Battling buyers: House hunters find fewer listings but overwhelming competition

NEW HOME: Nicole Tickner with her daughter Lily, and parents George and Judy Vit. They are in front of the South Kingstown house that Tickner bought for them after they moved to Rhode Island to be closer to their granddaughter. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
NEW HOME: Nicole Tickner with her daughter Lily, and parents George and Judy Vit. They are in front of the South Kingstown house that Tickner bought for them after they moved to Rhode Island to be closer to their granddaughter. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Rhode Island has had a seller’s market for several years in single-family and multifamily homes, particularly for entry-level or median-priced houses. In the past two months, however, that imbalance has become even more exaggerated. Through the darkest days of the COVID-19 ­crisis in March and April, more than 1,000 ­potential sellers pulled their houses from…

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