Homes are hot again, and values have been creeping back up for years. In some markets, values have even been restored to pre-recession peaks and beyond.One challenge in the Dayton area, however, has been a relative lack of inventory of available homes, Realtors have told this media outlet for months.MORE: Will Target next-day delivery come to Dayton? That squeezed inventory tends to drive prices up, creating a seller’s market and forcing shoppers to move quickly when they find the home that’s right for them.MORE: Check out this five-bedroom, Washington Twp. homeCompounding the problem has a slowing in the building of new homes.Here's what area home builders and market observers have been telling us: READ MORE. In Other News1US adds a surprisingly strong 517,000 jobs despite Fed hikes2 Analysis shows Medicare price negotiations could reduce costs by...3Silfex’s plants in Eaton, Springfield face layoffs4Kettering Health opens new $10M health center in Centerville5FTC proposes noncompete clauses ban on employeesAbout the AuthorThomas GnauThomas Gnau is a business reporter who joined the Dayton Daily News in 2007. He has reported for daily newspapers in Ohio since 1991.