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.