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REALTORS in the News

Half of the Lower 48 States in Danger of Wildfire

A new study shows that half of all addresses in the lower 48 states face wildfire risk. In some less-populated states, including Wyoming and Montana, more than 90% of properties are at-risk. “Frightening assessment,” said CAR’s Colorado Project Wildfire Chair Ulrich Salzgeber. A prediction model put together by the First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research and technology group, shows that...

Report: Rental Market Just as Competitive as Home Sales

Some property owners are raising rents 20-50 percent in the Denver Metro Area. The number of renters has increased, too. “It’s incredibly competitive," said CAR Spokeswoman Kelly Moye. "It’s just like if you’re buying homes. Most renters are dealing with competing with 50 to 60 other applicants." She said she recently had 64 applicants in less than 48 hours for a vacant Westminster townhouse. “The applicants...

Interest Rates Change, Sale Prices Stay, Balance Predicted in CAR’s Housing Affordability Index

REALTORS® across the state report the tides are turning in Colorado’s hot housing market, however, the prices are not, according to CAR’s April Market Trends report. In April, the statewide average home sales were $747,226 for a single-family home and $578,237 for a townhome or condo. Summit County data showed that 81% of homes in the county were priced at over $1 million, where...

Stats Show the Entire State’s Home Sale Prices Mirror City Prices

CAR's April Market Trends Report shows that interest rates are curbing the number of offers on homes. However, prices are staying about the same, and now the state and metro area median home prices are almost the same. Statewide, the median price is $600,000, versus $660,000 in the seven-county metro area. According to CAR Spokesperson Sunny Banka of Aurora, "We are seeing more price reductions...

No Bubbles to Burst When Considering Renting vs. Buying

Some potential homebuyers are considering waiting to purchase a home or continue to rent in case of a housing bubble burst. Homes that were going for 20% over list price in February are now selling for 5-8% percent more, according to CAR’s April Market Trends Report. “One thing that has to be in place in order for a bubble to burst is you have to...

Fort Collins REALTOR® Chris McElroy Awarded DSA

Fort Collins REALTOR® Chris McElroy has been announced as one of NAR’s newest Distinguished Service Award recipients, the highest honor bestowed on a NAR member outside of presidency. In 1994, McElroy served as president of CAR, and in 2000, he was named Colorado REALTOR® of the Year. His track record as a leader goes back more than 40 years. Chris...

Aerial view of typical residential neighborhood along Front Range of Rocky Mountains in Colorado

Fort Collins REALTORS® Face ‘Logjam’ of Prospective Homeowners

CAR’s March Market Trends showed that Fort Collins has a huge number of possible homeowners who are offering tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price. CAR spokesperson Chris Hardy says that the multiple offers and large amounts of money that are coming from competing buyers are "just to have a shot at catching the seller's eye and having their offer selected from a...

Interest Rates Are Slowing Down the Market

Mortgage rates are over 5%, and the federal interest rate hikes are doing what they were intended to do, according to CAR Spokesperson Kelley Moye. “Interest rate increases are slowing everything down.” She says that double-digit price hikes are a thing of the past: “We won’t see another 20% price increase like we did last year. We’re seeing fewer showings on the weekend, we’re seeing...