home sales Archive

Instant Reaction: S&P/Case-Shiller Index

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s S&P/Case-Shiller index national home-price index reading for December: “Rising mortgage rates should not be boosting home prices, yet home values accelerated with a 5.8% annual gain in December...
February 28, 2017

January Existing-Home Sales: A Nice Start to the Year

Mortgage rates have shot up 38 basis points since last November’s cyclical existing sales peak of 5.60 million. One would think that would translate into a dip in sales activity at the beginning of 2017. Today’s report shows that...
February 22, 2017

Infographic: Groundhog Day and Real Estate

Can a groundhog and his shadow predict the strength of the housing market? Here is what happened the past 20 years in real estate when Punxsutawney Phil climbed out of his hole; does seeing his shadow extend to real...
February 1, 2017

Existing-Home Sales Dip in December

A dip in existing sales activity in December (2.8 percent) was not enough to keep 2016 from being the strongest year of sales (5.45 million) in exactly a decade. During this morning’s press conference, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist,...
January 24, 2017

Tracking Single-family Home Prices at Inaugurations since 1969

Presidents always promise their version of change once they enter office. One thing that has definitely changed in the past five decades is home prices. NAR began collecting existing-home sales and price data back in 1968. In those 49...

Lawrence Yun on Housing and the Economy in 2017

It’s hard to believe 2016 is coming to an end. Three things rose over the past year: mortgage rates, existing-home sales and home prices. What’s in store for 2017? Watch my discussion from earlier this week with NAR Chief...
December 29, 2016

November Existing-Home Sales: The Streak Continues

The headline of this post may lead you to believe that existing-home sales were up again in November for the third straight month. That is indeed true. However, “the streak” I’m referring to is the remarkable fact that existing-sales...
December 21, 2016

Instant Reaction: November Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to today’s U.S. Commerce Department report on November housing starts: “There’s little to cheer about regarding residential construction in November.  The fall in single-family housing starts offers zero relief to...
December 16, 2016

October Pending Sales Up Slightly. What About the Rest of the Year?

Last month, pending home sales eked out a small gain (0.1 percent). More notably, NAR Research’s index was 1.8 percent higher than a year ago and was up year-over-year in all four major regions. But… A lot has happened since...
November 30, 2016

Existing-Home Sales in October: Highest Pace in Nearly a Decade

The housing market has indeed awakened from its summer slumber. Existing-home sales posted a 2 percent monthly gain in October and are now 5.9 percent higher than a year ago. Even more impressive? At a 5.60 million annualized sales pace,...
November 22, 2016