If you experienced sticker shock when you received your real property notice of valuation from the El Paso County Assessor’s office, you’re not alone. Many residents of El Paso County are shocked by one of the sharpest property value increases in recent history. It’s the first time in 14 years, that the county has experienced such a hike which means larger tax bills for residents.
These reassessments are mandated by law every two years. To show you the extent of the increase, consider this: In southeast Colorado Springs, values have shot up 37 percent. Higher valuation means higher taxes. The last time the county experienced double-digit increases was in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
You can appeal your home’s valuation by filing an appeal
Home buyers can expect a triple whammy in 2019 with a continuing tightly competitive market (low supply), higher prices, and an interest rate increase. But all is not lost in the 2019 Colorado Springs real estate market. There are several welcome developments for home buyers and mortgage borrowers. New construction will include more affordable entry-level homes and mortgage lenders are easing the qualification requirements for loans. First time home buyers are getting much-deserved attention now in the real estate market, more so than ever before.
Below, is a list of housing and mortgage trends for 2019.
Need More Homes
The lacking supply of homes for the market will continue to lag in 2019, but it’s not expected to worsen. The number of
Whether or not those homes were the right homes for buyers, however, is an entirely different matter. Finding the right kind of home that suits our needs and wants is possible when we know exactly what we're looking for and where.
High competition and limited housing choices sometimes skew a buyer's mindset when selecting a home. Other times a lack of patience can also cause a buyer to make the wrong housing choice. Regardless of the reason why some buyers make these decisions, some end up selling after discovering the house just wasn't right for them.
We all want to find our dream homes within our price range. We see our homes as symbolic to time with family, a sense of security, and as a reflection
The most recent numbers show another strong quarter for the Colorado Springs housing market.
Compared to Q3 of 2017, the total number of listings and days on the market remained virtually identical. Homes priced between $300k-$500k along with the $1million+ market gained momentum, but the number of units sold under $300k declined by 26% due to the extreme lack of inventory.
One interesting indicator during this quarterly cycle is the median sales price. Although our local market values have increased another 11% over the same period last year, the current median sales price is down 2% compared to Q2 of 2018.
Keep An Eye On Interest Rates
Mortgage interest rates also continue to rise. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate for a 30-year
The strong sellers' market continues in Colorado Springs but home buyers are starting to see more relief compared to the first quarter of 2018. Mortgage rates are a key factor to the slight cool off, having gained 60 basis points (.6%) since the start of 2018 but they have also remained relatively flat for the past 5 weeks.
Colorado Springs Real Estate Market Update
Overall listings in Q2 were still nearly 6% lower than the total count from a year ago, but compared to the 14% deficit we saw in the first quarter of 2018, the "white hot" market could now be described as a "red hot" market.
Appreciation continues to be good to home sellers. The median sales price for residential property in El Paso County is now $303,000, up nearly $20,000 since Q1