Denver Hard Money: What’s next for housing prices

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There was an interesting article on Bloomberg regarding housing prices throughout the nation. Denver was on of two metro areas that had increasing prices. Below is an excerpt of the article with the link to the story:

Eighteen of 20 cities showed a decrease in prices in October, led by a 2.1 percent drop in Atlanta, and decreases of 1.8 percent in Chicago and Minneapolis. Denver and Washington were the only two that posted gains. Full article at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-28/u-s-property-values-decline-more-than-forecast-in-s-p-case-shiller-index.html

So what does this mean for Denver housing prices going forward. I personally feel that Denver residential housing prices are at or near the bottom of the market, many areas are still falling (castle rock, pueblo, highlands ranch, some of the front range communities, etc…). Long term we should begin to see a slow climb 1-2%/year going forward for the next 3-5 years.