Park City Real Estate Market Report

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Derrik Carlson's Market Report
Coronavirus Updated 5/21/2020

KEY POINTS:

  • From April 22nd to May 19th of 2020 there were six more pending sales (175) than the same timeframe in 2019 (169).
  • The Coronavirus stay at home order is now showing in the number of closed sales, which is a lagging indicator.
  • The big city life isn't what it used to be and people will be moving, maybe to Park City.

MARKET UPDATE
The Park City real estate market has been affected by the Coronavirus but we are starting to return to normal. If it weren't for people wearing masks, life would feel 95% normal with a typical shoulder season between the ski resorts closing for the seasons and waiting for the muddy trails to dry up. We are in unique times where real estate occupations such as Realtors, builders, inspectors, and title companies were deemed essential and people have continued to buy and sell property in the Park City area. What wasn't deemed essential was keeping the ski resorts open and potential buyers traveling to Park City. Approximately half of the properties in Park City, Utah are second homes - when fifty-percent of buyers are taken away you would expect sales to almost completely dry up within forty-five days. That has not happened and our new under contract numbers for the past four weeks have been right in line with 2019.

As you can see in the charts and data below, by week 13 of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 new under contracts had dropped by forty to sixty percent of what they were in 2019. Now, it feels like everyone has had enough of being locked down and the pending sales for 2020 are falling right back in line where they would be typically.

 

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A BIT OF MY PERSPECTIVE:
I've been on the phone talking to as many people as possible that were once interested in buying real estate in Park City. What I've come to realize is that the Coronavirus has amplified life goals to help people finally decide to purchase a vacation property, pull up their roots and move here, or go in another direction - there are very few people on the fence. It has been incredible to hear how different this experience has been in different areas of the country. People that live in the populated areas of New York, Califonia, New Jersey, and Illinois areas are anxious to move to a slower and possibly safer way of life. If Park City can catch just a fraction of buyers moving out of these areas I suspect prices will remain strong and possibly even push up for primary residence type properties. It's yet to be seen how luxury real estate will react to the economic slowdown/shutoff. Smaller properties that are used as investment properties could be affected the most if there are issues with the ski resorts opening up to full capacity.

 

WHERE IS THE MARKET HEADING?
The conversations I've had lead me to believe that there is a strong appetite for Park City properties. In Park City, buyers don't have to buy, sellers don't have to sell, but everyone wants to be here - that's the truth! About half of the properties that have been purchased in Park City over the past decade have been 100% cash transaction so many of our sellers don't have a debt obligation to unload if the economy doesn't bounce back quickly. Many of my clients are small business owners, CEO's, hedge fund managers, or retirees they have strong assets so they won't need to liquidate their property to stay alive - we live in a unique semi-protected bubble here. I think we're going to have to wait this out a bit longer to see how the economy restarts to get a good feeling on the overall feeling of the long term direction of Park City real estate values.

 

PARK CITY REAL ESTATE DATA DURING CORONAVIRUS:
Below are charts and graphs that compare the same timelines of 2019 to COVID-19 2020. When the stock market was falling there were real estate "experts" telling real estate agents to buckle down for a big downturn and slowdown of the real estate market in America - now they are saying to get ready for a mini-boom with buyers ready to make huge changes in their life. The past four weeks of pending sales are telling on how people feel about Park City real estate. Let's get into the data of the Park City Real Estate Market Report.

 

New Listings by Week: The number of transactions bottomed out in weeks 15 and 16.  Since week 17, late April, we have seen the market become more active with new listings.  Hope has been high that we'll make it out of this bumped and bruised rather than scarred.  The upward trend reversed in week 19 as new listings dropped by 20% but week 20 more than made up for the difference by nearly doubling the previous week.  Week 20 is the highest number of new listings in this timeframe of 2019 and 2020.  The market is starting to react to relaxing coronavirus restrictions.  

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Week Begin Monday Thru Sunday 2019 New Listings Begin Monday Thru Sunday 2020 New Listings Change
1 31-Dec 6-Jan 48 30-Dec 5-Jan 22 -26
2 7-Jan 13-Jan 59 6-Jan 12-Jan 53 -6
3 14-Jan 20-Jan 59 13-Jan 19-Jan 51 -8
4 21-Jan 27-Jan 54 20-Jan 26-Jan 65 11
5 28-Jan 3-Feb 78 27-Jan 2-Feb 53 -25
6 4-Feb 10-Feb 59 3-Feb 9-Feb 61 2
7 11-Feb 17-Feb 93 10-Feb 16-Feb 65 -28
8 18-Feb 24-Feb 65 17-Feb 23-Feb 33 -32
9 25-Feb 3-Mar 53 24-Feb 1-Mar 38 -15
10 4-Mar 10-Mar 65 2-Mar 8-Mar 79 14
11 11-Mar 17-Mar 60 9-Mar 15-Mar 67 7
12 18-Mar 24-Mar 56 16-Mar 22-Mar 52 -4
13 25-Mar 31-Mar 65 23-Mar 29-Mar 33 -32
14 1-Apr 7-Apr 59 30-Mar 5-Apr 44 -15
15 8-Apr 14-Apr 54 6-Apr 12-Apr 28 -26
16 15-Apr 21-Apr 57 13-Apr 19-Apr 28 -29
17 22-Apr 28-Apr 61 20-Apr 26-Apr 47 -14
18 29-Apr 5-May 69 27-Apr 3-May 68 -1
19 6-May 12-May 91 4-May 10-May 54 -37
20 13-May 19-May 59 11-May 17-May 99 40
               
  Totals   1264     1040 -224

 

New Pending (In Escrow) & Sold Properties:
In weeks 13-15, March 2020, the number of pending sales was dramatically less than in 2019. Since week 15 we have seen an upward trend in pending listings where 2020 has outpaced 2019 three of the last four weeks. The most recent week had one fewer pending sale than in 2019 - this could possibly be the best leading indicator of the direction of the Park City real estate market.

Properties sold in the Park City MLS are trailing pending sales by thirty to forty-five days. In week 15, late March, you'll notice that sales start to drop and coincide with the decrease of pending sales in weeks nine through fourteen. We can expect to see sales increase as the number of pending properties has increased the four weeks.

Park City MLS Under Contracts During Coronavirus ChartSold Properties on Park City MLS During Coronavirus Chart

Data for Pending Property Sales on the Park City MLS for 2019 vs 2020 During the Same Timeframe. 

Week Pending 2019 Pending 2020 Change   Sold 2019 Sold 2020 Change
1 25 24 -1   15 10 -5
2 22 42 20   23 60 37
3 33 47 14   32 38 6
4 40 59 19   21 33 12
5 81 44 -37   38 29 -9
6 64 34 -30   24 36 12
7 46 35 -11   35 32 -3
8 55 49 -6   27 39 12
9 44 42 -2   59 32 -27
10 47 49 2   32 37 5
11 53 42 -11   40 27 -13
12 48 30 -18   32 29 -3
13 40 20 -20   38 26 -12
14 48 21 -27   38 47 9
15 46 19 -27   43 32 -11
16 51 27 -24   49 30 -19
17 34 35 1   40 23 -17
18 37 41 4   51 17 -34
19 42 44 2   31 19 -12
20 56 55 -1   51 20 -31
               
  912 759 -153   719 616 -103

Data for this report was collected at Noon on Wednesday, May 20, and may not reflect all transactions for the latest measured week. PCMLS participants have five business days in which to report status changes, so the deadline for changes through Sunday, May 17 to be reported would be Friday, May 22. The numbers for earlier weeks may change from previous reports as late changes are entered into the MLS despite the five business day requirement. **Comments are the personal observations of Derrik Carlson and do not reflect the opinions of the Park City Board of Realtors.

 

Timeline of Coronavirus:
This has been a less than exciting ride if you remember all the way back to late December 2019 - it seems just a few days ago but at the same time, an eternity.

Week 1:
Week 2: 1/11 - First Death in China
Week 3: 1/20 - First Confirmed Case Outside of China
Week 4:
Week 5: 1/30 - WHO Declares Global Emergency
Week 6: 2/5 - Cruise Ship Quarantined in Japan
Week 7: 2/12 - Virus Named Coronavirus
Week 8: 2/2324 - Italy & Iran break out
Week 9: 2/29 - First USA Death
Week 10: 3/6 - First Utah Case Confirmed
Week 11: 3/13 - USA Declares National Emergency
Week 12: 3/18 - Open Door & Redfin Suspend iBuying
Week 13: 3/25 - Park City Issues Stay at Home Order (Derrik's Birthday)
Week 14: 3/31 - Wasatch County Issues Stay at Home
Week 15: Stay Safe - Stay Home Continues
Week 16:
Week 17:
Week 18: 5/1 - Park City Soft Re-Opening Begins
Week 19: Move Into Orange Stabilization Phase
Week 20: Parts of Utah Lower to Yellow Phase

 

Posted by Derrik Carlson on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 6:41pm on https://www.realestateinparkcity.com/blog/park-city-real-estate-market-report.html

Comments (2)

Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  Very helpful for buyers and sellers in your market.

May 22, 2020 01:31 AM
Derrik Carlson

Thanks Richard!  I just try to be the source of real information for people buying or selling real estate in the Park City area.  Many of our buyers come from the Dallas area.  

May 26, 2020 05:02 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Nice Blog Post ! I’m with KW and our office is located in Park City Mall in Lancaster, PA

May 22, 2020 06:31 AM
Derrik Carlson

Keller Williams to Keller Williams - I wish you the best out in PA.  From everyone I've spoken to in your neck of the woods, you're going through something completely different than we are in Park City, Utah. 

May 26, 2020 05:03 PM