Definition of "Tight market"

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Generally, a tight market does not offer too much opportunity for negotiations. 

More precisely, a tight market means a trading environment where the spreads between the asking and offer price of goods, security, commodity, services, and real estate are small. 

The tight market in economics

Unlike the so-called ‘wide market,’ a plentiful supply of market liquidity (high convertibility ratio of assets into hard cash) illustrates a tight market. Additionally, a high trading volume is present in a tight market, meaning that many traders buy and sell assets. 

Blue-chips stocks can determine a tight market.

A tight market may also trigger a limitation in supply as a direct consequence of high demand. Also, assets may become available at a higher price. In economics, blue-chip stocks represent the highest market values and enjoy a tight market. A nationally acknowledged, reputable, and financially stable company can release blue-chip stocks that will be in high demand. Earnings after trading with such stocks are reliable and safe. We call Boeing, Pepsi-Cola, and IBM blue-chip stocks.

What are the characteristic features of a tight market?

Convertibility of assets is primal in defining a market. A substantial supply of liquidity enables significant trades to take place without distinctively impacting the market. In contrast, low liquidity breaks up the trading business into more accessible segments. Moreover, inferior liquidity results in a wider bid-ask spread.

Undervalued credit ratings, fluctuations in financial institutions’ money requirements, and restrictions on speculative investment strategies, such as short-selling, will influence the availability of liquidity. By all means, inflation also impacts liquidity.


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A provisional lack of balance in supply and demand can initiate a tight yet short-term market. A longer-lasting tight market would be the homogeneous rental market in a specific neighborhood sustained during an economic boom

How does a tight market influence your housing options?

As of late 2021 and early 2022, the US-based National Association of Realtors, licensed real estate market specialists highlighted a lack in diversity of available properties, relentless competition, and relatively high prices. A fascinating piece of trivia is that the supply of houses dropped by approximately 13.4 percent in August 2021 compared to 2020 numbers. All in all, these figures add up to the lowest housing supply in years. In other words, we currently deal with a housing shortage and a seller’s market.

However, the request for new homes is still substantial, partially motivated by the onset of the pandemic and the following new housing requirements. Consequently, the market turned hot or tight because liquidity is also high. Besides, investors show a particular interest in purchasing new properties.

There are essential things to do in a tight housing market. First of all, work with local real estate agents! Then prepare your pre-qualification for a mortgage as an unmistakable sign of your genuine house-buying intentions. Thirdly, hard cash is still paramount, so boost your money deposit. Besides, patience will go a long way due to the rough patch the current tight housing market faces. Lastly, act once you’ve found the perfect home from all perspectives.

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