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May 2019 ended with more homes for sale in metro Denver than any other month in the past five years

Posted at 10:55 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 12:55:29-04

DENVER — The number of homes for sale in the Denver metro area saw another big jump last month, reaching its highest level in nearly six years.

According to new monthly data released by the Denver Metro Association of Realtors, May ended with 8,891 active listings, an increase of nearly 27 percent from the month before and a 38 percent increase from May 2018.

May’s inventory was also the highest the market has seen since November 2013, when there were 9,352 homes on the market at month’s end, according to DMAR.

That’s good news for prospective buyers who have been frustrated by a lack of options in Denver’s red-hot real estate market.

“The market has been experiencing a drought of new homes for years, so the increase in inventory is a welcome relief for thirsty buyers,” said DMAR Market Trends Committee Chair and Denver-area Realtor Jill Schafer. “Sellers have been experiencing an unprecedented increase in values. Even with the added inventory, prices were still up a bit.”

May saw a slight increase in Denver’s median sold price, which hit $431,000 for the entire residential market, including both condos and single-family detached homes.

Condos continue to be more affordable than single-family homes, selling for a median of $315,000 in May compared to $470,000 for detached homes.

Denver is still a seller’s market, but homes are staying on the market longer than this time last year, meaning buyers have a little more time to haggle for a good price.

“There has also been more negotiating,” Schafer said. “The close-to-list price ratio dropped to 99.35 percent year to date. At this point in the past four years, sellers were getting, on average, more than asking price. Home sellers still have control across the housing price ranges, but a little give and take makes buyers feel better.”