Inventory levels of for-sale homes at the end of 2012 were down 17.3 percent from year-ago levels, reaching the lowest level in more than five years, Realtor.com reported.
In the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett region, inventories were down 45 percent.
For-sale inventories dropped the most year-over-year in December 2012 in the following metros:
- Sacramento, Calif.: -68%
- Stockton-Lodi, Calif.: -65%
- Oakland, Calif.: -64%
- San Jose, Calif.: -52%
- Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash.: -45%
- San Francisco: -43%
- Ventura, Calif.: -43%
- Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.: -41%
- Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif.: -40%
- Orange County, Calif.: -39%