The Park Record, Park City Utah’s local twice weekly news source, ran an article over the weekend titled “Optimism for Park City economy might be justified – Statewide economy expected to get worse this year”. The title of the article seems to be in conflict with itself as much as most of the rest of the article. Within the article, there are quotes from the Park City Board of Realtors President stating that national indicators often drive the Park City real estate market and that the current trends in GDP and stock market have had positive effects on consumer confidence ‘which will prompt many buyers to make the home purchase they’ve been contemplating for months.’ This is a great positive spin for Park City and Deer Valley real estate. The article writer then reverses direction with the following statement:
‘But the frozen credit markets are still hurting Park City’s real estate market, he said. And the employment situation is still a concern because if someone has lost their job, or fears losing it, they’re less likely to come to Park City for a vacation and/or think about purchasing a home here.‘
The Park Record then quotes another prominent local Park City real estate agent whose predictions are cautiously positive noting an incremental recovery locally and predictions for a national recovery in 2010. The newspaper and local real estate agent then go on to note that local tourism reports predict summer travel to mountain destinations to be down 15% from last year. And a six month forecast expecting occupancy to be down by 20% with room rates down by 10%.
It seems that for every negative indicator there is a positive real estate note to go along with it and vice-versa. A look back at last winter can show that during the tough economic and political climate people still came out to ski and enjoy Park City. While they may not have bought local real estate, they did still come (albeit spending a bit less while they were here). I’m sure that soon local real estate agents will point to “pent up demand” from those people that didn’t buy last year as the reason for optimism.
Summer is here and this past weekend with its many markets, festivals, and celebrations showed Park City and Deer Valley in their best light. There’s no doubt that many visitors had a thought that they should move to or buy a vacation home in Park City.