By Diana Olick | CNBC
The number of homes for sale in America has been falling steadily for the past year, but the situation is apparently getting much worse as spring demand heats up.
“The inventory is reaching historic lows. It’s never declined faster than it did last month. It’s freaking us out — it’s affecting our business; it’s limiting our sales,” said Glenn Kelman, CEO of Seattle-based Redfin, a real estate firm. “We’re going to be fine in terms of market share, but I think the overall industry for the first time is seeing sales volume really limited by the inventory crunch.”
Kelman started Redfin more as a technology company and touts his ability to track closely the more than 80 metropolitan markets it covers. He blames the lack of inventory on a new dynamic in housing.
“Resale inventory is so low in many parts of the Metro Phoenix Area that buyers, even those only previously considering existing, resales homes, are now solely considering new homes for their purchase.”
~ Valley real estate consultant Jim Belfiore