Housing Inventory Crunch Starting To Slowly Ease

Housing recovery drops below projections

A separate, seasonally adjusted measure of inventory, which Trulia calculates from NARs numbers, shows inventory has grown property management companies baltimore 7 months in a row and stood at 2.07 million units in August, up 5.1% from January but still down about 6% from a year ago. Whats happening is rising housing prices are inspiring many newly optimistic homeowners to put their property on the market, while at the same time reducing the number of underwater borrowers who until recently couldnt sell their homes because they owned more on their mortgage than the home was worth. With more people putting homes on the market and the pace of sales easing due to the regular fall slowdown and rising mortgage rates, there are more homes on the shelf. Nobody wants to sell right after prices bottomed, but its been 18 months since prices bottomed and more homeowners are feeling as if theyve waited long enough, said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia. Housing inventory has taken wild swings through the housing bust and subsequent recovery, moving from a gluttonous drag on prices in the downturn to todays depleted stock that has left home buyers bidding up the little left to choose from.
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Residential real estate increased moderately, helping to contribute to the economic expansion from early July through late August, the Fed said in its Beige Book survey released Sept. 4. The rate on 30-year home loans averaged 4.57 percent in the week ended Sept.
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