A question for the resident realtor (Carrie’s husband, Jeremy) from Daphne:
With the large numbers of homes lost in the Waldo Canyon Fire, is the real estate market going to be affected at all? And if so, in what way?
I don’t expect any major medium/long term effects on the overall Springs area real estate market from the Waldo Canyon fire. However, there are numerous short term effects and perhaps a couple caveats I should mention:
1. Right now, it is impossible to get new insurance policies issued for many areas. This means that anything currently under contract is now on hold until the new buyer can secure homeowner’s insurance prior to closing. (You can’t get a mortgage without insurance.) I’m not an expert on insurance, but my sources indicated this issue should take care of itself over the coming weeks.
2. Until the affected neighborhoods are rebuilt, values in those immediate neighborhoods will likely be affected for the “lucky” ones whose homes survived. Depending on how quickly we see things rebuild, this effect will probably last between 6 months and a couple years.
3. Homes backing directly to the charred landscape will likely not bring the same type of premium for the next few years.
4. We might see a slight increase in demand in the $200-400k price range as some homeowners opt to buy another home instead of rebuilding. However, I spoke with Dan Lewis at State Farm after the fire, and his initial impression after talking to many of his clients is that they would be rebuilding – not moving. If he’s correct, this impact will be nominal. For the sake of discussion, let’s assume that only 25% of the 346 homeowners move instead of rebuilding, that’s 87 additional sales for 2012. That isn’t enough to dramatically impact the market overall, but it would still be good news for the market in select price ranges and neighborhoods.
5. In the immediate future, we’ll likely see a shortage of rentals. Considering that we already have a very healthy rental market, the additional 346 families seeking a 6-12 month rental right now will likely make rentals even more difficult to come by.
6. This is great news for the construction industry. Home builders and subcontractors will have hundreds of homes to build with checks from the insurance companies.
In summary, I’d say that apart from homes in the immediate neighborhood of the destruction, any impact will be very nominal. If anything, it could be a net benefit to the market in some respects.
If you were personally affected by the fire and have any questions about your specific situation, please give me a call (719-231-9043). I’d love to help in any way I can.
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