Colorado median sales prices rise in 2016

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Market playing out low inventory, high demand theme.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Jan. 11, 2017 – While the average price of a Colorado home remained flat in December 2016 at $315,000, buyers and sellers experienced a 10 percent increase in the median sales price over the course of the year, according to the latest statewide housing report from the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR). With a median sales price of $287,000 in December 2015, the past year featured a shrinking housing inventory punctuated by the lowest number of new listings in December 2016, and continued strong demand from a growing Colorado population. All of these elements shaped a consistent theme for the 2016 Colorado housing market.

Single-family homes across the state held steady with a median sales price of $335,000, up 8 percent for the year and just 4.3 percent off of the 2016 high of nearly $350,000 in June of last year. The state’s townhouse/condominium median sales price rose to $260,000, up 2 percent from the prior month and up 14.3 percent for the year, reflecting a record median sales price for the townhomes/condominiums in the CAR market trends research.

With just over 3,900 single-family home listings added in December, down nearly 30 percent from November 2016, there were 13,332 single-family active listings in the state, just 1,200 more than the total number of single-family listings added (12,153) in June 2016 alone. New townhouse/condo listings also reflected an annual low in December 2016 with 1,384 new units listed bringing the total active statewide listings to 3,349, down 40 percent from its July 2016 peak as well. (See chart below)

Colorado New Listings 2016

New Listings 2016

New Listings
Overall, there were less than 16,700 homes on the market in December across the state, the lowest total in more than a year. The combination of factors has driven inventory for both single-family homes and townhome/condominiums to a 2016 low at 1.9 months and 1.5 months, respectively (see charts below). While the Metro Denver Region has just over a 1-month inventory of single-family homes available, the area’s condominium/townhouse inventory is below a 1-month supply. There is a slightly higher supply of inventory in the state’s mountain (six-and-a-half-month inventory) and southwest region (nearly 7-month inventory). A market is considered balanced with a 4 to 7 month supply of inventory.

Inventory of Active Statewide Listings in December

 

HIstorical Months Supply of Inventory by Month

The overall thin inventory across the state also took its toll on the number of sold listings in December 2016, down 6.7 percent from November to 6,331 single-family homes and -7.1 percent to 1,984 condominiums/townhouses.

Sold Listings Statewide

With the exception of the mountain market, where median sales prices jumped 8.6 percent to $505,000, sales for both single-family homes and townhouse/condominiums remained relatively flat across the remainder of the state in December. However, when reviewing 2016 as a whole, all but the southwest region (down 6.5 percent in 2016) experienced increases for the year.
– Mountain Region up 15 percent in 2016
– Metro Region up 11 percent in 2016
– Southeast Region up 9 percent in 2016
– Northeast Region up 8 percent in 2016
– Northwest Region up 6.5 percent in 2016

Despite the continued short supply of available homes for sale, the average number of days that homes stay on the market (DOM) edged up for both single family and condominium/townhomes before sale. The DOM for Colorado single-family homes in December was 59, its highest average since the first quarter of 2016. For condominiums/townhouses it was an average of 50 days on the market before sale, also in line with its Q1 2016 DOM.

Finally, affordability, a measurement based on the relationship between housing prices, prevailing interest rates and local income levels, also took a hit in the month of December. For the year, affordability for single-family homes was down 12 percent while the townhouse/condominium affordability index dipped more than 16 percent.

The Colorado Association of REALTORS® Monthly Market Statistical Reports are prepared by Showing Time, a leading showing software and market stats service provider to the residential real estate industry, and are based upon data provided by Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in Colorado. The December 2016 reports represent all MLS-listed residential real estate transactions in the state. The metrics do not include “For Sale by Owner” transactions or all new construction.

The complete reports cited in this article, as well as regional reports specific to the Denver Metro, Mountain, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest markets are available online at: www.ColoradoREALTORS.com/HousingStatistics or http://www.coloradorealtors.com/market-trends/regional-and-statewide-statistics/

By Marty Schechter, Colorado Association of Realtors.

The Colorado Association of REALTORS® is the state’s largest real estate trade association representing more than 23,000 members statewide. The association supports private property rights, equal housing opportunities and is the “Voice of Real Estate” in Colorado. For more information, visit www.coloradorealtors.com.

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