Home Sales & Prices
The total number of homes sold in the last 12 months was 514 compared to 563 the prior 12 months. Within the Park City city limits, homes decreased by nine sales, or seven percent, with 157 homes sold in the last year compared to 168 sales the year before. Homes sold in the Snyderville Basin were down by 10%, or 28 sales, from 395 to 357.
The comparison of median sold prices shows us that home prices increased 3% within Park City city limits, and went up 23% in the Snyderville Basin. Median prices in town went from $1,900,000 to $1,950,000, and from $985,000 to $1,200,000 in the Snyderville Basin. That means there was an average uptick of approximately 13% for our areas.
Condo Sales & Prices
The total number of condos sold dropped from 661 sales between October 2016 and September 2017 to 624 between October 2017 and September 2018. Condominium sales within the city limits were down by 8%, or 27 sales, while condo sales in the Snyderville Basin fell by 10 sales, which is a 3% decrease from the previous year.
Median prices of condos had an increase of $60,000 or 8% in town and an increase of 8% (about $30,000) in the Basin. That makes for an average 8% increase between Park City and the Snyderville Basin condominium median sold prices.
Land Sales & Prices
The totals of Park City and Snyderville Basin vacant land sales went up the last 12 months compared to the prior 12 months -- barely -- just 1%. But, when we break it down, there was a remarkable upsurge in sales in the city limits, from 19 to 32; a 68% increase! Lot sales in Snyderville Basin decreased 7% or 11 sales.
Overall, median lot prices showed a marked increase of 17% -- 25% in city limits, and 10% in the Snyderville Basin. This roughly translates to an increase of median lot price in Park City of $202,500 and about $43,000 in Snyderville Basin.
Average Time on the Market of Closed Home Sales vs. Active Home Listings
When properties are priced correctly, based upon recent comparable sales, they sell in 105 days, on average. Meanwhile, the current inventory of properties for sale in Park City is staying on the market an average of seven and a half months without selling. So what’s going on?
Left side graph: The silver bar shows that homes that are selling are taking 105 days on average to sell. The red bar shows the average days on the market of the actively listed homes in the Park City is 167 days. From this we may conclude when property owners price their properties correctly, they can expect to sell them in approximately 105 days, on average. However, when they over-price them, they can reasonably expect that their properties will be on the market for at least five months without selling. But that's only part of the story . . .
Right side graph: The red bar on this graph shows the cumulative days on the market when properties are relisted (either with the same Realtor or a different one), after not selling during their initial and, in some instances, subsequent listing periods. When you add up the total days on the market of properties that have not sold, considering multiple listing time frames, when applicable, the days on the market without selling climb to 231 days, on average. That is almost eight months on the market without selling.
Many factors impact why one property sells over another. They include location, views, the age and condition of a property, upgrades, and so forth, but the number one factor is price. After more than 30 years of selling real estate in Park City, I have learned that there is a buyer for every property, at a certain price.
If you’re thinking of selling your property, realize that selling a home is a hassle. You must keep your home clean and in "ready to show" condition at a moment's notice. Nobody wants to be inconvenienced for eight months or more, especially with no sale to show for all the effort. When you decide to list your property, choose a price that will result in a sale within a reasonable time.