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Denver Remains in the Top 4 Cities Nationwide for Home Resale Appreciation

Denver Appreciation

2017-06-28

According to the hottest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices report, Metro Denver continues to be one of the top 4 leading U.S. markets for year-over-year home prices.

The region saw an increase in sales costs of 8.2 percent in April from last year, subsequent annual profits of 8.4 percent in March and 8.5 percent in February.

The 20-city typical gain in the year end in April has been 5.7 percent, along with the national average of 5.5 percent.

As for monthly resale increases, Denver saw a 1.3 percent gain in April relative to the previous month, not seasonally adjusted, the same for March. The 20 average monthly increase as well as the overally nationan-wide gain were 0.9 percent.

Denver's Case-Shiller housing price index in April climbed to an all-time record of 196.69. That usually means that local house resale prices soared 96.69 percent greater than they had been at the benchmark month of January 2000.

Nationally, average home-resale costs hit a record high for the 5th consecutive month the new report stated.

The Case-Shiller index is compiled by comparing matched-price pairs for thousands of single-family homes in each market. This report used numbers from metro Denver covering a 10-county area: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park counties.

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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