The second quarter of 2008 has come to an end and the statistics are out for the Park City, Utah real estate market. It is always interesting to see how the numbers stack up to what your gut feeling about how the market is doing. A quick look at the numbers can show that my gut feeling is both right and wrong, as usual, the numbers can be spun to show whichever story you want to tell. Well, almost…
There is almost no classification in which it can be shown that sales volumes are up. Single Family home sales for the first 2 quarters of the year were off by 45%. Pricing though was effectively flat (up 1% in town, down 6% in the Snyderville Basin, up 1% in the Heber Valley). Bright spots can be found in single family home sales if you look at Woodland and Francis, sales prices were up 80% from the same period last year.
Over-all condominium sales showed a drop of 24% in sales volume, but prices were up by 18%. There were a few newly completed projects that skewed the numbers (please note that it can be argued that this is almost always true in the Park City real estate market). Sales at the Newpark Hotel in Kimball Junction totaled over $24 million and gave the Kimball Junction area a 95% boost in sales volume and a 131% boost is dollar volume of sales. Similarly, the Old Town area shows remarkable numbers unless you remove the sales of Silver Star (new ski-in / ski-out property at the Park City Mountain Resort) which showed over $54 million in sales.
Vacant land showed a 60% decrease in unit volume sold while overall pricing was up 14%. The telling number here might be that there are over 1300 active listings for vacant land on the Park City MLS and 109 sold in the first 2 quarters of 2008 leading to a 6 year supply of inventory at the current sales pace.
There are bright spots and dim spots throughout the sales report for the first 2 quarters of 2008. All real estate is local down to the block, side of the street, which ski run you’re on, or on which hole of the golf course your home sits. For a more complete analysis of the Park City real estate area that you are most interested in, give the YouInParkCity.com Group a call at 888-968-4672 or email us at info@YouInParkCity.com.
Submitted by Todd Anderson
Statistics herein were derived from the Park City MLS. Numbers are deemed accurate and reliable, but not guaranteed.