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Wild Horse Mesa Market Summary
land prices, vacant land
Fair Market Sales
Average lot size is 2.5 acres. Check parcel legal description or subdivision plat map for exact lot size.
Prices vary based on supply, demand, subdivision development, foreclosures, local economic growth, local government policies, lot size, shape, dimensions, boundary markers, location, privacy, inside/outside city limits, school district, zoning, camping/RV use, tiny home use, agricultural/livestock use, other allowable uses, prior use, deed restrictions, covenants, owners association/annual dues, slope, terrain, topography, flood plain, wetlands, drainage, soil composition analysis, soil percolation, rocks, mountain view, lake view, forest view, valley view, city view, southern exposure for solar panels/satellite TV/internet, line of sight exposure for fixed internet antenna, wind supply for wind turbine, on-site photos, area photos, elevation, climate, vegetation, noxious weeds, timber, wildlife, main road/side road, road condition, all-season road access, drive-by traffic volume, truck traffic, air traffic, railroad traffic, friendly neighbors, neighboring property value/quality, proximity to highway, airport, lake, river, stream, forest, proximity to employment, shopping, Walmart, dining, arts, entertainment, sports, parks, trails, ski resorts, health care, pharmacy, post office, bank, gas, retail services, emergency services police/fire/ambulance, availability of water, well, cistern, water delivery, septic system, electricity, cell phone service, internet service, land improvements, driveway, cleared lot, gate, fencing, storage shed, security, alarm, lighting, property condition, property damage, noise, nuisances, infestation, known defects or hazards, hidden defects, environmental problems, fire risk, junk, trash, code/land use violations, other problems, insurability, deed type, title history, title insurance, annual property tax, delinquent property tax, property liens, financing terms, water rights, mineral rights, timber rights, hunting rights, grazing rights, Mountain Tract Access rights, easements, setbacks, encroachment, leases, income potential, extras, incentives, special value, historic/Native American/archaelogical value, cemetery site, uniqueness, etc.
Generally, sales prices lower than the prices per acre shown below are not fair market sales.
(average price, last 5 sales, for data period ending 12/31/2018)
(west side, down in valley below mesa, along Hwy 159)
Section A $622/acre, $1555/2.5 acres
Section B $869/acre, $2174/2.5 acres
Section C $1020/acre, $2550/2.5 acres
(west side of mesa)
Section D $1287/acre, $3218/2.5 acres
Section E $1567/acre, $3917/2.5 acres
Section K $1666/acre, $4164/2.5 acres
(east side of mesa, near the lake, west of Section G)
Section F $3563/acre, $8908/2.5 acres
(lakeside, lakeview or near the lake)
Section G $3831/acre, $9578/2.5 acres
View full-size Wild Horse Mesa Market Report Land Prices 2018-12-31 as a PDF file.
2018 Edition, Year-End Data
Market history, retail sales prices, price graphs, fair market sales data since 2003
25 page report
We track all real estate land sales on Wild Horse Mesa. Our database currently includes many years of market history, all retail Fair Market sales for all sections since January 1, 2003. Data is separated and grouped by Section number (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, K). Because lot sizes vary, from 1 acre and up, data is adjusted to show price per acre for easy comparison. Data is plotted on price per acre graphs to easily see price trends, abnormalities, outliers and frequency of sales.
A retail Fair Market sale is a transaction between an informed, knowledgeable buyer and seller, where both parties know all relevant facts, when neither party is rushed, distressed, pressured, or forced to buy or sell, where there is a reasonable opportunity for research, inspection, professional advice and negotiation, and the agreed price is comparable to other recent Fair Market Value (FMV) transactions involving similar properties in the area.
Retail Fair Market sales do not include transfers between family members, trusts, inheritance, gifts, donations, foreclosures, quick sales, short sales, tax sales, distressed sales, emergency, bankruptcy, overpriced or underpriced outlier sales, anomalies, disasters, condemned property, bulk sales, land flips, land dealer or wholesale transactions. These transactions and outlier sales are excluded from calculations to improve the accuracy of Fair Market Value. If there are sufficient transactions, we also calculate a wholesale market price.
A retail Fair Market buyer is usually a person, couple, family trust or long-term investor, acquiring property for personal or family use, recreation, improvement, building, retirement or long-term investment, not a business, land flipper, dealer or wholesaler, buying property for sales inventory.
The report lists the parcel number, lot legal description, street address (if any), acreage, section, assessed value, sale date, retail sales price, price per acre and moving average price trends.
Price Graph 1 shows all fair market sales for Sections A, B and C (west side, down in valley below mesa, along Hwy 159), and the moving average price per acre for the last 5 sales.
Price Graph 2 shows all fair market sales for Sections D, E and K (west side of mesa), and the moving average price per acre for the last 5 sales.
Price Graph 3 shows all fair market sales for Section F (east side of mesa, near the lake, west of Section G), and the moving average price per acre for the last 5 sales.
Price Graph 4 shows all fair market sales for Section G (lakeside, lakeview or near the lake), and the moving average price per acre for the last 5 sales.
New: The latest version has added a Sales Summary page that shows the number of sales in each section, for each year since 2003.
The report also includes the lot census for Wild Horse Mesa, showing the number of vacant lots in each section and lots with addresses. Lots with addresses generally indicate a home or other building on the property and may also indicate a water well, electric power or scenic view point of the lake or mountains.
We also include valuable information on lot zoning from the county, Mountain Tract Access, mobile home census, water well depths, reservoir water levels, a recreation map and subdivision section map and driving map.
Customers who purchase the report are also welcome to send email with questions about the report for follow-up support.
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Wild Horse Mesa Wholesale Market Report [Coming Soon!]
Below the retail Fair Market Value, there is a separate wholesale market of land dealers and wholesalers who buy properties for inventory and resale.
Lists names of all land dealers, flippers, wholesalers, LLCs, corporations, investors owing two or more properties at Wild Horse Mesa.
Lists locations of land owned by section number.
Lists websites, phone, email information of Top Ten land dealers and wholesalers.
Lists states of land buyers for last 3 years.
Lists the most popular websites where land dealers and wholesalers sell land.
Private land owners can choose to sell land For Sale By Owner in the same marketplaces used by land dealers and wholesalers.
Market researchers can study county records for these land dealers and wholesalers to see which properties they are buying, what wholesale price range they are paying for land, and where their buyers are located.
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Costilla County Property Valuation Process and valuation protest procedure, article from Costilla County Assessor, April 21, 2011
Costilla County has over 46,000 parcels, with about 36,000 parcels of vacant land. The Market Approach to Valuation (sales comparison) is used on vacant land and residential property. Mass Appraisal is used to value parcels every two years, in odd-numbered years, known as re-appraisal years, by analyzing sales within each subdivision. The normal data sample sales period used is 18 months, ending on June 30th of the even-numbered year. If there are too few sales, the lookback period is extended in 6-month increments to gather more data. For example, 2019 valuations are based on the 18-month sales period from January 1, 2017 thru June 30, 2018. Valuations do not change in even-numbered years, known as intervening years, unless there is a change to the property, such as new construction.
Per Colorado law CRS 39-5-121, Notice of Valuation statements are sent out by May 1st. You have 30 days to file a protest of the valuation if you believe it is inaccurate. After review by the assessor, a Notice of Determination will be mailed to you by June 30th. If you disagree with the Notice of Determination, you may file a protest with the County Board of Equalization (CBOE) by July 15th. If your protest is denied by the CBOE, you can then protest by arbitration, district court, or Board of Assessment Appeals within thirty days of CBOE decision.
Per Colorado law CRS 39-5-121.5, a taxpayer may send a written request to the assessor to receive the comparable data used to determine their actual property value. The assessor may charge a fee for this service and must deliver the data by mail, fax, or email within seven working days of receipt of the fee.