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  • Strong Demand For Homes Takes Real Estate Industry By Surprise 0 comments
    Mar 21, 2013 10:52 AM

    Eager new home buyers, as well as those in real estate, are discovering that there are not enough houses for sale to meet rising demand.

    "In my 27 years I've never seen inventories this low," said Kurt K. Colgan, a broker with Lyon Real Estate in the Sacramento metropolitan area, where the share of homes on the market has plummeted by one of the largest amounts in the nation. "I've also never seen a market turn so quickly," he added.

    The strong turnaround in housing has caught most by surprise. Although the long-awaited improvement is certainly a positive, the unusually low level of homes for sale is creating widespread problems for buyers and sellers alike, leading to bidding wars and bubble-like price jumps in places that not long ago were suffering from major declines. In the Sacramento area, where the housing bust took an especially heavy toll, the median sales price has surged 15 percent over the last year.

    Nationwide, sales prices rose 7.3 percent over the course of 2012, according to the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller index, ranging from a slight decline in New York to a surge of 23 percent in Phoenix. The raw number of homes for sale is at its lowest level since 1999, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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