Economic Snapshots and Stats

Douglas County Economic Snapshot - April '13

As the Colorado real estate market ramped-up in 2012, one of the issues facing the Douglas County real estate market as 2013 began was available inventory of homes for sale when compared to previous years. In March/2012 there were 1678 active single family listings in Douglas County. In March/2013 that number was 1114 representing a 33.62% reduction, which was driven by increased buyer activity.

When comparing March/2013 to March/2012, single family home sales are up 29.77% for Douglas County. Attached unit sales are up 24.61% for the same time periods. Collectively, those two market segments are up 29.21%.

Below are some sold numbers for single-family homes and attached units for various areas throughout Douglas County. Information is courtesy of MetroList (Denver Metro MLS).

As spring deals with winter’s last feeble efforts to hang on, this is the scenario that exists across Douglas County, the Boulder Valley, Metro Denver, and Northern Colorado – fewer listings and more sales. Combined with low mortgage interest rates the result is a perfect storm, if you’re a seller.

Normally, scarcity creates demand, which in turn adds value to whatever is in short supply. Looking at the Douglas County real estate market and average sales value, the average sales value for single family homes year-to-date in March/2012 was $355,156. That number in March/2013 was $377,781, a 6.37% increase year-over-year. 

Look for the Douglas County spring real estate market to continue to flourish. Available inventory will creep-up, but will continue to be swept-up by prospective buyers waiting in the wings. Mortgage interest rates have trickled-up over the past few weeks, but there are no signs on the horizon they will shift noticeably either up or down for the balance of 2013.