Record Breaking Listing & Sales Prices | Oct 2020

Well, we are still very much in a SELLER’S MARKET in Eldorado. At press time, there are only nine properties on the market out of the 2,700-plus homes here. There are 29 under contract. Inventory continues to be very low and properties prepared for sale are selling quickly, most experiencing multiple offers and selling for over the asking price.

One of the most compelling things to come out of this time is the number of buyers looking for property in Santa Fe and Eldorado. There are not enough available homes to satisfy the demand, which has resulted in record-breaking listing and sales prices. Buyers are having to compete and some are writing four and five offers on different Eldorado homes, and still do not have a property.

In a few instances, buyers are waiving the appraisal contingency –  if they are getting a loan – and making up any difference in cash, which is agreed upon at the time of contract acceptance.

$540,000 average listing price – THE HIGHEST AVERAGE LISTING PRICE IN ELDORADO HISTORY!

$477,000 average sales price – THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALES PRICE IN ELDORADO HISTORY!

That strategy helps them compete with cash buyers. It will take a few months for the data on recent sales to be reflected in the appraisal process.

Many buyers are buying sight-unseen with the help of the 3D videos and Facetime. For my own Eldorado listings, I have had multiple buyers not step into their new houses until well after closing.

If you are thinking of selling, it might be a good strategy to list now rather than later in order to leverage the current environment. One never knows when this bubble will burst.

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Buying Sight-unseen in Eldorado | Sep 2020

When Leah and her husband, James, were looking for a home in Santa Fe, they discovered Eldorado. The K-8 Community School, rail system, amenities, and sense of community were very appealing to them.

James, an eye surgeon whose family is from Northern New Mexico, had accepted a job in here. Being from Portland, and having two kids under five, he made long-distance travel unsafe.

When the perfect house came on the market in June, they had his parents take  look and made an offer right away. “The 3D video helped seal the deal,” Leah says. “We’re a little picky and we had been watching the market for a while, we knew it was the right one when it came on the market,” she says.

“Eldorado is more affordable than Santa Fe, it feels like being in the country, but the amenities are close by. We were in a condo in Portland and walked everywhere,” Leah says.

They closed in early July but did not set foot in the house until August 7. “We love it even more than we thought we would,” she says. “It feels like heaven. The sellers did a wonderful job – everything is done. We even had our son’s birthday party there and we haven’t even moved in.”

Leah says that they looked frequently at serial maps to get a feel for the neighborhood. “It is so much more beautiful than it looks on Google Maps, and the views are amazing!” she says.

During this time, more and more buyers are buying homes without seeing them. The videos, professional photography, Facetime with their agent or friends who live here, and detailed specifics about the home help them make the buying decision.

They wanted to be close to family, too. “My parents just closed on their house today in La Paz. They also bought it sight-unseen.”

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