In my March newsletter of this year, I reported that the inventory of available homes was down 40% early this year compared to early last year. As a result, I was experiencing the hottest seller's market I had ever seen. At this point, we are finally seeing more properties on the market with the inventory of single family homes in the City of Boulder down 14.1% YTD while the inventory of single family homes is up in the rest of Boulder County by 7.4%. Attached dwellings are still lagging a bit with the inventory in the City of Boulder down 25.8% YTD and the inventory of attached dwellings in the rest of Boulder County down by 8.3% YTD. Rising prices and rising interest rates may be starting to have an effect on the market. The number of showings on available listings has decreased recently as have the number of multiple offers. I suppose it's still a hot market when a seller gets 15 showings and 4 offers instead of 30 showings and 8 offers, but the numbers seem to be trending down. Also, median prices are up YTD 14% in the City of Boulder and 22% in the rest of Boulder County, so it's still an appreciating market. I'll keeping tracking the trends and update you again as we get into summer. In the meantime, your investment in Boulder County real estate is very secure. Boulder ranked 2nd this year on SmartAsset's report for the Best Housing Markets for Growth & Stability (moving up one position from last year). Since their first report, Boulder has always ranked in the top 3 markets (remaining the number 1 market for growth & stability from 2015-2019). This latest 2022 report reinforces that owning in Boulder County is an outstanding investment. Please reach out if you want to discuss the current market with me and how I can help make it work for you, whether you are buying, selling or both. All The Best, Rich
- Apr 26
- 2 min read
One of the biggest problems that emerged from the Marshall Fires is that many homeowners, tenants and HOA's were underinsured. With the dramatic rise in real estate values, the increased cost to replace the personal property inside your home and skyrocketing construction costs, it is extremely important to review your insurance policies and maintain the right insurance coverage. Talk to Your Broker to Review and Update Your Policies Contact your insurance broker (especially if you haven't updated your policy in a while) to review the current coverage on your property. Things to ask your broker:
Single Family Homes
What are you currently insured for per square foot for replacement cost?
What is the current actual cost per square foot to replace a home like yours? Depending on your property, you probably want to be insured in the $300 to $500 per square foot range. Many policies that were first issued years ago still are at $150 per square foot which is simply not enough today.
Do you have enough liability insurance?
What is your current personal property/contents insurance coverage? Is it enough? Take updated photos and videos of your belongings. Make sure to store these images in a separate location other than your home (like on a cloud based storage folder).
Ask your insurance broker what endorsements your policy should include - i.e. Drain and Sewer Line Backup, Ordinance and Law, etc.
HOA Coverage vs Personal Policy
What does the HOA insurance cover? What does your homeowner's policy need to cover?
What is the current actual cost per square foot for replacement for your condo or townhome? Does your HOA have enough building coverage?
Do you have enough personal property coverage for your contents?
Loss Assessment Coverage
Do you have loss assessment coverage?
Does my policy cover for special assessments resulting from my HOA's wind/hail deductible?
Do you have enough coverage for current replacement costs?
Do you have enough liability insurance?
Make sure your tenants have renter's insurance for their contents, as well as liability coverage for them & their pets + Drain & Sewer Line Backup coverage.
It can feel like a daunting task to review your insurance coverage, but your insurance broker can help you through it and it is well worth the effort. If you have any questions or need my assistance- I'm happy to chat.
- Mar 28
- 2 min read
I have always reported that the spring real estate market is a hot time to sell and this year is the most incredible seller's market I have ever seen. Even with stock market uncertainty, interest rate increases and concerns about inflation, buyers in the current market are extremely active and have a high sense of urgency. The local real estate market not only continues to see multiple offer situations and sales above full price in many instances, but the trend is accelerating. In every area of Boulder County right now-average prices are going over 100% of list price. Check out the PDF link below to see the latest Boulder county housing stats.
The number of available homes on the market is down 40% from this time last year and inventory last year was historically low. The inventory of available homes is traditionally building this time of year towards a peak in June/July, but as Spring is upon us, the inventory remains at or below mid winter levels. My theory as to why there is such a lack of available homes is that many home owners are hesitant to put their property on the market because they are not confident that they will be able to find a replacement property to purchase. Also, the longer they wait, the more the value of their property increases. Whatever the reason, it is a great time to be a seller. Buying your replacement home before selling your present home is a good move in the current market. I can help you plan a strategy for how to finance such a purchase or how to become a cash buyer through creative financing. If buying before selling simply doesn't work for you, I've got another strategy. Listing now does not mean you have to move right away. Buyers are flexible with terms and are generally willing to offer the sellers a rent back. They simply want to lock in a purchase. Please contact me to discuss how to make the current market work for you. I can help you plan a strategy for how to buy, sell or both. Best, Rich