Number of Homes for Sale on the Rise
The biggest challenge in the housing market right now, and likely for years to come, is how few homes there are for sale compared to the number of people who want to buy. This is what makes it a great time to sell your house in the Kansas City area. Your house would be welcomed in a market with fewer homes for sale than it did in the years leading up to the pandemic.
According to the latest Monthly Housing Market Trends Report from realtor.com:
“There were 65.5% more homes for sale in January compared to the same time in 2022. This means that there were 248,000 more homes available to buy this past month compared to one year ago. While the number of homes for sale is increasing, it is still 43.2% lower than it was before the pandemic in 2017 to 2019. This means that there are still fewer homes available to buy on a typical day than there were a few years ago.”
The graph below shows how today’s inventory of homes for sale compares to recent years:
What Does This Mean for You?
Fewer homes for sale means buyers have fewer choices than they did prior to the pandemic—and that frustration is leading some to give up on the homebuying process altogether. Buyers who are willing to come back into the process are encouraged with mortgage rates sitting lower than they were at the peak of last fall, they just need to find homes to buy. This is an encouraging activity for the spring market, especially if you’re thinking of selling your house.
With a renewed interest in buying a home, the New York Times (NYT) reports:
“Home buyers are edging back into the market after being sidelined last year . . .”
So, if you want to take advantage of a sweet spot in the market, this spring could be your shot.
The housing market needs more homes for sale to meet the demand of today’s buyers. If you’ve thought about selling, now’s the time to connect with the Just Say Home KC Team at 816-656-2816. Let's get ready for you to make your move.