This real estate market has taken Colorado Springs Realtors on a wild ride, but is this slight change in the market a hint of what’s coming in future months?
We knew the skyrocketing prices and home values were not sustainable for very long and July brought some decreases in average sales price and more listings on the market. For the month of July 2018, our average sale price dropped $14,000 for single family homes to $347,517 which is a more significant month-to-month change than we’ve seen in over 2 years. Many of the past months have been constant increases and made for a highly unbalanced seller’s market. July has been the first we’ve seen buyers starting to feel some relief in our market, as sellers decrease prices and more people are selling. In fact, we exceeded 2,300 active homes on the market – an amount we haven’t seen since July 2017.
Interestingly, we have not seen a significant increase in “Days on Market” which means homes are selling just a quickly, but they are selling for less and there is actually more inventory (homes) to choose from. As of the end of July, our average days on market was 21 days for El Paso County. Keep in mind, various areas of town have different stats, like 45 days in Briargate versus 10 days in Central Colorado Springs.
So should you be worried? No. The market is correcting and finally allowing for a more balanced and fair market, for both buyers and sellers. Now, it should be more about the home and negotiations can become an interaction where both have to give a little. Also, this isn’t yet a verifiable trend – is just one month of changes – and we could see these trends reverse in August as families move before the beginning of school. We often see small ups and downs around this time of year, and then a quick pick up again in the Fall months.
For now, buyers, you should jump on the opportunity of lower prices before interest rates increase anymore. Sellers, most of you are still getting amazing appreciation on your home and full list price, but you may not have 15 offers within the first day…. But there are always exceptions!
Contact your favorite experienced real estate agent for more insights, stats and advice on how to handle your specific life changes and real estate transitions.