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Why Home Prices Are Increasing

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (this is also untrue as prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation), there seems to be no shortage of opinion.

However, the increase in prices is easily explained by the theory of supply & demand. Whenever there is a limited supply of an item that is in high demand, prices increase.

It is that simple. In real estate, it takes a six-month supply of existing salable inventory to maintain pricing stability. In most housing markets, anything less than six months will cause home values to appreciate and anything more than seven months will cause prices to depreciate (see chart below).

According to the Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the monthly inventory of homes for sale has been below six months for the last five years (see chart below).

Bottom Line

If buyer demand continues to outpace the current supply of existing homes for sale, prices will continue to appreciate. Nothing nefarious is taking place. It is simply the theory of supply & demand working as it should.

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GiGi began her real estate career right out of college, in 1982, when she started renovating and flipping houses. After numerous successful transactions on her own, GiGi decided to get her real estate license and help others with their real estate needs. GiGi was recognized as “Rookie of the Year” her first year in the business, and her success has continued since then. GiGi’s high energy, strict ethics, and knowledge from years of experience, along with the strong support from her team of agents and on-site staff, has positioned her far beyond the competition. GiGi is known to many as “the real go-getter”.

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