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Saturday, January 7, 2012

County hits $1 billion in real estate sales

From the Vail Daily:

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — Eagle County's real estate market passed $1 billion in sales for the year in November, but the total dollar volume of sales for 2011 still lags behind the 2010 totals.

According to the latest information from Land Title Guarantee Company, the county passed the $1 billion mark in sales for the 14th year since 1996 — 2009 was only year the county failed to meet or exceed the $1 billion mark.

There were 121 sales in November, nine more than the same month in 2010. Those sales added up to $124.8 million, only the second time in 2011 that dollar volume met or exceeded the 2010 numbers.

As was the case for most of 2011, the majority of sales in November were in downvalley communities. In November, more than 25 percent of all transactions were in Eagle, Gypsum and the surrounding areas. Lower-priced homes also made up the bulk of sales, with 71 percent of all sales being for $1 million or less.

Bank sales also continue to play a large role in the valley's real estate market, and most of those are in the western Eagle Valley. Eighteen of the 27 bank sales for November were in Eagle or Gypsum. Through November, there were 270 bank sales in the county.

While the sale with the highest price per square foot was in Vail's Solaris complex, the Vail Golf Course was the area with the highest average sales price — an average of $6.2 million over two transactions. One of those sales was of a newly-built home, which sold for $9.25 million, the highest transaction in all of Eagle County in November.

While just a few sales of multi-million-dollar properties have accounted for a large portion of the total sales volume, November had nine transactions over $4 million, the most transactions in this category in any month in 2011.

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