July National Market Update: Will the Inventory Go Up Soon?

Will inventory go up soon is the big question in today’s market. Will we experience another housing bubble like 2008? We know it feels like the wild, wild west out there when trying to buy a home.

Ivy Zelman from the Z Report says, “This month our broker contacts report a continuation of robust demand and intense competition from buyers to ‘win’ houses – with bidding wars, all-cash offers, waived contingencies and rent-free leasebacks increasingly common in many markets”. So much is happening across the country in real estate right now, but the biggest story certainly is the lack of available inventory causing this market – they call it here “robust demand, intense competition.” We’re seeing multiple offers and a lot competitive situations. 

A reason for this is that we do not have enough homes for sale in today’s market. This is causing a buyer fatigue for those that keep getting outbid, often from very strong buyers with large down payments, non-contingent offers, and some all cash offers. Soaring prices of lumber has slowed construction down across the nation as well. You can’t turn on the TV without hearing about rising costs of lumber and building materials in today’s market. 

Robert Dietz of the National Association of Homebuilders says, “The decline in single family permits indicates that builders are slowing construction activity as costs rise. While housing starts were strong at the beginning of the year due to the home builder constructing homes that were sold pre-construction, higher costs and limited availability of building materials have now paused some projects.” This is hurting the supply out there while the demand still remains high. I don’t want this to discourage you from going out and buying a home this summer while it’s competitive, there still is opportunity to be had. Additionally, home ownership continues to be very important. It gives you the ability to build equity, and there are MANY non-financial benefits as well. 

Gallup’s polls show that 41% of Americans still believe that Real Estate is the best long term investment for the past 11 years. We expect prices to continue to grow, If you’re thinking about buying – do it now. I’m always here to help and keep you informed.

I’m a Top Producing Realtor® in the OAKLAND / BERKELEY EAST BAY AREA. I’ve been in the East Bay since I came up to do my undergrad at UC Berkeley (a long time ago!), with a short stint at UC Davis while getting my Master’s. I take my duties as a Realtor® and Fiduciary very seriously, I enjoy educating my sellers and buyers along the way. Putting People, Before Profit.

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