A seller’s real-estate market?

Low inventory numbers have entry-level buyers scrambling as empty nesters are reluctant to sell. sold-sale-sign-over-clouds-grass-house-14063253

Home inventory in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest levels since 1999 according to Trulia.com, a San Francisco-based real estate research site.  Even though the U.S. has seen more than three years of a booming seller’s market for housing, there are plenty of Americans who are reluctant to sell their homes for a very simple reason: Where are they going to live?

The supply numbers are down 5.8% from a year ago and have declined year-over-year for the past 14 months. That compares to a more typical supply of 6 months in a healthy market, according to Trulia.Not only does the low housing inventory mean a bidding war for buyers, but sellers who may want to move to a smaller home and stay in the same market are quite often stuck because of the rise in prices for smaller homes that are being fought over by both first-time buyers and downsizing empty-nesters

“Although buying a home in a strong seller’s market can present lot of challenges, it is possible to secure a place you’ll love”  Sandy Flores Broker, Leading your way Home!

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Are we on our way?

Pending-Home-Sales-IncreaseThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that pending home sales increased in April for the fourth consecutive month and reached their highest peak in nine years. The steady gains in contract activity each month this year highlight the fact that buyer demand is strong

“Homeowners looking to sell this spring appear to be in the driver’s seat, as there are more buyers competing for a limited number of homes available for sale,” Lawrence Yun chief economist from NAR.

“The housing market can handle interest rates well above 4 percent as long as inventory improves to slow price growth and underwriting standards ease to normal levels so that qualified buyers—especially first-time buyers—are able to obtain a mortgage,” Yun adds.

Realtors expect for total existing-home sales in 2015 to be around 5.24 million, an increase of 6.1 percent from 2014. The national median existing-home price for all of this year is expected to increase around 6.7 percent. In 2014, existing-home sales declined 2.9 percent and prices rose 5.7 percent.

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