Park City General News

2nd Qtr 2019 Park City Market Stats

PARK CITY, UTAH — 2nd Quarter 2019 Park City/Wasatch Back Market Statistics

Compiled & Provided with data from the PCMLS

The Greater Park City Market in general continues to show great stability in single family homes. Despite an 8% drop in number of homes sold, the median sale price rose 14% year over year. During the same period in 2018, the median sale price gained 13%, indicating a sustained period of steady, consistent growth. Nationally, prices grew at a relatively flat 3.4% during the same period with Idaho (9.9%), Utah (7%) and Nevada (6.2%) showing the highest increases year over year.

The strongest single-family gains appeared within the Kamas Valley, which saw a median price increase of 22% over the same period in 2018, with a 33% jump in units sold.

Condominium and vacant land sales did not fare as well, with condo sales volume down 6% and land sales down 21%, despite respectable gains in median sale price of 4% and 6% respectively.

A Closer Look – Single Family Homes

Among the five major areas measured by the Park City MLS, homes within the Park City limits fared well with a 13% rise in sales volume, coupled with a rise of 9% in median sale price to $2.1M.

• In Old Town, the number of sales dropped 19% over last year’s number, while the median sales price increased almost 9% to $1.73M.
• Prospector also saw a decrease in the number of sales, but increased 14% in median price to almost $1.15M.
• Upper Deer Valley nearly doubled the number of sales, and with new product on the market, saw its median price increase 11% to $4.6M.
• Kamas Valley took top spot in price appreciation in the two-county area, jumping fully 22% in median price to just shy of $500K on unit sales, which were 33% higher than last year.
• Heber Valley–there were almost 300 home sales in the last 12 months. Despite a 14% drop in units sold Heber Valley still posted a 6% gain in median price to $538K. By neighborhood, Heber City had the highest number of sales and saw a 14% median price increase to $420,000.
• The number of home sales in the Snyderville Basin tracked closely to last year’s number, but saw a 10% median price increase reaching $1.25M.
• In Jeremy Ranch there were slightly fewer sales than the year before, but slightly increased its median sale price to just over $1M.
• Promontory saw the greatest number of home sales in the Basin, with a total of 70 and a median price of just under $2M, flat over the same period in 2018.

Single family home sales tend to peak in May and October as vacationing homebuyers visit the area and start making more inquiries about second home purchases. The inventory of homes available is as high as it will be for the year, so buyers can expect increased competition and higher asking prices as sellers back away from the market during the last half of the year.

A Closer Look – Condominium Sales

For the entire market area, the number of sold condominium was down slightly (6%) compared to the previous 12 months. Within the Park City Limits the number of condominium sales decreased 14%, while the median price finished the quarter up 3% at $810,000.

• Usually active, the total number of condo sales in Old Town was down 12% and the median price stayed flat at $570,000.
• Upper Deer Valley saw no increase in the number of sold units, while the median price rose 20% to just south of $2M.
• Activity in the Prospector and Park Meadows neighborhoods was relatively on par with 2018, with median prices flat in Prospector to $168,250 to down by one-third in Park Meadows, dropping to $730,000.

In the Snyderville Basin, there were 277 condominium sales, compared to the 301 within the City Limits, and the median price continued its upward trend growing 10% to $549,000.

• By neighborhood, Canyons Village had the highest number of closed sales at 120, nearly double second place finish of Kimball Junction. Both had median prices relatively flat to down slightly compared to the previous year.
• Pinebrook had the third highest number of sold units (47 up 12%) along with a 7% increase in median price to the mid-$500’s.

The number of condo sales in the Jordanelle area increased by 16% as did the median price up middle-teen percentages to just over $600,000.

A Closer look – Vacant Land

For our entire market area, Land sales decreased by across the board, as a result of decreasing inventory in the closer-in areas. Median prices increased slightly (6%) to $308,250 area wide.

• Within the City Limits, the number of sold lots was down by one-third, while median prices increased 27% to $1.04M.
• There were six times as many vacant land sales in the Snyderville Basin as within the City Limits, but still 20% fewer than last year and little increase in median price.
• At the area level, Promontory had the highest number of vacant land sales (71) on a median price of $539,000.
• Heber Valley had the most land sale transactions (155) showing evidence that buyers interested in custom homes were forced further from the town center in order to find reasonably priced lots. The median price of $250,000, while up 18% over year before, was still half the Snyderville median and 25% of the Park City Limits median.

Conclusion

Inventory hits its annual peak level during the summer. Going into fall, buyers will be challenged to find the variety they are looking for in properties within all segments of the market. Homes listed at or below the median price historically sell three to six times more quickly, making competitive offers even more frequent in those price ranges. The resale market in general remains strong, buoyed by increasing costs to build–driven by rises in both materials and labor. Custom homes now cost between $500-600/sq. ft. and can take as long as 16-18 months to deliver, making the resale market even more attractive, and hence pricier. These increases are pushing buyers further from the metro center where new school facilities in South Summit and Wasatch Counties are making homes there even more attractive to home buyers with families.

Real estate in the Park City/Wasatch Back consists of highly segmented markets with nuances that vary significantly from one neighborhood to another and one house to another. Comparisons are hard to read on paper due to the unique features of individual properties, such as amenities, condition, style, location, age, and inventory. Buyers and Sellers are advised to contact a Local Park City Board of REALTORS® Professional for the most accurate, detailed, and current information.

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About Joanne O'Connell

Joanne has lived in Park City for 21 years, having practiced real estate for the last 15 of those. She’s had two children move up through the Park City School District and is very involved in the Community! Joanne understands and loves this community, is dedicated to customer service, and has long-term commitments with all of her clients!

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