similar to 3rd Quarter 2010. This decreased amount of inventory of houses in the 3rd quarter can possibly be affected by some "more ideal" houses being sold earlier in the year within the 2nd quarter, but also with relatively flat appreciation it is not an ideal time to sell, so some sellers are just "waiting it out" and not even putting their homes on the market for sale.
QUANTITY OF HOMES SOLD (3rd Quarter 2011)
Quantity of Homes Sold: There are noticeable increases in homes sold specifically in Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, Longmont (!) and Louisville. While there are also noticeable increases in condos/townhomes sold in Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Louisville. For the limited amount of housing inventory on the market, houses are indeed selling. Boulder houses/condos sold strong through the Summer, while Longmont houses saw the greatest increase in summer sales activity. This can be accounted for Longmont houses typically having the lowest average & median homes prices throughout Boulder County.
DAYS TO CONTRACT (3rd Quarter 2011)
Days to Contract: Yes properties are selling, but there are some increases in Days on Market (compared to 3rd Quarter 2010) specifically with houses in Boulder (averaging ~80 days on market), Lafayette (averaging ~95 days on market. Other communities actually saw slight decreases to equal amount of days on market compared to 3rd Quarter 2010. The condo/townhome market saw some very different trends in the 3rd Quarter with very noticeable increases in days on market in Broomfield, Erie, Longmont, and Louisville. The Boulder condo market stayed on par with 3rd quarter 2010 averaging 120 days on market. Overall it can be seen that condos/townhomes take longer to sell than houses.
AVERAGE SOLD PRICE (3rd Quarter 2011)
Average Sold Price: Houses specifically held values overall throughout Boulder County in the 3rd quarter of 2011 vs. 2010. There were nominal increases in average sold prices of homes in Boulder, Broomfield, and Lafayette. The highest home values are specifically in Boulder and in the Plains (larger acreage properties). The condo/townhome market largely throughout the County held even in terms of average sold pricing.
MEDIAN SOLD PRICE (3rd Quarter 2011)
MEDIAN SOLD PRICE: When looking more closely at solds in the 3rd quarter of 2011, we can answer the question "what price point has been selling?" Boulder-specific home median values have held even with 3rd quarter 2010 (~$550,000), while slight decreases in median sold home values can be identified in Broomfield, Erie, Longmont, Louisville, Superior, and definitely in the Mountains. Median values for condos/townhomes saw increases in the 3rd quarter specifically in Boulder, Lafayette, and Superior, while slight decreases in median sold values could be seen in Broomfield, Erie, and Longmont.