Agents -- is it hard or easy for buyers in your area to find a house right now?

Just had a reporter ask me why it's so hard for buyers -- especially those looking in the mid and upper ranges -- to find a house right now. Our data shows that this is likely the case in some areas (California markets, in particular), but that in other parts of the country, there is still a lot of choice out there. What are you seeing this spring?
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April 20 2010 - US
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Seattle, Capitol Hill:
In March, 61% of the agents in our office wrote a sale.  That is the highest productivity in 27 months.
Year to-date our listings are up 50%, sales up 38%, Closed sales up 38%, and average price up 11%. ($455,278 over $408,377).
We seem to be finding homes.
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April 20 2010
It's not hard to find properties for sale for buyers, it's what kind of property that is most at issue in Northern California - mostly REO and Short sales, and not many without these types of issues. REO's are easier to sell and short sales can be if they have gone through an approval by the lender, but still many waiting for approval to reduce price. The prices are great for buying, but the lending is a little harder because of the mortgage issues - job stability, fico scores and full doc loans like FHA are back and very popluar! Still all that said, agents that are still in the marketplace, do it because they love it and love to help buyers ( and sellers) find the home they always wanted . . . I still believe in housing for all and will work to find the perfect home and loan options for my clients to become homeowners regardless of economy! 
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April 20 2010

People trying to get the tax credit on the low priced homes are running into multiple offer situations in Socal

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April 22 2010
Depends entirely on the price point.  Under $450K (more entry level for this part of California) is very competitive right now.  HIGHLY motivated by the CA state tax credit and the ability to overlap with the federal if under contract by April 30th.
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April 23 2010
 
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