Released 11/20/17

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             Aspen Charts         Snowmass Village Charts

Clients often ask, “Where are we now compared to the Great Recession…?”. My interest in creating this series of charts is to answer that question for myself and to offer a visual reference for that conversation – to compare Aspen and Snowmass Village sales activity now to pre-recession mid-2000’s levels.

The charts are: the historic pace of dollar and unit sales since 2006 for Aspen and Snowmass Village (SMV) respectively by property types: 1) all property types combined; 2) single family (sf) homes; 3) condos; 4) vacant land / lots. (Fractionals, with the exception of extreme sales, are not included.)

As the unit sales drop-off in the 2nd Half 2007 so foreshadowed the Great Recession, sales velocity or pace, whether by dollar or unit sales, is useful to consider.

While many real estate professionals use dollar sales as the single metric for sales performance (it often looks ‘better’), unit sales are a more accurate measure of market activity – are sales increasing or decreasing? Dollar sales, on the other hand, can be skewed disproportionately by extreme high or low end sales.

In these charts, the starting point for the trend line is 2006 but where the trend line commences will affect its outcome…If the charts had started at 2009, the trend would be more upwards at present than is shown here. (I may add more trend lines showing different starting points.)

Aspen PDF
Links for Aspen and Snowmass Village Historic Dollar and Unit Sales charts by Quarter and by Property Type: single family homes, condos and vacant land / lots.
Snowmass Village PDF

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