In This Issue:
Jeannine (J'9) Maxwell
Top five mountain summer getaways
Blink too long, and you'll miss it! Each year, summer seems to come and go in the short blink of an eye! Make the most of your summer with a vacation or two, and be sure to get out and enjoy all of the natural beauty that Colorado has to offer. If you haven't planned a summer vacation yet, this list of the top 5 mountain getaways to visit in the summer
is the perfect place to start! The days of heading up the hills for some quality powder are still a popular trend in the winter, but now many towns have also brushed up on their summer activities to become year-round destinations. Plus, the five destinations on this list were picked specifically with a couple of thoughts in mind -- they're the so-called "over-looked gems" of Colorado's mountain towns. Other popular destinations, such as Steamboat Springs or Crested Butte, have become so popular that, while they're still fun to visit, you're sure to run into larger crowds and spend a pretty penny or two. Which is why Westword put together this great list of summer alternatives!
7 ideas to enjoy your outdoor space more
It’s summer! Is there really any better place to spend it than Colorado? If your goal is to enjoy as many sunny days and cool evenings as possible, then consider sprucing up your outdoor spaces! HouseLogic.com has some great tips:
1. Get Comfortable! Your patio or deck should be your little oasis. Outdoor cushions, throw pillows and rugs will add comfort (and withstand the rain). Creating a little privacy of course helps too. So consider screening the space with greenery, curtains or even fencing.
2. Make it Tech-Friendly. Why not embrace your need for the phone, iPad, laptop or even TV, by taking them outside!
Northern Colorado Economic Snapshot
Units Listed - Single Family & Attached Dwelling
YTD* Units Sold - Single Family & Attached Dwelling
Source: Ires, LLC | *YTD represents through the month of May
Sometimes no change can be a good thing – stability, the known. From a real estate perspective no change can be a good thing depending on which side of the fence you are standing on. For those sellers who survived the 2005 to 2011 decline in home values, bank foreclosures and short sales, the sun emerged in 2012. The Northern Colorado real estate market steadied itself. Inventory levels for available properties began to diminish as buyers once again became a viable part of the market. As inventory shrank, home values increased.
It took a few years for the area real estate market to climb out of the hole it found itself in, but once it did it seemed like overnight scarcity replaced abundance. Average days on the market for single family home listings in Northern Colorado dropped from 114 days in 2011 to 75 days in 2014. Gloom and doom for home sellers became brightness and promise.
What about those poor buyers who were caught in this quickly escalating real estate market? For them, the good thing about no change was long term mortgage interest rates dropped to historic lows during this period of regeneration and stayed there. In 2007, when the real estate market was still spiraling down, the traditional thirty year fixed rate mortgage averaged 6.34%. In 2014 that same mortgage averaged 4.17%. At this writing, the rate is 3.84%.
Here’s a little simple math. In 2007, the average sales value of a single family home across the Northern Colorado market was $250,279. Assuming an 80% LTV at 6.34%, the monthly principle and interest payment would have been $1,244.55. In 2014, the average sales value of a single family home across the Northern Colorado market was $288,862. Again, assuming an 80% LTV at 4.17%, the monthly principle and interest payment would have been $1,126.02. The saving grace for buyers was stable mortgage interest rates.
After a chaotic rebound from the dog years of real estate there appears to be some semblance of normalcy with the Northern Colorado real estate market. Through May/2014 there were 2,053 residential property sales (1,786 single family homes & 267 attached units). Through May/2015 the number was 1,697 (1,497 single family homes & 200 attached units).
Available inventory continues to be an issue, but is inching up slowly as we creep through the summer months. There were 1,497 active single family home listings in Northern Colorado at the end of May. That number was 1,436 at the end of April.
Real estate markets on the path to recovery are a bottom up phenomenon, where lower priced properties fuel the fi re initially. As the intensity of the market spreads, higher priced properties begin to feel the heat from the flame and sales increase. We’ve been experiencing that over the past six months as homes priced over a million dollars across the Metro area, mountain communities, and Northern Colorado have begun to sell more quickly.
Change is inevitable. Tomorrow will be different than today. It’s a fact of life, but within change there is also the opportunity for balance. One day at a time is the old saying about how to live your life. The Northern Colorado real estate market appears to be taking that to heart as dramatic shifts in the market aren’t the norm these days.