Reading real estate headlines over the last few months, I've seen many click-bait titles that pander to people's fears about a huge housing crash and global recession. However, if you actually read the articles, it doesn't say anything close to what the headline implies. While the market has cooled this year, there is still high demand for housing and short supply.
As of stats compiled through the end of November, the greater Grand Rapids area is currently sitting at 1.6 months of inventory. See the chart below for the monthly inventory numbers since 2014. Inventory is a measure of whether the market is a buyer or seller's market. This number is determined by figuring how long it would take to sell through the current number of homes on the market at the current rate they are selling, assuming no new houses hit the market. 5-6 months of inventory is considered a balanced market. Although 1.6 months is three times the amount we had last year at the same time, this number still represents low inventory and a market that favors sellers. Homes under $300k are in especially high demand.
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