Colorado’s Outmigration Problem & its Effect on Commercial Real Estate

Colorado’s Outmigration Problem, and its Effect on Commercial Real Estate


Newsletter – March 2023

During the course of the COVID season, Denver saw a large influx of out-of-town home buyers pour into the metro and surrounding areas due to the new work-from-home policies adopted by large companies. This was good for the economy, but also drove home prices and real estate prices sky high. Now, with interest rates back to 2007 highs, and inflation affecting metro area cost of goods, people are once again moving out of Denver and into cheaper areas. The Denver area has shifted from an ideal destination with affordable housing options to an exploding metropolis catching up with LA and San Francisco on a cost-of-living basis. As a result, the Denver area, and Colorado, are experiencing outmigration that will alter the scene of commercial real estate in 2023.

Denver ranked 7th in outmigration among major cities in the fourth quarter of 2022. See the chart below, created by

Top 10 Metros Homebuyers are Leaving

While 2,200 homebuyers seems a small number in comparison to the San Francisco exodus of 26,900, the percentages are surprising.

Record High 24.6%

Among users in major metro areas, Denver has the highest percentage looking to buy elsewhere at 31%, exceeding the national average of 24.6% of total users.
The national average of people looking to relocate out of major cities has steadily increased since 2017, reaching an all-time high in Q4 2022. While this may be concerning, it opens the door of opportunity in 2023.

How does this outmigration affect commercial real estate markets in 2023? As population decreases, so does the workforce. This means that the demand for commercial real estate will also decrease as businesses allow their employees to telecommute from a different city. As demand falls we see prices fall, and this is where the opportunity can be found. For most of 2022 the bid ask spread was too large for any value-add opportunities to make any sense on paper. Now, with decreasing prices, more properties will start to pencil for investors.

Another possible benefit of this outmigration and its effect on the market is a decrease in construction prices. Once again, the laws of supply and demand dictate price in a service market. As population decreases so will the need for construction, and contractors will need to lower their prices to set themselves apart in their competition for limited business. This will open the door for investors to consider ground up development in QOZ’s which require a doubling of the initial basis. These deals have been hard to justify with land and construction prices where they have been in the last couple of years. Now, QOZs and other development opportunities could be possible again, promoting the growth of both the population and the general economy.

Instead of mourning the downfall of the great state of Colorado, look for the carrot. In 2023, we can expect to see the prices of land, commercial real estate, and even residential real estate fall. While this will represent a loss of value for those who already own real estate, it will also afford new owners a prime opportunity to jump into a valuable market. In the coming months of dropping prices, reach out to NavPoint Real Estate Group for all your Commercial Real Estate needs and allow us to assist you in navigating this upcoming down market.

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  3. Notwithstanding the conclusion or termination of the Discussions, Potential Purchaser shall continue to fulfill its obligations hereunder for a period of one (1) year from the date of disclosure. Upon termination of the Discussions, all Confidential Information, including all forms of Documentation shall be returned to the Broker, including any copies or adaptations made by the receiving party.
  4. The obligation of Potential Purchaser under Paragraphs 1 and 2 above shall not apply or shall cease to apply to any information which Potential Purchaser can demonstrate by reasonable documentary proof- (a) to have been in the possession of Potential Purchaser at the time it was first disclosed by the Seller and/or Broker; (b) was in the public domain at the time it was disclosed to Potential Purchaser; (c) entered the public domain through sources independent of Potential Purchaser and through no fault of Potential Purchaser; (d) was lawfully obtained by Potential Purchaser from a third party who is free to disclose such information to Potential Purchaser; (e) to have been at any time developed by Potential Purchaser independently of any disclosure from the Seller; or (f) has been in the possession of Potential Purchaser for more than five (5) years.
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