By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney January 27, 2013: 5:33 PM ET
The bursting of the housing bubble plunged the economy into a recession from which it has yet to fully recover. But economists say this could finally be the year that housing lifts us out of the doldrums.
Just over half of economists surveyed by CNNMoney identified a housing recovery as the primary driver of economic growth this year. The rest were split fairly evenly between consumer spending, increased domestic energy production and stimulus from the Federal Reserve as major growth drivers.
“Homebuilding activity will likely remain the strongest growing component of the economy in 2013,” said Keith Hembre, chief economist of Nuveen Asset Management. “After several years of excess supply, demand and supply conditions are now in much better balance.”
Home sales rebounded to the strongest level in five years in 2012, as home building bounced back to levels not seen since early in the recession. Near record low mortgage rates, rising home prices and a drop in foreclosures have combined to bring buyers back to the market.
The economists surveyed also forecast that there will be just under 1 million housing starts this year — roughly matching the 28% rise in home building in 2012. Moody’s Analytics is forecasting much stronger growth — a 50% rise both this year and next year, which it estimates will create more than 1 million new jobs.
“There’s a lot
of pent-up demand for housing, and very little supply,” said Celia Chen, housing economist for Moody’s Analytics. “As demand continues to improve, home builders have nothing to sell. They’ll have to build.” She said that growth in building will mean adding not just construction jobs, but also manufacturing jobs building the appliances and furniture needed in the new homes, which in turn drives overall consumption higher.
And economists say the tight supply and renewed demand for housing should lead to higher home values — about a 3.7% increase according to the survey.
“One of the most significant indirect effects from the housing recovery is the ‘wealth effect’ on consumers due to the recovery in home prices,” said Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist of Deutsche Bank, who said better home values can affect both consumer psychology on spending as well as their actual finances.
“Even small moves in home prices can have large effects on consumption, because housing comprises such a significant share of household assets,” he said.
But even with the bullish outlook on housing, economists are still forecasting only a modest rise in the overall economy this year. The consensus estimate is for economic growth of about 2.4% in 2013, only a modest improvement from the 2012 growth rate of about 2% they’re forecasting when the final numbers are in.
By far the biggest concern is a standoff on Capitol Hill. About three-quarters of those surveyed picked Congressional gridlock — which could result in a cutback in federal spending — as the biggest problem facing the U.S. economy. Other choices, such as the European sovereign debt crisis, continued high unemployment and increased government regulation, were much less of a concern.
The Tudor-style Country Club home, 450 Westwood Drive, Denver, has six bedrooms, eight baths and 8,581 square feet. It sold for $4.85 million
One of Metro Denver’s top residential resale homes of 2012′s fourth quarter came from Kentwood Real Estate Co’s Jim Rhye, with the $4.85 million sale of a 8,581 square foot mansion in the Denver Country Club area.
It was not only Kentwood’s top sale of the quarter, but the top sale of the year for the Greenwood Village-based brokerage.
For a slide show of all the homes on this quarter’s list, click on “view photo gallery” above the photo at the right.
The Tudor-style Country Club home, 450 Westwood Drive, Denver, has six bedrooms and eight baths.
“At $732 per square foot, this is the second-highest price per-square foot paid for a home in the Denver Country Club neighborhood,” Rhye said in a statement. “The home is truly a storybook residence in a coveted location.”
Rhye also logged the highest per-square-foot price paid for a home there in 2008 when an owner dropped $967 per square foot — but of course that was before the Great Recession drove prices to the basement.
Other top sales of the fourth quarter, from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012, as provided by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Fuller Sothebys, Keller Williams DTC and Kentwood Real Estate. This is not a complete list of the top sales.
#2 – 8925 Mountain View Lane, Boulder, sold for $4.75 million. Broker: Coldwell’s Scott Franklund.
#3 – 7654 Spirit Ranch Road, Golden, sold for $3.9 million. Broker: Coldwell’s Linda Scaglia.
#4 – 5001 S. Albion, Cherry Hills Village, sold for $3.8 million. Broker: Kentwood’s Mary Jones.
#6 – 1195 E. Tufts Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, sold for $3.35 million. Brokers: Fuller’s Behr Team of Linda, Tre & Josh Behr.
#7 – 33084 Bergen Mountain Road, Evergreen, sold for $2.85 million. Broker: Kentwood’s Rollie Jordan.
– 9430 Owl Lane, Boulder, sold for $2,75 million. Broker: Coldwell’s Scott Franklund.
#9 – 5816 S. Village Way, Greenwood Village, sold for $2.4 million. Broker: Kentwood’s Edie Marks.
#10 – 485 S. Race St., Denver, sold for $2.38 million. Kentwood’s Luisa Staerkel.
#11 – 5772 Secrest Ct., Golden, sold for $1.12 million. Broker: Keller Williams’ Pam Kiker.
#12 – 1326 S. Fillmore St., Denver, sold for $1.04 million by Keller Williams’ Carol Hoffman.
Do you think your brokerage firm sold the most expensive home of the quarter? Send the information, including address, sales price, sales date and a picture to Dennis Huspeni at firstname.lastname@example.org before April 12, 2013. The home must be a resale and located in the six-county metro Denver area.
Dennis Huspeni covers real estate and retail for the Denver Business Journal and writes for the “Real Deals” blog. Phone: 303-803-9232.
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Posted: Apr 15, 2013, 7:50am PDT
Home sales in metro Denver up 46% in March
POSTED: 04/03/2013 08:18:37 AM MDT
UPDATED: 04/03/2013 11:20:26 PM MDTBy Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
A home on the 2300 block of Clermont Street listed with Coldwell Banker realty in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood is under contract, Tuesday afternoon, March 26, 2013. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)
Homes sales in March in the Denver metro area increased 46 percent from February and 20 percent from March 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by Metrolist.
In March, 4,333 homes were sold, compared with 2,967 in February.
Metrolist said that by all year-over-year comparisons, the Denver market is “significantly stronger than it was in 2012.”
The average price of a Denver-area home is up 19 percent, to more than $295,000. The average days on the market is down 35 percent, and
inventory levels are 35 percent lower than they were in March 2012.
“As low inventory levels force prices up and decrease the amount of time houses are on the market, local market competition has noticeably risen,” said the report.
are seeing strong increases in 'flash sales,' where homes are coming under contract within days or even hours after being put on the market,” said Kirby Slunaker, CEO and president of Metrolist.
March marked the ninth month-over-month decrease in available listings.
Read more: Home sales in metro Denver up 46% in March – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22933240/home-sales-metro-denver-up-46-march#ixzz2QJ5nZCiE
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