Housing Inventory Stumbles Nationwide

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According to a new Trulia report, the U.S. home inventory decreased 10.5% this quarter compared to the same period last year. That’s the largest drop in inventory since the second quarter of 2013.

The number of starter homes, which have a median price of $178,034 nationwide, has dropped from roughly 293,000 at the end of 2016 to 237,000 at the end of 2017. Trulia’s research states that homes at all levels were “the most unaffordable on record.” Homebuyers will have to pay 39.8% of their monthly income for starter homes, 25.5% of their monthly income for trade-up homes (median list price of $302,893), and 14% for premium homes (median list price of $631,358). “If this trend persists, the market will become more and more saturated with homes that are unaffordable to even the top income brackets.”

However, despite the diminishing inventory, one in three Americans think that 2018 will be a better year for selling a home than 2017. Furthermore, 16% plan to sell their home in the next two years. It all comes down to homeowners having to put their properties on the market to push up those dwindling inventory figures. There’s a lot to consider when buying and selling a home and we’re here to help. Please contact us here at San Diego at Home. We can be reached today by calling 619.356.1919. We look forward to speaking with you!