Look at this chart for a striking view of the amazing free fall of total home inventory in Phoenix during 2011. The heavier line shows that from a high of 42,881 in January to a low of 24, 712 in December, housing inventory has dropped over 40%.
No wonder buyers are saying things like, “I never knew it’d be so hard to find a home.” Well-priced homes are attracting buyers, and in some cases, houses are going over list. Really. One of my clients offered 15% over list on an entry-level townhouse. Multiple offers. And his bid was not accepted.
Lack of inventory will create an interesting environment. While the last time around, the lack of inventory created a buying and selling frenzy, driving home prices sky high, this time around, both buyers and sellers are taking more time to make decisions and not rushing into a sale.
To read the full report: ARMLS Stat Report – January 2012