2017 Recap of the Montrose Housing Market
The Montrose Colorado real estate market held par with the previous 4 years of growth through 2017. The market experienced price gains of approximately 7% over the calendar year, keeping up with the previous annual gains of 7%, median year-over-year, since 2012. In total, 742 homes sold in 2017.
The hot spot in the Montrose market continues to reside under $300,000; 74% of sales occurred in this price range, keeping pace with 2016. Prices jumped 7.3% in sales under $300,000, while the number of homes sold was relatively flat in comparison to 2016. An interesting note to mention: paralleling 2016 to 2017, the $0-200,000 market saw a 22% drop in the number of homes sold, while the $200,000-300,000 felt a 14% increase in units sold.
The upper-end real estate market is still soft, but a few trends are worth mentioning. The $500,000-600,000 range had 45% more sales in 2017, while the $600,000 plus market saw a 29% decrease in homes sold. The $400,000-$500,000 market was quite soft this year due to a flood of inventory in this price range. Inventory levels/saturation rates were over a year in this range as well.
Moving Forward – 2018
The real estate market, continuing momentum from the busy fall, started strong going into the New Year. A spike in December activity (which is typically unheard of) is translating into a robust January. Lack of housing inventory is an obvious concern for the real estate market moving into 2018. The 3.4-month supply inventory of existing homes in November was a record low nationally.
Affordability is still a concern as prices are driven up by strong demand with wage growth lagging behind. Nationally, even as new-construction numbers are trending upward toward pre-recession levels, “demand is expected to continue to outpace supply until 2023, even after demand has reached its peak” (A Bullish Year For New Home Building).
Figures 5 and 6 illustrate building permits and building permit valuation in Montrose. Total building permits are up to 158 from 136 the previous year. Total building permit valuation has increased to $14,951,843 from $9,410,657. Single family home permits are up to 50 from 33, and single family home permit valuation has increased to $8,739,080 from $5,477,563.
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