Helping you buy and sell real estate in Boulder County and beyond
If you’ve been preparing to buy a home in the last couple of years,
then you’re probably aware of the serious housing inventory shortage you
may have to contend with.
Low housing supply has led to rising home prices, buyer competition and, in many markets, bidding wars.
But what caused the shortage in the first place? And why hasn’t it changed much in recent years? Here’s what you need to know.
Slow Housing Construction:
Builders have reduced their work since the housing crash in 2008. There
have also been issues with supply chains, the rising cost of lumber and
other materials, and contractor shortages. All these elements have made
it harder to build new homes to increase supply.
Homeowners Staying Put:
Right now, mortgage rates are higher than they were at the height of
the pandemic. Finding a new home doesn't always make sense for
homeowners with the 2% or 3% rates seen a few years ago. Few are
choosing to sell because of interest rates, but many older homeowners
are choosing to age in place, too — which keeps the number of existing
homes on the market low.
Homebuying demand jumped during the pandemic. And while it’s slowed a
bit due to higher mortgage rates, demand is still outpacing supply. Much
of this demand comes from millennials, who are now at their prime
Big investors are snapping up properties, too, and they often hope to
rent them out, which takes them off the market for sale. At one point
last year, they accounted for almost 7% of all home sales.
Despite these headwinds, finding a home that works for you is still
possible if you have the right help. Are you ready to buy? Reach out