Below is an article regarding the housing market in Los Angeles.  Although you may think Cincinnati has nothing in common with LA except the good looking people, they are experiencing a similar housing market as we are.  Distressed inventory has dropped significantly and buyers are finding themselves in competitive buying situations because the amount of quality homes for sale just aren't there. I personally believe that this is a temporary situation since the banks we service have informed us their inventory waiting to go on the market is higher this year than it has been in previous years.  I anticipate that after the election, the market will take another big hit.  So if you've thought about selling, now might be the best opportunity available for the next few years.  Enjoy!  -Brett

Shortage of homes for sale creates fierce competition

With housing inventory at a low, would-be buyers are scrambling to bid on homes before they're even listed, and real estate agents are vying to represent the few sellers that do exist.

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times June 10, 2012
The newest problem for the slowly improving housing market isn't a shortage of serious buyers, it's a shortage of good homes.
Would-be buyers are packing open houses and scrambling to make offers on properties before they are even listed. Bidding wars are erupting. And real estate agents are vying fiercely to represent the few sellers that do exist. Housing inventory has sunk to levels not seen since the bubble years. The number of American homes with a "for sale" sign hit 2.5 million in April, the lowest number for an April since 2006, according to the National Assn. of Realtors. David Dennick, who lives in Echo Park and works as a television editor, has been searching for a home with his wife, Denise, for about two months. The couple have already bid on three properties. They are hoping to find a home for less than $525,000, which is $25,000 more than they originally had hoped to spend. "It is much more competitive than we thought," said Dennick, standing in the entrance of an Eagle Rock open house on a recent Sunday. "It is just frustrating because we thought we would really be able to buy a house; we are a middle-class family."

Below is a good article on what it takes to sell your home in today's market. Going FSBO is not a smart move, pre-inspections are getting more popular, and finding the best agent is actually easy.. You're on his site :) Read more below and let me know if you wanna give it a go!

We see a TON of lawncare being performed as well as utility bills, vandalism repair, cleaning, and other preservation tasks that are super expensive.  The only positive note is that several contractors and crews are being employed to conduct all this activity.  However some really take to the fact that they are a "government employee." -- On the subject of foreclosures, Jonathan...