Low number of homes on market currently driving up prices

Homebuyers are paying the highest prices since 2008 for local houses, and the number and type of homes available can’t keep up with demand.

Buyers should expect to find higher prices and fewer options, local agents said. And if you’re ready to leave that starter home and move into a larger home, building new might be your best bet, they said.

In March, the average selling price for houses in Johnson County rose to about $157,000. That’s 11 percent higher than last year and 20 percent higher than 2009, right after the recession set in.

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