Housing Shortage Ahead?

Although inventory levels have been elevated in recent months, if new home construction continues to decline over the next year or two, a housing shortage is possible. New home construction has steadily decreased over the past several months. The National Association of Home Builders reported the number of housing starts in the month of February were exceptionally low, with only a 479,000 annual unit production pace.

For the past two years housing starts have remained in the 500,000 to 600,000 unit pace range. Historically, normal activity would be in the range of 1.5 million to 1.6 million. The U.S. population grows by approximately 3 million people each year.


Since 2003 the pace of housing starts has been somewhat volatile with 2005 representing the peak at a 2.07 million unit pace. Since that time the pace has declined significantly. Talk to a Prudential Waterfront Properties Realtor® about what they’re seeing in the local market in terms of available housing supply.

For pricing and availability of properties at Smith Mountain Lake or the surrounding area, please call your Waterfront Properties REALTOR®. For more information, visit the Waterfront Properties web site at: www.smithmtnlake.com. The company’s email address is realest8@smithmtnlake.com.