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Real Estate Market & Economic News

Courtesy of the Park City Board Of Realtors

BUYERS RESPONDING TO BUYER�S MARKET

5th Consecutive Quarter of Increased Sales
Monday, October 25, 2010 5:00 am

Debbie Aldrich 

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
For further information:
Mark Seltenrich
President

BUYERS RESPONDING TO BUYER'S MARKET
5th Consecutive Quarter of Increased Sales
Park City, Utah - October 26, 2010 - Real estate sales in the Park City area, as reported by the Park City Board of REALTORS� Multiple Listing Service, continue at a strong pace compared to 2009. Overall sales dollar volume for the first three quarters of 2010 was $790 million, up 37% from the $576 million in sales over the first three quarters of 2009. The number of sales is up as well, with 1063 closed sales in the first three quarters of 2010 compared to 764 in the first three quarters of 2009, a 39% increase.
Current activity levels are as high now as they have been in the last three years, with more than 150 pended sales in both August and September, numbers not seen since mid-2007. "The number of sales in September is especially notable since historically September is not a month with a huge number of sales," remarked Mark Seltenrich, President of the Board of REALTORS�. "For buyers, the fear of overpaying is being replaced by the fear of being left behind," added Jim Lewis, REALTOR� with Summit Sotheby's.
Park City's real estate marketcontinues to recover far above the pace of the National real estate economy. Sales figures are higher than predicted earlier this year, showing that buyers want to own in our area and are recognizing now is the time to buy. Sales for the year will top $1 billion, putting 2010 as one of only six years with Park City real estate sales topping the billion dollar mark.
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Sales of Single-Family Homes
Single family homes continue to be the strongest part of the market at 46% of total sales, and 51% of total sales dollar volume. These figures reinforce the unique aspect of our market as both a destination resort and desirable year-round residential community.
Median Price
Median price for all property types is down one percent from the first three quarters of 2009. Single family home median prices, however, are up about three percent from last year. Median prices of homes within the city limits were down 39%, while median prices in the Snyderville Basin were down only 2%. "It appears owners in the Snyderville Basin recognized the "new pricing reality" sooner than homeowners within the city limits", remarked Seltenrich. "We don't expect to see such price declines in the future as the current home prices are now prices buyers are willing to pay," added Seltenrich.
Home, Condo and Land Sales
In the greater Park City area, the number of home, condo and land sales has increased dramatically from 50-150% over numbers sold in 2009. Two such areas are Empire Pass and Park Meadows. In the first three quarters of 2009 five condominiums were sold in the Empire Pass area of upper Deer Valley, while in the same time period of 2010, 44Debbie Aldrich condominiums were sold. Home sales in Park Meadows were 8 in 2009 and 28 in 2010. This large increase in the number of sales is directly related to much better pricing in these neighborhoods. Even though many of these sales were well over a million dollars, the prices that these properties are selling at may be hundreds of thousands less than what they were a few years ago.
Foreclosures


Foreclosure activity continues to be high, and many of the sales this year are of bank-owned properties.
However, there are signs that the number of foreclosures will be diminishing. "Notice of Default's (the precursor to a foreclosure action) appears to have peaked in 2009 and have generally been falling in 2010. In spite of this, the numbers are still at very high historical levels, and foreclosures will be a part of the market for some time" said Seltenrich.
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1889 Prospector Avenue Park City, UT 84060 Phone: (435) 200-6900 Fax: (435) 200-6901
Increase in the Number of Sales
The following provides a breakdown by category of the increase in the number of sales through the first three quarters of 2010 compared to the first three quarters of 2009:
Single Family Homes + 37%
Condominiums + 46%
Land + 71%
Looking Ahead
With the recent improvement in economic outlook, the upcoming ski season, great prices and record low interest rates, the outlook for continuing sales at a fairly brisk level in the Park City marketis very good. "All of the things that make us a great place to live and vacation - the lifestyle, the outdoor opportunities, the proximity to a major urban area and international airport, a great town, three great resorts - are still here. The only thing that is different is that it is much more affordable now than it was a few years ago, and the astute buyers are realizing that and are acting" said Seltenrich. "As we all know, the only thing that is certain is that things will change, and these great prices won't last forever," concluded Seltenrich.
The Park City Board of REALTORS� (PCBR) is a trade association of more than 900 members comprised of REALTORS� and Affiliates from the greater Park City real estateindustry. PCBR analyzes and reports on real estate trends for the greater resort community of Park City.

www.Parkcityboard.org
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