2020 housing stats: Sales up 7 percent, median home price up 13 percent

Denver metro’s housing market was strong in 2020. (BusinessDen file)

Denver metro’s real estate market ended the year with another record.

Housing inventory in December was historically low with 2,541 active listings on the market — the first time the metro area has seen less than 3,000 listings, according to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors’ monthly market trend report.

Despite the pandemic and lack of inventory, homebuyers remained resilient with a record of more than 62,985 properties purchased throughout 2020, a nearly 7 percent increase from 2019. High appreciation and sales volume resulted in $33.1 billion in sales last year.

The median sale price of a single-family home was $507,000 in December, a nearly 13 percent increase year-over-year. The median price of a condo sold was $332,000, a 7 percent increase from 2019.

“To put it in perspective, in 1990 the Denver real estate market closed only 25,619 homes, which means in 2020 we closed 145.9 percent more homes,” Steve Danyliw, a Realtor and past chair of the DMAR market trends committee, said in a statement. “Over the last 31 years, home prices continue to see robust growth with the average price increasing a staggering 457 percent.”

The association’s numbers pertain to an 11-county region it considers the metro area. Those counties are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park.

The region ended the year with 1,316 single-family homes on the market, 39 percent less than December 2019. There were 1,255 condos available at the end of December, which is nearly 27 percent less year-over-year.

Record-low interest rates allowed homebuyers to seek out properties with more space as the pandemic forced people indoors, according to DMAR’s report.

Luxury home sales — properties priced over $1 million — were up nearly 35 percent in December compared to 2019. Pending sales increased by 36.5 percent.

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