“As we enter the year’s halfway point, the once predictable Denver Metro real estate market feels topsy-turvy as we navigate the new landscape.
A once reliable market with a peak selling season in June has taken a detour. The main culprit of higher interest rates is easy to identify. However contrasting perspectives on the market have been summed up well by memes circulating the internet: buyers fear a repeat of 2008, sellers hope for a return to 2021 conditions and renters expect interest rates to drop back to three percent. While none of these views are true, the increasing inventory is moving our market towards a balanced market with the current months of inventory sitting at 2.78.”
Libby Levinson-Katz
Chair of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Denver REALTOR®
  • LUXURY MARKET ($1,000,000+): “June usually symbolizes the kick-off to summer fun in the Denver Metro area: pools open, camping spots fill up and crowded planes depart DIA for favorite vacation destinations. But for home sellers in the $1+ million real estate market, June was anything but fun. Breaking with the historical trend of high-priced sales in June, last month featured some of the most sluggish activity the $1+ million market has seen in years. The $1+ millions segment is now a full-blown buyer’s market. Sellers in this market will be left out of the summer fun unless they update their home before listing, price conservatively and expect to pay a closing concession. Otherwise, they will be sitting idle throughout the long dog days of summer.” Colleen Covell, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member & Denver REALTOR®
  • SIGNATURE MARKET ($750,000 – $999,999): “Traditionally, the 4th of July represents more than just fireworks and fun; it also marks the end of the summer buying season. This timing makes sense as most buyers want to settle into their new homes before the end of summer and the start of the school year. This year, however, the fireworks went off early, leaving June uncharacteristically slow. The gap between sellers and buyers continues to widen, as does the preference for detached over attached properties. June provided proof that this market continues to evolve and test the resilience of both buyers and sellers. As Realtors® advising our clients, using market indicators, setting expectations and relying on our intuition have never been more important.” Andrew Abrams, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member & Denver REALTOR®.
  • PREMIER MARKET ($500,000 – $749,999) “For buyer who have been looking for the past few months and missing out on homes that were selling too quickly, June brought a much slower pace. Last year, buyers in this price range had to move quickly, with homes spending a median of only seven days on the market. This year, however, that time has increased over 71.43 percent, with home staying in the MLS a median of 12 days – providing those buyers a much calmer and more controlled “Ferris wheel” type experience. Even though the largest number of transactions took place in this price category, they experienced the highest number of median days intthe MLS. What I’ve learned from the past months is that the market has become very unpredictable. It feels like nothing is making sense – like we are at the amusement park, but we’re in the fun house.” Susan Thayer, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member & Denver REALTOR®.
*Remarks from Pages 14-15 of the June 2024 Market Trends Report from DMAR
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“Well-informed and educated sellers know interest rates have ticked up again; however, they also know that many buyers are experiencing spring fever and are sick of sitting on the fence watching home prices increase. So, savvy sellers got their property on the market and knew how to stand out. In fact, new listings increased 29.12 percent month-over-month and 22.63 percent year-over-year. But these sellers also knew they had more to compete with as active listings at month’s end rose 13.14 percent to 5,511 homes, an astounding 45.87 percent gain year-over-year.
The spring season is heating up, and the best way to find your treasure is through thoughtful strategy. Prepared sellers can curb a second round of negotiations with buyers at inspection, while strategic buyers know what they want before shopping and the options available to them.”
Libby Levinson-Katz
Chair of the DMAR Market Trends Committee | Denver REALTOR®
  • LUXURY MARKET ($1,000,000+): “The days when sellers waited for their spring gardens to bloom before listing their homes for sale are now long gone. The February weather may have said “winter,” but the market said “spring!” In the segment priced $1 million and above, sellers jumped in early, listing 689 new homes in February, resulting in the largest month-over-month increase in inventory of any segment of the market. The number of new attached homes priced at $1 million and above essentially doubled from January, up a whopping 96.77 percent, while new detached homes were up 58.99 percent.” Colleen Covell, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member & Denver REALTOR®
  • SIGNATURE MARKET ($750,000 – $999,999): “Barring a huge and unexpected influx of new listings, expect days in MLS for homes in this price segment to drop quickly and steadily through June, creating more favorable seller conditions in spring and summer. That said, ‘more favorable’ in no way means dominant. While sellers can (and should) be encouraged by improving market conditions, they should also proceed cautiously in 2024. Today’s buyers are highly educated, a little nervous, have options, and are eager to exercise them.” Michelle Schwinghammer, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member & Denver REALTOR®.
  • PREMIER MARKET ($500,000 – $749,999) “The real estate data looks like a field of shamrocks with new listings sprouting like fresh green clovers. There’s been a surge of new listings, showcasing a 22.78 percent increase compared to last month and up 22.96 percent from last year, providing a dose of optimism and signaling a promising season for both buyers and sellers. Despite the increase in listings, the close-price-to-list-price ratio remained strong at 99.65 percent, like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” Keri Duffy, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member & Denver REALTOR®.
*Remarks from Pages 14-15 of the February 2024 Market Trends Report from DMAR


New Year. New Opportunity!

What opportunities will you have to buy or sell a home this year? Don’t think you’ll have one? Think again!

Let’s start by looking waayyy back to December 2023, and then we’ll look forward.  Aside from the seasonal slowdown, higher interest rates and low inventory, have had the most impact on the market.  You can dive deeper by clicking the full Denver Real Estate Market Trends  report, and know I’m always here for you with home values and neighborhood trends catered to your specific needs. Now, back to the future.

In my experience…

Winter is the best time to buy a home. Fewer buyers are willing to face the cold, postponing their shopping for early spring, giving you an opportunity to make an offer with less (or no) competition. And sellers who sell in the winter generally have good reason to. This means their motivation is driven by their needs rather than their wants. Another opportunity!

Waiting for the rates to fall?  Don’t. While nobody knows for sure what will happen in 2024, we are anticipating multiple rate drops as the economy stabilizes, but the “waiters” often lose. Think about it. If you buy early, you’ll be gaining equity as prices rise with demand. Buyers who wait to time the market will face a different set of challenges. Lower rates bring more buyers, bidding wars and higher prices which increase the gains for those willing to buy now and refinance once all that rate dropping happens.  Today’s rates from my lending partner, Select Lending Services, look a lot better overall than where we were last year.



Let’s talk about how 2024 can open a real estate opportunity for you!

“With the holidays upon us, we are focusing on the gift of homeownership this season. Owning a home provides stability and security for many families. It is also the single largest investment most people make in their lifetime, which serves as the single best vehicle to attain individual and generational wealth. Speaking of gifts, this is my absolute favorite time for buyers to get out and shop for homes. Sellers whose properties are on the market typically need to sell and are more willing to negotiate than in March or April when the market is at its peak. Additionally, the competition from other buyers drops considerably. As such, buyers who can see the beauty of buying a home right now have their choice of home and can negotiate their way into their dream home.
Additionally, interest rates are starting a downward trend, and we as REALTORS® know that if rates continue to drop then demand will increase. In fact, many agents saw a flurry of activity last month when rates dropped buying end-of-year activity. Depend­ing on where rates trend, we may see bidding wars back before we know it.”
Libby Levinson-Katz
Chair of the DMAR Market Trends Committee | Denver REALTOR®
  • LUXURY MARKET ($1,000,000+): “Zig Ziglar once said, “Every sale has five obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” Today, all five of those obstacles present themselves clearly to home buyers and sellers in the $1 million and over price segment. Despite it all, 2023 has proven to be quite a strong year for this segment. Removing the pandemic years and comparing to 2019, sales volume year-to-date has more than doubled, closed volume has nearly doubled, new listings are up over 66%, and price per square foot is up over 14%. I predict this segment will continue to see growth as more people spend more money to experience the gift of living in Colorado.” Susan Thayer, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member & Denver REALTOR®.
  • SIGNATURE MARKET ($750,000 – $999,999): “Black Friday may only last one day in November, but for buyers in the $750,000 to $999,999 price range, the deals lasted all month. The deceleration in the market, however, should not cause any alarm. It is seasonal and expected. Historically, the holidays in November and December take precedence over home buying and selling goals, so we typically experience a decline in market activity. November and December showcase prime opportunities for serious buyers: far less competition, declining prices, expected seller concessions, and recently, declining interest rates. It’s the perfect time for them to give themselves the gift of home ownership.” Colleen Covell, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member & Denver REALTOR®.
  • PREMIER MARKET ($500,000 – $749,999) “There are few things greater than the gift of homeownership. A home can offer financial security, stability, tax benefits, and community. It also serves as the backdrop for so many wonderful moments in life, especially during the holiday season. Many buyers are inclined to hit the proverbial pause button on the home search and wait until spring. While that is an option, waiting to buy a new home likely means competition and concessions on the buyer side. Meanwhile, we have great homes on the market now with motivated sellers and less competition. Perhaps you can negotiate concessions on inspection, or maybe that low interest loan is assumable and can be transfered to the buyer. As REALTORS®, our gift is the ability to guide our clients with knowledge and savviness. End of the year is a busy time as I encourage buyers to look when no one else is. We find great homes and they pay less than if they had waited.” Nick DiPasquale, DMAR Market Trends Committee Member, and Denver REALTOR®.
*Remarks from Pages 15-16 of the December 2023 Market Trends Report from DMAR

My friend, Molly, makes the perfect pie crust. Like next level crust.

Growing up in Southern California with my mother’s fear of kitchens and my pie-baking granny far off in the redwoods, this life skill was lost on me. As the first snow fell, marking the start of pie season, I wondered if Molly would be willing to teach me this sacred art. I could Google it, watch a YouTube video, find a pastry cutter at the Goodwill, but all of this would defeat the purpose. Some things are better learned from friends; in their kitchen, on a Saturday morning, with a hot cup of tea. It is not just the flaky goodness I’m after, it’s the time spent together doing something simple.

For a year after my brother died, I made an apple pie each month and delivered them to unsuspecting friends. No one complained about the pre-made crust, and still, I texted Molly my request. She said yes.
I’ve learned so much from friends through the years; about love, and how to show up in the world. Our friends hold space for the good in us when we’ve forgotten. They catch us with kindness when we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of self-doubt. They throw us a rope if we’ve reached bottom. They bring opportunities to be a better person, for the lessons of our humanity are learned in the hearts of others.
My personal town square is filled with intelligent, wildly creative, and generous humans. I have friends who share plants in the springtime, the bounty of fall, and seeds in the winter. They share their homes, their food, their laughter. What else can we share as an adventure in community? What can we learn from one another as we knit?
This week we toward gratitude and the gift of time together. Through the dark days ahead, I’d love to spend more time together, to “Pie Our Square”. You’ve been warned. Don’t be surprised if you get a text asking how to make that lovely scarf you posted, or your favorite chili recipe. I want to witness the daily talents, the family treasures, and to spend some time together.
And if I show up with a pie… all bets are off on the crust.
Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

Come down to the Wicked Bayou.

Lovers, zombies, a hurricane… what more could you expect from a Wicked Bayou?

Wonderbound Opens Season with Wicked Bayau

If we’ve ever met (or you read my ol’ Huffington Post blog), you’re well aware how much I love Denver’s favorite dance troupe, Wonderbound. Known for the brilliant choreography of Garrett Ammon, artistic collaboration, and live music, Wonderbound is kinetic storytelling of the highest order. The season opens with another fantastic mash up. Ammon is joined by Clay Rose on “Wicked Bayou”, inspired by a song “Old Bayou” by the Zombie death polka band, The Widow’s Bane, who play live during the show. This tale of young lovers fighting for their lives against a hurricane, a zombie puppeteer, and an alligator who feeds on children’s hearts, will haunt your dreams as the stunning images of Ammon’s work and The Widow’s Bane melodies linger. One of a few remaining chances to catch the band before they say farewell. I’ll skip the haunted house and experience All Hallows’ Eve the way it was meant to be!

Tickets for this hauntingly beautiful show show are selling fast, as always, so get your October calendar out and grab a seat on the bayou while you can.

I work in a highly competitive field. Always have. When I was working as a professional actress, the process was- Understand the play, fall in love with the role, create the character, audition, and hope that they picked me to do what I do well. When my career shifted to real estate, I found the process for building a business very familiar- Understand the market, fall in love with my clients, create the marketing plan, do the listing appointment/audition, and hope that they pick me to do what I do well.
Fortunately, for the last seventeen years I’ve been blessed to be picked. In June I was lucky to help my clients move forward with their real estate goals, and landed in the Top Ten in my company. Not bad, considering the Rock Stars I work with! If I can move you… I’m grateful to be of service.

Beautiful Home in Castle Rock Finds Perfect Buyer

Beautiful Home in Castle Rock Finds Perfect Buyer
I got the call that they were relocating to Denver from Indiana in a month, coming in for a long weekend to buy a house. I knew it was much more than finding a house, we needed to find them their home. “Power shopping” in 90 degree heat, we toured ten properties. With their wonderful parents and a great son in tow, these buyers were champs! At day’s end we went for tacos at North County and discussed the top contenders over delicious margaritas. The next day, loaded up with snacks and water, we set out to see another ten. End of the day, our last showing was in Castle Rock. And it was PERFECT! Our offer was accepted and yesterday our new Colorado residents (and my new friends) moved into their gorgeous home. Congratulations, Nick, Katie, and Jake!

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