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What's the BUZZ for Boulder Area Buyers in 2019?

Hello <<First Name>>,

Holy Moly, Happy New Year! If you're anything like me, the arrival of the new year feels like it comes way too fast. Especially this year, when business pushed me right up into December. But I had a wonderful holiday break with family and friends and I created some time to pause and capture good parts of 2018 that I can carry into 2019. I was also able to begin looking at my goals for the upcoming twelve months. At the top on my list for success? Gratitude! The ability to receive and acknowledge what I have in my life; amazing family and friends, good health and a great career I still really enjoy, almost 15 years later. And thank you for being part of my adventure!
But anyway, let’s get to it - Is buying a home or selling your current home on your goals list this year? How may I help? Here are some Boulder County real estate market considerations to help you plan and prepare to buy or sell. And who do you know who’s considering buying or selling this year? Remember, I’m never too busy for your referrals. 

Check out the 2019 housing market predictions from Forbes Magazine, and scope the new furniture trends of 2019 to spruce up your digs. And are you having issues getting home insurance because of the increases in wildfires? You're not alone, so learn about a program in Boulder County trying to help homeowners get insured. If you'd like to discuss how any of these trends impact your goals, give me a call! I want to help YOU make 2019 a year to remember.

This month I’m featuring another community non-profit program: Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit organization committed to supporting communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment by organizing food drives at music events nationwide. Please visit the Conscious Alliance website today.

And don’t forget to tune into Part 30 From the Trail, where I take moment to thank YOU!

Happy trails,

Photo of the Month / Lichen on rock on South Mesa Trail, Boulder

A comparison of the calendar year housing market for 2017 versus 2018 shows several continued trends year over year. For attached homes (condos and townhomes), total units sold in 2018 rose 3% from 2017 due to the addition of new multi-family housing units in Boulder County. Prices rose year over year as well with the median sales price of $385,100 up 9.2% and the average sales price of $444,600 up 10.9% from 2017. The demand for attached housing remains strong due to the more attainable price point, and the "lock and leave" lifestyle which this housing type offers. Inventory of homes on the market remains very low, at 1.4 months of supply.

For the single family housing market in the County, 2018 was another strong year for price appreciation. The median sales price of $595,000 is up 7.2% over 2017, and and the average sales price of $745,985 is up 9.6% over 2017. Inventory remains consistently low across both years at 1.5 months of supply. Click here to see the 2018 Year End Boulder County Statistics for both Attached and Single Family Housing.

2019 Real Estate Forecast: What Home Buyers, Sellers and Investors Can Expect

In this article from Forbes Magazine, they discuss the forecast for the 2019 national housing market. Rates will likely still trend up, Millennials will be a force in the market taking up 45% of mortgages, inventory troubles could ease slightly, and buyers will see less competition. As Tendayi Kapfidze, chief economist for LendingTree, says “With a slower price appreciation, incomes have an opportunity to catch up. With slower sales, inventory has an opportunity to normalize. A slowdown in 2019 creates a healthier housing market going forward.”

2019 Top Furniture Trends

Wanting to redo your home decor for the new year? Furniture plays a key role in determining the look and feel you want in your home. To get you started, check out this article from Elle Decor about the top trends for furniture in 2019. They include oxidized oak, going BOLD, geometric patterns, curved designs, natural stone, and much more! 

Does Wildfire Risk Affect Your Home Owners Insurance?

The Denver Post explains in this article how acquiring home insurance is growing more difficult as wildfires become more prevalent. However, programs like Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners help homeowners reduce dangers on their properties creating what foresters call “defensible space” around their homes by lopping off low tree limbs, removing leaves from gutters, and taking other steps that make it harder for fire to travel. Programs like these can allow insurers to cover homes that were once considered too risky.

Jon Hatch
Broker Associate


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