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Is Real Estate a Better Investment than Stocks or Gold?

Real Estate is still a stronger long-term investment.

Real estate brokers are often asked whether a particular home they’re contemplating “will be a good investment.” There are buyers concerned with finding the perfect nesting spot, and others worry whether they’ll come out financially ahead.

Some investors look strictly to commercial real estate, but for this analysis we’re talking about residential homes a buyer intends to reside in.

Much of the calculation depends on various factors, including how long the homeowners will keep the property, whether it’s compromised by a busy road, whether the homeowners plan to keep it in tip-top shape or upgrade, and whether it’s a single-family home or a condominium.


Survey Says

Recently in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a better investment than buying stocks. A subsequent Gallup Poll reaffirmed those findings.

In an article on the current real estate market, Gallup reports:

“Gallup usually finds that Americans regard real estate as the best long-term investment among several options — seeing it as superior to stocks, gold, savings accounts and bonds. This year, 41% choose real estate as the best investment, up from 35% a year ago, with stocks a distant second.”

Here’s the breakdown:

Long Term Investments for America in 2021 comparing Real Estate, Stocks, Gold, Savings Accounts and Bonds.
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Is Real Estate Really a Sound Investment?

Americans have great confidence in real estate as a good long-term investment and view their home as a way to build future wealth. Although there is some underlying anxiety that the build-up in home values may be mirroring what happened just prior to the 2008-11 housing crash. According to Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs, the current real estate market is strong and sustainable.

As Morgan Stanley explained to their clients in a recent podcast:

“Unlike 15 years ago, the euphoria in today’s home prices comes down to the simple logic of supply and demand. And we at Morgan Stanley conclude that this time the sector is on a sustainably, sturdy foundation. This robust demand and highly challenged supply, along with tight mortgage lending standards, may continue to bode well for home prices. Higher interest rates and post-pandemic moves could likely slow the pace of appreciation, but the upward trajectory remains very much on course.”


Key Takeaways

America’s belief in the long-term investment value of homeownership has been, is, and will always be, very strong. Home prices have been stable or rising the propensity of time over decades, even through other sector downturns. It’s good to diversify your investments, but don’t discount the long-term value of owning real estate.

Find a Kentwood Real Estate Broker, or your next Colorado home, on our website, www.kentwood.com. We service the Front Range of Colorado from south metro Denver, throughout Denver metro, Evergreen, Boulder, and northern Colorado, including Loveland and Fort Collins.

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Northern Colorado Real Estate Market Trends

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Home Prices Increase Except in Berthoud

The average sales prices across northern Colorado continue to skyrocket for attached and detached homes except in Berthoud, which saw a year-over-year decrease of 0.69 percent in the average sales price of detached houses and a year-over-year decline of 7.49 percent in attached homes. Those looking to buy for cheaper may find opportunities in this area.

The Demand for Boulder

The intimate atmosphere in Boulder is still extremely attractive, as shown by the most significant increase in closed sales and closed sales volume year over year. Since April 2020, detached homes saw a closed sales increase of 144.23 percent and a closed sales volume increase of 316.56 percent, and attached properties experienced a closed sales increase of 120.51 percent and a closed sales volume increase of 142.74 percent. 

Attached Properties in Windsor Are Lacking Love

Windsor saw the largest disparity in sales of detached and attached homes as the closed sales and closed sales volume of detached properties increased by 79.10 percent and 89.47 percent year over year, respectively, while closed sales and closed sales volume of attached homes decreased by 50 percent and 46.94 percent year over year, respectively. Despite the sizable drop in purchases of attached properties, prices haven’t lowered, as the average sales price increased by 6.11 percent and detached homes’ average sales price increased by 5.79 percent.

Homes Are Flying off the Shelves Faster

Berthoud saw the most drastic drop in average days on market with an 83.54 percent reduction for attached properties and decreased to the shortest timeframe for average days on market across northern Colorado at 26 days in April 2021 from 158 days in April 2020. Fort Collins has the lowest average days on market for detached homes, with a 44.78 percent reduction, going from 67 days in April 2020 to 37 days in April 2021. Homebuyers need to make quick decisions to compete in these fast-paced markets.

*Written May 25, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.

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Denver Real Estate Market Trends

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April 2021 Showed Blatant­­ Hyper-Demand In the Residential Housing Industry

The market continues to result in historic low months-end inventory, even with months-end active inventory increasing by 35.03 percent. Altogether, there were still only 2,594 active properties at the end of the month, representing the lowest April on record and 48.38 percent less inventory.

The Importance of One Year Ago

April 2020 was a month of confusion and uncertainty for the world. The ebbs and flow of being an “essential” worker were reflected in new listings last year, which were down 43.02 percent compared to April of this year. Since last year, the market has seen a steady rise in competition and therefore prices have as well. With only two weeks of inventory, year-over-year appreciation continues to be staggering for the market while also bringing homesellers inevitably great returns, increasing 24.20 percent in April. 

The Luxury Market Has Experienced the Most Growth

In 2018, 2019 and 2020, year-to-date closed sales of properties over $1 million were 649, 654 and 661, respectively. So far, in 2021, there have been 1,353 closed sales, more than double the number of the past three years. The median days in MLS for the Luxury Market was seven, down from 23 in 2020, 22 in 2019, 32 in 2018 and 48 in 2017. 

Where We Stand With Inventory Lows

Historically, the market has seen annual inventory reach its low point in February and March, followed by increased listing activity until it hits inventory peak in August and September. The Luxury Market appears to follow the trend with 28.82 percent more new listings in April than March, showing that it may be possible for buyers who outlast the competition fatigue to find themselves with more options than they have seen in the past few months. If so, with only one month of inventory for attached homes and 1.97 months for attached homes, buyers will need to keep vigilant. 

*Written May 10, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.

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Real Estate Market Trends

March 2021 Depicts an Emotional Market in the Greater Denver Metro Housing Area

With nearly every statistic in the report justifying how much competition there is for buyers, the market can visibly observe how far buyers are willing to take their offers in order to secure a home.

Whether Looking at Detached or Attached Properties, It is a Strong Seller’s Market Across the Board

Year-over-year appreciation is at 15.26 percent from $511,511 to $589,587 this March, while month-over-month appreciation is at 6.90 percent from $551,542. On par with recent months, median days in the MLS went down to four, while close-price-to-list-price ratio went up to 103.32 percent.

New Listings in the Luxury Market Are Also Unable To Keep Up With Buyer Demand

Reports show that as prices and appreciation continue to soar, more homes cross the threshold into the Luxury Market as a result.

Sales Volume for the Attached Segment of the Luxury Market Is Up Substantially

62.63 percent year-over-year to $64,182,709 and up 63.56 percent month-over-month from last month’s $39,240,156. As volume has gone up, median days in MLS has fallen from 27 days last year and even a whopping 35 days in February to only seven days in the month of March.

New Detached Listings Increased, Barely Keeping Pace With the Pending Sales

Listing increased 28.03 percent with 402 new listings, up from 314 last month. This barely kept pace with the pending sales topping out at 399, a 26.27 percent increase month over month. As a result, sales volume was also up month-over-month 57.43 percent reflecting $558,253,910 at month-end.

In a Highly Emotional Market, One Must Understand How Much Competition Is Out There

Instead of using past sales as an indicator, one must also understand how much competition one has when submitting an offer. The data is a small piece of the puzzle. The bigger question is what are buyers willing to offer to beat out your competitors?

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DMAR Awards

Congratulations to our Kentwood Denver Metro Association of Realtors Honorees

At Kentwood Real Estate we thrive on excelling at our profession, at serving our clients and community and being at the top of our game. One of our local Realtor Associations, the Denver Metro Association, honors top producers each year at their annual Excellence Awards.

This year we had 108, over half of our Denver brokers, qualify in one of the award categories.

We celebrate everyone on this list for their outstanding 2020 production and encourage you to reach out to any Kentwood broker for unparalleled service. Find all Kentwood brokers here.

Diamond | $40 Million+, 100+ Sides:

Individuals

Dee Chirafisi

Amanda Fein

Gina Lorenzen

Partnership

Kevin Garrett & Matthew McNeill

Team

Denver’s Top Team: Wendy Glazer, Sana Wood, Jacci Geiger, Mary Jones

Neir Team: Stacy Neir, Alex Neir, Laura Bohan Fuller

Titanium | $30-$3.9 Million, 85-99 Sides:

Individuals

Jim Rhye

Dotson Skaggs

Josh Steck

Partnership

Sarah Clark & Kayla Schmitz

Pam Coakley & Elizabeth Sacerdoti

Doug Hutchins & Leslie Monaco

Team

Hotz Group: Loren (Larry) Hotz, Elizabeth Hotz, Meredith Hotz, Andrea Holeso

Kruse/Nussbaum Team: Steven Kruse, Sandra Kruse, Staci Burns, Jim Nussbaum

theMOVEgroup: Allison Smookler, Gregory Yoshida, Zach Gilbert, Ron Smookler

Platinum | $20-$29.9 Million, 70-84 Sides:

Individuals

Karen Brinckerhoff

Keith Combs

Heather Ehret-Faircloth

Linda Hantman

Ann Kerr

Edie Marks

Blake O’Shaughnessy

Annzo Phelps

Dawn Raymond

Bob Serotta

Partnership

Patty Anton & Greg Card

Tom Gross & Britt Armstrong

Brian Harris & Jamie Harris

Bob Kelly & Sean Kelly

Alan Larson & Todd Landgrave

Ann Lenane & Angela Beldy

Roy Lopez & Jonathan Lopez

Greg Margheim & Kelly Sophinos

Team

Dwell Colorado: Martha Potter-Goldstein, Amy Hulsey, Brian Rosen

Lee/Turner: Bob Lee, Andy Lee, Bill Turner

Gold | $15-$19.9 Million, 50-69 Sides:

Individuals

Andrea Bell

Jim Buckley

Darrell Hamilton

Brigette Modglin

Kim Norton

Christy Owen

Jill Schafer

Jim Traynor

Julie Winger

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Jill Schafer

Jim Traynor

Julie Winger

Partnership

Christopher Ansay & Jeff Perry

Berenice Bejarano & Brian Noel

Jenna Fulk & Elizabeth VanCamp

Gayle Glucksman & Tiffany Glucksman Appel

Sean Larkin & Debbie Larkin

Sheila Schlifkin & Mitchell Rothman

Silver | $10-$14.9 Million, 35-49 Sides:

Individuals

Susan Axelrad-Giery

Michel Brossmer

Allison Craig

Susan DiLiberti

John Fitzpatrick

Chuck Gargotto

Sara Glaze

Stock Jonekos

Robyn Landry

Aimee Twarogowski

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Stephanie Lepard

Libby Levinson

Parker Loveless

Nancy Nielsen

Carolyn O’Donnell

Diane Sorensen

Luisa Staerkel

Jaryd Takushi

Sandy Weigand

Partnership

Tom Cryer & Dee Cryer

Thomas Dutzer & Rosanne Dutzer

Andrew Maguire & Justin Moser

Ed McWilliams & Ann McWilliams

Bronze | $4-$9.9 Million, 20-34 Sides:

Individuals

Laura Amann

Christy Andrisen

Kris Berton

Soley Maria 

Brandon Brennick

Keri Duffy

Bryan Facendini

Jinnohn Gilmore

Faun Hauptman

John Hayden

Megan Heagle

Brent Jones

Kris Kerr

Rob Kishbaugh

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Wendy Lee

Karl Lueders

Joyce Mahn

Elise Marks

Lori Pace

Tricia Potucek

Joyce Romanello

Scott Scholbe

J. Garland Thurman

Steve Travers

Pat Wall

Nancy Walters

Anastasia Williamson

Steve Wood

Partnership

Tom Colleran & Whitney Harris

Julie Egan & Sallie Grewe

Jon Gordon & Peggy Gordon

Bobbi Lou Miller & Jennifer Dechtman

Bryan Uhl & Kris Uhl

Bill Verdon & Andrew Gonzales

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Colorado Housing Market Scorches Before Summer Heat Sets In

Written by Gretchen Rosenberg, President and CEO of Kentwood Real Estate

Metro Denver ended March 2021 with just 1,654 active listings on the market and an average sale price of $663,749. That’s for a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million residents.

The Fort Collins market was down in new listings 16.4% YOY from Feb 2020 to Feb 2021 (therefore pre-COVID shut down.) Median days on market in Denver is … 4! Those are the days listing brokers need to sift through 35+ offers and create spreadsheets for sellers to evaluate.

When the supply of houses for sale is as low as it is today, buyers are left struggling to find homes to purchase. Competition among purchasers is fierce and some bidding wars are legendary. Sometimes buyers only have 15 minutes in a house and then need to decide whether to purchase the biggest investment of their lifetimes.

Thus, home prices are rising rapidly, and sellers are negotiating hard to meet their ideal terms. Buyers are faced with impossible choices like waiving home inspections and putting more money down to guarantee a sale even if an appraisal comes in lower than the purchase price. 

Where Are the Sellers?

Homebuilders can’t build fast enough and they’re experiencing severe constraints on their supply chains, which increases prices and slows construction. Many resale homeowners are fearful, and that fear is motivating them to stay put. Last year it was fear of COVID. This year it’s the fear of not finding a suitable replacement home, the fear of entering a bidding war.

We must figure out ways to encourage homeowners to become sellers or many buyers will come off the field. The potential of rising rates in future months will certainly chill demand somewhat. What if there was a way to increase homeowners’ desire to sell, therefore improving supply? Would a government tax credit help? Could a waiver of capital gains tax exempting those with more than $250,000/$500,000 in proceeds help spur the supply side? Now is the time for our industry and our policy-makers to get creative in solving for the massive supply/demand imbalance.

All along the Front Range of Colorado, there are many buyers who are ready, willing, and able to purchase a home. Low mortgage rates and a year filled with reevaluation have prompted many people to think differently about where they live. Our housing supply is not keeping up with the extraordinary demand. It’s a tremendously advantageous time to be a seller if you’re game.

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Housing for All is Not Aspirational, It’s Fair

Written by President and CEO of Kentwood Real Estate, Gretchen Rosenberg

Fair housing as a concept began when legislators and practitioners acknowledged that housing policy had not previously been equitable. April is national fair housing month, however, it takes every month of the year and every day of the month to right past wrongs and create housing equity.

The American Dream

Having a place to call home that we own remains a cornerstone of the American dream. Home signifies safety and stability for many people and impacts where families send their children to school, where people work and how they get to work, and where they access community services. Homeownership boosts household wealth through equity and appreciation, and over time, provides many other social and economic benefits. It strengthens neighborhoods.

The Reality and Challenge

Unfortunately, not all people have enjoyed equal access to homeownership. Bias and prejudice throughout our country’s history have resulted in people experiencing both subtle and direct housing discrimination due to their race, national origin, the color of skin, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or family status. Discrimination in housing is wrong; it is also illegal. 

Fair Housing is Everyone’s Job

As respected leaders in our community, it is our responsibility and commitment to ensure that every person who desires to rent or purchase housing is able to do so without bias or discrimination. All of our licensed REALTORS® at Kentwood Real Estate receive formal training on the topic. Fair Housing is part of the National Association of REALTORS® code of ethics. In addition, our lending associates at Prosperity Home Mortgage have an equal commitment to Fair Lending. Each of us must be 100% committed to Fair Housing and Fair Lending. 

Honoring Fair Housing month is a reminder that we’ve come a long way, yet we have miles to go to achieve equity.

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What to do With 40 Years – Build a Brand

Written by Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO, Gretchen Rosenberg

I have exciting news! Kentwood Real Estate is 40 this week!

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” We’ve completed 40 successful years of changing lives.

In 1981 five brokers formed the beginnings of our brand, The Kentwood Company, which was renamed Kentwood Real Estate in 2008.

The incorporation papers were signed by Roger Campbell this week in 1981. Roger told me, “We wanted a name that was easy to say, easy to spell, memorable, and upscale so we settled on Kentwood.”

Colorado Real Estate History

Other notable names in Colorado real estate who contributed to our success as founders, owners, and leaders are Jim Nussbaum, John Fitzpatrick, Jerry Weigand, Bill Moore and Peter Niederman, Julie Hummel, Dee Chirafisi, Jim Theye, and Chris Vuletich. 

Our original office remains the DTC flagship. In 1998 we added Cherry Creek, in 1999, City Properties, and in 2018 we expanded to Northern Colorado. We added Denver Rental in 2011. Kentwood Commercial and Prosperity Home Mortgage were both launched in 2017.

Our previous owners sold the company to HomeServices of America in 2016, beginning the adventure of our Berkshire Hathaway affiliation.

To our brokers, our staff, and the management team – thank you for your ideas, collaboration, and professionalism. YOU make this company admired, productive and competitive.

To our clients, we say thank you for 40 years of working with the best brokers in the business, for your business, and your support. A focus on clients fostered our success over these 40 years. That laser focus on client experience and market knowledge keeps traditional brokerage relevant into the 21st Century.

Our brokers, loan officers, and support staff make our company special. An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it. We celebrate all who have contributed to 40 years at the pinnacle of real estate.

We have so much to be proud of at Kentwood Real Estate, Kentwood Commercial, Denver Rental, and Prosperity Home Mortgage, and much more to look forward to. 

At Kentwood Real Estate we believe in community. That we accomplish more together. That deep roots matter. We inspire people to imagine the next steps in their life journey.

Cheers to 40 years!

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Real Estate Market Trends

February 2021 Depicts an Icy-Hot Spring Market With Buyer Demand on Fire.

The Greater Denver Metro housing market proved that the underlying theme of this market is speed: the speed at which buyers are purchasing relative to the number of sellers listing, and the speed at which active properties are going under contract while prices are accelerating. 

The Gap for Detached Properties Over Attached Properties Shrank in February. 

While many metrics still show that detached properties are in higher demand than attached, that gap decreased in February. There were 3,641 closed properties, up 3.70 percent from last year at this time, and in part because attached properties were on the rise. Attached properties saw a 16.29 percent increase in closings relative to last year at this time. The increased demand for attached properties propelled the market to an average close price of $401,552. Meanwhile, detached properties saw a 1.80 percent decrease in closed properties relative to last year.

Competition Remains Incredibly High. 

The report confirms that with median days in the MLS at five, close-price-to-list-price ratio at 101.90 percent and months of inventory at 0.55, competition remains exhaustive. With properties frequently going over asking price, full appraisal gap waiver appreciation continues to rise. Savviness, creativity, knowledge and guts are all components that will help buyers move towards a path of homeownership in this market.  

The Luxury Market Shows Interesting Trends. 

Last month, DMAR reported that the luxury detached market alone closed on 206 homes, a 10.75 percent increase in this category from last month and a 46.10 percent improvement from last year. More buyers are ready to purchase property over $1 million than the market saw in 2020 and single-family home sellers are enjoying a more crowded and hotter marketplace. While less competitive than other market segments, it remains high with February’s close-price-to-list-price ratio at 97.63 percent.  

*Written March 10, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.

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Top 3 Reasons We’re Watching Inflation

Written by Gretchen Rosenberg, President and CEO of Kentwood Real Estate

The Colorado housing markets remain white-hot and even some commercial sectors are in a positive rebound. We’re watching the economic indicators closely to gauge what the short- and long-term trajectory might be.

The Federal Reserve monitors inflation and says their target benchmark for altering policy is a 2% inflation rate. 

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) judges that inflation of 2 percent over the longer run, as measured by the annual change in the price index for personal consumption expenditures, is most consistent with the Federal Reserve’s mandate for maximum employment and price stability. 

3 Metrics to Watch

Long Term Rates – “Signs of faster economic growth, an improving job market, and increased vaccine distribution are pushing (mortgage) rates higher,” said Joel Kan, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting. In turn, this is slowing the refinance markets according to the Mortgage News Daily Blog.

Consumer Price Index – This is showing signs of heating up according to a recent article on CNBC. It’s to be expected, and if you’re looking to purchase a house or investment property you’re still able to lock in historically low rates. They just feel higher compared to last month.

Demand-Pull Indicators – “When an increase in the supply of money and credit stimulates overall demand for goods and services in an economy to increase more rapidly than the economy’s production capacity. This increases demand and leads to price rises,” explains Investopedia. Our government has been faced with stimulating the economy with a combination of both increasing the supply of money and stimulating credit to get the economy through the pandemic-induced recession. Now, they’re watching the hangover and gauging the best way to keep our economy moving without ramping up inflation too rapidly.

Good News for Real Estate

These are interesting indicators to watch, but what do they mean practically for everyday people?

Mortgage rates are still extremely low and should remain so throughout 2021 (great for buyers.) Housing price inflation is increasing due to high demand (great for homeowners and sellers, not so great for buyers.) One thing I’ve learned throughout my 2 ½ decades working in the real estate industry is that people will always need houses, shops and restaurants, and offices. Things like the Great Recession or the COVID Pandemic may slap us with a pattern interrupt, but we always get back to an even keel and we always have people who need to transact.

If you’re one of those people, contact a Kentwood Real Estate Residential or Commercial broker. We represent clients from Colorado Springs to Denver to Boulder and Fort Collins. Our brokers are experts in their field and will help educate you on these important indicators and advise you on the next steps in your life journey!