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  • Writer's pictureLaura Wilson

Buyer Demand Still Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale - Florence Drops to 2 Months of Inventory

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as market demand. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions” for their monthly REALTORS Confidence Index.

Their latest edition sheds some light on the relationship between Seller Traffic (supply) and Buyer Traffic (demand).

Buyer Demand

The map below was created after asking the question: “How would you rate buyer traffic in your area?”

The darker the blue, the stronger the demand for homes in that area. Only four states had a ‘stable’ demand level.

Seller Supply

The index also asked: “How would you rate seller traffic in your area?”

As you can see from the map below, 25 states reported ‘weak’ seller traffic, 21 states reported ‘stable’ seller traffic, 3 states and Washington D.C. reported ‘strong’ seller traffic, and only 1 state reported ‘very strong’ seller traffic. This means there are far fewer homes on the market than what is needed to satisfy the buyers who are out looking for their dream homes.

I checked our Multiple Listing Service this morning, to see how we here in Florence are holding up and to put it on a more local level rather than just nationally.
Below is the report summary. Keep in mind, this is from all areas of Florence and all residential types.

We have dropped to only 2.8 months of inventory. We are running out of homes to show our buyers. If you have been thinking of selling, now is your opportunistic time. Do you know your current value?
Bottom Line

Looking at the maps above, it is not hard to see why prices are appreciating in many areas of the country. Until the supply of homes for sale starts to meet buyer demand, prices will continue to increase. If you are debating listing your home for sale, let’s get together to help you capitalize on the demand in the market now!

Laura Wilson

Windermere Real Estate, Florence Oregon


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