Shrinking Selection - A recent distressed economy made for a large inventory and drop in prices in the last few years, however, a rebounding economy coupled with buyer confidence and job growth has made the selective process a bit tougher on the buyer as a result of limited inventory. The best homes in desirable locations sell first. Finding your dream home may become more difficult as inventory decreases. In January 2013 there were 1,974 homes on the market while in January 2014 there wee 2,050 homes on the market.