The supply of single family homes in Almaden Valley continues to be incredibly tight, a phenomenon that much of the country is seeing. Many homeowners who might consider moving are hesitating to do so, knowing that they would very likely be facing the exact scenario as a buyer that benefits them as a seller; fierce competition for a limited number of homes offered on the market that often results in bidding wars that increase the purchase price of listings. This well-considered hesitance to sell homes is perhaps the biggest bottleneck we’re seeing in the tight supply of homes. In one Texas market, a Realtor reported receiving over NINETY offers on a listing, with many being cash above list price with no concessions asked of the seller.
There are many factors fueling this unprecedented market. One is a slowdown in new home construction that started during the Great Recession, which not only removed new homes from the market but also resale homes as original owners put their once-new homes on the market. Increasing interest rates are motivating buyers to make purchases sooner rather than later. We are also seeing an increase in the number of younger and first-time home buyers. All these factors are creating an extremely challenging market where the number of homes that have sold has gone down only because there aren’t enough homes offered for sale. Contact me if you’d like more information.