Salt Lake City Spring Market Update

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Apr 21, 2016

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March 2016 active listings (inventory) was down 32% from March 2015; yet, pending sales are up 8% in Salt Lake City County. This trend of low inventory by high pendings has occurred consistently for the last year. Bottom line: demand for housing remains strong, and inventory remains constrained.

Utah county has slowed slightly as far as pendings and Davis County has the lowest number of listings. The county is down 45% in inventory when compared to the same time last year. Once again, Davis county has more pending deals than they do active inventory.

Weber County is showing the same signs of frantic buyer interest with inventory down 37% from March of last yet, but pending sales are up 9%.

Davis County is seeing the strongest appreciation if you look at the month of March 2016 over 2015, with a 10% increase in median sales price this year.

Median price closed out at $255,000 in SLC county, which is up from January by almost 7%!  Pricing is skyrocketing in the affordable price range; for Wasatch front, anything under $500K is seeing rapid appreciation. Median price in SLC may reach over $260K for all unit types and could surpass $300K for single family homes. That's a ceiling we've never even gotten close to in Salt Lake City.

Remember it's a seasonal market and this is common.  If we remove the seasonality and just compare March 2015 to Feb 2016 median price is up 7%. This conveys that the market ceiling is really being challenged.  On one hand, there is nothing to buy because inventory is low; but, at the same time buyers are experiencing price shock since the market got back to all time new highs in 2015.

Our take: The market will remain hot with more inventory coming to market over the next 90 days and likely will still see strong appreciation until inventory gets back to normal market levels.

 

 

In Spite of Low Inventory, Wasatch Front Home Sales are Up

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties - Wasatch Front
Mar 04, 2016

While inventory along the Wasatch Front is down... way down, sales are up across all Wasatch Front counties.

Taking a look at Salt Lake County in January of this year, inventory is at 2430 homes across the county. That is down 30.20% from January 2015, yet sales are up 12.89% in the same comparison. In Weber County inventory is down 31.82% in January but sales are up 10.19% and pending sales are up 16.35%. Utah County had similar results in the same period comparison; 12.63% increased sales with 26.44% less inventory. What is amazing is Davis County has a 12.50% increase in sales over January 2015 in the face of a 41.38% drop in inventory!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties is doing well along the Wasatch Front. In 2016 to date, Salt Lake Countty has 12.03% Market Share. Century 21 Everest Realty Group is in distant 2nd place with 9.99% Market Share. BHHS agents are listing homes at a higher average price than anyone in our market and closing sales at 98.01% of asking price.

So far, 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for real estate. Median home prices are up across the Wasatch Front and are likely to continue up into the spring. The shortage of home listings is a concern and needs to be addressed as we move into the warmer sales months. For those considering selling, now is the perfect time to capitalize on your investment. There are plenty of buyers and interest rates have dropped in 2016 instead of rising as predicted at the end of 2015.

Wasatch Front December Market Update

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Nov 24, 2015

Active listings (inventory) are down 23% from October 2014, but Pendings are actually up by the same margin of 23% in Salt Lake County--this is perhaps the strongest indicator we have of the health of our housing market. Buyer interest has remained strong even in a slightly limited market. The Ogden and Davis County markets are witnessing even more pronounced versions of the same trend.

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In terms of pricing, the median price for single family homes in Salt Lake County is $245,000, which represents a downturn from this summer. In July, Salt Lake City hit the peak of its market at $257,000 -- to see that number come down suggests that the market is adjusting based on buyer demands. The market seems to have found its ceiling. Similarly, we are seeing almost the same number of sales from last year, giving professionals reason to believe that our market is healthy and growing at a marginal rate that is advantageous to clients.

Salt Lake City Market Update | Summer 2015

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Aug 20, 2015

Market Overview | Information you can trust. 

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-While active inventory is down 26% from last July, pended sales are up 30% in Salt Lake County and surrounding areas.

-Median price is currently $260,000, which is an all time high for Salt Lake County and has been moving upwards at a steady rate of 2% since February.

-1,074 properties closed, which represents a 19% increase from the same time last year.

-In Salt Lake County, June 2015 was the first month in the history of the MLS where sold volume amounted to over $500,000,000.  Both June and July of this year did over $500 Million in volume. Again, that's never happened. In the summers 2006 and 2007, more units closed than this summer (about 10% more) but those sales did not amount to the same volume amount.

-Summary: Our market is strong and is trending upwards at a measured pace. In spite of slightly constrained inventory, we are still seeing a notable increase in sales and pendings, which suggests buyer confidence.

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The East Bench (Sugar House, Harvard-Princeton-Yale, 9th and 9th) boasts some of Salt Lakes most attractive residential micro-neighborhoods. Filled with restaurants, boutiques, yoga studios, public park, walkable urban centers, and young energy, this is one of the best places to live in the city...the market is reflecting the interest.

-There are currently 86 homes for sale and only 20% of them are listed for under $400,000; the median asking price is $515,000.

-48 homes are currently under contract in the area, suggesting less than 2 month supply of homes, which is the lowest in the country.

-There were over 11 sales for over $1 million

L.E.D. lighting can make a real difference

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
May 29, 2015

Most homeowners want to be eco-friendly, yet they worry that making changes in that regard might be costly and time consuming. Incorporating energy-efficient lighting is a great way to make a big impression with green-conscious homebuyers. In fact, studies have reported that 80% of homebuyers identify energy savings and comfortable surroundings as key factors when deciding between listings.

It isn’t just limited to fluorescent tubes or CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). LEDs are an energy-efficient light source that began growing in popularity around 2007. LED lighting can be used as accents to better showcase the home’s features. From track lighting over the fireplace to under-counter cabinet lighting and recessed lighting in the hall, LED fixtures can cast dramatic light on your home’s best features, while at the same time, remaining cool to the touch and easy on the wallet.

Here are some interesting facts about LED lighting:

  • Offers the same bright white output as incandescent lighting
  • Uses 75% less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs
  • Uses 75% less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs
  • The Department of Energy estimates that replacing regular light bulbs with LEDs could potentially save 190 terawatt-hours annually—the equivalent of lighting over 95 million homes
While buyers can make these changes themselves, savvy sellers know that they will judge your eco-friendly actions in a positive light and may be more inclined to deal with you.

 
 
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