Last year, in 2013, more then half of the homes sold were on the market for 6 weeks or less. This was the shortest time on the market since 2005. One of the reasons why homes sold so quickly was due to lower then normal inventory levels. In this type of market, sellers are seeing more and more offers over the asking price. In 2013, 50% of the properties that sold last year, sold over the asking price. Most of the sales, almost all, had multiple offers to buy the property. When this happens, buyers have no choice but to participate in an auction type situation. The situation is changing and the inventory levels have increased, providing buyers with more choices. As prices increase, sellers are more willing to make a move.
This is still a good time to purchase a home. A couple of things to think about when buying a property, you might want to know how the neighborhood will fit in your lifestyle and since we are in a drought, how will the property help you conserve water.