The Impact of Tight Inventory on the Housing Market

The housing crisis is finally in the rearview mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. It seems that the market will continue to strengthen in 2018.

However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory. While buyer demand looks like it will remain strong throughout the spring, supply is not keeping up.

Here are the thoughts of a few industry experts on the subject:

National Association of Realtors

“Total housing inventory at the end of November dropped 7.2 percent to 1.67 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 9.7 percent lower than a year ago (1.85 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 30 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace, which is down from 4.0 months a year ago.”

Joseph Kirchner, Senior Economist for Realtor.com

“The increases in single-family permits and starts show that builders are planning and starting new construction projects, that’s a good thing because it will help to relieve the shortage of homes on the market.”

Sam Khater, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic

Inventory is tighter than it appears. It’s much lower for entry-level buyers.”

Bottom Line in Our Current Local Market

As of March 31,  compiling data from Haywood County MLS. There are only 585 homes currently for sale and 147 of those homes are under contract. That means 25% of current homes for sale in Haywood County are under contract!  

If you are thinking of selling, now is the time. Demand for your house will be strong at a time when there is very little competition. That could lead to a quick sale for a really good price. 

To view homes currently for sale in our market ....... 

Current Homes for Sale | Haywood County

View homes for sale, photos, and info for the Waynesville, NC real...

View Homes for Sale

Phil Ferguson's Zero Risk, Easy Exit Listing Agreement

What's your biggest fear when you list your home with a real estate agent? It's si...

Easy Exit Listing Agreement


The Home Buyer Experience

Whether you're a first-time buyer or an old pro at the real estate game, buying a home can be daunting. At The Seller's Agency, we like to make the home buying process seamless.  

Read More