Colorado Mountain Resort Real Estate Numbers Leave Steamboat Out in the Cold

Steamboat Springs’ 2011 Real Estate Numbers Leave Room for Improvement

Steamboat Springs’ real estate market did not earn great marks in the recent Colorado Mountain Resort Real Estate Trends released by Land Title Guarantee Co. As compared to 5 other Colorado ski resort counties, Routt County, home to Steamboat Springs, is the only county that decreased 6% or more on 5 key benchmarks* in 2011 as compared to 2010:

  • Gross Sales Volume: -12.01% (Eagle & Grand Counties were down >6% as well)
  • Number of Transactions*: -23.06% (All other counties were flat to up)
  • Single Family Average Home Prices: -22.73% (Eagle & Garfield Counties were down >6% as well)
  • Multi Family Average Home Prices: -33.52% (Eagle, Garfield & Summit Counties were down >6% as well)
  • New Development: -52.51% (Eagle, Garfield & Summit Counties were down >6% as well)
    * For Routt County specifically, there was a high number of fractional sales transactions in 2010 vs. 2011, so if you net out fractional transactions and compare improved units sales transactions only for 2010 vs 2011, Routt county is actually up almost17%.

Steamboat Springs’ Routt County real estate market historically has been most comparable to Summit County, home to Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain ski resorts. In 2007’s real estate market peak, Routt County/Steamboat Springs reported $1.58 billion in sales while Summit County earned $1.63 billion in sales. Fast forward to 2011, and there is a much wider gap in real estate performance on key metrics:

2011 Sales Dollar Volume
Routt County, Steamboat Springs = $450.6M (-12.01% versus 2010)
Summit County = $684.2M (-2.03% versus 2010)

2011 Single Family Homes Average Price Per Square Foot
Routt County, Steamboat Springs = $229.35 (-17.77% versus 2010)
Summit County = $252.68 (-6.11% versus 2010)

2011 Single Family Home Average Price
Routt County, Steamboat Springs = $631,224 (-22.73% versus 2010)
Summit County = $734,262 (-4.74% versus 2010)

While these 2011 year end numbers are certainly not good news for Steamboat Springs when compared to short term history, what they do point to is the potential for great improvement in the Steamboat Springs real estate market as we move into 2012. Reasons for optimism include: new jobs in the coal mining industry, lower inventory than we’ve seen in a while and aggressive sales and development plans for some key real estate projects. And for Buyers, Steamboat Springs is an incredible value right now, but inventory is decreasing  in some key price segments. It remains to be seen how  long it’ll be before the supply/demand equation tips the scale to increasing prices in some of the more sought after price segments.  

As I’ve stated before, the real estate market is local, and Steamboat Springs is not on the I-70 corridor which captures the majority of Denver visitors, a real estate market that has rebounded already. Steamboat Springs pulls a good portion of its buyers from out-of-state feeder markets many of whom have not had economic rebounds as yet. While poised for growth, the Steamboat Springs real estate market is somewhat more dependent on the national economic recovery and the availability of affordable mortgage financing for second/vacation homes than some of the Colorado ski resort counties we benchmark ourselves against.

—For more information on buying real estate or questions regarding Steamboat Springs real estate  in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, feel free to call Charlie at 970-846-6435 or write me an email at: charlie@steamboatsmyhome.com

Thanks,

Charlie

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About SteamboatsMyHome.com

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Charlie relocated to Steamboat Springs with his wife Carol and their son, Finn, to become a Steamboat Springs realtor eager to share the joys of Colorado. Charlie is a second generation realtor and is proud to be a member of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Charlie worked in the high-tech industry in Seattle for several years before deciding to follow his father's lead and began his career in real estate. Working for Windermere Real Estate in Seattle, Charlie had a great, innovative career in the highly competitive Seattle market before moving to Steamboat in 2005 and delving deep into Steamboat Springs real estate. At Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, Charlie has become one of the top agents with his innovative style and tireless perseverance.
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