As the mortgage and real estate industries continue to struggle due to low-levels of inventory to meet a buyer's demands, the inventory levels in some of the hottest markets have now reached dangerous territory.
"There are up to 40% fewer homes for buyers to choose from in housing markets where home values are appreciating fastest, and 10% fewer homes on the market overall," according to National Mortgage News.
"For-sale inventory has declined on an annual basis for the past 35 consecutive months, with only 16.7% of surveyed housing experts anticipating a significant increase in homebuilding this year, suggesting that limited supply may continue to drive the housing market in 2018."
Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a quick fix to the solution. The report also states that builders are struggling with both high and rising land as well as material costs.
To learn more about the inventory shortage and the markets where it is having the biggest effect, click on the image above.