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Will The Housing Market Slow Down? | Westlake Village Real Estate

March Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows nation-wide sales have dropped by 3.7% compared to the month before. This is the second consecutive month that sales have slumped.

Some see this as evidence that the red-hot real estate market may be cooling.

However, there just aren’t enough homes to buy.

Nation wide, there are currently 410,000 fewer single-family homes available for sale than there were at this time last year, during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, explains in the report:

“The sales for March would have been measurably higher, had there been more inventory. Days-on-market are swift, multiple offers are prevalent, and buyer confidence is rising.”

Yun’s insight was supported the next day when the Census Bureau released its Monthly New Residential Sales Report. It shows that newly constructed home sales are up 20.7% over the previous month.

Buyer demand remains strong.

With more of the adult population becoming vaccinated and job creation data showing encouraging signs, existing-home inventory is expected to grow in the coming months.

What will this mean for home sales going forward?

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) have all forecasted that total home sales (existing homes and new construction) will continue their momentum both this year and next.

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