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WATCH: Lawrence Yun Discusses March Pending Sales, Inventory and Lumber

After last week’s report of a solid 4.4 percent jump in existing-home sales in March, signed contracts to purchase homes split the other way, inching backward 0.8 percent. The reason, according to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, is simple:...

Home Sales Spiked in March…and Sold Fast

An abnormally warm winter, strong consumer confidence and robust underlying demand ended up being the perfect formula to push existing-home sales in March to their highest pace in over 10 years. More notably, despite the fact that supply is...

Instant Reaction: March Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on March residential construction: “A major housing shortage exists in this country. It is therefore disappointing to witness in March the continued lackluster...

Vacation Home Sales Took a Vacation in 2016

Last year was a tale of two stories for second home purchases in the U.S. Despite home sales overall coming in at their strongest pace in a decade, sales to vacation buyers plummeted 21.6 percent to their lowest level...
April 11, 2017

Instant Reaction: March Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report on employment conditions in March: “The soft hiring seen in March is not too concerning and likely a single month aberration....

Real Estate on Opening Day: 9 Housing Stats for the 9 Baseball Field Positions [Infographic]

Play ball! Baseball is a game of numbers just as much as it is of home runs, stolen bases and strikeouts. To celebrate the unofficial first day of spring, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, the National Association of Realtors®...

NAR Infographic: Housing’s Sweet 16′s

Sixteen teams remain as play resumes this week in the men’s and women’s NCAA Basketball Championships. Here’s a sweet assist from the National Association Realtors® on where the number 16 shows up in recent housing survey data: Younger baby...

Existing-Home Sales Hit Rough Patch in February

Talk to a Realtor® in much of the country right now and they’ll all echo a similar narrative: homes are selling quickly because there are not enough listings on the market. It’s why existing sales stumbled in February and price...

Instant Reaction: Today’s FOMC Meeting

Below is the following statement from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun on the Federal Reserve’s decision today to raise short-term rates for the first time in 2017: “Rising inflation will predominantly dictate the next monetary policy decision, but another...

Beat Bill Brown’s Brackets

The NCAA Basketball Championships are upon us, and NAR President Bill Brown has caught bracket fever. Think you’ve got the prognostication chops to top NAR’s President? Then head to the links below to make your picks, for both the Men’s...
March 15, 2017