December stats for Steamboat Springs Real Estate / Routt County

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thank you to Stan Urban with Steamboat’s Land Title Company for the following real estate sales information. December was a good month for Steamboat Springs real estate in Routt county with $47M in gross volume from 136 transactions, making it the third strongest in volume of the year and coming in +72% higher than last December in number of transactions. Luxury properties and large commercial purchase contributed to the strong December numbers. All in all, it’s still a bit of a mixed bag. Our year-end Gross Dollar Volume of $450M, was slightly off 2010 (-12.01%) with transactions showing a slightly heavier decline of (-23.06%). There has been a high number of Fractional Sales we have had over the past 3 years. Bank sales continue to be a factor with 18 this month. Loans were up – with a total of 170 recorded for December, making December the highest transaction loan month this year. Highest PPSF for December 2011: 12/30/2011: $2,825,000 Edgemont ski-in/ski-out Condo Unit 2803 aka 2410 Ski Trail Lane, #2803 – 5 Bedroom 5 Bath YOC 2009 with 3,642 SF Living Area. PPSF is $775.67. This is a new construction sale on Steamboat Mountain. Highest Priced Sale for December 2011: 12/29/2011: $4,500,000 City South Subdivision Lot 1, Mid Valley Business Center #2 Lot 2, M&B: Sec 20-6-84 – 3 Commercial Parcels: All Vacant Commercially zoned, with a combined land size of 14.52 AC. This property is located at 1440 Pine Grove Road. PPAC is $309,917. This was a Bank Sale. Other sales over $1.4M: 12/28/2011 $2,050,000 Sanctuary Subdivision #5 Lot 132 Re-plat aka 3050 Clearwater Trail - 4 Bedroom 4.5 Bath YOC 2006 with 5,808 SF Living Area on 1.48 AC Land. PPSF is $352.96. 12/14/2011: $1,425,000 Big Valley Ranch at Steamboat Subdivision #2A Lot 25 aka 28880 Skyline Drive – 3 Bedroom 3.5 Bath YOC 1992 with 4,636 SF Living Area on 36.10 AC Land. PPSF is $307.38

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Chief economist for the National Association of Realtors remarks echoed in Steamboat Springs, CO

Friday, October 7, 2011

Second home buyers paying cash are helping the Steamboat Springs real estate market buck the national trend of a very slow housing recovery. But reluctant lenders are stalling a full recovery in some niche Steamboat markets. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors says

There are more willing buyers of foreclosed properties than there are foreclosed properties coming onto the market… [and this is] part of the national healing process.

So true here. In the immediate vicinity of downtown Steamboat Springs. including the Mountain area, Fish Creek neighborhoods and West of Steamboat’s Heritage Park, Steamboat II and Silver Spur, there are just 2 bank owned single family homes listings today! Everyone starts their search looking for a bank owned home (that’s perceived as the best deal, right?). There were 50 single family homes that sold in these areas since June 1st, 2011 reported by our local MLS. 15 of those are recent newly accepted contracts listed as Pending Sales. But, holding back a full recovery, Yun says, are banks.

Right now, banks are not taking any risk. People who qualified in the past don’t qualify today. Consider New Hampshire or the Seacoast area with 15 to 20 percent additional sales today if underwriting standards went back to normal. But this is holding back the housing market recovery.

In Steamboat Springs, my single family sales would be up by 1 or 2 if banks would loosen up a bit and my condo sales would easily be up by 5 to 10! These are not high risk for the banks because these buyers typically have 10% to 20% down and they have a job and good credit. But qualifying for a condo loan is a delicate and frustrating process, and I’m finding the buyer often can’t qualify even though under previous standards they would be considered “low risk”.

Part of the free market system is that you don’t have to take too high a risk, but still, you need to take risk

says Yun. But banks are able to borrow at near zero cost from the Federal Reserve, and earn a small risk-free return by buying treasuries. The banks just don’t want to take on any risk by loaning money to any entity but the U.S. government. Most of the Steamboat market are looked upon as Condotels and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won’t buy those loans; as is the case with banks, they don’t want to and don’t have to take any risk. Therefore, buyers are left to portfolio lending from local banks. The rates are higher by about a point or more, the terms are usually variable after 3 or 5 years and a higher down payment is required. We would see a huge boost in sales of Steamboat condominiums if the banks would just loosen up a bit with all the government money they have been handed and lend to these lower risk buyers. Do you have cash and looking for a deal on a condo? Contact me as there are plenty! Do you need a loan for a condo? Then call a lender first to see if it’s even possible, then Contact me and I’ll help you find a condo that qualifies.

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Routt County Real Estate Statistics for August

Friday, September 30, 2011

August was a much better month than last, even up very slightly over last year’s August! It was the second best month of the year with $46.5M in Gross Volume with 134 Transactions, 66 of these transactions were interval or fractional. There were some mitigating factors, one very large sale of $10.1M, shown below, really helped the gross sales volume. Although timeshares were up significantly, there was also a rise in Fee Simple sales since last month. Bank Sales continue to hold a presence, with 17 this month which is up by 3 over last month. Here are the sales over $1.5M, with the highest priced sale listed first: 8/15/2011 $10,137,000 M&B: Sections 10,11,12,14,15,23-4-87 & Sections 16,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,34,35-5-87 aka 29994 Routt County Road #27. This sale is for two large Vacant Agricultural sites. The total Acreage for both sites is: 8,346.83 AC. PPAC is $1,214.47. The Purchaser was: Twentymile Coal, LLC. This sale is in the Hayden Market Area. 8/22/2011 $1,850,000 OSP Condo @ Apres Ski Way Unit R609 aka 2250 Apres Ski Way – 4 Brm 4 Bath YOC 2009 with 2,284 SF Living Area. PPSF is $809.98. This is a new construction sale in the Steamboat Mountain Area. 8/22/2011 $1,800,000 One Steamboat Place Condo @ Apres Ski Way Unit R514 aka 2250 Apres Ski Way – 4 Brm 4 Bath YOC 2009 with 2,553 SF Living Area. PPSF is $705.05. This is a new construction sale in the Steamboat Mountain Area. 8/12/2011 $1,605,000 Boulder Ridge Subd Lot 2 aka 245 Boulder Ridge Road – 4 Brm 3.5 Bath YOC 2010 with 3,551 SF Living Area on .50 AC Land. PPSF is $451.99. This is a new construction sale in the Fish Creek Falls Area. Highest price/sq. ft. for August: One Steamboat Place Condo Unit R609 listed above for $809.98 PSF

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Mountain home sales down so says the Denver Post

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I was reading the The Denver Post article a couple weeks back and was surprised to see my Dad’s company sign front and center under the caption

Sales of Colorado mountain-resort homes in July lowest in years

Really? It sure didn’t feel that way to me! I had this plan to work less and play more this summer; mountain biking, fly fishing and camping with my wife and 4 year old son. But there’s been precious little time for that. steamboat-springs-colorado-camping.jpg However, as the proverb advises, when the sun is shining, it’s time to make hay. We did sneak a few fun days in because Steamboat was just to beautiful to pass up!. This was the busiest summer I’ve had for sales since mid 2007 and I’m very thankful to everyone that trusted me with their real estate transactions this year, 2008 and 2009 were tough years to be in the Steamboat Real Estate business. The pulse now? Busy! Stan from Land Title was mostly accurate in his statement that

Most of these homes are second homes, and banks just are not lending.

However, that depends on the buyer. Lending standards are much stricter but not lending needs some clarification because out of 16 sales for me this year so far (4 of those currently pending), half of them had a lender, 3 were 100% financing utilizing the USDA home loan programs, 2 were seller financed and the other 3 were conventional loans with 20% or more down. My recent sale was a 2 bed condo and the buyer got a loan from a local bank. You’ll hear that banks are not lending on condos, but you just have to know where to shop and be prepared to jump though some hoops. Do you have income and good credit? Give me a call or email me and I’ll help point you in the right direction to find some money to buy real estate. Reading between the lines in the article above

Prices of Colorado mountain-resort homes in July lowest in years

- the deals are selling cash or credit. Watch SteamboatResortProperty.com and other great values for Steamboat Springs real estate.

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Edgemont’s Current Financial Condition

Thursday, June 9, 2011

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Edgemont has $7M in outstanding debt that will be paid in full by May 2011. It’s over 50% sold, with 18 condos remaining. 70% of the original contract holders (back in 2007) closed, which underscores the viability of the project. Edgemont is not holding any contracts back as “potential sales” which could skew the numbers; the ones that didn’t close are back on the market and ready for new buyers.

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Going… going… GONE! The last bank owned home in the immediate vicinity of Steamboat Springs is under contract.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Homes with 3 or more bedrooms in the Downtown, Fish Creek and Mountain area of Steamboat Springs are now selling quickly. There may be more inventory on the horizon, but as of today, the last home listed as a REO (Bank Owned) on the Steamboat Springs MLS is under contract. Since January 1st, 2011, 44 homes have either sold or are pending sales that are scheduled to close soon. What’s left for Steamboat foreclosures are some incredible deals on the newly constructed Long View Townhomes in the $300k to $400k price range. Approximately 25% of the bank owned sales are for homes over $1,000,000, so it not just the lower priced properties of Steamboat Springs market that are in demand. Historically low interest rates coupled with higher demand and less inventory means it’s time to get off the fence!.

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Its all about timing, time to watch the 3 & 4 bedroom ski-in condo market in Steamboat

Sunday, March 6, 2011

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If I were a betting man and willing to pick a niche market where Steamboat has rounded the corner and say with some confidence that we have hit bottom: ski-in, 3-bedroom condos with newer finishes for under $1 million would be my 1st pick. Torian Creekside is one property in this category. The best deals remaining there have a northeast view of the Steamboat Ski area. Absolutely fabulous views for now, but keep in mind a future development may get in the way of the view. Also, most of Torian Creekside residences built in 1999 could use some upgrading. Units 212, 312 and 418 have tile counters and cooks don’t like grout lines and ceramic tile counters. Replacing with granite or other solid surface such as quartz is a must. When the market rebounds in combination with a revitalized Ski Time Square, these are deals to watch from $650,000 to $1 million range. Look past the Chateaux Chamonix check-in area which needs a bit of freshness and this property offers some options at or just slightly above the $1 million mark. 3 bedroom luxury condos in the C building range from just under $1m to $1.2m. If you can afford more, now is the time to consider new construction while the deal is still on the table. Edgemont recently advertised 30% off the first 3 deals and they all sold. Then they offered 25% off the next 3 deals and those all sold. Now Edgemont is offering 20% off next 3. According to their sales staff one 3-bedroom is going under contract today. Prices reflect a discount off their pre-construction prices from 2007-08. Views, ski to the door, soak in the pool with one of the best views in the world, convenient, true ski-in/ski-out access to make shuffling the kids easier, this project lives up to its price with quality at around the $1.5 million mark. If you don’t mind crossing one road to the slopes and looking for a bank owned real estate deal tax assessment value at around $2 million and newly listed at $794,000 you better hurry. Highmark at Steamboat is selling fast. I called today for an update to find out that 3 of the residences listed at bargain prices had offers submitted. For more information on ski-in/ski-out condos, rental incomes and better values, Contact: Dean Laird Broker/Owner Colorado Group Realty 970-846-8284 Dean@mybrokers.com

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Silver Linings in the Steamboat Real Estate Market

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Looking for a silver lining before deciding to move forward with your home purchase? Last week, the real estate market news reporters across the country were once again hyping on that black cloud over our head, and taking a very broad brush to paint their picture of our struggle to recover from the housing crisis. Home Buying Hangover Prices set to plummet And the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) announced that homes sales across our country dropped 27% in July compared to the same measures from July 2009. Bad news makes news, as expected. So where is that silver lining? As John Soule said (or did he? See this interesting discussion of the quote here) in 1851 “Go West, young man”. Real estate markets vary widely across the country, and the buyer cannot simply read the headlines to determine the healh of the local markets out West. The median price in the West was $224,800, an increase from $221,800 the month before and up 3.3 percent from the same time in 2009 according to NAR. If you have been watching prices drop for a few years now, an increase in home prices out West should raise one eyebrow. Combine that with interest rates at the lowest they have been since about 1971, and both eyebrows should be raised! Additionaly, pending home sales also indicate momentum moving forward: Also from NAR

Following a sharp drop in the months immediately after expiration of the home buyer tax credit, pending home sales have modestly risen

Low interest rates, higher prices, sales picking up? Hmmm… Indeed, there does seem to be some good news hidden amongst all the dark clouds breathlessly reported each day by the media. If you are a buyer and reading this now, you may want to consider emulating our early settlers over a century ago and start a new life in beautiful Steamboat Springs! Prices are down 30-40% for the most part in Steamboat Springs, interest rates are at record lows and inventories in select developments are decreasing. If you have been here, fell in love, and would really like to start a new life in Steamboat Springs, get your Steamboat market report today. Dean Laird, Broker/Owner Colorado Group Realty 877-678-0884

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