The housing market is inventory-starved heading into spring, and buyers should brace for fierce competition.
In Denver, real estate pros are reporting that some listings are seeing more than 100 showings in one weekend and are then receiving more than 20 offers. Buyers are being told to expect going 20% above the list price if they want a home. Markets across the country are reporting the same.
The spring homebuying season is expected to be fierce for house hunters.
Here’s the reason: More than 200,000 new listings have been absent from the U.S. housing market during the first two months of 2021 compared to levels seen over the last four years. Buyer demand is surging and there aren’t enough homes for sale. Inventory woes were common in markets even prior to the pandemic, but they’ve worsened since.
There are nearly 50% fewer homes for sale this year than last year, according to realtor.com®’s newly released Monthly Housing Trends Report.
Extreme winter weather nationwide pushed new listings to a record low in February, and realtor.com® warns it will be difficult to dig out from the low number of sales this spring.
What’s more, home buyers are seeing prices quickly rise. The median listing price in February increased nearly 14% over last year to $353,000.