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How Does the Supply of Homes for Sale Impact Buyer Demand?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019   /   by DeeDee Meyers

How Does the Supply of Homes for Sale Impact Buyer Demand?


How Does the Supply of Homes for Sale Impact Buyer Demand?


 


The price of any item is determined by supply, as well as the market’s demand for the item. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions” for their monthly REALTORS Confidence Index.


 


Their latest edition sheds some light on the relationship between seller traffic (supply) and buyer traffic (demand).


 


Buyer Demand


The map below was created after asking the question: “How would you rate buyer traffic in your area?”


 


The darker the blue, the stronger the demand for homes is in that area. The survey shows that in 3 of the 50 U.S. states, buyer demand is now very strong; only 2 of the 50 states have a ‘weak’ demand. Overall, buyer demand is slightly lower than this time last year but remains strong.


 


Seller Supply


The index also asked: “How would you rate seller traffic in your area?”