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Denver (Including Athmar Park) 1Q 2008 condo real estate trends

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Recap of First Quarter 2008 Condo Price Performance

The average condo price in Metro Denver decreased -2% in the full year 2005 to the full year 2006, from $190,000 to $187,000. Comparing 2006 to 2007, the average condo price across the metro dropped -3%, to $180K. Looking at the first quarter 2008 vs. the first quarter of 2007, prices dropped 4%, from $175K to $169K.

The average price of a foreclosure or short sale condo dropped from 2006 from 2007 by -6% to $108,000. The average price of a non-distress sale increased +2% to $211,000. Sales volume in January and February of 2007 was 1,316. In the same period in 2008, it was 1,223, or -7%.

Some areas did better than others. The attached chart shows different neighborhoods in our area. Each region has the neighborhood's name and the percentage of sales in the last twelve months that were either short sales or bank-owned properties. The second line has the price change the twelve months from 4/1/2007 to 3/31/2008 vs. the twelve months prior. Next, you'll see the average condo price in the last twelve months and the number of homes that were sold.

The good news: The average days on market for condos, in January to March 2008, was 108 days. This was a 6 day drop from the first quarter of 2007.

There had to be at least twenty sales in the last year for an area to be included. The numbers are more reliable in areas where there were more sales. Less expensive areas generally didn't do as well. There's a pretty strong relationship; where home prices are less expensive, there is more of a foreclosure problem, and that tends to drag down the prices.

Source: Your Castle Real Estate analysis, MLS data

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