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6 Ways to Go Green in Your Home

6 Ways to Go Green in Your Home

Whether you’re shopping for a new home or just want to spruce up your old one, lowering your carbon footprint and making your home a little greener is a worthwhile investment. An eco-friendly house is more likely to attract buyers looking for real estate in Montrose, CO, and green upgrades will save you money on your utility bills for as long as you live there.

Try these green home improvements to make your home more environmentally friendly:

Solar Panel Image1. Cool the Roof

If you can have solar panels installed on your roof, go for it! You may be able to get most or all of your electricity from this renewable resource. Even if you can’t, upgrading your roof to a cooler one can help green up your house. Consider white or reflective “cool roof” coatings to lower your energy use by keeping the sun’s heat out.

2. Add Insulation

This isn’t one of the most exciting projects, because insulation is hidden in your walls and in your attic. However, proper air sealing and insulation can cut your heating and cooling bills in half. Best of all, you may even be eligible for rebates or subsidies for these green projects.

3. Replace the Windows

If your house has drafty old windows, replacing them will also provide serious savings on your utility bills. This project is a little more fun, since you can choose the color and style of your new windows to reflect your taste while buttoning up your home from the elements.

4. Cut Water WasteImage of a Shower Head

If your toilets and shower heads are older, they’re probably wasting water. New toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush, compared to 2.5 gallons for ones built before 1992. In addition to replacing your toilet, try installing a low-flow shower head and sink aerators to save even more water.

5. Decorate With Found Objects

Few things are as satisfying as remodeling a room, but gutting your kitchen ends up sending a lot of material to the landfill. Try using salvaged wood, hardware and other materials from older homes that you can find in a salvage yard or resale store. These items can add real character while being completely environmentally friendly.

When you remodel with an eye towards using eco-friendly materials and making your home a more energy-efficient place, you’ll feel great about your project and know you’re doing the right thing for a more sustainable lifestyle.

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August 2017 – Montrose Colorado Real Estate Market Update

Montrose Real Estate Market 2013-2017 Historical Recap

Atha Team Montrose Colorado Real Estate MarketThe Montrose Colorado real estate market has proven resilient with sustained growth trends over the last four years, not only in the number of home sold, but also in home value gains. Homeowners, once underwater in mortgages acquired during last housing peak, have been able to sell at a profit over the last few years. The equity gain over the past four years averaged close to 8% annually, while the number of homes selling per year experienced advances between 8% and 17%. This has truly been a phenomenal season in the Montrose housing market, especially when looking back since 2010 when the Montrose market bottomed out.

Atha Team Montrose Colorado Real Estate MarketA tapering in the market appears to be the theme of 2017, with equity gains down 4% relative to the same period last year. Also, the number of units sold is up only 1% from the same time period last year. Several factors may be contributing to this leveling out of market activity including: affordability, price gain sensitivity, and tight inventories. Years end should provide a better assessment of the 2017 housing market.

1. 2017 – Jan 1st – Aug 1st (YTD)

  • 425 Total Units Sold
    • 1% gain in units sold (from the same time period Jan 1st – Aug 1st 2016)
  • Median Sold Price: $215,000
    • Homes are selling 0.4% below asking price.
  • 2.3% Gain in Sale Price 2016 – 2017  (from the same time period Jan 1st – Aug 1st 2016)
    • Relative to:
      • 6.3% gain 2015 – 2016 (from the same time period Jan 1st – Aug 1st)
    • Evidence that the equity gain in the market (relative to the 7% gain per calendar year as seen in the previous recovery years) is possibly leveling out.

     

2. 2016 – Jan 1st – Dec 31st  (1-Calendar year)

  • 754 Total Units Sold
    • Up 8%, year-over-year, from 2015
    • 55% of total annual sales occurred between Jan 1st – Aug 1st 2016
  • Median Sold Price: $209,900
    • Homes sold 2.3% below asking price.
  • 7% Total annual equity gain/sale price gain year-over-year from 2015

 

3. 2015 – Jan 1st – Dec 31st  (1-Calendar year)

  • 693 Total Units Sold
    • Up 17%, year-over-year, from 2014
    • 57% of total annual sales occurred between Jan 1st – Aug 1st 2015
  • Median Sold Price: $194,900
    • Homes sold 2.3% below asking price.
  • 13% Total annual equity gain/sale price gain year-over-year from 2015

 

4. 2014 – Jan 1st – Dec 31st  (1-Calendar year)

  • 577 Total Units Sold
    • Up 17%, year-over-year, from 2015
  • Median Sold Price: $170,000
    • Homes sold 2.8% below asking price.
  • 3% Total annual equity gain/sale price gain year-over-year from 2014

 

5. 2013 – Jan 1st – Dec 31st  (1-Calendar year)

  • 563 Total Units Sold
  • Median Sold Price: $164,900
    • Homes sold 2.3% below asking price.
  • 9.3% Total annual equity gain/sale price gain year-over-year from 2012

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Copyright 2017 Keller Williams Colorado West Realty, LLC. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. Equal opportunity housing provider. Each office is independently owned and operated. For sale by owner data not included in research findings. Sales data reflects sales from homes not limited to the Atha Team LLC. This information was gathered from Keller Williams, The National Association of Realtor, CoreLogic data analysis firm, Montrose Association of Realtors, and the Mortgage Brokers Association. This data is considered accurate, but is not guaranteed. Copyright Atha Team LLC 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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June 2017 – Montrose Colorado Real Estate Market Update

A Tight Spring Market

The Montrose Colorado Real Estate Market has tightened this spring while sale prices continue to increase. The number of homes for sale in Montrose has floated around 250 units for the past few months, reflecting a decrease of about 50 units (20%) from the same time last year. New homes are indeed coming onto the Montrose market, but near the same rate as those being sold. This is great news for Sellers and local home builders looking to meet demand.

Different Prices – Varying Activity

Comparing the last 3-months from a year ago, the sales volume in Montrose has decreased 4% while prices have increased 4%. The first quarter of 2017 experienced a 9% increase in sale prices along with a 15% drop in sales volume, relative to the same period last year.

Inventory levels and sales volume drastically differ in Montrose Colorado depending on the price range. Homes between the $400,000-$500,000 rage have the highest saturation rate, reflected in a 1.2-year (14.46 month) inventory of homes. There are currently 45 homes actively for sale in this price range with only 18 selling within the last 6-months.

The housing hot spot is within the $150,000-$300,000 range, reflected in the low median days-on-the-market (51 days). By subtracting (40 days) the typical time it takes for a home to close, one can observe that homes in this price range are going under contract within the first 11 days of going active on the market. This is fantastic news for those looking to sell in this price range. Some sellers in this price range have even experienced not only multiple offers but multiple backup offers!

National Shift –  Renters Are Now Buyers

Nationally, there has been a shift from renting to buying. This is the first time in 10-years that new home formations (home purchases) are outpacing new rental agreements. These first-time home buyers now account for 42% of the total buyer market, up 11% from 2015. (Fannie-Mae defines first-time home buyers as those who have not owned a home in the last 3-years). (The Next Hot Housing Market: Starter Homes)

 

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April 2017 – Montrose Colorado Real Estate Market

Home Prices Reaching Possible Breaking Point

With consumer confidence at a 16-year high and Montrose Colorado real estate values gaining monthly, anticipation is expected as to what 2017 will bring. Along with the booming equity in home vales comes the reality that Montrose home prices are reaching a possible breaking point for local buyers in the $150,000 – $300,000 price range (see inventory levels below).

Anxious Buyers and Apprehensive Sellers

Wage growth, at 2.5%, has failed to match increases in real estate price gains. This is the most evident for first-time home buyers and reflects the declining trend in US home ownership. The steep increase can be attributed to, once again, lack of new housing inventory. Further, the lack of new construction can be linked to the tight lending requirements for construction loans. National inventory levels are at a 20-year low (Property Buyers Face Hard Spring). Potential homes Sellers are now becoming reluctant to put their homes up for sale in fear of purchase options once they do sell. The current housing market has created a curious cocktail of anxious Buyers and apprehensive Sellers.

As home prices increase, the volume of sales is taking a hit. The median days on the market in Montrose has dropped to 69 days. Subtracting an average of 45 days to close, homes are now residing on the market for 3.4 weeks before they go under contact. Further, the average number of homes sold in Montrose Colorado dropped last month from 58 to 46 units sold. Still, home equity gains are relatively modest in comparison to the 14% gains seen in 2005 before the Financial Crisis. Last years equity gain in Montrose topped out at 7%.

Mid-Range and Luxury-Housing Inventories

On a brighter note for Montrose, current inventory levels above $300,000 are drastically improving. We’ll see if this trend continues through the spring and summer, but relative to a year ago, mid-range and luxury-housing inventories are looking much healthier.

Current Saturation Rate 10/4/16 – 4/13/17 (6-months):

  1. $500- 900K (assuming current homes under contract close):
    1. 2.33 Homes selling per month
    2. 24/2.33 = 10.30 months of inventory
  2. $400-$500K (assuming current homes under contract close):
    1. 4.33 homes Selling per month
    2. 34/4.33 = 7.84 months of inventory
  3. $300 – 399K
    1. 8.16 homes selling per month
    2. 54/8.16= 6.61 months of inventory
  4. $150 – 299K
    1. 24.5 homes selling per month
    2. 51/24.5 = 2.08 months of inventory

A healthy housing inventory, when buyer demand and seller supplies are equal, is considered to be around 6-months.

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Copyright 2017 Keller Williams Colorado West Realty, LLC. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. Equal opportunity housing provider. Each office is independently owned and operated. For sale by owner data not included in research findings. Sales data reflects sales from homes not limited to the Atha Team LLC. This information was gathered from Keller Williams, The National Association of Realtor, CoreLogic data analysis firm, Montrose Association of Realtors, and the Mortgage Brokers Association. This data is considered accurate, but is not guaranteed. Copyright Atha Team LLC 2017. All Rights Reserved.