In 2023, the Telluride Real Estate market's prevailing theme was scarcity. Scarcity emboldened Sellers and left many Buyers scratching their heads, even in the face of macroeconomic softening. The simple fact in Telluride is that we still have a significant lack of inventory for a consistent and even growing demand base. Consequently, Telluride area real estate values have largely returned to a steady rate of overall appreciation similar to pre-pandemic trends. The numbers bear this out: in 2023, San Miguel County’s total dollar volume was up 31% over 2019, despite 18% fewer transactions.

The lack of inventory underlined a steep decline in the number of transactions, dropping from a total of 944 trades in 2021 to a modest 445 in 2023, a 53% drop.…

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