Bayfield, CO, Real Estate Market Price, Trends, & Forecast 2023

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In 2022, the United States housing market saw the median home price reach a record high of $413,800 in June. Then in August, it fell to $389,500. The decrease in house prices is a common trend as the housing market tends to slow down during fall. Even though there was a drop in August, home prices are still growing compared to 2021, even with higher mortgage rates.

This trend of higher prices is more apparent in local markets, such as in Colorado's La Plata County. The average housing price increased annually and almost every month throughout 2022. Within La Plata County is the town of Bayfield, which has also experienced housing price increases. Understanding how the local markets are currently fluctuating can provide insight into what the market will look like in 2023. Read on for expert guidance from Ashley Truitt so that you can move forward with confidence.

La Plata County's current real estate market

The housing market in 2022 has favored sellers as a whole, with houses selling at higher prices. In Q3, the median sales price in La Plata County was $609,750, which is a 13.5% year-to-date increase. As of November 2022, the median sales price for single-family La Plata County homes was $782,000, which was a 9% increase from the previous year.  While the prices are still rising, it’s important to note that price increases have significantly slowed compared to the previous few years. For example, in comparison, the median sales price for La Plata County single-family properties increased by 38.5% from November 2019 to November 2020.

As of November 2021, La Plata County single-family homes stayed on the market for 106 days. In November 2022, this number rose slightly, with the average house sitting on the market for 116 days, mirroring the buyer hesitancy seen across the country due to rising interest rates.
After analyzing the real estate market in La Plata County, let's take a closer look at Bayfield's market to see if it follows similar patterns.

Bayfield's current real estate market

The market conditions and prices for homes differ between the actual town of Bayfield versus rural Bayfield. Within the city itself, in October 2021, homes for sale in Bayfield, Colorado, sold at an average of $401,222. In contrast, in October 2022, the average sales price for a single-family home was around $453,071—an annual increase of 12.9%. The median sales price of single-family Bayfield homes was $462,500 compared to the $350,000 median price seen in 2021. In-town Bayfield properties spend approximately 73 days on the market until selling, which is a 30% increase over 2021.

In rural Bayfield, as of November 2021, the average sales price for a single-family house was $590,700, which fell slightly to $538,875 in November 2022. Likewise, the median sales price for rural properties also dropped slightly from $531,500 to $527,500 from November 2021 to 2022. Rural properties spend approximately 85 days on the market before selling.

Considering the current state of the real estate market in Bayfield and the county, what will the Bayfield, Colorado, real estate market look like in the forthcoming year? 

The Bayfield real estate market in 2023

Contrary to the higher prices in the current Bayfield real estate market, there are predictions of housing prices declining by mid-2023. The decline in housing prices could result from the market correcting itself after the circumstances of the past two years. Steadily rising housing sales prices are an issue dating back to 2019, as housing prices increased by over 30%, followed by inventory reaching record lows at the end of 2021. It is likely a trend that will continue into 2023, meaning the year will start off as a seller's market.

Despite the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 continuing to be a seller's market, with prices continuing to rise, predictions indicate the market will switch in favor of buyers by the end of 2023. La Plata County is already showing signs of leaning toward a buyer's market due to how much the housing inventory increased alongside the number of days homes spend on the market.

A final and more concerning prediction is that with mortgage interest rates already increasing, this trend will continue until the end of 2022. Many home buyers fear there will be even higher interest rates in 2023, which will price many home seekers out of the market. With the increase in buyer hesitation, more houses will remain on the market for a more extended period of time, combined with an increase in inventory. Sellers who are struggling to find a buyer are more likely to accept lower home offers, especially if the home remains on the market for a long time. This scenario may not be ideal for sellers aiming for top-dollar offers. Still, this scenario does work in favor of buyers, further supporting the prediction of the market flipping to a buyer's market by the end of 2023.

What should potential home buyers do?

One of the best options for potential home buyers when searching for a new home is to work with a local agent or luxury estate specialist who is highly familiar with the local area. It is especially crucial in a town such as Bayfield, where fewer new listings are available; as of November 2022, only 16 single-family properties are for sale in town. Teaming up with a real estate agent who has specific knowledge of the area and a great network means they will easily be aware of new houses on the market, and they will be able to connect you with those properties.

Ready to get started?

Are you interested in buying a home or searching for land for sale in Bayfield, Colorado? Then contact Ashley Truitt today. Ashley has been recognized as one of the top 10 agents in the Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties Durango office and in the top 7% of Coldwell Banker Agents worldwide. When looking to buy a home in Bayfield, Colorado, Ashley Truitt is here to assist you on your journey.

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