Buyer demand is rapidly rising, but the housing market is realizing they may not have the inventory to meet it.
“The housing turnaround seems to have caught almost everyone in the business by surprise,” The New York Times reports. “As desirable as the long-awaited improvement may be, the unusually low level of homes for sale is creating widespread problems for buyers and sellers alike, leading to bidding wars and bubble-like price jumps in places that not long ago were suffering from major declines.”
After years of not building, homebuilders are scrambling to ramp up production to meet demand, but they’re facing delays from the availability of lots, scarcity of qualified labor, and obtaining permits.
Meanwhile, investors have snagged foreclosures and short sales, limiting the availability of those on the market as well.