Steamboat Springs Real Estate Report

Nothing screams “springtime in the Rockies” like 50 degree days and bluebird skies followed by snowstorms dumping 5-8″. I love Colorado. You never know what the weather will bring.

Spring is in the air
Spring is in the air

February was a good month for real estate transactions in Steamboat Springs, in fact, the best February in 5 years! We saw 98 transactions in Routt County for a total of $38.7M in gross volume. 51 of these transactions were fractional sales.

> February volume was UP +26.2% from February 2013
> February transactions were UP +4.26%  from 2013
 > 25% of transaction volume was under $500,000
56% of transaction volume was over $1M
6 Bank sales compared to 3 in January

Even though February was a good month, it did not quite make up for the January’s sluggishness. We are down -9.14% in YTD gross volume but we have many months ahead to make up for that.

Steamboat Absorption Rates

Every couple of months or so I like to analyze our current absorption rate. This is the rate at which available homes are sold in a specific real estate market during a given time period.  A healthy market has 5-7 months of inventory. In a seller’s market there is under 6 months of inventory. In a buyer’s market there is over 6 months of inventory. These numbers represent trends and since Steamboat has so few transactions compared to a larger city, sometimes these numbers are skewed.

Single Family homes = It’s a decent / good / flat market. 

Condos = It’s a sluggish market but improvements in the high-end.

Town homes = It’s good for low-end, but slowing for high-end.

Absorption rate for Single Family Homes - Oct. 2013 vs. April 2014
Absorption rate for Single Family Homes – Oct. 2013 vs. April 2014


Absorprtion rate for Condos
Absorprtion rate for Condos – Oct. 2013 vs. April 2014


Absorption rate for Townhomes - Oct 2013 vs. April 2014
Absorption rate for Townhomes – Oct. 2013 vs. April 2014



National Real Estate Market Update

The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index for January 2014 reported its third consecutive decline of .1%. Experts chalk up the decline to cold weather. All told, the 20-City Composite still shows a +13.2% increase over the previous January.

Denver is one of only two cities, Dallas being the other, to have reached new record peaks in the month of January.

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Happy spring skiing,

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Charlie Dresen
Real Estate Associate Broker |Sotheby’s
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