It’s a battle out there. For first-time buyers, of whom 45% are millennials, finding a new home is a swift and vicious process. Many homes are being snatched up quickly and first-time buyers are having to compete against repeat buyers with more negotiating experience. But, thankfully, millennials do have one card up their sleeve: low interest rates. Check out this CNN article debriefing the affect of millennials joining the housing battle. 

It’s going to be an intense house-hunting season — especially for young buyers.

After years of many experts lamenting how Millennials weren’t interested in becoming homeowners, it turns out many are actually diving in. But they’re facing a lot of competition.

Millennials are the largest group of homebuyers, according to Ellie Mae, a software company that analyzes mortgage data. In January, Millennials represented around 45% of all purchase loans, up from 42% the same month in 2016.

And many expect more Millennial house hunters to jump into the market this spring buying season.

But their path to homeownership won’t be easy.

“Millennials are mostly first-time buyers and they are competing against repeat buyers who have more buying leverage and experience,” said Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for Realtor.com. He added that Millennials recently became the dominant group of users searching for homes on the website.

New buyers this spring will also be up against buyers who started looking last year, but still haven’t bought a home.

A shortage of available homes has driven up prices — particularly among starter homes that tend to fall within first-time buyers’ budgets.

There were 3% fewer homes on the market in February compared to a year ago, according to a recent report from Zillow, and home values are up nearly 7%.

That’s led to bidding wars and fierce competition, especially in the lower end of the market.

Read more at CNN for tips on competitive homebuying.