Archive for April, 2009

Developer Buys Promontory at Auction

Monday, April 27th, 2009

             In the spring of 2008 creditors forced the Promontory luxury golf subdivision in Park City, UT into bankruptcy. The developer, Arizona based Pivotal defaulted on loans amounting to over $270M.

            On April 15, 2009 a group named Pivotal 7000 headed by the CEO of Pivotal, Francis Najafi, purchased the development for a price far less than the debt on which Pivotal defaulted. The $70M bid by Najafi which was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court effectively wiped out $275M in loans that had been packaged by Credit Suisse.

            During the bankruptcy, Promontory maintained its operations which consist of two golf courses, clubhouses (golf, tennis, kids, outfitters, etc) an equestrian facility and more than 1000 building lots. The assets have been valued between $230M and $560M.

            The new ownership plans to move forward with Promontory’s original vision for the second home luxury community. While some property owners within Promontory may still have a bad taste for Pivotal, the fact that the development is no longer in bankruptcy and is being run by a company familiar with the project may be a benefit. Promontory’s plan of reorganization binds Pivotal 7000, LLC, as the new owner, to observe key provisions of the court-approved plan and sale procedures.  These provisions include the obligation to honor Promontory’s county-approved master plan, the Promontory Club’s membership agreements and membership plan, and the assumption of all lot purchase agreements with Promontory lot and home owners.  In addition, provisions have been made in the plan for funding of legitimate unsecured creditor claims and the creation of a reserve fund for Promontory’s homeowners’ association, the Promontory Conservancy.

            The stigma of bankruptcy and the relatively large number of speculative purchases and building that was done by private investors has hurt the market in Promontory. The luxury homes that are for sale in the Promontory area are currently some of the best values in Park City. Now may be a perfect time to invest or purchase a second home in a golf course community as the developer should be on much more stable ground for the near future.

            On another positive note, Golf Digest just ranked the Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye designed courses at Promontory as the number 2 and 3 courses in the state behind Glenwild (also in Park City).

Park City Utah Real Estate Statistics 1st Quarter 2009

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

             The first quarter of 2009 Park City real estate statistics show that the Park City and Deer Valley area are not immune to the impacts of the national and global economic downturn.

            There were 91 total sales in the greater Park City area (PCMLS 1-22): 30 Single Family Homes, 55 Condominiums, and 6 Vacant Land parcels. These numbers as a total are less than half when compared to the same period for 2008 both in terms of total unit volume as well as total dollar volume. While these numbers show a steep decline in the market, there are some bright spots.

            One major difference between Park City real estate sales in the first quarters of 2008 and 2009 is the lack of new development communities available in 2009. In the first quarter of 2008, nearly half of the condominiums sold were brand new (Newpark Hotel and Silver Star were a large portion of sales). If these are removed from the comparatives, the 2009 numbers while definitely down, do not show nearly as dramatic a decrease.

            A more telling statistical comparison may be to look at original price versus list price when sold and final sales price. For the first quarter of 2008, the list price of homes sold was actually higher than its original price and the final sales price was about 5% off of the list price. So prices were holding very steady and sellers were getting offers very close to their asking price. The first quarter of 2009 shows a definite softening of prices. Original prices versus list price when sold show a 3% drop in price while the actual sold price represents an additional discount of approximately 8% versus asking price.  

            As with all statistical analysis, it can be very hard to see a true picture when too small or too large a sample is taken. The Park City and Deer Valley real estate markets have bright and dim spots which vary not only from subdivision to subdivision, but vary greatly depending on which side of a transaction you find yourself.

            Real estate sales in Park City are influenced dramatically by location and views as well as amenities available to the property. Scarcity is a major factor and while there are new products on the horizon, there are very few places that can offer all of what Park City offers its residents and second home owners. For more complete analysis or information on a particular Park City neighborhood or community contact a Group Keller Williams Park City REALTOR® or call us at (888) 968-4672.

            Data compiled from the PCMLS for sales of Single Family Homes, Condominiums, and Vacant Land in areas 1-22 from 1/1/2009 thru 3/31/2009 deemed reliable but not guaranteed