That's a nearly $100,000 increase over the same period a year earlier.
The development is even more astonishing given its timing. January is traditionally a time when the housing market in the Denver area slows down, since fewer people tend to be looking to relocate during the winter months. But 2020 has defied expectations at every turn, blowing past an average price of $600,000 for the first time in August and remaining above that threshold even when the temperature dipped.
DMAR's analysis points to another record to explain the phenomenon: Housing inventory is at the lowest level ever recorded by the organization. Active listings for detached properties in January stood at 1,263, down from 1,316 in December and 3,297 in January 2020. Those digits translate to a month-over-month decline of 4.03 percent and a year-over-year plunge of 61.69 percent.
The following graphic from the report, which covers the period from 2008 to January 2021, shows just how historic these current trends are. The yellow line corresponds to active listings, while the blue line pertains to sales that closed during the respective months.
With demand outstripping supply once again, the average detached home price hit $629,159, a 2.89 percent increase from December's $611,459. But that's nothing compared to the climb from January 2020, when the average price was $530,092.
Meanwhile, properties continue to be snapped up at a dizzying pace. The median number of days a detached home for sale appeared in the area's Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, was just five days in January, down from six days in December and 24 days in January 2020 — a staggering 79.17 percent swing.
And DMAR's experts don't see this scenario changing in the near term, describing it as the "new normal." Which doesn't resemble the old normal in the slightest.
Click to read the Denver Metro Association of Realtors' February 2021 market trends report.