existing-home sales Archive

An Animated Recap of July Housing Activity

Existing-home sales and contract signings both stumbled in July as stubbornly low levels hampered the housing market and kept home prices rising at a robust pace. Visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to watch a 53-second, animated video from the National Association of...

Inventory Crunch Stalls Sales in July

It came very apparent when looking at NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index that tight inventory conditions were weighing down on contract activity this spring and early summer. The three month decline in pending sales from March to May has now...

Instant Reaction: July Housing Starts

Below is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce report on July housing starts: “The housing shortage in America will intensify if new construction remains as lackluster as it was in July. The softening multifamily housing starts...

WATCH: July Housing Minute

  Homes continued to sell quickly in June, but the lean inventory levels in many markets caused existing-home sales to shift downward. The news was better for pending home sales, as contract activity increased last month for the first...

Low Inventory Is Pushing Prices Up and Days on Market Down

Existing-homes rebounded nicely in May as more buyers navigated the headwinds of weaker affordability and limited listings in the affordable price range. It’s very evident that supply this spring severely lags demand in many parts of the country. It’s...

Existing-Home Sales Cooled in April

Home sales in April (-2.3 percent) could not keep up with the notable upswing seen in March (4.2 percent). It seems that we keep singing the same old tune every month about there not being enough inventory to satisfy...

NAR Midyear Forecast: Existing Sales Up 3.5 Percent

One of the most well-attended forums at the annual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is the Thursday morning housing and economic forecast headlined by NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. This morning’s all-star trifecta of speakers did not disappoint. Yun was...

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...

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...