Atlas Real Estate Group
In one word, market conditions are robust. A proud member of Atlas Real Estate Group, the premier real estate investment company and brokerage team along the Front Range, I am often asked for an indication of the rental market in Colorado Springs. Here is a brief synopsis.
Market Conditions - Year over Year Rent Growth
At 11% according to Yardi®, we are top three in the nation when it comes to year over year rent growth, a finding consistent with what we see on a daily basis analyzing the market for our investor clientele. This is due to a myriad of factors, such as limited inventory, minimal construction activity and a level of population growth that has moved us up to being the nation's 40th most populous city and a "positive trajectory with respect to economic recovery and growth".
Market Conditions - Supply and Demand
The result of our robust market is high prices. This is bad news for wholesalers and flippers, a business model needing margins of 25% or better to make sense. Forced to seek elsewhere for the short term ROI they need, many are flocking to markets such as Indianapolis, St. Louis and others where housing prices are low enough to generate the profit margins they need. And this is where the downside takes a sharp decline.
Stepping over dollars for pennies, their capacity for building long term wealth is severely limited, as can be seen by much lower rent growth rates of 4.3% and 2.9% respectively.
Not to mention, and though cash is truly king in the rental game, appreciation cannot be overlooked. According to NeighborhoodScout®, Colorado Springs has shown an 8% in annual appreciation rate in the last 12 months, whereas Indianapolis, IN and St. Louis, MO show 4.73% and 6.14% rates respectively.
Market Conditions - Seeking New Clients
How's the market, you ask? Like Caribbean waters, warm and inviting. Come on in? Don't worry, no sharks allowed.
According to Remodeling's 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, you'll recoup an average of 64% of what you paid for a renovation if you sell your home this year.
Source: 10 Home Renovations That Offer the Best (and Worst) Return on Investment - Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com
Return on Investment
We've previously discussed Return on Investment (ROI) about how much more (or less) than an asset's cost it is (or will be) worth at resale. It went a little something like this.
OK. The same concept of ROI applies, perhaps but not always on a lesser scale, to the effect of improvements made after purchase to the resale value of that asset.
Many (not all) buyers want gorgeous granite, jacuzzi tubs, bedroom fireplaces and similar creature comforts. And where these add great value...prestige, will they amount to a dollar for dollar increase in financial value? It depends.
It's never good to have the most expensive house in the neighborhood. First, they can stand out like the a Taj Mahal near Quonset huts. Gaudy is definitely not good, IMHO. Worst, pride in ownership can be a bitter pill to swallow when no one cares how much that Italian marble tub cost. When it comes to comparable values, a tub's just a rub-a-dub-dub. Sorry, couldn't resist.
Quickly. What is relatively worth more, adding attic insulation or a bathroom that will relieve congestion come school time? Before we tell it, understand you'll recoup about 67% of improvements on average. Drum roll, please...
Attic insulation, by a long shot of 2:1. Sad but true.
Rehab Loans - Pennies from Heaven
So be careful what you ask for, you might not get it. Unless it's help to pay for remodeling projects on that would be perfect home were it not for the host of improvements needed to make it your castle, whether necessary or not.
With Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's HomeStyle Renovation and FHA's 203k loans, it is relatively easy to turn that ugly house into the nosy neighbor's bane of existence.
Energy Efficiency Assistance
How about we add energy efficiency upgrades to our efforts and receive up to $8,000 in help to do so?! This is HOT! No pun intended. Learn more here.
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Energy Efficiency Assistance
As an incentive for new and existing homeowners to buy homes with high energy efficiency ratings or make upgrades (furnace, insulation levels, windows, etc.) to an existing home, the state of Colorado is offering up to $8,000!
- New or existing homes (existing homeowners OK)
- Lender must reserve the incentive amount before closing
- Energy upgrades completed within 120 days of purchase
Additional Down Payment Assistance Programs
There are hundreds, if not thousands of extra programs that help with adapting homes for folks with disabilities, down payment. closing and other costs. Check them all out here!
Mortgage rates continued lower today, largely getting caught up with yesterday's underlying market movements. Lenders were likely being cautious due to prospects for volatility in today's trading, not to mention the increased volatility seen on Tuesday and Wednesday. All things being equal, rates will
Source: Mortgage Rates Back Down to 6-Month Lows