Vail Valley Real Estate Market Report

Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Home Team’s Vail Valley Real Estate Market Report Center!  Here you’ll find the latest real estate statistics news, and information for Eagle County, Colorado, homes. To begin, simply select the area you would like to explore:   Slopeside Markets Edwards East Eagle West Glossary  

Slopeside Markets

The Vail Board of Realtors recorded 19 residential property sales for February 2018 in the slopeside segment of the Vail Valley Real Estate Market, which includes Vail Village, Lionshead, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead.  Average sale price was $1,112.59 per square foot, 9.7% above the 2017 average of $1,014 per square foot.

So with a dip in January and a boost in February, are Vail Valley ski property prices rising or falling?

Remember when looking at averages for this market that the Slopeside Market is small, select and diverse even compared to the Vail Valley Market as a whole. The numbers can vary wildly depending on what property types sell month to month. Small numbers of transactions, larger price tags and buyers with specific and unique demands make the details of individual properties – always an important consideration – even more important in this market.

January 2017 serves as a great example of a spike. That month, price per square foot launched to $1,288, the highest in our 5 years on record.  However, there were just 13 sales that month, including three sales for over $10 Million each – including the month’s top sale, a single family home in Vail Village selling for $23 Million.  Those sorts of numbers are going to push averages upward, especially in a month with a small number of transactions.

On the other hand, September 2017 saw sale price per square foot drop to $842, its lowest point since Sept. 2015.  23 recorded sales meant it was a bigger data set than January’s 13, but still subject to a distortion effect as a few sweet deals – including a duplex selling for just under $460 per square foot in Arrowhead – pulled down the overall average.

So, is the market headed up or down?

Working from full-year averages gives us a better picture of what we’re really looking at. The Vail MLS saw an average of 19 residential properties sales per month in 2016 – a drop from the 2015 average of 23 homes per month. Price per square foot also fell from an average of $961 in 2015 to $952 in 2016 – but few homeowners are looking to flip a home within a single year. Looking even just a little bit further back, the price per square foot average for 2013 was just $820 – meaning a 16% gain in value over just three years. The average for 2017 was $1,014. It does look like, overall Vail Valley Real Estate is appreciating nicely.

Of course, the best way to track the value of a specific property is to ask for a professional analysis. Michael Routh and the Rocky Mountain Home Team offer a no-cost, no-obligation comparative market analysis to give you the information you need to make informed decisions in the Vail Real Estate Market.

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Edwards – East


The Vail Board of Realtors’ Multiple Listings Service recorded 58 residential property sales in the Eastern Vail Valley – from East Vail to Wolcott – as transactions ticked back up from January’s record low.  Price per square foot also rose, jumping over $100 from $582 in January to $686 in February.

It’s impossible to predict the long-term direction of the market – but low inventory at lower price points is definitely making an impact right now, and it is hard to see that situation changing in the near future.  Rising interest rates may play a role in a potential slow down, but recent increases have remained in line with or fallen below expectations.  Meanwhile, the hardest limit  on transaction volume remains inventory  – the “pent up demand” for housing in the Vail Valley is well known.

There is a definite reason for that pent up demand.  Although interest rates are up from historic lows, mortgages are still affordable enough that owning a home is easily comparable, and often more affordable, than renting in the Vail Valley. Factoring in equity and tax deductions makes home ownership even more desirable.  Since price is such a big part of the equation, affordable homes are flying off the market when priced appropriately. Multiple offer situations and bidding wars are commonplace – be sure to have a good agent when entering this market!

Are you looking for a home in the Vail Valley? Now might be the time to buy! Interest rates are still low, and there are still deals to be had in today’s market. It is entirely possible you could be paying less than your monthly rent and building equity at the same time.

Michael Routh and the Rocky Mountain Home Team can help you find the home you’re looking for. Contact us today for more information on buying a home in Eagle County or to start your Vail Valley property search.

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Eagle – West

The Vail Board of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service recorded 19 residential property sales in the Vail Valley’s western market, including Eagle and Gypsum in February 2018.  Average price per square grew dipped to $218 in February – but what really stands in this market right now is the extremely narrow gap between list and sale prices. In the final months of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, the line looks nearly purple. Meanwhile, the average (84) and median (43) days on market could hardly be further apart.

In a smaller sample size, higher priced homes and a few oddballs are going to skew the averages in both data sets.

The region has seem some steady gains over time – that 2016 average of was a gain of 39% since 2013 – as a combination of ongoing economic recovery and historically low interest rates has renewed interest in home ownership.

The western market still sees affordably priced homes going under contract in less than a week. We may not be “summer 2015” levels of crazy – and that’s a good thing for the market as a whole – but demand is high for Eagle County homes, especially at lower price points.

January also saw another distressed property sales in western Eagle County. Distressed property sales hit 75% of the 2016 total in a single month in March 2017. Since there were just four TOTAL bank owned or short sale transactions in 2016, three such sales so far in 2018 may look like a bigger jump than it actually is. Whether or not this is the start of a trend remains to be seen. Since most homeowners are getting very close to list price for their properties, however, it is hard to see a distressed property market returning in force in the short term without a wider economic recession.

Overall, the market in the west appears healthy at this time. While affordable homes don’t last long on the market, there is still a fairly reasonable balance between buyers and sellers – especially at higher price points. The real winners in the current market are often move-up homeowners – those selling a home in the highly competitive segment of the market while purchasing one in a less competitive market segment, at a time when interest rates remain historically low.

Are you thinking of selling your home in the Western Vail Valley? Michael Routh and the Rocky Mountain Home Team have the skills you’ll need to sell your home for the most money in the least amount of time. Contact us today to see how much your home might be worth.




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New Listings: A measure of how much new supply is coming onto the market from sellers. A “listing” is a property that has been entered into the MLS for sale.

Pending Sales: A count of all the listings that went into “Pending” status during the reported period. Pending listings are counted at the end of the reported period.  Each listing is counted only one time.  If a listing goes into Pending, out of Pending then back into Pending all in one reported period, this listing would only be counted once.  This is the most real-time measure possible for home buyer activity, as it measures signed contracts on sales rather than the actual closed sales.  As such, it is called a “leading indicator” of buyer demand.

Closed Sales: A measure of home sales that were closed to completion during the report period.

Average and Median Sales Price: The average sale price is exactly that – the sum of all sale prices divided by the number of sales.  The median sales price is a price point where 50% of activity was higher and 50% was lower.  A few high level sales at the top of the market can raise the average, but will have little effect on the median.

Percent of List Price Received: A mathematical calculation of the percent difference from last list price and sold price for those listings sold in the reported period.

Days on Market until Sale: How long it takes homes to sell, on average.

Housing Affordability Index: A measure of how affordable a region’s housing is to its consumers.  A higher number means greater affordability.  The index is based on interest rates, median sales price and average income by county.

Inventory of Active Listings:  A measure of the number of homes available for sale at a given time.  The availability of homes for sale has a big effect on supply-demand dynamics and home prices.

Months Supply of Inventory: A measure of how balanced the market is between buys and sellers. It is expressed as the number of months it would hypothetically take to sell through all the available homes for sale, given current levels of home sales.  A balanced market ranges from 4 to 7 months of supply.  A buyer’s market has a higher number, reflecting fewer buyers relative to homes for sale.  A seller’s market has a lower number, reflecting more buyers relative to homes for sale.