If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. It’s normal to wonder if you’ll actually find a home to buy when there are so few houses for sale. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), inventory of available homes for sale is at an all-time low since 1982. However, more homes are expected to hit the market later this year. Let’s break down the three key places they’ll likely come from as 2021 continues on.
1. Homeowners Who Didn’t Sell Last Year
In 2020, many sellers decided to pause their moving plans for a number of different reasons. From health concerns about the pandemic to financial uncertainty, plenty of homeowners decided not to move last year.
But with the distribution of vaccines, home sellers are beginning to gain some peace of mind and are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. As Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, notes:
“Fortunately for would-be homebuyers, we expect sellers to return to the market as we see improvement in the economy and progress against the coronavirus.”
Many of the homeowners who decided not to sell in 2020 will enter the market later this year. That is, they are beginning to feel more comfortable showing their house in person, understanding their financial situation, and simply having more security in life.
2. Building New Homes
Last year was a strong year for home builders. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 2021 is expected to be even better:
“For 2021, NAHB expects ongoing growth for single-family construction. It will be the first year for which total single-family construction will exceed 1 million starts since the Great Recession.”
With more houses being built in many markets around the country, homeowners looking for new houses that meet their changing needs will be able to move into their dream homes. Therefore, when current homeowners decide to move into their newly-built homes, there will be more opportunities for other potential homeowners to find a move-in ready home. It sets a simple chain reaction in motion for hopeful buyers.
3. Those Impacted Financially by the Economic Crisis
The forbearance options afforded to current homeowners have help these owners throughout the pandemic. For this reason, many experts do not anticipate a large wave of foreclosures coming to the market. However, some homeowners who have been impacted economically will need to move this year. There are also homeowners who did not take advantage of the forbearance option or were already in a foreclosure situation before the pandemic began. In those cases, homeowners may decide to sell their houses instead of going into the foreclosure process, especially given the equity in homes today. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, explains:
“Given the huge price gains recently, I don’t think many homes will have to go to foreclosure…I think homes will just be sold, and there will be cash left over for the seller, even in a distressed situation. So that’s a bit of a silver lining in that we don’t expect a massive sale of distressed properties.”
As we can see, it looks like we’re going to have an increase in the number of homes for sale in 2021. There’s hope for you if you’re planning to buy this year. Why? Fears of the pandemic are starting to ease, new homes are being built, and more listings are coming to the market prior to foreclosure. If you’re thinking of selling and moving, we recommend doing so while housing demand is high, as it may create an outstanding move-up option for you.
Housing demand is high and supply is low, so if you’re thinking of moving, it’s a great time to do so. There are likely many buyers who are looking for a home just like yours, and there are options coming for you to find a new house too. Let’s connect today to see how you can benefit from the opportunities available in our local market.