The Rising Competition between Move-Up & First-Time Buyers

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The Rising Competition between Move-Up & First-Time Buyers

Categories: Homes Planning Property Management Real Estate Residents

Published 11/01/2019

A recent report from® confirms that lower mortgage rates have piqued the interest of more buyers this fall. However, the consistently shrinking inventory of lower-cost homes is not keeping up with the high demand of buyers.


• In September, inventory levels were 2.5% lower than a year ago

• Mid-market homes—those priced between $200,000 to $750,000, which make up the largest segment of housing inventory—showed zero percent growth in September.

• “The mid-tier of housing represents nearly 60 percent of homes for sale on the market, making it a solid indicator of how tight inventory levels are in the U.S.,” says George Ratiu, senior economist for®.

• Further, homes available under $200,000—the entry-level tier--have decreased 10% over the last year.

• Meanwhile, homes listed for sale over $750,000 continued to grow, in September reaching 4.7 percent over levels from a year ago.

• However,® economists note that if strong homebuying demand, fueled by lower interest rates, continues to persist into the fall, the inventory of homes in this upper-tier price range also could see declines by February of the coming year.

• “While lower mortgage rates and the arrival of fall promised a reprieve, conditions continue to tighten as demand remains strong. September inventory trends, especially in the mid-market, may be the canary in the coal mine that we could be headed for even lower levels of inventory in early 2020.”

• The median list price nationwide in September was $305,000, up 4.3% over last year. Nationally, homes sold at an average of 65 days in September, one day slower than a year ago.

Tell us your thoughts below:
• How can move-up buyers edge the first-time buyer competition?
• What are some ways that first-time buyers can top move-up buyers in search of lower-cost homes?

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