“Nationally, employment rose 1.6 percent in February 2017 compared to February 2016,” noted NAR in a blog post.
Employment did contract in a few states — “the oil-producing states of Alaska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi, as well as in West Virginia,” according to NAR’s blog post.
… But sellers aren’t stepping up
“Respondents reported that demand is strong, but supply is lacking, especially homes that are affordable to buyers,” said NAR in its report.
The seller traffic index shows strong seller traffic in Louisiana, and it shows moderate seller traffic in North Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and West Virginia — all states in which employment did not grow during March.
“In some of these states, the job cutbacks have led to ‘moderate’ seller traffic conditions,” NAR stated in its blog post. “Texas, which has a more diversified economy, has been more resilient than other oil-producing states, with employment growing slightly above the national average.”
There are also fewer new foreclosures, NAR noted, calculating that distressed properties accounted for 6 percent of sales, purchases for investment purposes comprised 15 percent of sales, and cash sales comprised 23 percent of sales.
“Amid tight supply, half of properties that sold in March 2017 were on the market for 34 days or less compared to 47 days in March 2016,” NAR noted in its report.
So there still aren’t enough affordable homes for all the buyers who want to buy, in short.
Haven’t we heard this song before?