Lawrence Yun Archive

Instant Reaction: January Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s release from the U.S. Commerce Department on January new home construction: “Terrific news on housing starts in January with a solid 10% gain. This rise in single-family...
February 16, 2018

Home Prices at All-Time High in 63 Percent of Metro Areas

We reported yesterday that single-family home prices rose in 92 percent of NAR’s measured markets during the final three months of 2017. Add the 5.3 percent price growth overall last year, and the cumulative price gain nationally since 2011 is...
February 14, 2018

Instant Reaction: January Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on January employment conditions: “The best news from the January jobs report is accelerating wages, which rose 2.9% from a year ago. The...

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Statement and 2018 Outlook for Mortgage Rates

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the Federal Reserve’s decision today not to raise short-term rates, as well as how monetary policy the rest of the year will influence mortgage rates: “The Fed will not be on...

Instant Reaction: 2017 Q4 GDP

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department release on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fourth quarter: “The economy expanded at a respectable rate of 2.3% in 2017. That’s a good comeback...

Instant Reaction: December Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department release on residential construction in December: “The latest decline in the volatile housing starts data is disappointing, but surely not lasting. New home construction...

Instant Reaction: December Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on December employment conditions: “The job market continues to improve, but at a decelerating pace. The year 2017 ended with 2.1...

November Sales Surprise to a Near 11-Year High; Contract Signings Also Rise

In what reflects the significant amount of pent-up demand in today’s housing market, existing-home sales surged in November to their strongest pace since December 2006. Good news was also found in November’s pending sales data.  Whether it’s been weakening...
December 27, 2017

Instant Reaction: November Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on November housing starts: “A welcoming trend is developing in the housing sector as builders are able to bring more supply to the...
December 19, 2017

Instant Reaction: November 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 November: “November marked another impressive month for the labor market, adding up to now over 2 million...