Now that the weather has finally improved, we're noticing a lot of activity with calls and open house visits. We are seeing people holding back on making decisions, however, with the idea that they will have more to choose from soon. We think that there's plenty to choose from already!
While many more houses will come onto the market in the next month or two, they will come on at the higher prices that owners think they can command in springtime. They also will move quickly if they are still considered bargains.
I guess the conclusion you would draw from this data, as a buyer, depends upon whether you believe in the "one person for each person" theory of marriage, or whether you think that a number of people could have been your ideal match, based on the circumstances. If you fall into the latter category, you would tend to support that concept in househunting as well, and feel that there might be several good choices you could make at any given time. As someone who has been married for a long time, I would also add that it's easier to change what you don't like about the house you buy than what you don't like about the spouse you pick!
In our office, whatever the view about the above questions, there's a general impatience with all the waiting around. We're ready to write those offers!