Posted by Michael Hughes-Sotheby’s International Realty
2010 was a great year for me personally in Boulder real estate and I have much gratitude. I see many changes as I look into the future. 2011 is going to be better yet. Many possibilities and opportunities will come to pass in 2011.
- Jobs– Improvement was seen in 2010 in the housing market. The improvement won’t be dramatic until we see pervasive job growth. Housing prices will remain stable in Boulder.
- The “F” word or the “S” word – Foreclosures and Short Sales of course. Boulder has had a few of these, very few comparatively speaking. Short sales and foreclosures create excess supply, artificial low prices and provide downward pressure on pricing. There is very little “shadow market” in Boulder and this is great news.
- Robust Rental Market-this is great news for potential tenants and will see a saturation of cool rental properties, much to the chagrin of landlords.
- Interest Rates Will Increase– Interest rates are at nearly 50 year lows. Rates will rise in the near future. If you don’t get a loan or refinance now, you will wonder why you didn’t take advantage of these rates a year from now and buy that Boulder luxury real estate.
- Buyers Become Commuters – Many buyers that work in Boulder are willing to buy outside the city and take up the commute.
- Housing Shortage – Population continues to increase. In Boulder County new housing starts are way down. There is a continual rise in population in Boulder. Something’s gotta give. What this says to me is the builders will be caught with their pants down (except Markel who continues to build) and the shortfall of housing will result in fewer available housing choices on the market for buyers. This of course will happen over time.
- Did you Know? — Did you know that in Boulder last year between November and January 39 homes over $750K sold?! That is one home every 40 hours. I professionally have had the best year ever! I nurture and care for my clients. Call me today if you need help selling or buying Boulder real estate.
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Posted by Michael Hughes
Bank of America has recently announced a halt on all the foreclosures it is processing throughout all of the United States including some house in Boulder. They said that they were taking these measures in order to investigate a “few flaws” in the process that they might have found, according to a statement made by the banking giant.
Bank of America decided to freeze all foreclosures only 7 days after one of the biggest banks in America announced it was doing the same thing in 23 states that require a court approval in order to proceed with a foreclosure.
The foreclosure process will still continue on, however it will stop before it gets to a judgement ruling or a foreclosure sale. Somewhat like traffic on highway 36 going out of Boulder at 5 pm. To say that the pipeline is clogged would be putting it mildly. This was the process that was going to put our housing market back on track. When you have a fever you take ibuprofen or something to keep the fever down until your bodys’ natural defenses can kick in. In this case you work your way through all the foreclosures when you have an ailing housing sector until they are all but diminished to a natural level. The freeze is only supposed to last a few weeks. I guess we’ll see. The banks are having a tough time working through all these foreclosures. Does that mean that the short sales will take an indefinite detour or backseat? This is not a good thing for the housing community. We need to continue to work through these foreclosures and get them done as quickly as possible. JPMorgan Chase also halted foreclosures on 56,000 people who own homes in the U.S. they also said they would be reviewing how the approval process was working. Apparently some of the employees who review and approve the files were not following the guidelines. In the past few days most banks have followed suit. This is not only bad news for foreclosures but also for short sales of Boulder real estate in the county. Short sales were on the back burner and took a very long time, until this is sorted out and untangled they will not be moving forward.
We have been very lucky with Boulder Real Estate. There are not a Tsunami of foreclosures like the sand states. What do I say? Get it done. Of course follow the proper procedures but pull the band aid off quickly and move along! Read the entire story.
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