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The Home Search Continues

June’s existing-home sales report was recently released. Does it show a change in the current market’s trend, and what could the results mean for potential first-time homebuyers?

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Attention Homeowners: You Could Fix the Housing Shortage

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Homeowners think it’s a great time to both buy and sell, however in the current housing shortage, when it comes to buying, renters tend to dissagree. If homeowners are so positive that it's a good time to sell, what's stopping them from putting their houses on the market?

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Rising Demand, Shrinking Inventory Fuel Median Price Growth

There are few more concrete examples of supply-and-demand economics in action than the housing market. A new report looking at April numbers shows a spike in demand and a corresponding spike in median prices. The B-side, of course, is that while demand rises, inventory shrinks, fueling the current sellers’ market.

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Housing Prices Surge and Listing Times Decline During April

While April continues a 19-month trend of decline in the number of houses on the national market, down 13.3 percent, market demand continues to surge, causing rising prices and decreased median time from listing to going under contract. Many houses across the country are selling above their asking price. This trend could continue through May and June as more houses appear on the market.

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Demand Cools Off as Inventory Heats Up

Housing demand is starting to cool off, due largely to low inventory and rising prices. The Oakland, California, market was hit particularly hard in terms of demand for March. Demand hit a record high in January.

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Inventory, Affordability Problems Can’t Keep Buyers Away

Home sales should remain strong as the year goes on, even despite rising mortgage rates, tight inventory, and declining affordability. Potential existing-home sales rose 0.6 percent over the year and 83 percent over their all-time high. Wage growth, strong employment, and an uptick in building permits will encourage sales further.

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Low Inventory Continues to Impact the Market

Low inventory continues to hinder the housing market. Many potential sellers simply aren’t selling out of fear of not being able to afford a new home. Moving may mean losing their low mortgage rates, which were locked in after the crisis.

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The Week Ahead: An Eye on Supply and Demand

Zillow will release its Real Estate Markets Report for March 2017. The report covers several data points, including demand, home prices, inventory, and sales numbers. One thing to keep an eye out for in March is inventory levels. The previous report, from February 2017, showed declining inventory overall, a problem further developed by high demand.

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Sellers’ Biggest Hurdle? Finding Another Home

The flipside of the sellers-market economy of 2017 is that sellers looking to buy a new home are running into the same problems as all other buyers. A new study by Redfin shows that two-thirds of sellers are worried about finding a new property once they sell. And low inventories are reeling from the increasing speed of sales.

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Low Inventory Hinders High Home Demand

The Demand index, based on Redfin customer requests for home tours and writing offers, shows that buyers requesting tours were down 8.2 percent while buyers requesting writing offers were down 7.7 percent month-over-month. Redfin blames the slight reduction in demand on the small inventory.

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