The law of supply and demand governs every area of the economy. The law is relatively straightforward. If there is more demand than there is supply, prices should be expected to rise. If there is more supply than there is demand, prices should be expected to fall. The same is true with houses, which have been rising quickly in price during the past year. Why is this the case, and what does this mean for the future?
A "buyer's market" happens when people looking to buy a home have a stronger bargaining position than the sellers have. In a classic economic sense, a buyer's market occurs when the supply of homes available for sale exceeds the demand for them. However, other things in real estate create a buyer's market.