Whether it's the good weather, low interest rates or a general feeling of confidence in the local economy, who knows for sure- probably a combination of these and other factors- but the market so far this year in many areas is booming.
Unfortunately, buyers can expect to pay slightly higher prices due to lack of inventory and frequent multiple offer situations. For one reason or another, many home owners are not selling and it is creating a seller's market.
Buyers need to do their homework and get to know the inventory and values in their locations of choice. Acting quickly when the right property comes along is the key to success, and having a buyer agent who can let you know when a suitable property hits the market, and work with you to make your offer as attractive as possible, is very important.