After years of falling inventory and really tight markets, things are beginning to change. Redfin reports that listing grew 6.4 % between march and april and 4.2% between april and may. Last year it fell all year. They say that if things keep up like this we should be normal by the end of the year.
Take advantage of the new tools for doing research about what is going on in specific area. I use redfin to check out mls listings so i can see what condition the property was in when it sold. Regular comps don’t give you that info. You can also find out how long a property was on the market and how often it went into and fell out of escrow and price changes.