Anyone eager to buy a home this spring probably has reasons to feel good. Job growth has been solid. Average pay is rising. And mortgage rates, even after edging up of late, are still near historic lows.
And then there's the bad news: Just try to find a house.
The national supply of homes for sale hasn't been this thin in nearly 20 years. And over the past year, the steepest drop in supply has occurred among homes that are typically most affordable for first-time buyers and in markets where prices have risen sharply.
A nationwide outage for Customs and Border Protection has left throngs of people dealing with significant delays in South Florida, Atlanta and Boston, multiple airports reported Monday evening.
A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, NBC News reported, said the agency was experiencing an outage of its processing systems at various airports and was "taking immediate action to address the technology disruption."
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Officers were processing international travelers "using alternative procedures until systems are back online," the spokesman said, adding that "CBP officers are working to process travelers as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest levels of security."