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Inventory plummets in the lower price points

CHICAGO – April 25, 2018 – Bargain hunters or first-timers looking to break into the housing market may need to face a cold reality: Finding a home for less than $250,000 is getting tougher and tougher.

Homes priced under $100,000 plunged 20.7 percent in March month-over-month, and the percentage of homes under $250,000 dropped 7.8 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) latest housing report.

The median home price was $250,400 in March, up 5.8 percent from a year ago.

“In general, we’re seeing that there aren’t enough homes available for sale across all price ranges,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist at “But the biggest shortage is under $250,000.”

Buyers looking for affordability will find existing homes significantly less expensive than buying a new home – about 30.5 percent lower than newly constructed homes. The median price of a newly constructed home was $326,800 in February, according to the Commerce Department.

“The unwelcoming news is that while the healthy economy is generating sustained interest in buying a home this spring, sales are lagging year-ago levels,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Supply is woefully low, and home prices keep climbing above what some would-be buyers can afford.”

Source: “Spring 2018 Report: Even Fewer Affordable Existing Homes for Sale,”® (April 23, 2018)

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