money.cnn.com - The number of available houses in the hottest markets has dropped dramatically over the past year, says the National Association of Realtors: In the Boston area, for one, inventory levels are down 29% vs. 2012. And Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco aren't far behind.
"Some homes are flying off the market in a matter of days," says Paul Bishop, VP of research for NAR.
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