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Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Steamboat Springs, CO Market Report for February 2018

Get the latest news in the local market today!

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Lets talk inventory!

Limited residential inventory has been an increasing issue since the end of the recession. With fewer homes for sale, competition for buyers is fierce, and homes spend less time on the market and prices are driven higher. Inventory shortages are becoming a national crisis and there is no single cause – and consequently no single solution. Here’s a look at some of the factors contributing to local inventory woes in a little more detail:

The migration slowdown. Americans are moving less than they have historically done.

  • - The widening price gap between starter homes and next level homes means that home buyers cannot afford to make the leap and upsize. The increase in housing costs and the equity built into inexpensive starter homes purchased years ago leaves would-be buyers at a loss. Thus home owners are staying put.

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

Join us for a lively discussion about the local real estate market!

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Thank you to the following companies for providing some of the statistics discussed:

Land Title Guarantee Company (click for full June report)

Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors (click for full July Report)

S&P Core Logic Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices (click for latest figures)

Tune in next month for another fun discussion. And if you have any real estate questions you’d like answered send me a text or email - 970-846-6435 or

See you next time!


Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

The snow is melting, the sun is shining and the local real estate market is starting to bloom!

Routt County Real Estate Market 

February 2017 was a great period for the local real estate market.  Gross volume was $46.6M, up 41.29% compared to last February, and there were 103 transactions, up by 63.49% from the same period last year. Year to date this puts 2017 gross volume up 31.74% and transactions up 29.29%. Let us have a look at what happened in February:

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As we enter Spring we have already seen a jump in the number of new listings to the market and we can expect that this will continue to rise. However based on the demand that we are seeing, the number of active listings may not actually increase as properties are not staying as long on the market as they were this time last year. Pending transactions as of April 6th is 189! The market is fairly balanced right now with the months supply just over 6 months (see what this means here). It is important to note that the above figures are just a snapshot and there is considerable variation depending on property type, location and price point.

Steamboat Springs Absorption Rate Shows Healthy Market

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Steamboat Springs Absorption Rate Shows Healthy Market

Absorption rates are a strong indicator in determining the health of a Real Estate Market. For those of you who have heard us use this term but aren’t sure what it means: absorption rate is defined as how many months it would take to sell all the homes currently listed for sale, at the current rate that homes are selling.

A healthy real estate market is 5-7 months worth of inventory e.g. if there were 60 homes listed for sale and on average 10 homes sold per month, the absorption rate would be 6 months. An absorption rate much less that this would suggest a sellers market (demand exceeds supply, higher prices) while a rate much greater indicates a buyers market (surplus supply, greater negotiating power).

In Steamboat Springs the absorption rates have shown some fluctuation, but the latest figures indicate a healthy market overall:


Steamboat Springs Real Estate, A Fresh Perspective

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Steamboat Springs Real Estate, A Fresh Perspective

One of the most common questions a realtor gets as is “how is the market doing”. In some markets that can be a simple answer. But here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, its not quite so easy. The county offers a huge range in property prices, types, locations and also types of buyers – first timers, families coming for our amazing quality of life and great schools, professionals here for our growing business segment, people seeking a western lifestyle, and second home owners just to name a few.

A fruit stand seemed like the perfect analogy to our real estate market!




So how is the market doing right now? Click to read our August 1st market report.




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Real Estate Associate Broker |Sotheby’s

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Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

The Yampa River is starting to lose steam as our dry and hotter than average summer continues! As reported by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Yampa is running at 132 cubic feet per second through downtown Steamboat Springs today. The average for this date is 209 cfs.


Image courtesy Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association

Image courtesy Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association

If you are still wanting to kayak, paddle board or tube the river don’t wait much longer or you might miss out for this summer!

Routt County Real Estate Analysis 

June saw good year on year gains with $82.8M in Gross Volume and 168 Transactions, up 34.31% and 16.67% respectively from June 2015.  Year to date figures are also showing overall gains from the same YTD 2015 – a 20.17 increase in dollar volume of sales and 6.63% increase in number of transactions.


Residential Transaction Price Point Analysis June 2016

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report


Sunrise over the Yampa River

Sunrise over the Yampa River


Happy Thanksgiving!

Steamboat locals and snow-lovers alike are particularly thankful this time of year because this is the week that Steamboat Ski Resort opens for the season! The ski area will open with its annual Scholarship Day tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25. This opening day tradition at Steamboat Resort is a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund and has raised over $850,000 since 1991/92. Tickets are $30 for top-to-bottom access or $20 for the lower mountain. *Please note: season passes will not be accepted on Wednesday. The mountain opens for the season on Thanksgiving Day.

Routt County Real Estate Analysis

September was a good strong month for Routt County real estate transactions. Gross sales for the month were $58.9M, although that is down -27.6% compared to September 2014, that month last year was kind of anomaly with two $30M transactions. Overall, gross sales are up +4.2% for the year. 133 transactions were closed in September, up +3.69% YTD. 

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

snow and ski swap


Steamboat locals have packed away summer outdoor gear and are breaking out winter gear and clothing as we watch the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Resort being covered in snow, beautiful snow. Speaking of ski slopes, if you are still in need of gear or clothing, check out the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski & Sports Swap.


Routt County Real Estate Analysis

Routt County is seeing resurgence in new home builds, echoing the national uptick in new home starts. According to an article in the Steamboat Pilot & Today on October 27, there were 5 new home building permits issued in September, all for homes with valuations of $829,000 to $1.4M. Two of those are for land initially purchased in 2004 before the market slowdown. Construction crews around town are busier now than they have been in years, not just with new builds, but also with remodels and additions. All good signs for the Routt County real estate market.

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Report

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report


Yampa Valley Fall Colors

Yampa Valley Fall Colors


I hope you were able to see the beautiful fall colors here in the Yampa Valley over the past few weeks. At this point, most of the leaves have fallen and the mountains are looking ready for snow.

Speaking of which, you know that Old Man Winter is just around the corner, right? Is your home ready? Click here for a checklist of things to do to prepare your home for the cold and snow.

Routt County Real Estate Analysis

August continued the trend of strong real estate numbers and transactions for Routt County. Gross sales for the month was $62.4M, up +24+% compared to August 2014 and up +11.79% year-to-date.  150 transactions were closed in August. That’s the most transactions August has seen in 5 years.

Residential Transaction Price Point Analysis


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