Park City Real Estate Trends

Is this Subdivision Going to the Dogs?

By Todd Anderson
Dec 14, 2017

Park City, UT is often referred to as “Bark City” by its residents, but many Home Owners Associations aren’t so dog friendly. What can you do when your Buyer or Renter has an emotional support dog?

I met someone the other night at a social function who told me he was a member of a home owners association board of directors. He mentioned having recently dealt with a renter with an Emotional Support Animal.

The Homeowners Association (HOA) has a strict ‘no dogs’ policy. The renter presented the HOA with a Certificate of Registration for the dog and a letter from a psychiatrist stating that the dog is an essential part of the renter’s treatment for anxiety. So, the question becomes: which one wins, the rules of the HOA or the renter?

Park City DogsA 2013 newsletter from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) states this:

The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating based on disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, and familial status.

Further: “Disability-related complaints, including those that involve assistance animals, are the most common discrimination complaint we receive. This notice will help housing providers better understand and meet their obligation to grant reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities that require assistance animals to fully use and enjoy their housing.”

HUD’s new notice explains housing providers’ obligations under the Fair Housing Act, including the requirement to provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities who require assistance animals. Pet restrictions cannot be used to deny or limit housing to people with disabilities who require the use of an assistance animal because of their disability. Housing providers must grant reasonable accommodations in such instances, in accordance with the law.

In effect, the renter is stating that they have a disability and that there is little that the HOA can do in terms of disallowing the dog without being in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

The HOA director I met checked with a friend who is a lawyer who told him that: “you don’t want me to fight this, you can’t afford it.”

In a recent dealing with a client with an emotional support dog, I initially thought to nudge toward Park City complexes that do not have a ‘no dog’ policy, but I realized that even that could be construed as a violation. In the end I made sure that the client was aware of the policies of the HOA’s and directed this potential Buyer to a few attorneys that specialize in dealing with these issues.

Comments or Questions? Contact the YouInParkCity.com Group (435)962-9472

Park City’s Real Estate Inventory Problem

By Todd Anderson
Dec 07, 2017

Like many other communities in the country, Park City, Utah is experiencing a lack of available homes for sale.

How can that be when a search of the active properties on Wasatch Back MLS (Summit and Wasatch Counties) brings nearly 1900 results?

  • Just over 700 of those listings are for Vacant Land (Acreage and Building lots)
  • Another 140+ of these listings are for Fractional Ownerships or Commercial properties
  • So, there are 1042 active listings of Homes and Condominiums on the WBMLS
  • 109 of these are outside Summit or Wasatch Counties (mostly in the greater Salt Lake area)
  • Further Subtraction of the homes in the Heber Valley, Kamas Valley and Coalville area removes another 240+ homes from the initial search results
The final tally leaves 691 Homes and Condominiums in the Greater Park City Area for sale (this includes Park City Proper, the Snyderville Basin, and the Jordanelle Reservoir area). The split between Homes and Condominiums is almost even (348 vs 343).

Park City Housing InventoryYear to date sales for homes and Condominiums in the Greater Park City area is 1335 (574 Houses and 761 Condos). This data gives a 6.7 month supply for Homes and a 5 month supply for Condos. These numbers sound very reasonable for most metro markets in the US and might even be considered a Buyer’s market by some standards. A deeper dive shows the real issues in the Park City Market.

Of the active homes for sale, 223 have an asking price of $2 million or more; this is a 17 month supply at the sales rate so far this year. At the other end of the spectrum, there are only 32 Homes listed for less than $1 million; at current sales rates would sell these homes in a mere 1.5 months. Homes between $1 and $2 show a 5 month supply at the current absorption rate.

  • Of the current active listings in Old Town, the median asking price is over $2.1 million
  • Only 6 Homes on the market in Old Town have a price under $1 million; none of these were built after 1920 and half of these are under 1000 square feet.
  • Sales prices for new construction homes in Old Town are averaging approximately $1000/sq ft.
  • The Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch areas in the Snyderville Basin have 2.5 months worth of inventory at current absorption rates.
  • There were 62 sales this year in these areas under $1 million; there are currently 6 homes for sale in Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook with an asking price below $1 million.
Condominium sales and active listings show similar discrepancies between inventories at higher and lower prices.
  • There are 31 active condo listings priced above $1 million, a little over 1 year’s worth of inventory at the current absorption rate (note the 5 month condo supply mentioned above).
  • The Racquet Club Condominiums in Park Meadows have seen 4 sales this year all representing the highest prices ever recorded for the area.
  • There were 46 condo sales in Pinebrook this year, there are currently ZERO on the market.
The lack of inventory in certain price points can lead Sellers to believe that they can get any price they choose, but that just really isn’t the case. The current low mortgage rates mean that many Buyers are still getting a mortgage, and in that case the property will need to appraise. Appraisals are a back-ward looking price determination based on recent sales, this keeps prices from jumping too fast or Sellers getting a high price just because they have the only one on the market. Inventory that is on the market a long time is usually over-priced; Buyers won’t pay too much over the last comparable sale unless there is truly something special.

Park City’s low inventory levels can make both Buying and Selling harder (for different reasons), but either way you’ll find that the knowledge and guidance of a local real estate professional is a must. Contact the YouInParkCity.com Group (435)962-9472 at KW Park City Keller Williams to help you through.

Making Sense of Park City, UT Housing Prices

By Todd Anderson
Dec 02, 2017

Park City, Utah home and condominium prices in general are still rising, but a few things have had me scratching my head recently.

Wasatch Back MLS Market WatchI study the data on the Wasatch Back (formerly Park City) Multiple Listing Service (MLS) daily. I watch the new listings, pended sales, completed sales, removed listings and price changes depending on the day of the week, there are 35-75 daily changes.

Price Changes can really give an idea of which way the market is trending although in some cases they make me wonder “what was that agent or owner thinking?” when they priced it originally. Recently I sent a new listing to a client with a note stating, “this is priced well and likely won’t last long”.  Two weeks later it still hadn’t sold which made me question my knowledge, but then a price increase on the property showed up with the price going UP by nearly 35%. I somewhat wrote this off to an agent with little experience in our market, but I noticed something similar from a seasoned agent that knows our Park City real estate market well. This time it was a 20% price increase, but both properties remain on the market a few weeks later waiting for offers on their increased prices. Maybe we can chalk it up to greedy Sellers(?).

While price increases on listed Park City properties are fairly rare outside of new construction which often sees pricing go up as the projects are closer to complete, price reductions are common. Owners may like to “test” the market with a high initial price only to lower it after a few weeks. Lately though it has not been uncommon to see prices be lowered by 20% or more. Seeing a $500,000 drop on the price of a home is surely a good talking point, but I’m not convinced that it is a great marketing strategy. Buyers will tend to not even look at a property that is too far above the market and Sellers often get “anchored” to their original price whether or not it was realistic.

The Park City real estate market has a lot of moving parts and inventory can be quite slim depending on what exactly you have to sell or are looking to buy. Properties that are priced well move quickly, but it doesn’t mean that you can get or need to pay 20% more than the market value.

If you are looking to Buy or Sell property in the Park City, Utah area or just want a better feel for what is going on in the market, contact a realty professional with the YouInParkCity.com Group

(435)962-9472.

Real Estate Sales in Park City. Q1, 2017

By Todd Anderson
Apr 12, 2017

The real estate market in Park City, UT sky-rocketed during the first quarter of 2017.

Comparing the first quarter real estate sales of 2017 to the first quarter of 2016 looks similar to the snowfall comparisons between the two years.

  • Unit volume sales of Single Family homes were up nearly 20%
  • Dollar volume of Single Family homes sales was up nearly 25%
  • Condominium unit sales were up nearly 40%
  • Condominium dollar volume was up a whopping 74%

With all that said, the YouInParkCity.com Group knows that 90 days’ worth of sales isn’t enough to be statistically relevant and the small sample size we are dealing with is easily skewed. If we remove the $50M worth of sales at the Stein Eriksen Residences (SER), condominium unit volume changes to being up 30% with dollar volume up 35%.

The timing of new product to the market definitely impacts our numbers in the first quarter which is historically one of the slowest of the year. In addition to SER mentioned above, a similar story may have happened around the Jordanelle Reservoir where unit sales we up nearly 60% with the completion of many townhomes at Black Rock Ridge and Park’s Edge.

The story-line that may be more relevant and reliable in terms of the data is about scarcity. The greater Park City area currently has under 800 homes and condominiums for sale; the first quarter (which we mentioned is normally slow) had over 300 completed sales. That is less than 9 months inventory at the current sales volume.  This isn’t necessarily out of whack until we look at pricing and sales within price points.

  • Current for Sale Inventory of 440 Condos and 340 Homes in greater Park City has been relatively stable for the past four years
  • The median sales price of a home over the past year has been approx. $1.25M there are 57 active listings below this price (2.5 months’ worth of inventory)
  • The median sales price for a condominium has been $525,000; there are 105 options on the market below this price (3 months’ worth of inventory)
Note that the stats here are just raw data Park City area home and condo numbers and really don’t take locations, views, finishes and all the things that make a home unique and special into account. Thirty percent of the sales in the past year were on the market for less than two weeks.

Having someone that knows the market and the specifics of what you want to buy or have to sell is imperative. Contact the YouInParkCity.com Group for all your Park City Real Estate needs.

Park City Real Estate Sales 2016 Q1

By Todd Anderson
May 16, 2016

With the ski season in Park City now over (everyone except Mother Nature and the snow gods believe this to be true), it is time to take a look at real estate sales since January and our current Park City Real Estate Market.

If we had to size it all up in one line, it might read “Prices are up and sales volume (in units) is down” but that really doesn’t tell the whole story.

Park City, UT has a complex real estate market made up of many sub-markets; it is in-town vs out-of-town, in the Park City school district versus out, ski-in/ski-out versus a shuttle to the slopes, the Heber Valley, the Kamas Valley, Resort/Second home versus primary residence, dogs vs cats and more. We’ll take a look at some of these sub markets with a strong focus on prices; if we’ve missed something that is particularly important to you call or email us and we’ll give you an in depth look at the area that means the most to you as a Buyer or Seller.

  • Quarter vs Quarter stats may be too small of a sample size for comparison, but:
  • Old Town & Lower Deer Valley condo sales are down considerably while median sales prices are relatively flat
  • Empire Pass condo sales are flat while median sales prices dropped considerably (low sales at the Montage likely impacted this number greatly)
  • Canyons Village sales were buoyed by Blackstone new construction sales but were otherwise flat
  • Jordanelle area condo sales are almost exclusively new construction completions
While the number of available homes and condominiums for sale in the greater Park City area (In-town, Snyderville (out-of-town) and the Jordanelle area) has remained fairly constant over the past couple of years, asking prices for the available inventory has become very skewed.

Available homes for sale in Park City under $1M Homes in Park City under $1million

The Single Family home sales inside the city limits show a median sales price of just over $1.5M for the past 12 months yet of the active 125(+) MLS listings less than 15 have an asking price below $1.5M and 100 have an asking price above $2M. The Snyderville Basin (out-of-town area) is only slightly better with less than 15% of its active MLS listings below its 12 month median sales price of $912,500.  There are currently no homes for sale in the Greater Park City area for under $500K. Moving outside of Park City into the Heber and Kamas Valleys (10-15 minutes to the south and east) dramatically changes what can be purchased. The changes lie mostly in the price as these two valleys have over 150 current for sale homes priced for less than $1 million, but both have the same issue of relatively few homes available below their median sales prices (only about 20 % of the available inventory is priced below the median sold prices of the past 12 months).

Available homes for sale in Park City over $1M Homes in Park City for sale over $1million

Condominiums in the Greater Park City area are experiencing a similar inventory crisis with only 30% of the active inventory having an asking price below the median sales price for the past 12 months. This number doesn’t appear as skewed as the Single Family home data for Park City, but much of that has to do with the availability of smaller units (studio and one bedroom models). Condominium pricing is still heavily weighted toward higher prices over 40% of the active condominium inventory has an asking price over $1 million.

The lack of inventory in the Greater Park City areas continues to have an impact on how quickly sales happen as nearly 35% of all sales in the past year were on the market for less than 2 weeks before being sold. We are in both a Buyers’ and Sellers’ market; higher priced homes and condominiums give the Buyers a lot of choices while Sellers in lower price categories for their neighborhood can play “hard ball”.

For assistance from REALTORS® you can trust to help you with your Park City area properties contact the YouInParkCity.com Group at KW Park City Keller Williams Real Estate: info@YouInParkCity.com (435)962-9472.

Park City Real Estate Competition by Price Point

By Todd Anderson
Sep 29, 2015

Whether you are a Buyer or a Seller in the Park City Real Estate market, the price point that you are buying or selling in can have dramatic impacts on how easy or hard the process is.

The Park City Real Estate Market has seen its strongest 12 month period for sales since 2006. Inventories are low and prices in many areas are above their historic peaks.  With that said it does not mean that there are no deals to be found or that the property you list for sale will be gone in a matter of days. There are many factors that make up the ultimate value of a home or condominium in Park City and of course location is the most important; the age, shape, layout, views and design also contribute to the value. Once all of the of the value factors of a home are considered, the ultimate price has an impact on what competitive part of the market you are buying or selling in.

Queen Esther at Deer Valley, Park City, UTah Under Contract in less than a week $549,000

A look at the past year’s sales, current under contracts, and active inventory in the Park City Real Estate Market homes and condominiums provides a lot of insight to the competition levels at different price points.

The Park City MLS recorded 844 condominium sales over the past 12 months and there are 395 currently listed for sale which gives us about 5.5 months of inventory at the past 12 months sales rate. This absorption rate though is dramatically different depending on the price range you are searching. For condominiums under $500K, that supply drops to months and increases to 20 months for condominiums listed for sale at over $1 million.

On the Market amid heavy competition $8 million - Courtesy KW Keller Williams Park City On the Market amid heavy competition $8 million - Courtesy KW Keller Williams Park City

Single family homes in the Park City real estate market show similarities: the current 388 homes listed for sale would be gone in 8.4 months at the past 12 month’s sales rate, but when broken down into price points a different storyline appears. The inventory of homes priced under $1M would last only 3.7 months at the current absorption rate while homes priced over $2M have an inventory that would last nearly 2 years (23.2 months) at the sales rate of the past 12 months.

Lower priced homes and condominiums are more competitive on the Buying side while higher priced homes and condos have more competition when it comes to Selling. To truly understand the implications of this we need to delve further into specifics of a Buyer or Sellers’ individual property types, subdivision, state of repair and of course location.

For a professional assessment and action plan for your Park City Real Estate needs contact a realty professional with the YouInParkCity.com Group of KW Park City Keller Williams Real Estate.

Deal Reached to Acquire Acreage Near the Rail Trail

By Todd Anderson
Sep 25, 2015

wood-landscape-nature-forestRecently, City Hall entered into an agreement that will acquire land just off the Rail Trail in the Prospector area. This is part of a conservation deal that keeps the possibility of using a small area of the acreage for a housing project open.

The transaction, which was unanimously authorized by the City Council, involves just a bit more than 14 acres of land on the south side of the Rail Trail. The land also climbs a hillside on the south side. The deal cost $500,000 and was entered into with Ted Sommer, the landowner. City Hall indicates that the transfer will be funded using two sources. One source is City Hal’s housing fund, while the other is generated from a portion of sales taxes that are set aside for uses such as conservation acquisitions.

Staffers at City Hall indicate that there is a possibility that a small portion of the land may be used for a municipal housing project. However, the decision has not been finalized and it is not known the type of project or how many units it would involve. One report that was submitted to officials also indicated a park might also be built on part of the land.

The Citizens Open Space Advisory Committee recommended the acquisition, saying, “The parcel holds significant open space value, as it is one of the remaining large parcels within city limits.” The recommendation continued, “…has significant hillside acreage visibility through much of town.”

The conservation efforts by City Hall date back more than two decades and are considered one of the government’s most highly praised programs. Officials have set aside large tracts of land from development. These areas include areas such as the S.R. 225 entryway and Round Valley. As you can see, it is not uncommon for large parcels of land inside the city limits to be acquired by City Hall.

At YouInParkCity.com and KW Park City Keller Williams Real Estate, we understand the intricacies and ins and outs of land acquisitions. If you are interested in purchase or selling any type of real estate in our area, please contact us. Our knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly staff can help you maneuver through a successful real estate transaction, no matter the size, as we specialize in all types of Park City real estate.

Pinebrook Real Estate Park City 2015

By Todd Anderson
May 27, 2015

Real Estate information for the Pinebrook area of Park City, Utah as of Memorial Day Weekend 2015.

The Pinebrook area of Park City remains a desirable primary home as well as second home location offering great trails, parks, local amenities and easy access to Park City’s Resorts and Main St. as well as Salt Lake City. Pinebrook Homes and Condos For Sale | Park City, Utah The current housing market in Pinebrook mirrors the real estate market in Park City with limited supply of homes and condos for sale and great Buyer demand.

There are 18 active Single Family Home listings across the Park City Board of Realtors MLS with prices ranging from $449,000 to $1.5 million. There were 18 sales in the past six months ranging from $550,000 to $1.2 million. This translates to a six month inventory supply (a limited supply in terms of Park City due to its combined primary and second home nature). Looking back at the same time period last year, there were also 18 single family home sales BUT the values of the homes sold has increased dramatically. In the last six months there were six sales over $900,000 while the same time last year had zero. Of the eight current pending sales three have asking prices over $1.3 million. The median sales price over the past six months was $797,125 while for the same period last year it was $696,500.

The lack of Pinebrook homes and condominiums for sale represents obstacles for both Buyers and Sellers. The YouinparkCity.com group at KW Park City Keller Williams Real Estate is ready to help you navigate the Park City real estate market.

For Buyers we will educate you and keep you informed of market changes, recent sales, pending sales, back on market listings and homes not available on the MLS. In today’s market finding a house is often the easy part; negotiating the contract, working through the discovery and remediation processes of due diligence, navigating the financing appraisal hurdles while keeping a cool head with a focus on the end goal are just part of what we do.

For Sellers we pre-market and market your home in such a way that the buyers and their agents are educated to the value it represents to ensure you get the most you can from your home with the least amount of hassle in a timeframe that suits your needs. Similar to the Buying side, getting an offer is often the easy part of the process; negotiating for you while navigating multiple offers, repairs, addenda, title issues and more again are just part of what we are doing behind the scene of your sale.

If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home or condo Pinebrook or the greater Park City area, contact a YouInParkCity.com realty professional.

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Park City Real Estate Q1 2015

By Todd Anderson
Apr 24, 2015

Inventories continue to fall as prices rise.

Park City, Utah Home and Condominium sales for the first quarter of 2015 were the highest first quarter sales since 2007 and were up over 10% versus the first quarter of 2014.

While the area was experiencing a lackluster snow year, skiers, second homeowners and tourists still flocked to Park City. Year to date visitor nights as tallied by the Park City Chamber of Commerce show a 1% increase over last year. Ski Utah projects that skier visits for the state will be down versus last year, which translates into visitors coming to Park City, but maybe not skiing every day during their stay. Early estimates of sales tax revenue for Park City during the winter months are seeing a huge increase this year according to city officials. Sales tax is not part of property tax and has no real correlation to Park City Real Estate sales, but here are some interesting data points from the recent sales:

Median Sale Price for Park City Homes

  • Condominium sales were up 12.6% versus Q1, 2014
  • The Median sales price for Greater Park City area condominiums was $460,450 (up 5%)
  • Single Family Home sales were up 8.2% versus Q1, 2014
  • The Median Sales Price for a Single Family Home in Greater Park City was $1,200,000 for Q1, 2014 (up nearly 34% year over year)
  • The Median Sales price for single Family Homes in Greater Park City jumped 14% from Q4, 2014
  • 25% of the Park City area Homes and Condos sold in Q1 were on the market 14 days or less
  • Average Days on Market for sold listings Q1 was 130 days
  • The Lower Deer Valley Area experienced a large increase in sales
  • The Upper Deer Valley and Canyons areas are selling far slower than the rest of the marketplace (ask us why)
  • Inventory of Homes and Condos For Sale in Park City has fallen 10 % in the past year.

    Active inventory within certain market segments remains extremely hard to find especially in the lower price points (as of this writing, there were six Single Family Homes asking less than $500,000 and twenty one Condominiums (of any size) asking less than $250,000 in the Greater Park City area). At the other end of the spectrum, there are 180 Homes asking $2M or more and 161 Condos asking more than $1M (theses listings make up over half of the active listings on the market).

    The Park City Real Estate market cannot easily be described as while some areas and neighborhoods are extremely “hot”, others are “sluggish”. There are many factors that determine value and great values may still be found in the market. New higher prices being “tested” by sellers are not necessarily leading to quick sales.

    For assistance in marketing your property for sale or finding a property to purchase contact a realty professional with the YouInParkCity.com group at KW Park City Keller Williams Real Estate.

    Data herein was compiled from the Park City Board of Realtors MLS System. Information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

    Park City Real Estate Sales 2014 Q2

    By Todd Anderson
    Jul 08, 2014

    Real estate sales in Greater Park City for the second quarter of 2014 present quite a few different talking points regarding the Park City, UT real estate market.

    The combine number of sales for single family homes, condominiums and vacant lots fell by 12% compared to the same quarter last year. This is the first comparative drop in quarterly sales volume in nearly 4 years.

    The drop in sales was lead almost entirely by a drop in single family home sales. But while the number of sales dropped, the median Park City area single family home sales price rose by 5%. Inventory levels have also risen, so we may be seeing a slight “push back” from buyers to the price increases.

    Park City Real Estate Trends

    Home sales in the $500K-$750K represent the hottest portion of the market. This market segment in the Park City area saw 43 sales last quarter with 46 currently available or effectively a 3 months’ inventory supply.

    Inventory of single family homes between $1M and $2M has been increasing and the current supply would take well over a year to sell at last quarter’s sales rate. Beyond $2M the supply grows to over 2 years at current absorption rates.

    Greater Park City area condominium sales for the quarter were almost identical to the same period last year, but the median sales price was up over 10% and the average sales price was up nearly 20%.

    The sales of new condominium product in the Jordanelle area remains very strong and the pending sales for models that are still under construction will likely keep this trend going for the foreseeable future (note the previous YouInParkCity.com blog on Park City under construction).

    The sales of residential condominiums currently show a much higher demand versus resort condominiums and the same is true for single family homes. This trend is especially true in the Deer Valley area (although pre-sales for the Stein Eriksen Residences bucks this trend).

    All of the points above point to a complex and very localized Park City real estate market. The trend in one neighborhood is not necessarily the same for the next. Call or email us to analyze and discuss your particular Park City real estate situation; (888)968-4672 or info@YouInParkCity.com.

    Park City Real Estate Under Construction

    By Todd Anderson
    Jun 24, 2014

    Summer 2014 sees a construction boom in Park City, UT.

     

    Winter in Park City Utah is a tough time to build, that isn’t to say that there are not a lot of construction projects going on during the winter, they are just more prevalent during the summer months.

     

    From the turn off highway 80 traveling into Park City the new construction can be seen. The Newpark Terrace townhomes above the parking garage at Newpark Town Center are taking shape; sixty percent of the sixty. The additional retail space at Redstone is done and the retail center is busier than ever. New exterior siding is being installed at the Fox Point at Redstone condominiums (this clears a long running lawsuit between the original builder and the HOA). Another small residential development is also working its way through the planning process.Newpark Terrace

     

    Work continues at Canyons Resort with the golf course which is scheduled for play in summer 2015 as well as projects near the base of the Waldorf gondola.

     

    Construction around town is evidenced mostly through home construction on some of the few remaining in-fill lots and the ever present road improvement projects.The Parkite

     

    The Old Town area is the site of multiple projects both commercial and residential. Commercial spaces with residential units on top are part of two lower Main St remodels. 820 Park Avenue is ten residential condominiums with great ski and town access all of which had reservations before the project was introduced to the public. Near the top of Main St in the old in the old Main St Mall will be The Parkite with fifteen contemporary luxury residences.

     

    The Upper Deer Valley area has the Stein Eriksen Residences moving forward at full speed. This ski-in/ski-out development between the Silver Dollar and Last Chance ski runs was very well received over the winter and has many reservations already in place.

     

    Heading east out of Park City (affectionately known as the back door to town) the Park City Film Studios are well under way with their large project which includes Film Studios capable of film and television production, sound studios, Film School, Event Center and Studio Village.

     

    Just south of the Film Studio is the Park City Heights Development. The development covers nearly 250 acres and will contain 239 residences when complete. The builder Ivory Homes is one of Utah’s largest builders has a proven track record an ability to complete developments in a timely manner.

     

    Park City Heights Construction

     

    Further east on hwy 248, the developments at Park’s Edge and Black Rock Ridge are selling condominiums as fast as they can build them.

     

    The Promontory Club area has over 50 homes in some state of construction (most all of these are custom homes and not spec builds).

     

    To further explore purchasing new construction homes or condominiums in Park City or to discuss how the addition of these developments may affect your current home or condominium’s value, contact a local Park City real estate professional. Email us or call (888)968-4672.

    Park City Real Estate Sales 2014: Q1

    By Todd Anderson
    Apr 09, 2014

    Park City Real Estate Stats Real Estate Sales in Park City, UT by quarter

    The first quarter of the year is historically the slowest for sales in the Park City real estate market. This often puzzles people as it also represents one of the busiest times in terms of people in town. Maybe our guests in Park City are too busy skiing, dining and enjoying all that Park City has to offer to spend their time hunting for properties; maybe it is the time delay between writing an offer and closing a sale; maybe once the decision to buy here has been made, buyers want to do more research and see all of the options while they are easy to see (not while renters are in town). In any case, January through March is the slowest time for Park City real estate sales.

     

    The first quarter of 2014 saw a nearly 20% jump in condominium sales for the greater Park City area versus 2013 and it was the best first quarter since 2007. Almost all of the increase came in condominium sales with the Old Town area leading the way. Old Town saw a 40% increase in the number of condominium sales versus the first quarter of last year. The median sales price of condominiums in the greater Park City area also increased from $430,000 to $445,000.

     

    Single Family home sales for the quarter were flat for the quarter versus quarter comparison, but the median price did rise by $10,000 to $875,000.

     

    Inventory levels rose during the quarter, but there is still a lack of supply of properties below the median sales price. Fewer than 70 homes are available for less than the median sales price from the first quarter which translates to just over 4 month’s supply at the current absorption rate. Similarly, condominium inventory below the median sales price for the quarter represent only a 6 month supply at the current sales pace.

     

    The lack of inventory has not translated to large price increases and it is those homes that show well and present a strong value that are selling quickly.

     

    Some neighborhoods are experiencing price increases while others have stabilized. For assistance in Buying or Selling in Park City, UT contact the YouInParkCIty.com Group for in depth analysis and expert advice focused on the property type and area of town that matters to you (888)968-4672.

    Deer Valley Real Estate Sales Half-Way 2014

    By Todd Anderson
    Feb 25, 2014

    Half-way 2014? Yes, we are now just over half way through the ski season for 2013-2014. And it is time to look at how real estate sales are shaping up in Deer Valley and Park City, UT.

     

    So far for the 2013-2014 ski season the greater Deer Valley area Lower Deer Valley, Upper Deer Valley, Deer Crest and Empire Pass) has seen 23 sales. The sales include 1 building lot, 17 condominiums and 5 single family homes. These numbers are way down when compared to the 41 sales for the same period last ski season (8 lots, 25 condos and 8 homes). In terms of snowfall and ski season visitors, the season has been very similar to last year. So what has changed?

    Ski condo

     

    Inventory: Inventory levels have changed in multiple ways. The amount of inventory on the market to choose from has diminished. There are currently 64 homes, 158 condominiums and 33 building lots available in the greater Deer Valley area. Many of the homes and condominiums for sale are in need of updating. The quick reservations that were put in on the Stein Eriksen Residences show that the market is ready for new contemporary finishes (although some of these reservations are likely speculative purchase reservations).

     

    Pricing: Prices are rising quickly on the more affordable condominiums in the area (possibly beyond what the market will bear) and nearly 70% of the available condominiums in the Deer Valley area have asking prices over $1M.

     

    Pending Sales: There are currently more pending Deer Valley real estate sales than there were sales in the past two months. If these sales all close, the number of sold units in Deer Valley will be much closer to that of the 2012-2013 ski season.

     

    When I spoke with a few other area realtors about the Deer Valley real estate sales stats for the ski season so far, a few offered that the impact of Vail running Canyons Resort may be having an adverse impact on Deer Valley sales. The sales stats show the Canyons area to be flat compared to last year, so there has been little to no impact yet from Vail Resorts taking over operations at Canyons.

     

    When taking everything into account, homes and condos in Deer Valley are selling. The options that are well priced and updated move quickly and while prices are increasing due to lack of inventory, the jump may not be as rapid as some Sellers would like. For more information and assistance in Buying or Selling a Deer Valley or Park City property contact a local real estate professional at YouInParkCity.com (888)968-4672.

     

    Park City Home Buying by the Foot

    By Todd Anderson
    Feb 19, 2014

    Park City home buyers and sellers often consider the home’s dollar per square foot price when setting the home or condominiums’ price or making an offer. How much should attention should a buyer be paying to the dollar per square foot price when considering a home?

     

    Dollars per square foot is only a useful number if you are comparing two homes or condominiums that are identical. The problem here is that it doesn’t matter if it is a Park City Home or a New York City home, no two homes are identical. Even two side by side homes by the same builder will likely have differences. Views can be different, neighbors will be different, access may be different, the distance to an amenity (pool, hot tub, ski run, gym, front desk, elevator, etc.) will be different. Wear and tear on an older home as well as how the previous owner handled maintenance will make the homes different.

     

    Things to consider when looking at a dollar per square foot price: Park City Real Estate by the square footIs the calculation made using the total square feet or the finished square feet? An unfinished basement or room can add greatly to the total square feet thus lowering the dollar per square foot value, but how much value does it add to the home?

     

    Are the finishes the same for the properties you are comparing? Are the base and case stain grade or paint grade? Are the doors solid or hollow? Are the countertops custom slab or something you can buy at Home Depot? Are the appliances “professional grade” or not? Is the flooring real wood or laminate, travertine or ceramic tile? All of these items while serving the same purpose come at dramatically different prices and thus impact the dollar per square foot value of the home. If two homes are different sizes, where does the difference lie? Does one have a theater room that the other doesn’t, or does it have an extra bedroom and bathroom? Is the size difference extra space in each room? And how does that change the way you feel about the home? Sometimes bigger makes rooms just too big while at other times it adds value. Sometimes the extra space you may buy with the lower price per square foot is unusable space or space you just don’t need to heat and maintain. The square foot of the home calculation does not take the lot size into account; nor does it consider views and open space.

     

    When comparing two Park City homes, it is important that you are making true apple to apple comparatives. Our three ski areas are not equal, Old Town is not the same as Kimball Junction and Park Meadows is not the same as Silver Springs.

     

    For assistance in determining the value of your home or condominium and to better understand the values of homes and condominiums in Park City, Utah contact a local realty professional with the YouInParkCity.com Group (888)968-4672.

     

    Park City Real Estate Sales 2013

    By Todd Anderson
    Jan 21, 2014

    We are now solidly into 2014 so it is time to take a look at what happened in the Park City real estate market for 2013.

     

    Sales of single family homes and condominiums in the Greater Park City, Utah area were very solid with sales unit volume up 14% from 2012. This represents the best year since 2006. Park City Home Sales by Quarter

     

    The median sales price for both single family homes and condominiums in and around Park City also rose during 2013. The median price for a home rose by 5.8% to nearly $800,000 while Park City condominiums saw their median sales price rise 8.7% to nearly $380,000.

     

    Inventory levels have continued to fall with last year’s absorption rate correlating to just over seven (7) months of inventory currently for sale in the Park City area. During the market downturn of 2008 and 2009 inventory levels and sales rates correlated to nearly thirty (30) months of inventory.

     

    The lack of inventory has Sellers beginning to push prices up (although some of these appear to be more than the market will bear currently). The lack of inventory is most prominent in the lower price ranges; current inventory with 2013 sales rates puts less than 6 months inventory for condominiums under $1M and less than 4 months for homes under $1.5M. Entry level options in Park City (homes under $750,000 and condos under $400,000) have current supply levels of 2.3 and 3.8 months respectively.

     

    Buyers for luxury homes and condominiums in Park City will find more to choose from. While sales of homes listed at $1.5M and over saw a 40% increase in sales last year versus 2012, current inventory levels represent nineteen (19) months’ supply. Condominium sales of over $1M saw a more modest sales increase of 6% and supply at current absorption rates is eighteen months. The ultra-luxury class (homes over $3M and condos over $2M) was mixed with single family home sales up 30% and condominium sales down 15%. Buyers in this small marketplace have the slowest moving inventory to choose from while Sellers encounter greater competition.

     

    The current lack of inventory makes finding a home tougher as competition for the best homes can be fierce. Buyers are finding that they have to pay higher prices and borrow at higher interest rates. Sellers can hold out for higher prices and better terms.

     

    The Park City real estate can be very hard to view as a whole; individual neighborhoods and subdivisions can and do experience very different sale pressures. Contact a Park City realty specialist with YouInParkCity.com to discuss your individual Buying or Selling real estate needs within Park City. (888)968-4672

    Park City Real Estate Sales 2013

    By Todd Anderson
    Oct 15, 2013

    The first three quarters of 2013 are now in the books (it is hard to believe that ski season is only a month away!). Park City real estate sales for the first 3/4ths of the year have been very strong. Sales volume is up and so are prices while inventory is down.

     

    Single family home sales in the greater Park City area are up eighteen percent (18%) when compared with the first three quarters of 2012. The median sales price of Park City, UT homes sold in 2013 is up by over $60,000 to $810,000 (half of the homes sold for above this price while half sold below this price).

     

    Inventory levels continue to be a big part of the story. Single family home sales under $500K have a current less than 3 month supply while homes in the $500-750K category have less than 4 months’ supply at current sales rates. Luxury homes still a have large number of for sale options but sales of homes over $2M were up by 30+ percent versus the first three quarters of 2012.

     

    Over 40% of the sales so far this year have had homes on the market for less than 30 days. Good values still exist in the market, but Buyers need to be ready to move quickly.

     

    Park City, Utah home sales 2013

     

    Condominium sales in the greater Park City area had similar gains to single family homes in the area. Sales volume is up by eighteen percent (18%) while the median sales price has risen by over ten percent (10%). Current sales volume has an absorption rate of only 4 months for condominiums under $250K while there is a nine (9) month supply in the $500-$1M price range. Even the luxury condominiums valued at $1M or more only show a one year supply at the current sales rate.

     

    Building lot sales in greater Park City also experienced dramatic increases with sales up over fifty percent (50%) and median prices up by ten percent (10%) to $323,500. By adhering to the idea that the value of a home’s lot should be twenty to twenty five percent (20-25%) of the value of the home, the median value of the new homes to be built on the recently purchased lots should be in the $1.3M to $1.6M.

     

    Mixed into all of the sales in Park City over the past nine months there are of course areas that have not experienced the same increases and a few that have had values drop. For a comprehensive analysis of the Park City real estate market segment that matters to you contact a realty professional with YouInParkCity.com today.

    Park City Real Estate Sales 2013

    By Todd Anderson
    Jul 06, 2013

    Real estate sales in Park City, UT so far in 2013 continue to show strength.

     

    Sales when compared with the first half of 2012 were up by 13% in unit volume. Single Family home sales in Park City remained relatively flat, but the median sales price was up by nearly 10%. Condominium sales saw a 10% rise in unit volume along with a 10% rise in the median price of Park City condominiums sold for the six month period. Vacant lot sales saw the largest increase with an increase in sales of over 30%.

     

    When compared to the last half of 2012, the Park City real estate sales data is actually down slightly in condominium sales and single family home sales, but up in building lots. However, median sales prices are up by approximately 10% in all categories.

     

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    The increase in pricing correlates well with the low inventory levels. The same is true for the increase in building lot sales as potential buyers that cannot find properties that suit their wants and needs turn to building instead. Single family home inventory in the greater Park City area is now at a level of less than 10 months’ supply. But the supply for homes under $1M is less than 6 months at the current sales pace. The situation is similar for condominiums in Park City: current supply is just less than 6 months at the present absorption rate when considering options listed for less than $500,000.

     

    The lack of inventory and the current demand especially in the non-luxury price points (less than $500,000 for condominiums and less than $1 million for homes) represent a big change during the past year. Sellers are welcoming the change while buyers have been caught off-guard.

     

    Every neighborhood in Park City is different and may have its own unique pricing influences. Contact us for an in depth conversation about the Park City property type and neighborhood that interests you (888)968-4672 or info@YouInParkCity.com.

    Canyons Resort Real Estate Prices and Vail Resorts

    By Todd Anderson
    May 31, 2013

    The announcement that Vail Resorts will be the new operators of Canyons Resorts has been big news in Park City the past few days. There are many questions about how it will impact the resort employees at Canyons. The biggest question likely lies in the litigation over the land lease with Park City Mountain Resort, but we can’t answer that yet. Overall initial impressions thus far indicate that the change will be positive for Park City and a big plus for area skiers and snowboarders. How will it affect Park City real estate? <img src="http://blogs.realcove.com/youinparkcity/files/2013/05/RB_E0Q5385-300x200.jpg" alt="photo credit Canyons Resort and Rob Bossi http://canyonsresort.com photo credit Canyons Resort and Rob Bossi

     

    Vail brings with it a large marketing presence and a huge database of skiers and snowboarders. Recently the resort operator has been shifting its model to focus efforts on resort revenue rather than real estate development. One of the main focus points of this effort is the Epic Pass. Vail Resorts will include Canyons in its Epic Pass program which offers skiers and snowboarders unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood all for $689. The impact of this should be huge for Canyons which saw 450,000 skier days last season. The pass is sold to not just locals, but to skiers and snowboarders worldwide (last year saw buyers from 70 different countries). Anyone looking to ski a week at one of Vail Resorts operations can cut their vacation costs by purchasing an Epic Pass and open up the opportunity of skiing in Colorado, California, Utah, Austria and Switzerland all on one ticket. Go to Snow.com/epic-pass for more.

     

    The impact of all the Epic Pass holders having essentially free lift passes at Canyons Resort as an added bonus to their pass purchase will undoubtedly bring more skiers and snowboarders to Park City. Home and condominium owners in Park City already know about the easy access and great offerings that are here, but this will open the area up to a whole new set of visitors. The added exposure to Canyons Resort and Park City will lead to increased demand for local real estate and drive up prices as well as add to the rental revenues of current owners.

     

    There are many factors to real estate prices and we don’t have a crystal ball to see the future, but what Vail Resorts brings to Canyons and local Park City real estate should only prove positive.

     

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    Park City Private Golf Community Udpate

    By Todd Anderson
    May 01, 2013

    Golf in and around Park City, UT is near and dear to the YouInParkCity.com group so with the days getting longer and the golf season fast approaching; it is time to take a look at the past 12 months in the five amazing private City golf communities. The communities of Glenwild, Promontory, Red Ledges, Tuhaye and Victory Ranch are home to some of the top courses in the state; all of the courses have received national recognition. Which course ranks where is a matter of opinion but in terms of layout and condition they are all exceptional. The courses are all relatively young and are only improving. Golf in Park City Utah

     

    In the past 12 months there have been 149 sales plus 35 pending sales in Glenwild, Promontory, Red Ledges, Tuhaye and Victory Ranch combined. This number includes vacant land, single family homes and condos. For the same time a year ago total sales were 127 properties. Both years had approximately two dozen distressed sales. Current distressed inventory makes up less than 5% of the current available inventory.

     

    The more than 15% rise in sales has been accompanied by an increase in prices with the average selling price of vacant lots up by nearly 30%. Market indicators for Park City area real estate are very strong and this bodes well for the private golf course communities in Park City as well. In the next few weeks we here at YouInParkCity.com will break down the real estate sales for the past year and review the upcoming and ongoing improvements being made at each of the five private golf course communities in the area.

     

    All of the local Park City area public golf courses are already open and the private courses will be open by Memorial Day. For specifics on a particular golf course community homes in Park City, UT contact the YouInParkCity.com Group at (888)968-4672.

    Ski Season Home Sales in Park City, Utah 2013

    By Todd Anderson
    Apr 23, 2013

    Real Estate sales in the Park City area for the 2012-2013 ski season increased dramatically from the previous ski season.

     

    Resort skiing at Park City’s three Resorts has ended for the season although the snow continues to fall. It is typical spring weather as we move from 50 degrees to a blizzard and back again in a 2 day period.

     

    The Park City Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau statistics show that lodging nights were up for the season and city hall has reported higher tax revenues. Park City area real estate sales were right in step. While inventory levels are at their lowest in years, sales for the ski season increased and so did prices.

     

    Total sales for this past season (homes, condominiums and building lots) were up by over 25% from the previous year. house price tag (istock) The largest jump in sales was in building lots with 99 sales, nearly twice the 54 from the previous season. Low inventory and lower building costs have something to do with this as buyers gave up and have decided to build after home searches did not satisfy their desires. Distressed sales in the Hideout Canyon area made up 15% of the lot sales in the Park City area for the season. The median value of the building lots that sold remained steady with the previous year at $325,000.

     

    Park City Condominium sales jumped nearly 20% while the median sales price rose by over 10%. The Old Town area lead the way with 50 condominiums sold during the ski season with a median sales price of $500,000. The overall Park City condominium market had a median sales price of $402,500. New construction sales near the Jordanelle Reservoir were also very strong.

     

    Sales of single family homes for the ski season were also up from the previous year with a 12% rise in sales volume and a 10% rise in the median sales price. The Park Meadows area of Park City lead the way in sales with 22 and an average sales price approaching $2M and a median price near $1.5M. Single Family home sales in the other parts of Park City were also strong with the median sales price rising to $864,000 from $790,000 last year.

     

    Real estate sales in Park City, UT are location specific and many factors specific to location should be considered when determining which area or subdivision is best for you. Contact a Park City realty professional with YouInParkCity.com at (888)968-4672 for more information.

     

    This data has been derived from sales statistics as posted on the Park City Board of Realtors MLS using only statistics involving single family homes, condominiums, and vacant land in the greater Park City areas (1-23) for the periods of December 1st to April 15th of the past 2 ski seasons. Data is considered accurate, but not guaranteed.

     
     
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