For Sale: Affordable Homes in Competitive Housing Markets

exterior 1507 Wethersfield Rd, Austin, TX
ZillowThis home in Texas has curb appeal with a bright red door and tasteful front-yard landscaping.
By Catherine Sherman

Open houses and for-sale signs galore -- it's what you'd expect heading into the summer home shopping season. Unfortunately, a lack of inventory is squeezing many would-be buyers out of the market, particularly among lower-priced homes that are more frequently sought by first-time buyers. In the past 12 months, the Houston metro area has seen the biggest decrease in inventory (27 percent), followed by San Antonio (24 percent), Boston (23 percent), Austin (20 percent) and Columbus (18 percent).

Zillow's Make Me Move® listings allow homeowners to advertise the price they would sell their homes for without officially putting them on the market. For buyers, these listings are a way to avoid the competition and bidding wars often found in low-inventory markets.

To aid the search for affordable, family-friendly homes in low-inventory markets, we've gathered a traditional for-sale listing plus a Make Me Move listing in the five metros with the biggest declines in inventory over the past year.

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