There has been a general slowdown in sales across the country, and this cannot be blamed on negative economic news. Unemployment remains low and wage growth, though nothing to overly celebrate, has held steady or increased for several years in a row. There is strong demand for home buying, emphasized by higher prices and multiple offers on homes for sale in many submarkets. As has been the case for month after month – and now year after year – low inventory is the primary culprit for any sales malaise rather than lack of offers.
With job creation increasing and mortgage rates remaining low, the pull toward homeownership is expected to continue. Yet housing starts have been drifting lower, and some are beginning to worry that a more serious housing shortage could be in the cards if new construction and building permit applications continue to come in lower in year-over-year comparisons while demand remains high. Homebuilder confidence suggests otherwise, so predictions of a gloomy future should be curbed for the time being.
GAR has over 1000 members from all across the Southwest Montana region. Our members have a variety of real estate specialties, including appraisal, commercial development, farm and ranch, residential, recreational land, and resort properties. We also offer affiliate membership to a variety of related industries like banking institutions, title and escrow, home inspection, photography, construction, restoration, insurance, and communications. REALTORS® represent the best of the real estate industry and abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by the National Association of REALTORS®. As one of Gallatin County’s largest business organizations, the Gallatin Association of REALTORS® is proud to serve as the voice of this organization of exceptional professionals.