In the midst of today’s real estate environment, the dream of owning a home seems more challenging than ever, largely due to a notable shortage of available homes.

With concerns about high interest rates and memories of past financial uncertainties, many are questioning whether it’s the right time to buy. Despite these concerns, experts highlight a critical difference from past issues: a current shortfall of around 5 to 6 million housing units.

Why is There a Shortage?

This shortage is primarily due to the building industry not keeping up with the increasing demand for homes. To match population growth, about 1.5 million new homes need to be built each year, a target that has been missed consistently since 2008. Looking back over decades of data, it’s clear that this underbuilding has led to the tight housing market we see today.

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The impact of this shortage is evident when considering the number of homes currently for sale—only about 500,000, far below the usual 2.6 million. Many of these homes are in such poor condition that they’re hardly considered viable options, making the effective inventory even smaller.

So, What Do We Do?

This situation isn’t just about numbers; it’s a real concern for anyone hoping to buy a home. The lack of available homes is expected to push up prices and rents, making it harder for potential buyers to find affordable options.

However, it’s important to remember that even in a challenging market, opportunities exist. Being well-informed and understanding the market’s nuances can help you identify these opportunities. Whether it’s finding a hidden gem in a tight market or navigating the complexities of purchasing in a time of shortage, knowledge is your best asset.


For those considering buying a home, the message is clear: the market may seem intimidating, but with the right information and guidance, you can make informed decisions that lead to successful homeownership. The key is to stay informed, be realistic about what’s available, and understand how the current shortage might affect your buying experience.

In conclusion, while the path to homeownership might seem daunting in today’s market, it’s not insurmountable. By educating yourself about the current housing landscape and seeking the right advice, you can navigate these challenges and move closer to finding your dream home.

Let’s Chat.

I’m sure you have questions and thoughts about real estate. I’d love to talk with you about what you’ve read here and help you on the path to buying your new home.

Michelle Oddo
Mortgage Wealth Advisor, The Oddo Group
(303) 961-6906

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