Monthly e-News March, 2011

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Kentwood Real Estate – Market News – March 2011

Tom Cryer

Compliments of Tom Cryer, SCRP

Market News

NAR Researcher Downplays Impact of Gasoline prices on Housing Market


Metro Denver Home Sales Strengthen in February as Consumer Confidence Rises. How will rising gasoline prices impact the housing market? Not nearly as much as some people predict, according to Jed Smith, Managing Director of Quantitative Research for the National Association of Realtors. Smith was among the keynote speakers at the March 8th Realtor Rally held at the Colorado Convention Center. While most people are riveted by events in the Middle East that are fueling skyrocketing gas prices, the increases are not here to stay and will not have a dramatic impact on housing, Smith said. After the turmoil subsides, oil prices are going to settle to the $75 to $95 per barrel range, Smith believes. That $20 spread from the low to the high is the sweet spot for the big oil-producing countries, and is where they want to see prices hover. The headline-grabbing revolutions that have created the uncertainty in the markets – and oil prices over $100 per barrel – will be a short-term blip, not a long-term trend, Smith predicted. In other words, sustained high oil prices do not have to be high on your list as far as hurting home sales. Smith said that the three key issues for the housing market are “jobs, jobs, and jobs.” Nationally, the housing market this year will not be a barn-burner, but it will be better than last year, according to Smith. “It will be a slow, normal recovery,” he said, and Denver’s housing market is better than most. The latest Case-Shiller report, which tracks 20 major cities across the country, showed that in 2010, Denver was the best-performing market between the east and west coasts.

Smith said the doomsters predicting the worst is yet to come represent a small minority, and almost every economist who follows the housing market closely believes that most of the country is past the bottom, and will slowly but surely show signs of recovery later this year. The recovery could be sooner than later. A recent report shows the number of homes sold in metro Denver increased in February by 3.4 percent as consumer confidence increased. The number of homes sold in February was still down 8.5 percent compared to February 2010, but the year-over-year decline is largely a result of the first-time homebuyer tax credit expiring last year. February statistics for metro Denver compiled by Kentwood Real Estate show that active listings for single-family homes in February totaled 13,393, compared to 13,714 in January and 14,058 a year ago. Homes under contract in February totaled 2,953 compared to 2,514 in the prior month and 3,459 in February last year. Single-family homes sold in February totaled 1,770, compared to 1,724 in January and 1,913 a year ago.

Active condominium listings in February totaled 3,965 compared to 4,176 in January and 4,811 in February 2010. Condos under contract totaled 740 in February, 633 the prior month, and 955 last year. Condominiums sold in February totaled 459 compared to 432 in January and 523 in February last year. The real estate industry’s prime season is just around the corner and inventory remains stable, so now is a good time to list your home and begin your search for a new one.

Residential Market Data
February 2011 This Month Prior Month Year Ago
Active 13,393 13,714 14,058
Under Contract 2,953 2,514 3,459
Sold 1,770 1,724 1,913
Average Sold Price $265,277 $277,922 $269,688
Months Supply 7.6 7.95 7.4
Condominium Market Data
February 2011 This Month Prior Month Year Ago
Active 3,965 4,176 4,811
Under Contract 740 633 955
Sold 459 432 523
Average Sold Price $155,656 $150,085 $166,206
Months Supply 8.6 9.67 9.19
*Based on information from Metrolist, Inc. for the Denver housing market for the period 2/1/11 to 2/28/11. This representation is based in whole or in part on content supplied by Metrolist, Inc.

Market Movers

Spring Is Just Around the Corner

Here?s a quick recap of 2011 so far:

Dee?s lacrosse season has begun with 4 nice wins right out of the shoot. She has a great assistant coach. Caroline is assisting Dee. The two of them can talk lacrosse longer and deeper into the night than any two.

William is entrenched in his career at Ernst & Young. He loves his work so much that he went out and bought himself a new car. New to him that is? Being a Landie Guy, he picked up an ?08 LR3 Land Rover. First trip, Las Vegas go figure?

Andrew just returned from a fabulous spring break in Jackson Hole. He loves his skiing and has really put some time in on the boards so far this winter.

I?m really seeing this market come to life. Granted, this new life has been spurred by a new price paradigm across our market, but buyers that have been sitting on the sidelines for months and years even are now making buy decisions and sellers have finally decided it?s time to move up. So, we are getting some traction in spite of what?s happening in the world around us. As always, I?m never too busy for any of your referrals, and thank you for the ones I?ve received already this year!

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Tom Cryer

Tom Cryer, SCRP

Realtor – Broker Associate

The Kentwood Company

5690 DTC Blvd. #600W

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

303.773.3399 Ext: 299 (Office)

800.723.7653 (Toll Free)

303.638.3202 (Cell)



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