According to RealEstate Business Intelligence, the active inventory of Washington area homes in April was down 31.5 percent from April 2011. Increased demand, driven by such factors as a stable local economy and low interest rates, has created a seller’s dream and a buyer’s nightmare, as one couple relocating from Tennessee found.
Nick Fredrick, right, and his wife, Hillary Fredrick, prepare to look at a home with real estate agent John Young, center, in Silver Spring. This is the 74th home the couple has looked at since the latter part of January. They currently are renting an apartment. Matt McClain/For The Washington Post Buy Photo