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.
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!
Return on Investment (ROI)
According to Investopedia, ROI measures the amount of return on an investment relative to the investment’s cost. To calculate return on investment, the return of an investment is divided by its cost with the result expressed as a percentage:
Real Estate ROI
Compared to precious metals (silver, gold), stocks and bonds, at 6.8% real estate provides the highest ROI on a national scale. Not to be confused with ROI, consider the Pikes Peak market saw a 8% increase in average sales prices from December 2014 – December 2015.
Make Money When You Buy
Not that it is risk free, but with variables such as appreciation, comparative property values, income history and such accounted for with relative certainty, in real estate it is said the money is made at the time of purchase, not so much at its sale. It is no wonder more millionaires have been made in real estate than anywhere else and with careful analysis, you could be the next!
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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
The U.S. Federal Reserve chairwoman described the central bank’s positions in a speech Thursday.
Source: Janet Yellen Expects Interest Rate Hike in 2015
It’s not that the sky’s falling, but that it’s important to illustrate the affect rising interest rates has on home affordability so buyers who are on the fence know the answer to that million dollar question, what is the “perfect time” to buy.
It appears we are in the best of all worlds – the economy has improved, home prices are rising and interest rates are at historic lows. So, why not now? To answer that, let’s look at the effect a 1% change in interest rates will have on purchasing power.
According to the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, the Average Home Price in the Colorado Springs market as of end of month August 2015 was $273,381. With the Average 30 yr Mortgage in the Colorado Springs market currently at 3.91%, amortized over 30 years a monthly payment on this average home is $1,291 per month, not including taxes and insurance. Whereas, a payment for the same house at 4.91% is $1,453, a monthly increase of $162 or $58,165 in added payments over the life of the fully amortized loan. And if affordability is an issue, consider this increase means less house for the money, as the max purchase price becomes $242,973 in this scenario.
Buying a home is no small decision with many factors to consider. However, those who are ready, willing and able to buy might want to consider pulling the trigger sooner than later as, be it in 2015 or later, interest rates will rise. To illustrate its inevitability, this old goat was originating mortgages with interest rates in the mid to high teens back in the 90’s. Yes, before smart phones.
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Attention renters! Are you ready for a place of your own? And, I don’t just mean somewhere to live because, if you’re a renter you already have that! I mean a home that you can paint and fix-up the way you want, where you will have less neighbor worries and, there are so many more benefits to being a homeowner, not the least which is no longer paying someone else’s mortgage or nest egg by helping to build their equity, but building your own instead.
Many people I talk to think they can’t afford to buy a home. Well just today, July 22, 2015, a search for properties less than $90,000 in El Paso County resulted in 15 results. Now, keep in mind there are down payment requirements for most loans except VA, but a $90,000 loan amount at a 4% interest rate (which not everyone will qualify for) equals a monthly payment for principal and interest of $429.67 (not APR)! Add 1% for taxes and insurance and we’re talking about a payment of roughly $505! As you see, with monthly payments this affordable, you just can’t afford not to! Not to mention, there are some areas in El Paso County enjoying up to 14% appreciation, meaning if it’s worth $100,000 today it’s potentially worth $114,000 next year!
Look at the interest rates bank are paying for savings and compare…you’ll find that, even at 2% there is no comparison!
And if that’s not enough to get you off of the fence, let me nudge a bit and introduce the El Paso County Bond program, which offers down payment assistance equal to 4% of the mortgage amount. And you don’t even have to be a first time home buyer to qualify! In case you missed it, this might mean zero down.
Do I have your attention yet? Use the contact form to the right and I’ll be happy to help you stop paying rent and start paying yourself.
Source: El Paso County, Colorado • Single Family Mortgage Bond Program
The Great Recession brought about a major downturn in the housing market. In this new economic reality, many investors backed off for a few years. Now, they’re slowly starting to come back as the market improves and their wide-eyed dreams of ditching the rat race for wealth and independence expand by the day. If you’re one of the many who have taken the plunge into the housing market or are considering doing so, keep in mind that it can be challenging. In particular, there are four key issues you’ll want to master in order to hone your property investing skills…read more