Bidding wars return as inventory tightens up



As housing inventories remain constrained in many markets, some buyers may face increased competition and more bidding wars heading into the spring-selling season.

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The real estate brokerage Redfin reports in its latest housing report that bidding wars are already elevated in places like Oakland, Calif. At the end of January, Oakland had six weeks of inventory, but with buyer demand strong, many homes for sale landed in multiple-offer situations, the brokerage reports.

“It’s not uncommon to see 15 to 25 offers in some of the more desirable places in Oakland, and for homes to sell 35 percent above the list price or even more,” says Tom Hendershot, a Redfin real estate professional.

Supplies are also tight, with less than three month’s supply in markets like Boulder, Colo.; Denver; Seattle; and Dallas, according to Redfin’s analysis.

Inventory of homes for sale fell in January, decreasing 6.7 percent month-over-month and 8.7 percent year-over-year, according to a January National Housing Trend report released by realtor.com®, which tracks price and inventory fluctuations in 200 markets.

About 80 percent of the housing markets tracked saw a drop in inventory levels, the report showed.

Inventories have had some of the steepest year-over-year declines in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (down 37%); Key West, Fla. (-36%); Colorado Springs, Colo. (-36%); Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla. (-35%); and Columbus, Ohio (-35%).

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Comments

  1. It’s called ‘Irrational Exuberance’. We’ve seen this before back around 2004/2005. Buyers start to panic, feeling they are getting priced out of their own cities, then POP goes the bubble. The music stops, and not enough chairs to sit on, and plenty get caught with a big mortgage bill and underwater homes.

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