The Vail Daily Staff Report on September 2 quoted the Land Title Monthly Housing Report which showed there were 92 completed real estate transactions in July. This number was far above the 75 transactions a year previously. For most of this year, we have seen other monthly increases over 2009. The fact remains that 2009 was probably the largest declining market I have seen in all my years selling real estate here in Vail(20 years). From the perspective of the Gateway Land office, there is no question that we have seen a lot more activity this year than last. However, there are several reasons for this activity.
First, because prices finally dropped when the market went south means that a lot of savy real estate investors have swooped in to buy up distressed properties at bargain prices. Secondly, many of the 'low end' deals were driven by tax incentives that are no longer in effect today. This fact is backed up by the fact that 75% of the transactions were below $1 million.