We started today’s meeting off with a different approach: instead of our usual 30-second commercials, we told our fellow leads group members who our power partners are and who we want to have join our leads group. You can now view the updated wish list on our website.
Today’s presenters were Jon Goldberg of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and Carrie Bohlmann of Body Heal Thyself Massage Therapy.
Jon began his presentation with his tagline, “lawyer turned realtor.” He moved to Denver twenty years ago from the east coast. In his previous career, Jon was a lawyer in corporate firms in Washington, D.C., and also in Denver. Jon has been with Sotheby’s for the past six years. In his free time, he spends time with his wife and two teenage boys doing outdoor activities such as skiing and cycling in Breckenridge.
Sotheby’s International Realty has over 730 offices in the world. LIV Sotheby’s rebranded at the start of 2015 from its former name, Fuller Sotheby’s.
For the rest of Jon’s presentation, he presented data and facts about the recent housing boom in Denver. This past June, Denver saw its highest average home price at $421, 201! We are also experiencing record prices in rental units.
Jon stated that although sales (demand) has remained fairly steady, inventory (supply) has plummeted. An average home now stays on the housing market for only 18 days; historically, houses stay on the market between 90-100 days.
Another recent development is that the homebuyer affordability index has decreased, i.e., Denver’s income level has stayed steady but housing prices have increased dramatically. Is Denver becoming too expensive for its own good?
At the end of Jon’s presentation, he presented a photo of Godzilla (above) and gave us a few takeaways:
- Waiting until the housing market cools down does not necessarily guarantee a more affordable house.
- Consider your strategy first and foremost! Be cautious and understand trends. Check out micro markets, e.g., Littleton vs. LoDo.
Before Carrie’s presentation, we discussed group business:
- Don’t forget about our September networking lunch with Leads Group D on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Cafe 180! Please make sure to RSVP to Jeremy, Nikki, or Carrie if you plan to attend. We need a headcount for Leads Group 7.
- Our Open House may be hosted at the Chamber building after all: the Chamber requires a $300 fee but provides free beer at its new fourth floor bar. We will also continue to seek out other venues, such as McCormick’s Fish House and Bar or Interstate Bar and Kitchen.
- We are sad to announce that Naomi Perez of First Citizens Bank is no longer in the leads group. We may be seeking a new banker to fill her position.
Carrie’s presentation today was interactive, focusing on avoiding Upper Cross Syndrome (UCS), which is common among people who sit at a desk all day at work, resulting in poor posture. Carrie demonstrated a few stretches that we can perform throughout the day to keep our posture in check, including foam roller stretches, Superman poses, and close grip rows. You can view more of these stretches in this article: 5 Exercises To Fix Hunchback Posture From Office Work