Colorado Bound

The 2020 Census confirms what we already know – Colorado is popular!

It turns out that many people have been Colorado-bound over the last 10 years.

Our state has grown by the equivalent of one Mile High Stadium’s-worth of people each year over the last 10 years.

Here are the numbers:

  • 2020 population is 5.77 million
  • 10-year population increase is 744,000
  • 10-year percentage increase is 14.8%
  • Colorado ranks 21st among all states for population
  • Only 5 states had a larger percentage increase over the last 10 years (Idaho, North Dakota, Nevada, Texas & Utah)

Only 8 states had a larger increase in population over the last 10 years (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas & Washington

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Colorado Bound

The 2020 Census confirms what we already know – Colorado is popular!

It turns out that many people have been Colorado-bound over the last 10 years.

Our state has grown by the equivalent of one Mile High Stadium’s-worth of people each year over the last 10 years.

Here are the numbers:

  • 2020 population is 5.77 million
  • 10-year population increase is 744,000
  • 10-year percentage increase is 14.8%
  • Colorado ranks 21st among all states for population
  • Only 5 states had a larger percentage increase over the last 10 years (Idaho, North Dakota, Nevada, Texas & Utah)

Only 8 states had a larger increase in population over the last 10 years (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas & Washington

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96 Weeks

Mortgage rates have been below 4% for 96 weeks in a row.

 

Today, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate sits at 3.17%.

 

This is 0.5% lower than January and exactly 1.0% lower than March 2020.

 

Rates recently ended a 31-week streak of being under 3%.

 

Over the last 5 years, rates have averaged 3.8%.

 

Most experts believe that rates will continue to creep higher as the year goes on.

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Compound Effect

If you have driven on I-25 lately you may have noticed that the Front Range is a popular place.

The projections show that it will only get more popular in the future.

Today, 4.8 million people live along the Front Range from Fort Collins down to Pueblo.

In 2030, just 11 short years from now, 5.7 million people will live here. Yes, that’s almost 1 million more than today.

This is all according to the Colorado State Demographers Office.

While this seems like a big increase, keep in mind that this assumes that population growth occurs at a fairly modest 1.7% per year.

It seems that our state will continue to grow and there will continue to be a demand for housing.

 

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Where Are The Sales?

 

 

A high-level look at the Northern Colorado region shows that the number of residential sales is down 5.4% in Larimer County and up 4.7% in Weld County. This is simply comparing the number of closings from June 2018 to June 2019 versus June 2017 to June 2018.

 

The high-level look doesn’t tell the whole story. It get’s more interesting when we look at individual Northern Colorado cities and towns:

• Fort Collins = -8.8%
• Loveland = -5.7%
• Greeley = +11.7%
• Windsor = +16%
• Wellington = -16.9%
• Timnath = +44.1%
• Severance = +20.4%
• Johnstown = -18.7%
• Berthoud = +18.1%
• Evans = -14.7%

 

So, what can we learn from this? The areas with increased sales are where there is an abundance of new construction (Timnath and Severance for example).

The areas with decreased sales don’t have an abundance of new construction (Fort Collins for example).

The exceptions to this would be Wellington and Johnstown. It appears that there is price sensitivity to the new construction product now being built in these areas. Given rising costs, builders are challenged to deliver a product under $350,000 in these places.

For instance, in Wellington, between June 2017 and June 2018 there were 137 sales of new homes priced under $350,000. Today there are only 6 new homes on the market at that price point.

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The Question of the Day

As we are helping people understand their new property assessments and putting together information so that they may protest their new valuation, here is the most common question we hear…

Did my property really go up that much?

Here are some stats that will help you answer that question.

First, you need to know that property assessments are done by the County every two years. So, as you look at how much your property increased in value according to the County, keep in mind that this increase is over a two-year period.

 

Next, it will help you to know how much our markets increased, on average, over the last two years. This data comes from our most trusted source, the Federal Housing Finance Authority.

Two Year Appreciation:

• Metro Denver = 18.65%
• Larimer County = 17.60%
• Weld County = 22.31%
• Boulder County = 16.28%


If you have questions about your new valuation or how to protest your property’s assessment, we would be happy to help. Just reach out and let us know.

 

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83 Miles Per Hour

 

Pretend you have been driving on the Interstate at 100 miles per hour. 

Also, pretend you have been doing that for a long time.

Now pretend you slow down to 83 miles per hour.

How would that feel?

It would probably feel slow, right?

83 miles per hour is a 17% decrease from 100. It may feel slow, but it’s still pretty fast.

How does this relate to real estate?

Well, the market has been moving fast for a long time.

It’s been going 100 miles per hour for at least two years (some would argue even longer).

We’ve recently seen a 17% change in terms of number of transactions that are occurring.

There were 17% fewer sales in October 2018 versus October 2017 in Metro Denver.

It feels slow because we’ve been driving so fast for so long. But, our market is still moving.

For example, prices are still up. So, remember, that it’s all relative.

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What’s Starting?

Here are some interesting stats from our friends at Metro Study who study new home activity along the Front Range.

• New home starts are up 14% compared to last year – this is really good news and is helping to relieve the shortage of housing inventory

• Every product type saw an increase in starts compared to last year (single family, town-home and condominium)

• Condominiums saw the largest increase in starts by a long shot, up 112% over last year- this is excellent news for first time buyers and those looking for product in lower price ranges.

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