Real Estate a Seller’s Market, Wall Street Journal Reports

With home prices back on the rise, it’s becoming abundantly clear that we’re in the midst of a seller’s market. The Wall Street Journal made the proclamation last week following an analysis of the the latest report from the National Association of Realtors.

Several factors have led to a continuous increase in home prices throughout the nation, not the least of which is a severe shortage supply. According to the N.A.R, the number of properties for sale fell by 4.9 percent in January on a month-by-month basis to 1.74 million. The total housing supply in the U.S. hasn’t reached such depths since December 2009. To give you a further idea on how supply has fallen, the Wall Street Journal points out there were 2.91 million homes on the market in January 2011.

As a result, this lack of supply—coupled with a growing number of buyers that includes a surge in investors—has helped to put home prices on a steady trajectory.

California has been among the states hit particularly hard by the supply shortage, the Wall Street Journal points out. Most experts believe the housing market could be growing even faster if there was an adequate supply. However, many homeowners in California remain underwater on their mortgages and are reluctant to sell until prices increase even further.

Many analysts are optimistic that nationwide home sales could reach 5.2 million units this year, which would represent a 12 percent increase from 2012. However, other concede that mark could prove elusive if supply doesn’t loosen and potential buyers are forced to hold on to their money.

About Gary Gold

Gary Gold is a marquee name in luxury real estate and his sale of The Playboy Mansion sets a record as the first residence to sell over $100,000,000 in Los Angeles. Gary is also one of its most successful trend setting agents. He’s an internationally recognized expert known for his creative use of technology, marketing and publicity to sell some of the finest homes in the world. Gary is further distinguished by the rare ability to secure high net worth, qualified buyers from digital marketing. This success, year after year, continues to produce a steady stream of buyers from not only the Los Angeles area, but throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Gary has sold thousands of estates and luxury properties over the course of his career. High-end developers have consistently relied on Gary’s broad expertise on projects ranging from luxury condominium developments to major estates. He is a sought after speaker, panelist and educator at industry conferences. Gary has been cited as an expert for publications and broadcasts that include CNN, Fortune, Barron’s, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Access Hollywood, CBS Evening News, e! Entertainment Television and The London Telegraph.

Gary Gold began his career in real estate over 25 years ago and has been a top producer with Hilton & Hyland since its inception. Hilton & Hyland is Beverly Hills preeminent luxury real estate firm, with over $2.7 billion in annual sales.