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.
Property listings entered into The Big Sky Country Multiple Listing Service (BSC MLS) database are intended to be used for informational purposes to inform other real estate professionals, who will then inform their clients and customers. The MLS is not a vehicle for selling a listing to a consumer by positioning it for greater appeal. It is an information exchange for and between professionals. Sellers benefit by increased exposure to their property. Buyers benefit because they can obtain information about all MLS-listed properties while working with only one broker. With the MLS in place, buyers and sellers can work with the professional of their choice, confident that they have access to the largest pool of properties for sale in the marketplace.