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Shopping for a home? It will take a lot longer than you think

Source: CNBC

  • Two-thirds of buyers are shopping for more than three months before signing a deal, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders.
  • Home prices have been rising at a fast clip in the past year – faster than income growth and inflation.
  • Home prices increased in 92 percent of the nation’s measured housing markets at the end of last year, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Prospective home owners tour a home in Jurupa Valley, California.
Nichola Groom | Reuters – Prospective home owners tour a home in Jurupa Valley, California.

Homes today are selling in about 40 days on average, almost two weeks faster than a year ago. But it is taking a lot longer for shoppers to find a home to buy.

Two-thirds of buyers are shopping for more than three months before signing a deal, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders. Why so long? They can’t find a home they can afford.

Forty-two percent of buyers surveyed said prices were out of reach for the homes they wanted. Home prices have been rising at a fast clip in the past year – faster than income growth and inflation. The primary reason is a lack of homes for sale, especially lower-priced homes.

“It’s the inventory problem that we’re having out there that is causing these long delays in pulling the trigger,” said Rose Quint, assistant vice president for survey research at the NAHB. “It’s lack of affordability, although the other problems are serious as well.”

 

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