According to the New York Times, finding a home became harder in 2017. In the last year, American home buyers faced shortages in the number of properties available for sale. “We saw the lowest number of active listings for sale in over two decades, a full generation,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for Realtor.com. In December 2017, inventory was down 9.2 percent compared with a year earlier, with the least expensive listings — those priced under $200,000 — showing the biggest drop: 19 percent.

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