Real Estate Inventory Increasing

Catherine Burgess

05/1/20


Dear friends,

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BOULDER REAL ESTATE MICRO DATA:

We continued to have good activity from 3/18-3/23. We had a drop in new inventory, though the number of new listings was still higher than a 2018 comparable. We had 60 sales, leaving us with an aggregate 1.57 months of inventory (seller's market is below 5-6 months). Next week the shelter-in-place will impact these numbers more significantly.

Boulder County Stats: 3/14 - 3/23

As you can see from the chart below, our under-contract and sold volume is still above December 2019 volume.

Locally in a nutshell

Since the state defines housing as a critical need and since brokers by contract have a "fiduciary responsibility" to their clients, there are still a (surprising) number of showings happening, particularly under $1.3mm and in the lower end of the market. If you are under contract, inspectors/appraisers/title/lenders are all working, so it is full steam ahead.

The Colorado Association of Realtors just created a COVID-19 addendum, which will give some leeway to dates/deadlines. Contact us for more info.

Sellers: Although real estate is included in 'essential services' in CO, many sellers who are living in their homes are choosing to wait to show/list their homes until we're through the shelter-in-place. Vacant homes are being listed/are easiest to "safely" show. There is a general agreement that Days on Market (DOM) will not carry the usual weight for at least the next few months.

Buyers: Some buyers are submitting offers on properties site/sight-unseen, then seeing the property when under contract. (We had sight-unseen offers in 2014 and 2015 also, due to low inventory.) We are continuing to experience some multiple offer scenarios from $500k - $1.25mm. Broadly, buyers, if it is possible for you to house hunt online or virtually until after the shelter-in-place is done, it will be safer for everyone and our economy will rebound faster.

NATIONAL MACRO DATA:

According to The Fed's Jerome Powell, the coronavirus containment will determine the rate of the economic rebound. Let's shelter-in-place as much as possible.

Here are resources which flesh out this week's developments further:

U.S. House leaders plan to pass $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill Friday

Dow wraps up strongest three days since 1931

Unemployment systems become overwhelmed as number of jobless surge

G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy to fight coronavirus

Weekly mortgage applications tank 29% as coronavirus sidelines home-buyers

Builders Already Feeling Pandemic Pinch

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Please be good to yourselves, your family and your neighbors. Call us with any questions or to connect, regarding real estate or life.
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