Thursday, April 25, 2019

Denver ranked #2 Best City to Live in U.S. by popular study (again)


Each year U.S. News & World Report analyzes the 125 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a city has to have great value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.
For the last 6 years Denver has been ranked either #1, 2, 
or 3 "best city to live in the U.S." That is a pretty 
amazing track record. 

Here are the top 10:
  • 1. Austin, Texas.
  • 2. DenverColorado
  • 3. Colorado SpringsColorado
  • 4. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 5. Des Moines, Iowa
  • 6. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 7. San Francisco, California
  • 8. Portland, Oregon
  • 9. Seattle, Washington
  • 10. Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina

Founded in the mid-1800s as a mining hub during the gold rush, Denver has come a long way since its Wild West days. Over time, its residents have evolved from gunslinging gamblers into an easygoing crowd of ambitious, progressive-minded fitness fanatics and nature lovers. Nicknamed the Mile High City for its 5,280-foot elevation, Denver's location at the base of the Rocky Mountains provides a gateway to a slew of outdoor pursuits, although it is probably best known for its devout ski and snowboard enthusiasts.
To clarify a common misconception, Denver is not a mountain town. It actually takes at least an hour to drive to the Rockies. But there are some great places for recreating within a 30-minute drive of downtown, such as Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater and Cherry Creek State Park.
Some might say that Denver is experiencing a gold rush of a different color: green. After Colorado residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, Denver has seen a surge in cannabis-related commerce, from dispensaries to magazines to high-tech paraphernalia like vaporizers, rolling papers, lotions and storage containers – and the industry is just gaining speed. It is a great city for entrepreneurs of all kinds. 

What is there to do in Denver, CO?

Denver offers more than 5,000 acres of parks, trails, golf courses and playgrounds. In fact, many of Denver's most prominent neighborhoods are built around and named after such beloved green spaces like Washington Park, City Park, Cheesman Park and Sloan's Lake. The metro area's proximity to the Rocky Mountains also creates numerous opportunities for residents to ski and snowboard in the winter.
Denver is also home to a flourishing arts scene, and music is a big part of life here. Numerous famous acts originated here at high altitude, including The Fray, The Lumineers, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
There are also nearly 100 breweries in metro Denver, and the sudsy area is host to the annual Great American Beer Festival that showcases more than 3,800 beers from 800 breweries around the country.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Denver's January housing market 'Best time to buy in a long time'



Kelcey McClung wrote about January 2019 home sales in the Denver Business Journal. She provides evidence that real estate market trends point to a more balanced market resulting in more choices for home buyers in the Denver Metro Area. She also writes that the luxury home market saw a dramatic decrease in the median days on the market.

Denver's January housing market marks 'best time to buy in a long time.'

The number of listings in metro Denver’s January 2019 housing market was up 52 percent compared to January 2018, according to the latest Denver Metro Association of Realtors report.

The total of 5,881 listings was up 5.45 percent from the previous month, but still far below January’s historic average of 13,469.

Jill Schafer, chair of the DMAR market trends committee, said in a press release that buyers should be doing a “happy dance” because they finally have choices.

“Even though the Denver metro area is still a seller’s market in most price ranges, there’s no doubt this is the best time to buy in a long time,” she said.

Homebuyers were putting in more contracts in January than December – up 33.97 percent, which means the metro can expect more home sales in February, according to Schafer.

While inventory is up, prices are still up too, as the average sold price of a home in January was 2.89 percent higher than the average in January 2018, at $461,101.

The metro is continuing to move toward a more balanced market, Schafer said, as single-family homes priced under $1 million are still in short supply, and lower price ranges have less than five months worth of inventory. A market is generally considered balanced when it has five to six months worth of inventory.

The luxury home market is officially a buyer’s market, according to DMAR, as there is currently 7.65 months worth of inventory. January was much slower month for properties priced over $1 million as 93 were sold, compared to 135 in December.

The median days on the market for luxury homes dramatically dropped to 41 in January, which is less than half of the median days seen in January 2018. From 2016 to 2018, days on the market for luxury homes has ranged from 71 to 84 days.

Andrew Abrams, a DMAR market trends committee member, said he does not expect this trend to continue, but it does show that “buyers were quick to make decisions in January.”

“The luxury market was full of conflicting data,” he said. “The average sales price was up, median days on the market down and the overall sold properties and sales volume were down as well.”
-Kelcey McClung - Denver Business Journal

Boulder is #4 on Wall Street Journal "America's Superstar Cities"


Wall Street Journal has an article entitled "Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money: America’s Superstar Cities." Coming in high at number 4 is Boulder Colorado. “Technology is creating an economy in which superstar employees work for superstar firms that gather them into superstar cities, leading to a stark geographic concentration of wealth." The article cites a study by the Brookings Institution that created an index of every metro area in the U.S. according to the extent to which their workers use computers in their jobs (their digitalization).



The rankings:
  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
  2. California-Lexington Park, Md.
  3. Huntsville, Ala.
  4. Boulder, Colo.
  5. Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.
  6. Trenton, N.J.
  7. Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.-Md.-W.Va.
  8. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.
  9. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  10. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.
  11. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  12. Salt Lake City

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Colorado Gains 80,000 Residents in 2018; Growth Rate 7th in Nation



The U.S. Census Bureau says Colorado grew by nearly 80,000 people between mid-2017 and mid-2018.
The Denver Post reported Monday that Colorado's population grew by 1.4 percent in the 12 months ended July 1.
The Census Bureau says that's the seventh-fastest growth rate in the country. Nevada and Idaho were tied for first with a 2.1 percent growth rate.
The U.S. population grew by 0.6 percent during the period.
Colorado's population is now estimated at nearly 5.7 million, about 700,000 higher than in 2010. Colorado's growth rate was 13.2 percent in those eight years, the fourth-highest in the nation.
Some people still ask why Colorado is so popular? Here are just a few reasons: Over 300 days of sun, the 4th best winter (meaning least miserable) in the U.S., ski resorts galore, a booming economy, easy business laws for entrepreneurs, diverse work industry, hot real estate market, gorgeous mountain views, tons of outdoor activities, very family friendly, the coolest suburb communities...and the coolest people.