Boise Real Estate Market Report for October 2019

Ada County on Simmer While Canyon County Heats Up 

The Boise real estate market in October for the most part stayed true to recent trends—sales flat to slightly down while prices continue to rise.  In Ada County closed sales were off 2.1% from October 2018 although they were up 9.2% from September 2019. New construction is bucking that trend and sales were up 8.6% to 317 last month. The overall average days on market did take a jump to 41 days (+32.3%) but the months of available inventory remains critically low at 1.8. Prices meanwhile continue to go up at near a double digit pace.  The average price per square foot in October was $184, up 8.2% and a new record, while the average sold price jumped 9.9% to $390K.

A lot has been said about a looming affordability crisis in the Boise real estate market, and one symptom of that is evident in comparing Ada and Canyon County.  Buyers seeking more affordable options seem to be finding them in Nampa, Caldwell, and Middleton. While sales in relatively more expensive Ada County are flat to down, in Canyon County, where the average price of a home is over $100K lower, sales are showing a moderate gain– up 3.7%.  And prices in Canyon County are skyrocketing which may eventually narrow the gap. The average price per square foot in Canyon County was $153 in October (also a new record) and was 15.9% higher than last year.  Similarly, the average sold price jumped 18.8% to $285K.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR OCTOBER 2019

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

 

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 1056 -2.1 100 1865 -1.7 100 $184 +8.2 $390K +9.9 41 +32.3 1.8
New Construction 317 +8.6 30.0 981 +4.5 52.6 $190 +6.7 $433K +5.1 67 +45.7 3.1

 

Canyon County 452 +3.7 100 898 +16.9 100 $153 +15.9 $285K +18.8 34 +21.4 2.0

 

Expect the current trends to continue in the short term with the usual seasonal drop off that occurs each winter.  With interest rates still low, a generally strong economy, and a steady supply of people moving to Idaho we continue to be able to kick the affordability can down the road.  At some point it may reach somewhat of a “breaking point” and the market may need to correct itself but for now that doesn’t seem to be happening.  Please feel free to contact me with your questions and comments.  

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

camjohnson@windermere.com

http://IdahoWindermere.com

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for September 2019

Homes Sales Up Slightly in September But There’s A Catch… 

The number of closed sales in the Boise real estate market was up slightly in September versus a year ago, seemingly bucking the recent trend of declining sales.  There were 967 closed sales in Ada County (+0.9% vs 2018) but looking back also reveals that September 2018 was a particularly slow month bracketed by relatively strong sales in both August and October.  Looking at the results on a quarterly basis provides a more realistic view of the market in this case and sales for the most recent 3 months are off 2.5% year to year.  Also telling is the fact that sales from August to September of this year dropped 14.5%, although much of that can be attributed to the normal seasonal drop off in sales heading into fall.  Inventory continues to be near historic lows at 1.9 months while the average days on market is up 5.9% to 36, also still near historic lows.

Several people have asked why I pay so much attention to sales trends when all they really care about are price trends.  “Is my house going up in value or going down?”  “As a buyer am I going to pay less if I buy now or wait?” are the most common questions I hear.  Well, typically prices are influenced by supply and demand and market trends in those areas generally are good predictors of future pricing trends.  Prices tend to lag somewhat in real estate, so a drop in sales (demand) and/or an increase in inventory (supply) may not be reflected in sales prices for several months.  For example,  Boise real estate has been slowing volume wise for most of this year but prices continue to rise much faster than is sustainable. The rate has dropped off somewhat from the scorching 15%+ annual increases we saw in 2016-18 but we are still flirting with double digit increases now even as volume is flat to down.  In September the average price per square foot in the Boise market was $180, up 7.8% and tied for the record high set last month.  The average sale price meanwhile was up 13.2% to $395,000 or $46,000 higher than one year ago. The obvious conclusion here is that demand is not the problem, the supply of available homes, especially “affordable” ones, continues to be the biggest barrier to market sales growth.  The average list price of homes for sale in the Boise real estate market is currently $504,000– not affordable for most buyers.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

 

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 967 +0.9 100 1858 -4.4 100 $180 +7.8 $395K +13.2 36 +5.9 1.9
New Construction 278 +9.9 28.7 915 +3.9 49.2 $186 +7.5 $423K +6.8 61 -1.6 3.3

 

Canyon County 471 +20.8 100 884 +17.4 100 $147 +7.3 $282K +11.0 30 +20.0 1.9

 

Barring any unexpected macro-economic or political changes I believe we can expect more of the same in the Boise real estate market in the near future.  Continued in-migration (not just from California!), a relatively strong economy, and very low interest rates will continue to drive the demand side while our struggles with adequate supply of affordable options for buyers will also likely continue. New construction continues to outperform the market as a whole but don’t necessarily help the affordability issue as the price points on newly built homes are typical higher than for resale.  Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.

Mark your calendars!

Windermere is fortunate to be able to bring our Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, to Boise for the 3rd year in a row to give a presentation on the Idaho Economic and Real Estate Outlook for 2020.  He will be speaking at JUMP! On January 30th.  I will have a limited number of tickets for those that contact me. Corporate sponsorships are also available for reserving tables. In the past this has been a great event! Please let me know if you are interested in attending. 

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

camjohnson@windermere.com

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for August 2019

Sales Slowdown Continues in August

The number of homes sold in Ada County dropped 10% in August versus a year ago to 1113 homes, continuing a trend that has been with us for almost a full year now. Year to date sales are off 2.5% and while supply continues to increase (+2.9% in August) I still believe the primary constraint on market volume is lack of affordable supply not lack of demand.  And while the average days on market was up 30.8% from a year ago it is still at only 34 days, just over half of the 60 days that is considered indicative of a stable market. At the current rate of sales there is only 1.6 months of available inventory, well into “Strong Seller’s Market” territory.

The key words in the last paragraph were “affordable supply”, because even as unit sales have dropped prices continue to increase steadily at a rate significantly higher than overall inflation.  Unfortunately prices are also still rising faster than average wage growth in our market and an “affordability crisis” is looming (or already here). The average price per square foot in August was $180, up 7.1%, while the average sales price jumped to a new record of $398K (+8.2%). For more and more buyers, especially first timers and/or Millennials, buying a home in Ada County is out of reach.  The net effect of this continues to be muted by the influx of cash rich out of state Buyers but as the markets where those Buyers tend to come from slow down, as they are doing,  we may see a further drop off in sales, that is more demand driven. As pointed out in one of my recent reports, the “sweet spot” for the market has moved up to around $350K.  That is already too high for many buyers who already live here.  With real estate prices rising 8-10% per year and wages only going up 3-4% there is bound to be fewer qualified buyers as time goes on.  Low interest rates have helped the situation but we can’t count on them to stay low forever, even though they have done so far longer than most experts predictions.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR AUGUST 2019

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

 

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 1113 -10.0 100 1823 +2.9 100 $180 +7.1 $398K +8.2 34 +30.8 1.6
New Construction 320 +3.9 28.8 820 +2.6 45.0 $186 +6.3 $426K +1.9 57 +21.3 2.6

 

Canyon County 541 +5.7 100 764 +20.5 100 $152 +16.0 $285K +16.8 32 +23.1 1.4

 

One interesting note that would tend to support the theory that lack of affordability may be starting to have an adverse effect on sales in Ada County, is that in Canyon County, where prices are significantly lower, sales were up 5.7% ( as opposed to -10.0% in Ada County).  And not only were unit sales up but prices were way up.  The average price per square foot  ($152) was up 16.0% while the average sales price ($285K) was up 16.8%.  Compare those to Ada County where the numbers were 7.1% and 8.2% respectively, about half the rate in Canyon County.  Of course if prices keep going up at that rate it won’t be long before Canyon County has it’s own affordability crisis.

Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions. 

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

camjohnson@windermere.com

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for July 2019

Volume Down But Prices Keep Rising 

It starting to sound all too familiar: In July closed sales in the Boise Real Estate Market were down but prices keep rising.  There were 1203 closed sales in Ada County last month a modest 1% drop from a year ago but as in recent months the issue seems to be a lack of inventory not a lack of demand.  Even though there were over 15% more homes available for sale, based on the current rate of sales this represents only 1.5 months of inventory. Homes that do come on the market are still selling quickly—the average days on market is 30, indicative of a strong Seller’s market.

Prices continue to reflect the strong demand even though actual unit volume has been flat or down for months.  The average price per square foot was $182 in July, up 9% from 2018 and a new record high.  Meanwhile the average sold price jumped 7% to $384K but was actually down from June’s record high of $395K.  I’m guessing a few high dollar sales may have skewed the data in June.  The good news is that while prices are still showing solid increases the percentage has dropped into the single digit range, which I believe is more “sustainable” than the 15-18% increases we have seen as recently as a year ago.  By “sustainable” I mean that when wage growth and overall inflation are considered the current real estate price increases don’t suggest we are headed for a bubble or that large chunks of potential buyers will get priced out of the market in the near future especially as long as interest rates stay low.  30 year fixed rates under 4% for conventional loans are the norm right now.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR JULY 2019

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 1203 -1.0 100 1798 +15.1 100 $182 +9.0 $384K +7.0 30 +3.4 1.5
New Construction 300 +3.4 24.9 872 +27.9 48.5 $183 +6.4 $418K +3.5 62 -1.6 2.9

 

Canyon County 515 +2.0 100 715 +26.8 100 $149 +13.7 $277K +10.4 31 +10.7 1.4

 

For the short term I believe we can expect more of the same as the combination of low interest rates, a relatively strong local economy, and continued in-migration from generally higher priced markets will continue to drive demand and affordability, though under pressure from prices that have been rising steadily for over 7 years, is still good compared to other large metro areas in the West. For a look beyond Ada County at statewide trends please review the latest Gardner Report for Idaho in Quarter 2 as presented by Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. Please feel free to share your questions and comments.  Thanks for reading! 

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

camjohnson@windermere.com

 

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for April 2019

New Construction Drives Volume and Record High Prices

In the Boise real estate market, where overall volume has been generally declining for several months, new construction has provided a critical shot in the arm. Overall sales were actually up 3.5% in April for only the 3rd month in almost a year.  This is the result of a massive surge in homebuilding that saw new home sales increase by 54% in April compared to 2018.  If you back out new construction from the overall sales figures a different story emerges—sales of previously owned homes were down 12.2% in April. New construction accounted for 35.2% of all homes sold and 52.3% of all the homes for sale. Builders seem to be finding lots to build on in Ada County even with land prices at a premium. The primary focus of construction activity in Ada County is East (Barber Valley and Micron area) and South (Lake Hazel area) of downtown Boise with a smattering of in-fill projects in the West, NW, and on the Bench.

The number of homes for sale in the Boise market continues to rise, both new and pre-existing.  There were 1496 total homes listed in April (+16.9%) with 783 (+21.4) being new construction. Both days on market and months of inventory continue to be very low despite the increase in supply as there seems to be plenty of demand. While average days on market (46) actually jumped 35.3% from a year ago this is still well below the 60 days that is seen as “normal”. And based on the current rate of sales there is only 1.5 months of inventory available, indicating we are still in a very strong Seller’s Market.

Not surprisingly, prices hit new records again in April although the percentage gain has slowed somewhat but is still in double digits.  The average price per square foot jumped 10% to $176 while the average sales price was up 10.3% to $375K. Both of those numbers are new records.  Interestingly enough, even though new construction is driving volume in the market right now price trends for new construction are underperforming the overall market.  The average price per square foot of $176 was up only 3.5% from a year ago while the average sales price of $400K was actually down slightly (-0.2%) from 2018. This compares to gains of 12.7% and 12.8% respectively for the re-sale market. Also interesting, the average price per square foot of new homes ($176) was actually lower than that for re-sale homes ($177).  I can’t remember ever seeing that happen. It seems like builders are building homes in the market’s sweet spot which seems to be in the mid 300’s. Of course this data does not include any custom homes or build jobs that are not reported to the MLS, but of the listed homes the pricing gap between new and re-sale homes is as low as I can recall.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR APRIL 2019

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

 

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 989 +3.5 100 1496 +16.9 100 $176 +10.0 $375K +10.3 46 +35.3 1.5
New Construction 348 +54.0 35.2 783 +21.4 52.3 $176 +3.5 $400K -0.2 87 +22.5 2.3

 

Canyon County 456 +5.3 100 603 +21.1 100 $144 +15.2 $272K +16.2 35 -14.6 1.3

 

With interest rates staying steady or even dropping slightly, continued in migration, and an overall healthy local job market expect more of the same in the coming months. The increase in supply has helped some buyers find a new home but rising prices and reduced affordability in relation to wage growth will continue to make it difficult for many buyers to keep from getting priced out of the market. Sellers continue to have most of the leverage in any negotiations.  Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions.  Have a great summer!

 

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

208-258-2230 Fax

camjohnson@windermere.com

 

*All reports are published May 2019, based on data available at the end of April 2019, except for the today stats. All reports presented are based on data supplied by the Intermountain MLS. Intermountain MLS does not guarantee or is not in anyway responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the Intermountain MLS may not reflect all real estate activities in the market. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 10:55 am
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for March 2019

In Spite of Rising Supply Prices Hit New Record in March 

Good news and bad news for home buyers in the Boise Real Estate Market in March.  After years of record low inventory, supply has started to build, giving Buyers more choices. In spite of this and a recent trend of lower sales volume, prices continue to go up and reached new record highs in March thus reducing Buyer’s buying power.

There were 877 closed sales in March in Ada County a drop of 6.6% from a year ago. This continues a generally negative sales trend that began last July, after several years of increasing unit sales volume. Meanwhile, the number of homes for sale (1489) was up 20.4%, marking the 5th straight month of year over year increases and the 3rd month of double digit percentage increases in supply.  Inventory at 1.7 months based on the current rate of sales, is still below the 2 month threshold that the market has struggled to top in the last two years and while inventory is increasing we are still in what is considered a strong seller’s market. You may remember, 6 months of inventory is considered a stable market where buyers and sellers have roughly equal leverage in negotiations. We haven’t seen that much inventory in at least 5 years. The average days on market, reflecting higher supply and lower sales, has also been on the rise, and at 51 days is 15.9% above last March. This is approaching the 60 days that many consider indicative of a “stable” market.

Any additional leverage buyers may have gained in the last few months because of the rise in supply is not being reflected in prices so far. The average price per square foot in the Boise Real Estate Market jumped 11.5% to $174/sf, a new record high.  Similarly, the average sales price jumped to $375,000, a 10% increase over last year and also a new record high. The average sales price jumped $16,000 from February although this was probably the result of a handful of high dollar closings in March rather than a true reflection of the market. The only good news for buyers as far as pricing goes is that interest rates remain near historical lows and the consensus is that they will remain relatively stable for the remainder of this year.  Lenders also seem to be getting creative as far as offering new products that will help buyers getting squeezed by higher prices  find an acceptable alternative to a “vanilla” conventional loan. Fortunately we are not seeing a widespread return to the types of irresponsible lending that occurred during the 2004-2007 boom.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR MARCH 2019

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

 

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 877 -6.6 100 1489 +20.4 100 $174 +11.5 $375K +10.0 51 +15.9 1.7
New Construction 325 +19.9 37.1 819 +19.7 55.0 $176 +10.7 $405K +10.4 87 +10.1 2.5

 

Canyon County 381 -11.6 100 615 +10.6 100 $137 +12.3 $253K +5.0 45 -11.8 1.6

 

New construction continues to drive the market even as supply of existing homes starts to tick up. While overall sales of homes were down 6.6%, sales of new homes surged 19.9% and represented 37.1% of all sales in March.  Supply is also rising with 819 new homes listed (+19.7%) representing 55% of all available homes for sale. Despite all the apartment building going on there seem to be plenty of buyers for new single family homes. As summer approaches expect new construction to continue to flourish.

Overall, buyers have more properties to choose from but continue to feel the pressure on affordability and buying power as strong demand causes prices to keep rising. Expect more of the same as 2019 rolls on although I do expect a gradual flattening in the price curve if the current trend towards higher supply and lower sales continues. With the spring and summer selling season kicking into gear things will continue to be challenging for buyers particularly in the under $300k segment of the market.  Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions.

 

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

208-258-2230 Fax

camjohnson@windermere.com

Posted on April 13, 2019 at 10:15 am
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for January 2019

Double Digit Price Increases Despite Falling Sales and Rising Inventory  

In what is threatening to become a trend, in January the Boise real estate market witnessed the counterintuitive combination of sharply dropping sales, rising inventory and strong price increases.  Closed sales for the month (604) were off 8.8% versus 2018 and the number of homes for sale shot up 17.5% to 1494. At the current rate of sales this represents 2.5 months of inventory, still very low, but the highest in two years.  The average days on market at 51 was up 8.5%, also indicating the market is slowing somewhat. Given modestly rising interest rates, uncertainty over the effects of the tax “reform” passed in 2017 and relative lack of affordability caused by higher prices the slowdown is not a surprise.

Neither is the fact that prices are often slow to react to market shifts, but in this case the percentage increase in prices has remained in double digits despite several months of declining market volume.  In fact the average price per square foot in the Boise real estate market hit a new record high in January of $173, 13.1% above a year ago. Meanwhile the average sales price was up 11.7% to $363,000, the second highest ever. Most experts feel that gradually prices will fall more into step with market activity but it could take several more months.

In the meantime people are wondering if we are experiencing a price bubble.  Certainly double digit price increases in the face of dropping market volume and rising inventory are unsustainable but that doesn’t necessarily mean the bottom will drop out as it did in the last recession.  The foundation of the market is much more solid than it was then with stricter lending practices, a generally healthy economy and job market and continued in-migration to the Boise area. For another look at the outlook for Idaho, please review the latest report prepared by Windermere’s chief economist Matthew Gardner. As we all know real estate is local and while the general outlook for Boise is relatively strong despite the recent slowdown in sales, the national picture may be less rosy.  A recent article in Business Insider paints a much bleaker picture of doom and gloom for the housing and mortgage industries.  It is worth a read even if it doesn’t directly apply to our market.

 

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR JANUARY 2019

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

 

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 604 -8.8 100 1494 +17.5 100 $173 +13.1 $363K +11.7 51 +8.5 2.5
New Construction 211 +20.6 34.9 955 +18.3 63.9 $178 +11.3 $414K +8.4 69 +9.5 4.5

 

Canyon County 273 -1.8 100 622 -0.3 100 $137 +20.2 $256K +15.3 50 +4.2 2.3

 

As mentioned last month, new construction continues to buck the trend and is in some ways the “saving grace” for the market right now. Despite the slowdown in the overall market sales of newly built homes (not including custom build jobs) surged 20.6% in January and represented almost 35% of all homes sold. The number of new homes for sale was also up sharply (+18.3%) and made up 63.9% of the total available inventory. Prices for new homes were increasing at a similar pace to existing homes.  The average price per square foot ($178) was up 11.3% while the average sales price was $414,000 up 8.4%.

While the current stats offer a glimmer of hope for buyer we remain in a strong seller’s market.  Even though the multiple offers and bidding wars are not as common as they were last summer buyers are still generally dealing with lower than average inventory and decreasing affordability in the face of ever increasing prices.  Please feel free to contact me with your questions and comments. 

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

208-258-2230 Fax

camjohnson@windermere.com

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for December 2018

Sales Continue to Slide but Prices at Record Level 

The Boise Real Estate Market in December was marked by sharply falling sales and sharply rising prices.  An odd couple to say the least. December’s 14.8% decline was the fourth in the last five months and sales for the most recent quarter combined are off 10.5% versus last year. Also for the 2nd straight month, after literally years of declines, the number of homes for sale was up 5.7% and pending sales, an indicator of future market activity were off 5.1%. Normally this would be bad news for sellers and at some point this will likely be the case, but for now prices seem unaffected by the drop in sales and are at record or near record levels. The average price per square foot was up 17% to $172/sf., a new record.  Meanwhile the average sales price was $363,000 (+16% )second only to the $368,000 recorded in August.  Even as the trend of declining sales has deepened the rate at which prices are rising has accelerated.  In November the average price per square foot and average sales price were up 12.3% and 13.6% respectively.

Conventional wisdom would say that a drop in sales is somehow a result of a drop in demand and that at some point prices should reflect that.  Until recently though it seemed a lack of supply was the primary market force keeping sales in check.  The demand was there but there was nothing to buy.  Now although inventory is still very low by historical standards we are seeing the number of homes for sale rise compared to a year ago with no apparent effects on the upward march of prices…so far.  Current inventory based on the rates of homes selling stands at 2.2 months the highest in almost a year, while the average days on market is 41 a 4.7% decline from last year. As a reminder, 6 months of inventory and 60 days on market are widely seen as indicative of a stable or “neutral” market as far as how much leverage buyers and sellers have.  So we are still in a strong seller’s market despite the sharp drop in sales. Continued in migration, stabilizing interest rates, and a generally strong local economy and job market seem to be enough to keep the party going.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR DECEMBER  2018

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

 

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 750 -14.8 100 1640 +5.7 100 $172 +17.0 $363K +16.0 41 -4.7 2.2
New Construction 256 +11.3 34.1 1019 +14.0 62.1 $175 +10.1 $413K +9.0 57 +1.8 4.0

 

Canyon County 312 -9.0 100 641 -14.5 100 $136 +13.3 $250K +16.3 38 -9.5 2.1

One other area in the latest Boise real estate market numbers worth pointing out is the role of new construction in the current mix of homes for sale and being sold.  While overall sales were down 14.8%, sales of new homes ( not including custom build jobs) were up 11.3% and the number of new homes for sale jumped 14% versus last year. The 256 new homes sold in December was 34.1% of all homes sold while the 1019 new homes for sale represented 62.1% of all homes listed. Without new construction the market would be in serious trouble on the supply side.  For example, sales of pre-owned homes were off 24% in December and 10.5% for the most recent quarter.  This may be helping boost prices as newly constructed homes tend to be priced above the overall market average.  Currently the average price per square foot for new construction is $175 (vs $170 for re-sale homes), while the average sales price for a newly built home is $413,000 (vs. $337,000 for re-sale).

Based on what is happening in other markets around the country and predictions for a nationwide economic slowdown and possible recession in the coming months, I still believe that the current double digit price increases are unsustainable and we will see a gradual flattening of the price curve in the coming months.  Supply for the time being will likely stay pretty tight even with all the new construction occurring because there hasn’t been a strong enough trigger to get existing homeowners to sell.  Many who would like to sell and take a profit are worried that they won’t be able to find a replacement home that meets their needs and their budget.  Until sellers feel like they may be missing out on peak pricing if they don’t sell we will continue to see very few existing homes on the market compared to historical averages.

Please feel free to contact me with you comments and questions. 

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

208-258-2230 Fax

camjohnson@windermere.com

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for November 2018

Volume Continues to Drop, Prices Slow to React

First, my apologies. Due to technical issues I was not able to distribute a report last month but should be back on track moving forward. Fortunately, you didn’t miss much and the overall Boise real estate market trend remains the same. Sales volume is slowing and is now below where we were a year ago while prices continue to rise, albeit a tad slower than they were during the frenzy of this past spring and summer. There were 887 closed sales in Ada County in November, 6% below November 2017 and approximately 15% below October. The drop from October is largely seasonal but the year over year drop has occurred in 2 of the last 3 months and appears to be the trend as pending sales were also down 3.7% in November. Meanwhile for the first time in literally years, the number of homes for sale was actually up 5.4% compared to last year. There were 1859 homes listed and at the current rate of sales this is 2.1 months of inventory. While still historically very low it is only the second time in over a year we have had 2 or more months of inventory. Average days on market also ticked up to 35, again still historically low and indicative of a strong seller’s market but slightly above levels we saw this summer.

In talking to other agents and brokers there has been a palpable change in the feel of the market. This is also reflected nationally. For months we have been hearing that some of the nation’s previously hot markets such as New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland were experiencing a slowdown. This past week the Wall Street Journal reported that a similar shift is occurring in some smaller markets such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tampa. Bidding wars have been replaced by price reductions and inventory which was non-existent a few months ago has in some cases doubled. There are also more and more predictions of a recession in 2019. Fox News (sorry) reported last week that half of US CFOs say a recession, largely trade and tariff driven, will occur in 2019. While this will likely have some effect on housing, in markets like Boise the impact may be somewhat muted by continued in-migration due to quality of life and relative affordability. For more information on the national picture please check out Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner’s 2019 Economic Forecast.

Meanwhile prices in the Boise real estate market continue to go up in double digits. The average price per square foot was $167 in November, up 12.1% versus 2017, but down 2.3% from October. The average sales price was $350K (+13.6%) but this was down about 2% from October. There is some normal seasonal fluctuation in prices so the numbers I would key in on are the year vs year ones. It is also typical for prices to lag behind a shift in volume. In the case of the last big recession, the market shift occurred in 2006 but prices didn’t peak until summer 2007. While in the current scenario prices may not fall much, if at all, the rate of increase has already dropped from the 15-18% per year that we saw this summer to the 12-13% we are seeing now. I still feel anything over 10% is not really sustainable given current wage growth and inflation so if we continue to slow down it may be a good thing for the overall health of the market.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR NOVEMBER 2018
*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 887 -6.0 100 1859 +5.4 100 $167 +12.1 $350K +13.6 35 -14.6 2.1

New Construction 241 +15.9 27.2 1010 +14.8 54.3 $172 +5.5 $401K +7.2 50 -24.2 4.2

Canyon County 382 +0.5 100 718 -9.9 100 $139 +20.9 $248K +18.7 29 -32.6 1.9

There are likely many reasons for the market shift that has begun in Boise. The usual culprits are definitely in play here: rising interest rates, prices forcing some buyers out of the market, declining consumer confidence in the national economy. But in our market unemployment is low, wage growth is strong and in-migration continues so the overall effects may be fairly mild compared to some more volatile markets. Still, we are near what I would consider the peak of the current pricing cycle so Buyers may decide to wait for prices to possibly drop while Sellers who have been sitting out may jump in to cash out at the peak. Both those will serve to accelerate the trend—fewer buyers and more inventory. Quite the opposite of what the market has brought the last few years.

Happy Holidays to you all. Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions.

 

Cam Johnson
Realtor®
Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley
1412 W Idaho St.
Suite 120
Boise, ID 83702
208-258-2222 Office
208-283-3664 Cell
208-258-2230 Fax

camjohnson@windermere.com

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm
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Boise Real Estate Market Report for September 2018

That Predicted Market Shift?  I Think It Has Started…

For the last few months I have been describing subtle signs of storm clouds on the horizon that might lead to a much predicted shift in the market.  In September some big drops from those clouds started hitting my windshield.  Closed sales in September in Ada County (931) dropped 18.1% from a year ago, the biggest such drop since the market bottomed out in 2010-11. Furthermore sales dropped 21% in one month from August to September 2018, a much larger drop than would be expected due to normal seasonal slowdown. Pending sales dropped 3.8% while the number of homes for sales also dropped 7.3%. The drop in the number of homes for sale, while significant, is much smaller than the 15-25% drops we have become used to. As a result inventory at the current rate of sales rose to 2.1 months.  While this is still historically very low it is actually the highest it has been in the Boise real estate market in 18 months. Blame for the sharp drop in sales lies with the usual suspects: lack of available inventory, rising interest rates, and prices outpacing wage growth. Lack of affordability is continuing to force some buyers out of the market despite strong demand from out of state and repeat buyers.

Despite the drop in sales prices are still barreling ahead, but have moderated their upward spiral slightly and typically we would expect a real flattening in the price curve to lag several months behind the turning point in sales. The average price per square foot actually did drop  slightly from August to $167 but was still 12.1% ahead of September 2017.  The average sales price dropped a significant $19K from August but managed a 15.9% increase over last year.

SUMMARY BOISE (ADA COUNTY) MARKET STATS FOR SEPTEMBER  2018

*Does not include manufactured homes **see detailed graphs below for more information.

Type # Sold % +/- % of Total Sold # For Sale % +/- % of Total For Sale $/SF % +/- Average Sold Price % +/- Days on Market % +/- Months Inventory
All 931 -18.1 100 1944 -7.3 100 $167 +12.1 $350K +15.9 34 -2.9 2.1
New Construction 249 +2.0 26.7 881 +8.8 45.3 $173 +6.8 $395K +9.1 62 -1.6 3.5

 

Canyon County 379 -17.6 100 753 -23.9 100 $137 +17.1 $252K +19.4 24 -27.3 2.0

 

New construction sales continue to grow despite the overall decline in the market although in September sales were only up a modest 2% from 2017.  26.7% of all homes sold in Ada County were new in September a slight uptick from August (25.8%). More significantly, the number of new homes for sale rose 8.8% from a year ago and represented 45.3% of all available homes.  These figures do no include custom build jobs which are not typically reported in the MLS, but suffice it to say that new construction is a driving force in the market right now. If you back out new construction from the number of homes sold in September, sales of pre-existing homes dropped 23.6% compared to a year ago. Not surprisingly with the high demand for construction labor and materials, the average sale price of a new home runs about 18% higher than for a re-sale home.  The difference is actually probably larger than that if you try to compare “Apples to Apples” as far as size, condition, etc.. New construction tends to be on average larger and in better condition than older homes in established and historic neighborhoods.

Looking forward, most “experts” are predicting that current trends will continue although the pricing curve should slowly start to flatten.  It remains to be seen whether we will actually see prices drop in the next 6-12 months or merely stabilize at a more sustainable growth pace more in tune with overall inflation.

Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions.  Also for those interested in hearing Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, give his economic analysis and forecast for the Treasure Valley please plan to join us Thursday, October 25 from 10:00-11:30AM at JUMP in downtown Boise.  You can register for this free event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-by-matthew-gardner-windermeres-chief-economist-tickets-49746412860.

You can also just show up but be aware seating may be limited.  This was a great event last year and hope you can make it this year! 

Cam Johnson

Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley

1412 W Idaho St.

Suite 120

Boise, ID 83702

208-258-2222 Office

208-283-3664 Cell

208-258-2230 Fax

camjohnson@windermere.com

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 3:07 pm
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