You are not alone. Here in Georgia, we have a shortage of inventory as well. This time of year, coupled with the political issues recently with the gov't shutdown has slowed the buying frenzy so inventory should be coming back up and sellers seem to be more wiling to negotiate. I think this is a great time to buy. If you have money for a down payment and some closing costs and are pre approved, you should be highly sought after. I would suggest that you seek out representation from a Realtor with the Accredited Buyers Rep designation (ABR). Good luck and hope you find a home soon.