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2020 Presented Historic Sales Volume in the Denver Metro Real Estate Market

In December, the Denver housing market continued to show buyer resiliency in pursuing homeownership. For the first time ever, there were 62,985 homes purchased throughout the year, 6.95 percent more than 2019.

According to Steve Danyliw, past Chair of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Metro Denver REALTOR®, in 1990 the Denver real estate market closed only 25,619 homes, which means in 2020 the market closed 145.9 percent more homes. Over the last 31 years, home prices continue to see robust growth with the average price increasing a staggering 457 percent.

Don’t Count Out Ultra-Low Mortgage Rates

Despite the growth in average price, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economic and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®, added that buyers should focus on the current low mortgage rates, which mean the Denver area is actually more affordable now than a year earlier even though home prices rose 14 percent. The 30-year fixed rate has dropped more than one percentage point over the past 12 months and is hovering into record lows.

Inventory Is Unsurprisingly Still Low

December presented another historically low month of inventory with 2,541 properties on the market: the first time Denver has seen under 3,000 active properties.

New Listings for Luxury Homes Climb

However, new listings for the Luxury Market were up 14.65 percent compared to 2019, with pending sales climbing to 36.50 percent and closed sales reaching 34.74 percent.

Meanwhile, the Classic Market Stays Competitive

With the average days in MLS at 20 days, 23.08 percent lower than 2019, and median days in MLS at only six days, 45.45 percent lower than 2019, the Classic Market remains strong. 31,913 new residential listings hit the market in 2020, which is 2,255 fewer and 6.60 percent less than the 34,168 that came available in 2019. 

*Written January 8, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.

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Denver Metro Real Estate Market Continues to Boost All-Time Records.
November continued to emphasize the desirability of a home in COVID-19, and the market shattered records with median days in MLS for detached single-family homes at a speedy five days, representing a tie for the lowest number on record. Active listings for attached and detached single-family homes came in at 3,415, surpassing the previous low set in December 2017 of 3,854. There was additionally a record-high for November average close price for combined single-family detached and attached properties, and detached single-family homes at $549,756 and $615,766 respectively.

Low Inventory Is …  Low.
While the holiday months generally see a decline in inventory, this November MOI hit another record-low at just .71, easily beating October 2020’s former lowest record at .81. For the single-family detached market, Denver had 1,755 houses currently available for sale, representing just .51 months of inventory.

Change of Pace for Luxury Homes Inventory.
While typically, the most active amount of inventory is the $500,000 – $750,000 price range, this November the dial turned and it was homes priced over a million dollars. Presently, there are 561 homes on the market priced at over a million dollars, almost one-third of the overall inventory. New listings for the Luxury Market were up 17.09 percent compared to last year.

Classic Market Becomes Most Competitive.
MOI for detached homes in the Classic Market dropped to just over .27, arguably making the Classic Market the most competitive segment of the market. For detached and attached homes in the Classic Market, there were 1,781 new listings recorded in November, which was a 35.70 percent drop from October and a 2.64 percent drop from last year. The 2,319 pending sales in November outpaced the number of new listings, furthering the lack of inventory this month and the number of closed sales dropped by 25.38 percent from October and 4.98 percent from last year.

*Written December 8, 2020. Updates may be available after this date.

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Denver-area Remains a Steadfast Seller’s Market in October.

The housing market continued to thrive in October, with a record-high for average sales price for both single-family detached and attached properties at $625,100 and $393,733 respectively, as well as a record-low of months of inventory at an astonishing 0.81. The effects of the COVID-19 months have again created historically low inventory with only 4,821 active listings, representing the lowest amount of active inventory for any October on record by nearly 2,000 listings.

Low Inventory Isn’t Halting Transactions.

The lack of inventory hasn’t slowed the actual process of buying and selling, with 5,984 closed transactions in October. With low interest rates and holidays around the corner, buyers are pushing budgets to find ideal homes. Detached closed properties were up 19.52 percent from September and up 32.15 percent year-over-year. With 1.88 months of inventory and median days in MLS dropping 8.33 percent to just 55 days, detached luxury homes firmly sit in a seller’s market.

Good News for Detached Luxury Homes Inventory.

Detached homes remain the preference for luxury buyers. While the Luxury Market firmly continues as a seller’s market, there is optimistic news for buyers as there are more detached home choices than last year with new listings up 14.62 percent. On the flip side, the attached Luxury Market is moving slower as buyers’ preferences lean towards detached homes. While there were 83.87 percent more listings this year than last year and 11.76 percent more listings than last month, the attached market is moving slower than the detached segment.

Don’t Count Out the Attached Luxury Market.

While the months of inventory is a stark contrast to the detached segment at 5.7 months, the year-over-year data proves new listings have steadily climbed from 233 in 2016 to 472 in 2020 and pending sales have climbed from 103 in 2016 to 247 in 2020.

*Written November 10, 2020. Updates may be available after this date.

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September was the Toughest Time in History to Buy a Home in Metro Denver. Why?

Record-breaking low housing inventory was a key factor to September being one of the most challenging times in history to buy a home in the Denver market.

The 5,301 active listings at September’s month end represented the lowest amount of active housing inventory available on record for any month of September by 2,215 homes. The median days on market in the entire residential market was six, which was three days lower than the previous record set in September 2015 and 2016. For both single-family and condo homes, there were more closed and pending transactions than ever before reaching 5,850 and 6,376 respectively.

Housing inventory can’t keep up with the high level of homebuyer demand. This is further evidenced in that the months of inventory hit an all-time low at 0.91 months, signifying a very strong seller’s market.

Record-breaking Home Prices.

Furthermore, the median home price for both single-family and condo homes hit a record-breaking high at $510,000 and $334,752 respectively. The total sales volume of $3.15 billion represents the highest amount for any September on record and the third-highest month of all time.

Luxury Market is Red Hot Too.

Luxury Market home sellers were having to think fast and figure out their next move because the average days on market for a luxury home was down 39.5% year over year at 46 days.

Year over year, 81% more luxury homes sold in September and 87% more single-family homes closed. The luxury condo market is also showing signs of strength with 32% more sold compared to 2019.

Additionally, compared to last year, new listings priced $1 million+ were up 26% while pending listings were up a whopping 116% in September. Single-family luxury homes were also hot in September with a 125% increase in pending sales compared to this time last year. The luxury condo market was just as hot with a 58% increase in pending sales going under contract from one year ago.  

*Written October 9, 2020. Updates may be available after this date.

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Despite the Pandemic, 2020 Denver-area Housing Market is Hot!

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020 metro-Denver housing market is on pace to outperform last year’s record-breaking real estate market.

If you recall, July of this year hit a record high number of home sales in any given month in metro Denver. In August, while home sales dropped compared to July by nearly 19%, the 5,959 total homes that did sell signified the most sales for any month of August on record. Yet, at the same time, the number of active listings at month end in August was down 41% year to date compared to 2019. So, if there were more homes available on the market in August, there is no doubt many more would have sold.

Single-family Homes are Scarce

Homebuyers looking to purchase a single-family home really struggled because there were 50% fewer single-family homes for sale year over year in August. Furthermore, single-family homes priced between $500,000 and $749,999 had only 0.66 months of inventory which is an extreme seller’s market where demand outpaces supply. Based on that number, the market would technically be out of homes for buyers to purchase in two to three weeks if no other inventory hits the market.

Home Prices Still on the Rise

As buyer demand continues to outpace supply, prices continue to go up. The average price for a single-family home hit another breaking record at $606,330 in August, an increase of 5.6% year to date.

Condo sales weren’t doing quite as well as average August prices were down month over month in August, but still up 2.6% year to date. The Denver market is a seller’s market across the board except for condos priced over $1 million where the market is more balanced between buyers and sellers.

If these current trends continue, COVID-19 may have just been a blemish on our year-end housing figures, as the Denver-area market is insulated by strong population growth, a variety of industries and quality of life that isn’t going anywhere.

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Record-home Sales in July in Metro Denver

Homebuyers in metro Denver were not slowed by the pandemic in July as June’s record number of pending sales converted to an all-time high in the number of closings in any month on record.

Average Single-family Home Price Catapulted to Over $600,000

While record-home sales was predicted, no one could have predicted the significant jump in prices. Pent-up demand from the COVID-19 home-showing shutdown and the continued lack of choices forced homebuyers to bid against each other. Many sellers collected multiple offers at or above asking price. That competition catapulted the average single-family home price to $601,863, which is 7.7% higher than June and 10% percent higher than July 2019. The median closed price was also a record high for any month at $460,140.

One of the Strongest Months for Single-family Luxury Home Market

In the luxury housing market, there were two different perspectives depending on if you had single-family or condo homes.

The single-family Luxury Market, homes priced $1 million+, had one of its strongest months in almost every statistical category. Compared to last year, there was a 53% increase in new listings, pending transactions jumped 105% from 195 to 399, the amount of closed deals in July increased 61% and both the median and average days in MLS decreased from the previous year.

The lack of housing inventory puts the advantage in the sellers’ hands in all price ranges except for condos priced above $1 million. Even though the number of closed sales of luxury condos was up 50% month over month, it is still the softest segment of the market and homebuyers have the upper hand in negotiating.

While the luxury condo market had a relatively strong month compared to that of the previous year, it is clear that the demand for condos was not nearly as strong in July. People have spent more time in their homes than they are accustomed and there is a growing trend of wanting more space.

*Written August 7, 2020. Updates may be available after this date.

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After a Major Halt, Metro Denver Rebounds with a Home-buying Frenzy

By Jason Exley, PHR, GMS, GDS, Director of Relocation at Kentwood Real Estate

How quickly the world changed. Denver has received national attention for its red-hot real estate market for nearly a decade. At the start of March, the metro Denver real estate spring market was showing signs of being one of the best on record – but that changed by the end of the month when the market, like the rest of the nation and world, felt the effects stemming from Covid-19.

Resilient as ever, the market picked right back up and a home-buying frenzy ensued in metro Denver this past June.

A record number of Denver-area homes on the market went under contract in June, home prices are on the rise, mortgage rates are a record low and the market is experiencing near record-low housing inventory. These factors and more are making for a strong seller’s market. Other factors for Denver’s rebound is that many homebuyers from other major markets across the nation are relocating here, whether for the lifestyle, cost of living or the job market. Companies based in Denver continue to move talent in and out, and new company headquarters are showing up all the time.

According to numbers from the Denver Metro Association of REALTORS® (DMAR), in June, a record number of homes, 7,676, shifted into a pending sale status, up 16 percent month over month and 27 percent year over year. Additionally, weekly home closings were back above 2019 levels, ending 11-weeks of a COVID-19 induced housing slump. It seems consumers turned from stocking up on personal necessities to buying houses with the same level of frenzy. And prices are back on the rise as a result of this demand.

In March, pre-Covid-19, the average price for a residential property in metro Denver zoomed above $500,000 for the first time, to $513,535. That price then dipped back down below the half-million-dollar mark during the home-showing shutdown and uncertain economic times in April and May. In June, however, average prices bounced back up to $509,736, the second-highest average price for residential real estate in Denver.

During that month, 7,364 homes were put up for sale, but demand was even higher. More homes were put under contract than came on the market for sale in the Denver area. And since there was not a lot of housing inventory at the end of May, the market was left with even less inventory at the end of June, down 11% month over month and 33% year over year. In fact, June had 6,383 listings at month’s end, which was nearing the record-low number for that month at 6,197 in June 2015. Less inventory means home sellers had more power. The only segment of the market in which homebuyers had the edge were condos priced over $1 million.

With masks, gloves and limited home showing time slots, real estate agents managed to write a record number of accepted contracts and closed 57% more homes in June compared to the month prior without doing traditional open houses.

At the end of June, the eighth amendment to Colorado’s public health order loosened the rules for open houses – but it isn’t going to be easy. Under the new rules, gloves, masks, a social distancing calculator, log sheet and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration approved ventilation system are just some of the items required to host an open house. Once real estate agents review all of the new rules, they may decide to continue virtual showings.

Following the stay-at-home executive order by Colorado Governor Jared Polis on March 26, ‘real estate’ was classified as a critical business and thus real estate continued to conduct business for homebuyers and sellers in need. However, how real estate was transacted looked very different and it still does today. For some time, Colorado no longer allowed open houses in the traditional sense, driving with clients or even riding in the same elevator. Transactions were being completed at no-contact, curbside closings with closers wearing gloves and masks. There was a new contract, called the COVID-19 Addendum, that allows a transaction to be extended in the case a homebuyer or seller is exposed or quarantined, as well as new CDC regulations to follow when listing and showing homes.

Virtual tours, videos and FaceTime walk-throughs have become the preferred form of marketing so homebuyers don’t have to enter properties unless they truly think it might be the one they want to buy.

Realtors adapted and some now prefer virtual open houses, and they have been effective. In fact, a real estate agent that that has been in the business for four decades just closed on a double-ended deal solely stemming from a streaming Facebook Live open house he conducted. The new virtual and digital tools to conduct real estate are here to stay, even when the pandemic is in our rear-view mirror.

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High Buyer Demand in Metro Denver

A record number of Denver-area homes on the market went under contract in June, home prices are on the rise, mortgage rates are a record low and the market is experiencing near record-low housing inventory. These factors are making for a strong seller’s market.

In June, a record number of homes, 7,676, shifted into a pending sale status, up 16% month over month and 27% year over year. Additionally, weekly home closings were back above 2019 levels, ending 11-weeks of a COVID-19 induced housing slump.

Home Prices Rising

In March, pre-COVID-19, the average price for a residential property in metro Denver zoomed above $500,000 for the first time, to $513,535. That price then dipped back down below the half-million-dollar mark during the home-showing shutdown and uncertain economic times in April and May. In June, however, average prices bounced back up to $509,736, the second-highest average price for residential real estate in Denver.

Luxury Market is Coming Back

In June, 7,364 homes were put up for sale in all housing price points, but demand was even higher. More homes were put under contract than came on the market for sale. Less inventory meant home sellers had more power. The only segment of the market in which homebuyers had the edge were condos priced over $1 million. Overall, after the halt earlier this year as a result of showing restrictions and consumer uncertainty stemming from COVID-19, the Luxury Market is picking back up.

The number of homes sold in the single-family luxury segment was up 100% in June to 230 from 115 in May, and up to 15 from eight for luxury condos, an 87.5% increase month over month. At the end of June, there were 413 pending sales, up 38% from last month and an impressive 59% from last year. 

Year to date, Luxury Market listings were up 1.76% over last year. There has been double-digit growth since 2016, so under 2% growth is a significant figure that depicts the true damage stemming from COVID-19.

*Written July 7, 2020. Updates may be available after this date.

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New listings flood the metro-Denver housing market in May

As stay-at-home restrictions stemming from COVID-19 loosened and businesses began phased openings in May, metro Denver had a surge of new listings hit the housing market, up 56% month over month to reach 7,312. Some of the surge can be attributed to sellers putting their homes back on the market after withdrawing them when showings were halted back in March.

Home sales down as expected in May, but homes under contracts skyrockets

The number of sold homes was down 20% month over month and 49% year over year in May, following the weeks of strict home-showing restrictions. The average sold price of a home dropped slightly, back below $500,000 to $495,925. That was 1.24% lower than April but 2.43% higher year to date.

Notably, homes under contract increased a substantial 115% from the previous month.

Home sellers had the upper hand, except in the Luxury Market

There were 7,170 active listings at the end of May, 4.6% more than April but 19% less than the previous year. Home sellers had the upper hand with low inventory in all price ranges except for homes priced over $1 million, where there was 9.5 months of single-family inventory and 25 months for condos. Anything over six months is considered a buyer’s market.

Only 115 homes sold and closed for $1 million or greater last month, down 29% from April and 59% year over year. The closed dollar volume in the luxury segment in May was $174.4 million, down 24.4% from April and nearly 60% year over year.

While the last few months were slower stemming from the pandemic, year-to-date data reflects how hot the metro-Denver real estate market was at the beginning of the year. For example, new listings year to date for single-family luxury homes is only down 1.47% and luxury condos are up 10.45% compared to this time last year.

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How the Coronavirus is Impacting the Denver Housing Market

Kentwood Real Estate is monitoring the ever-changing real estate landscape stemming from the coronavirus COVID-19 situation. We are staying informed and following the guidance of the CDC, Colorado Department of Public Health and the National Association of REALTORS® to ensure we are providing our clients with the ultimate in ethical, professional representation – we will take all measures to ensure a safe, productive experience.

 
What we are seeing in the metro-Denver residential real estate market today is that overall buyer demand in the local market is keeping activity strong. Historically low interest rates are motivating buyers, and we continue to see multiple offers. While many sellers are continuing to list their homes, some are choosing to pause temporarily. In the case more sellers wait, there will be an increased strain on housing inventory.


Housing Inventory Challenges

In February, while the stock market struggled with coronavirus fears, real estate stayed strong. Month over month, 5.6% more homes came on the market, 7% more homes shifted into a pending status, and 3% more homes closed.

 
The month ended with only 4,835 active listings, down 2% from January and nearly 20% year over year. For perspective, 5,083 listings went under contract in February; so, figuratively speaking, only 39 new listings came on the market that didn’t go into contract.


The ‘New’ Home Showing

To accommodate buyers in today’s new normal, listings are sanitized ahead of showings, and hand sanitizer and booties are readily available. Furthermore, virtual home tours are quickly growing in popularity. Facetime to more advanced 3-D technology are being utilized and becoming a preferred method of house hunting by many.

 
Real estate remains a good investment. We believe the security of real estate as a safe haven from both a psychological standpoint and an investment standpoint will resonate in future weeks and months. Real estate has always weathered economic turmoil in the long run, and will do so now.