20th Aug, 2009

Denver CO Homes Continue to Move

Denver home sales are moving right along this summer.  Several organizations recently registered hopeful figures for the Denver Colorado real estate market including reports from First American CoreLogic, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Standard & Poors, and Denver Metrolist.

Standard & Poors

In the Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, Denver reported its third consecutive month of positive real estate returns in May 2009.  From April 2009 to May 2009, Denver home prices increased 1.5 percent.

First American CoreLogic

According to a July 22, 2009 article in the Denver Business Journal, “Both metro Denver and the state of Colorado outperformed most of the rest of the country when it comes to prices of home resales.”  The report from First American CoreLogic is called the LoanPerformance Home Price Index (HOI).  It includes data from sales of Denver single-family homes as well as condominiums and townhomes in Denver.

Nationally since May 2008, the Denver – Aurora – Bloomfield area by end of May 2009 had registered only a 1.86 decrease in home prices.  Compare that with a couple of metro areas in California and Florida that registered home-price decreases of 29.72 percent and 29.43 percent respectively.

Denver Metrolist

Data maintained by Denver Metrolist reflects most of the real estate activity in the Denver market.  At the end of June, 20,853 homes were for sale, a five-month supply.  Numbers showed improvement in every statistical category during June 2009.  With regards to residential and condominium sales figures, the:

  • Average sold price increased 6.3 percent
  • Sales volume increased 15.4 percent
  • Pending sales increased 6.0 percent
  • Average list price increased 0.6 percent to $482,482
  • Percentage of listings sold increased 14.9 percent

The August 2009 issue of Metro Brokers Real Estate Advisor reminds us that real estate sales are local.  They vary by state, zip code, and subdivision as well as by price range.  Metrolist figures for Denver Metro home sales for June 2009 by price point reveal the following about lower-priced and high-end homes.

For example, 1,900 homes sold for under $200,000 after an average 78.8 days on the market.  Since 2008, that represents only a 4.6 percent decrease in average sold price.  Another 1,699 homes sold for between $200,000 and $400,000 after 81.7 days on the market representing less than one percent decrease over the past year.  Fifty homes sold for over $1M after an average 241.8 days on the market.  That is a 9.1 percent increase in selling prices for these more-expensive homes since 2008.

Federal Housing Finance Agency

This think tank reported that prices in Colorado and the mountain states slipped only 10.1 percent from May 2008 to May 2009, and that is good news!

For more information about real estate in the Greater Metro area including rural farms and horse properties, call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis at (303) 268-6052.

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