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What Forces Are Driving the Housing Market?

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What Forces Are Driving the Housing Market?
Many hopeful homebuyers are having issues securing a home.

Provided by Wendy Otterness and Anthony Bye

Recently, you may have seen reports that a record-low number of homes are available for sale—roughly 1.03 million nationwide. If you compare that to the average number of homes for sale during the past 10 years, it's no surprise that many hopeful homebuyers are having issues securing a home.1

Lack of inventory. There are a few major differences between 2007 and now, however, but the biggest difference? What we’re seeing now isn’t a bubble; it's simply a lack of inventory.

It’s a seller’s market. In many ways, this may be the most friendly market we’ve seen in quite a while for home sellers. Right now, nearly half of homes are selling within roughly a week or less. At the same time, median prices are rising at a phenomenal rate, and national prices, in general, have increased 17.2 percent over last year.2

Why now? Listings are skyrocketing for a number of reasons. Many experts believe the continued low mortgage rates, a pandemic-era construction slowdown, and an increase in money available for a down payment are all factors.3

In this hyper-competitive market, many people are thinking of taking advantage of the situation by listing a property or home. If this sounds like you, give our office a call. We may be able to put you in touch with a housing professional who can offer some guidance and support.

Wendy Otterness may be reached at 715.398.8917 or [email protected]

Anthony Bye may be reached at 715.398.8975 or [email protected]

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Citations
1. NAR.realtor.com, March 22, 2021
2. Axios.com, April 11, 2021
3. Axios.com, April 11, 2021
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