A sudden spike in the inventory is an ominous sign for sellers to approach the market carefully.
An Inventory Spike: In the past two weeks, the active inventory had its largest increase since July 2013.
The script for the Orange County housing market has been the same for quite some time now. The year starts with very few homes on the market. The inventory rises slowly, peaking sometime during the summer. The long-term average for the active listing inventory is 8,000 homes; yet, it cannot even hit that level for a day, falling astonishingly short year after year. The headlines have been the same: “Not Enough Homes on the Market” and “Buyers are Tripping Over Themselves to Purchase.”
Suddenly, something has changed. More homes are coming on…