Buying Activity Heats Up

Market Trends

March 2019 Metro Denver Market Update

The number of homes under contract jumped nearly 16 percent compared to January, indicating that the cold didn’t deter buyers who took advantage of the increased housing inventory. Interest rates also hit a one-year low in February, dropping to the low fours compared to the prediction of interest rates going above 5 percent this year.

Vital statistics for all homes – detached single family (DSF) and attached single family (ASF) combined – in February include:

· The average price was up 1 percent from the previous month but increased by only 0.7 percent from a year ago;
· Active listings rose 2 percent compared to the previous month and were up 47 percent from this time last year; and
· The average days on market went down 7 percent from the prior month but were up 22 percent from a year ago.

While supply is higher this year compared to last, year-to-date more homes have gone under contract than in 2018 indicating that there are more buyers in the market heading into the spring selling season. According to a recent study by LendingTree that looked at the competitiveness of home buyers (i.e., high credit score, down payment percentage and shopping for a mortgage before selecting a house), Denver has the most competitive buyers in the country. So, while inventory is up, buyers who are well prepared have a greater chance of finding the home of their dreams.

If you need any advice or assistance navigating our real estate market, contact me today at 303.710.5817 or ladawn.sperling@coloradohomes.com. I am never too busy for your referrals.

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This update is based on information provided by the Denver Metro Association of Realtors® for the period of February 1, 2019, through February 28, 2019, for the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park.