At the top of the question list for Buyers last year and this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house to buy?” Simply stated: The number of Buyers greatly outstrips the homes available for sale. There are two main reasons the housing supply is low and what it may mean for you:
- New home construction fell behind for the past five decades except for 2008. Builders exceeded the average of new homes during these years of the housing bubble. As a result, an oversupply of homes caused home values to decline. That was one of the factors that led to the housing crash in 2008. Since then, the level of new home construction has fallen off, and for the last 13 straight years, Builders haven’t been able to construct enough homes to meet the demand.
- When the pandemic hit, the meaning of “home” became even more appreciated. With work and school moving into homes, there was a rush to find suitable housing for all the new activities happening in a sometimes- too- small space. At the same time, Sellers hesitated to put their homes on the market because of concerns about the pandemic. Not to forget mortgage rates dropping to the lowest seen in decades, adding to the urgency to buy now.
Even today, Buyers find themselves looking at scant inventory and higher prices. Offers exceed listing prices by a considerable margin. Basically, inventory is still low. Still, you shouldn’t put your plans to buy on hold because you are waiting for additional houses to hit the market. With prices continuing to rise and construction materials becoming ever harder to obtain, that could end up being a longer wait than makes sense.
If you need a loan today but can’t meet the stiffer qualifications of a conventional loan, give Sun Pacific Mortgage a call at 707-523-2099 or email us through our website at www.sunpacificmortgage.com, to discuss a Private Money loan mortgage. We have helped thousands of Californians over the past 34 years to purchase or refinance their own residence or a rental property. We can make your offer look better than others with a fast, all-cash close, often closing in 1 week to 1 month!