The housing market needs more homes. They are plenty of buyers but not enough houses for sale. That leads to higher prices and more competition for available listings. Fortunately, though, new home construction is expected to increase this year and, according to newly released numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it already has. Their February new residential construction report shows the number of homes that began construction during the month was 22 percent higher than last year. Additionally, the number of single-family homes that completed construction was 12 percent higher than the month before. That's good news for the market and potential home buyers, as new home construction is the quickest solution to the market's inventory problem. If the trend continues, and more new homes become available for sale, it'll help relieve upward pressure on home prices and give buyers more options when shopping for a home to buy.