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.
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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!
Windermere Real Estate/Boise Valley
1412 W Idaho St.
Boise, ID 83702
*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.