The new course the Steamboat Springs real estate market set in 2018 did not alter more than a few degrees in 2019. The number of transactions posted by the Steamboat Springs MLS dropped 2% from 2018. This is most likely due to the low supply of properties for sale in the market over the past three years. Less inventory led to less buying opportunities, therefore the slight drop in overall transactions. Speaking of low supply, listings declined for the ninth straight year. Except for 2006 (1,065), 2019 carried the second lowest number of listings throughout the year, calling it a tie with 2007 at 1,081.
Another key indicator is Absorption Rate, or the inventory bought, which is the dynamic between supply (listings) and demand (transactions). After nine straight years of a higher supply than demand, over the last three years, the market has seen the opposite with more demand than supply. With supply not meeting demand, one would expect prices to increase, which is seen by the sharp increase in average price from $522,000 to nearly $651,000 in 2019. From 1995 to 2019, the Average Price for properties in the Steamboat Springs MLS has increased an average of 9.17% annually. The 2019 Average Price of $650,780 is the highest the MLS has ever recorded. Likewise, the 2019 Median Price was $419,000, also highest on record.
2019 Annual Market Report
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