Why are home prices still rising? It is a simple answer. There are more purchasers in the market right now than there are available homes for them to buy. This is an example of the theory of “supply and demand” which is defined as:
“…the amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price.”
When demand exceeds supply, prices go up. This is currently happening in the residential real estate market, and dramatically so here in Western Washington.
Here are the numbers for supply and demand as compared to last year for the last three months nationwide (March numbers are not yet available):
In each of the last three months, demand (buyer traffic) has increased compared to last year while supply (number of available listings) has decreased. As long as this situation persists, home values will continue to increase. The lack of inventory, increasing competition, and the rise in home prices coupled with increasing interest rates makes this a challenging market for buyers!
The reason home prices are still rising is because there are many purchasers looking to buy but very few homeowners ready to sell. This current imbalance is the reason prices will remain on the uptick for at least the short term.
Although challenging, this market is not an impossible one for buyers. Working with an experienced, professional Realtor is one way to win the day! Questions? Please feel free to ask. I’m here to help!